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Favorite Christmas Present...

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Not my favorite present received...but the ones given. This year we gave the girls 18" dolls that I made outfits for.
For Liz...A Kirsten look-a-like:

For Amber...A Josefina look-a-like: We got them some American girl books and I made their meet outfits to match them...along with a few changes of clothes :)
I'll have to admit that the girls reaction wasn't quite as dramatic as I was expecting, but they seem to like them!
Hope everyone had a good Christmas and is looking forward to a Happy New Year!
Amanda "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."   ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9

Merry Christmas!

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"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14

Thanksgiving Card...

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This week I've been doing a little more "scrapbooking" than normal...in the form of some cards!

Today, I made a Thanksgiving card for my Grandma...
I thought it turned out pretty cute...so I think I'm going to make another one! :)

Be careful for nothing;  but in every thing by prayer and supplication  with thanksgiving let your requests  be made known unto God.  Philippians 4:6
Amanda

Autumn's Bountiful Apple Blessings...

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Last fall was a very sparse year for apples due to a late frost in the Spring...which made apples more expensive around here, so we did not can any last year.

Well, this Autumn has brought an abundant amount of apples! Not only are they more available, but this year we have been blessed beyond a doubt by all the apples we have been given!

The neighbor has a newer orchard and wasn't really expecting apples yet, so since he did get some, he gave us a box of apples and let us gather the ones dropped from the trees...for FREE!
We made and canned applesauce!

Then, we were going to get some more apples from the local store to can chopped apples for use in apple recipes {mostly pies :)}... however, before we did, some friends offered apples they had picked from a relative's tree....

These generous friends gave us two boxes...for FREE!
 I got all set-up to can apples on Friday...
and after spending most of the day in the kitchen I'm feeling blessed because I already have 12 quarts…

A Favorite Dessert...

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Autumn is in full swing here...beautiful leaves, bright pumpkins, bountiful apples...oh how wonderful it is.

Wow! It's been TWO months since my last post, how time is getting away from me. Today, I'm breaking the silence :) to show you one of my all time favorite desserts...

Apple Dumplings! Apple dumplings are wonderful, but are a little time consuming, so I don't make them often. However, today I decided that they sounded really good...so I took the hour or so out to prepare them and then tonight we can enjoy a very fall-ish dessert!
What's your favorite dessert?
Be strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7

Amanda

Calendar Board...

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The crafting time that has been found this week was devoted to finishing a calendar board for Quarter-Acre Academy :) We are now using it each school morning after our opening (which is a few songs, prayer, reciting the books of the Bible, and our school verse [Rom. 12:2])...
Liz also has a daily sheet to work on that goes with our board... I saw a bunch on different sites, but none were exactly right, so I made my own!
Liz has to fill in the sections using the calendar board... once she fills in the number for the day, I help her count (by 5's) the boxes for her to filling in. I am also still helping her learn the 5's for tally marks...then we use the boxes to help us do the BIG addition problem! 
While I was deciding where to put our calendar board in our school area (aka. the dining room) I decided that since I was moving things around and it was almost mid-August, I would get the fall decorations for the dining room out and redecorate at the same time!
So here is now how t…

Quarter-Acre Academy...

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Our Summer has been whizzing by and making the time to blog very elusive! Things have been fast pace since we returned from our vacation, we had some church activities, then a week at camp, and upon the return home from camp...computer issues - ugh! I'm thankful the desktop computer is almost back up to full function...just running a little slow and one more program left to reinstall [and it is a less used program :)]!

Amid the computer issues..I am very thankful that during the almost full week of the desktop not working, I still had the laptop to use - yeah! So, I was still able to get things around so we could begin our new school year last week.

Welcome to...
Personal side note...this pen drawing is nicer, but I like the look of it in color too! I had been reading some different homeschooling posts on FB that suggested naming your home-school (and in NC they actually require you too...interesting). I thought it would be cool to name ours even if it's not required here...so…

Palm Trees...

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When I was a little girl my family visited Myrtle Beach, SC for a couple of vacations. The first time was in 1982, where we stayed at the Myrtle Beach KOA Campground. Near the playground, my sister and I got our picture taken by a small palm tree...
 When our family returned there in 1991, we had our picture taken again, by the same tree at the campground.
 Well, this year I was able to again return to Myrtle Beach with Chad and our girls on our family vacation. We did not stay at the KOA on this trip...we were visiting with some of Chad's family, so we stayed with his Aunt...

On Sunday morning while I was getting ready for church I remembered the above progression of pictures by the KOA trees and thought it would be neat to take our picture by them...but we'd have to find the campground.

