It’s been two weeks since a sweet mom in our homeschool co-op announced that she was going to have the kids do a musical, “Back to the Cross.”  Most of the kids were super excited, including my own — except one.  This girl adamantly insisted on not being a part of it, and did not show up for the first rehearsal.  Again at the second rehearsal, she made it clear that she would only sit through it because she had to wait for her sisters, but she would not participate.  Then this sweet mom found out and personally asked Sierra to be a part of it.  I followed it up by letting her know this lady really wanted her.  That’s all it took.

Nowadays you can find her sitting next to the cd player on the counter belting out the songs and enjoying every minute of it.  She’s thrilled.  So thrilled, she is going to request a solo at the next practice.  We’ll see if she follows through.  Oh, I hope she does!  Listening to her brought tears to my eyes.  She is so passionate and has such stamina for practicing.  That is certainly something we struggle with together in almost any other subject, so to find something she loves has me beyond thrilled!  She even asked if I thought she could be in musicals when she was older.  (I’m telling you, the turn-around was crazy!)  I responded, “If that is God’s will for you, then that would be awesome!”

I know she’s young.  I don’t expect her to have her life or passions figured out in the least.  But, to see that spark in her eye and to hear her singing the amazing lyrics — they are mostly scripture-based songs — filled my heart!  Sometimes all we need is a small glimpse into our kids, and God has given us a huge gift.  At least, that’s what it feels like to me; such a gift!

Now to try to get to sleep without the musical soundtrack repeating through my brain!

Japanese Tacos

My friend called it “California Roll Casserole.”  I shortened it to “Sushi Casserole”  Then my family re-named it “Japanese Tacos.”  Whatever you call it, having a dinner that all my kids love, (and that is quite simple), is a definite win!

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California Roll Sushi Casserole


-1/2 cup mayo

-1/2 cup sour cream (may substitute with mayo if you don’t have sour cream, which is usually the case at our house)

-1/4 cup chopped green onions (2 Stalks)

-1 pound or 500 g imitation crab meat, diced into 1/2 inch squares (We prefer the Kibun -Special Sea Stix brand found in Japanese markets)

-2 cups of rice grains

-2/3 jar of Nori Komi Furikake rice seasoning


  1.  Cook rice.  Sprinkle rice seasoning over cooked rice and mix.  Spread evenly onto 9×13 casserole dish.  Wet rice paddle to keep the rice from sticking to the paddle.


  1.  Combine all other ingredients and spread over rice layer.


  1.  Broil for 5 minutes. (On High)


  1. Serve casserole with square seaweed sheets, sliced avocado, and/or sliced cucumber, so everyone can make their own hand roll!


Planting Day!

In case you were wondering, we are still going strong with our gardening journals, though we did take a break along with everything else this last week.  (Spring break is glorious!)  Before break, we did another entry and then had a planting day.

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You can see by the last picture that our seeds are actually starting to sprout!  I was a little worried because 1) the seeds are old, and 2) the kids planted them without much guidance.  (I explained briefly, went to get my camera, and they were practically done by themselves!)  Tomorrow we will transplant them into our garden boxes, which are finally ready.  Thank you, wonderful husband, for all your hard work on prepping soil and re-building our collapsed bed!  I hope to say thanks with a delicious salad, soon!

Morning Fires

Since we’re smack dab in the middle of spring break, (ok, it’s almost over, but anyhow…), I seem to be applying the spring cleaning philosophy with me wherever I go.  “Use it or get rid of it!”  When I had to move our outdoor fireplace to make way for our new planter boxes, I realized we hadn’t really used it in a while.  I always think I will remember when it’s cold, but after dinner on a chilly evening I don’t ever feel like going outside!  Then it occurred to me.  Whenever we camp, my favorite are not the evening campfires, though those are special, too.  I LOVE morning campfires!  A new day.  A fresh start.  Brisk morning air.  The world is quiet.  A cup of coffee… yes, morning campfires rock.

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At first they were content reading and enjoying the fire and each other’s company.  It was quite sweet!  It didn’t take long before someone asked for the obvious; morning s’mores.  What the heck; it is spring break!

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We’ve since had a couple morning fires, and I think it might be a great new morning devotion spot!  Hooray for re-discovering old treasures!

Chickie Funeral

I awoke to a crash, but didn’t think much of it.  The winds were blowing, which is a normal occurrence around here.  I got up to go to the bathroom and looked out the window only to learn the “bang” was our chickie coop knocked over.  We (pretty much my husband) stayed up to get the chickies a new home in the garage as well as to get things cleaned up.  We also looked and looked and looked for a missing chick, but without success.

