Sunday, January 25, 2015

An Average Evening with Seven Kids (in 45 Sec)





Thursday, January 15, 2015

Year in Review: 2014 "He gives and He Takes Away"

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Job 1:21

The year of 2014 has changed me. A year I will never forget the faithfulness of God in our life.

We had our seventh beautiful child Priscilla June.

Yet, I saw my Daddy struggle through 8 painful months, then pass into eternity.

We have been stretched financially, yet seen God work miraculously.

And.. Even after almost 14 years parenting we are realizing all the more, the amazing truth-- yes folks, a soft answer turn away wrath.

I wanted 2013 to end, but now I want 2014 back. Moments of life and death come too quickly. I look ahead expectantly at 2015 and trust whatever God may teach us,  in Him my faith will remain.

Sean, is (sorry ladies) the most awesome, handsome, and enduring husband ever. I have seen him stretched beyond measure trying to work in his "at home office". He always manages to provide for his family, day in and day out. He has become a referral real estate agent, but is focusing on his Web Design Career. We also work together 3 days a week loading news wires via internet.  He recently went running with me and "got a taste of the glory". He has ventured out on is on a few time since! Sean has been a pillar for me in my grief. I am so thankful for his leadership and love in our home.

I have survived my first year with my teenage son Elijah Jo and I loved it. He is officially taller than me (gasp!), but still has to grow into his own feet! ;) Elijah has taken the entrepreneur approach with this artwork and received jobs this year on a friends website and http://shirt.woot.com/. You can check his website at ElijahBuckout.com. More than his growth in stature, I have seen his growth in love for his siblings. He says to me often, "Mom, you need to keep having babies- Priscilla is getting too big!"
He has really been enjoying his Youth Nights once a month at One Harbor. He loves everything Lego, Hobbit and LOTR.
A big event this year was letting both Lydia and Elijah travel on a two week trip to Oklahoma and Alabama. They attended NASA Space Camps with other Chickasaw Natives. Talk about trusting the Lord!
Lydia Joy is quite the beautiful young lady. I remember being twelve and thankful her mature character exceeds mine! She is ambitious beyond words. She is teaching and challenging herself at the piano daily. This year she took it upon herself call and schedule recitals at two local assisted living homes. She found a new love for Jane Austin novels and watched a few period movies with her parents! Her culinary skills are still growing- the most recent: homemade perogies. She will make about 40 and freeze the rest to share with the family. All the Littles (Dess, Mo and Cilla) truely look up to her. Priscilla has even said "La La" before she has even said "Ma Ma"!;)

Lydia ended her year with braces (she is adjusting great) and both the girls got their ears pierced. :)

Elizabeth Jane recently made me a cross stitch for Christmas that said,
"Mom is always there for hugs." Her gentleness makes her great. Her soft voice and compassion for her siblings is always present. She stayed by my side and watched her baby sister Priscilla enter this world. In her past time you can always find her creating a new crafts at her desk. And... I must say this girl loves chickens! She hopes to see her Silky/Bantam go broody again this summer. Even as I was typing she just informed me that she made sure Giselle had an adequate amount of food. This girl reached her "double digits" in 2014 and is beautiful inside and out!

Jason Jon is one of the most passionate and spirited boys in the Buckout home. I have to find ways to channel energy while balancing his school work and love for the outdoors. He loves building forts and trails in the forest. You will often find him outside for hours with his neighbor friend James. Jason has amazing handwriting and a devotion to writing down scripture everyday.  He is also known among the family as having the best bed making skills! By his neatly made bed you will find a shelf with a stack of chapter books he is working through. He currently is in a reading competition through the New Testament with his brother. I am so proud of him. He is one smart kid!

My all American hot dog lov'in girl is Hadassah Jean. She is meant to live on a farm. She had no problem watching Dad slaughter the meat chickens this past fall, but will tell you she does NOT like roosters. She has quite the "squawky" voice and her animated face cracks us all up all the time! Her bedtime routine has been my favorite way of connecting with her this year. We sing "Jesus Name Above All Names" together, then I pray, and then she must pray. She sweetly demands it in this order every night. She got to see her best friend Thomas when we all visited Ohio this past Thanksgiving and writes him letters often. I must not forget she loves doing Starfall.com on the computer and has started her reading lessons with Mommy at only 4 years old! She is such a sweetheart.

