What to do when it's rained all week (and the apartment complex runs the sprinklers every night, too)? Play in the puddles! :)
It requires a bath afterwards, and a load of laundry as well, but the children have a lot of fun being allowed to just splash -- and wade -- in the big puddles. We're still waiting on the weather to turn warm and sunny here... and it really better! I will be sad if the sun doesn't shine as much as it did last summer.
I get to cuddle with sweet Moshe while the older children run around outside. Moshe is so sweet and the kids often ask me to turn him towards them so he can watch their tricks! He is a real favorite around here. And no wonder: he's often smiling, always ready to listen, loves to snuggle, and enjoys all the commotion around here. :)
I snapped this photo of Yehoshua "babysitting" for Moshe. Yehoshua ended up fallng alseep there, and I found Moshe just quietly looking at his big brother. :)
I've had the pleasure of getting "interviews" with a few friends! Here are their questions to me, and my answers. See the bottom of this post for the rules if you want to play along! :)
Questions from Elizabeth:
1. What is your "dream home" like? How many rooms, how much land, etc.?
I think some land would be nice (a few acres), for things like a garden, animals, and kids playing outside. As for the home itself, I think I would choose these rooms: living room, eat-in kitchen (WITHOUT CARPET; this is my main concern! haha), 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, and a room for Joshua to use as a library/study/office. I know Joshua has mentioned wanting a nice (dry) unfinished basement for things like ping pong and kids' toys. And since we're talking "dream" home, I may as well add a 2-car garage! :) I wouldn't want a large home to have to clean/care for, but yet it would be nice to be able to practice hospitality more easily, and with a large(r) family, I'm guessing that means ~1500 sq. ft. or more...
This is a hard question for me, though, since I don't foresee actually getting my "dream home" any time soon and the easiest way for me to be content right now is to not daydream. ;) It helps to be reminded of those who have so much less than we do, like our precious sponsored child through Compassion International. It's hard to feel justified in wanting "more" when others have so little.
2. What is your favorite thing about living in WA so far?
Our friends and family here. :) Going to church regularly. Seeing mountains and ocean and the long summer days that aren't too hot to get out and enjoy!
3. What kind of homeschooler do you consider yourself? By which I mean, do you lean more towards unschooling, strictly text books, unit studies, classical education, etc.?
Can I choose "some of everything"? :) And I'm such a novice homeschool mom, seeing as my oldest child is only 6. So far we're doing some text books, but we do a lot of "real life" learning too. :)
4. Have you always enjoyed cooking and kitchen creativity or is this a more recent development? Did you cook a lot growing up?
I didn't cook a lot growing up, but my mom did/does, so I've learned from watching her and asking questions. I could cook when we got married 8 years ago, but it's really been since that time that I have branched out and done lots of cooking and tried lots of new things!
Both Joshua and I enjoy cooking but I do get tired of it. I get interrupted all the time these days, with 4 kids underfoot, so it's not as relaxing as it once was. The good part though is that I've learned a lot of new healthy EASY meals and can still get a home-cooked dinner on the table and spend time nurtuting my children. They are definitely more of a priority than cooking as a hobby right now... :)
5. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Are you content with life as-is or do you have a few dreams and goals?
I try to be content with how my life is right now, but I do have some dreams and goals! I hope in ten years, I am more loving, more Christ-like, kinder, more generous, less selfish, and closer to God. We'll have teenagers by then and I pray we can maintain a sweet closeness as a family.
Ruth (2) with her sock monkey and Moshe's quilt
Questions from Brandy:
1. I remember you used to study Hebrew. Are you still doing that? Are you teaching your children Hebrew?
I studied Biblical Hebrew for a short time when Joshua and I were first married, but that is as far as I've gone. :) Our children know a few Hebrew blessings and some Hebrew words from Bible discussions, but we haven't formally taught them Hebrew.
