Monday, November 21, 2016

Day Twenty- One

Day Twenty-one What song are you grateful for? So many songs. I love all kinds of music so this is hard. I love the Gaither Vocal Band, especially when they sing with Mark Lowry. I love Reba McIntire (I know all my friends are thinking that is bad). Honestly, when I am in a dark place I can sing a long with Reba and it all looks better. My favorite current song is Breath. Listen to the words of that song on you tube. It describes my life perfectly. Sometimes in the middle of the craziness I forgot that I can set at his feet and just breath. This summer I went away with other moms and this was our song. Oh, how I needed that time. So now I can listen to this song and remember that time. Something happened during that get away. I realized that I can still breath. I can still laugh and I am still a person. Not just a mom and wife.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Day Twenty

Day Twenty Who are you grateful for? I want to say that I am grateful for our civic workers, our police, fireman and military. I am grateful for the men who work in our church. I am grateful for my husband who has worked so hard to give us everything we have. It does not matter if he is tired or sore he just keeps working. He gives the same dedication as a soldier and I am so grateful for that. I look up to him regularly. I am grateful for the Sunday school teachers we had when we lived in Kentucky. There marriage gave us something to look at. They were honest about how life is. I could still call them today for advice.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Day Nineteen

Day Nineteen: What touch are you grateful for? I am grateful for our dogs and the way they reach out and touch you. We have two rescue dogs that came from a amazing rescues. We do not know what happened to them before they came to the rescue. So when they connect with us I feel honored. I feel safe when my dogs are around. If I go upstairs they follow me. They only go into the basement unless I am in the basement. I love how they have touched us not only physically but they have touched our hearts.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Day Eighteen

Day Eighteen: What piece of art are you grateful for? I am grateful for so much art. For the art my children give me. A downside to homeschooling is that we do not have all those cute little craft projects coming home. No cute little mothers day poems. So anytime I get something my kids make, I am thrilled. I also am grateful for art work from friends. I have a milk can that a friend painted and it is precious to me. I have a friendship picture that a friend made. Anything homemade is special to me.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Day Seventeen

Day seventeen: What knowledge are you grateful for? I know weird things. Things like chickens and ducks are not normally together because ducks have a penis and chickens do not. Until this post I thought bubble wrap was used for wallpaper. I do not even know where I learned this but when I looked it up to write this post I realized that is not true. I am sad that I have told people this and it is not true. Hmm, what other knowledge do I have? I know how to make goats milk soap and how to bake. For that I am grateful. I love to bake for others and for my family. I am glad that my daughter is allowing me to teach her to bake.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen What about your body are you grateful for? I am grateful for my hair. You see my husband loves my hair. I use the same hairspray I used in high school because he loves the smell. I struggle with self image and have my entire life. I thought loosing weight would help but it did not. I thought coloring my hair would help but it did not. So for today I choose to be grateful for my hair and the joy that it brings my husband.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Day Fifteen

Day Fifteen What season are you grateful for? This is a hard one. I love spring because it means new beginnings. I love summer because it means no more snow and we are able to be outside and the garden is growing and the animals enjoy the sun. I love fall because everything turns a pretty color, it is not too hot or too cold. I love winter because everything slows down. It is too cold to be outside so we are all in the house together. It is time to have friends over for dinner. We can bake and not worry about heating up the kitchen. So I cannot choose one season.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Day Fourteen of Gratefullness

Day Fourteen: What sight are you grateful for? I am grateful for my sight, for everything that I see. I only have one eye that works correctly and it is not something I take for granted. I love the sight of a sleeping child. When Jacob is tired he becomes wired and acts like someone has given him ten mountain dews. Then he drops and is asleep. I love seeing his little eyes calm and his breathing slow as he rest. He falls asleep in my arms. He needs my arm to fall asleep. I am his pillow. I am grateful for the sight of my sixteen year old daughter when she comes downstairs and is wearing make up that only a clown would wear. I am grateful because she does not care what others think. She is confident and happy.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Day Thirteen

