Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2020 12:12 am


Date Joined: February 15, 2016
Last Online: October 24, 2020
Birthday: December 9
Country: United States

About Me

UPDATE: Sept, 2019 I updated a few sections of my profile.

I have had 4 of my children get married in less than 2 years. We've been busy! I only have 4 sons left to get married. I told my sons after the most recent married, June 1, 2019, to please give me 2 years before the next one. Ha ha!

I am still a homeschooling mom of 10 children who lives on a 115 acre farm. This year, 2019, I have only 2 sons left to homeschool. It is so different homeschooling with just 2 after working with so many. New phases and changes. I tell my children when the last one graduates in about 4 years, I plan to go to daytime bible study and quilt classes. It will be such a bittersweet time when the last graduates. I have been doing this for over 25 years.

I read to my school aged children every school day-- I have been in education for 25 years...I love teaching history and science--however, lately I have been teaching so much algebra!

I love reading, writing, hiking, bird watching, doing bible study, and making my own soap and cleaning products etc. I just started learning about essential oils and I am studying up on them.

I love to travel when possible. I just got back from my second cruise this year, 2019. What a blessing! I got to climb the Mayan ruins and snorkel in Roatan. I was super excited to get 4 stamps on my passport. We are going on a girls' trip to Charleston, SC, in early Oct, 2019. Im so excited. We laugh so much on these trips. After that we will visit my daughter in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is such a fun place to visit.

I am a 4h leader for 20 years and we are quite involved with 4 H. We show animals at the fair and we go out to the PA Farm Show and my children compete in square dancing.

Giving back to the community is very important to me and our family. We are trying to do better in this area . 4H helps us to give back to the community and being involved in our church also helps us to reach out to make a difference!

One goal of mine is that when the children leave the nest and BEFORE that--I really feel a heart for disabled veterans and wanting to help those active in the military.. I have 2 sons in Civil Air Patrol and I want to volunteer more when they have events that reach out to veterans.

My son joined the army in 2018 and is in South Korea at this time. He loves being in the army, serving his country. He is a helicopter mechanic.

We are harvesting pumpkins for market. We have large pumpkins and small decorative pumpkins. We also have been busy harvesting cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic. We had a really nice asparagus patch.

We sold our pigs at the fair in late August, 2019. My children love the fair. Their favorite time of year. I call it my Little House on the Prairie week. bc we have little running water, occasional electric, no cell reception etc. It's a fun, busy week full of shows, fair activities and making memories.

LIKES: I love fall and winter ALOT... In fact I get a little sad when late spring comes because I know it will get hot and humid and that is just not my kind of weather at all!!

I love do it yourself small projects such as laundry detergent, fabric softener, deodorant, skin care products, antibacterial ointments, antibacterial sprays etc.

I just saw a few posts for making rag rugs/ homemade totes and I hope to begin that this spring. I have also done several beginners quilts and I always say when my last child leaves I plan to get back into quilting classes (still a beginner)... I also like cross stitch.

I am a BIG planner user. I live by my planner--and just recently saw sites where people really decorate their planners (kind of in the Creative Memories tradition)--well my planner needs to be very functional and not very decorative- but I did find a few things I will incorporate. Like washi tape--a new thing for me---and using more stickers in my planner book.

I love hippos, owls, birds, and other things in nature. I really enjoy rocks and learning about geology.

I also like stamps and very loosely collect them (not an official collector)

I really enjoy weather---and learning about it and following weather. Rain Storms and snowstorms are my favorite weather events. I love learning about the stars and watching for meteors.

I enjoy Poldark, Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, Call the Midwives, NCIS, Castle, Forensics, The Middle, When Calls the Heart,and Reign, Heartland.

BOOKS: A few authors I enjoy reading: Eugenia Price, Sharon Kay Penman, Ann Rice, Neta Jackson, Edward Rutherford, Patrick Taylor, Jennifer Chiavenni, Vince Flynn, Robin J Gunn, and David Baldacci.

.I love reading history books and books about true events such as the history of salt, history of the railroad, history of prohibition, history of ANYTHING! . A somewhat strange thing is I love reading books about the history of diseases and its impact on a community/culture/ etc.
I also read some true crime, and books on true weather events.

I am not much of a fluff book reader--no romance or 'beach' reads.

I absolutely love to purge and throw things away. I love challenging myself to walk into a room and tell myself, "get rid of 3 garbage bags from this room, closet, etc" I am leaning towards minimalism but not completely. I just like the idea of streamlining things in my house and getting rid of clutter. I occasionally watch a few you tube videos for motivation to get rid of more and more.

I love donuts!! but I limit myself to only 1 or 2 a month esp since my daughter got her masters as a registered dietician/nutritionist in public health, we have gotten rid of alot of the "good" stuff like donuts/brownies/cookies.... (sniff sniff)....

DISLIKES: hhmmm I am not sure what I don't like---I dont like summer heat at all!

I do not like flea markets or estate sales...

I love drinking tea and coffee---but I am not a plain tea fan---I love flavors of tea.

I love walking the beach (we visit my snow bird parents in FL) but I dont enjoy sitting in the sun

I like walking and hiking alot---but do not like to jog or run at all!!.

We love playing games but I dont like Monopoly at all.

