It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Perhaps that was last month…but we were so busy then, we didn’t have time to blog!

 

This post is primarily about Christmas Day, but a few more fun things we did in December were:

 

1. Operation Christmas Child.  It’s so much fun filling ‘shoeboxes’ with all kinds of fun and useful things and then sending it off to someone across the world who will hear about (and see!) the love of Jesus.  Even the boys get in on it and love it :)

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2. We had Grandpa Jerry and Grandma Zelda over :)  You probably remember Susannah and Cassia’s Washington D.C. trip, and how they adopted some new grandparents for us…so the rest of us got to meet our new grandparents, hehe!

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We had SO much fun visiting together and getting to know our new grandma and grandpa :D  It was sad when they had to leave!  They are both so sweet, lots of fun, and their love for Jesus just shines through.  We love them! We played some of our instruments for them, and sang, and got to hear more about the D.C. trip.  Now we can’t wait to see them again!

 

3. Santa came to our house in his fire truck ;)  We’ve posted about him before, but he comes every year and gives out small bags of candy.  Who cares about sleighs when there’s a real live fire truck with sirens and lights going, right in your driveway! :)

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Quite possibly we are the oldest ‘kids’ in Mentone who still get excited about Santa coming :D  It’s tradition!

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4. Susannah, Leah, and I (Jessica) went to see the “Messiah” live for the very first time this past December!  Ohhhhh!  It was absolutely delightful!

 

 

5. Christmas dinner!  We always split up the Christmas menu between all of us girls so that we don’t have much to cook. Then we get as much as we possibly can all done before Christmas.  On Christmas Day all we have to do is pull casseroles out of the fridge and slide them into the oven, and then pull out pies, salads, and all the ‘cold’ stuff :)   It also makes for less dishes on Christmas Day…which we are exceedingly happy for!

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More Christmas Dinner preparations…

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Cassia & Bekah

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Kitchen craziness

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6. Christmas morning!!! Having our favorite Christmas breakfast of egg casserole, orange juice, and cream cheese cinnamon rolls.

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Charissa even decked Noel out for the day.  Not sure if Noel was so thrilled about it, but she sure was cute!

Noel is our new house cat.  Yes.  House. Cat.  Who would have thought we would have such a thing?!  We’ve had house dogs but not cats.  She’s supposed to be in the house temporarily, but we said that back in November…

But she’s adorable and we all love her :D  Susannah got her from the post office.  She’s the third cat we’ve gotten from there.  If you don’t want a cat…stay away from the post office, lol!

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Waiting to open presents together…

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We took about forty-five minutes just opening stockings ;)  We like going one at a time and watching to see what each person got.

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So many faces going on here…

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Isaiah & Bekah

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Noah & Charissa

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goofy faces

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Since I was born on Christmas Eve, the hospital gave me a ginormous stocking (and put me inside of it!).  Every year Daddy and Mommy took a picture of me standing in it, until eventually all of the pictures were the same…me trying to fit both feet inside of it while standing up.  Now I just check to make sure everything is out when I’m done opening it ;)  I love Anna’s face here.

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Not sure what was so funny…but I love this picture.

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Susannah, already writing in a new planner she got in her stocking.

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Ever since Noah got a Nerf gun for his birthday, Isaiah has been wanting one…you can tell he’s pretty happy with this present!

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I love these faces of surprise and delight!

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Guess who else wanted a Nerf gun?!  We’ve had a few Nerf wars since.  Once Cassia was trying to read a book in the middle of a war, and she kept getting hit in the head.  “Not around civilians!  Go somewhere else!” she told them.

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And the Nerf guns have lead to statuses like these:

 

 

 

One of our favorite ‘tricks’ to throw someone off the track of what we got them is to get a huge box, load it up with school books, wood blocks, etc. and wrap it. Rebekah actually weighed her gift to Anna and it was 29 1/2 lbs :D

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Waiting for our turn…

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Rebekah’s present to Anna didn’t arrive in time, so she gave her a piece of paper saying ‘Error 717: gift cannot be found but will arrive eventually’.

