Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Month of Craft Photos

I will be joining Andi's A Month of Craft Photos during February. This should get me going again with crafting. I hope I can squeeze it into the day!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I've got two sick kiddos in the house with colds, so I might be a bit absent from this space for a while. A two week old with a cold just shouldn't be, but she is holding up. Both kids are settled in for a nap and I think that I just might give that a try, too.

Monday, January 16, 2012

First Bath

Juliana had her first bath today, supervised by the boys. She loved it!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


I'm not sure who likes these Christmas blocks better, Pieter or his parents. Papa creates some really great structures, so I've decided we need to start documenting them. Here is the most recent one, a beautiful church. We found these at Nova Natural. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Backyard Work & Play

While some snooze the day away, others are busy in the backyard with work and play.
Picking up deer poop in the yard is a daily task that Pieter loves to do. It goes into the compost pile for some high heat sterilization. Even in our cold temperatures of South Dakota, the pile still keeps on steaming and melting any snow that falls on it.
Some of our days have been warm enough lately that Pieter is playing in his sandbox without a jacket. And the new dump truck that Oma found at the thrift store is a big hit!
Photo Credits: Jan van Ee

Friday, January 13, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Christmas Tree for the Birds

Back in November I made a huge pot of beef stock for the upcoming pot roasts to warm our winter days. After cooling it, I pulled off an almost two inch layer of fat. I threw it in the freezer, hoping I'd get to a project for the birds sometime this winter. With some abnormally warm weather earlier this week, and with the help of Pieter, Oma and Opa, we got to it. Beef fat mixed with bird seed, rolled onto Ponderosa pinecones and hung on the tree in the backyard created a beautiful Christmas tree for the birds. We are keeping an eye on the treats to see if we get any visitors - hopefully it won't be the deer that come every night!

Bottom three photos
by Jan van Ee

Christmas Tree

I'll find me a spruce
in the cold white wood
with wide green boughs
and a snowy hood.

I'll pin on a star
with five gold spurs
to mark my spruce
from the pines and firs.

I'll make me a score
of suet balls
to tie to my spruce
when the cold dusk falls,

And I'll hear next day
from the sheltering trees,
the Christmas carols
of the chickadees.

~Aileen Fisher

Larrick Crosby, Nancy. Piping Down the Valleys Wild. 
New York: Delacorte Press, 1968. Print.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Simba meets his little sister

When Simba met his little brother, he was not impressed and a bit standoffish to start with. Throughout my pregnancy with Juliana, we wondered if this 18 year old cat would make it to the birth of another little one. Well, he is still here, purring and meowing up a storm. He marched right to bed with us all, on the night of Juliana's birth, without any hesitation. We love you, Simba!

Monday, January 9, 2012


We received a special gift from one of Ben's colleagues - a bowl full of citrus straight from sunny California. The meyer lemons are luscious and the limes are wonderfully tart.  They found their way into a lemon cake to celebrate the baptism of Juliana and Pieter on Sunday. We had a lovely ceremony at our church and Opa was able to participate in the liturgy and the actual baptizing 
The little drop of the Father
   On thy little forehead, beloved one.

The little drop of the Son
   On thy little forehead, beloved one.

The little drop of the Spirit
   On thy little forehead, beloved one.

To aid thee from the fays,
   To shield thee from the host;

To keep thee from the gnome;
   To sheield thee from the spectre;

To keep thee from the Three,
   To shield thee, to surround thee; 

To save thee for the Three,
   To fill thee with the graces;

The little drop of the Three
   To lave thee with the graces.

A prayer sung over a child at their birth-baptism in the home by Celtic women. 

De Waal, E. (1997). 
New York, NY: Doubleday.

Friday, January 6, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS

How do I choose just one picture this week? 
Here is our family's first hold of Juliana.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Puerperium Cardigan

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios, Sunset
Needles: US 7

Now that I have a model, I can show you the Puerperium Cardigan that is a must knit for a newborn. This beautiful sweater is named after the puerperium period, the first six weeks post birth. It is the first small baby item that I have really enjoyed knitting, due to the entirely seamless construction and straight forward pattern. The yarn was a treat for me to use and I love the wooden buttons. It looked like it came out a bit larger than the pattern intended, due to using worsted weight wool, instead of DK, but it fits Juliana perfectly.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


We are so enjoying getting to know Juliana. She is a calm, quiet baby, soaking up the love and cuddles. Pieter loves giving kisses to her and checking up on her while she naps.

Sunday, January 1, 2012



Born at home this weekend, surrounded by her papa, brother, oma and opa.
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