Our Beliefs… Changes Over the Years

If you are new to our blog, you will see from the past several years that we were in with the Mennonite beliefs, etc… We want to make it clear that we don’t not share any of the same beliefs or views anymore… we have nothing to do with the Mennonites anymore. I still believe the Lord led us that way as we have learned a lot on our journey. I have no regrets as we walked in faith the best to our ability. Surely, I would rather fail in walking in my faith than never to try to see what the Lord has for our lives. So, please be gracious in not judging our past years of our walk in the Lord. Thank you…

Spring is Here!

Trying to post something of the kids since I haven’t done much this past year. Here are some bees wax candles the kids made with dad with his bees wax in January or so.

Some photos from the other day… Matthew playing baseball with Hannah.

Hannah jump roping…

Little Benjamin still loves his swing…

Tabitha watering our daffodils…

Here she is smiling…

…and her sister watching the kids play baseball. I think she was taking a rest.

Elisabeth is getting artistic. She and Hannah love taking photos of everything everywhere. They ride their bikes into town and take pictures of other people’s dogs.

Elisabeth (Pup) is coming up on 13. We are super close and have fun together all the time.

Here’s one of her drawings… from scratch. She wants to be an artist. I’ll have to post more on her art work.

 

Ahhh, it looks worst than it is. One of dad’s tools. It’s not sharp. Pretty dull in fact. He’s all boy!

Miriam plays with rocks in the driveway. Cute smile Miriam. She’s putting them in the bird cage.

Napping…

See what our kitty gave us? Four of them…

Oops, I forgot to move this one photo.

Hannah looking all cute! Coming up on 12…

… and one big photo of Pup’s face. I don’t know why it came out larger than the others. Already getting some color outdoors. Looking at the baby kitties…

Dad is doing bees…. got a few customers this year for frames and nucs. He’ll be teaching on Youtube soon (the happy bee man) once I can get him a camcorder that works in the wind (noise). I am walking 4 miles a day and trying to get in the 160’s… nearly there but my 49th bday is tomorrow so no diet tomorrow. I’m taking this class online to get my photoshop skills up to par for photography… It will prepare me to take an exam to become certified as an Adobe Certified Associate. I’m thinking of using it to restore other people’s photos (old family photos) down the road. We’ll see… I always got to be doing something!

I WILL do more on our family blog. I don’t want to lose this precious time as it only comes by once… I hope everyone is doing well. I miss so many people…

New Photography Blog

I made a new photography blog/portfolio to store my best photos so I can see how I advance. I wanted to keep it separate from the family blog. I WILL be posting on the kids/family soon but with my usual auto mode unless I am going to do a portrait shot or something special. I am hoping to advance enough in photography and post processing over the next year to enter some local art fairs next summer. I have a lot to learn…

If you want to stay up with Matthew and his bees, go to thehappybeeman.com

 

I miss you all…

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Photography

I’ve dedicated the past few months towards learning photography in manual mode… learning composition, the exposure triangle, etc… here are a few photos I’ve taken recently. This one of the local church taken today…

Local abandoned church – put my first watermark on photo… still working on an online portfolio. Thinking of going towards old, abandoned buildings, homes, churches, etc… I love going black and white on certain photos.

Cocoa our kitty

Abandoned house down the road…

Shot from our backyard

Learning how to use aperture… our parakeets.

An earlier photo… the abandoned home in color and from another angle.

 

Christmas Day

Our kids have always wanted a Christmas tree. We haven’t had one in many years, I decided to get one for them.

We had to put it in the guest house as there isn’t much room in our house and Benjamin would likely begin disassembling it as soon as it went up.

The three girls decorated it while listening to Christmas carols. It was such a memorable day for us girls.

Then on Christmas morning, we went over to the house to open presents.

So excited! Matthew and I didn’t think to use the other colors of wrapping paper… maybe next year.

Benjamin all excited too…

I love your happy face, Matthew.  The girls got some bead kits…

Matthew got a remote controlled truck.

Play dishes for the littles…

Back at the house playing with dishes and water…

Matthew chasing Ben with his truck…

Ben’s little police car…

Merry Christmas… the kids shared it was the best Christmas they have ever had.

November in Missouri

Looks like I need to edit this post….  something went wrong.  : (  

This is from our snow storm in October/November frame time. We only got a dusting during the recent snow fall. Miriam is in her own igloo here. 

The igloo… I love the kids creativity. 

