Saturday, October 30, 2010

There's A New Kid In Town...

and I think she is pretty cool :)

{but I could be totally biased}


{trumpets please}

Please go visit and welcome Abby (previously "Leisl") to the wonderful world of Blogdom :)

***sniff***  My baby's growing up...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Getting Y'all Up To Speed

{I'm feeling rather Tigger-y today}

Maybe it's because it has been rather blustery around these parts.

I have been spontaneously bursting into...

"Hum, dum, dum, dee, dee, dum
Hum, dum, dum
Oh the wind is lashing lusterly
And the trees are thrashing thrusterly
And the leaves are rustling gusterly
So it's rather safe to say
That it seems that it may turn out to be
It feels that it will undoubteadly
Looks like a rather blustery day today,"

Wow... where did that come from??

{Whistling nonchalantly...}


School?  What's that??!!  Hahaha

Seriously... we haven't done school all week.  We needed to regroup, clean, play Legos, watch movies, and enjoy each other.

We'll be back at it next week with Week 7 of our curriculum, but for this week... we're just gonna breathe slowly and deeply :)


I don't know who to thank exactly, but I'm sure that it must be a lot of you.

(Lainie, what are you talking about?)

Right!  Let me clarify...

(This could be a bumpy ride-- I'd buckle up if I were you :)

So... way back when... I don't even know what made me do this... but in November of 2008 I made a little video that I dubbed a "Midnight Chat."

I didn't know if I would ever do another one.

I did. And they have been "stored" on Tangle/GodTube.

I haven't done a Midnight Chat in awhile so I haven't had need to log into my account.

I logged in a few weeks ago and discovered something that truly overwhelmed me.

That little video has been viewed almost 2,500 times and the whole series of videos have been watched over 13,000 times.


And then I remembered... our God loves to use the weak and the foolish.

Ta-dah!  I'm qualified :)

Back in May, I uploaded those videos onto iTunes because there were a few people that wanted them downloadable so they could have them on their iPods.

I submitted them and really didn't think too much about it.  There are thousands, upon thousands of podcasts/videocasts out in iTunes land.

Being an "acts of service" kind of person, I simply wanted to make it easier for those that already watched them to download the videos.

Now, this is a mixed blessing for sure.  But, my podcast "host" installed a stat counter on May 31,10 that displays the stats for each channel automatically.

Which means, I have to see them whether I want to or not.

This next part is cRaZy to me.

On iTunes alone... not Tangle... and not here on the embedded videos... just on iTunes since May 31, those videos have been viewed almost 10,000 times.

Why am I sharing this??

Hmmm, good question.

I think first I want to say, "Thank you" for being here.

I'm just a woman, wife, and mommy that loves her Jesus with her whole heart.

I have no degree, no training, and no qualifications that can be written on a certificate and hung on a wall.

I have student loans but that's another story!

But I do have...
 wounds that have been healed, 

prayers that have been answered, 

and a God that wants to make Himself known to people that He loves so very much.

(Right turn, hang on...)

In July, we had a homeschool mom meeting and I felt utterly compelled to record the devotional portion on audio and post it.

It turns out doing audio-only is a little tricky.

I stayed up all night trying to figure out how to do it... for free.

And then I beat myself up for staying up all night as I collapsed into bed.

I mean really... who cares, right?

I woke up to find this message in my 'Inbox':

"Encouraged, and I will share it with others. 
 Thank you for figuring all the techie stuff out. 
 It was more important than you will ever know. 
 You are a dear."

And once again I am reminded that I have no idea what God is doing in hearts.

I only know that I am to obey.

(Right turn again...)

After discovering how to post audio and noticing how much smaller the files are (which means less expensive to store) the idea occurred to me to podcast.

I have heard from more than a few that although they like the Midnight Chats they are long and it's hard to take that much time when life is calling and diapers need changing and meals need cooking.

So I prayed and chatted with my hubby and we decided that just one verse at a time, brief but thoughtful, would be good.

That is how "Pause and Ponder" was born.  The biblical word, "Selah," found in the Book of Psalms means just that-- to pause and to ponder.

I submitted the second "channel" to iTunes for approval just before leaving for church on a Thursday.
My prayer before I left was to have confirmation that this was, indeed, what He would have us do.

When I came home from church, I had the email from iTunes stating the channel was approved and noticed something rather strange.

There were already subscribers... to a channel that I, myself, just learned I had.  