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Susannah and Bekah had a ‘thing’ for destroying every bow that came on their present…that’s what she’s doing here…

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Anna surprised me and got me a birthstone ring…something I really wanted.  THAT box weighed 28 1/2 lbs and the ring box was tucked in the corner beside all of Anna’s schoolbooks :D

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 Cassia, super happy about…whatever is in that box!

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Charissa took the time to make Mommy a really, really neat scrapbook with all of our pictures in it :)  I think Mommy liked it ;)

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Some of Leah’s amazing gift wrapping art.

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Everybody intent on whatever Leah is opening…

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I gave Cassia a birthstone ring, and she liked hers a lot, too ;)

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Noah and Isaiah got new basketballs…Noah is smelling his, hehe!

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Isaiah opening a gift from Charissa…

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…a hand carved tiger!

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This…is simply adorable!  Noah made a ‘Joy’ sign for Mommy.  And the J is backwards.  Oh he’s adorable!

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More of Leah’s art…

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Charissa made her guinea pig, Chloe, a couple of presents.  One of them was a tunnel.  Chloe loves it…she loves anything she can hide in!

 

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Noah and Isaiah were opening identical presents, so Isaiah turned his head because he didn’t want to see Noah’s before he got his own opened :D

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Mommy and Daddy kept kissing…and some of the girls were hollering and teasing them about it.  So Mommy put up a towel that Daddy gave her so we wouldn’t have to watch :D

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Anna loved the ruffled journal cover that Susannah made her.  It was a true act of love from Susannah, because she doesn’t like ruffles, and she can’t stand loose threads, and these ruffles have raw edges :D :D

 

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Probably THE highlight of Christmas for these two was getting their very own BB guns!  And let me tell you, they are good shots!

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They’re already talking about when they’ll be big enough to go deer hunting with Daddy :D

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After all the gifts were opened, we had a ‘hugging party’…

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…everyone was giving each other hugs saying, ‘Thank you!  Thank you!”

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 Best Christmas Ever!!!

(until next year)

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The aftermath…Isaiah just looked over my shoulder as I was typing this, saw the picture and said, “That is some serious junk!”

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Next, it was time for Christmas dinner…ham, barbecue cranberry sauce, marshmallow apple salad, ‘yummy’ salad, two different kinds of sweet potato casseroles, ‘gourmet’ potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and green bean casserole.

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The pretty table…

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I had a lot of fun this year wrapping some gifts that made a lot of noise.  One was a catnip mouse for Noel that squeaked whenever you moved it.  The other one was a set of sleigh bells for our family orchestra.  We’ve talked and talked about getting them, so this year I decided to surprise everyone and get a set.  Here’s a little tiny snippet of one of the songs we play around Christmastime, Sleigh Ride for Strings.  It was our very first time practicing with them, but it still is pretty neat with the bells.

(Did I mention those bells are so fun?!  I wonder what the UPS man thought as he brought that jingling box up the sidewalk).

 

 

After I wrapped both of those noisy gifts, I rattled and squeaked them on my way downstairs to put them under the tree, and Leah kept trying to grab them and figure out who they were to :D

We ALL had fun snooping this year…maybe more so than we usually do.  We didn’t snoop enough to find out what we were getting, because we didn’t want to do that, but we just had fun shaking, peeking, and looking to see which packages were ours :D

I would start crawling around the tree, looking for gifts addressed to me.

A sister would come in. “Jessica!  What are you doing young lady?”

Me: “Oh, just checking the tree water!”

Sister: *starts crawling around the tree with me*

Another sister comes in: “What do you girls think you are doing?!”

And so it goes on.  Half the fun is getting caught doing it, hehe!

