Updates from the Homestead


This last week flew by.  I kept busy with housekeeping, laundry, updating my website, time on my boards, and time in town.

I was in town twice last week; once with Tobin for our weekly date and later in the week with my girls for grocery shopping.  Before we got going on the shopping we went to a local community college so Emily could take her next CLEP test.  The test was History I and she passed with flying colors!  I was quite pleased.  She is now heading onto History II.  The course had a lot of dates and wars and info to memorize.  She is really putting into practice the study skills she learned when she first got started.  She emailed her coach when she got home to let her know she had passed. We received a call last week from her degree planner to make the specific plans for her accounting degree. She will know next week specifically what classes she will be taking. Right now she is working on all her general classes. I am very proud of all her hard work on this, on top of working full time.   

Leanne leaves in about a week and a half..  yikes! It is coming up too quickly for me!  We need to do a practice packing job to make sure she meets the weight limit and make adjustments if she does not.  Our church informed us that they would be giving Leanne the last part of the needed funds for this missions trip, which was a real blessing to all of us and I am very thankful for this.   

Can’t remember if I shared or not, but my oldest daughter, Carolyn, is having a boy. They will all be here in a few weeks for a visit and I am excited to see them.   

We are still waiting for summer to start here in my little corner of the world.  Today is about 60 and cloudy and they predict wet and that is the way it has been, with the exception of yesterday.  It was actually sunny.  I went out on my deck and just soaked up some of the afternoon sunshine. It was not real warm, but the sun sure felt good.  But other than that little bit of sun, we have not seen much.  I joked with my hubby that we need to take another vacation so we can have some more heat and sun!  LOL..  But I know eventually summer HAS to start..  right?   

Today I have some soap business stuff to do (package and label), laundry (already have one load done), housework and put something simple on for dinner. It will probably be a pot of soup to help warm up the house.  Tobin and I will be heading to town later on today for our weekly date..  love those quiet times with my honey..   

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!


  1. Crystal, I will gladly share some of our 90 degree weather!


  2. Goodness you have been busy!!!!

    God's Blessings,

    Amy Jo

  3. Congratulations and best wishes to all of your girls, they must be such a blessing to you and your hubby.

    By the way, TAG, you are it. I was tagged by Farmgal35 this morning and posted the answers and instructions on my blog. Stop by and visit.



  4. Crystal,

    Do you have the coupon for 1.00 off muir glen products? If not you can go to youandyourfamily.com and register then go to coupons and down to muir glen and print off as many as you want. they expire 9-30-08


  5. This soup looks so delicious. I've really enjoyed your recipes. I received your breadmaking cd for Christmas and printed the pages out to make a cookbook. I put the sheets in page protectors and put it in a white binder. I love being able to just go through the recipe or flip through the pictures. I'm very visual.

    I added sunflower seeds and flaxseed to my bread last night and got compliments from my family and our guests. Thanks for teaching me how to make this wheat bread.

    I've just added you to my new blog's list of favorite blogs. Please come and visit.

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  6. Hi again. I guess I should have told you where you can visit me!


    God bless!

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  7. I really have enjoyed logging on and reading your blog. IT's so neat to read your recipes and homesteading tips. What a busy season in your life !!! I ordered some soaps and CD's (can't wait to try our soaps.) God bless you and your family.


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