Miranda and I have been spending as much time as we can knitting lately, and Lilyann just cannot be left out! She went and found her own yarn and knitting needles, and before we knew it she had joined us on the couch.
Apparently beginning knitting involves using your toes too!
Way to go with those knitting needles Lilyann! (I have a photo of her the last time we were eating out at a chinese restaurant that looks just like this, just substitute the needles for chopsticks!)
Hard at work. She was intensely working away, just trying to knit like mommy and big sis!
What a girl! Knitting has been a fun, relaxing hobby. DH got a new scarf for Christmas, and I am now working on another one. I have plans to give out lots of hand knitted items for Christmas next year. Lilyann won't be far behind me if she keeps this up!
This lentil soup is the BEST! It had the best flavor ever, and it is so healthy! It makes a nice big pot, and so yummy on a cold winter day! I felt so good feeding this to my family. The girls asked for seconds! So, here I will share the recipe.
Best Lentil Soup
2 lg. onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 celery ribs, chopped
3 carrots, chopped coarse
1 tsp. curry
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
5 C. water
5 C. chicken broth, or veggie chicken broth
2 tsp brown sugar
2 T. ketchup
3 C. chopped canned tomatoes
2 C. lentils, rinsed
1. Cook onions in small amount of water over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add garlic, celery, and carrots. Add water as needed while sauteing.
2. Cook vegetables 10-15 min., until softened.
3. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer 2 hours or until lentils are tender.
Lilyann is talking!!! A couple of months ago we had a speech therapist I work with come in and start working with Lilyann, since she was just not getting past her one word phrases, and her speech didn't seem to be progressing. DH was a bit more concerned than I, but I agreed to some short term intervention. Within a few weeks she started stringing together two words, and now she puts many 3 word sentences together! "Mama, play ball!" is one I hear a lot. I also hear, "Mama, I hung-ree" quite often. It is really cute! You can see her little mind going when she is trying to think of what it is she is trying to say, but she just can't find the words! She is trying hard, and we usually can't get her little jabberjaws to stop most of the time and I have to have her take a quiet time, just so I can rest my ears a bit! I can tell from here on out, life is going to be interesting, as the world of words and phrases is opening up for her!
I am spending some free time tonight looking online for candles. I love candles! I love to have them burning all throughout the house. I love the warm glowing look of them, the scents, the diverse types and styles there are. I love the grubby ones, the bakery style, votives, tealights, and jar candles. I just love candles! They come in every scent you can imagine, and of course, I love the food scented ones best, like Grandmas apple pie, spice cake, carmel pecan sticky bun, vanilla, and warm cinnamon buns. I would even love to make my own candles some day. I was looking at so many of these candles tonight, that I found my mouth watering. I got so hungry that I was fantasizing about eating a huge cinnamon roll with warm icing ooozing down the sides. Mmmmm! I couldn't take it any more, I ran to the kitchen and made myself a mug of hot cocoa with mini marshmallows! That helped...now I am off to find some to actually order. I am thinking that the soy candles might be best, they are said to be healthier to burn, and most people use cotton wicks, which is better too. I also love that I can get them from people that are making them at home, so I can support someone who has their own little business. Oh, and if you know of any that you love, please leave a comment or email me, and share!
The other day I had placed a bunch of kids books on the couch for Lilyann to read, as you can see in this photo. I came back into the room about 5 min. later, and found her deeply engrossed in one of my husbands seed/gardening catalogs. Why read a fun kids book, when you can read a gardening catalog? I find her doing this often. She seems to like our books, catalogs, and magazines much better than her own!
We are a christian adoptive family! God has pieced together our family in a way that is more beautiful than anything I could have imagined! We have adopted internationally, as well as through the US foster care system, but most importantly we have all been adopted by God! Ephesians 1:5 says "God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ".
We live on a small hobby farm, and homeschool our six children. Life is full!
My first miracle born in 2001. After giving birth to her, I realized that being a mother was the best job out there, and children are a miracle and precious gift from God. She is a true country girl at heart. Horses are her passion. She is an amazing big sister to her 5 little siblings!
Adopted from China in 2007.
Her sweet spirit fills our home with beauty and love. She is our little dancer, and introduced me to the world of recitals, dance practices, tutu's and ballet! Most of all, her love for Jesus shines bright, and even at her young age, she has a passion for orphan care and missions. These are subjects she talks and prays about on a daily basis! Can't wait to see where the Lord takes this girl!
Adopted from U.S. foster care, July 2013.
God's surprises never cease to amaze me. He is Laney's full sibling who came to live with us in Nov. 2011. Our son since the day he arrived. This is the sweetest boy you will ever meet.
Adopted from U.S. foster care November 2011.
Words cannot describe the joy this precious pumpkin brings to our lives! Another sweet miracle fromt the Lord. She was our first foster baby, arriving at the age of 7 weeks. We were blessed to adopt her in November of 2011. She refers to herself as a princess, and is also a lover of kittens, books, and dancing. I guess many more dance practices and recitals are in our future, lol!
Adopted from U.S. foster care, July 2013.
She was our second foster child who came home from the hospital at one week old. She livens up our days with her endless energy and strong will! It has been such a joy to see her and Austin have the chance to be together as brother and sister, and they definately have a bond that makes my heart smile!
Adopted from U.S. foster care July 2013. What a surprise it was to see that the little boy I pictured in my mind, who only the Lord would know, was actually in need of a forever family! Another miraculous gift from the Lord. He arrived at 4 mos. of age in Oct. 2011. Cute as can be with a contagious laugh and smile.