 

7. The last thing we did this year was go to jail!  Every year for the past three years we’ve gotten to sing and play our instruments for the inmates.  The first time we did it we were a bit nervous, since we’d never been to jail before ;)  but once you start singing for them, you see that they’re just regular people, too…like you.  And somehow they bless you while you’re trying to bless them :)

And we did get out of jail in time to come home and celebrate with our customary whistle-blowing, pan-banging, hollering and shouting at midnight to ring in the new year :D

 

Stay tuned…pretty soon we’ll be putting up another post on when we got our Christmas tree ;)

 

Hey…it’s better late than never!

 

jessica

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Sisters Treasures #103

 

Seven Sisters Treasures #103

Quote of the Week

We ought not to rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of Tabor awaits us. How pure are the dews of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers aloft, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem!

Many saints are content to live like men in coal mines, who see not the sun. Tears mar their faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil.

Satisfied I am that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the palace roof, and view the goodly land and Lebanon.

Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition! Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ. Make Him the source, the center, and the circumference of all thy soul’s range of delight. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God!

Charles Spurgeon

The Bookshelf

Finding Your God Given Marriage Partner by Davida Yemi-Akanle
Davida’s book, Finding Your God-Given Marriage Partner is a quick, but one very encouraging read!

We girls have noticed a trend of advice for young ladies that you need to, ‘position’ yourself, or ‘put yourself in the path of young men’, know what to talk about to make yourself interesting to guys, dress this way, don’t dress that way, etc. etc!

While we don’t advocate hiding in a cave in Antarctica all of your days with a bag over your head and your only conversations are with penguins about shopping, Pinterest, and nail polish…we also didn’t feel comfortable with this idea of needing to be ‘proactive’ like this in finding a mate ;)

For sure we should meet people and make new friends. For sure we should always be learning about new and useful things (and thus having interesting and useful conversations). For sure we should dress nicely. For sure we should not do these things in hopes of finding a man :D

Is it really ‘up’ to us?!

Davida encourages you through the Bible, and shows you that, yes indeed, God can, does, and will provide :)

So if you’re looking to be encouraged, we recommend Davida’s book!

P.S. we just recently found out that she has books 2 and 3 of this series almost complete! Woohoo :)

 

“Single Ladies:
Please notice that in Genesis Eve hadn’t said one word to Adam, yet Adam recognized who she was, and announced that she was “the one” publicly.

When he’s heard from God about who you are, you won’t have to do any campaigning or convincing. He’ll know you when he sees you.”

David Burrus

Check out David Burrus’ Facebook page for more encouragement ;)

Videos of the Week

Emma and Cinnamon–Best of Friends

 

Random Acts of Pasta

 

A Ripple of Kindness…

The Recipe Box

Mini Cream Cheese Fruit Cups

 Cream Cheese Fruit Cups

1 batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe (look below for ours)

4 oz. cream cheese

8 oz. Cool Whip

Chopped strawberries, kiwis, grapes, blueberries…any fruits you like!

Melted white chocolate, optional

 

Our Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe:

1/3 c. butter

1/3 c. shortening

2 c. flour

3/4 c. sugar

1 T. milk

1 t. baking powder

1 t. vanilla

dash salt

In a large bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 or until softened.  Add about half the flour.  Add sugar, egg, milk, baking powder, vanilla, and salt.  Beat until combined.  Beat or stir in remaining flour.  Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 min. or until lightly browned.

 

Press the sugar cookie dough into mini muffin tins and bake according to your recipe.  The dough will puff up, so as it cools, you can use your thumb or the end of a spoon to press it back down to make room for the filling.  Let cool. Beat together the Cool Whip and cream cheese and fill the little cookie cups.  We used a disposable cake decorating bag to make this easier and less messy :)  You could also use a Ziploc bag and cut off a corner to squeeze the filling through.  Top with the fruits of your choice.  You can also drizzle a little bit of white chocolate over the tops, which makes it even yummmmiiieeerrr! :)  Cover, chill and serve.

