Family Fun Day!!

Our church hostest a Family fun day & we had LOTS of fun!! We ate tons of yummy food & we all played in bounch houses… even mom & dad! ūüôā¬† I made this yummy Banana Split “Cake” and it was a hit!! When I got home I had to make another one so we could try it ūüôā


Coupon Savings!!

Whew! I went couponing today!¬† I can’t wait until school starts then I can go without the kids!! My bill was $325.47 and with a 57% saving I only had to pay $139.53!! In the pic below I got KC Masterpiece, Weber BBQ sauce, Carefree liner, Stayfree Pads, Colgate Toothpaste, Ivory Soap, Glade Plugins Scented Oil Warmer, ZonePerfect, Speed Stick Antiperspirant/deodorant, Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal¬†& Bayer Aspirin¬† ALL FREE!!¬† The Yoplait yogurt I got for $.50, Gummi Bears for $.40, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for $.50, and the Heinz White Vinegar for $.19! I did very well!! ūüôā

Wild Wednesday…

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Whew!¬† This day has already gotten wild!!¬† It’s 4 PM and it seems like NOTHING is getting done!¬† I have my daily stuff done,¬†but not my weekly chore or my goals and I might not have time.¬†¬†I wish I could go out to this swing with a good book & some ice-cold tea (with lemon!) and relax!¬† I’m in tremendous pain today!¬† I have been diagnosed with Sj√∂gren’s syndrome, it is very similar to Fibro & Lupus.¬† It’s basically like my body is allergic to itself. ūüė¶¬†Some days are worse than others, but there are days that I just want to lay in bed & cry… today is one of those days!¬† Kids aren’t making it easy at all, they keep bickering with each other & finding things to fight about.¬† Yep that swing is looking mighty wonderful at the moment!!¬†But I am a mommy… I have to be strong, I have to make dinner, I have to be the ref to the many fights that happen during the day, I have to get the house cleaned and I have to do it with a good attitude!!¬† Attitude is very important!¬† My attitude sets the tone for the whole house & for the whole day!¬† Lord help me with my attitude!!

Cleaning Calendar Challenge

Hello all! I wanted to share how I was doing on my Cleaning Calendar.¬† It’s been a week since I started doing the cleaning calendar (Organization) & I’m doing pretty good!! I still have areas I need to work on, but I’m doing better!!¬† I feel good about how my house looks, and I wouldn’t be completely freaked out if someone popped over for a visit.


After¬†a week¬†my kitchen, my living room, hallway¬†& bathroom are all still cleaned.¬† We don’t have the cash to re-do our kitchen countertops, so we went & purchased some contact paper and covered the old, and it looks amazing!!¬† I told you I am not a good house keeper!!¬† Never really have been, but with this calendar I feel like a good house keeper!¬† I modified the calendar to fit my family’s needs & what I think is important.¬†¬†I do¬†DAILY eight chores.¬† In the morning I make beds, wipe bathroom counters/sinks (this means clearing the clutter from them also), empty dishwasher,¬†do one load of ¬†Laundry, & the chore of the day.¬† Since I have back pain, this has been good for me, because I can do them all at once or I can space them out with breaks in between.¬† At night I¬†load dishwasher (& run it), clean the¬†kitchen counters/sink (clearing clutter that has piled up during the day), & sweep the kitchen floor.¬† Just doing this alone has helped keep my house clean, but I’ve also been making daily & weekly goals for myself, little projects that I want done; like today I’m going to clean all the ceiling fans in the house & de-clutter my computer desk.¬† I’ve found that if I’m doing my “chores” my children don’t complain about their chores.¬† If I have a good attitude about my chores, my children have a good attitude about their chores!!