How is that possible??  Only God that's how.

(deep breath)

So... what's my point again?  Oh yes, I have no idea who to thank for being supportive and listening to what God has laid on my heart.

But I do thank you.

I did feel led to make a special place for them.

"Pause and Ponder," has a brand new home.  I hope you'll visit sometime.


For those that have watched (or attempted to watch :) our church women's retreat and have encouraged me...

thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You have no idea.

I wasn't going to post the videos here... Karl said to... so I did.

And then you have all been so kind...

It makes me teary.

I wish there was something "bigger" than Thank You...


(Last right turn, I promise!)

I have a surprise for you... there is a "new kid" in this town called, "Blogosphere."

She is almost ready to be "unveiled."

It gives me such a tickle :)

I can't wait to share...

But until then, I hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend.



Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Legacy

The piano tuner came today.

We had one stuck key too many and Marimba Sticks informed us we were a half-step off :)

She also tells me what "key" my microwave beep is, but I digress. 

This post isn't about Marimba Sticks.

This post is about a little girl that had a dream... a great yearning in her heart.

This little girl grew up very poor, yet very blessed she tells us, in the Philippines.

And all this little girl wanted was--

a piano.

She did receive a musical instrument from her Dad... whom she really didn't know until she was twelve.

They had recently moved to another island, Hawaii, and in that beautiful place the very beautiful girl was given--

an ukelele.

What she wanted and yearned for was--

And what she received was--

So she learned to play the ukelele.

She can still play even though she has signs of arthritis and trigger finger.

But even while she played with her fingers, her heart held on to the dream.


Eight years later, the beautiful girl was now a married woman living in Japan with a baby girl on the way.

Japan was home to the Yamaha corporation which had started making an affordable line of pianos.

Thankfully, the military base sold these pianos and made available "lay away" plans.

At a time when a monthly salary was $360 a month, she agreed to pay $15-$20 a month until the entire purchase price of $368.00 was paid.

And every month she faithfully paid until it was hers...

By now you've guessed that the beautiful little girl is our Nana.

She never really learned to play.

But that's okay.

Her children did.

Although I've never played with great proficiency (my brother was amazing), it brings her great joy to hear me plunk out a few songs now and then.

I had my first recital in First Grade--

And today, every member of our family enjoys "her" piano in some capacity.

Today was tuning day...

I realized it's not just an instrument made with wood, strings, and keys.

It's the symbol of a heart's desire that became a reality.

Instead of simply making sweet music, this piano, now 42 years old, has made sweet memories.

Whoo-Whoo... did an Owl Pellet Dissection?

We did!

We took over Abby's "Science Lab" and left a very big mess apparently :)

But I did clean it up today... which totally reminded me that I never posted about it!

Karl had the kiddos put on gloves and each child worked on a paper plate since there isn't a dissection "tray" included.  But there are tools.

We opted to get the "real" pellets after reading poor reviews from people that bought man-made pellets with polymer "bones."

I am so glad we got the real ones!  

We found bones right away.

Elijah found remains of a bird.  Here you can see the entire skull...

Charlotte had the remains of a rodent.  And this is the "lovely" view she had while cleaning it off...

Kinda cool... kinda creepy, all at the same time!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm Finally Out of My Pajamas!

For those that follow the Midnight Chats, you know that I'm usually in front of my fireplace in my jammies.

Well this past weekend, while some of you were at Relevant '10 (having an incredible time I hear),
I was off doing something special too.

I had the honor of speaking at our church's women's day retreat.

What's funny is that we had our event at an Inn and the room was arranged so that I was...

in front of the fireplace!

It was so awesome... it felt like a "live" Midnight Chat," even though it was the middle of the day.

Wouldn't it be so awesome if we could all be together for a women's retreat??

Oh wait, I guess that's what Relevant was about.  Maybe next year??

Anyway, even though the sessions were long (in online terms) I wanted to share them here because these two topics are near and dear to all our hearts--

dishes and laundry!

Yup, you read correctly :)  Years ago the Lord revealed Himself to me in dishes and laundry and doing those ordinary tasks have never been the same.

Adds a whole new meaning to "create in me a clean heart."
Session #1: "Dishwashing"

Session #2: "Laundry"

All comments are machine washable :)

Writing Strands Wednesday- Exercise 2: Day 8 & 9 (stuck-need help)

From last time: Sentence #1: 

Onions, cilantro, Anaheim chiles,  and Serrano and Jalapeno peppers are some of of fresh, organic produce I use to make salsa.

pg. 13 Write the remainder of sentences for the body of my paragraph.