 

This recipe is a variation of Janelle’s from Comfy in the Kitchen.  Check out her lovely blog :)

 

Farmgirl Favorites

 This is a great resource!  We’ve looked into them and they’re great photos, too!  Not cheapo ugly ones :)

50 Sources of Absolutely Royalty Free Images for Blogging! (even for-profit)

 

Some pretty neat houses made from shipping containers…

Houses Made Out of Shipping Containers
The glass garage door is pretty neat :)

Houses Made Out of Shipping Containers
Open and airy…love the big glass windows :)

Houses Made Out of Shipping Containers

 See more cool shipping container houses via Imgur.

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Click on the picture or go :here: to download these lovely images :)  You can use them for personal or commercial use, without crediting or linking if you wish. See her terms of use here.

 

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Cute Quotes

From Jan. 2009

Cassia had finished helping Isaiah with something and after she was finished she asked him, “What do you say?”, hoping to prompt a ‘thank you’ from him.

 

Instead he replied, “Bye!”

 

 

From a long time ago…probably 1990

Once Jessica was throwing a fit about something and Mommy told her, “Jessica, stop throwing a hissy fit!”

To which she replied, “I don’t want to have a hissy fit, I just want to whine a little!”

 

 

December 2008

Rebekah held a cloth napkin up to her dress that she was wearing, and it happened to match.  She said, “I can tell my dress is fainting!” (fading)

 

 

The Seven Sisters Treasures is an {almost} weekly post where we share some of our favorite things. Hope you enjoy! ~the Farmgirls

Macro Snowflake Tutorial

Jen commented requesting a tutorial on how I take my snowflake pictures, so I’m here to attempt one! It started snowing this afternoon, it was fluffy, then turned into sleet :/ but I did get a few pictures.

First off, I shoot in Manual mode, with my macro lens set to manual mode so I can control the focus. Most times, you will want to use a tripod, I’m not one for extra equipment and bulk, so I rarely use my tripod. I like to find things in nature to stabilize my camera. Of course, if it’s in a really low light situation, I get the tripod out!

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Then, using a dark sock hat, I either catch the snowflakes, or dip it in the snow:)

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After studying which flake I should shoot, get my settings how I like them, then shoot :)

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Let me give you a run through on settings :)

 White balance:

This controls the temperature of the picture, weather you want to catch the warmth of that ‘yellowish’ sunny day, or the cold ‘blue’ of a winter day.

Iso: 

The speed or light-sensitivity of a digital camera’s sensor is rated in ISOnumbers — the lower the number, the slower the response to light. Higher ISO numbers indicate a higher sensitivity to light, so less time is needed to expose a picture.

But if you get too high of a ISO, you introduce ‘camera noise’ into the picture. (noise, meaning grainy)

Shutter speed:

Controls the amount of time the shutter is open taking the light in.

Aperture, or F stop:

Controls how much light the camera lets into the sensor

Haha, okay, you probably didn’t think you were going to get a photography lesson ;) But if your beginning on your DLSR, I would recommend using P (Program) mode, it sets the shutter speed for you, allowing you to adjust a few settings on your own.

So with that said, I’ll show you a couple pictures and their settings.

 White Balance- today was a cloudy day so I chose: Shutter speed-1/200, F stop-5.0, ISO- 1600

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This one is the same except for the F stop, it was 6.3, but in this picture, you can see I had a rather high ISO, which is why the background is rather grainy and not smooth like the next picture.

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This one has a smooth background because the ISO is lower.

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And, if that didn’t make any sense whatsoever, feel free to comment and ask any question you want, and I’ll see what I can do to answer you :) !!!

But most of all, don’t stress. Have fun! And really, no photographer, (professional or amateur, ) always gets it perfectly right!

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A Christmas Tour

After seeing on Pinterest blog posts on Christmas tours, I decided that it would be fun to give you a Christmas tour of our house!!! :)   Now, while this isn’t Pinterest Perfect like all the ones I was seeing (not a spot of dirt or dust, not a toy out of place, no dirty dishes in the sink, no laundry laying on the stairs), it’s still fun, and it is very much home to us!! :)

 

Anywho, enjoy the tour :)

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Our old front door that leads into the library….rarely used anymore.  We love old doors to set around for decoration :)   When we go into second hand stores, or antique shops, we always admire the old doors :)  The decorating here is compliments of Leah.

