Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year’s Traditions

Well we were discussing New Year’s traditions and specifically what traditions we should adopt or hold to as a family. It seems we have decided on being sick for New Year’s although I hope this does not become a tradition.
It started with Ethan Sunday afternoon then Austin, Tyler, and I got it. As we were just about on the recovery road, Angie, Brendan, and Karissa get sick. Just one left and so far Aleigha is just fine.
We are defiantly praying for good health in the New Year.
P.S. We have 4 or so inches of snow :)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

 I love everything about Christmas: the lights, trees, presents, colorful wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, carols, plays, cookies, and shopping. It is so easy to get all caught up in these things and forget the true meaning of Christmas. JESUS CHRIST

It is so amazing that the GOD who created the entire world and everything in it would chose to come down from heaven to be born in a stable, live among us, and then die on a cross for our sins so that we could one day go to heaven to live with him.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God manifest in the flesh justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.  1 Timothy 3:16

So while you are spending time with friends and family don't forget the TRUE meaning of Christmas!

Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I think I will stay inside today...

I couldn't resist taking another picture of this today. Yes, it does say negative 10. Though I don't think it is completely accurate because our digital one says -4. Either way I don't think I will be going outside today. Yesturday the water pipes in Jacob's and my bathroom and the kitchen froze. Jacob was off so he went under the house and reinsulated them. Today he went to work wearing 2 heavy coats and insulated gloves.      -Angie

Friday, December 4, 2009


Hairdresser shop in Norway: "Nice face ... shame about the hair."

Furniture store in Australia: "Our beds are factory-trained not to jump on your children. Please show the same courtesy."

On a van for a company that does window treatments in New Zealand: "This van is driven by a blind man!"


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just a Quick Note

Well are loving our new house. We didn't finish unpacking before Jacob went back to work like we were hoping but we came pretty close. There were a lot of other things that needed to be done that we weren't expecting so that set us back a little. We are going to have to paint our living room because we removed some shelves that were in there and now the corners of the walls look like a checker board. We are going to paint our bedroom and bathroom as well as they both have a deep purple wall that we don't care much for and also the dining room and kitchen which are yellow right now. 
We started back to school yesterday and Jacob's first day back at work was yesterday as well and today he is on his way to Washington for a Hyster training. He will be back tomorrow evening. It is getting late so i need to get started on school for the day but I wanted to write a little to let you all know what we are up to. -Angie


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Great News

Jacob received a call a few minutes ago from our realtor to inform us that every thing went through and the house is ours!!! Yea!! We have had the keys since last night though so we went over for a couple of hours this morning to work on cleaning, and we are going to make another trip over in a little while with all the kitchen and bathroom stuff. So I'd better get back to work but we wanted to let everyone know about the house.  -Angie

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Our Latest House Update

We talked to our realtor yesterday and she said that if we wanted to we could go ahead and do all the signing on Monday and that we should be able to start moving in on Tuesday! The kids hadn’t seemed all that excited yet about moving until the other night when Jacob took apart their beds and left their mattresses on the floor for them to sleep on. I am not sure why but to them that was just the coolest thing. It is funny how such a little thing can get them all excited. We took the day off school yesterday so I could get a head start on some of the extra cleaning that  could be done ahead of time and more packing…which is what we will be doing again today.   -Angie

Friday, November 6, 2009


The other day I went to a restaurant that I hadn't been to in some time. It was quite busy but I was in no hurry.

When the waiter came to take my order, I remarked, "You know, it's been ten years since I came in here."

The waiter gave me a sympathetic look and said, "I am sorry sir, but I'm working as fast as I can."

[Top Greetings]




Thursday, November 5, 2009

BBQ Sauce Recipe

My mother-in-law asked for this recipe so I thought I would put it on here for her and anyone else who might want to give it a try.

In small saucepan mix together
1/3 c. ketchup
1/3 c. mustard
1/3 c. bottled bbq sauce
1/4 c. vinegar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Cook on medium heat for about 10 min. This is really good on fully cooked shredded pork roast for bbq pork sandwiches. I haven’t tried it on anything else yet.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Three Year Olds…Gotta Love Em

Yesterday afternoon I was craving something sweet and after looking through all the cupboards decided I would make cinnamon and sugar toast for the kids and I. After putting the toast in the toaster I gathered the other ingredients and sat down at the table to fix it. The kids were all sitting around the table watching me. As I added a couple of spoonfuls of sugar to the bowl to mix it up Brendan said “Wow Mom, I can’t believe it, you’re actually gonna make something good!”