(2) I use a six pound, six ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes as my base.

(3) I love of ease of using whole, peeled fresh garlic and dried spices like cumin, paprika, and salt to add lots of flavor.

(4) I mix all my ingredients in a very large stainless steel bowl.

(5) MyVita-Mix machine is fast and efficient to chop and blend all my produce.

(6) Since I keep my whey frozen in one-cup portions, I have to make sure I thaw it out the day before I make salsa.

(7) I use a single, gallon-sized, lidded jar to store the salsa during the lacto-fermentation process.

(8) I ladle the finished salsa into smaller jars before moving it to cold storage so I can easily share it with my friends.

(9) I love that lacto-fermented salsa keeps for at least six months if refrigerated properly.

Okay... I am stuck.  What is a good topic sentence?  My brain hurts...

All suggested topic sentences are greatly appreciated :)

Writing Strands Wednesday- Exercise 2: Day 7

pg. 11- Paragraph writing...

Step #1 Decide a subject and what information I want to give.

Step #2 Create a list of this information... a write each point into it's own sentence

Step#3 Write the topic sentence

pg. 12  Step #1

The idea of my paragraph...

Making lacto-fermented salsa in large batches

Step #2

The list of descriptive points, not sentences for my paragraph...

1) Buying mainly fresh ingredients

2) Using some canned or "other" prepared ingredients

3) Having a very large bowl

4) Using a Vita Mix to chop

5) Having a cup of whey available

6) Storing it in a gallon sized, lidded jar

7) Sharing it with friends

8) Long storage life

Decide the tense: Present
I will write my paragraph in First Person

The first sentence of my body (not the topic sentence).

(1) Onions, cilantro, Anaheim chiles,  and Serrano and Jalapeno peppers are some of of fresh, organic produce I use to make salsa.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook Oct. 25,10

FOR TODAY, October 25th, 2010

Outside my window...
It is dark now... and cold.  It rained on and off today.
Summer is definitely, officially over.

I am thinking... 
about the weekend I had, all that the Lord has done in life, and all that He is currently doing.
I want, always, for my satisfaction to be in Him. 

I am thankful for...
 an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast, first by myself, and the next night alone with my hubby.  
It was precious time.

From the learning rooms...
since two of the kids were sick last week, we are taking Week 7 over this week and next.
Nice and easy... slow and steady.
T-t Turtle-- we are persevering ;) 

From the kitchen...
a lot of dishes waiting to be washed.

I am wearing...
gray slacks, a pink tee, and a gray and black striped sweater over.
My feet are uncovered and cold (brrrr.....) 

I am creating...
a new cowl for a sweet friend at church.  We don't know each other well but I so admire her sweet, humble spirit and her kindness.

Here is a sneak peek... she wanted gray and I chose a cross-stitch "chain"...

I am going...
to take time and be refreshed in my home, with my family.

I am reading...
No novels currently.  I want to do a study about friendship with God and will devote my time to that.

I am hoping...
for wisdom about things to prune.  It's that time of year and my heart and mind are ready.

I am hearing...
Elijah's nebulizer and his Star Wars game on his DS that he only plays when doing his neb :)

Around the house...
I'm wanting to re-organize some spaces that don't work effectively.  Particularly the "dining room" which is an office of sorts.  It's a clutter magnet and eyesore-- yuck.

One of my favorite things...
having a perfectly timed conversation with a girlfriend to help sort out my jumbled thoughts.
Thank you Kim :)

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Orthodontist check-up for Abby, the piano tuner is coming Thursday, and my last week of soccer mom duty!  I survived :D  Ah... but I just realized Nutcracker rehearsal starts Saturday.  Here we go...

See you next week :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Cup of the Covenant: Pause and Ponder 1 Cor 11:26

Mish Mash Maggie

Charlotte's bloody nose, communion, and the cup of the new covenant-- yup it's all here

A look at 1 Corinthians 11:26 today

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May the Lord bless you :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Writing Strands Wednesday- Exercise 2: Day 5 & 6

(pg. 10)

Write your own core sentence and list five questions.

My core sentence:

I finished knitting a scarf.

My five questions:

When did I finish?

