A Note about our further problems:  We got our template switched over, and when we went to go look at all the comments we were getting, WE COULD NOT SEE THEM!  Do you know how maddening it is to know you have seven comments, and not able to read one of them?!  It is very maddening!  Well–the comments are fixed, but our homepage is very  W-I-D-E!  Oh dear!  Well, it’s getting there!   Thank you all for your comments!  We LOVE them : )      ~Jessica


Hooray!  The Surprise is here! 

   Do forgive us for the delay…we would have had it up last night, since we were up until midnight anyway, but we had some technical difficulties .  Such as things getting mixed up on the sidebar, or the blog template suddenly getting bigger than what it was on our testing blog, etc, etc, etc!  We still have one big problem, being the picture at the top won’t center for all screen resolutions, so if it looks off centered, that’s because your computer has problems!  Just kidding!  Right now it looks fine on our screen resolution, and we are going to try and fix it before long, so that it will look centered to everyone.  If you happen to know how to do this, we would be happy to hear from you!  I googled it, and googled it, and I am not finding anything very helpful—at least for what would work for homeschoolblogger : )

      AND having a new blog template is not the only surprise, we are going to be hosting four giveaways!  Stop by next Monday, September 7th, for the first one!  Each of the following three Mondays, we will  be hosting a new giveaway.

      One day, Susannah and Cassia told Leah and me that they had this great idea…we should CHANGE our blog template, AND host a giveaway for our  one year "blogoversary" : )  At first I thought they were crazy!  The giveaway was doable, but changing our template was another story.  We all agreed that it had to be something we all really liked, not just something we could put up with.  So in the past few weeks, I have gotten a crash course in HTML .    What you see is the finished result of  trying "this", and trying "that", and approving everything by at least 5 of the seven sisters : D  It’s amazing it’s even done!


   Okay!  Now for some pictures : )  This past Easter we took a lot of group pictures as you probably remember, and so a few weeks ago, we decided we needed some updated, summer pictures : D  Enjoy!


Being the oldest, it has taken a long time for me to be able to "look up" to any of my sisters : D  As you can see here…I finally can!

In order: Bekah, Leah, Cassia, Susannah, Jessica, Anna, Charissa

 Forget the tree huggers!  We’re corn huggers .



 Well, Susannah is tall, but not that tall…she had to stand on her tip-toes.


This one is my favorite!


What happens when somebody on the bottom decides to be ornery, and fall down?!


We are all supposed to be whispering and pointing at the camera, but it looks more like we’re just sharing secrets : D  Something sisters do well, right?!






Stair steps.


And our two, very cute, adorable brothers, who kept running in and out of the corn while Mommy took our pictures : D


I made the next pictures bigger, so you can see what we’re doing  : D


We can be pretty goofy sometimes….




And serious when we need to be…


….but not for long!

We were trying to do the "serious face" pictures, and as you can see in the picture above, some of us were having some trouble : )


Watch out!  It’s a good thing we weren’t shooting at Mommy!  Although it would have only been fair….she was "shooting" us!


Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to visit us next Monday for the start of our giveaways!



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The SURPRISE You’ve Been Waiting For…

28 thoughts on “The SURPRISE You’ve Been Waiting For…

  • September 1, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    It looks GREAT! I want a new template too!


  • September 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    WOW! I LOVE the new template! I was really suprised when I clicked on your blog, I thought I had accidently clicked on someones elses blog! I love it!

    I really like the picture that you have a the head of your blog it fits perfectly!

    I could not wait for this day to see what the suprise was!

    (I can totally understand about the template and the pictures not working! When I made my blog it was really hard to get everything right!)

    Anyway, thanks for the suprise!



    P.S. Can you post your ages on your blog if you don't mind? I like to see how close you guys are in age πŸ˜€

  • September 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I love your new template!!!! i knew it was coming! well, maybe you can do mine sometime πŸ˜‰ I like the pics. too.



  • September 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Love all the pictures! Especially the corn huggers lol πŸ™‚ Happy Blogiversary!!

  • September 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Nice new layout! Lovely and fun pictures of all you girls as well!


    / Linda Marie

  • September 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    It is a little off centered but hardly noticed.