Monday, October 26, 2009

Isn’t It Strange…

Isn't it strange 
how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, 
but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange 
how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church, 
and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange 
that you can't find a word to say when you're praying but.. 
you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn't it strange 
how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible but 
how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

Isn't it strange 
how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games but 
they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

Isn't it strange 
how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks 
before the day so we can include it in our agenda, 
but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

Isn't it strange 
how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others; 
but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn't it strange 
how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say but....
we question the words in the Bible?

Isn't it strange 
how everyone wants a place in heaven but... 
they don't want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

Isn't it strange 
how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded right away but 
when we are going to send messages about God, 
we think about it twice before we share it with others?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Crocheted Blanket

I am finished with a blanket I started working on this summer. It is going to be going to an orphanage in India and will be given to a girl between the ages of 8-18. My mom made one too. Hers is very pretty with lots of colors in a zigzag pattern. This is the biggest crochet project I have ever done, and I am happy with how it turned out.-Angie

Friday, October 23, 2009

Eating Makes Me Sleepy

This was so cute I couldn't resist taking a picture of it. -Angie


This afternoon I was sitting in the living room making a dinner and shopping list for the next week so that we could go shopping when Jacob got home from work. Austin and his friend Truman were playing the wii while Brendan and Ethan were watching them. Karissa, Tyler, and Aleigha, were outside playing with their friend Kaylee, when Karissa came in and asked if I cared if they all came in to play a game. I told her that would be fine. So she ran out to tell them all to come in. Just then my phone rang so I answered it and it was Jacob he was on his way home from Medford (he had a classes over there both yesterday and today). We had just started talking when Tyler came up to me crying. I asked him what was wrong and he told me he fell and hit his knee. I looked down at his leg and began pulling up his pant leg I noticed that they were not ripped and there wasn't any blood on them so I thought to myself that is was probably just a little scraped up. Then I got his pant leg up. His knee had a deep cut in it so I quickly told Jake I needed to go and would call him back. I continued examining the cut and I thought I could see the bone of his knee cap, but it started to bleed just a little bit so that I couldn't tell if that was what I really saw. I took a picture of it and sent it to Jacob to see if I should take him to the ER or just call the DR. and see if they could fix it. The picture didn't turn out very well so I decided to call the DR. It was 4:55 and they were going to be closing in 5 min. so she suggested I go ahead and take him to the ER but I asked if there was an Urgent Care I could take him to instead since it wasn't bleeding very bad at all. She said that there were a lot of Urgent Care places in Klamath Falls but that there was only one she would recommend. I got my kids all ready to go and had Karissa pack some books, crayons, and coloring books to entertain them since I figured we would be there for a while. I put a big bandage on Tyler's knee then we headed off. We got there and checked in and the receptionist handed me the paperwork to fill out. I handed Ethan to Austin to hold but he started freaking out and only wanting me to hold him so I had to fill out the paperwork while holding him. When we were called back I left Austin, Karissa, and Aleigha in the waiting room and told Austin to read books to Aleigha until I came back. The nurses looked at Tyler's knee and said "Wow, that is a good one, How did you do that?" They were quite surprised to find out it happened on flat pavement and not on a rock. They cleaned it up and then left us to wait for the doctor.  I peeked out at my kids in the waiting room and they were sitting there just as they were told reading their books. Brendan was in the room with us sitting on a chair reading a cooking magazine being very good and patient for a three year old. Ethan was done though he keep pointing at the door and saying door then fussing. I realized then that the poor kid hadn't eaten anything since lunch time and was probably hungry since he usually has a snack around 4 or 5 and I hadn't brought anything for him.:(  The doctor came in and checked out Tyler's knee and the nurse explained that they were going to give him a shot in his knee. She then gave him 3 stitches. He watched the whole thing. They were very surprised at how brave he was and told us it is usually the little girls who are tough and boys are the ones who cry; and that it gets worse the older they get. He said it was the 6' guys that weigh over 200lbs. that pass out. When they were done the nurse told Tyler that he couldn't do dishes, laundry, vacuuming, or clean his room for at least 1 week Then asked him if there were any other chores he could get him out of, but Tyler said no. They told me that my kids were very well behaved and were surprised that Brendan would sit over in the chair for so long being so good. We went back out to the receptionist to pay our bill and just then Jacob walked through the door. The receptionist told me that Austin, Karissa, and Aleigha were so good and so quiet she kept forgetting they were there, and that she was amazed at how well they were behaved. So that made my day. By this time it was after 7 o'clock so we grabbed Pappa Murphy's pizza and headed home. Jacob told me I should post the picture on here for all of you to see but I think I will spare you that.  -Angie

Saturday, October 17, 2009




A big city California lawyer went duck hunting in rural Texas. He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field on the other side of a fence. As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing.


