Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

skiing adventures

Even though we live near a place that offers skiing, we have never bothered to go, especially since I knew if we loved it, there was a good chance that it would become an expensive favorite. I just had to post these photos from a couple weeks ago of T and D going skiing with our good friend Craig. We were so thankful that he was available to take them (it was a weekday) and teach them how to ski, while I stayed home with Damsel and Braveheart. The boys are officially hooked. They loved it so much that they called to say they would be home later than planned. Thanks Craig.


Here is what we were up to before we got sick last week or so. Sprouting. It's quite easy to do and I put my mom in charge of this as I was doing my extensive organizing. Isn't it pretty? It is power packed full of good nutrition and as I like to label these foods...cancer healing and preventative. We pile this on top of our salads and other foods each day. Even the kids were required to eat little bits in their hands and they found it quite tasty. Do you remember when you were little, picking the little purple clover flowers and eating them? Mmmm. Well, now we have to resupply our sprouting seeds.
It's real easy...just check here for sprouting tips.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

happy valentines day

Well, we had a lovely Valentine day today. Mostly our celebration happened last night. Braveheart has had pizza on the brain and so we held him off until last night when it was dad's 'Friday' and after pay day. See the gourmet meal we ate?

Fresh roses add to the atmosphere. I miss fresh flowers.

T was on cookie duty. He did a great job creating our family valentine cookies.

Aren't they sweet?

We invited the gramster over too and played Charades.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

persevering this week

This week we are sick with a virus that is making it's rounds. Braveheart can barely speak since his voice is so crackly, but he seems to be coughing less, so we are thankful. I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but it may appear that the fever fear is over for him. I am full fledged head mucous queen with sore throat and the potential to start coughing. Manly man is the only one who has been able to avoid it and we hope that continues. He is the meat and potatoes of the family, if you know what I mean! :) (does that make me the dressing or the side dish?) :)

That being said, we are attempting to get as much school as we can done under the circumstances. We started reading STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING this week. It's short, but sweet with lovely illustrations. We will memorize the poem, study animal tracks and poetry in general. We also started the 1920's for history and we will watch a video of the period. I am glad we have one to watch while we are so viral inflicted.

Last week I went to thrift store and found a plethora of good deals that I had to share with you. I got a new winter coat for T, a lovely, spring jacket for miss. stylin' (nice dressy kind) and hit the art jackpot! 2 art books, water color paper and a huge new pad of sketch paper, but then a box of 24 Prismacolor water color pencils and a set of tube water color paints! I am so excited, once I feel better we are ready to get those out again regularly. What a blessing that was.

Yesterday, before I was as sick as today, we ventured outside for a little sun. The weather was so warm and lovely! I really wanted B to get out and feel the wind on his face. It was lovely! Just look at what's left of this snow pile. As we observed the yard and gardens, I am sad to report that unlike our friends from down south, we have not one crocus yet, but I know the day is coming. I am trying to not get the bug for spring quite yet, I am still in the middle of winter things here.

Here is the only thing we had any luck finding which was easily identified since we have had our tracking book out. We confirmed our suspicions, rabbit. Ugh. Sorry you had to see this. I did make it small though. Hope you still come back. I am officially exhausted so I am off to bed.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

count down to a cure

It's weird, but I think we are actually living in a way that feels almost normal! Braveheart is doing very well with this phase so far. He is adjusting still though. His hair is growing in. He still gets tired, but overall he has had lots of energy.

Please pray for him as we have a virus going through the house and Braveheart started coughing last night. He can get a virus, but it takes longer to heal and if he gets a fever with it, we have to go into the hospital. So, today he is slow and very tired with this strain on his immune system. Thanks for catching up with us and praying for us!
Here is the wonderful grandma helping him with his math. We are so thankful that his brain is getting back in the groove here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

flashback friday

Late last fall we noticed a new bird that we have never had before! We believe it is a
CAROLINA WREN! We have at least a couple that comes to the feeder. God has really blessed us with a lovely variety each year with something new to discover.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

fashion designing dresses

We read the sweetest book last month, damsel and I. THE HUNDRED DRESSES. It ended with a hundred fashion designs plastered all over the walls and a lovely character message. We got a great crafty idea from a fellow blogger. This was right up her alley as she spent quite some time diligently designing away. It was girl heaven in this room.

This one is my creation.
Working diligently.

Notice those cute little toes on the left of the photo!!

Hawaiian style.

Getting married!

Notice the bride's 'wat up'?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

soothing, cancer healing smoothie

Speaking of illnesses, one of the best ways to help heal one up whether it be cancer or an unknown virus with fever like one of mine had this week, is with a soothing smoothie. There is no end to the ways you can make one. This is one way that I have gotten some extra nutrition into Braveheart during his battle. Although you've all read about these and most likely make your own, here is how I make ours. At least one way. :)

General base that seldom changes:

Frozen bananas (i keep these in freezer)

frugal tip (i buy the .99 cent getting old ones in a bag)

(i often buy organic/ they are nearly same, especially the organic leftovers)

Frozen berries (aldi store has great price on f. berries)

Fruit juice (this can be OJ, apple, pomegranate or

many others)(pomegranate is cancer fighter)


yogurt/ kefir (gives probiotic and fermented benefits)

flax seed oil


protein powder in the form of whey or goat's milk

coconut oil

green powder supplements: spirulina, wheat grass, veggies..etc..
(there are many varieties and you can't taste it in here and it really adds that extra punch of healing cell nutrition and boosts the immune system.

Just zoom it all together and slurp away!

nurse maid

"How may I serve the ailing prince, mam?" Followed by a deep curtsy.

This is our little nurse maid. T came down with a fever the other day and look who marched down in her little prairie girl outfit, which doubles as a servant outfit. She was very adept at relaying messages, converying requests and serving the meals and beverages, complete with her handy serving tray. I even caught her reading aloud to him. It was so cute.

Monday, February 2, 2009

mission: organizing basement

Well, we have the beginnings of a sewing/ craft room that I had dreamed of when we first moved here. Alas, it isn't fancy or done to say the least and I am not investing any money at this time, but I am trying to be creative with what we have. I want to create a place that will provide all sorts of treasures right at our fingertips! I am so excited!

It was soooo fun to be going through my fabric strips, quilt squares and pretty buttons. Look at this pretty box I found at the thrift store. I couldn't resist buying it to place some little things in. This area needs brightening up badly.


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.