My little boy- Mordecai Jude. What a handsome little man he will always be! He melts my heart all the time, but I must say he is starting to hold is ground in our growing family. This year he has become Superman and Batman. He throws punches and kicks into the air! We watch the old 50-60's version on television most Saturday nights. His vocabulary has taken off and he is potty trained. "You -A- big boy!" His daddy always tells him. His favorites- printed coloring sheets, Curious George, Lego Movie and Juice Ba Ba s. His MOST favorite thing- "Tootie" (his little sister Priscilla) She receives lots of love from him everyday!

Last but not least, baby Priscilla June blessed us with her presence last February. I can't believe it has almost been a year! We had a home birth at a dear friends home Ohio because of legal issues in North Carolina. This girl wrestled around in the womb and now I wrestle her down to just dress her! She is a strong baby. She has been labeled the THB "Trim Healthy Baby" because of my THM lifestyle. This girl gets her supply of protein! She is such a precious girl and has an eye for her daddy. She has been spoiled to see him almost every time she wakes up from a nap. He is always telling her what a "cute face" she has :) In fact anytime she wakes up from a nap she gets cheers from all her siblings. They love her dearly. She already has 6 teeth and started taking her first steps this month!

This Mama is still going strong! I least I try.. the kids keep me on my toes. For the first time in my life, I just bought a size 4 jean and freaked myself out (usually after baby I am a 12-14!). God is good and I am so thankful He has given me the endurance to change the way I eat.
I recently started Yada Doula. I hope and pray God uses it more as a ministry for His glory. I attended a friends birth and it was an amazing experience.
In my down time I crochet and snuggle my hubby. I still love to run
when I can get a break. It is always a time of worship, meditation and prayer. I am blessed beyond measure to serve my children and husband.

Well, there you have it. These updates are getting looooong, but I know my kids will treasure them when they are older. The internet will be around then, right!?

All because of Jesus. He died that we can live eternally with Him! Happy Belated New Year!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Years Eve with The Buckouts


When I awoke, I had forgotten it was New Years Eve.  The house was a little bit of a mess. I knew I wanted to run. It was sunny, cool and beautiful.

Oh, yea.. forgot. The kids have been all about wanting New Years to be "an actual party", not the normal whisper "Happy New Years.." and head to bed. Small houses and sleeping babies hasn't allowed for par-tae they have been looking for! There is always this on going guilt you want your older kids not to "miss out" because of the younger siblings.

Dad insisted we get out of the house that morning. If we leave, we don't have to clean. Then we'll clean up one time in the afternoon when we return. I ---kind of--- liked the sound of it. He told me I was going to run from Morehead (while he was at the library) and he would meet up with down at the beach. ---ok, now that sounded fun--- A good three mile run.

I have needed time to clear my mind and don't get it often. Time to grieve, time to pray, time to worship. I prayed for Kara. I prayed for family and friends. I surrendered all that has happened between the birth of my 7th child and the death of my beloved father. It was a beautiful way to end the New Year. Such a blessing to see my kids playing and enjoying the weather and called it an "amazing Oregon beach day". Except this time we got to see dolphins!

We came home ate dinner. Which was the best dinner I had all year. My dad's meatloaf. He tried to keep his recipe Top Secret from us kids and it annoyed the heck out of me.

He took it to the grave- so we thought. He had forgotten he recorded the recipe on an old cassette tape back in the day. He apparently was trying to fill up the tape which he would mail to my brother who was on a Navy Ship.

I was thrilled!!! What could be better than having the recipe on paper? --Having my dad actually walk through what he did step by step!! By the aroma of the house I knew it was going to taste good..and it did. What mixed emotions... even my kids loved every bite. I only wish I could call my dad and rub it in his face that I found the recipe..lol! :'(

Looking forward to making it many times in this new year. We also took the Christmas tree down and put away all the holiday decor.

Then, PAR-TAE we did- or tried to do! Music, games, snacks, soda, and a movie. Lydia was done by 10:30. Dad and I tuckered out about 11pm, but Jason, Elizabeth and Elijah managed midnight. I think. Elijah said he was the only one not half-asleep. It was fun.

