Friday, January 29, 2010

More news!

I’m working on re-gaining my skills in asl!

For those of you who don’t use sign language, what I said was that Denise was right! I am working on re-gaining my skills in ASL.  Many years ago...many....I was fluent in ASL, all of my friends were deaf and I worked with a large deaf Sunday School class in a huge (5,000 member) church.  I was totally immersed in deaf culture, and I loved it!  Did you know that the deaf community is the largest unreached people group for Christ here in the U.S.?

Many decades later, I find it much more difficult to learn and it requires much more study on my part!  But the deaf people in my area are just as kind and patient with me as I remember them to be so long ago.  I am having the time of my life!

We just picked up the steer we took to the butcher!  Mom inventoried it as the boys and I weighed it and organized it into our freezer.  This knowledge will help me greatly as I plan meals over the next year. What a wonderful feeling to know that there is healthy, delicious meat for my boys!  Next year's meat is out grazing in the field as I write.  If we work hard, and the girls keep cooperating, we will be able to put a steer in our freezer each year.  We had a harder time getting him to fit because the chickens we butchered last fall were a bit bigger than normal but we managed to squeeze him in.  We figured out that we have about 20 lbs. of beef left from the steer we butchered last year.  That meat has all been moved to the house so that we use the older beef first.

We are holding our breaths today....there is a massive winter storm predicted to hit this afternoon - we are looking forward to a lot of snow and some sledding.  School work is getting completed quickly so that the evening and tomorrow will be free for fun!

I'll be making a large pot of Taco Soup today so that we can sled together, play together and then come in and warm up together tomorrow....then we will do it all again!

Normally I would be teaching this weekend for our local community college but I received a phone call yesterday canceling because of the winter storm.  I've been meeting with them this last week - we're cooking up something good for our local community! I'm really excited about it and hope it all comes to pass...when I know more I'll be sure to share it with you!

I've got some other exciting news - a couple of things in fact but those will have to keep for another day.  Just know that when I am silent here...I am very busy working to bring you something special!



  1. I'm a homeschooling mom from Tennessee (West) as well. :) What a snow! More than we've seen in several years.

    We went sledding this cold evening and came home to a crockpot full of Homemade Chili. We also made Snow Cream this afternoon that was delicious!

    Nice to find your blog. I'm going to add you to my TN Blogroll. Hope that's okay. :)

  2. hi cheri: what is your recipe for taco soup. recently i've heard alot about taco soup, so i want a GOOD recipe.

    thanks so much


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