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Our main front entrance…

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Just stepping into the entryway

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Looking back at the front door. We got this new garland to imitate one we saw on Pinterest :)

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An up close shot….

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One of our many lighted houses….we have so many, they don’t all fit on top of the kitchen cabinets, so we’ve been finding new places for the extras

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Leah’s chalkboard artwork.  Here is thriftiness to beat all thriftiness.  The frame was old trim outside in a scrap wood pile that Daddy cut and screwed together for us….and the chalkboard? It’s not a chalkboard….just black paper :)

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The cat’s artwork (that rascal has discovered our house plants…..)

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The messy kitchen.  Supper is in progress :)

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All of our aprons :)

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Our Christmas teapots.

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We love our door-less cupboards!!!  :)

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 One of the little shelves over the sink

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Another small shelf over the sink

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Our lighted lighthouse :)

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Lighted houses over the kitchen cupboards.  For the rest of the year we have teapots up there.

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Looking into the main bathroom

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Looking out at the sunroom from the kitchen. Notice the garland draped up on the light?  The cat likes to grab it, take it down and run off with it :)

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Where we spend a lot of our time :)

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Supper is ready!!!!

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The library (our old dining room…until we grew out of it :) )

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Where we put up our Christmas cards :)

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The stairway, where we hang our stockings.

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When you take a left at the top of the stairs, this is what you see…..

…someone’s laundry :D (and three bedrooms). There is always something sitting there….usually laundry :)

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When you take a right at the top of the stairs, this is what you see….

…a bedroom, a bathroom, and someone’s sewing station :)

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Looking back down the stairs….

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In the library….

Our Grandma made this nativity set :)

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Looking into the living room from the library…

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The glorious tree (and accumulating presents!)

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The night we were decorating the tree, Jessica looked up at this wreath and said, “Does that remind you of something girls?”

Cassia: “YES!!! Oh my!! It was HORRIBLE!!”

Jessica: “uh…..horrible?”

Cassia: ” yes….of how bad it went when I was trying to decorate it with dried flowers.”

Jessica: “Um….no.  I was talking about how Great Grandma made that wreath from her grape vines.”

Leah: “Uh, Jessica….that wreath is from Jo-Ann Fabrics.”

Cassia: “Yeah, we bought it from Jo-Ann’s for my flower project for 4-H.  It turned out bad so we tore the flowers off and Leah wrapped it with ribbon for Christmas.”

Jessica: “No, those are from Great Grandma’s grape vines.”

Cassia: “Um, look. There are dried pieces of hot glue.  It was my 4-H project.”

Jessica: *shrugs*.  I still think Great Grandma made it from her grape vines.”

So we don’t know if we have a family keepsake or a cheap wreath from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Either way, it hangs nicely on our living room wall :)

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Our new favorite Christmas candle!!!!  It smells SO good!!! (and pies in the background ready for Christmas!!)

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This is the first time we put lights up on the second story.  I got this picture before some of the lights went out (seen in the very first picture). Those Dollar General lights….just don’t last long :P  :)

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Thank you for visiting and touring our house!

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A Broken Harp {Repaired}

Back in August of 2012 (has it been that long ago?!), I wrote a post about the beginning of my harp being repaired.  I fully meant to write  Part Two way before now, but…life got busy plus I wanted to add a video of one of my favorite songs, Amazing Grace.  It is also super hard to find a time that is quiet enough to make a video when you live in a house of eleven people :D  Which is actually fine with me…it gets a little creepy quiet on the rare occasions that you’re the only one in the house :D

Back to the harp…

The Happy Good News is that it’s fixed!!!  I’m so happy!  But I’m getting ahead of myself…

 

   Here the soundboard,  neck, and column are laying out on his work table. We must have been also canning pears at that time, because they’re ripening on the table in the background ;)

