Sewing, reading, and such....

Today's project....a new apron.

Julia has been reading "The Rise And Fall Of Mount Majestic" to the littles for some time now, and today was the end of it.

What a great story!

Brothers: Stan Lee, James and Joe.


We are so happy to have James, Abbie and Kerian all back home again.

It is always such a joy to welcome a new little member into the family. He is such a friendly, smiling, happy-all-the-time little fella.

Lately we ladies of the family have been enjoying Downton Abbey, and following the adventures of upstairs and down.
The is nothing that can compare to some good British Costume drama! The music, the costumes, the cast, the scenery, and the story, all so wonderfully intricate and relaxing.
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
~Charles Dickens

"O Lord, thou Lover of Souls, open our eyes to see Thy love for us. Grant that we may face all difficult and lonely places in our lives, strong in the knowledge of that love. May the divine fire of Thy understanding, inspiring, unweariable love enkindle our hearts till every detail of our daily lives shall be so warmed and gladdened thereby, that it may become the work of our lives to obey Thee, and the joy of our souls to please Thee; through Christ our Saviour."

::The Rabbit Room: "What Is Love?".


  1. i very much enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures of your beautiful family! i can tell that you like to sew and i was wondering if you make your own clothes. i especially like the jumpers and skirts that i see in your pictures. Can you share the patterns that you use? thanks, and God bless you all.

  2. I have been designing aprons for the last two days and cut fabric today. It is fun to see yours!



  3. I have just completed Season 1 of Downton Abbey and have Season 2 ready to go. I just need to find time to sit...
    Will you have photos of the new baby, Kieran? I'd love to have a peek.

    Cheers - Joolz

  4. It must have been nice for Abbie to see her family in Norway. She is a lovely Christian wife and mother. I remember always being led to her blog to read her beautiful writings~so Bible and Christ centered. She and your brother must be enjoying their baby! What a blessing for them both. Your apron is very nice. I like the button in the back, too. Would you think about giving us a tutorial on how you make your criss cross aprons? My girls would love to sew some up. We only have the pattern for the tie aprons. I have not been able to log into my blog (Goodwiferose)I had to change the password and now I have forgotten it. Enjoy your day!
    God bless you and your family, Rose

  5. Beautiful apron! Love the pics - of Aimaija, the boys. Cannot believe how alike Joe and Stan Lee look!!! I love Downton Abbey as well - I am ordering all of the DVDs tomorrow. Much love to all - hope you are keeping warm - Raquel XoxoxoxoXOxoxoxoxoxXOxoxoxoxoxxXO

  6. Dear Rosie, I enjoy visiting your blog so much. The picture of Julia reading with the toys scattered, blesses this busy mama. It's so nice to see other home centered families living it out and it is an encouragement. My husband, daughter and I love Downton Abbey. What a treat to have it slowly revealed week by week.

  7. I watched a part of an episode of Downtown Abby once in a hotel. I do like that style of movie! Your new apron is lovely.

  8. Dear Rosie, your blog is such an encouragement to a busy mom and homebody like me. :) I love Julia's picture reading with the toys scattered in the background. Downton Abbey is a favorite here with us too. I love that it is slowly revealed week by week. (I apologize if this is a second comment. I wasn't sure if the first went through. If it did just ignore this one!;)

  9. Love the button in back of the apron,that is such a sweet,simple touch. Ill have to watch that movie series. Im so happy for Abbie and James. Hope to see pics soon. Lovely young ladies n handsome gents:). Thankyou for blessing your readers once again. Happy day!~::~ christina

  10. Hi again~I finally found the password to my blog! You can read it if you want to. God bless, Rose

  11. hello rosie,
    lovely pictures as usual, your family are all grwing up so quickly. looking forward to seeing some of the new addition! i also love downton abbey, in fact any period dramas. have just finished watching dvd bleak house. have you seen it? i was wondering do you have tv in your house or do you watch things via computer?
    fond regards x
    karen uk

  12. I love Downton too - we all live just like that here in England! Haha! I've just noticed that your URL is Sherwood forest - I live about an hour away from Robin Hood's Sherwood forest, and there are some very ancient trees there, a special place.

  13. There is a fascinating new book: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon, the current Countess of Highclere which is the estate where Downton is filmed and the house/people that the series is based on. Since you like to read, I think you'd probably like it. Beautiful new apron!

  14. What a lovely apron! :)

    This is the third mention of Downton Abby I've seen lately...must check it out! :)

  15. We love an English period drama around here too.

    I hadn't heard of that book, but will check it out - we are always on the look out for good read-alouds!

    Love to Aslaug, James and Keiran! Love to you gals and your Momma, too! Oh, and Sam. And Stan Lee...okay, just give everyone our love!


  16. I sure agree with you about the British costume drama! I'm addicted to Jane Austen adaptations myself. Can't count all the times I've watched the Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility film. I think it's just perfect. :-)

  17. Hi Jackie, yes we do sew a lot of our own clothes, but we don't always use a pattern. I do try to always post a pattern number though, if there is one :)

    Elizabeyta, please post pictures! I would love to see them :)

    The sad news is that James and Abbie have decide *not* to post any pictures of Kieran on the internet, so, I will not be posting any pictures of him, I am so sorry to have to say :(

    Rose, I will see what I can do, to post an apron tutorial, quite a few people have asked for one!

    I am planning on sending you a nice and newsy letter! WE are all doing good, and enjoying the newest arrival :) And, guess what? WE have *no snow*! I know, it sounds too good to be true! Love you too:)

    We have watched all the way to though season two, and are waiting to watch the Christmas Special! I t is so good, isn't it?

    Emily, thank-you :)

    You really will have to give Downton Abbey a try, it is so good!

    Hi Karen,
    We watch things on the computer, as we don't have a tv, only a vcr.

    Wow, that is so neat! Do you go to Sherwood for walks? I am so envious! ;)

    Theresa, you are right, I am going to have to read that, thanks so much! It sounds like something I would really enjoy!

    "They Call Me Mommy", you really should watch it-or, at the very least, give it a try! :)

    Deanna, hello and love to everyone there! And, I think you guys would really like that book, you should check it out :)

    Anna, I have to agree with you, that is my favorite version!


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