Monday, November 11, 2013

The Job Called mom

Being a mom is an insecure Job..
Partly because Moms can be such TOUGH judges!!
You walk into a room full of moms and all the 'My baby does this, and he eats this, she sleeps 10 hrs at night, And I would NEVER use pampers again, and teething is a breeze when you use....."  It's enough to send a new mom into a spiral of insecurities..
NONE of that matters!!!
You do measure up!!!
 You are the best Mom for your baby!
  • Just because you don't use cloth diapers doesn't mean you don't love your baby.
  • Just because you don't make your own babyfood doesn't mean you love your baby any less than the mom who makes everything from scratch.
  • Where your baby sleeps at night doesn't define how much you love that baby.
  • Being a stay at home mom doesn't mean you love your baby more than the mom that works.
  • Just because you homeschool doesn't mean that you love your children more than those parents who sent their children to school.
The list goes on and on!!!
We all LOVE our babies, And THATS what makes you a good mom!!  Because Love causes one to lay down their life for another.
So take heart Mama Dear!! If you've got love then Your Children have the best mom in the world!!!




Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ipods... What's the Right Age??

I know it's only the first week of November... Please don't hate me for talking Christmas shopping...
According to my 12 year old Daughter she is the only 12 year old in the world that doesn't have one!!
 Is this the Christmas she finally gets one??
My pros and cons list:
(please remember before you judge my pros and cons list that this is my first teenager!!!  LOL)
If we do get her an Ipod for Christmas she will be OVER THE MOON happy!!!!  She might actually think I am a great mom (until she sees the parental contract that comes with it)
She won't be the only kid in the middle school that doesn't have an Ipod.
She will be able to listen to her own kind of music with out me telling her to please turn it down!
It'll be a privilege that I will be able to take away as punishment.
It will a way to introduce her to responsible Internet usage, under our supervision..
She will remember this Christmas as the BEST EVER!!!
Cons: (fears)
She will have her ears plugged with her music etc when she could be enjoying life.. in REAL time..
I don't really want to have to make more rules for more things..
She will not be allowed to have social Media ( snap chat, IG, Facebook) until she is MUCH older.. This could be an area of disagreement!!
She will break her contract and I'll have to take it from her!
Shouldn't she buy it with her own money so that she has a greater understanding of how much it cost and therefore take greater care of it??
She's only 12 years old!!! If I don't get her one she might stay young and innocent for another year..........................(insert all of you laughing right here!!!)
She is Sweet, responsible, and very mature for her age.... But she is my First Born... My baby girl....  I have never raised a teenager before... So this is a tough Decision.... I don't have any experience to draw on to help me make this decision!!!!
That's why I am counting on you!!!!! You moms that have teenagers with Ipods!!!  help me out here!!!!!

I know that this same decision for her 3 siblings will be second nature by the time they are her age!!!

It's been a rainy week so far here in Northern Iowa....
However my heart has been Sunshiny with the Love for these 4 kiddos!!!! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Candy Dilema

What defines a great mom from a good mom??
It's the question that plagues us from the moment we become moms.. we all want to be "great moms".   We make decisions daily for our young children and all the while we are plagued by "what if that wasn't the ABSOLUTE best decision for my child??
After your first child hits about 10 yrs. old and you're making some of the same choices for their younger siblings and some new choices that work better.. And some decisions are coming naturally by now.. You suddenly realize HEY!!!  I am not too bad at this decision making.. 
This child is still alive!!! and her siblings too!!
 But there is one decision that after 4 kids I am still not confident about!!!!!
CANDY!!!!  I rarely buy it.. (if I do, I hide it from the kids or buy something natural, dye free, preservative free)
Halloween candy,
Easter Candy,
Christmas candy,
Obviously your child earned this loot by being terrible cute!!!
But to let THEM eat it isn't good for their health,
But to take it from them isn't 'fair'.....
so here's what I do....
I eat the Chocolate..
and ration out the rest for a day or 2.. after they forget about it I throw the rest in the garbage!!