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 {tuning pins}

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 This was the scariest part for me to watch…when Daddy started screwing the bolts back in.  I really trusted Daddy to work on my harp and wasn’t too concerned ’cause he’s so good at what he does :D   But I did get a little nervous when one of the first bolts squealed and creaked as he was putting it in…I let out a little gasp :D  Thankfully everything was fine, it was just protesting a little ;)

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 [Holding the soundboard with the newly glued and bolted base]

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 [Fitting the column onto the soundboard]

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 { holding the harp while Daddy screwed in the column base }

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 Bekah watching the fun :D

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 Tightening the screws in the column

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I forgot to mention all the work Daddy did on the column itself.  It had a few dings and dents in it, so Daddy puttied them and put several coats of stain and varnish and made it look so nice, it looks better than when I bought it!  I love how much attention to detail Daddy has :D

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 Almost done!

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Attaching the ‘crown’ :D

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 Carrying it into the house…

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Back where it belongs ;)

 

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It took a few weeks of daily tuning to get all the strings to cooperate and finally hold any resemblance of a tune :D   The first day I was able to play ‘Amazing Grace’ on it, I was practically hugging it as I played.  It was like welcoming an old friend back home :D

 

In October of this year I put new strings on it, then in November I made my own harp cover :)  I did not have a harp cover prior to this, and was looking at some ready made ones to buy, but the more I looked at it, the more I thought, “Surely I can make that!”  I was able to sew this harp cover for only $27 as opposed to $400…happiness! :D

 

Here’s the ‘hair do’ my harp had during the string change.  I got hit in the face a couple of times while changing those wires!  Thankfully I didn’t get hit too hard though :)

New Strings!

 The finished harp cover…

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Cassia convinced me to embroider my initials on it…I’m glad she did ;)

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And last of all…here’s Amazing Grace :)

 

jessica

A Quick Note to Our Email Subscribers…

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We don’t want you worried that we’re going to send you extra emails you didn’t ask for.  You’ll still only get blog updates.

 

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New Blog Look –Coming Soon!

We’ve SO enjoyed this blog template that our friend Jocelyn made us a few years back that we have been reluctant to change it :)  She did such a lovely job capturing our ‘style’!

But since it’s been a few years, and because WordPress is always updating, parts of it have ‘broken’. Like when you try to go to ‘Page 2′ or ‘Previous Posts’…nothing happens, which you probably have already discovered.  Plus our picture is way out of date ;)

So we’ve been meaning to update it for awhile, and over Christmas break I had lots of time to stay up late, play with code, and make a NEW template :D

Be on the lookout…it’s coming soon!

 

New Look Coming Soon to Seven Sisters Blog!

 

 

jessica

Room Decoration #2

*coughs* so, I was supposed to do this post awhile ago…last year (okay, 2014 wasn’t  that long ago!) Annnd, from all the comments, you all really like it when we do the post’s about our rooms! So here goes!

We had decided we wanted to make new beds, and get rid of our current bed frame (which was actually bunkbeds put together!) and also I found the desk when I went to a thrift store, I wasn’t going to buy anything till I saw the desk ;)

 So this is before we ever did anything to our room (including cleaning it up!)

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Once we moved the beds and vanity out, we lived like this until our bed frames where made…much thanks to our brothers for helping us put all those screws in! (I don’t really specialize in that) ;)

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And here is the finished product! These are kind of dark, so I have lighter pictures below.

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 I so love our new beds! They don’t take near as much space up (plus we won’t have to worry about hitting our heads on the headboard anymore! hehe!)

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We blinged our light switch plate!

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I love love having the big wall mirror! Makes the room seem more open, and as Charissa says, we don’t have to fight for our space while doing our hair! ;)

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And this chair…it was mommy’s when she was in school! But it was a brown with an ugly pea green vinyl covering, so I painted it, and  covered with the fabric.

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 Thank you very much Pinterest for the decorating ideas, bed idea, Noel idea…and so on!

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