We are creating memories for them and for that it is all worth it.
this picture makes my heart skip a beat

jason got to bring jack!

hadassah has grown up on this beach

jack behaving himself because of other dogs. we love his winter coat!

so i wanted to get the kids jumping. 
all i could manage out of four pictures of them looking like they were going to pee their pants!!! 
bahaahaa

my little bundle

sweet elizabeth chasing birds


hi mordecai! 

she loves sand!

the kids found the fish eye setting while we were at the store getting snacks



this is how Priscilla spent her new year!

sock war!!! the jist of the game. take the other persons socks. last person standing wins.
they were all out of breath. PE needs to be added to my homeschool schedule!


Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Foxbrim's 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil {Product Review!}


Have you ever heard of Argan Oil? I had absolutely no clue what it was made from and I am so glad I found it!

Argan Oil originates from Morocco. It is a plant oil "produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.) and world-wide, it's gaining a reputation both as an ingredient in high-end, personal-care products and as a heart-healthy gourmet product."


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Our Review On Foxbrim's Argan Oil:

  • First of all, I had no other brand to compare it to, but it really is an amazing product. 
  • We tried it on Elijah's excema and there was a definite softening of the skin. 
  • I used it in place of my existing face moisturizer and had excellent results. Don't picture putting olive oil on your skin. Argan Oil goes on very "clean" feeling, leaving your skin very refreshed. 
  • I am not disciplined enough to put it on my dry feet daily, but wish I would!
  • My favorite use was on the hair! I only had to use a few drops when brushing out Hadassah's tangles. It was great on my own hair after blow drying. It took care of my frizzy fly aways!
  • I also enjoyed the sweet slightly nutty aroma.
The only downfall I experienced was the dropper container. Not my favorite. Wish I could use it out of a pump, but that was just because I was using it all the time. The kids did not always put it away correctly either... but that is expected. It won't keep me from purchasing it in the future though!

Foxbrim's 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil can be purchased through Amazon. It has a 4.8 of a 5 star rating. We completely recommed it!



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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!


Merry Christmas!

The tree is up! Our new tradition- waiting till they go on sale at Walmart for $10. (One step of from our ugly but free tree last year!) It smells wonderful.

I loved putting up the tree later this year. Usually by Christmas Day I am ready for it to be out of the way. My husband is taking me out on a date today and baking preparations will start tonight. 

Looking forward to resting as a family this upcoming week and hopefully will prepare our end of the year newsletter. We hope you have a very blessed Christmas and know the redeeming love of Christ!
Love, 
The Buckout Family

simple and sweet

baby Priscilla's first Christmas!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One day till Christmas Break!

I feel like I could write a gazillion things about life.

Blogs about my kids, my stresses, my grief, fun family-ness, Gods provision, recipes, weight loss, baby Priscilla! (oh my, she is growing), crochet projects..ect ect.

I wish I had more hours in my day. Oh, wait. Guess I could if I got up earlier. I have only been managing 7am because Priscilla is finally getting up one time a night and -I. love. it.

Maybe blog more during break? We'll see.
For now, here are some favorite quick pictures before our warm North Carolina break!


 because I have VERY few pictures of them together -couldn't miss this 
love this man and baby girl


beautiful evening sky.


 no this not a weight loss picture. my step mom sent me some precious running shirts of my dad's.
I found a little sewing trick online to make them fit. ;)
he was the coolest dad ever. I miss him.

we always have to get some sort of flu in December!
poor buddy. missed the Homeschool Cookie Exchange. :(

she is not sick! ha ha. 
Elizabeth was experimenting with sidewalk chalk and freaked me out

lydia playing at assisted living home. sean and I sang christmas carols together too.
very precious people.

watching brother at the park was more fun than the parade behind her!


can barely see it but one of their early gifts- ear piercing!

look at those eggs!!! and we have lots! it was a like an easter egg hunt this week because a few of our chickens were not laying in their coop. Elijah took this photo with his camera

the family tradition continues! didn't quite get those dominos clean up before we started.

by elijah :)

 and had to end with a chicken again.
she is a beloved favorite.. can't you tell??? the kids dressed her up.
 i crack up every time i see this!
"Oh.. Gizelle!"

Because His stripes we are healed.
With love,

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