What’s your Hobby? Posted on January 9th, 2012

A few nights ago around the dinner table we had a conversation sparked by something I read in the Duggars’ book, A Love that Multiplies. In one part, Jim Bob Duggar talks about what his hobby is. I have to admit, when I first read it, I was a little surprised, although I shouldn’t have been. He said his hobby was… (read the rest today over at Raising Homemakers)

A beautiful day…. Posted on September 7th, 2011

Today has been beautiful. The weather has finally cooled, the gusts of wind are blowing the corn in the fields that surround our home. The sky is full of clouds with bits of sun peeking through. The smell of concord grapes cooking is filling the house getting ready to be made into jelly. Low-sugar jelly made with coconut sugar, sweet bliss. Music has been playing…some of our favorites. And now a new favorite has been added to the playlist, at least this version. Enjoy.


Growing in Wisdom: Food + Give-Away Posted on September 5th, 2011

One of the areas that I have needed to grow in wisdom has been our diet. For most of our lives our family has eaten a typical Standard American Diet. When we saw our parents’ health decline several years ago, we made a few changes, mainly by making our own whole-wheat bread from freshly ground wheat berries. Oh, that was so good and satisfying!

Then about a year and a half ago something came along and rocked our world……………….read the rest over at Raising Homemakers and enter to win one of my favorite books, Health for Godly Generations by Renée DeGroot


A Special Celebration Posted on July 1st, 2011

The girls are having a very special celebration for Independence Day! They are wanting to share their beautiful paper dolls and coloring book with everyone at convention sale prices!

Independence Day Sale!

These paper doll and coloring books are really just some of the most beautiful products available for children. I know I am their mom, but I hear this from other people too! :)

The Family Treasure Coloring Book

Here is some great feedback that we have received at conferences that we have been at:

“I don’t have any little girls yet, just three little boys, but I want to have these paper dolls already at home so when I do have little girls I will remember that there are better things for her to play with than Barbie dolls.” – from a young mother


“Oh, I have always wanted real paper dolls!” – from a little girl as she gingerly reached out to touch them.


“My mother loves paper dolls; she still has hers from when she was a little girl. I’m going to buy some of these for her. She’ll be so excited.” – from a mom

Skip on over here for the sale!

Convention Season Posted on June 7th, 2011

Having gone to many homeschool conventions over the years, I was delighted this year to be on the “other” side as a vendor with my family’s business, Noble Rose Press.  Mid-May we were blessed to get to go to our first regional convention as a vendor and learn the in’s and out’s of being a vendor.

Breezy and Emily Rose made historical gowns earlier this spring to be able to wear them while speaking about or selling their products, so this made the day even more fun seeing them in their dresses.

Some of the sweetest moments were watching young ladies look over the paper dolls and hear their comments and thoughts on what they liked. Just so you know, Collection 5 is one the favorites due to the fact that Mary Anna Jackson is holding a baby with one of her dresses.  Emily Rose’s shawl was made by a dear friend and it matched her dress perfectly!

A close-up of our product line. The girls designed these books with such beautiful colors!

A close-up look at Breezy and those ruffles.  And yes, the girls inherited my curls.

Another close-up, this time of Sarah Edwards wearing her wedding gown. She lived long before Queen Victoria began the tradition of wearing white wedding gowns.

This was this past weekend at the IAHE Convention. This was a two-day event and we had an absolutely wonderful time getting to meet so many people and catchup with dear friends.

It was such a pleasure to meet the Long family from Treasures from a Shoebox. They were vending for one of my all-time favorite companies, Doorposts! The Long family and their children are such a delight.

I also was able to meet the mom of this family business and had a great talk with her while we walked to the convention center on Saturday morning. I love those God-appointed meetings!

There were many vendors there, but here is a list of our favorites that were there:  Answers in Genesis, Generations with Vision, Tapestry of Grace, Apologia, and Lamplighter Books.

An entertaining addition to the convention this year was a visit by The Outside Hollywood team. There were several film screenings including the new movie Ace Wonder, which is due to release early next year.

Overall, our “short” convention season has been a delight. And since we won’t be able to go all over the country to the different homeschool conventions, we will bring our special convention prices to you through a special one-day sale online—so be watching for it!

Choose the Better Things, Part 2 Posted on January 8th, 2011

Stories by the Fire  |  Art Print by BreezyTulip's Studio

Illustration Courtesy of BreezyTulip’s Studio

We have been given our assignment: the wise woman is to build her home (Proverbs 14:1a).

As I mentioned in Part One, this means “nurturing and training our family. Building relationships that will endure and thrive in this chaotic world. Making the Lord Jesus Christ the center of your home.” But how does that look……..

Continue reading at Raising Homemakers!

God’s Mercy came. Posted on December 24th, 2010

Joy is the last thing we expect when the fact of our sinfulness penetrates our hearts. We know we deserve to be miserable, and so often we are tempted to wallow in misery as a way to prove how sorry we are or to try to get back in God’s favor. But God doesn’t want wallowing. Wallowing actually has more to do with us than with God: “Oh Lord, MY sin is so very bad. How could you love someone as bad as ME?”

Instead of wallowing, godly grief embraces grace. We forget our own badness and look at God’s kind heart and willingness to forgive. We look away from ourselves and toward the cross, where our badness was crucified with Christ. It is not our sin that wins the day, But God’s mercy.”

-Lydia Brownback, Joy

Thanks goes to Christie for bringing this wonderful quote to my attention.

End of Year Sale Posted on December 20th, 2010

Western Conservatory is having an end of year sale. Everything is 25% off and FREE Shipping!

Our family highly recommends the products that Western Conservatory offer. The Lord has used their products to encourage our family, strengthen our resolve and help us to grow “rebar in our spines”!

Over the years there have been many who have encouraged us in our Christian walk and Western Conservatory has been consistently at the forefront of that list. So go have a look see and bring home some encouragement!

On another note if you had not already signed up with the Navigating History: Egypt online history course, you can go to their main website and see some of the posts that they have their listed for public content. We have found the articles and videos fascinating.