Swap-bot Time: March 29, 2020 12:49 am


Date Joined: February 15, 2016
Last Online: March 28, 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.


nanadiana rated for Easter Card Swap on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute Easter card and stationary and stickers. Yes, things are crazy now, and hopefully people will follow directions so this will end soon. This is a beautiful area and the weather is getting better. We spent the weekend working in the yard and today when I went to put my snail mail in the mailbox I could hear the birds chattering. Made me smile. :) Thanks again for everything!
Eulegirl rated for Spring/Easter Dish Towel Swap on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty towel. I am very appreciate of pretty kitchen things since I spent so much time in my kitchen these days! Those glitter stickers are amazing, too!
Sunnydays rated for TCHH ~ Guided PC ~ Blessings on Mar 23, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful postcard. I love flowers of any type. Praise God that he always makes a way for us in our times of need. Thank you for the lovely card and the reminder that we can have peace even in these troubling times. Please remember me in your prayers as I will you.
24Donna rated for A Simple Letter Swap on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your letter! You sound busy! We are empty nesters and grandparents! I do so miss having my children at home as you say it’s bitter sweet!
Comment: Thank you for the card and all the extras. I hope you had a good Valentine's Day!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and cute extras! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
marclively rated for A Note For You # 34 on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: thanks!
Comment: Wow - this has definitely been one of my favorite swaps to open. SO many goodies. Thanks!!
Melonkne rated for A Note For You # 33 on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: Hi Alaina, thanks so much for the teas! I love Bigelow, and I can't wait to try these! Also raspberry is a favorite flavor. Thanks, Mels
Comment: Thank you for the flower Valentine's day and extras. The conventions are for companies to teach classes and sell products. It's great fun to go with a bunch of friends. Good luck losing the 25 lbs.
Comment: Thank you for the macaron Valentine's card. I think Blue Hawaii is my favorite Elvis movie. I love Las Vegas, it's fun every time we go. I appreciate the heart stickers and goodie bags.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and wondering extras! I love snow and really missed it this winter!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Valentine card! The cheerful note really brightened my day! Have a lovely Valentine's Day!
Comment: Hi Alaina! Thank you for the sweet Valentine's Day card and goodies! Yes, I so love to laugh! Enjoy your cruise - we are going to Punta Cana the middle of this month and I am so excited! It will be nice to be somewhere that the sun is shining without cold weather! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Tverne05 rated for Women in the Old Testament on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the swap. I appreciate the extras that you sent. Have a wonderful weekend!
marinda rated for Holiday Sticker swap #4 USA on Jan 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the lovely stickers!
Meisje rated for Christmas Card 2019 on Dec 15, 2019
Comment: Dear Alaina thanks so much for the great card and stickers. I love to spend time during the Holidays with my family and boyfriend. The preparations are the must enjoyable, the gifts and wrapping. Putting up the Christmas tree and making the house ready 🎄 We don’t have snow most of the time the weather is softer than in the springtime. We do a dish that’s is called gourmetten. We grill our meat and veggies on a special grill which we put on the table. For dessert we have Panna Cotta this year.
Comment: Thank you so very much I cant wait to open all my cards and hang them on my wall which should either happen today or tomorrow!
CHOWEFACE rated for Christmas greeting card on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely card!

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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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