Sunday on the Homestead


Today has been a quiet day here on my homestead.  The weather is warming up again after a couple cool and wet days.  The weather people predict more sunshine coming our way!   I am happy for the quiet day as Friday and Saturday were busy days filled with a bit of stress.

On Friday Emily had another CLEP test.  It was Western Civilization I and she was not feeling very confidant. Her study times had been hit and miss as the babies she nanny’s were dealing with colds and teething.  She went ahead and took the test anyway and passed just fine.  After she finishes 3 more tests she will have her first year of college credits completed.  Not bad for starting in May of this year.  I just can’t say enough good things about College Plus and thinking “outside the box” when it comes to a college education.  But of course most of my life has been thinking “outside the box” so it seems like something that just fits right for our family.  After the testing we did some shopping and came home.  I had all the kids with me and every time I take the crew out and about I seem to forget something even though it is written on my list.  Must be the distractions!   But that is ok, I will pick up the missed items next week.

On Saturday morning Emily had her test for her driver’s license and thankfully she passed!  So now that is 4 down and 4 to go (I have taught half my kids to drive and have the other half still to do).  Having both tests right next to each other was a bit nerve wracking for her and of course mom feels the stresses too.  But today we are both thankful to have it all behind us.  The funny thing was that after she got her license I did the driving because she could not drive until we contact our insurance and put her on the plan.  The ironies of life..  you get your license and can’t drive! LOL.. in fact I will have to take her to work tomorrow because the insurance office won’t open until after she is at work.  But starting Tuesday she will be good to go. 

After we came home yesterday Emily and Sierra made pizza for dinner.  Emily loves to cook and she cooks and plays in the kitchen to unwind.  I have to admit I don’t mind this little hobby of hers! Haa.. haa..  I did not have to cook dinner and the pizza was delicious.  She made one vegetarian pizza with homemade ranch dressing as the sauce and it was sooo good.  She covered that pizza with onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and artichoke hearts.  The other two were salami, sausage and pepperoni with onions and mushrooms.  All of them were yummy. 

Updates on Leanne …  she should be heading to debrief in Switzerland at this point.  Her 4 weeks in Egypt are up and it sounds like they were incredibly productive weeks.  I do hope her team got to do a little sight seeing before they left.  She really wanted to see the pyramids.  I can’t imagine going to Egypt and not seeing them.  After 2 weeks in debrief she will be home and we are so excited to see her.  We have missed her so much and the house does not seem the same without her sweet presence. 

The rest of my kids are busy preparing for a few days of vacation on their own.  Jacob and Sierra will be going to see my daughter Carolyn and sightseeing in Washington DC and Emily will soon have a couple of weeks off and will be spending them with my wonderful sister in law in Illinois.  She is taking Isaac with her.  So everyone will have had a little trip this summer.  I am thankful for our flight benefits that allow for us to do things like this.  My hubby is an airline mechanic and works for a regional airline and we can fly for free which makes opportunities like these doable for my children. 

Looking now to the week ahead I see a lot business as usual here on my homestead and helping my kids get ready for their trips. 

That is all from my homestead on this beautiful sunny summer Sunday.  Hope you all are enjoying a restful Sunday on your homestead. 


  1. Another driver in the family!!!! YIPEEE!!! So glad she passed!!! I bet you will be so glad to have your daughter back at home, but I bet she is having a blast on her mission trip.

    God's Blessings,

    Amy Jo

  2. Thanks so much for the updates on College Plus! We are still considering it for my middle daughter next year and am happy to see it's going well for you.

    Carol....In Oregon

  3. Laura of Harvest LaneAugust 4, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Congratulations to your children!

    Both are great accomplishments.

    I'd love to hear more about College Plus. I have a son who is a senior this year. Traditional college is out of reach for us financially right now.

    Please come and visit me. Your site was one ot the ones that inspired me to start blogging! I've read your writing for years now. I cannot even remember when I first found you. I'm just glad I did!

    God bless!

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  4. Glad to hear you are finally getting warm weather. Ironically we are already wishing autumn was here. With a couple weeks of 100 degree weather ( past four days its been 104 ) cooler weather would be wonderful.... .....

  5. What an exciting summer for your family. I'm glad to hear all is well with you. =D


  6. Wow, what busy children! What a blessing! From what I hear of Egypt, the pyramids are everywhere-- you can look one direction and see a pyramid, but turn around and see a McDonalds! It sounds like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Tell your daughter congratulations! I noticed you have one with "boots in Iraq"... I'm glad to pray for him... my own son just got back in June ... very stressful tour... If you have a moment you can go back to april in my blog and read a bit about it.....

    If you haven't contacted a Blue Star Moms organization in your area you might want to look into it



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