I am wife to a magnificent man and mother to five wonderful children. Three of my children were born in the Northwest and two were born thousands of miles away in Liberia, West Africa. Birthplace is no matter, all of my children were born in my heart. This is our journey.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Productive free time

Last night, we went over to my mother-in-law's house. We try to go over every once in awhile to play and visit and garden and BBQ or whatever the evening calls for. We lived on her property for eight months in a travel trailer while looking for a house to buy and the kids miss running around out in her back field and she missed having them around every day. We aren't doing our large garden over there this year also since we have a good plot where we live now but we do still have 3 dozen tomatoes there to keep an eye on.

Getting wood in all winter long can be a challenge at times for my mother-in-law or Nana as we call her. Various family members in the extended family will try through out the cold weeks to go over and get a pile of wood in for her. She can bring in smaller stuff but it's nice for her to have a nice pile in on the back porch for whenever she needs it. (It was 70 degrees out, but anything lower than 80 and Lil has a coat on.)

My sister-in-law came up with a great idea to make kindling bundles out of a pile of scrap wood. In years past, different relatives would come over to chop kindling here and there. But this idea would have that part taken care of ahead of time. While our family and my sister-in-law were over at Nana's last night, the kids helped. The twins worked at chopping the kindling and then all three older ones helped tie the bundles at the end of the night.

When they are all done, they should have enough bundles to last her about seven months. We told the kids that working on the kindling was optional, they could just play in the back field if they preferred. They really like working with adults though so they jumped at the chance to help, and it makes the progress much quicker at the scrap pile.

Kindling bundles. What a great idea! I will love taking a picture of the stack when it's complete.

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