MUSIC: I am not a big music person---I think mostly because with 10 children in the house I have enough noise going on that I do not put music on. However, I do enjoy listening to contemporary Christian music. I like Elvis . Oh and my 2 daughters took me to a Train concert this past June and we had a blast and I love their songs!!

MOVIES: Poldark! Its a Wonderful Life; The Money Pit, Gone with the Wind, North and South (British Version!!), Cheaper by the Dozen; Yours, Mine, and Ours; Braveheart; The Patriot; Last of the Mohicans; JANE AUSTEN movies.....DORIS DAY movies!!

Ok :) I think I have now expounded on my previous profile that seemed to be a little skimpy. I look forward to being involved with swap bot.


Comment: Your letter was delightful and the pretty pumpkin washi is the perfect touch. The stickers will be used soon, but my favorite is the tiny envelope with the tiny card. When my daughter and I watch movies, we get so loud, laughing and having a great time talking to the TV. You and I could talk downsizing all day long. Look for a letter from me soon, Happy Happy Day
Comment: Thanks for resending. You went above and beyond. Very nice stuff...thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the mail! Sending my reply soon !
Comment: Hello Alaina, Thank you for your letter and goodies! I will reply soon!
Comment: What a wonderful note. Thank you for sharing your answers with me.
Comment: Thank you! I really enjoyed reading about your holiday and how you used the red and blue pens!
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing about your $th of July with me! Sounds like you had an awesome holiday! Have a wonderful day and stay safe! Hugs, Diane
LadyJo rated for TCHH: A look into your weekend! on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Oh you had a awesome weekend of simple fun! I love to hear what people do on the weekends! Thanks for sharing all about it! Also, love the pc's an extras! Thank you for joining!
Comment: Hello Alaina, Thank you for the nice card and teas you sent along. I hope you have good weather up in your parts. Thank you for participating my swap. <3 Be blessed! ~Buffy
emmajo rated for Tea and Inspiration Swap- May (USA) on Jun 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for everything! (:
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter :)
Swan rated for TCHH ~ Scripture PC ~ Ezra & Nehemiah on May 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the verses. The fun fact card reminds me of freedom fries...
Justme72 rated for A Note For You # 47 on May 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful note and extras. I am so with you about camping prep. My bf and I have an agreement that I pack everything (except his personal bag) and he loads the car and unpacks/sets up camp. Its not a bad deal. Thanks again Justme72-Martha
Comment: Thanks for the nice Mother's Day card and the extras. I'm sorry to hear it's been so harsh in your area, Here, in Phoenix, I have able to walk up to the mountain park near me, as well as be in my yard. But I am concerned that things are opening up too quickly without meeting the criteria. We keep seeing new cases and deaths. Not slowing down at all, and people are going around as if nothing is happening. It worries me that there will be another spike coming. I hope not. My back is doing great! Thanks for asking. I feel pretty much as good as ever.
Comment: Nice card and I love all the goodies included. The stickie notes will be used right away - thanks. Glad the virus isn't real bad where you are, it's a little dicey here in SE Michigan.
Comment: Thank you so much! Happy Mother's Day to you :)
riverwatcher rated for April/May Questions 2020 on Apr 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the letter and stickers. I love that the letter was actually postmarked with your town! I agree about the hair salon! Stay safe!
AliCrafter rated for 📬Pen Pal Swap age 50+😁 on Apr 21, 2020
Comment: How lovely to receive a nice letter in the mail. I will definitely be writing back very soon. Thank you!
fairypretty7 rated for One Stamp Swap- Flat Envelope on Apr 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the great goodies. We here in Darwin are in self isolation, so we can still go out for essential outings and we can go outside to exercise. Stay safe.

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SunflowerRose on Apr 30, 2020:

hi please fix the rating on my page. you marked a 1 when clearly you received the swap

i have been droped from a swap and a group. please fix asap

LindaW on Oct 13, 2019:

TCHH ~ Scripture Profile ~ Acts

Acts 4:11 Jesus is "the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.'

grammypammy on Oct 13, 2019:

TCHH~Scripture Profile~Acts

BLUR on Jul 12, 2019:

Well, we didn't win the RAK but :D

Happy Friday!!


Hello from all over! Let's try again :D

Happy Friday!!

ChrisAnne on Feb 7, 2018:

Welcome to The Christian Heart and Home functioning under the title The Christian Homestead. Feel free to jump right in.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Apr 11, 2017:

Thanks again for the fantastic swap write_on 3 the mitt holder came in very handy, I am using it to store my writing supplies, it look so pretty filled with all the goodies i have in there.

I love it I am putting together an oven mitt for a friend filled with goodies.

joybells2426 on Oct 3, 2016:

Hello! Just wondering if you received my notecard for Brighten My Week Notecard September #3. I am starting to worry that it didn't make it to you. Let me know😬🙂

bbbhill6 on Aug 31, 2016:

I sent you a message and still haven't heard anything back. I'm getting worried that you did not received tour swap. I'll resend again and put it in the mail tomorrow. Have to take my son to a Dr's appointment and it's over a two hour drive one way. Thank you.

jaimierandolph on Jul 23, 2016:

Profile Check for Pick 3 Dollar Tree items. Hope you enjoy the swap! Happy swapping, Jaimie Randolph

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