Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Happy New Year!

 Wow! That was a long break from the blog!

Life got busy there for a while. Hopefully it will slow down a bit. We've had some challenges with Micah's van breaking down in Fargo (90 miles away) when she and a friend were shopping.  They rented a car to get back home. (Micah's sister, Missy, who lives in Fargo helped them out, thank goodness!) But then Adam and Micah had to take two vehicles and a trailer back to Fargo the next day to return the rental car and trailer the van back to our neck of the woods. They got snowed in in Fargo for a night due to an ice storm, but finally made it back. The van was quickly repaired by an acquaintance who is a mechanic. Thank you, Lord! 

After this was taken care of Audrey had an issue with a growth on the roof of her mouth. It was scary to look at and kept bleeding. Many phone calls and doctor visits later she and Adam drove down to St. Paul (4 hours away) to an oral surgeon to have it removed. They don't seem to think it's anything serious, but it's been sent in for analysis. They spent the night in St. Paul last night because it was snowing pretty hard. They are on the way home this morning. Glad they took Adam's 4WD pickup! 

We had quite a bit of snow here, too, last night. Micah kept the woodstove going yesterday, and Adam's dad came this morning to stoke it on his way to work. We're so thankful for family! His dad's electricity went off last night. We're only a mile down the road, and were thankful it didn't effect us, but I think it must be back on by now.

We had a great Christmas. Lots of excited kids and way too many presents! :) I had breakfast with the family next door and watched everyone open gifts. It was a fun day!

I found some "senior easy-on-the-knees" ballet exercise videos on a YouTube channel called jessicasmithtv. A change of pace from walking videos, though she has some of those as well. I hope to use a variety of videos to keep things interesting.

I've cleared the art supplies off of the dining room table and have begun putting a puzzle together. I haven't done a puzzle in decades! This one is from a thrift store, so I'm hoping the pieces are all there. It's a painting of some folks acting out Romeo and Juliet on a stage. It looks like a pretty old puzzle. 


I just started reading The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer. My mom was a Francis Schaeffer fan and I like him, too. I read L'Abri, which was written by Edith Schaeffer, many years ago and I used a video series called How Should We Then Live? with my kids when we were home schooling many years ago. I'm still in the introduction and I'm hoping it won't be too difficult to follow. :)

I'm going to try some bread baking. Haven't done that in years! I found a really simple crusty white bread recipe made using a Dutch oven, which I don't have. But creativity is encouraged and I think I can make do with two cast iron pans. I'll try to take photos if I do it and we'll see what results!

And here are a few of the cards I've made lately. Probably forgetting some of them. Oh well. 

A Trash to Treasure swap. The host sent us some paper scraps and we had to create some ATCoins.

These were from a swap entitled "Let It Snow". Did you already guess that? :)

And with that I will sign off for now. It's amazing how much mental effort goes into a brief post like this. I'm tired! Ha ha. 

Wishing and praying for a happy new year for everyone! May God bless and lead you all through whatever the new year holds.
Shalom family and friends! 


  1. Dear Lisa, BLESSINGS BLESSINGS BLESSINGS to you and your wonderful family for the new year!

    I love your snow! Your new header ist very nice! Its very late in the night, so I just made me an impression by seeing the wonderful photos. When I read the text I will send to you another comment.

    Many greetings from Dori from the Bavarian Forest

  2. Yes, I noticed the new header too. We watched Mole's Christmas once's a tradition that I love.
    You sure got a dump of snow!! Winter seems to be the time for car trouble. I'm glad Adam and Micah got that sorted out.
    Poor Audrey. Her mouth must be tender where the growth was removed.
    My daughter has great results making a similar recipe for bread. She has the right kind of pan which I do not. If your cast iron pan idea works I might try it.

    Happy New Year to you and many blessings.

  3. God bless you all! your family has had some adventures! hope all is well re: mouth situation. God bless you dear friend! stay warm! have fun with that puzzle! sending love your way!

  4. Your hygge header is making me feel good, too!

    Just yesterday I mentioned to a friend a phrase of Francis Schaeffer's that has always stuck with me, and which a character in my current novel reminded me of. Schaeffer said it was disturbing, that the principles that motivate modern western society are "personal peace and affluence." He probably said that 50 years ago, and maybe the group he was referring to, was the same as what was called The Silent Majority... ? I'm sure I don't remember much of what I read of Schaeffer, but you reminded me that some of my kids, too, watched that video series in their homeschooling years.

    Happy New Year, Lisa! I hope if you have a snowy adventure of the type you've described, that you will have one or more of your ready and resourceful children nearby!

  5. Dear Lisa, now I made another visit to your blog. I see: A LOT of Snow made problems - too much is too much!!! You have brave children. I hpoe, Audrew is okay now and that there will not follow any problems. And in the middle of all these adventures you always make fine creations and read and bake and look videos, and paint and make puzzles. So I see, that you have a calm peaceful heart and soul. You trust in the Lord, and you have all HIS blessings though a lot of troubles are around.

    Now I wish you a happy and healthy new year and all the best for your complete family, also for your youngest member you told about in your last blogpost.

    Many greetings from Dori from the Bavarian Forest with only a little bit snow - -

  6. I saw your heading photos, and immediately was drawn back to that favorite scene from WITW. Sigh!!!
    It's so wintry where you live! I don't know how I'd cope with that much snow and ice, esp. with folks being stranded in other cities and staying overnight! It does sound adventurous though.
    Sounds like you are being busy and productive in the new year! The puzzle looks lovely. I gave away nearly all my jigsaw puzzles to a friend who works them all the time. I'm too slow, always distracted elsewhere :)
    That bread recipe sounds like one Adam makes. Simple ingredients, great baking method, and wonderful result. We use a deep cast iron chicken fryer with its lid, and that works just fine.

  7. I've had another ridiculous break as well - but you have been doing much more interesting things in the interim than me! And goodness - I do hope your family will have calmer times ahead x Because of blog mentions, I read and now absolutely love and adore Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking. I initially found the title off-putting and even deceptive. Now I count it among my big inspirations. A very Happy New Year to you and yours, Lisa. You will fill it with joy and creativity no matter what it brings xx

  8. I am an artist, too, but decades of having been a "commercial artist/graphic artist" have made me hesitant to just be an ARTIST unconcerned about saleability. Working on that! I very much enjoyed seeing your art!


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