You be the judge.......................................

And Now presenting
This years costume choices by the Zimmerman kiddos>>>>>>

Hadassah Grace as 'School girl'
(Yes, it hurt a little to see my baby looking like a scholar)
 Kristina Ann as a woman from India
Mitchell Alan as 'Uncle Si' from Duck Dynasty
And Staci Jane as 'Raggedy Ann'
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And now off to find Chocolate... If I am sick next week..................  well that will just prove that too much candy isn't good for anyone!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lazy Wife Cake

I don't especially enjoy the kitchen..
But I do it because it tells my family 'I LOVE YOU' like few other things.
And when I bake this cake... They Think I REALLY  put in a lot of effort for them! They feel loved and I get to go back to my sewing machine!!!!

When you grow up in a Mennonite home You learn to cook and bake at a very young age.. for a couple of reasons:
There is no TV so you need something to do.
When you are part of a family of 11 buying Tastee Cakes isn't an economical choice.
Family meal time is/was the most important part of our day, therefore a LOT of emphasis are put on Food.
As the middle of 9 children and 3rd born daughter I remember plenty of times where I escaped to the barn to play with my Ponies in order to avoid the Kitchen, and obviously with 5 sisters, Mom never really realized that I wasn't hanging around for Dinner preparations.
Maybe that's why I had to go help Grandma once a week.. I rode my bike the 3 miles to Grandma's house, mowed her lawn for her, ate grandpa's candy and THAT'S where I FIRST baked The LAZY WIFE cake!!
Grandma didn't use an electric mixer, we just mixed it by hand and it turned out perfect EVERY time!!
3 Cups flour ( I use whole wheat)
2 C sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Mix dry ingredients together
2/3 cup veg. oil  (I use Olive)
2 TBS vinegar
2 cup cold water
1tsp vanilla
Mix with a wire whisk until smooth (DO NOT over mix)
Bake at 350 for 30-40 min (or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean)
Top with peanut butter frosting and You'll leave your family SPEECHLESS at the cake you made that didn't Even come from a box!!!
Peanut Butter Frosting
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
Cream together till smooth
1tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/3 cup powdered sugar
4 TBS milk
Whip until light and fluffy
NOW... next time you've got company coming over for dinner or need to bring a dessert to a potluck, Try this cake!!
And don't forget to let little people help!! They could be the ones cooking for you in your old age!!
Little Girl Gets so bored at home with me and my sewing machine while all the big kids are at school. We went to the park for lunch with daddy on possibly one of the last sunny and warm days of the year!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Dream and a Passion

Do you choose your dreams??? Do you hear about or see some one's dream that inspires a dream of your own??

Do you feel like everyone else has a dream but you??
But there is One thing you do have.. It's Passion!!
It may be passion for parenting, a passion for kids, a passion for ministry, a passion for people in a 3rd world country.
It may be something much smaller but no less important..
That passion is yours, and that passion is where your dreams come from!
And from dreams come vision and then planning.. from planning comes action, and from action comes results!!
So take Heart!! You are a world Changer!!!
If God has given you a passion for something be assured that within that passion lies his vision for your life!!
Dreams are hard to Share... It's hard to be vulnerable and share your dream..  But sharing it makes it REAL! It's inspiring... If sharing your dream is hard start by sharing with your journal only!
My Passion is Children...underprivileged children, unloved children, orphans,....
My dream, born from this passion is to help these children in any way possible...
My Vision.. #1 to enable and teach mama's to care for and love their children. #2 to love and care for orphans like my own.
My plan: to create a second income for our one-income family to enable my family to act on my vision.
My actions: I've created a successful Etsy shop and am now working on a full blown E-Commerce website!!

