Friday, December 28, 2007

Girls Group

Last week for girls group we finally had the opportunity to finish the rolls (see the December 8th entry). Due to the ice and snow, we had had to cancel two weeks, thus the girls were very glad to be able to finally finish their project! While the rolls were baking, we discussed proper table manners as a part of feminine etiquette. Once the rolls were finished there was enough for all the girls to enjoy one and for each family to bring some home. The girls are always so excited to show their families the "fruits of their hands".

Making the rolls

Making a recipe card

Leah fixing one of the girl's cross-stitches

Music Practice at our House . . .

Leah backing up on guitar.

Mom playing her hammered dulcimer

Leah, Dad and Ryan

Ryan experimenting with different types of back-up

Me playing fiddle

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Blog!

How excited I am to announce Leah and I's new blog!
Both Leah and I have had a desire to work together to share what the Lord has been teaching us through His Word. That desire led to exploring the different outlet options that were available to us and at the encouragement of our Dad, we began this blog, Follow in His Steps. Its purpose is to encourage young ladies in their journey towards godly womanhood. (Don't worry though, the As Lilies journal will also continue as a place for everyday happenings!)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Iced In

Well, we're 'iced in' here in central Missouri and consequently we've been home all day. Dad thinks that we got between 3/4 in. to 1 in. of ice and sleet. Thankfully though, we still have power - others in this storm have not been as fortunate. Another storm, perhaps worse than this one, is forecasted to move through our area Monday afternoon into Tuesday. It will be interesting to see how that develops.

This afternoon, I took a walk and photographed a bit. Amazingly enough our yard is not terribly slick (not like this past January) as much of the rain soaked into the snow that was already on the ground and after the rain, the ground was coated with a thin layer of sleet. It is quite interesting as we can walk right on top of the snow/ice and while we walk the ground makes an eerie creaking and groaning. It is so still out that this noise echoes considerably.







Leah changing the duck pool while Ryan attempts to remove some of the ice from the netting. He was able to get quite a bit off which is good as it looks like we're in for another round of freezing rain tomorrow. The netting most likely would not be able to hold up under a heavy load of ice.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A New Duck Pool

About three weeks ago we had a warm spell during which Dad and Ryan finished the duck pool. It is quite a bit larger than our previous one and this one has a drain. It is SO much easier to change as before we had to bail the pool out. I'm so glad that the first pool was simply temporary!

Ryan digging and hauling dirt to the duck pen. The weather looked quite
a bit different only a few weeks ago!

Dad tamping the dirt

We are using the pool now, though we still need to put some pea gravel around it. The pool is so nice and the ducks have been greatly enjoying it!

Snow!

Thursday we had our first 'real' snow of the year (we had previously had a few flurries) and by Friday morning we had about three inches on the ground. It surely is beautiful!

Yesterday the snow melted a bit, but then today it is in the 20's with freezing drizzle. The forecast all through next Wednesday is freezing rain. Due to the weather Thursday, we canceled girls group which we are glad we did as the roads out where we live became quite slick. Ryan even had to take an alternate route home from work due to how bad one of the roads was. It looks like it could get worse though with all the freezing rain forecasted. Oh, the joys of winter weather!


Leah has been live trapping at our place the past several weeks and so far has caught a great many opossums and one raccoon. We released all of them a ways from our place as Leah doesn't want opossums and the one lone raccoon had a badly scarred face. Previously she had trapped out at Ryan's place and only caught one opossum. It sounds like a great many trappers are not having a very successful season so far, and it will be interesting to see how the fur market responds. Below is a photo from one of our trapping trips out to Ryan's.
Ryan and Leah walking to bait a trap. This was one of our snow flurries that we had and it was absolutely beautiful! The snow flakes were quite large and were falling softly to the ground. I took this photo during one of my many trips back up to the truck. Leah kept remembering things she needed or questions she needed to ask Dad (who was waiting in the warmth of the truck), so in order to help her, I was her 'runner' and ended up making several trips up and down the hill before the traps were finally all rebaited.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Fall Cleaning

Last week I began my fall cleaning of our house. A little late, I know. I love doing this type of cleaning and I've been going room by room and cleaning it top to bottom. So far the living room, dining room, entry way, laundry room, and bathrooms are completed. Still left are our kitchen, two hallways, the office, and all our bedrooms. As I've been cleaning, I've been trying to think of how to make our home more of a haven for my family. A place that is not cluttered, but yet not bare. It has been fun! The room that needed the most help was the laundry room - in order to get to the bathroom you have to walk through our laundry room and thus it is a room that many people see! I pulled out the flowers that Leah and I had dried and made a few arrangements. This was my first time arranging dried flowers and I greatly enjoyed it. Here is the basket that was put in our downstairs bathroom:

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Girls Group

Girls group on the 29th of November went very well. Below is Leah and I's actual plan that we used for the day. Keep in mind that this is just a guideline and not word for word what we did.

November 29th, 2007

-Small Talk

-Pray

-Review godly speech

-Begin making rolls

Study on Countenance
-Proverbs 15:13 “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.”
-What is the countenance? (the expression on our face)
-Why is our countenance important? (Our facial expression is a reflection of our heart. Often times the only thing that people will see and remember of us in passing is our countenance – our face must reflect the love and light of Christ)
-What are different types of countenance? (discuss/demonstrate)
How does our countenance affect other people? How does the countenance of other people affect us?
-Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

-Write in journals

-Cross-stitch

And there you have it, the basic outline for one week.



Measuring the flour

Lots happening - adding shortening, stirring, and measuring flour

Blending

Adding enough of the remaining flour to make a 'soft dough'

My hands were quite busy during the next step: kneading (thus no pictures of this). Only one or two girls had ever kneaded before so it was an interesting experience! After kneading we set the dough to rise. As we only have two hours during girls group, there is not enough time to make rolls from start to finish so this week we brought them to the first rising. And then next time, prior to girls group, Leah and I will get the dough to the same point that the girls had it. Then when the come, they can begin right where they left off. Out of all the cooking we have done, I believe that learning to make rolls has been the girls' favorite.