Sunday, December 20, 2015


No matter what your plans this week - whether it be traveling for hours with small kids, exchanging gifts with loved ones, preparing Christmas dinner for a group of house guests, or serving the needy at a local food pantry - we encourage you to remain focused on the true reason for the season.
”For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 This week, we celebrate the greatest gift ever given to mankind - a Savior that was born into the world to save us from our sins. Let us rejoice!
Send this free, shareable eCard to your friends and loved ones, inviting them to join you as you vow to remain focused on the love, joy and peace that only comes from Christ Jesus. Merry Christmas!

Friday, September 11, 2015

School Pictures 2015
  We had a friend who has been studying photography for a few years and offer to take school pictures for us.  I am very please with how they turned out and I even was in one of them.

 Gabe - 4th grade

Anna - 5th grade

 Noah - 2nd grade

Mom & Anna

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Love this picture and how I feel in the morning:)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


  Brandon and I have some friends who are working on the adoption process.  As many of you may know there is much to be done and it also takes a lot of money.  I wanted to share with my friends and family about their process.   This is the Evan's Family and they are looking to adopt a little boy from China.
 From left to right: Hannah, Alena, Daniel, Paul, Isabelle & Sara
They have already been matched with a little boy who they are naming "Isaiah".

  They recently received an incredible proposition - A huge supporter of this effort has committed a MATCHING gift of up to $5,000.00!!! Their heart is to inspire others to donate by doubling any gift we receive starting today 1/19/2015. So if you feel led to donate $20, your gift becomes $40… if you feel led to donate $100, your gift becomes $200. We are blown away by how God is moving on the hearts of people to help. Much love to all of you!!!

I wanted to share this with you all and if you feel led to support I am sure the Lord would find this  pleasing.  

4 Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me." Matthew 18:4-5

To donate Click GO FUND ME

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Well it's time to start a new year.  I came across this great song that I thought you would all enjoy.  It's by JJ Heller called, "The Year".

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Anna

Anna turned 10 years old today.  Wow, how the time has flown by.  She has had her heart set on getting her ears pieced for her birthday.  So shortly after lunch we went with Grandma Joyce to Claire's. She had butteries in her tummy, but she feel better now that it is done. 
 Then for supper Anna got to have some time with her Grandpa's and Grandma's. We went out for some great Chinese food and then open presents at our house afterwards.  I decorated this angel food cake, which is one of her favorite deserts.  She also loves to paint, draw, and make crafts. She is very talented and thoughtful girl.    

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I was able to snap a nice picture of the kids while we were at Grandpa and Grandma Kostman's house.  It was a great Christmas because we had both sets of grandparents together this year.  The kids were very happy and it was also nice to not have to travel.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Family Coming....

Very excited today because my parents are coming to visit us here in Nebraska.  It's a good lengthy drive, but they always make great time.  There is going to be a lot of cleaning, cooking, and Christmas songs around here.  Here is  a song called Snow Globe, which is so fun.

Well I need to get off to all the fun things that come with Christmas time.  Hope you all are also having a wonderful Christmas season.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I am ready....

This is how Noah eats grapefruit. He is a creative little boy.  He didn't want to get any of the juice in his eye. 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Watercolor Painting....
Today Anna worked on this watercolor painting.  It's so pretty and the picture does not do it justice.  She likes to watch watercolor video's on YouTube and is learning so much.  It awesome to watch her put into practice what she learns.  You can also guess what she wants for Christmas.  Lots of Art supplies.  We can't wait until Hobby Lobby comes to town.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rock Wall Climbing....
 Noah had a blast on the rock wall and spend at least half of his evening climbing.  I took the boys to Maranatha for there skate night.  Anna spent the night at Grandpa and Grandma's house.  The kids skated, climb the rock wall, and play in the bounce house.  Plenty of activities to wear them out.
It was a fun night.  I even skating most of the night and played the skate games.  My thighs are sore today.  That is the best kind of workout.  One that does not feel like work, but is fun.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coffee Shop....
Noah and I went to the coffee shop for a bit.  He worked on some Explode the Code, while sipping on a mocha.  This is the only way to do school.  Anna and Gabe was a their Latin class.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day!
This is a picture of my dad.  He served in the U.S. Navy.  Tanner and McKenzie are sanding next to him.  This is a picture from a few year back.  Thanks dad for serving our country! He still look's good in his sailor uniform. And to all the Veterans, Thank You!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

