Around Here

by adustyframe ~ April 17th, 2014

1. We got a visit from my sister and niece for a couple days–probably why I didn’t get anything blogged!

2. It’s still chilly—”spring, spring, wherefore art thou spring?”

3. Baby has been cranky. I’m not sure if it’s teeth or some mysterious little malady. He’s had a low grade fever and mostly wanting to be held but no other symptoms than chewing his whole fist. You know “they” say that babies don’t get fevers when they are teething….probably why I didn’t get any blogging done.

4. Lee was home for a few days–another reason I probably didn’t get any blogging done.

5. I have a pile of things I want to get listed on eBay but it ends up never happening.

6. I’ve been reading a little more. I am reading Terri Blackstock’s Newport 911 series. I bought the 1st one on sale on Amazon for Kindle for $1.99. I found the next 2 on paperback swap–then I remembered to look in the church library and there they were!

7. We’re working on wrapping up school. I don’t think I’ve blogged about the books we used in school this year even once…..

8. My house is kind of a mess right now–clutter everywhere. I get it cleaned up and then I turn around and there is more clutter.

What about you? Anything going on?


Needing Help

by adustyframe ~ April 10th, 2014

When Lee was gone and I needed help, it became very difficult for me to ask for help.

I was thinking about this last night and wondering why. I think that partly it’s because I needed so much help all the time. I got tired of asking. I got tired of needing help. I didn’t want to be a burden.  I knew people had their own lives and things to get done around their own house. I wanted my husband to be able to get it done for us.

I received a lot of help that I was so blessed to accept. I am so thankful for those who helped me and did it willingly without making me feel like I was bothering them.

I think (know) that my needs did bother some people so I learned quickly to not ask unless it was an absolute emergency.

Last night, I needed help with the baby crib. A part holding the mattress was loose and James tried to tighten it but just couldn’t get it. I called my friend to see if her husband had time to stop over and tighten it and she said “of course”.

It didn’t bother me to ask for help. I guess when it’s rare that I need outside help, it’s easier to ask. I didn’t feel like I was bothering them. I didn’t feel like I was a burden. I didn’t feel that I should just live with it and try to not bother anyone.

As I thought about this last night,  I wondered what the difference is. Maybe it’s just in my own mind or maybe like I said it’s that I haven’t needed outside help for a long time.

Regardless of why I felt like a burden before and didn’t last night, I think the thought I’d like to share is that if you know someone who’s dealing with things that just go on and on, help them. Offer help cheerfully and let them know how happy you are to help.

If someone you know asks for help, try (very hard) to help them as soon as you can without making them feel like their need took you away from more important things.


Galatians 5:13 ….by love serve one another



Who Knew?

by adustyframe ~ April 8th, 2014

Who knew that asking if you were there would generate so many comments? I DID say it was a lame attempt to get comments–guess it worked.

I did change my feed to not be a snippet. I don’t remember where or when or if I did that on purpose. If you have time to let me know if you can see the whole post in a feed please do. I’m hoping the change went through.

I know that I don’t spend as much time reading blogs as I used to. I don’t spend as much time on Pinterest as I used to either. Baby is at the busy into everything stage so the online stuff gets done much less frequently than before.

I’m SO glad to know that many of you are still out there and still reading. I do know that my blog has significantly changed so I hoped I hadn’t lost everyone. I don’t think that many of you will ever realize what a wonderful blessing and encouragement you were to me through those years when life wasn’t easy. I consider many of you friends and maybe someday we can sit down for that cup of coffee (or tea) and chat.

I will keep blogging. I hadn’t put a lot of thought into quitting. I think I was just wondering if I was really only talking to a couple of people or not…..It shouldn’t matter I guess should it?

I am thankful you took a minute to say hey!

Hey back!


Are You There?

by adustyframe ~ April 5th, 2014

It feels like I’ve lost you—-my dear blog followers.

Maybe it’s just because I don’t have as much time to blog…..or I’m not doing the homeschool reviews…..or my blog topics are so radically different…..or our life is so much better now that my posts aren’t very interesting…..

Occasionally, I’ve wondered if I should just stop blogging but I’d feel badly about leaving the few of you that I still hear from hanging. I wouldn’t have a way to review cool books either if I quit….hmmm…

So, I guess this is just a really lame attempt to get comments. If you’re out there and still reading once in awhile can you do me a favor and just say “hey” ?


I’m A Mess

by adustyframe ~ April 1st, 2014


Baby boy LOVES music. We make sure to play music for him often.

I remembered a musician that James loved when he was little and found one of her DVD’s on Amazon for $5 and ordered it for baby.

He enjoys it and “sings” along. TOO cute!

One of the songs on the DVD is “I’m A Mess”

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I know this song isn’t talking about people who are a mess but for some reason I love it. I’ve been going around the house singing, “I’m a mess” because truthfully without Jesus I AM a mess.

We all are.

