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Wonderful Possibilities

Well, my first morning to wake up with my coffee and come to this new MrsSurvival with so many wonderful possibilities! Of course I've got to figure them out a bit, but that's part of the adventure! Plus, don't you think it's kind of neat that we're all learning together! This is an historic moment for MrsSurvival and we are a part of it! How cool is that?   I am discovering a little at a time some of the many perks that this upgrade has afforded us. We are in high style to put it straig

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Whittling

A little over a year ago I ordered the nicest whittling beginner's kit for one of my sons for their birthday. He thought he'd like to give it a try, I thought it could develop into a neat hobby for him. He tried it, He didn't like it. It was too painstakingly detailed for his happy-hyper self and so, I gave him the money I had spent to go on something he liked and inherited the tools, books, blanks and etc... for myself.   From the beginning, I was captivated. Taking a piece of wood and

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Welcome to my corner of our new home!

Welcome my friends to my little corner of our new home on the internet. I can't wait to get to know our new place! It just looks so sophisticated and classy! Thanks to everyone who worked to make it possible.   I'll be adding more later, but just wanted to greet you and give you a warm welcome! Drop by often!   Stephanie    

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Tuesday Tidbits

Today is Tuesday. Since Henry went to a four day work week several months ago, Tuesday is the beginning of our week days. Since Monday's are now a part of our three day weekends, I never dread Monday's like I use to.   I find that I'm enjoying Tuesday's as well. I try to never schedule anything on Tuesday and just stay home and do what needs to be done after three days of projects, chores, errands, shopping,etc... It's revolutionized our life style and I am so thankful that Henry's comp

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

The Worth of a Week

One week ago today my mom and step-dad arrived and now they have gone. It was a lovely visit and so very productive in every way!   My step-dad brought all of his handy man tools and my dh took the whole week off to tackle numerous building, maintenance, repair projects in our home and on our little homestead. My two oldest ds's worked right along side them assisting and learning so much. A new kitchen counter top, a new bantam coop, new nesting boxes in the big coop, an addition to the goa

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

The Weight is OVER!

I did it!! I spent the money and made the commitment and signed up to Weight Watchers On Line! I've been trying to get ROUND TUIT for over a year. Kept looking for that perfect moment to get started. This morning wasn't perfect at all, but I did it anyway.   So, I entered in all my info and got my "point* allowance for the day and realized I had already spent about half of that daily amount with the big breakfast we had eaten of sausages, eggs and grits   But, I don't care, well I do

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

The Lesson of the Nine Bean Soup

This morning, as I was taking an inventory of my dried beans I decided to make a Mix. We love the mixed bean soups and those bags of beans are much more expensive than individual bags. So, we looked at our assortment of beans, we had nine. I commented that this was one variety of beans per person in our family. I used one of the storage containers on wheels that I have mentioned before and we began to pour in the beans (4lbs of each variety).   Black-eyed Peas Navy Lentils Green Bab

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Stephanie's Life as a Mommy and a Wife

I think I'll tell you a bit about me. I think I've been assuming that everyone already knows, but maybe you don't.   I live in Alabama with my dh Henry and our seven children whom we have been blessed to make our own through the miracle of adoption. We have been married 26 years! I assure you he is the only man on earth who could live with me that long, he is amazing and the love of my life.   Our children, and how they came to us, are miracles indeed. Just briefly, the are   ds

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

So, do Wether's make good milk goats?

I almost giggled out loud, assuming the man was making a funny. But, then I caught the sincere look on his face and caught myself. We were at Aslan's Puppy Training and he was a visitor from another class.   The trainer asked how Aslan was doing with the goats and the man said, "Oh, we really want some goats. What kind do you have?"   Eager to help I said, "Oh we are just getting started, we have two Nubians and two Wethers."   That's when he asked, "So, do Wethers make good milk g

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Significant September

For months, literally, I have been wondering what September would bring. Why September?   Well, it started about seven months ago when I was on the treadmill and reading my Bible passage for the day. I was reading about Joseph when he interpreted Pharaoh's dreams.When Josephs explained to Pharaoh that this was a time of 'plenty and prosperity' and that during those 7 years that should prepare for the 7 years to come, I just knew that I was to do the same. Not necessarily for the seven yea

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Signature Story

I have a new signature and I wanted to tell you about it. It was a difficult decision for me as I went about looking for the picture that would represent me and who I am.   I am a homesteader-in-training and love my goats and chickens. I homeschool my children and have adopted them all. I love to read and write stories. I could go on and on, just like you could when you try to summarize yourself. But finally, I decided that one particulary scripture was the best representation of me a

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

SEW Excited!