Day Thirteen: What abilities are you grateful for? I could tell you that I am grateful that I can bake or that I can make soap and bath products to sell and use. But honestly the ability I am grateful for is the ability to comfort my kids. When they fall down or bump there knee and nothing will help but momma. When they spill milk and just need a hug from mom. I am so grateful for the ability to love show. To feel love and give love.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Day Twelve

Day twelve What texture are you grateful for? Soft cotton. I love the feel of a soft t-shirt fresh out of the dryer. Or even better I love the feel of a sweatshirt when you first put it on. You feel safe and warm in a big over sized sweat shirt. I do not know what kind of sheets we have but I am so grateful for the feel of clean sheets when I climb into bed. I am also grateful for the feel of my husbands uniform. It is rough and strong just like him.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Day Eleven

Day Eleven What holiday are you grateful for? I love Easter. Christmas is pretty and it tells about our Savior being born but I love Easter. It is a fresh start. He gave everything for me. I love when you go to church and all the kids look so fresh and clean on Easter in new clothes. Flowers start blooming and the grass turns green again. Everything is fresh and new and I feel like a new person. I am always humbled when I think about how he died.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Day Ten

Day Ten: What taste are you grateful for? I love the taste of a really cold can of mountain dew with a bite of a plain Hershey bar and then a side of a kosher dill pickle. I know it sounds crazy but I love it. I have since I was a little girl. I am grateful for the taste of KFC chicken with my homemade mash potatoes and mac-n-cheese. I am grateful for the turkey and ham and everything that makes a holiday meal because it means that we have friends and family over.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Day Nine

Day Nine What place are you most grateful for? I am grateful for my house. When it is clean and half organized it feels like home. When I see all my kids hanging out together in our home I feel content. I am grateful for hospitals who have kept my children alive and helped when we needed them. I am grateful for military bases. One because they have given me places to live but more importantly they are training the worlds best military. I am grateful for my friends homes. The ones who welcome my family in and make us feel welcome. For the homes that have a pile of laundry sitting in a chair and they don't care if I see it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Day Eight

Day Eight: What book are you grateful for? First, I am always grateful for the Bible because it is my guide book. It is the book that keeps me calm and gives me ideas when I feel hopeless or lost. It is my go to when I have questions about this world. I also grateful the book called Love you Forever. I love the meaning behind it, I love the ending. I can feel the love coming from this book. I love a book that I can sing to my children. I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I am living my baby you will be. I am also grateful for the many Bible studies I have done. My favorite one is called "So Long Insecurities" by Beth Moore. It really helped me to stop focusing on what others think of me and more about what God knows that I am.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Day Six

Day Six: what in nature are you grateful for? This is another hard one because it is November and while I am grateful for the warm air I am so over the flies. I am grateful for fresh cut grass, for wild flowers. I love the way they smell. I love the colors in wild flowers. I love how they grow on the side of the road. I am grateful for the way trees all look different. We have a tree in our yard that for some reason has the middle cut out. I have no idea why but when you are driving to our property and look at it just right the tree looks like a heart. While we do not hike very often I am grateful for hiking trials. The way they wind around creeks and between trees that you know are a hundred years old and have seen more people than you will ever see.

Saturday, November 5, 2016



Day Five

Day five: What sounds are you grateful for? I love to hear my children laugh and play with one another. I love when babies laugh. When they laugh out loud and can't stop. I love the sound of a cat purring because it means they are content. This week I was grateful for my children fighting. Sounds crazy and normally drives me in sane. Only this time a friend was standing next to my vehicle. It was nice to hear her say that her vehicle sounds like this too. I think maybe I will buy us both a car with one of those windows that go up so you do not hear what is going on in the back seat. Who am I kidding, that would drive me crazy because I am a control freak and I need to know what is going on. Finally, I love the sound of cans popping when you are canning things. We did not can very much this year. I do not mind because it is only November and I am not craving home grown green beans yet. But I do miss how my husband and I can together.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Day Four

