Investing in Tools for our Daughters Posted on September 20th, 2013

Illustrating and Editing

When our daughters were little they had way too many toys – too many to count, actually. But that started to change as our ideas about family economy and industry in the home changed. Instead of buying toys, we began to invest in tools for our daughters, even at their young ages – tools that would help them cultivate interests, develop skills, and hopefully be a blessing to the home and economies of their future families…. Read the rest of the story over at Raising Homemakers.

Children’s Titanic Paper Dolls Giveaway 101st Anniversary Posted on April 12th, 2013

The story of the Titanic is such an amazing story of bravery, sacrifice, and love. Our daughters made a beautiful paper doll book featuring several of the passengers and the story of the Titanic last year. It was truly a labor of love to bring to life the real story of the Titanic and to tell the story of those who showed amazing bravery and sacrifice in the face of such a terrible event.

Our dear friends over at Deep Roots at Home are featuring a giveaway of a copy of the Children’s Titanic Paper Doll book. Hop on over to see the beautiful pictures of the book and sign up to win your own copy. It is truly a work of art. You will be blessed.

Letters from Home No. 6 – Books Posted on April 6th, 2013

Old Books

Dear Annie,

It was such a pleasure to meet you and your family over the holidays and get to discuss so many kingdom building ideas. Your children are darling and it is a blessing to see how thoughtful you are about teaching them about the Lord. I look forward to what the Lord has planned for our families as we come together to encourage each other.

You asked me what were some of the books that have influenced me the most? I have been thinking over that question and I have included in this letter some of the books that have stood out to me the most. This list is far from exhaustive, so know that I probably have forgotten some important titles and may have to write you more later to include those. And this list jumps around a bit on topics.

Without any question, the Bible would be the most influential book. I make every effort to read it daily, preferably in the morning. It is incorporated throughout our day in as many ways as possible, reading it aloud as a family, listening to sermons, singing it, making art with it, etc.

This first list is of books I have read and highly recommend and in no certain order:

“The Excellent Wife” by Martha Peace
“Stepping Heavenward” by Elizabeth Prentiss
“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp

“For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
“Family Driven Faith” by Voddie Baucham
“Charlotte Mason Companion” by Karen Andreola

“The Christian Home School” by Gregg Harris (his chapter on Delight Directed Studies is excellent)
“Health for Godly Generations” by Renee DeGroot
“Nutrition 101: Choose Life” by Rayburn, Johnson & Hopkins

“Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others” by Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock
“Large Family Logistics” by  Kim Brennemen  (no large family required to glean from this wonderful book)
“Educating the Whole-Hearted Child” by Clay and Sally Clarkson

“What He Must Be” by Voddie Baucham
“It’s Not That Complicated” by Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin
“So Much More” by Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin

“The Hidden Art of Homemaking” by Edith Schaeffer
“Passionate Housewives Desperate for God” by Jenny Chancey & Stacy McDonald
“For the Family’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

The following list is of books I am currently reading (yes, I usually have a lot of books going) and/or other family members have read or are reading and tell me that I need to read it because it is so good.

“The Gospel’s Power & Message” by Paul Washer
“Building A Godly Family” by William Gouge (first book in a brand new three part series)
“The Sovereignty of God” by Arthur Pink

“The Attributes of God” by Arthur Pink
“Always Ready” by Greg Bahnsen
“By This Standard” by Greg Bahnsen

“Equipped to Love” by Norm Wakefield
“The Calvinistic Concept of Culture” by Henry Van Til
“The Institutes of Biblical Law” by R. J. Rushdoony

Matthew Henry’s Commentaries, 6 volume set
Calvin’s Commentaries, 22 volume set

The list of books could go on and on as I am sure your list could go on as well. I did just finish a book by Angie Smith called “I Will Carry You”. It is the story of Audrey Caroline, their precious little one who lived after birth for only 2 1/2 hours. The beauty of this book is about the willingness to accept God’s sovereignty and praise Him through it all.

I also like to keep a list of books that I want to add to our home library for future reading. It is a good thing to be always reading, but always pray for discernment and wisdom as you read.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.


P.S. I have a library board that has links to these books on Pinterest.

Letters from Home No. 5 Posted on April 2nd, 2013

Dear Laura,

This past weekend I saw your latest picture of you and your little girl. What a darling girl you have! There was so much happiness beaming from both of you. I imagine the hat she was wearing is of your making since it is so unique and lovely. Your desire to continue to learn new skills in sewing and other areas are evident. It brings me much joy to see you pouring yourself out into your family. They are certainly blessed by your care of them.

Yesterday we heard some very sad news of an acquaintance of ours who passed away unexpectedly. She had been married for over 30 years and had many children. Her family is testifying of her love for the Lord and their trust in Him to see them through this difficult time. She was much loved and obviously poured her life into her family. Her children are rising up and blessing her, and her husband is praising her.

