Okay, I know its been a couple of weeks now since I made it to my twentieth blog post, but I still think it’s worth celebrating!! So here is a recipe I promised a while back…

Apple George – this recipe is one our dear friend introduced to us by surprise. It sure is nice knowing we have all these amazing people around the world that we call friends and family.  Our heart is definitely fuller from our travels and experiences.

Apple George

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups diced apples
  • 2 cups flour

Mix together eggs (beaten), vanilla, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, oil and sugar.  Then add the apples and flour, mix well.  Pour into an ungreased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 50 – 55 minutes.  This is a very moist cake.  Excellent served hot or cold, by itself or with cool whip or iced cream.

Thank you for making our lives a little richer and our tummies a little fuller!! This post is dedicated to all our wonderful neighbours out there.

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Hope you all have a blessed day, please remember to pass on a smile or a piece of cake with a neighbour or acquaintance.

 

Working hard and hardly working. Slowly building our hobby farm.

Today was a beautiful sunny day!

We woke up early, and had an early breakfast, thanks to our lovely 13yr old who baked us muffins and made us coffee. Then we proceeded on with our outside errands.

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First we had to let the chickens out, and set them up for the day!  They were happy out on the grass.  We had them set up around our lilac bush, which has an ant hill under it and dandylions, and thistle.  Lots of work for them to do.

We wanted to transplant our tomatoes before the temp was to hot.  We decided to put them in the raised beds behind the house.  Until now we hadn’t planted anything here, just lots weeding.

Here are our tomatoes! Hope they survive and thrive.

We finished up around 11:00 and realized we needed to run some errands in town, added to the list buying some more mulch and soil. Being that it was already 11:00 we went inside to prepare lunch for the children. We were pleasantly surprised by the hard work our children did with out being asked they had tidied and cleaned up almost every room of the house.

Children are such a blessing I forgot to get a picture of that, but oh my what a happy mommy was I… I can’t even express how blessed I am and was.

The girls put out the seed bombs we had made a couple weeks ago.  No idea if they will work or not, but a good place to test them out.

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Seed bombs made from shredded paper and wild flower seeds.

We came home from town with six new strawberry plants, a Mrs. Honeyberry bush (to compliment the Mr. Honeyberry we bought a couple summers ago), a Lavender bush and some marigold flowers.  Apparently lavender and marigolds repel mosquitoes, so here’s hoping.

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Mrs. Honeyberry next to Mr. Honeyberry.

 

We made a new strawberry patch out of one of the garden beds by raking up a mound and covering it with landscape fabric.  We spaced them out and hope to soon have a good sized patch.  Titus was really involved in this process, shovelling dirt onto the fabric for us to keep it from blowing away.

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A very productive day today.

May 11th

Nearly two weeks have passed since our adorable little ladies have arrived.

It’s hard to believe because so much has happened in such a short period of time!

For example this pic is from about two weeks ago!

And now…

Spring has come, and with it some very welcomed visitors.

“Will they stay?” the children ask. We all would like that very much.

Visit #2 welcomed guest.

We weren’t sure if our dog had chased them off, so we discussed it and the older girls went for walk to see if they could see them. Sure enough they spotted them, in what we call the big yard. The dog apparently went along with them for the walk and the ducks took flight, they returned as the children and dog turned to come back home.

Visit #3

As you can see the puddle is almost all dried up now! We have talked about building a man made pond back there. So that our guests can choose to be permanent residents if they do choose. Well at least for the summer months.

Can’t help but be fascinated with the skies lately.

Thanks for stopping by, remember to watch the sky!

Have a great day please like and or leave a comment.

Sunday has merged into Monday!

Life is always busy, I like to move slowly because I am not so graceful, and well I tend to be more accident prone then most… but I would like to try and begin running, I used to be a very active person, but since my health has changed. I have gained weight, and activity has been becoming more of a fleeting thought than an action.. so how do I get there? I really don’t know! What should I focus on? I am not sure!!

So what did I do, I searched the internet for some answers!

So here’s to hoping I don’t hurt myself… I am excited to get started, I really want to be more active again, I actually have always enjoyed sports and being active. Just hoping my body and health cooperate with my plans to become more active and fit. 🙂

Hope you all had a great weekend, I also hope you continue to find those little things that make you, uniquely you! Also find the things that bring you joy and contentment knowing it’s what you want without being coaxed into it by someone or something else.

Anyway have a great week everybody!! You are precious! You are loved..

Dreams

Our five year old recently watched a video about dancing and ballet with her brothers and sisters and ever since our living room has turned into a dance floor. I love it! The empty space is very enjoyable, especially when you can see the joy in the children’s eyes as they play out their imagination and fill that space. 🙂

Simply beautiful and enchanting all at the same time. I don’t know if this happens to you, but I feel as though I am swept up in their enchanted vibes as they heroically battle fierce dragons or race horses through the old west. Children truly are a blessing and I long to be as free as they are. Free to explore my wild imagination. Free to be vulnerable in the eyes of others.

It’s times like these that really put life in perspective and bring meaning. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day and neglect what is truly important.

I hope they never stop dancing.

