Friday, November 20, 2015


November 20!  We are currently getting our first snow of the season. The children are beside themselves with excitement!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Old News

This is old news but at least it's news.... Blogging is not on the top of my to-do list....

Earlier this fall we had a wonderful opportunity to get away for a few days to the Black Hills. We all enjoyed it so much. We did some sightseeing, hiking and picnicking.   The children enjoyed feeding the burros best of all!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Glasses

Ezra's prescription was recently changed to include bifocals.  Now he will be able to see more clearly both close up and at a distance.  Even though he will always have some eye "issues" we are so thankful that he is able to see.  One of his favorite things to do is to look at "yights" (lights).

"Your word is a lamp to my feet 
and a light to my path."
Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ingalls Homestead

Last week we took the children to visit the Ingalls Homestead site in De Smet.  It was a good way to experience a little bit of South Dakota history.  We explored a sod house, or soddie as they are commonly called, and a claim shanty.  A replica of the Ingalls home gave a realistic view of frontier life in the late 1800s. We had a wagon ride and visited an old church and school.  The children made ropes, rode in a pony cart, and practiced washing clothes on a washboard.  I think the children liked the horses and ponies best.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cotton Mather's Advice to Parents

Follow this link to read Cotton Mathers resolutions concerning his children.

Surely I have taught you statutes and careful to observe them...  Only take heed to yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.
Deuteronomy 4:5a, 6a, & 9

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Rest of the Story

Well, on the second day of cooling off in the irrigation there was a little mishap.  One young fellow was so engrossed in playing in the water that he never realized when his glasses fell off.....! After many hours of combing the field in a vain attempt to find the elusive spectacles we have finally given up. Only $68 and new eyewear are on the way!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Title

The Mother At Home or The Principles of Maternal Duty
by John S.C. Abbott

This book has been reprinted many times and you can find it quite easily.  As a disclaimer though I did notice that some of the books online had extra chapters that our book does not have so I do not know what the content is in those section.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon. I'm sure you could get it other places as well:
"There is but little advantage to be derived from books, unless we revolve their contents in our own minds. Others may suggest the most valuable ideas. But we must take those ideas and dwell upon them, and trace out their effects, and incorporate them into our minds by associating them with others of our own." John Abbott

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

More Quotes

The book I wrote about in the last post was written specifically for mothers, since the author at that time saw a great need in that area, but every father should read the book as well. 

From the little book....

"It is certainly vain to hope that you can induce your children to fix their affections upon another world, while yours are fixed upon this.  Your example will counteract all the influence of your instructions."

"If you go on in unrepented sin, your child, in all probability, will go with you."

Saturday, June 13, 2015

I'm not sure if anyone ever stops by here anymore, but just in case someone happens along I'll blow off the dust, brush out the cobwebs and try to add some new thoughts and photos for those who are tired of looking at carrots. :-) 

Gwen and I read a book over the past few months that we would highly recommend to anyone serious about the eternal destiny of their children.  I don't even know where we got it, maybe a yard sale, but it is an original copy and was printed in 1833 as you can see in the photo. Its not in very good condition but the author has something to say.  His writing is very practical and simple but amazing would be the results if his advice were followed. I think I'll leave you in suspense as to who the author is.....  Maybe in that way I'll see if anyone still visits this site. :-) 

"Your future happiness is in the hands of your children."

This he says after saying that "many have had their hearts broken, and their gray hairs brought down with sorrow to the grave, solely in consequence of their own neglect to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord!"

Ephesians 6:4