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Fast forward to the next morning, and our sweet Natalie was devastated.  After all, it was her little “Blackwing” that was missing.  She searched herself, but still couldn’t find her. 
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Later that morning, Malachi discovered her in the front yard under a bush.  Poor little baby was gone.

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When I told Natalie she could get another one and that we would have a little funeral, she was quite excited.  Apparently, she had always waned to have a little funeral for a pet.  (Sounds super morbid, but I get where she was coming from!)  Kids are so resilient.  So, we holed our little backyard hill, had a little funeral, said our goodbyes, and welcomed “Goldilocks” to our home.  We also fixed the chickie coop so no more wind gusts will affect our little ones!

Spring Break 2016!

Spring break is finally upon us… hooray!!!  And, my husband is home the first four days… HOORAY!  He came home yesterday completely exhausted and went to take a nap, when this happened…

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Yes, buried in every pillow, blanket, or sleeping bag around.  Sweet littles get so excited when daddy gets home!  Believe it or not, he was so tired he slept right through this for another couple hours.  He woke up just in time for Friday night pizza, then Good Friday service at church.

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After church, we surprised the kids by going out to froyo.  (It was essentially bedtime).  That was a huge hit, but then we made it even more special; we stopped by a new park we had discovered just the day before.  The kids fell in love with it because it has a zipline.  The park was dark, of course, and empty… For the next hour we zipped and swung and slid and tackled and had the best time.  I am certain it will go down as a historic night for the Yeh family!

Lots more stuff on my spring break to-do list, (including catch-up on blogging!)  My, how wonderful breaks are indeed!

Tomorrow is Easter.  I am  so glad it is so much more than chicks and bunnies and candy!  The Son of God came down to earth and took my sin (and your sin) upon his shoulders.  He died, yes.  But, he rose again and is alive!  Hallelujah!

Happy Easter!

St. Paddy’s Day 2016 (Minus Shamrock Shakes!)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Though we are not Irish, the green milk and Lucky Charms breakfast is a favorite tradition around here.  

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Traditions really are special.  Though I know my kids won’t eat them, I had to make my Irish Soda Bread muffins with green sugar on top.  (At least I enjoyed them with my coffee!)

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And, another tradition of ours… getting Shamrock Shakes with friends.  Well, guess what?  There were no Shamrock Shakes this year!  I have yet to figure out what Mc Donald’s was thinking!  We still enjoyed an incredible day with friends, decorating cupcakes and playing in their awesome yard.

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I guess from now on we will just have to make our own Shamrock Shakes!

Pi Day

Seriously, I thought this was the cutest.  After a day spent at our homeschool co-op, I walked in the door to the most delicious smell.  My husband had made us a chicken pot pie for dinner in honor of “Pi Day.”  Being the former math teacher, my whole geeky self found this a most thoughtful and awesome thing.  The kids loved the dinner, but weren’t as fond of all the circle talk.  Maybe some day.  🙂

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On Pruning

I woke up and just knew it was going to be a beautiful day.  After all, it was a free Saturday with absolutely nothing on the calendar.  The weather was great.  No school to be done.  So… after we had breakfast and I had my morning coffee and Jesus time, I decided I would spend the entire day in our backyard… And I did.  The kids joined me off and on, and it was lovely!
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The first place I started was with our peach tree.  I knew it needed to be thinned out, but didn’t know where to start.  I looked up a few articles, and everything I read said there needed to be just one peach for every 4 inches.  Ok, I thought… I can do that!  Turns out, it was harder than I thought; mostly because my brain kept thinking, “I can’t possibly pull off this many peaches.  My poor tree!  What if I’m pulling off all the good ones, and leaving the bad ones?”  Sounds dramatic as I type it, but truly it was a real struggle in my mind!

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I continued to thin as much as I could, despite my anxiety.  The entire time I couldn’t help but thinking about God, the Master Gardener.  Is it hard for him to prune?  He knows what’s best, and does it for our own good — even if it seems bad.  As a parent, do I have what it takes to prune my kids?  By pruning, I am showing God that I trust Him — that although I am throwing away a lot of fruit, I am trusting He will ultimately still provide much fruit and it will be bigger and sweeter than a tree left unpruned.

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And so a lesson was learned in the garden.  Just one of many to come this season, I am sure.  God is so good.

Garden Journals, pt. 3

Our third day of garden journaling, we drew pictures of beneficial bugs: predators, pollinators, and plants that attract them.  Can I just say I LOVE Sharpies?

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I also love seeing the drawing of a 6 year old next to the drawing of a 9 year old — a good reminder of how fast time simply flies!  (Today I also paid them a nickel for every weed they pulled of our lawn by the root.  Worth every penny!  And, the chickens loved eating the weeds.)