This morning we were talking about Compassion.  Compassion is bearing someone else's burden as if it were your own.  Galatians 6:2 says, " Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."  and what is the law of Christ?  Galatians 5:14, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."  So many people today need someone to show them compassion.  I wanted to share this song, "Mighty to Save"

Monday, October 06, 2014

Noah and Anna have had 5 weeks of gymnastic.  They are both having a blast and learning a lot.  Anna has been enjoying all the stretching and asked me the other day about my Pilate's DVD.  So she has been watching the last few days and working out.  It's fun to watch!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Friday, October 03, 2014

Homemade Ranch Dressing:
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp dill (either fresh or dried)
1-2 tsp chives (fresh or dried)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp paprika
1 dash hot pepper sauce (or more to taste)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Add crushed garlic cloves to bowl, and sprinkle salt over garlic.  Using fork, mince garlic into a nice pulp with the salt.  Add in mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk, mix well.  Stir in remaining spices. Cover and place in refrigerator for about an hour before serving.

I found this recipe and want to try it out to see how it is.  Looks easy and probably yummy!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sewer Line....

We have been having problems with our sewer line since we moved into this house in June 2012.  It was time to take care of the problem because it was getting clogged a lot.  It's no fun when you can't use water in your house.  The dishes and clothes pile up.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Maple Oat Nut Scone....

From Pioneer Women's Cookbook


  • 2-3/4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Regular Oats, Ground In A Food Processor Or Blender
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 sticks (1 Cup) Cold Butter, Cut Into Cubes
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, Finely Chopped
  • 3/4 cups Heavy Cream (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Extract
  •  Icing
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Strong Coffee
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Extract

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour, ground oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
Add butter pieces and use a pastry cutter to work the butter and dry ingredients together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped pecans.
Whisk together the cream, egg, and 1 teaspoon maple extract. Pour into flour mixture, stirring gently, until it all comes together. (Mixture will not come together in one cohesive ball; it should be in a few large clumps with some crumbs in the bowl.) If it is overly crumbly and will not come together at all, add a couple of tablespoons of extra cream and work it in.
Turn the dough out onto a cutting board or floured surface and use your hands to press into a 6-to-8-inch circle about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 equal wedges (or you can cut into smaller wedges to get more.) Transfer to a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment and bake for 20-24 minutes, or until poufy and set and just barely golden. (Shouldn't have much color on them at all.) Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Combine all the icing ingredients. Make sure it's thick but still pourable. Drizzle a very generous amount on each one, then sprinkle on a few more chopped pecans. Allow the icing to set completely, then serve.
(Scones will keep nice and fresh for days in a plastic zipper bag.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Making applesauce 
I was able to borrow this kitchen Aid Mixer and use the fruit strainer attachment.  It works like a dream. I am now hooked and really want a Kitchen Aid Mixer. We used it to mix up meat balls earlier this week and Anna and I thought it was the best. Thanks Grandma Kara Kostman for letting us borrow it. I think when I am done canning today I will have 20 quarts of applesauce:)

The Kids Loving There Dogs.....

We just love your beagles.  We are a dog loving family and the kids fight or are sad if they don't sleep with them.  The dogs also always fine the blankets to snuggle on.  These are pictures that the kids too of one another.  Practicing there picture taking skills:)

Monday, September 01, 2014

Canning Tomatoes.....
This year my garden has been booming with lots of tomatoes.  I have been picking and picking and canning a lot.  Noah like to help me pick tomatoes.  I am so glad he like to help because I need the help.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hershey Fall Festival

 This past weekend was Hershey Fall Festival.  Here are the kids sitting and waiting for the parade to start.  It was a cool morning, which was nice.  Grandpa Ray got his John Deere tractor all shined up and hooked the trailer up for us to ride on. 
 Doesn't this kid look great in his hat.  Also the kids all had their cowboy boots on and spurs. 
 Hanging out with Grandpa and Grandma Kostman.  Waiting for the parade to start.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Art Work....
Anna loves to spend time painting.  She uses Youtube in learning how to watercolor.  She is learning so much and loves to create.  Take notice of the saran wrap on the computer screen.  She does try to keep her mess under control. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Awana's 2013-2014

The kids had a great Awana year.  They all worked really hard and finished their books and then got their awards.  My kids have enjoyed going to Awana's since they were little.  It's great because they have memorized so many Bible verses.  It's also been great to me as the mom who has also had to memorize all the Bible verses with them.  It's also great seeing them work with each other and helping.  Noah loves to listen to is Awana CD at bed time. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014