The litigator responded, "I shot a duck and it fell in this field, and now I'm going into retrieve it."


The old farmer replied. "This is my property, and you are not coming over here."


The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial attorneys in the U.S. and, if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything you own."


The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we do things in Texas. We settle small disagreements like this with the Texas Three Kick Rule."


The lawyer asked, "What is the Texas Three Kick Rule?"


The farmer replied, "Well, first I kick you three times and then you kick me three times, and so on, back and forth, until someone gives up."


The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom.


The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the city feller. His first kick planted the toe of his heavy work boot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees. His second kick landed square on the man's nose. The barrister was flat on his belly when the farmer's third kick to a kidney nearly caused him to give up.


The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet and said, "Okay, you old coot, now it's my turn!"


The old farmer smiled and said, "Naw, I give up. You can have the duck."




A Cajun was stopped by a game warden in Southern Louisiana recently with two ice chests of fish, leaving a bayou well known for its fishing.


The game warden asked the man, "Do you have a license to catch those fish?"


"Naw, ma fren, I ain't got none of dem, no. Dese here are my pet fish."


"Pet fish?"


"Ya. Avery night I take dese here fish down to de bayou and let dem swim 'round for a while. Den I whistle and dey jump rat back inta dis here ice chest and I take dem home."


"That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!"


The Cajun looked at the game warden for a moment and then said, "It's de truth ma' fren. I'll show you. It really works."


"Okay, I've GOT to see this!"


The Cajun poured the fish into the bayou and stood and waited.


After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, "Well?"


"Well, what?" Said the Cajun.


"When are you going to call them back?"


"Call who back?"


"The FISH!"


"What fish?"


A Veterinarian was feeling ill for a few days and finally decided to go visit her doctor.

Her doctor began asking all the usual questions ... what were the symptoms? When did the symptoms develop? Et cetera.

Finally, the Veterinarian says, "Look, Doc, I have to deal with patients who can't answer these kind of questions. I can tell what's wrong just by a visual inspection. Why can't you?"

The doctor nodded, stood back, looked her up and down closely, then whipped out his prescription pad and jotted down instructions for the pharmacy.

Then he handed it to her and said, "Of course, if this doesn't work, we'll have to put you down."


[Net 153's Smile A Day]




Friday, October 16, 2009

More funnies



During a recent company password audit, it was found that a certain air-head was using the following password: MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofy. When asked why such a big password, the employee said that it had to be at least 8 characters long.




A Swiss guy, visiting the U.S., pulled up at a bus stop where two locals were waiting.


"Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asked.


The two Yanks just stared at him.


"Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tried. The two continued to stare.


"Parlare Italiano?"


Other than a glance at each other, there was still no response.


"Hablan ustedes Espanol?"


Still nothing.


The Swiss guy gave up and drove off. The first Yank turned to the second and said, "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language."


"Why?" the other replied. "That guy knew four languages, and it didn't do him any good."


[forwarded by Gretchen Patti]






Saturday, October 10, 2009

House Update

Well everything has gone through and the renters were given their 30 day notice. Our closing date is set for Nov. 10. We are all excited about owning our own home.



Friday, October 9, 2009

Out of the Mouth of a Three Year Old

The other afternoon I was in the middle of making fresh salsa when Brendan came into the kitchen and told me he needed to go potty. My hands were a mess so I asked him if he could wait a few minutes, but he said he needed to go right then. I sighed and said just a minute let me wash my hands real quick. He said to me “Mommy, please don’t say that word.” I wasn’t sure what he was talking about so I asked him what word. He ‘sighed’ and said “that word, because that is being grumpy.” It was so funny I cracked up laughing. There is nothing like a three year old correcting your attitude.


One day I told Brendan to go take a nap in my room, because it was really hot upstairs in his room. He gave me a kiss and hug and walked into my room. He returned a moment later and told me “Mommy I can’t sleep in there, it is too messy.”  Guess I need to clean my room!