When did I start?

What color is it?

How does it feel?

Where was I?

Here are the answers to my five questions:

When did I finish?  This morning

When did I start? Earlier this month

What color is it? honey-colored

How does it feel? warm and soft

Where was I? The dentist office

And now, the sentence building...

(The newest part is underlined.)

I finished knitting a scarf.

Just this morning I finished knitting a scarf.

Just this morning I finished knitting a scarf I had started earlier this month.

Just this morning I finished knitting a honey-colored scarf I had started earlier this month.

Just this morning I finished knitting a warm and soft, honey-colored scarf I had started earlier this month.

Just this morning, while sitting in the dentist office, I finished knitting a warm and soft, honey-colored scarf I had started earlier this month.

• • •

Oh, and here is the picture to prove it:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chocolate Birds' Nest, Wonky Necks, and A Really Great Book

Broken "Shredded Wheat" for grass, 
Chow Mein noodles for twigs, 
Chocolate chips and peanut butter for mud
= edible birds' nest

They were actually yummy...

• • •

My poor, sweet, baby hurt her neck on Monday and could only look to the left for the last two days.
I was able to bring her to our naturopath/chiropractor and he helped her, but she was so locked up, she is not bouncing back too fast :(

Poor sweet thing... I know it's bad when Abby actually naps in the middle of the day.

With her not able to do any work because she can't tip her head down, two of the children having dentist appointments today, and yesterday being declared a catch-up/ clean-up kinda day, we aren't plunging into Week 7 of school.

Instead we are doing the two science activities from Week 6 and doing whatever else we can.

So, hopefully, tomorrow will be Owl Pellet day!  I'm kinda excited about that one.

• • •

I finished the book about Lady Jane Grey tonight.  Wow-wee kazowee was that a great book.

Definitely for your older students (there is romance, some beatings, and executions).  But Deborah Meroff did an amazing job of making the historical account of Lady Jane come to life.  

It was a challenging read for me.  I had to concentrate to keep everybody straight, but it was worth the effort.

One of the quotes I loved was,

"The reward is not in being remembered, Lady Jane, 

but in knowing that while one lives one has fought a good fight, 

and finished the course God has set. 

Why should any of us envy another 

as long as we have been given a particular work to do?" 

Definitely food for thought...

• • •

I'm very excited for this weekend... this post has been so random, I thought I would just finish it off with more randomness ;P

Ta-ta for now...

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Simple Woman's Daybook Oct. 18,10


FOR TODAY, October 18th, 2010

Outside my window...
It is beautiful and sunny-- a perfect autumn day

I am thinking... 
about the preparations I need to complete before this weekend.

I am thankful for...
late-night chats with my daughters (either together or individually)

From the learning rooms...
we will be making chocolate birds' nests and dissecting owl pellets this week.

From the kitchen...
I am waiting for bread to rise and to be baked

I am wearing...
black shorts, a black tank top with a huge brown sweater thrown over!  I haven't hopped into the shower yet ;P

I am creating...
actually it is being "blocked" right now-- but another inspired-by-the-Bible cowl.  This one is called, "Like honey on my lips" and it is a honey-colored cowl with a honeycomb stitch.


I am going...
to our church's mini-Women's retreat this weekend.  So excited :)

I am reading...
Coronation of Glory by Deborah Meroff

I am hoping...
that my body is "quiet" this weekend.

I am hearing...
the children watching a movie about colonial America

Around the house...
lots of cleaning to be done... I haven't been able to work in my home to any degree the last few weeks.  I really hope to get things cleaned today.

One of my favorite things...
waking up to sunshine pouring through my windows.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tonight is our "To Encourage One Another" meetings for local homeschool moms.
We gather together to pray for one another.  It is such a blessing :)

My picture thought...


I love bendy straws... just sayin'

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thank you and randomness

I started this post on Friday night and never got back to it.

It's been such a busy weekend ;)

I am so encouraged by all the comments left and there were some things suggested that I had already been thinking about (like Simple Woman's Daybook).

Thank you all for taking time to email and comment.

I did think about when I stopped posting much of our everyday stuff and I realized...

Facebook changed how I blogged. :(

I don't have the steam to post here when I have already made some remark about it on FB.

Balance.  I'm looking for balance :)

Blogging has also changed because I am not always able to type (or it's too much effort).

I know when I "flare up" that I reduce everything down to the most important which is--

Jesus and my family.