We are so excited to be acting on our dream!!
Please visit to keep up with us!!
Want to win this dress?????  Head on over to my Instagram  or my Pinterest And Caption this picture for your chance to win the dress in sizes 0-3mo - 10yrs

 I don't always sit in front of my sewing machine creating cuteness for your children.. When a neighbor calls to tell me that the grapes are ready to pick we don't even think twice about leaving our chores beind!


So dear friends,
 Be inspired today!! Inspired to change a tiny corner of this old World!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

I Choose Guilt Free

Guilt.. It's the monster that I am trying hard to keep at bay lately!! It's the monster that will drain my energy, make me short and snappy with my loved ones, and keep me from enjoying the things that really do bring me joy!
So I am bringing to light some of the things that are feeding the guilt monster..
A fund raiser sheet for my Daughters'  American Heritage Girls troop It hasn't got ONE SINGLE order on it.. Because Mom hasn't taken them door to door.. (here in rural NE Iowa it involves a bit more than walking around the block and knocking on a few neighbor's door)
My Kale... The same kale that I planted and lovingly nurtured this spring is now overgrown and forgotten.. (we did use lots of Kale in juicing and made kale chips a few times)

The tomatoes that never got picked..

 Worms got the broccoli ...
Worms need to eat too.............. 

Because I haven't taken the dog outside to play in the yard she's chewing up toys..

Guilty that Hadassah naps all alone... and I used to nap WITH her older siblings a few times a week..
Why shouldn't I feel guilty about all these things????
Because the one thing that matters more than anything else we do or don't do as a family is that we LOVE and we Do it well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So mama's...
take heart.... There will always be things that don't get done.. weeds that get overgrown, fundraising goals that don't get met, laundry that piles up, lunches that don't get packed... But You LOVE and you do it well!!!!! That's what is important, long lasting, and will leave eternal ripples!!!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Birthday Giveaway and Fall Bike rides

3 years ago I opened my Etsy Shop
3 years have passed in a hurry and flurry... A flurry of bolts of fabric, spools of thread, patterns, social media, stretching my head around SEO, watching my Etsy shop stats, filling orders, and add to all that normal family life with 4 kids and here we are 3 years later.. Celebrating HaddyGrace's 3rd Birthday!  You will Want to be in on the Giveaway!!!!!
3 gifts for 3 years!!!!  go HERE to claim yours!!!!
Gold Paten Leather Hair bows!! Go find out how to get yours!!!

Iowa has been having some Gorgeous weather this week!!! And on top of that my Mom is visiting this week, this definitely calls for an afternoon off of our regular routine to enjoy the outdoors..
ELEVEN bikes!!! one tow behind kiddy cart and 2 bicycle baby seats!
And despite the fact that I took my SLR camera WITHOUT a CARD we had a great time!!!
 (poor phone photos don't do the day justice)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Microwave Baked Oatmeal

Mornings... Some of us love mornings, and we hit the ground running..
Some of us don't like morning as well.. We want to wake up leisurely, we don't want to have a conversation for at least the first hour...
And no matter if you love or don't love mornings, as a mom, chances are you will have to learn to live with 'the other kind'.
I love mornings... My husband doesn't..
2 of my children love mornings and 2 wake up very slowly!!!!
So mornings can sound pretty hairy in our home..
Add lunches and healthy breakfast and by the time everyone is safely delivered to school I feel like I've accomplished a full marathon!!
Healthy breakfast... It doesn't have to be time consuming..
Here is our family's favorite:
Baked Oatmeal:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
Whip butter, sugar and eggs with wire wisk in glass or microwavable bowl.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 3/4 cup milk
Stir until mixed together well and microwave for 5 min. stir and microwave for 5-7 min more.
serve with ice cold milk.
Even more delicious when served with fresh fruit!!
Keep left overs in refrigerator a sealed container and reheat or serve cold the next morning.  
Don't like the taste of ground flax seed? buy a small electric coffee mill and buy your whole flax seed and grind them right before you use them.. (flax contains lots of oil and turns rancid quickly, the taste of pre-ground flax seed is a lot stronger than the mild taste of fresh ground flax seed!  