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

House Update

     The appraisal came back today so now we are just waiting for the loan to be completed then the owner will give the tenant their 30 day notice. Once they move out it should close within 5 days. We are all very excited. We"ll keep you posted. -Angie

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Wonderful Mom

Since Thursday our family has been fighting the flu that has been going around. I caught it Friday night and on Saturday and Sunday I pretty much did nothing except lay on the couch or my bed. On Sunday night I called my mom to talk to her about my dad’s birthday party this next weekend and I told her that we were all sick. The next morning she calls back to tell us she is on her way over (a 2 hr. drive one way) with a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. I told her that she probably shouldn’t come because I didn’t want her to get sick but she said she wanted to come any way. Along with the soup she brought garlic bread, lemon lime soda, hard candy for sore throats, oranges, fruit salad, and a bunch of veggies from her garden. As you can see we were totally spoiled.

Austin, Karissa, Brendan, and I are all still sick today though feeling much better. Tyler seems to be totally better. Ethan and Aleigha are just now getting sick, and Jacob started feeling sick Sunday and still is today though it didn’t hit him very hard thankfully.  So please keep us in your prayers.                   -Angie

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Point of view

Optimist : The glass is half-full.

Pessimist : The glass is half-empty.

Realist : Yep. That's a glass, alright.

Idealist : One day, cold-fusion from a glass of water will provide unlimited energy and end war.

Capitalist : If I bottled this and gave it a New Agey sounding name, I could make a fortune.

Communist : This drink belongs to every single one of us in equal measure.

Conspiracist : The government is fluoridating the water for mind-control purposes.

Sexist : This glass isn't gonna refill itself, honeybun...

Nihilist : The glass does not exist, and neither do I.

Opportunist : There's a funny t-shirt in here somewhere.

This came from

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Hasbro just came out with a joint venture including Google to allow for an online Monoply experiance that is unique and in my opinion facinating.
You start out with 3 mil in Monopoly money and have the opertunity to purchase streets anywhere in the world then build on them and increase you wealth. This is a really cool game! You can find it at
If you sign up add me as a friend. My user name is The Wards

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A great Visit

Today was a great day for visiting. My Dad, Mom, Grandma, and Nephew Matthew all made the trec over the hill just to see us (I think the grandkids are a big draw). We had a great time visiting and since this was the first time my Grandma has been here, we showed her around the house. It is funny that likely the next time she visits we will show her our new house as well (although we will own that one).
Of course since last time my parents visited we hooked them on the Wii, we turned it on again. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun playing even though I won everytime :).
Angie prepared an awsome feast including her famous (at least to us) BBQ pork sandwiches and those delicious seasoned potatoes. The cap to the meal was PIE! Blackberry and Apple WOW! I do belive this was the best blackberry pie I have ever eaten. Man she is amazing.
After they left we chilled for a while and then went to play tennis and work off some of those calories. Quite the full day.
As I write this I am reminded of just how much God has blessed me. He has provided me with a loving family, wonderful children, and most of all salvation and a real relationship knowing him. It pains me to see so many people wandering this world without him or maybe even worse telling themselves that they do know their god (little g) but not really having a connection to the creator by the ONLY way possible... Trust in Jesus Christ and his finished work on the cross. Yes that is right "It is finished" do not add anything else to it. It is not believe on Jesus and got to___ or believe in Jesus and do ______ . Romans 10:9 proclaims Believe on him and Confess and tho shall be saved. God is Good!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Exciting Changes

Well I know I haven't been blogging that much lately, but its been busy around here! For one we started school two weeks ago and that keeps me busy from 8a.m. till 3p.m. so with that and TRYING to keep my house clean (emphasis on trying) and my other responsibilities of being a wife and mom of 6 there hasn't been much time for being on the computer. For two on Jacob's days off and in the evenings we have been house hunting. We are most likely moving again, though not back to the Rogue Valley as we had planned, but instead we are staying right here in Klamath Falls. Now I know that may come as a surprise to you all after hearing us make so much fun of Klamath Falls but to tell you the truth it kind of grows on you. We all like it so much better here than we ever thought we would. So back to the house hunting, we found a house we really like and put an offer on it and it has been excepted so now all we are waiting on is the bank to appraise it and the inspections to all be done and if all that goes well we should have it buy the end of October or beginning of November. It is a newer house built in 2004 and has 4 bedrooms/2baths and a small den/office area that I am planning on making into our school room. It is on 1/2 an acre and the back yard is completely fenced and huge. Here is a couple of pics for now. More to come if we get it.



Sunday, September 13, 2009




~ We must polish the Polish furniture.


~ He could lead if he would get the lead out.


~ The farm was used to produce produce.


