Monday, February 24, 2014

Music to my ears.





Do you blame yourself for things that you have no idea if you could have
prevented? 

Do you feel like everything lies on your shoulders, regardless of if it had
anything to do with you?

Do you believe that you mess things up no matter how hard you try?

Well . . . .  I do.

My son used to love to play the guitar.  He was passionate about it like
nothing else he had ever done.

Here is a video I took of his first band practice at our old church.  This
makes me miss a lot of things.  Sardinia Church of Christ, hearing Griffin play
on stage, and hearing Robby (the former worship leader) sing.


Here is a video I took of his first band practice at our old church.  This
makes me miss a lot of things.  Sardinia Church of Christ, hearing Griffin play
on stage, and hearing Robby (the former worship leader) sing.

He played at church.  He is very gifted.   If he played a song, he didn’t
have to have music after the first time.  He just remembered everything he
played.

I loved to hear him play at night before he went to bed.  It didn’t matter if
it was loud, crazy, head banging music or if it was church songs played
quietly.  I loved it all.

He stopped playing about a year and a half ago.  Completely.  This happened
when my ex-husband left.  This is the part I worry about being my fault.  I
worry that I didn’t handle it well.

 Of course I didn’t.

 But,  I wonder if there was something different I could have done to help
our kids deal with it better.    The saying Hindsight is 20/20 rings so true in
this circumstance.  Griffin has dealt with it by withdrawing.  From a lot of
things.  I’m pretty sure not playing guitar has been one of them.  I’m not sure
if he just gave up on things he liked or what.  I know that he feels like he
doesn’t get to do the things he used to do with his Dad.  This breaks my heart. 

I’m a girl.  I can’t change that, of course.   I try to do things with him
that they used to do.  I ride four wheelers (which I love).  I watch him do the
things he likes.  Like shoot guns.   And play video games.  But, I know that it
will never be the same.  He feels like Bella and I have things in common because
we are both girls, and I have nothing in common with him.   

But, I believe that a Mom cannot replace a Dad.  Ever.   Kids need their Dads
for so many reasons.  I can’t be everything.  No matter how much I try. 

Now for the good part.  The other night I was watching tv (which I rarely
do).  I heard an amazing sound coming from upstairs.

IT WAS MUSIC!!!  Sweet guitar music.  I don’t know what has changed.  Time
really does help, I guess.   The music made my heart smile.  

Every day since then, I have heard him practicing.  Today, I asked him to get
his math so I could help him.  Algebra is killing us.  Winking smile

He said, can I practice the guitar for a little while first?  

Why, YES.  Yes you can.   He is upstairs now playing the old church songs I
have missed hearing so much.  Bella is singing while he plays.

After all the praying I have done, it seems as if God has showed up.  In HIS
time.  I wanted everything to be better immediately.  But, once again, I see
that things don’t happen when I want them to.  They happen when God is ready.  
My children mean the world to me.  I know they mean so much more to God. 

When people of this world let us down, isn’t it amazing that God never
does?   I serve an amazing God who never leaves me.   That is worth more than
anything this world offers. 

Every single time.




Happy Homeschooling and God Bless.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cake in a Cup

My kids love snacks.   Especially chocolate.  They get that from  me.  Winking smile 

And they feel the need to eat every day?  What is up with that?   I thought as they got older it would get easier because they would want to fix their own food.  

Nah. They like me to do pretty much everything.

So, my mom has been telling me about this great “cake in a cup” that they make in the microwave at work.   I’ve heard her say it about a thousand times and thought, whatever.  It sounded silly. 

Well, my kids talked me into doing it.  And Mom handed me the cake mix and said “make this for your kids” so I just about had to.

It really is simple.

You take an Angel Food Cake mix and mix it with any other kind of cake mix.  The Angel Food mix is a must cuz it has eggs and milk and stuff in it which allows you to not need anything other than water to make it.

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We used Devil’s Food cake mix along with the Angel Food.  I figured they would balance each other out.  You can keep the mix in anything you want to.  I put it in a gallon zip lock baggie because I have pretty much thrown away all of my plastic wear because I didn’t want to wash it.

The recipe after you mix the two cake mixes together is simply

3 – 2-  1

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3- tablespoons of the mix

2- tablespoons of water

1 – minute in the microwave

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Our mug was a little big so I’m gonna try to do it by doubling the recipe (all except the time cuz Mom said you only cook it one minute no matter what). 

It makes a very yummy, spongy, little cupcake.   It would be delicious with homemade buttercream icing but that would be too much work. 

The only thing I need to warn you about is make sure you tell the kids to rinse out the cup when they are finished.  I just unloaded 10 dirty coffee mugs from the dishwasher because it evidently doesn’t get the crusty cake mix off without rinsing.   (Yeah I said 10 cups.  These things are addictive, I guess.)

Happy Homeschooling and hope you enjoy.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Baby it’s cold outside

Living in Ohio gives us the opportunity to see some freaky weather.   Yesterday it was 48 degrees.   Today the weather app says it is –4 with a wind chill factor of –28 degrees.   Now that is some cold temperatures.