Y'all, I am SEW excited!   Last summer we changed churches and started attending a local fellowship. It was a good decision and has made it much easier for the kids to be involved with activities and etc... My dh is very involved with the boys groups, the FCF (Fronteirsmen Camping Fellowship) as well. But me, well, I don't know, since we moved here over three years ago, I've been a bit of a hermitress.   Well, this latest story that I've been writing in Fireside has made me do some so

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Seasons

Everywhere I look blooms are bursting forth! Our gorgeous ornamental Pear Trees are solid white with tiny beautiful flowers. The peach trees are covered in delicate pink adornments. The plum trees are starting to display a little color as well.   Seasons are a lovely gift that the Lord has bestowed upon us. Each has it's on purpose and is necessary.   The important thing to remember about seasons is that they change. It's not going to stay as rainy or cold or hot or dry or humid as

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Sam's 'Click and Pull'

I just tried the Sam's 'Click and Pull' for the first time. So, hopefully after PT tomorrow I can go and pick it up without having to 'shop'. Here's what I got...   Item Description Item # Quantity Unit Price Subtotal FULLY COOKED BACON 72 COUNT 272086 1 $8.52 $8.52 I try to keep a pkg of this on hand, very handy and shelf stable   DQ PK SALMON 4-14.75 4-14.75 OZ 822899 1 $7.67 $7.67 noticed I needed mored salmon the other day when counting   CHOCOLATE PUDDING 112 OZ. 4

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Routine Requirements

I seriously need to develop some routines into my life. I tend to resist the constraints of routine. I like to live in a free and flexible manner. But, although it is appealing, it is not necessarily wise or healthy.   No matter that I don't have to set an alarm clock, catch the school bus, clock in at an office or have dinner promptly at six...there should still be some Routine Requirments in my life. I have the greatest of intentions. But, I don't always follow through. ::   Our swe

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Prepping vs. Collecting

I struggle with this... Collecting my Preps and not wanting to use them.   Whenever I'm canning something I am almost hoping one jar won't seal so that I can taste what I've done. I'm a bit better than I was, been working on it. I rememberJudy saying in a post, that we were 't creating a Food Museum with our canned goods (a while back). That really got my attention!   Months and months ago I bought a Berkey, went through heck and high water to get it. I was so proud when it ca

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Popcorn *PoP*PoP*PoP*

Did you know that Popcorn is a Whole Grain and has lot of nutritional and healthy benefits?   I've always been a fan of Popcorn in its many varied forms. Whether it was dripping in butter at the Theater or in a box of Cracker Jacks at the ball game...formed into a PopCorn Ball at Halloween or caramelized with brown sugar... yum yum yum!   I have loved it when I wasn't counting calories and I have loved it when I was. On its own, it's nothing but good... our adding toppings are sometim

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Peanut Butter Powder

This week the kids and I did an experiment with Peanut Butter Powder. Some months ago, I had purchased this...   http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_FS D140_A_name_E_Peanut+Butter+Powder   I decided it was time to open it and see how we liked, what it tasted like, what in the world you did with it!   The instructions on the #10 can say: Mix 1 TBSP of Powder with 1 Tsp of water. Add a small amount of sugar for flavor. Add a drop of oil for creaminess.   First, we all tasted

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Pay Dirt!

We knew that this year we were going to have to buy some dirt. I don't mean the bags of dirt which we've bought so much ofin the last three years, but dirt by the pickup truck loads. This Alabama Red Clay has been an aggravation each year as we've attempted to garden with it. This morning dh went to a gravel/soil business that opened up recently to get the prices and see what was available.   The man who owns it says, "You came at the right time, you see that dirt over there, it's in my

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

On the Mend

At one point this past weekend I just felt so tired and wanted to sit down, but, couldn't justify it with so much needing to be done. About that time, my second son who is 13 brought his blanket that had some tears in it and asked me if I could mend it.   Well, I'm not much of a seamstress and I can't remember the last time that I sat down and mended anything, but I decided to try. This would give me a good excuse to sit in the recliner with my feet up and my hands busy.   This blanket

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Offended

This morning I was doing some personal Bible Study and read the following scripture...   Mat 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.   This made me think about being offended and what it means, how it develops and why it happens. Unless you are the Saint I Ain't, you, like me have found yourself offended at times. As a matter of fact, I'm struggling with an offense right now. Someon

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

My Grandma DeMoss

Today my Precious Grandma DeMoss is celebrating her 89th birthday!! I so wish that I was there to hold her in my arms and look her in the eyes and try to convey what words could never say...how much she means to me, how much I love her, how much I appreciate her.   Grandma is an amazing person and a Godly woman. The influence that she has had on my life and the lives of so many others is without measure. She was the oldest girl of a very large family and was a Daddy's girl and a devoted da

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Mom! Look What We Found!

You hear that an awful lot when you live out in the country with a pond and creek and a few acres!   Like today, my middle son brought me the cutest little turtle. Yesterday my oldest son brought me a humongous wood beetle. There have been collections of army ants, crickets, grasshoppers and frogs (even tadpoles). But Monday they really lucked up and found ....         Well, we don't have a cat or a kitten and they just thought this was a DANDY addition to the menagerie. This

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

La Petite Poule Rouge (The Little Red Hen)

In Junior High School I was in a play that my French Class did for the younger grades.   I was - La Petite Poule Rouge (The Little Red Hen)   I had to go to all the other characters and ask for help only to hear them say over and over Pas Moi! Not Me!   Now, here I sit, three decades later wondering if I've become a real life La Petite Poule Rouge.   I'm answering myself with those same two little words - Pas Moi!! Surely not!   And yet, I find in my possession a newly ac

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

How is Everyone??

I noticed that our blogging efforts have really slowed down. Y'all must be as busy as I am. So much going on.   Mom and Pop will be here next Friday so we are working like Trojans getting ready for their visit, it's been a great motivator!   Dh and the boys are out in the garage cleaning and loading a trailer to go to the Thrift Store for donation. This is a very good thing!!   Not only are they coming and I'm dusting things that haven't been dusted in far too long, I'm trying t

Stephanie

Stephanie

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