Well, I hadn't mentioned it to Chad........so imagine my excitement when as we were driving to the church we had chosen (even before we left PA) to attend on Sunday morning was right besi…

Travel Companions...

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This summer seems to be filling up with some travel plans and so I decide to make myself a purse/bag that would accommodate all the things needed when out and about on a day trip... like my camera, regular purse items, a bottle of tea, my Kindle, and a couple diapers and wipes for the little one - trying to eliminate carrying the 2nd bag! [There will still be a bag of back-up/extra stuff in the car though! :)]

This is what I finished yesterday...
The Day Tripper bag :)
 It is a little bit bigger than I first was thinking in my head...but I think the laptop might fit in it too, so that works! It's not real noticeable in the picture but on the left side is the water-bottle pocket and there is a pocket here on the front.
The only thing I think I dislike so far is the spot where the zipper meets... I'm wishing I would have gone with  either (1) trying to incorporate the longer zipper I had gotten for this project but decided not to use, or (2) gone with a coat/jacket zipper...oh w…

Shirt-to-Dress...

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Last night I finally dug into the pile of shirts I had set aside to refashion into dresses/skirts for the girls. Today, I finished the first one...a dress for Amber!
This shirt was in a bag of clothes given to Chad...it was too small for him, so now Amber can wear it!

The Body is the bottom section of the shirt, the upper horizontal band is from the arms, and the sleeves are the cuffs with some white material attached to match the bottom ruffle.
A new dress ready for Summer!


Now on to one for Liz!






Reflections...

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It's is amazing how quickly time goes flying by! A week can go by in a flash with a busy schedule...that never seems to slow down - and I know ours is definitely less filled than most! :) This is for sure one of those busy weeks...not so much in places to go, but things that need to be done.

This is a good time to pause and 'reflect' on a few things...like in this poem that has been in the nursery at church for as long as I can remember, but I never really read it till a couple months ago...good things to ponder on a regular basis!


Reflections If I could Start over I would...
   * have more realistic expectations for myself.
   * learn to say, 'this too shall pass.'
   * make a point of enjoying every stage of life.
   * cherish every friendship.
   * put less emphasis on material things.
   * refuse to take my own transient feelings so seriously.
   * worry less about failure.
   * spend less time wondering about other people's opinions of me.
   * talk less.
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Little Blessings...

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This afternoon while standing in the kitchen making some sweet tea and not feeling like making dinner, also not really sure what to make...I decided to not to start anything just yet and write a blog post instead. I was in the beginning process of deciding what to share, the phone rang... It was an invitation to go to a Spaghetti Dinner -- and their treat :)

So, we quickly got ready to go and had a nice evening out...and I didn't have to cook.

It continues to amaze me how God blesses us with simple things on the days we really need it! We really do have an Awesome God!


Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Psalm 48:1

Refreshing Week...

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I knew it had been a while since I wrote here, but didn't realize it had been almost a month! Whoa!


I haven't been able to do a whole lot of crafting lately, so that has been part of the dwindle in blog activity and I've been contemplating that recently... more on that in a minute :)

The past week has been busy with church ministry things, starting last Monday with our church's monthly ladies meeting...which had a great attendance and a good devotional on giving our all in serving. Then, on Tuesday, we went to our area's Tri-State Pastor's Fellowship for the day, which was a great day with a ladies get together included during the time we were there. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones!

The end of the week was winding down some and, on Friday, I squeezed in some sewing time and made a large round quilted hot pad for my new large round stoneware with handles from Pampered Chef. Loving the stoneware :)

Then on Friday I was reminded by a FB post th…

Another year older...

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My oldest little girl just turned 5 and had a great time celebrating getting another year older...
We had a party for her at church after the Sunday evening service to celebrate with our friends...it was fun and she said she really liked it :)

Then on her birthday, we had some leftover cupcakes :) and she blew out more candles...

Also, over the weekend we went to a couple of Maple Producers open houses during the NW PA Maple Association Taste & Tours Weekend.
We began at Yatzor's Sugar House, where we had pancakes and ham...and I 'gracefully' spilled my full cup of coffee on myself :) We moved on to Hurry Hill Farms and Museum so the girls could do a few crafts (which Liz remembered doing last year). We were attending a wedding that afternoon, so we were unable to go on the wagon ride, or to any other sugar houses along the tour, but it's a fun family activity!

Lizzy received a great craft project for her birthday... FOAMIES!
She did three at one sitting, and then …