Thursday, January 26, 2012



We all know that bees like honey, right? Well, I experienced that for myself a couple of days ago while I was baking. I was making granola with honey in it and didn't realize a door had been left open. My little girl saw two bees come in and she left the kitchen to hide in a bedroom. I closed the door, got the bees with a fly swatter, and thought we were done. Then I looked outside and saw a huge swarm of bees gathering around our windows. Fortunately, we have screens. Somehow, however, more got in. I shut all of the glass windows. A few more still got in. I shoved coats under the doors and stuffed paper towels in a few holes we had in the cement wall. Finally, they stopped coming in. They didn't leave our house until the granola was sealed in a container and the dishes were done. My little girl made me promise not to make granola with honey in it again.

Maybe we'll try again if we're in Canada in winter when there are no bees anywhere close by. If you're there, enjoy some honey for us!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Hello from my zoo to yours,

My little monkeys are all asleep now but it was definitely a zoo in here before they went to bed. I think my baby learned his first animal noise today--ROAR. It was all thanks to his big brother who has been acting much more like a lion than a monkey these days and roaring at everyone he sees.

If you live near us and would like a free trip to our zoo, just stop by. There's never a dull moment and we always have snacks.

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Sunday, January 22, 2012

David and Goliath


It took me a long time to get my little monkey to bed tonight. He picked out three books (since he's three) and we read his current favourite Bible story, David and Goliath. We sang "Only a boy named David," "This Little Light of Mine" and "Jesus Loves Me" until my arm got too tired from doing the actions.

David did great things as a boy, with God's help. He killed a lion and bear and fought Goliath with a sling and stone when everyone else was too afraid. Later he grew up to be king and, while he wasn't perfect, he was called, "a man after God's own heart." My little boy is still learning. I hope that someday he will be like David--that he will trust God to do great things and that he will grow up to be "a man after God's own heart."

Whoever you are, I hope that you will also trust God like David and become a man or woman after God's heart.


Marcie Cooper

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Good-bye Lucy

Dear Friends,

It's been a sad day in our house today since our little budgie, Lucy, died this afternoon. She was fine yesterday and was out of her cage and flying around, perching on cupboards and sitting on shoulders. This morning we found her sitting on the bottom of her cage with her feathers all ruffled out. We weren't sure if she was sick, trying to lay an egg, or was too cold in the night since she was by an open window.
     I've heard, "Mommy, I'm sad," a lot from my little girl. She wants to get another girl budgie but not name her Lucy. Her Daddy wants to train the boy, Freddy, more before getting another one. I never thought I'd like having birds but they've been a lot of fun for our family. We'll miss Lucy.

Marcie Cooper

Saturday, January 14, 2012


     It's Saturday. "Mommy," my little girl asked, "Do you know why Saturday is called Saturday?"
     When I told her that I didn't know she said, "I think it's called Saturday because there's no school and people are sadder because they don't get to go school."
     I explained that it had the word "sat" in it, not sad. "Oh," she said, "I thought it had the word sadder in in!" We wondered if people sat and rested on Saturdays. Maybe some people actually like to stay home from school. I'm glad she likes to go but we might have to add some more spelling to our English homeschool!
     Enjoy your Saturday. I hope it's not a "sadderday"!

     Marcie Cooper

P.S. The Roman's named the day after the planet Saturn and that's where we get our English word for Saturday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012



Do you have many cousins? I grew up with a lot of them around my age and had fun playing and having sleepovers with them. My kids have two cousins and enjoyed being with them over the holidays.

 Meeting a new cousin

Ready, Set, Go! 

Wrestling with Grandpa

My Favourite :)

We are expecting another cousin in June and can't wait to find out if it's a boy or girl. We'll let you know!

Have a great day!

Marcie Cooper

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy and Sad

HAPPY New Year!

We're HAPPY that we could spend Christmas and New Year's with family and friends.

We're HAPPY that we could meet a nephew/cousin.

We're HAPPY that we could see a sister/aunt that has been sick.

We're HAPPY that we could see a tiny bit of snow and go skating.

We're HAPPY that we could go shopping for things we can't find where we live.

We're HAPPY that we get to go on an airplane to the Dominican Republic.

We're HAPPY that it's warm there!  We've been cold!

We're SAD that it's warm there. We wish we could see more snow and have more time to skate.

We're SAD that we have to pack everything in a small number of suitcases.

We're SAD that we can't take our friends and family with us. We will miss them.

But we're HAPPY that will see other friends where we're going.

We will be HAPPY and SAD as we leave tomorrow but we know we're right where we're supposed to be, doing just what we're supposed to do, and that makes us HAPPY.

Marcie Cooper