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…

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.

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


In the Mix

Lately they’ve been exploring…

The butterflies at the Gardens

Building  and playing Legos in whatever sunshine can be found,

creating cozy new reading spots,

Coming up with their own science experiments,

getting out the watercolors,

Our tea time with poetry readings.

Asher’s current favorite haiku:

Haiku’s are easy,

But they sometimes don’t make sense,


Scenes from our Week Jan 29, 2010

Cross country skiing, swimming, and a new sport was tried – racket ball!  Lots of giggling going on, lots of balls going wild, but the kids asked to do it again next week.


Some art was done, and a special trip to the Gardens to see a new art exhibit (but more on that another day).


Some crafting and getting ready for Valentine’s Day.


Lots of game playing.


There was some blueberry scone baking and fruit creations.


There was lots of chemistry going on in these parts.


I love experiments that have that “wow” factor!


Asher attempted to duplicate Sprite’s recipe – he got pretty close!


We visited the kid’s old school to hear Asher’s buddy give his Explorer Report on William Clark.


Some days we would get weather reports.


And some days were spent going down bunny trails.  A good mix of life, love, and learning.



We’ve been enjoying this book lately, Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Recipes and Activities from Around the World.



Reading about the history of different kinds of bread, the science behind it,



and then baking up lots of goodness.



Pretzels, Challah, that good ole Amish Friendship Bread.



We’re finding joy this winter, wherever we can, and bread is definitely one of those places.



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