Other things about today:
Everyone sleeps on clean line dried sheets in this home tonight!

Good day friends!!!

Link up at The Nester


Monday, September 30, 2013

31 days, post one.. My crazy life..

Joining up with the Nester  for 31 days of Blogging!!
Let me introduce you to the Family..  Elvin and RuthAnn Zimmerman, Kristina 12, Staci 10,
Mitchell 5, Hadassah 3.
Ever have one of those morning where the minute your brain hits 40% function you come to the startling realization that if you don't hit the floor running you wont ever get everything done that's on your to do list for that day??  Well that was me this morning....  Mounds of laundry,
2 dresses and a pair of shoes to sew..
Lunch with my sisters and kids (my kids had no school today)
Photo shoot for my Etsy shop.
I missed my coffee all day!!!
Hadassah is feeling a little under the weather today, but true to her nature she only slowed down a TAD BIT. swinging at my sisters house.
Shingling our porch roof turns into a family affair before dinner..  And no it sure wasn't my idea that the kids all go up there and help!!  But I have learned long ago that Daddies and danger are way more enticing than mom in the kitchen making dinner or folding laundry.. On the upside.. I had a QUIET kitchen all to myself to cook dinner and put clean clothes away.. That's where this post was really written, in the quiet kitchen over the Zimmerman's Monday night dinner
Here are a few shots from the photo shoot that happened at my sister's house with my nephews and nieces!!

Thank you for linking up and following and see you tomorrow!!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Maturational Losses

Happy Sunday to all of you!
The sounds of Fall are all around me, The leaves are rustling and cicadas are singing as a cool breeze gently floats through the house, As I sit here with my feet propped listening to my husband snore away his Sunday afternoon nap, I try hard not to feel guilty that I am not outside enjoying this beautiful Fall day..
  Fall does that to me!! Every beautiful day we have that I don't spend outdoors makes me feel so guilty.. Guilty that I might be wasting the very last nice Sunday afternoon before winter sets in..  
       This is how the guilt will haunt me:
 In a few weeks from now I'll be sitting here in exactly this spot with nasty weather howling outside and I'll say, "oh how I wish we could go outside."
 And then a nagging little voice in my head will say. "you had your chance and you stayed on the couch." 
And that's how fall turns into winter and I feel a GREAT sense of loss.. But its a maturational loss.. A healthy loss.. it means that time is moving along and I am still here to sing His praises, to do His work regardless the season of life I am in..
We've matured into another loss around here. It's been a rough couple of weeks as sissy adjust to her brother/best friend going to Kindergarten everyday.. She's shed tears almost every morning after we leave him at school,
         She has wandered around aimlessly, being bored yet having no interest in anything..
  Mitchell didn't go to preschool, always been at home to be her constant companion and playmate from the time we brought her home from the hospital, He has:
  • LOVED her to pieces,
  • cuddled her when she is sad,
  • teased her to tears,
  • taught her EVERYTHING he knows about sword fighting, monster trucks, race cars and countless other boy things.
  • She has sat through numerous reruns of Nascar races with him,
  • climbed into his 'tree stand' to play hunting with him.
and only a VERY few times has she EVER asked him to play baby with her..
So as we settle into our 'school year' routine, I am happy to report that she is finally adjusting.. No she doesn't play swords or monster truck or hunting on her own, She doesn't ask to watch Nascar or Monster Black bear hunting..
She is finding her own self!
She colors,
she cuts,
she glues,
she plays mommy,
she rides her bike,
she naps,
she cuddles the dog,
she makes me playdough birthday cakes,
she shops with mommy,
she does Gym-n-swim with her best friend
And Now Saturdays are her favorite day ever!!! because she gets to play with Brother ALL DAY!

Some items I have added to my Shop this week:

Each of these baby boy shirts match perfectly to this Chevron sibling set

Happy guilt free Autumn, I am off to enjoy the outdoors with the kids!!!