Goals for 2021 Week 2

 Just checking in here to see where I am with my goals for this year. Not sure if I will do this weekly or monthly. We'll see.... 1. Take care of my health .  I'm working on eating better. And this week I have started being more intentional about when and how and how much I am exercising. 2. Read through the Bible this yea r.  So far I am ahead of the game. I read part of Genesis, finished the book of Job and now I'm back in Genesis. 3. Projects ! I'm not working on wood projects yet because of the weather but I am working on quilting projects. I've almost finished two quilts and have plans in my head for at least 2 more. Possibly a baby quilt included for an upcoming birth. Hoping to have those two quilts done this week or next. 4. Landscape . With all this wind and rain rain rain (this IS Oregon after all) I'm just in the planning mode. I'm pretty sure I know where I want to put my herb garden. I read about someone putting in a hydrangea hedge. I wonder h

Books of 2020

Books of 2020 actually means... the books I kept a list of reading but I somehow don't have May through October ... well, some are better than nothing.   I have put in the bold the ones I highly recommend. Where the Red Fern Grows;   Keep Moving -- Dick Van Dyke One Good Deed -- David Baldacci Marilla of Green Gables -- Sarah McCoy The Lost Letters of William Woolf --Helen Cullen The Chocolate Makers Wife -- Karen brooks Family Tree -- Susan Wiggs Murder She Wrote: Manhattan and Murder  Postscript -- Cecilia Ahern Surprise Surprise -- Agatha Christie A Girls Guide to the Outback -- Jessica Kate Things You Save in A Fire -- Katherine Center Get out of Your Head -- Jennie Allen The Couple Next Door -- Shari Lapena Range of Motion -- Elizabeth Berg The Secret of Chimneys -- Agatha Christie Major Pettigrew's Last Stand -- Helen Simonson Family Matters -- R. Winters and Sherry Lewis Somewhere Between Luck and Trust -- Emilie Richards Salem Falls -- Jodie Picoult Bitter Medicine -

Goals for 2021

  A new year, a new list. So that I don't forget what I'm looking to accomplish, I wrote down my goals for this year. In no particular order.... 1. Take care of my health. As in, go to the doctors... check ups, routine visits, all of that..I don't like going to the doctor. It took getting a nail in my finger last year to get my overdue tetanus shot. Along with doctors, I want to lose about 10 pounds. We took a weekend away in October and I came home with extra weight that wasn't there when we left the house. And it has not gone away. Yet. 2. Read through the Bible this year. I did this back in 2018 (?) and would like to get at it again this year. Day 3 and I'm still on track  3. Projects! Last year I started a playhouse for the kids. Hoping to finish it once we get our windows in ... We'll take a couple of old windows and put them in the playhouse. I also plan on building a picnic table and possibly some Adirondack chairs, although these seem like a challenge, b

Can you believe it?

 We're coming up on one year in our new house. And what a year that has been. I've been looking back over my last posts here and thinking, wow, we had no idea what was in store for us. When we moved in, the college kids were away. They came home for a month at Christmas, and that was so much fun. And then they went back to school and much tears were shed in our abode. And then a crisis hit and the world went crazy.  Having all 5 kids back at home was wonderful, for me. But I know they all struggled. They struggled because they couldn't do what they normally would do at that season. They struggled with the emotions that we as adults were struggling with. They fought loneliness, boredom, anxiety, fear, their siblings, working, homework, sharing a bathroom.  But in the end, would I do it differently? No. We were so blessed to have 7 of us in our home, so that each day wasn't quite the same as the previous. We had plenty of room to roam. We could walk out the door with a di


Ever had day when the hair just wouldn't work? When the clothes just didn't fit right?  Maybe it's been more than a day.  Maybe it feels like months, or years.  For some reason ladies seem to deal with this a lot more than men. I know, men do have their days too, but we all know a lot of social media is focused on how the girl appears. Yesterday evening a family member was lamenting her hair. She was close to wailing. She just "want(ed) it to be normal". Sound like something you've said, or heard? Thankfully my husband was right there and could talk to this distraught person about how beautiful she is and how wonderfully made she is. God doesn't make junk. But Satan would sure love to distort that. Oh and this family member ....she's only 9. Yeah, it starts at a young age, this desire to be like others, to be 'beautiful' as the world sees beautiful. Her dilemma made me stop and think about how I talk about myself, and how I deal with th

Of Books and Things

I found my list! And now that it's on here, I can find it anytime I need to Last year I started a list of all the books I read for the year. And so, just in case you wanted something to read, or were wondering what I did with my spare time, here it is.  (As a side note, some time in October, I started reviewing the books I read on my Instagram page @julikenyon) January 2019 - a book by Louise Penny. Somehow I missed the title on this one, But I love her books! Little Men- Louisa May Alcott Jo's Boys - Louisa May Alcott Kissing Adrian - Siri Mitchell Love's Pursuit - Siri Mitchell Journey to Riverbend - Henry McCloughlin Christmas with Anne - L.M. Montgomery February - The Messenger - Siri Mitchell From the Hood to the Hill - Barry C. Black Children at the hearth - Barbara Swell Kingdom of the Blind - Louise Penny Nory Ryan's Song ((my daughters school reading book)) 12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson (have to admit on this one, I made it part way throu


Two months ago we moved into this new home of ours. Someone asked me yesterday if we are settled in. not really sure what she meant, I said yes and no. Most of the boxes are unpacked. But not all of them. We know where to find most items, but we're still asking "Where is ..." questions. We've fallen into somewhat of a routine, but we're still trying to figure certain ways of doing certain chores. With 2 kids gone, the chore list has changed. With only 1 in homeschool, the chore list doesn't always get done each day. Now that the Christmas break is almost over, we'll be reassessing which kids are in which rooms - since the college kids won't be back for a little while. So, there will still be more change, more figuring it out, more searching for that elusive item that I sure hope we didn't get rid of when we move-purged. But it is starting to feel like home. Even though I still marvel at the view every single morning, I am beginning to