Friday, April 5, 2013
1. I have been on bed rest since January. It has been really hard, but worth every minute of it - and we are thrilled baby is fine and growing well. Only a few more months until she is here. This is why I have not been able to be on here as I would like to, or do many of the normal things I do. My life has been wrapped up in getting the basics done around the home -
2. Because of bed rest our whole world has changed. Homeschooling happens around my bedroom. We are 10 weeks into our year thus far and loving it. I am thankful for Sonlight and the easiness it has enabled me to teach each day even though on bed rest. The children are thriving and excited everyday to do more school!
3. The children and my husband have taken over all responsibilities of the home and I have learned to "let go" on many of the things I thought were important, but really aren't. It has been amazing to see the house stay together, and my family pull together to make things run as smoothly as they can right now. I am so thankful and have gained a greater appreciation and love for my little family.
4. With bed rest has come a surge in working on my own schooling. I just finished up level 400 of my Master Herbalist Course. I should be finished with the Nutritional Herbalist Courses by next month. I am loving it!
5. Have been using "hands on" learning here around the home with my herbal knowledge. That has been so exciting! I have helped clear up really bad eczema, cured a sore throat in less than 24 hours, ear problems, and colds. It's been so neat to see God's natural healing through plants and herbs.
6. Husband was diagnosed with a rare disease that involves iron and we have had to switch our diet completely here at home. We have had to go from a meat every day diet, to no meat at all! It has come at an amazing time though, as I have just finished learning about nutrition and diet - and so we have put into place all I have learned and use it in our daily life. What a dramatic switch it has been - and a positive switch for us too! Weight loss, more energy, and the craving for the yucky things of food have finally left!
7. Easter was great. The children are growing up too fast. We decided to start doing our Easter fun things on Saturday and have more time to concentrate on the Lord's Resurrection on the Sabbath. It was really wonderful!
8. The children are growing up too fast! Princess C. is preparing to be baptized this summer. Prince B. will be 3 this fall! Princess A. is excelling in her piano skills ~ I am so blessed!
I know once the baby is here (in July) I will be back to blogging and my old self!
Love to you all!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Girl! We are just thrilled! Things are going well and I am doing fine! I will post soon on all our updates! We believe ALL children are a blessing! I am so thankful to be having another child, and for our family to grow ~ What a blessing from the Lord! Love, Emily Fay
Sunday, January 6, 2013
I am so sorry my friends, but I am closing down my blog soon. With pregnancy, homeschooling, being in school myself, and life I just can't keep up on it all. I need to refocus and regroup and enjoy the quiet moments here at home with my children, my husband and the new little one who will come this year ~ My first priority needs to be that of my husband, children, and home - and all other things will have to wait for now.
Thank you all for understanding.
Thank you all for understanding.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying a blessed New Year! I thought for this months "Show and Tell" I would show y'all my historical dresses that I enjoy sewing. I am looking forward to getting out a few of my pregnancy Regency dresses to wear as this pregnancy progresses. Enjoy the video!
What fun things are you sewing this month?
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Hello! This is a "You Asked" Post. I was asked: "My question is about oil lamps. You mentioned your family loves reading by oil lamps. This just sounds so intriguing to me. I would love to know more-- like where do you get oil lamps these days? What kind of fuel do you have to use? What does oil lamplight even look like?"
We started using oil lamps about three years ago and purchased some from our local grocery store. You can see them above. They were quite cheap (about $15), and had oil and wicks for them. We enjoyed these oil lamps, but we needed about four of them to make any difference in a room for light. We quickly found that the oil we used was a smoke-filled burn as well, and the smell was not pleasant. However, at the time it was all we had... and we enjoyed the glow of them.
We then set our hearts on an Aladdin Lamp (click name for link). Aladdin Lamps use a mantle and burn as bright as a 60 watt light bulb. The oil used (Aladdin Oil) is clean, non-smoking,and does not have a smell!
Here is a photo looking into our house with our oil lamp lit. It is VERY bright.We would like to have two or three for around our home to use at night. We hope to switch to it eventually. Our oil lamp we have burns for 12 hours.
You can see some videos on the Aladdin Lamps below. I purchased ours from Lehmans, deep in Amish country.
So, yes, we love to read by oil lamp each night. We enjoy reading books from Lamplighter. Currently we are reading _The White Knights_. Lamplighter is a Christian book store that reprints books from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th century books that have good morals and values in them. We just LOVE them!
I hope this answered your questions.