Wikki Stix

My kids think wikki stix are some of the funnest things ever. I think they are a bit expensive considering how quickly they can be used up, but I splurge once in awhile. And when Homeschool Buyers Co-op had a really good deal on them awhile back, I ordered. If you’ve never got any wikki stix for your child, you should try it once. I have to admit, that even I have fun trying to create with them.

My daughter won the prize in our family for the best creation of late. I can hardly believe that she got wikki stix to do this.

Wikki Stixs Flowers

Wikki Stixs Flowers

A Snow Day

So we are slated to get more snow than we have since I’ve lived in this area. Some years we get snow some years don’t. That said, I thought snow days were in order. Don’t you?

The kids have been sledding until the wore the snow off their hill. That will be okay because more snow is in the forecast.

The sledding hill

And they made snowballs and snowmen and had snowball fights.

Making Snowballs

And they let the baby have a try at all the fun snow adventures too.

Baby tries playing in the snow

And because I’m a real homeschool mom, we started a unit study on snow. We are reading the book The Gospel According to a Snowflake. It’s really a superb book. Hopefully we’ll report back when we’ve learned a lot from the book.

The Gospel According to a Snowflake cover

I Will Follow Thee, My Saviour

I will follow Thee, my Savior,
Wheresoe’er my lot may be.
Where Thou goest I will follow;
Yes, my Lord, I’ll follow Thee.


I will follow Thee, my Savior;
Thou didst shed Thy blood for me;
And though all men should forsake Thee,
By Thy grace I’ll follow Thee.

Though the road be rough and thorny,
Trackless as the foaming sea;
Thou has trod this way before me,
And I’ll gladly follow Thee.

Though I meet with tribulations,
Sorely tempted though I be;
I remember Thou was tempted,
And rejoice to follow Thee.

Though Thou leadest me through affliction,
Poor, forsaken though I be;
Thou was destitute, afflicted,
And I only follow Thee.

Though to Jordan’s rolling billows,
Cold and deep, Thou leadest me,
Thou has crossed the waves before me,
And I still will follow Thee.

~by James L. Elginburg, 1886

Last Thursday, marked the sixth month anniversary of when my younger brother passed away. Time has gone so slow and so fast at the same time. I still want to pinch myself and see if I will wake up out of this nightmare. Today, I was contemplating some different issues that were troubling me and I was feeling a little grumbly, when I caught myself humming my brother’s favorite hymn, I Will Follow Thee, My Savior. It made me remember how my brother always said “I’m great!” to anybody who asked how he was doing, even five minutes before he was being intubated. I don’t need to feel grumbly. Others have had it a lot harder than I do, especially my Savior. He has paved the way before us, so that when we walk through those days that either seem overwhelming because of the number of pressures coming our way, or the disappointments coming our way, or the physical pain coming our way—no matter what is troubling us, He has already been there, done that. And He will give us the strength, the comfort, the courage to get through it all, as long as we choose to follow Him. That’s what I choose today.


It was an exciting day, a few weeks back, when my daughter chose to be baptized. I know there was joy in heaven. There was certainly joy in my heart.

the Baptism

Being Greeted after baptism

Being greeted by church members and friends after the baptism.

Friends and Cousins that Came to the Baptism

Young friends, cousins and siblings that came (some quite a long ways) to witness her public dedication of her life to Christ.

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10