Thursday, January 29, 2009


Melody is a big helper

"Many hands make light work"


Helping Momma

Yours truly getting the bread from the oven

Last night we made pitas for dinner. Everyone had a blast helping out!!! I think that it was the first time Phoebe, Elijah and Melody helped make them. They were good helpers. There is a trick to making pita bread. You have to have a real hot oven, then through the rolled dough directly on the oven racks. After about 3 minutes they puff up, and there's your pocket!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Fun in the Snow

Here is another fun thing to do in the winter!!! When it's not too cold outside, we saddle up Joy and Cheyenne and go for a ride. It's so much fun, and I think that the horses love it too!!! Sorry that it's a little bumpy...enjoy!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009


Winter is lot's of fun!!! Well, it can be pretty cold and long too!!! But, our children have been having a blast these past few weeks. They love ice-skating with our neighbors, and sledding is always fun. Judah especially loves the snow. He hooks faithful Mary to the sled, and teaches her to pull it. I think that he has a dream of seven collies all pulling together. Maybe someday he can make that happen!!! Right now, it's too cold to build a snowman, but here's a picture of some that we made earlier this winter. One thing that I always think about when we have a lovely new snowfall is the verse that says: "Purge me with hyssop and I will be clean, wash me and I will be whiter than snow".

Sunday, January 25, 2009

From Barb-to Annie

Happy Birthday, Annie!
You have such a quiet, tranquil beauty, inside and out! One gets the feeling that the water runs deep.
You have unique perceptions, kindness and empathy to those who suffer. God has blessed you with a disposition free from stress and agitation.
You have much to do for Him and you're well on the way! I would love you to come to the studio for a time of creation and communion. Just you and me. Whenever you don't have a dishtowel or a cookin' spoon in your hand!
Love, Barbie

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sweet Sixteen

Today is our Annie's 16th birthday. Tonight we will have a big family celebration. Annie has grown into such a wonderful young woman. We are so thankful that the Lord gave her to us 16 years ago! Our family would not be complete without her!!! If you'd like, comment on this post and wish Annie a happy birthday!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dave and Lori

Seven Sisters

Jacob, Noah, and Judah are bestest of friends!!!

Buddy loves football!!!

First Blog

This is the first of (I hope) many blogs on the 15 Smithies blog. We decided to fully enter into the 21st century at last!!! I'm guessing that this blog will mostly contain pictures, but you never know what might show up!!! Soo...WELCOME!!!!