    Hope you have a good evening


  • September 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    It looks great!!!! I love your new template; but especially the new pic!!!!!! And all the rest of the pics are lots of fun, too. πŸ™‚ I KNEW you couldn't hold a serious face that long. πŸ˜€

    It's a good thing I know your secret now… I might have died of suspense! Ok, not really… especially as I forgot over the weekend. πŸ˜€

    Lots of love to you all!

    God bless,

    ~DB πŸ™‚

  • September 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Oh this is beautiful girls! The header image is just dahling! I love it!!! Lovely job, lovely colours, lovely girls!!!

    If you need any help with anything let me know. I was waiting to complete these few orders I have and then I was going to offer designing a template for you all but you've already done it!

    wonderful job!


  • September 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    oh, if you can't fix the things you want too I have a three column template that may work better if you want to use it as the base – with centered header. lol

  • September 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I think thost pictures are nice and funny. πŸ™‚


  • September 2, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations on your blogoversary! πŸ™‚

    I Love all the pics of you girls! Very special!

  • September 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I like your new header! And some of those pictures made me laugh!! Y'all are so cute:) It must be fun having seven sisters. I have one sister and six brothers, but they are wonderful!!! Oh, if you don't mind me asking how old are all you?

  • September 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Oh goodie! I can't wait for the giveaways! I love giveaways. I love your pictures, too!

    Have a very bright, very cheerful day!

    Miss Eyebright

  • September 2, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Oh, how beautiful! I simply love looking at your family photos! These are wonderful!

    Hope everything works out with the new template!!! *smile*

    God bless!


  • September 3, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I LOVE your blog!!!!!!! I am so glad I finally found a blog that is really conservitive!! I have visited other blogs before and I am like are you sure these are Christian?!!! About your header, if you visithttp://www.homeschoolblogger.com/elizasblogtemplates

    She is my best friend and she redoes templates, so she should be able to help you!


    p.s. visit my blogs!



  • September 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    The new template is lovely! You did a good job!


  • September 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    you guys are funny cute picture's


    Sir Eric

  • September 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I like the one when you all are on top of each other! That is the one!

    I hope you can come over again!!


    Miss Hannah

  • September 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    There are several really good photos!

    I think I like the last one best… I think the one where you all are rolling around after falling down from the pyramid is pretty cute too!

    I would have loved to have been there with your Momma as she took that photo, laughing about it!


    Mrs. Dixon

  • September 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I really liked the first picture–you all just lucked out being the perfect heights for standing like that? Very cool. πŸ™‚ But I also like the one in your header. It's a little closer so it's more distinguishable. Nice choice.

    Anyways, I saw your 'hand embroidered diary giveaway' announced in Joceyln's weekly and it dawned on me that I'm nearly finished with my current diary and that one is just beautiful! So, I'm crossing my fingers and hoping to be the lucky winner. πŸ™‚

    You all have a beautiful blog and family!

    God bless,

    Mary Lund

    jesusbmylight (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • September 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I LOVE these pictures!!

    At first, my favoite was with all of you peeking out from the one in front of you's shoulders! (It reminded me of The Sound of Music, for some reason)!

    I also liked the one titled "Stair steps." I like how there is a straight and narrow path – that seems never-ending – in front of you.

    The one with all of you in the grass resting on you fist is good, too! It looks relaxing!

    I would say your mom is a good photographer! Who thought of all those poses?!

    GREAT job1 Thank you for sharing.



  • September 10, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I like the corn huggers picture the best! =)

    My caption:Saving the world, one corn stalk at a time!



    Edited by SmartyJones on Sep. 10, 2009 at 2:20 PM

  • September 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Love the new look! And all the great pictures! Such fun! O.K., I couldn't think of anything really good off hand, but I think in the whispering picture you're all saying something like, "Hmmm… Well! That IS interesting! But did YOU hear what happened to Joy Jones?!" πŸ™‚

    Oh, and my favorite pic was the one with you all in the Pyramid:)

    Must go! Sure have miised seeing ya'll! Farewell!

    ~ The Absent Minded Goat Tender πŸ˜€


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