Homemade Heaven

I casually mentioned a recipe for homemade oreos I saw on the internet.

They were a two day project for him, but oh – so worth the effort!


I went ahead and ordered him the cookbook from the library.

You know, in case he wants to make his mama something else…

What I’ve Been Up to Lately (in pictures) by Avy





A True Saint Valentine’s Story and Egg Rolls

It is said that St. Valentine was put to death for marrying lovers in secret during a time when the emperor had forbidden marriage.    We  have lived next door to Mike and Corita for the past 15 years.   They  met each other when Mike was stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War.  At that time, it was against regulations for service men to marry “the locals”.    Corita was tending bar in a club where they met and fell in love.  They found their own St. Valentine and secretly got married.  But that meant when Mike had to leave to return to the U.S., he had to leave Corita behind.

For 5 years.

For those 5 years, he worked hard to try to get her over here, but just when one piece of paperwork would go through, another would expire.  On and on it went.  Finally, out of desperation, he contacted his congressman.  A certain Gerald R. Ford, who pushed through all the red tape to help get Corita here.

I wish I could have seen that reunion.

They have had a hard life.  They have dealt with prejudice.  Their only 2 children were born with major disabilities.  But as I play with my children outside, I hear their laughter waft over the hedge.  Even after  46 years of marriage, they are one of the happiest couples I know.  Outside they sit, in their old iron yellow chairs, drinking tea.  He says something just to hear her laugh.   And it makes me pause.

I won’t take these moments for granted.

I repeat it to myself over and over throughout the day.

Learn from those older and wiser.

Laugh through this life.

Because you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you do.

And if you know someone who makes fabulous egg rolls,

have them over to teach you.

And be prepared to do a lot of laughing.

An Early Valentine’s Surprise

Sometimes as parents, we feel like we are failing our kids.

We wonder if everything we pour into them will be enough.

We spend a lot of time on our knees praying.

We hold our breath.

And then sometimes they give us little glimpses of who they are becoming.

And we exhale.

Our Happiness Today

Having the ice skating rink all to ourselves!

And it only costs $1, including the skates!

(I love this city!)

We actually found out about these chess ice sculptures

from CNN Student News, which we watch every morning at breakfast.

And in all honesty, just so you don’t think we live in homeschool bliss all the time,

this picture is what got Asher to agree to the ice skating.

(Just keeping it real!)

Monday, Monday

snow forts are built

valentine making begins in earnest


“I think we’re going to have to have a picnic on the floor mom,

’cause the table has a few things on it.”

she adds “egg in a hole” to her cooking repertoire

these two+science experiments=big laughs

outside for more snow fun

because this snow won’t be here forever

and we will enjoy it while it is


Asher’s Dream Job

Ever since Asher was 3 years old, he has wanted to be a city bus driver.

When he turned 5, all he wanted for his birthday

was a laminated map of our city to hang on his wall.

He knows every street all 28 buses go down.

He knows times, (in fact he learned how to tell time by reading bus schedules),

where every stop is,  where what bus should be when.

He has read the 51 page 2030 Master Plan Report

(and found several errors, which he kindly pointed out in a letter he wrote to the Rapid).

Last week, he met with and interviewed the Rapid’s Senior Planner.

Nick graciously answered all of Asher’s questions and talked about his job.  How he plans routes.  How he decides what bus should go down what street.  Everything Asher has been wanting to know about for years.

(So I’m told.  I waited in the lobby where a good non-interfering mother should be)

And Asher?  He came out of the interview with a new career path.



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