I find this woman’s life inspiring and in quite contrast to a story that I learned of while going through more of my family’s history. There’s a picture from the very early 1900’s of my great aunt, her husband and two very small children.  Apparently she took her own life shortly after that picture had been taken, and she was only 21 years old. Growing up I don’t remember anyone ever speaking of her other than there was another sister who died young. What a sad legacy.

These two stories make me think of Proverbs 14:1 – “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” May the grace of our Lord fill you and me with the wisdom that we need for all our days.

Give your family our love and hugs. May the Lord bless you and keep you!


Why Letters from Home? Posted on March 21st, 2013

While looking through old family photos from the 1800’s, we realized that other than the photographs we held in our hands, we know little about our ancestors.  For some, we don’t even know their names. What were they like? What did they experience? Did they have a relationship with the Lord and what did He teach them? These are things we wished we knew. It got me to thinking about the brevity of life and how I want to share our lives with future generations that we may or may not get to meet.  So I am resolved to write letters that will answer some of these questions about us for those who are still yet to be born. In the meantime these letters can serve as a way to hopefully encourage others and keep me accountable to write them.

They will be addressed to several different people. I am starting off with Sarah, my sweet friend who will be moving far away to start her own family. I will also be writing letters to my daughters Lady Bird (Breezy), and Rosey Bird (Emily Rose), as well as the Little Birds (those precious future generations of ours).  There will probably be others that I will write letters to for one reason or another. I may even just start naming grandchildren and great-grandchildren just for the fun of it.

I pray that these letters will be a blessing to those who read them, whether you are family or friend.

Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit: PATIENCE (+ free embroidery pattern) Posted on June 29th, 2012

Patience by Clementine Patterns

I want PATIENCE and I want it NOW!  Just kidding….join me over at Raising Homemakers today for my latest post on the Fruit of the Spirit and download our free embroidery pattern of “Patience” while it lasts.


Lovin’ the Big Years! Posted on February 10th, 2012

I love these years. These “big” years.

When they were little they chattered . . . a lot. We have conversations now. Lots of them. So now we chatter together.

When they were little they painted and made messes. I cleaned the messes. Now they clean their own messes and still paint.

When they were little they wanted to push the buttons on the computer and camera. Now they have their own buttons and create masterpieces.

“Fat souls are better than clean floors.” A quote read by daughter #1 from Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic.

“Children are individuals and they don’t forget that.” Another snippet from the above mentioned book.

When we read books we can’t help but share with each other what we are reading. It’s sweet, they like to read to me now.

The oldest girl says she can see the glimmer in my eyes as I sit here typing on her laptop. Ha. She says that I must be typing something poetic about her as she laughs out loud.

She says, “can I read one more thing? This is cute . . . .”

These girls are so funny, they make me laugh.

Yep, little girls grown up. I love these years.

Brand New Year with Brand New Endeavors Posted on January 4th, 2012

Children Singing

Our family is starting 2012 with some exciting new adventures – art, designing, sewing, upholstery and essential oils to name a few.

Breezy is busy creating art, and it is always delightful to peak over her shoulder to see what is appearing on the paper. Emily Rose is juggling several different web design and photography projects — I can hear her fingers flying over the keyboard even now. Besides Rob’s regular work schedule, he has an antique car upholstery job to work on. Me, well, I am tweaking our menus to a more “normal” healthy diet. After going gluten-free 2 years ago and then last year going completely grain free, we are working back to more familiar flavors within a healthy, gluten-free diet. What I like to call the “new normal”.

This past November the girls and I started a new embroidery pattern business. It is a complete joy to work on together as a family. Breezy and Emily Rose both put their creative touches on the designs and then I get to stitch up the patterns and be the “textile manager”. Rob helps with delivery and is our biggest encourager. Clementine Pattern Co. was named after a great-great grandmother (and the fact that we all love the name Clementine helped, too). We will be adding more patterns throughout the year to the Etsy shop and hope to include tutorials & videos on the main website, The fact that I love to embroider makes this almost too good to be true!

Something else that we are adding to our family this is year is using Young Living Essential Oils. After reading Stacy McDonald’s blog, The Common Scents Mom, and having actually used some that we were given, we were ready to try some more. So far, we are having wonderful results with the oils that we have been using – more about that in future posts. Stacy posted a great Natural First Aid Wall Chart that shows how she is incorporating essential oils in her family and getting rid of several over-the-counter medications. I already printed and hung up my copy so the whole family can see how to use the oils. We are all very excited to use more natural products and to get the great health benefits of the oils.

We did sign up to be a wholesale distributors of Young Living Essential Oils so that we could get better prices. If you are interested in placing an order through our account, our customer # is 1285966.

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