2. How do you feel about your cooking blog now that you've been at if for nearly four years?
I love that so many of our family favorites are on this website by now; it really is handy to have my recipes properly typed and all that. I like looking back at my old blog entries and reading about the things I was doing 3-4 years ago! So I guess in general, I like having a more established website.
I've learned SO much from the many helpful and knowledgeable readers that take the time to read my blog, and I also really appreciate the kindness shown towards me and our family. I feel so blessed by all of you!! :)
3. What's the biggest difference in your life since moving from Ohio to Seattle?
The biggest difference? I think that would be the traffic! Traffic on I-5 near Seattle is very different from traffic in a small town. :P
But thankfully, I don't have to deal with traffic very much, since I'm home a lot. So maybe housing is the biggest difference of all the "differences" that affect me!
And then there's the mountains, the tall evergreens, and the hills. About as different from NW Ohio as it could be! :)
4. What's Joshua going to do with his degree? (I know this isn't about you, exactly.) ;-)
Write and/or teach, on the Scriptures and Biblical topics. I think he has an amazing calling in this area! I can't wait to see where YHWH leads him/us. (He's finishing his BA in Theology with an emphasis on Biblical Hebrew.)
5. What's your dream house like?
Oh, this is a popular question! See the top of this post. :)
Moshe (4 months old)
Questions from Heather:
1. I was reading back on your journal, you homeschool? How is that going lately?
Homeschooling. Well, I guess it's going pretty good! :) I'm still working on ways to make school fun for Yehoshua (6). We try to do a little each day; e.g. 15-20 minutes of math, 10-15 minutes of reading, a page of writing, etc.
I'm not planning to take a summer break, but we do take off whenever Joshua has a day off work, and sometimes for other special occasions (maybe 2-3 days per month total) and those little "mini breaks" are so nice!
2. Tell me about the kids, milestones, age, personality, whatever!
Yehoshua (6) and Eliyahu (4) are close in size and do many/most things together! They love running, swimming, playing with cars, playing games, and eating! :) Yehoshua also loves video games and would play them all day if he were allowed. Yehoshua is sensitive and caring; Eliyahu is sweet but also very tough.
Ruth (2) is just starting to put together sentences that we can understand. She's a sweetheart motherly type who helps me take care of Moshe (the baby), laughs a lot, and loves her dolls. :)
Moshe (4 months) is a sweet baby... just learned to roll over when I put him down on the floor to play! :)
3. What are the big things going on in your life right now?
So far this year, we had our fourth child, our other children all had birthdays (and I did too!), we bought a minivan, and we sold our car. :)
The next exciting thing coming up is my brother's wedding here in WA in July, and then in the fall we will probably be moving.
Aside from a few odds and ends left to take care of, I'm hoping to be done with "big stuff" for a little while. I feel like I need a breather! :D
4. Are you going to update more? :-)
At my LiveJournal, probably not very often. I like the archive there (basically our first 4 years of married life is chronicled there) but don't really have the time to write any more than I already do here. And I much prefer to blog on my own website! I do still use LiveJournal to keep up with friends who post there. :)
5. Tell me a little about your faith.
I was raised in an Independent Baptist church and got saved when I was 5. During my early teen years I went through a time of basically rejecting Christianity and then choosing (again) to accept it with my whole heart, believing for myself rather than just because it was what I had been taught.
I never did stop studying the Bible and questioning things, though. I guess being homeschooled had made me a good independent learner! I did tons of reading and had lots of long conversations (debates, really) with our pastors and many others (anyone who would listen, actually!).
When Joshua and I first met, I still considered myself essentially a Baptist, even though I believed in keeping a 7th-day sabbath, wasn't celebrating Christmas, and was calling Jesus by his Aramaic name, Yeshua. :)
But my faith in a nutshell... I guess I would say I'm a Christian, I worship Yahweh (the LORD) who created all things. We attend a Messianic congregation on sabbaths, for study and fellowship. :)
If you want to play along:
1 - Leave a comment with your blog URL, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your blog with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.