Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Return of ...


The Month in Review!!!

The Month in Review died in 2010 with the November post.  It was about that time we suspected we would be moving away from the desert and our beloved church family, and after that, things just weren't the same with blogging.  I'm sure we have had all sorts of things to report on each month since then, but when resident photographer Amy's camera bit the dust I lost my crutch.  Amy still doesn't have a camera, which means I am dependent on my own brain to remember to not only keep the camera handy, but also to USE it.

Had it not been for a very few bloggers who said they missed the Month in Review posts, as well as guilt from my own family, I might be content to let the Month in Review go the way of the dinosaur.  It was fun; actually it made the months fly by; somehow it was often past the first of the next month before I got them published.  This year God has given us an extra day to catch up, and the Review is back.  

So let's get on with it.  In February 2012:

School continues.  This year we tried Saxon algebra.  It has been a lifesaver!  It's not flashy or creative, just boring ol' algebra, but for some reason it makes more sense to my kids than what we have used in the past.  Funny thing is, I was reading recently at a popular math blog (wish I could find it now) where the general consensus is that Saxon is about the absolute worst thing you could do to your kid.  I'd like to find out why, but it seems to be working.  Maybe I'd better not explore that question.

Music continues, as well.  Alison is still bartering violin lessons for piano lessons, and Emily is taking piano also, and going lickety-split through her lesson books. Alie begins teaching her second student next week, yay!  The violinist and pianist got some new music.  A practice session:
Sorry about those "related" videos at the end.  Does anyone know how to delete them????

Reading is one of those wonderful activities that can be done anywhere, anytime.  "Would you like it in a box?  Would you like it with a fox?"

The temporary demise of our internet provider allowed for a rousing family game of Fast Scrabble.  The standing joke is that if Alison plays, I don't have to come in last.  The word brains are Dad, Amy, and Betz, with Emily coming close behind.  In our defense, the reason Alison and I can't play this game well is that we have a bigger vocabulary than just three-letter words, and big words don't score as well in this game. :)

A 3" snow fall provided enough snow for some very large snowmen, as well as a few snow boulders.  The girls gathered up ALL the snow and went to work designing.  Dad was there for muscles.  The sad thing about not having your own yard is that the neighbors feel duty-bound to edit/decorate/damage community snowpeople.  It's a lesson in life.  Whose snow is it?  It's God's snow!  We don't own it, even after we reshape it.

A quick trip to North Dakota provided Amy an opportunity for some artistic expression on the frosty van window.

Alison cherished this much longed-for grand piano fix.

Dad preached for the Friends Banquet at New Testament Baptist Church in Larimore, and the girls provided music. What a fun evening it was!  Thank you to our friends at NTBC!

And there's more... the girls also enjoyed ice skating with the PlainJanes and other friends, filling the freezer with pizzas, and serving coffee and delivering mail at the nursing home.  Someone finished high school (its own post) and we got a 9" snowfall.  Winter is finally here!

On the 27th my dear husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary.  In six months we will have been married for half of our lives, and that is just unreal!  I am so thankful to the Lord for giving me this man.  He is a man of integrity and of good conscience, leading our family in God's way.  He has been a much better husband to me than I have been a wife to him; I'm praying the Lord will make me worthy of him before the next twenty-five years are up!  I love you, Monocogman.  Thank you for all that you are and do. ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. Yay! Glad the review is back! :-) Great pics of the family and especially you and your hubby. Can't believe how grown-up your girls are getting. Sounds like you finally got some snow, huh?

    Congrats on your anniversary! You're two years ahead of us.


  2. Love your reviews -- I'm glad they are back. Wonderful pictures and review. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! So with Alison finishing her GED, is she officially graduated or will she finish up some things at home until later this spring?

    Sorry to hear you have snowman bandits...when Amber gets feeling better, you guys will have to come over here and make snowman family.

  3. Happy Anniversary to you both. Nice to see pictures of you all enjoying the snow. We are getting 16 inches of the stuff! Thankfully Spring is only a few weeks away.

  4. Yay! Even in my sick state, I smiled when I saw this review. Happy Anniversary and congratulations to your lovely daughter.


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