Hannah in the igloo… 

Big snowballs… 

 

  

Going back to Fall… leaves… 

Happy kids… 

Leah holding Ginger

Nice of the olders to give the littles wheelbarrow rides. 

Elisabeth holding Ginger now. Spoiled kitty…  ; )  

It was a beautiful, invigorating day… 

Natalie… I think Leah looks like you here. Natalie is my sister.  : ) 

   

Leah’s 9th birthday in October. We can’t believe she’s nine… 

Strawberry shortcake on yellow cake. My stepmother used to make it this way. I miss her. She passed in 2012 at only 57 years of age. She loved me… 

Tiny Tabi… you aren’t so tiny anymore. 

My $45 cedar chest… just a beautiful addition to our home. Summer blankets are in there now. 

 

Back to the Fall scene… chestnuts

They loved gathering them and playing with them. Matthew and I had to take care not to slip coming out the front door.  : ) 

 

Sweet Matthew… 

Some of my older photos… this is a dove flying near our home

The before strawberry… 

The “after” strawberry after I put it through photoshop. Shutterstock accepted this photo of mine. 

They felt this one was too “grainy”. I decided to pour my time into photography and see where the Lord takes it. While taking a forensic photography class while working on my criminal justice degree 20 years ago, I loved it so much I had considered switching my major. Now I wish I had. I am taking a 21 hour online course for only $10 through udemy.com. Tons of cheap courses there… I believe some are even accredited. 

Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet

You either get this song or you don’t. You can fast forward to 3:02 for music accompaniment. This homeless man was not drinking when he sang this song in 1975. Read further below… 

Bryars on this piece:”In 1971, when I lived in London, I was working with a friend, Alan Power, on a film about people living rough in the area around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo Station. In the course of being filmed, some people broke into drunken song – sometimes bits of opera, sometimes sentimental ballads – and one, who in fact did not drink, sang a religious song “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet”. This was not ultimately used in the film and I was given all the unused sections of tape, including this one.When I played it at home, I found that his singing was in tune with my piano, and I improvised a simple accompaniment. I noticed, too, that the first section of the song – 13 bars in length – formed an effective loop which repeated in a slightly unpredictable way (in the notes for the 1993 recording on Point, Bryars wrote that while the singer’s pitch was quite accurate, his sense of tempo was irregular).I took the tape loop to Leicester, where I was working in the Fine Art Department, and copied the loop onto a continuous reel of tape, thinking about perhaps adding an orchestrated accompaniment to this. The door of the recording room opened on to one of the large painting studios and I left the tape copying, with the door open, while I went to have a cup of coffee. When I came back I found the normally lively room unnaturally subdued. People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping.I was puzzled until I realised that the tape was still playing and that they had been overcome by the old man’s singing. This convinced me of the emotional power of the music and of the possibilities offered by adding a simple, though gradually evolving, orchestral accompaniment that respected the homeless man’s nobility and simple faith. Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism.”Show less97REPLY

70 LB WEIGHT LOST!

…well, almost 70 lbs. I’m 179 lbs today. Be nice to me, don’t do the math!  : )  I got down to a 66 lb loss over a month ago… maybe 2 months ago and it just stalled and kept going up and down. I finally figured it was time to change the diet around so a little over a week ago I started the keto diet. Wow, what a change. I have a 3 egg omelet in the morning with LOTS of cheese in it and am full until dinnertime. I do have coffee and tea with heavy cream throughout the day so it does sustain me. What a change in everything… I don’t need a nap everyday as I used to. I attribute it to the diet.  I supplement with MCT oil and what a difference it has made in not only me but my husband’s energy level.

Is the keto diet healthy? I don’t believe so, long term. But, I don’t see anything wrong with anyone using it to lose some weight. It is better to be a little void nutritionally or calories wise than to have 100 lbs or so lugging around destroying your organs, blood pressure, heart and your life. I don’t know if I will stay on keto the rest of the way down (35 or so more lbs), but am happy to see the scale moving again. I do use keto urine strips and like what I see, it’s motivating for me. I was able to easily ride my bike 13 miles the other day, 4 miles with the girls.  : )

 

 

Here are some resources:

I am currently reading this book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079RLTKS9/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In the book she describes how they put kids into ketosis when they are NOT responding to anti-seizure drugs at all. They put the Navy Seals on a keto diet so that during training underwater they don’t have a seizure.

She also has some many other youtube videos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dr+annette+bosworth+keto+diet- I really like her personality but moreso her knowledge.

I WILL add more to this later in hopes that it will help a few others… I need to finish lunch for my kiddos.