Whenever finally makes it on this blog, I am grateful to have you all here and so glad that I am able to visit you too :)

So here is my random thing...

I was so happy on Friday because I was able to get a haircut.  As I was getting ready to leave for my appointment and I thought, "Should I post this on Facebook?"

I have no idea why, but I thought, "The reason why we post these things on FB is because it doesn't cost us anything and there is so little effort involved.  What would FB, Twitter, etc... look like if it actually required labor and resources?"

So in my mind I came up with this picture:


These are the things my weird brain thinks up.

Here this one guy has totally clear-cut his entire mountain so he can send these really random messages to the people across the mountain.

Can you imagine if we actually had to cut trees, make fire, then send smoke signals??

Would I post that there is a cute squirrel on my back deck?

No!  I would be out trying to kill it for a midnight snack later!

Ah, but we don't have to exert that much effort so we do post things so everyday.

Which, of course, got me to thinking about why.

I think people didn't send smoke signals to tell people about a squirrel because there were people near him... friends and relatives that lived and worked in close proximity.  With a nudge of an elbow (instead of a virtual poke) people communicated and shared all day long.

I think sites like FB are hugely successful because (I could totally be over analyzing here) but I think it's because most people are lonely for their friends and family that are far away.

And maybe by sharing the most ordinary information they are somehow with us in the day-to-day and we don't miss them as much.

And besides, without Facebook, how would I ever know about cool things like this:

Cool Thing

Alright... this concludes today's ramblings :)

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Blogger, Comments, and I Need Your Help

Those of you on Blogger might have noticed lots of changes to your Dashboard, etc...

They have been making lots of changes and trying to get all the bugs worked out.

I'm curious about something though...

There are multiple people that tell me (via email or Facebook) that they cannot post a comment onto this blog.

Is this true??

Are the people having trouble on Internet Explorer?
Is it all my customization?  How come other people can?

These are all the questions traipsing through my thoughts at odd moments of the day.

Blogger has re-designed the comments field in all their "new construction."

For the people that haven't been able to post a comment--
have you tried since they changed and does it work now??

I don't want anyone's "blog" experience to be frustrating, especially while visiting here at Mishmash Maggie.

I've always wanted Mishmash Maggie to be the kind of place you could, you know, kick your shoes off and hang out-- in comfy clothes with no make-up and sipping your hot bevy of choice.

I want it to be like you stopping by my house and hanging in the living room.

Ever since Blogger made all these changes (and added a Stats function) my mind has been pondering lots of things... too many things...

Speaking of pondering-- (awkward transition coming up, hang on tight)
okay so, I think of this blog as your blog.

If you are a reader/visitor here, I want it to be pleasant, encouraging, and useful.

(Can you guess what my spiritual gifts and love languages are??)

Yes-- exhortation, teaching, and acts of service!

I am here to serve you.

I want to encourage you.

I want to be a resource for you.

I want to make you laugh :D

Back to the pondering thing...

I have been wondering... should I pull the "Pause and Ponders" off this blog and make a place just for them??

I don't know how it happened, but this has kind of turned into a "homeschool" blog.

Although my primary focus has always been to encourage women and point to Jesus.

Homeschool is part of our life so we share it.

But things have kind of changed and morphed and I'm not sure what to do.

So, I kinda need your help.

If you're here... do you enjoy the balance of having "Encouragement, Education, Everyday" or do you come mainly looking for homeschool stuff and really don't read/ listen to the other stuff?

Or do you come for more of the devotional/everyday stuff and don't really read the homeschool stuff?

I already pulled the knitting/sewing/ art stuff off because things were getting too busy.

But now I am thinking of streamlining even more.

Good idea? Bad idea?  Who cares, just gimme chocolate??

See, I told you I had a lot on my brain!

If you're not too busy... would you mind either leaving a comment-- if you can :/

or email one here:

Email Me

And let me know what you think about all this?

Thank you in advance and remember,

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mishmash Family Science: Atmospheric Pressure RECAP

Mishmash Family Science: Atmospheric Pressure

Here is the latest science video from Abby.

I can't wait until the end-of-the-year blooper reel.  She makes me laugh...


Pause and Ponder: Easy as 1-2-3 ( Proverbs 1:23)

Mish Mash Maggie

This week's Podcast...

A look at Proverbs 1:23 and restoring a strained relationship with our God.

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