Wednesday, December 23, 2015

traditions 2

a christmas tradition i started this year with the little boys.
we used to do this with the kids when they were younger.
candy houses.
i felt that they were too young for real candy houses, so i baked really large gingerbread flat houses.
then i set up the dining room for the parents to help their littles decorate the houses with lots and lots of candy.
it went awesome.  everyone loved it and they want to do it again!

i kept it simple with canned frosting , m & m's nonpariels, gumdrops, necco wafers, mike and ikes, smarties, twizzlers, kisses, and starlights.  each boy also got a candy santa.
joe wanted to eat his santa, but i don't think he did.
ethan took his work seriously.
such a fun family project!

julie is expecting so she got to complete one for baby sophia!
this bubby was really happy that they all enjoyed it!  i look forward to doing it year after year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

new traditions

since i didn't spend thanksgiving with any of my grandsons, i decided to begin a new tradition.  something we could do every year on the sunday after thanksgiving.

we decorated a wildlife tree.
since they are all really small and seriously messy, i premade all of the decorations this year.  as they get older we will transition to them helping me make them.

this is what i made

orange slices with pipe cleaner hangers
half oranges with the insides scooped out and filled with birdseed and pipe cleaners for handles
peanuts in the shell and fresh cranberries strung on thread and then tied in a loop

pine cones with peanut butter spread on them and then rolled in bird seed, again, pipe cleaners twisted onto the end to hang it with

all of the boys (and the grownups) loved decorating the tree which is located at the edge of the lawn.

bubby and grampa with our boys

**this morning when i woke up  i looked out and saw several different kinds of birds flying about the tree, landing and pecking at the seed. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

traditions and change


we had our traditions  

when we were raising our family

sometimes we would be with extended family.  

sometimes it would be just us.  

then we moved to a place where we didn't have anyone but us. 

but we still celebrated holidays together. 

there were five, then four, then three.  now two.

and we are more flexible.  it's not that we don't have traditions, we just know that things change.

and we would rather create our own new traditions than take the leftovers of the day.

this time of life when you have to share your family with others,

 you never get used to it. 

happy thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

how feminism destroyed America

The United States of America

it truly had the potential to be the greatest nation on earth.

under God.


but then something happened.  history repeated itself as it has from the very beginning.

in the beginning, God gave us a perfect paradise to live in with Him.
but He gave us a line that we were not to cross.  we were warned.

don't. eat. the. apple.
you will surely die.

the woman was deceived.  she disobeyed.  the man did not lead.  he went along.
eden was no longer possible.  our relationship with our God was changed.

fast forward to america.  struggling nation.  God fearing, God loving, the majority identifying
as christians--followers of Christ.

then we do it again.
the woman is deceived all over again.  she believes the lie that she can do whatever she pleases in this life...........

even kill her own offspring.

and the man doesn't lead.  doesn't protect.  he goes along.  encourages.
why not?  sex with no strings attached!!!!  woohoo!

this way of life
this fornicating and killing.
it leads people further and further away from their God.

to this time.
when the majority of americans still identify as christians---but they do not follow Christ.

God will not be mocked.
because of our collective evil ways He will not protect us. we will be exiled from His goodness in this world.  we will be taken captive.

all because the woman believed the lie.

here lies the United States of America:  killed by feminism

what is the truth?

men and women are equal in God's eyes.  but the world's eyes are different
the world's eyes are full of lust and lies.

women are now used and abused more than ever before in history, and they are deceived.  they don't even realize this freedom they have is the real bondage.

they have believed the lie that motherhood, home keeping, and marriage are just meant to enslave them.
women are left unprotected because they have stepped out from under the God designed model of accountability and protection.
they give it all away so they can be "equal"

they kill their offspring and think they have gotten away with murder.
but they haven't.  they will suffer in anguish forever.

and because of the horrific practice of abortion; state sanctioned murder of our most innocent and vulnerable citizens, we have all stepped out from under the protection of our God.

their silent screams are heard

their mothers killed them.  their father's did not save them.

and their lives did matter.

more than all others.

Monday, November 16, 2015


God's promises
they are hidden in plain view
no matter how the nations rage
and the world descends into turmoil

God. has. this.

my reading this morning
matthew 21:33-46
parable of the evil farmers

it spoke to me
in this time of trying to make sense
of terror attacks

it told me that we should never back down in proclaiming

that Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone.

of our nation, of our church, of our lives.

it promises me that all who "stumble" on this cornerstone WILL BE brought to ruin.

i can say what i believe no other way.

Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God and the Kingdom of God belongs only to those who trust in Jesus.

Monday, November 2, 2015

lets ramble on......

i really want to blog more.  its not that i don't have anything to say.  i have lots to say.  some of it a lot of people don't want to hear.

i'm a square peg that doesn't even try to fit into a round hole.  screw it.

get it?

my mind works in mysterious ways.......

i can't think of anything i've been thinking about blogging about.  i need one of those little mini voice recorders so i can talk to myself.  i think of topics and usually its when i'm not near a pen paper.  i've got notes in my phone.  but my phone is way over.....


so i'm just going to ramble for today.

i'm going to tell you a little about my hopes and dreams for this day (since its just 8:19 am)

i woke up at 5:30 this morning.  the time change has me off a bit.  i want to go with it.  i accomplish so much more when i get up really early.  i've been a lazy butt in the mornings lately.   it's jeff's fault.

did my bible study.  i'm in matthew 20: 1-16.  it's not about senority or time invested:  it's about God's grace.  that's it.  He is the boss and He can do whatever He wants, who are we to question God?

went on facebook for a bit....tried not to tick anyone off.  that is hard for me.  bite your tongue, karen.

cleaned up bubby's hideout.  thats what i'm calling my craft room now.  i'm a messy doer.  eventually you can't think amongst the mess, so you have to just DO IT!!!

i discovered that i could plug my kindle into the little tiny speakers the kids left behind when they all abandoned me (got married and moved out).  now i can listen to my music on pandora a lot louder down there in bubbys hideout.

i've had my second cup of coffee and breakfast.  for anyone that is interested breakfast was two whole grain toast with cottage cheese and homemade cranberry preserves.  yum!

now.....onto plans for the whole big rest of the day.
clean and straighten
at least one hour of outdoor cleanup (garage, compost, or garden)
at least two hours of wood cutting and brush piling
grocery list
no cooking (leftovers for dinner) yes!!!!!!!!!!!!
working on november activities for ethan.

i'm going to remember this:  in all things i do i will try to glorify God.  in my thoughts, actions, deeds, words...everything i do.
i will fail.....God knows this.  And He loves me.  and He helps me.  And He won't let me just be.  He won't let me continue to fail.  He will help me over and over and over again.  Because He is just that awesome of a Father.


i will try to think of some really interesting topics because i seriously would like to blog more often.
thanks for listening to me ramble.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

no exceptions

all of the hoopla surrounding abortion is about the selling of the baby parts and pieces.

i know it is a foot in the door for the pro-life movement because now the attention is really on this horror that seems to have become our national past time.  well, second national past time with sex obviously being the first.  the third probably has something to do with sports.

but i digress......

whether the murdered babies are being sold, donated, buried or burned really makes no difference in light of the fact that THEY ARE BEING KILLED----THEIR BEATING HEARTS ARE BEING FORCEFULLY STOPPED!!!

let the lawyers wrangle and argue over the "legalities"  i don't care about what the government or suzy q on the street corner thinks.  wrong is wrong is wrong.

and abortion is WRONG.

i am pro-life in all instances concerning abortion.  concerning the taking of innocent life.


in the case of rape or incest, which by the way it amuses me the way its always mentioned separately,  pretty much incest is rape. anyway.....healing will never take place by committing murder.  the baby that is sometimes produced in such cases DID NOTHING WRONG and does not deserve to die.

i've heard talk of late term abortion (shudder) being okay in instances of the life of the mother being at stake.  we are talking about very rare cases indeed, maybe toxemia being one of the most common. i had toxemia.  DELIVER THE FREAKING BABY!!!!  that is a bogus arguement.  DELIVER THE FREAKING BABY!!  LET IT HAVE A CHANCE AT LIFE.

the truth here is that it is really just about getting rid of the inconvenience of a baby.  a life.

another popular arguement is to abort, ahem! MURDER your child in the case of deformity or possible intellectual and physical disabilities.  this is always promoted as being in the best interest of the child.  really?  kill me now.  i have no potential.  i'm not perfect like my mother.

i know that there are many christians who say they are pro-life but condone murdering innocent babies in these cases i've mentioned.

YOU ARE WRONG.  and God is watching.