~ The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.


~ The soldier decided to desert in the desert.


~ This was a good time to present the present.


~ A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.


~ When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.


~ I did not object to the object.


~ The insurance was invalid for the invalid.


~ The bandage was wound around the wound.


~ There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.


~ They were too close to the door to close it.


~ The buck does funny things when the does are present.


~ They sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.


~ To help with planting,  the farmer taught his sow to sow.


~ The wind was too strong to wind the sail.


~ After a number of injections my jaw got number.


~ Upon seeing the tear in my clothes I shed a tear.


~ I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.


~ How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?





Saturday, August 29, 2009

Movies we liked

Finally we are posting some of the movies we like as I mentioned some time ago. You MUST understand that we have a filter on our DVD player that removes bad language so there may be stuff here that has bad language in it. Also there are some movies here that were made for kids but we would not let our children watch until we are older.

1 A Trilogy of Parables
2 More Than Dreams
3 Ace of Hearts
4 Adventures in Odyssey: Baby Daze
5 Alaska
6 Amazing Grace
7 Another Perfect Stranger
8 Bella
9 Belle and the Beast: A Christian Romance
10 Between the Walls
11 Beyond the Next Mountain
12 Bible Challenge on DVD: KJV Old Testament
13 Brian Regan: Standing Up
14 Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole
15 Chonda Pierce: A Piece of My Mind
16 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
17 Creatures That Defy Evolution: Vol. 1
18 Creatures That Defy Evolution: Vol. 2
19 Creatures That Defy Evolution: Vol. 3
20 Curious George
21 Daniel and the Lion's Den
22 Easter Story
23 Enchanted
24 End of the Spear
25 Ever After: A Cinderella Story
26 Extreme Engineering: Collection 1 (2-Disc Series)
27 Faith Like Potatoes
28 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
29 Fantastic Four
30 Flight 93
31 Flywheel
32 Goodnight, Mister Tom
33 Hangman's Curse
34 Hermie and Friends: Hermie
35 Hidden Secrets
36 Hometown Legend
37 Hotel Rwanda
38 I Am David
39 Icons of Evolution: Dismantling the Myths
40 In the Shadow of the Moon
41 Iron Man
42 Jane Eyre (2-Disc Series)
43 Jesus of Nazareth
44 Jonah and the Whale
45 Joshua and the Battle of Jericho
46 Kate & Leopold
47 Ken Davis: A Twisted Mind
48 Ken Davis Live: Good News
49 Ken Davis: Is It Just Me?
50 Ken Davis Live: I'm Not Okay
51 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
52 Kung Fu Panda
53 Little House on the Prairie (2-Disc Series)
54 Love's Unfolding Dream
55 Mansfield Park
56 Mark Lowry: Goes to Hollywood
57 Max Lucado 3:16
58 Mercy Streets
59 Miracle at Midnight
60 Miracle at Sage Creek
61 Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
62 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
63 Moondance Alexander
64 Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend
65 Nancy Drew
66 National Treasure: Book of Secrets
67 Old Yeller / Savage Sam: Double Feature
68 Ordinary Miracles
69 Overcome
70 Pollyanna
71 Lightning and Other Forces of Nature
72 Roach Approach: Slingshot Slugger!
73 Sahara
74 Saints and Soldiers
75 Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
76 Saving Sarah Cain
77 Six: The Mark Unleashed
78 The 12 Dogs of Christmas
79 The Airbus A380: The Race to Build
80 The Animated Passion
81 The Book and the Rose
82 The Brooke Ellison Story
83 The Case for Christ
84 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
85 The Clean Stand-Up Comedy Tour
86 The Count of Monte Cristo
87 The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
88 The Genius Club
89 The Jane Austen Book Club
90 The Moment After
91 The Note
92 The Other Sister
93 The Reading Room
94 The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai
95 The Second Chance
96 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
97 The Trial of Old Drum
98 The Wager
99 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
100 The Way Back Home
101 Thou Shalt Laugh
102 Thou Shalt Laugh 2: The Deuce
103 Tonka Tough Truck Adventures: Biggest Show
104 Treasures of the Snow
105 Unidentified
106 VeggieTales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's
107 Wemmicks: You Are Special
108 Where the Red Fern Grows
109 World Trade Center
110 Love's Enduring Promise
111 Love's Abiding Joy
112 The Cutting Edge
113 The Cutting Edge 3
114 The Bourne Ultimatum
115 The Bourne Identity
116 The Bourne Supremacy