I’m so thankful that even though I am a mess and always have something to work on and try to improve, He loves me anyway and He’s willing to change me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.




10,000 Reasons

by adustyframe ~ March 30th, 2014

YouTube Preview ImageA wonderful song for a Sunday morning


From Outside The Frame

by adustyframe ~ March 28th, 2014


A great post on favorite books for baby

A recipe that looks good–creamy chicken enchiladas

Snack recipes for picky eaters

That’s all I have today! Hope you have some fun links to share with me!


8 Months

by adustyframe ~ March 24th, 2014

Baby boy is growing so quickly. I’m glad that I have experience with this parenting thing so that I know that every stage and age has benefits and fun things. I’m so looking forward to seeing what kind of toddler, preschooler, little guy, big guy he’s going to be. But I’m still sad that his babyhood is flying by SO FAST.

He continues to be an entertainer and a flirt. He makes friends wherever he goes. It’s actually quite cute. He has a little fan club at church of ladies who “fight” to hold him. Yesterday, we sat by an older man that we’d never met and he played with baby the whole time and tried to entertain him. It was sweet.

We call him “fat baby”. Compared to fat babies he’s not fat but he’s much chunkier than James was. James had a baby checkup where he was 95% for height and 5% for weight. He never had a bit of pudge on him. This baby is definitely higher on the weight curve and has some delightfully pudgy thighs!

At 8 months Nathan–

*still loves daddy and big brother so much

*loves to laugh

*loves to make us laugh

*like to play with cords and chew on shoes (eww…)–my friend said he sounds like a puppy.

*army crawls

*sits up pretty great although he doesn’t get down from sitting up yet or go from laying to sitting on his own

*loves to eat

*has 6 teeth

We’re loving him and are so thankful he joined our family!


Choosing Thankfulness

by adustyframe ~ March 20th, 2014

The past few days, I seem to be caught up in several situations that are less than pleasant. Grouchy people, people making sure that others always know about other’s sins (mistakes, failures, past…).

I have to be honest that it gets so wearisome and I think “What in the world is going on?” and “How did I get in the middle of this?” UGGGH!!!!

But then I think that it’s up to me. It’s up to me to carry their grouch around with me or not. It’s up to me whether or not I’ll treat them like they treat me (or my family members). It’s up to me whether or not I’ll go around pointing out their failures or not.

I think instead of carrying their grouch around and instead of being petty and nasty, I’ll focus on God and His great goodness to us.

Habbakuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.


Giving emeals A Try

by adustyframe ~ March 17th, 2014

During my pregnancy and recovering and getting used to a baby in the house, I got a little lax about planning meals.
There was always food in the house, but when James or Lee would ask “what’s for dinner?” I’d say something like, “We have hamburger, eggs, cheese, …..” then we’d think of something to eat.

We ate lots of the “same old stuff” and I imagine that got old. Actually, Lee and James started making fun of me. They’d ask what was for dinner and in a high voice say, “We have eggs and cheese.”
So, even though Lee is gone a lot and we don’t cook quite as much when he’s gone, I decided it was time for a change.
I’m fully capable of making a menu but for some reason it just wasn’t getting done.
My friend does emeals and showed it to me once but I didn’t pay much attention. A few weeks ago, I asked her about it again and she said they love it.
I bit the bullet and bought a year’s worth of menus. I found a promo code online (just a quick search) so it wasn’t too costly.
I also used a promo code to add a lunch menu a week or so later. I only bought 3 months of lunch menus. I just figured some variety would be great.

James is loving it. He seems more interested in dinner and we have fewer fusses about what to eat because mom actually cooked something as opposed to throwing out options at meal time.

At this point, I’m making 3-4 of the 7 meals they send each week and 1 or 2 lunches. The other meals we’re doing family favorites, leftovers, and the old standby…..”find something”.

I like that they email me each week’s menu on Wednesdays.
I also like that you can switch your plan once in awhile. I think I’ll do that to have more variety–slow cooker meals, etc.
I like that they include a shopping list.
I like that it makes me try new things.
I like that it’s no big deal if I choose not to make a meal for whatever reason. It’s just getting me out of the rut and that’s a good thing!

So far the only “cons” are that their recipes are very plain so we add spices and things to make it taste better.
I also use recipes I already know we love if it’s on the menu. For example, we like the Olive Garden copy cat alfredo sauce, so when it was on the menu for emeals, we used that recipe instead.

The other “con” is small, but it seems like the types of meals some weeks are a little repetitive. For example, on week was an Asian dish and then ramen soup…..but that’s a small thing.
I don’t just print the menu and plan 7 meals exactly like they send it. I grow through the older menus and pick any I wanted to try that we didn’t get to and just mix up the plan to what suits me.

I know I could have just gotten myself in gear and planned menus or found a free app, but this is working for us and I’m glad. It makes me feel a little more like I’m getting back to normal and taking care of my boys!

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