Friday, December 2, 2011


This morning we got together with some of our family members and close friends that are also homeschoolers. The children made pinecone bird feeders and cinnamon ornaments.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

I finished the first mitten from last week, and I cast on the second one last night. I am still knitting dishcloths and the scarf for my father-in-law. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Daybook

For today... praying everyone has a beautiful, bountiful, and blessed Thanksgiving!

Outside my window... a pink and yellow sunrise.

I am thinking... we woke up to the ceiling leaking in the kitchen. It appears to be coming from the boy's bathroom. Chris was worried he would get bored today waiting for Thanksgiving dinner. Now he has something to keep him busy. I think he would prefer to be bored.

I am thankful for... ~ my loving husband
                             ~ three laughing boys
                             ~ extra time with family
                             ~ great friends
                             ~ answered prayers
                             ~ health

In the kitchen... cinnamon rolls and quiche for breakfast and a light lunch, and sweet potato casserole, baked pineapple casserole, and a relish tray to take to Chris's sister's house for Thanksgiving dinner.

I am wearing... black pants, pink t-shirt, and black cardigan sweater.

I am knitting... mittens, a dishcloth, and a scarf.

I am reading... The Foundling's Tale Part One: Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo) 

I am praying... for my grandparents health and for the marriage of a friend.

I am hearing... Martha Speaks on the television, the washing machine, and Chris working in the bathroom.

Around the house... boys, books and yarn. Oh and some laundry and maybe a few dishes. The floors are vacuumed and mopped. Sweet!

One of my favorite things... baked pineapple casserole. We only eat it at holiday dinners. It is full of butter, sugar, eggs, white bread (gasp!), and some pineapple. Yum!

For the rest of the week... detox from butter, sugar, and white bread! Ha!

A photo to share...

Please visit The Simple Woman's Daybook to read other daybooks or to join in.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

Since I finished the hat last week, I have cast on three new projects: a dishcloth, a scarf, and the mitten pictured above. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Novena to St. Anthony

O Holy St. Anthony, reach down from heaven and take hold of my hand.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Yarn Along: Cables!

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

Wow, I can not believe that it has been over a month since I joined Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ups, downs, and everything in between

The last five weeks have been so full of celebrations and sufferings that I have had very little time to rest, reflect, and record. I am making the time today because I do not want to forget the recent events that have brought joy and sadness to our family. I have felt the Holy Spirit guiding us through all of it.

Several months ago, my grandmother was hospitalized and then eventually placed in a nursing home for rehabilitation. While she was there she became stronger and better able to care for herself, and October 6th was set as the day for her to return home. While my grandmother was in the nursing home, my grandfather finally retired from his job so that he would be able to care for my grandmother when she came home. On October 5th, my grandfather was taken to the emergency room because he was having trouble breathing. Fluid was removed from his lungs, and he was admitted to the hospital for testing. On October 11th, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He has been given one to twelve months to live. My grandfather celebrated his 89th birthday while in the hospital, and he finally came home on October 20th. My grandparents are together again. They have beds side by side in their family room. They need a lot of care from their family. Most of our family members have been working hard to make sure they are comfortable and happy. It is not always easy, but we make it work. 

My Grandparents, Christmas Eve 2009

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Finally off the needles

I have been busy, but I have tried to keep up with my knitting.

I finally finished the blanket for Ralph. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Daybook for the last days of September

Outside my window... gray sky and a lingering haze.

I am thinking... about friendship and effort and attention.

I am thankful for... my husband and our children.

From the kitchen... Chris has requested cheeseburgers, fries, and baked beans. I will add broccoli to round out the meal.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Life is full

We have been very busy! The start of the new school year always brings extra activities such as homeschool group meetings, field trips, and Ralph's favorite extra activity homeschool skate.

The fall soccer season has also started back up. Thomas is the only one playing this season. Ralph wants to play, but he is still too little.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Storm Water

We made it through the storm fine. We lost our internet connection for about 24 hours. The lights flickered many times, but we never lost our electric. The transom window above our front door leaked for several hours.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Waiting for Irene

For the last couple of days, we have been preparing for Hurricane Irene. We may be without power for a day or two. We have everything we need and feel confident that we will be safe in our home. We are praying for the safety of everyone along the East Coast that is in Irene's path.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

I got very little knitting done this week. I have been making school plans. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

I have finished the back of this little top and have just begun the front. It is very easy to knit, but I wish I had more time to spend knitting. There are just not enough hours in a day! Ha! I have been reading this very old edition of The Swiss Family Robinson to Thomas. He is really enjoying it. I am still reading Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling.

Please visit Ginny and the other talented ladies that link up with Yarn Along.

Monday, August 15, 2011


The tomatoes are ripe. Cherokee Purple, Yellow Pear, and Big Boy. Delicious!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

The baby blanket is almost done. Ralph has suggested it is for his race car bed, so that is probably where it will end up when it is finally finished. Yesterday, I cast on a smaller and more portable knitting project for a friend's young daughter. It should be easy and quick to knit. I have just recently started reading Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling . I am not very far into it, so I do not have much to say about it. I enjoyed the preface, and I am looking forward to reading the introduction tonight.