Day four: What food are you most grateful four? I am grateful for foods that have memories. I love homemade chicken tenders because I remember my mom making it in high school after she got married. I am grateful for biscuits and gravy. Because a friend taught me to make them when I was having a hard time. So while the biscuits and gravy happened when I was at one of my lowest points it reminds me how loved I am by friends.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Petrie Soaps and Stuff

I do not talk as often as I would like about our small family business. Okay, business is probably too strong of a word at this point. It is our family hobby. It is how my husband and I date. We have been making soap for over a year now and are still enjoying it. We sold our soaps all summer at the farmers market. We have tried several recipes and found the one that works for us. Our goats our not only our pets but they provide milk for our soaps and our family. We use our soap for personal use. We have a constant battle between who gets to pick the next one to be used. If you walk into one of our bathrooms you will find several partially used bars of soap. I love that our soaps do not become soft and squishy because that means they last longer. Then again I need to find a way to not have 20 partially used bars lying around. This fall we have been at several craft shows. I love doing craft shows because I get to meet lots of new customers. I love walking around and buying from other small businesses. Because I have neglected my wonderful blog readers I am going to offer you free shipping on any order over $20. Check my facebook page often. We will be offering several specials between now and Christmas so check back often.

Day Seven

Day Seven: What memory are you grateful for? I am grateful for memories of the crazy things my husband does. Like when he told a friend her babies ears looked funny in the hospital. How he told the nurse giving us he don't shake your baby class that he does not like things shaken but stirred. Or when he threw himself up against a wall in the NICU when he got his new BDU's. To show the nurses that they could no longer see him. I love these memories because while they leave my head shaking when they happen they make me laugh later. So when he is away and I miss him terribly I remind myself of these times. I remember on our wedding day he made sure to have someone come and tell me that he was wearing black socks because he knew I would be worried about the little things like what color socks he was wearing.

Why I am Grateful Day One

I love being on facebook in November. I love seeing all the grateful post. I always say I am going to join in and write gratitude post every day. By about day ten I am skipping days and by day 20 I am done. Then around day 28 I catch up and no one reads it because it is so long. So this year I am going to try here. I found a fun list on pinterest of things to be grateful for. So let's get started. I know I am three days behind. okay, day one: I am grateful for smells. This is hard because I am still knee deep in dirty diapers and little boys urinating on the toilet seat. So I guess I am grateful for the smell of my diffuser that takes away these smells and also helps my house smell more like a clean house. My current favorite combo is on guard with orange essential oils. And we all know that I love my Doterra oils. Day two: What technology are you grateful for? I love my phone. WOW, that is kind of weird. Why do I love my phone so much? Because it allows me to facetime my husband when he is away, and to talk to my son who is in college. I love hearing his voice, I swear sometimes I can hear his smile on the good days. Day three: What colors are you grateful for? I would not say I love any particular colors. I love fall colors, they are relaxing. I love blues that are relaxing. Recently, we painted my craft room a silver color and I love it. I do not like bold colors, you know like crayon box colors on walls and in bedding. Okay, so as of today I am caught up. Let's see if I can keep it up. I would love to hear your replies.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Toilet Paper or Wasted Money

Toilet paper, yes I am going there. Let’s talk about toilet paper. Do you use it? Of course you use it but do you make it or buy it? We buy it. I also buy baby wipes. I just cannot bring myself to wash them out. This sounds totally silly but I can pretty much tell you which public restrooms have the best toilet paper. Wal-Mart has great toilet paper but Cracker Barrel has rolled up paper that you can practically see through. Most hospitals have crappy TP too. That I will never understand. I personally think that the better or thicker the TP the better. The other day I saw lavender scented toilet paper. I did not buy it because it seems wonky to buy scented toilet paper. The other thing I saw recently was decorative toilet paper. It had the names of sports teams on it. Can I just ask WHY? Why would you want toilet paper with your favorite sports team on it? Did they forget what we use toilet paper for? Are you a toilet paper junky? I am a total toilet paper junky or at least I use to be. With 7 kids in the house I have given up on spending money on things that no one appreciates.
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