Here’s what my chore of the day –

Monday   Catch-up day/Coupons (cut coupons & organize them)
Tuesday   Clean oven, microwave & fridge
Wednesday   Dust & Vacuum
Thursday   Mop Floors
Friday   Swing Day (see list below)
Saturday   Family Time


  • 1st week –¬†Wipe down furniture & cabinets
  • 2nd week – Clean Mirrors & windows
  • 3rd¬†week¬†–¬†Wipe down walls & doors
  • 4th¬†week –¬†Change Sheets/Project

I found a book at a yard sale that is helping me organize bigger “projects” it’s called The One-Minute Organizer by Donna Smallin.¬† She has loads of ideas & tips to help you get organized!¬† She says to “start with today’s mess. Do whatever it takes to keep up with daily mail, dishes, and laundry. Then set aside time to catch up.”¬† That goes right along with my calendar so I added a project day to my swing day just to work on bigger projects.¬† She also says to “Be realistic about you can and can’t do.”¬† Your house isn’t going to get clean & organized in one day! Just tackle one thing at a time, eventually your whole house will be cleaned.¬† I’ve heard this saying before at church or somewhere, “If you do what you’ve always done, then don’t expect different results.¬† If you want different results, do something different.”¬† That’s what I’m doing… doing something different!¬† I’ve tried to be the housekeeper my grandmother was, it doen’t work for me!¬† I’m not her!¬† But what does work for me is the cleaning calendar.

So here’s my challenge to you, try the cleaning calendar for one month.¬† See if it works for you, if it doesn’t find something different – just DON’T QUIT!¬† Keep trying until you find something that works!

Neff/Garner Brick Wall

Oh boy does genealogy have anything to do with LUCK? I think so. I was just playing around and trying to get my sources all in line, so I went to It said James G. Neff born in Michigan married Hattie Gainer on 03 July 1880 in Dryden, Lapeer County, Michigan.

Ok, Dryden is where Mary, Harriet, Albert lived with Mortimer Hilliker in 1870 all with the last name Hilliker. So I went looking in the 1880 census; Albert is with Alfred in NY and I found a Harriet Gainer (Garver) in Hart, Oceana County, MI (which is on the other side of the state from Lapeer) living in the County Poor Farm. I don’t know if this is my Harriet or not, where Harriet was from 1870 census and her marriage date of 3 July 1880 I don’t know, and then from 1880 to 1900 I don’t know where the family is other than Saginaw County.¬† I did find that her full name was Harriett Amelia Garner, I love that middle name!!
This photo was found in an old Bible, that was Harriet (Garner) Neff’s. The man sitting is James Gilbert Neff. The boys are Howard & Charles Neff, I believe the one on the left is Howard & the one on the right is Charles.

Poem by Bert Webster

I find more & more of the desendants of the Light House Tribe are into writing, most specificly poetry. My mother wrote poem, as did some of her brothers & sisters, their mother Edith Webster-Lash wrote a ton of poems. Here is a poem by

Poem for thought

As I sit here all alone I thank the Lord I have a home.

And now I think I’ve found a gal that will make a real good Pal.

I know that we are getting old so lets not let our love grow cold.

So I nope that we both keep our sight so we will both do things right.

I know it’s hard to leave ones home but it’s much better than being alone.

We might be in a field of clover, so sit rightdown and think it over.

(Page 1)

I know good things are hard to find so don’t think we should change our mind.

And when I go to bed at night I lay and wonder if you will write.

And so if goes the whole night through, I just lay there and think of you.

I hope its plain for you to see so sit right down and write to me.

And tell me just how you feel so we can some day make a deal.

So I will sit and wish and try and so I’ll close and say by by.

With all my Love, Bert

(Page 2)

I just sit and ponder on how this poem was created, was Bert working on the railroad at this time and was Elizabeth (known as Lizzie to her family) living in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada or was she in America already? I wonder if they met while he was working on the line, or if they met through her half brother James. However they met, you can tell that he was smitten with her.

Wedding Day
November 1, 1906

They look so happy in their wedding photo… so sad that 15 short years later Lizzie died only 5 month after giving birth to the youngest of their four daughters of Acute Nephritis (Acute nephritis is a sudden inflammation of the kidney.).

2:54 AM Questions

Here it is 2:54 AM &¬† I can’t fall asleep.¬†(to be honest I haven’t really tried because I’m not tired!)¬† I have a dozen things going on in my head; things I want to try, things I want to create, things I want to get rid of.¬† None of which I can do right at this moment! Does anyone really read my blog?¬† Does anything I post on Facebook or Pinterest really matter? Does anything I write ever make an impact to anyone?¬† Does it help someone with their walk with the Lord?¬† Am I doing what God wants me to do or just what I want?¬† These are things I ponder as I lay here listening to my husband happily snore! ūüôā

This is what I get for sleeping in ’til almost noon yesterday!