Emotions keep getting the better of me!

I know better.

I understand it doesn’t benefit anyone or anything, yet when I feel wronged, I want to let the world know I am infuriated.

I hate it when everything in me knows that a calm, collected and rational response for these situations is needed. Yet, for whatever reason, time and time again my better judgment is like the quiet person in the back of the room just watching everything take place.

I have realized I am not an adult yet. I have discovered I like to throw tantrums. I like to let the victim inside of me show her “justified” fit of rage.

I could be successful, I could be healthier. I have healthier choices to choose from yet, I let this slimy whining, wimpy, ugly person take over all my good senses and put on a big damn ugly show for everyone to see… even my 14yr old knows I am out of control in all the wrong ways…

Am I mad? Is it mental illness? Is it health related? Is it the stress of life wearing me down to the ultimate lowest breaking point?

When will I grow up, take responsibility and change the situation into something more favourable without letting the enemy or my emotions win?

I really hate that my feelers feel me into so many stupid troubling situations.

Did you know the Bible even has a verse for this? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” Jeremiah 17:9.

Unfortunately, I have allowed this to affect my life and relationships, because I never know when the timer is going to go off. So I have avoided living. I avoid situations where there are lots of people because the other side of being a feeler is we also share our troubles too easily. Our hearts are always out in the open. This makes us a very loyal friend and protective of our group. It also makes us easy to take advantage of because we will do anything and everything for our loved ones and friends.

Anyways, I wish I could keep the strengths of loving with all my heart. As well as the strengths of thinking things through. After all, my mother taught me better.

Is it a sign! Should I quit erase everything and try something new?

It seems I have been trapped, snared captured in someone’s or something’s cruel joke.

Misfortune misguided misinformed I really don’t know what it is about life or if this happens to anyone else?

It definitely happens to me a lot, what am I talking about you might ask, I am referring to the being stuck in a rut mode, that seems to be my life.

We have gone through all the steps to invite change, to move forward to be freed from the what you would call the struggle of life.

I can not control my surroundings, as much as I try to be successful to take steps to learn strategies to be efficient and productive, there is always the outside influence I can not ignore.

I try to set up for success, yet continue to fail.

Does this make me a failure? All these things that come between me and achieving my goals. Is it part of the lesson what am I not getting? Is there something I can still learn, or is it that no matter what climb you are on in life, it doesn’t matter how fast you get to the top, only that you do your best and you don’t give up!

Constant

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What are you constantly consistent with in your life?

Do you have someone or something reliable and constant?

Are you reliable? Are you steadfast?

What does this mean?  Maybe in society, in the normalities of life we have forgotten how to be there for each other?

Do you make it a habit to be there for your friends or your family? How about your job?Do you keep your word? Or do you say things with good intentions, and then excuse away when the time comes?

Have we become an inconsistent generation, a people who don’t keep their word?

Maybe we have, but it’s not too late to change.

You want consistency, be consistent.   Move among like-minded people, who for the most part, value similar things.

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COMMUNITY, RESPECT, and a sense of family.

We have found this hundreds of miles away from our home in R.V parks all around Canada and the USA.

It is so refreshing and such a blessing to find people that genuinely care about you and your story. People that are quick to help each other out no matter the circumstance.

Slow down and reconnect with what is important to you.  Be prepaired to be pleasantly surprised, hopefully the same way our family was.

Thank you to all that have welcomed our family into your lives . We love you and are forever grateful.  We are thankful for all the constants in our lives.  Don’t lose sight of the constant people in your life, the ones who stick with you through thick or thin.  It is easy to miss them in the constant inconsistancy.  IMG_0696

Blogging is not for the weak.

IMG_0708Hello friends, family and fellow bloggers.

I have been attempting to write a post since the last week of December.

I don’t know, I have started many even finished a few, but never hit the post button.

So today, without delay is my let’s get this going again post.

You all have been such a support, and I really appreciate how you take the time to read my posts, comment and press the like button. Thank you!

My hubby is also writing a blog, and well it makes it a little hard to be creative with out feeling like we are repeating each other. So I have decided to stop caring and just post anyway. 😝

I miss you guys, and like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with writing a post. However our days fill up quickly and I don’t always prioritize my time wisely. I also like to procrastinate, but I hope that this will continue to strengthen my ability to overcome bad habits, and negative emotions that hold me back from accomplishing a post.

So thanks again for listening to the many ramblings of Laurel.

 

**Also we were unable to connect to WordPress to upload anything for a few weeks due to technology being dumb.  Figured it out and we are back in business!!

We celebrated another birthday on the road!

Unfortunately we have been enduring the flu roller coaster, so we weren’t partying at full potential. Saving it for when we are all feeling better.

Still I wanted to do a tiny Birthday Tribute to our 2nd born child who turned 13 last week. Marideth Grace is our go-getter. She is quick to lend a hand around the house and is an expert diaper changer. She is an artist and an athlete at heart, gentle and thinks of others before herself. Happy Birthday 🎉

It is hard to believe that she is 13 already and we are cherishing every moment with her as she continues to grow into a beautiful young woman.

If your in the area come by for a piece of cake!

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