Please visit Ginny and the other talented ladies that link up with Yarn Along.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Back To School

August is here and everyone is talking about all things related to going back to school. Every where there are signs pointing to the best and most current items to send children back to school with. As a homeschooling mom, I try to stay away from the back to school section of the stores. 

Please do not misunderstand me. I love buying crayons, notebooks, and pencils when they are most affordable, but the stress filled faces of parents and their children keep me away. I have no idea what is written on the lists that they carry with them, but from the frustration that I see and hear, it is obvious to me that the stores are out of it and the kids don't want it in that color anyway. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I am a boy mom!

The M.O.B. Society is hosting the first annual Boy Mom BlogHop. Since I am the mom of three boys I thought I would join in the fun. If you are visiting from the BMBH, welcome!

Mothers of Boys

Hello to all the visitors from the BMBH! I am so happy that you are here. I am Erica. My amazing husband is Chris. We started dating in high school twenty years ago. He still makes me laugh as much as he did when we were teenagers. You can read ten facts about me and my better half here. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

I am still working on the baby blanket, and it is coming along nicely. The color is way off in this picture. It looks washed out for some reason. I hope to finish the blanket by Yarn Along next week.

Monday, July 25, 2011


When my sister-in-law asked me if I wanted her old couch, my first response was not a positive one. Where would we put? Did we really need another couch? What would my husband say about me bringing home his sister's old couch? After all, she has seven children and six of them are boys! The couch had been used well and abused more.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Out of the garden

The onions, green and banana peppers, shallots, and bush beans have all come on.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yarn Along

I am joining Ginny for Yarn Along this week.

I am still working on the baby blanket. It is coming along slowly, but I really enjoy knitting it. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yarn Along

I am joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along this week.

I have made some progress on the baby blanket I started last week. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

At The Beach

We love spending time at the beach, and we are fortunate enough to live within a short driving distance to many beach vacation spots. Often we will pack up my sister-in-law's twelve passenger van early in the morning and head for the beach to spend the day with family and friends. While most people head for the busy beaches with the boardwalks, shops, restaurants, and rides, our favorite place is a small beach on the bay side. The beach is often empty so the kids can run and roam around without disturbing the serious sunbathers that crowd the popular beaches, and they are able to explore and play with no fear of injury from massive waves. We enjoy our days at the beach so much.

The kids were so excited when they found this crab.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Yarn Along

I am joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along this week.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Our baby is three years old today!

Happy Birthday!
You are a precious gift from God!
We love you!

Endless Summer Love

Our Endless Summer Hydrangea bushes are one of my favorite things. We have ten planted in front of our home.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Garden Is Growing

The lettuce and spinach are long gone. Now we are enjoying onions.


Holden turned 15 years old on June 11th.

Happy Birthday Holden!
You are smart, funny, kind, and generous.
You are a blessing!
We love you!

First Holy Communion

We celebrated Tom's First Holy Communion in May. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Happy Birthday Thomas!
Eight years have gone by so fast!
You are a joy! We love you!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dark Hallow Falls Trail

Dark Hallow Falls is the easiest waterfall to walk to in Shenandoah National Park. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Little Stony Man

Our next stop on the drive was the Little Stony Man Trail. The trail is 0.9 mile round trip. The park has it listed as a fairly easy hike with some steep sections. My guess is that the person that wrote the description did not hike the trail with a toddler!

The Trail

The Appalachian Trail is 2,175 miles long. It runs from Maine to Georgia through 14 states. We stopped for a picnic lunch at Pinnacles during our drive. Part of the trail runs through the Pinnacles picnic area so we walked a short portion of it after we ate.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yarn Along

I am joining Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along this week.

I have finished knitting a baby sweater. I just need to sew the sleeve seams, but since I do not have a little one to wear the sweater yet (we are praying for another sweet baby) I am waiting to finish it. I started a basic rib hat for Knit for Japan. It is a very simple pattern, and I should be finished with it soon. 

Views From The Drive

There are 75 overlooks along Skyline Drive. To the west of the drive are spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley and to the east are stunning views of the rolling Piedmont. The maximum speed limit is 35 mph, and it is a drive that you will want to take slowly so you do not miss anything.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Mini Vacation

The first week in May our family took a three day mini vacation. On our first day, we went to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. We have been there many times, and it is a favorite of ours so we stopped there on our way to Front Royal, Virginia. We spent a few hours there, and then we drove to our hotel. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Daybook May 22, 2011

Outside my window... a warm spring day is turning into a cool night.

I am thinking... about how I have neglected this space the last couple of weeks. I have many things I want to post about here, but I have not made the time. I hope to make the time this week.

I am thankful for... excellent friends that still love us even after our toddler throws up at their First Communion party.

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