Because of the fire, blogging has taken on a different significance to me. Since I learned about blog books, I'm determined to keep blogging instead of scrapbooking and then print my blog in sections instead. I lost over 35 scrapbooks in the house fire. Now it feels like now such a waste of time and money. I will probably scrapbook my kid's baby books again, but that is about it. Losing those scrapbooks was probably the most painful loss of all, but I'm super thankful the hard drive on our desktop was able to be saved. A miracle, if you saw the burned out room it came of. I got my first digital camera shortly before Josiah was born, but anything before that time was lost.
Michael got caught up on things and was determined to make an oak barrel mug. He cut all the wood himself and then welded the bands and handle together out of scrap metal. He made several of these, and they actually didn't burn up in the fire, but they were so smoked damaged that we couldn't use them again. Oh well, he had fun making them. I told him he would make a good "cooper".
Troop 700, small but mighty!
That's okay, because the troop got to go ice skating at our local rink instead. Much warmer and drier!
We went with our local homeschool group on a field trip to the local radio station. It was really quite interesting.
The kids learned a lot.
Right after that, the flu bug hit. I was the only one who didn't get it and was able to play nurse to the rest of the family.
Rina loves to help do chores in the morning and Cuddles likes having someone else around to pet him.
Rina was able to make friends with Angel, one of our ewes. She came to us, scared to death of little kids, but Rina won her over.
Rina with Grandpa Ernie at Michael's Uncle Frank's funeral. Such a neat tribute to the life of a wonderful man who ALWAYS put family first.
Uncle Frank taught his son, Joey well. He feels exactly the same way about family and just has a way with little ones.
Michael's mom, Kay and brother, Nathan, look on as Auntie April gets some Rina loves. It is so nice to see her coming out of her shell and going to family members.
We spent the night at Michael's folk's house and Grandma Kay played with our kids.
Rina discovered Grandma's cool toy box!
Josiah and Cash adore each other. Love this picture so much!
Back home, Rina enjoyed playing with my Grandma Mary's tea set.
Wrapped up the month by giving an Underground Tour to our local homeschool group. It was fun to get to show them the speakeasy door and so much more. We've got some pretty awesome history in this town!
That finishes off Feb of 2017. I'm so far behind, but determined to catch up for the sake of making the blog book. This is a year I don't ever want to forget. It was a turning point for our family and we've learned so much along the way. God has moved mountains for us.