Last night I decided to start forecasting the weather on Facebook.  It has been a huge success.  I am right 100% of the time.  How can I do that when even the best meteorologists can’t even come close ?  It’s easy.  I just look out the window and give up to date, right this minute, weather. 

Right now, as it was this morning, it is cold.   How cold?  Who know’s?  Honestly, I don’t care.  It is so frickin cold I don’t want to go out and find out how cold it is. 

But, being the amazing homeschooling mama I am (besides the fact that we don’t do snow or cold days) we went outside to do an experiment.

Thank you, Amy for giving us the experiment idea.   Will a bubble freeze in this cold weather?

We had no bubbles so first we had to make them.   Easy enough with water and Dawn dish soap.  Bella informed me that warm water freezes faster than cold so we used that.

We also had no bubble wand.  No problem.  We used my fancy little whisk that I have no other use for.  I think it actually is an egg separator?

We spent about 5 minutes outside on the porch.  No coats which probably wasn’t a great idea but honestly I wasn’t too cold.  Bella was shaking so I’m guessing she was.  Griffin put on coat, gloves, hat with face covered, boots and all the other normal clothes.  He said he was going in the woods.  He wanted no part of our experiment.

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We blew the bubbles and waited.  It was kind of windy so most of them busted before we could catch them on the bubble want/egg separator.

They didn’t freeze.  At all.   They spun around a little.

Bella then decided we could just leave them out and see if they freeze.  

We put it in a flower pot and they turned into a thin sheet of ice.  Bella touched it and it was kind of like saran wrap.   Then it broke.

So, maybe if you have good bubbles and not homemade ones this would work better.   I wasn’t too impressed with the results but we can now say we have played with bubbles when it below zero outside.   

Check out my weather reports on Facebook, well if you’re my friend.  If not, I guess you’ll just hafto either look out of your own window or watch the news.  I apologize that I can’t allow everyone the enjoyment of my friends and my senses of humor but there are freaks out there, as I’m sure you well know.

Happy Homeschooling and Stay Warm.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Udderly Smooth Cream -

Winter is always hard on my skin.   It’s like an alligator most of the time.  I try all kinds of lotions and creams to keep my skin from itching. 

I was given the opportunity to review Udderly Smooth Body Cream.  I received a package of goodies from the company.   Foot  cream, hand cream and body cream were included.  I was really excited thinking my skin is going to be super smooth and hydrated. 

 

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Here is what I received with retail prices in parentheses:
- a 4 oz.tube of hand cream ($2.75)
- a 2 oz. tube of hand cream ($1.75)
- a 12 oz. jar of body cream ($5.75)
- an 8 oz. jar of shea butter foot cream ($6.50)
- sample packets (and a coupon!)

Udderly Smooth is a product which is made in the USA and has been for over 30 years.  It is good for cracked, dry skin.  You can use it as a moisturizer on your entire body including your face.  

It was invented by a pharmacist and originally made for use on cows. 

First I tried the tube of hand cream.  It felt pretty good.  The lotion is not greasy at all but it also doesn’t smell that great.   Personally I like scented lotions but I now a lot of people do not so this isn’t really that big of a deal.

The second thing I opened was the jar of body cream.  This is where things got a little weird.  Okay, a lot weird.  LOL

I thought there was mold in the jar.

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Mold doesn’t really bother me that much.  I was just going to scoop it out and try it.  Upon closer look I Bellarealized the mold had a tail.  Yep, a tail.  Obviously it wasn’t mold.  It did look like it had udders which was appropriate for the cream.   My daughter decided to have a closer look.   She showed me wings which were pretty cool.  I honestly have no idea what this was.  We poked it and my niece even touched it, lol.  She said it was squishy but firm.    I zoomed in on the picture and posted it on my facebook page to see what people thought it was without mentioning where I found it.  First response told me to clean out my refrigerator, lol.   The general consensus was that it is a tiny baby bat.  My thoughts are that when this was being made it landed in the jar before the lid was put on.  I’m sure this happens often but I have never been blessed enough to be on the receiving end of such a present.  Okay that was a joke.   Needless to say, I didn’t use this jar.  As time has passed more mold has has grown on the poor little thing and he has turned completely white.  It has turned into quite the science experiment. 

The rest of the products worked well.  Bella rubbed my feet with the foot cream and it was heavenly. 

If you would like a coupon you can visit the Udderly Smooth Facebook page $1 off any two  products!  I doubt you’ll get an animal friend in yours but you will get some really nice lotion.   You can buy it at Walmart and other major retailer stores. 

You can read the rest of the reviews of my fellow friends on the  Mosaic Reviews page

Thanks to Mosaics Reviews and Udderly Smooth for this review opportunity.  It was quite fun Winking smile 

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Hello Fresh–Mosaics Review

hello freshI love to cook.   I honestly don’t like to grocery shop.  It makes me smile that people think that if I leave my kids to go to the grocery store it is like I am getting a break.  Woo Hoo!  Vacation time.  

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Hello Fresh is a company that helps take some of the stress out of figuring out what you are going to have to eat.    Oh yeah, and they send you all the ingredients and the recipe with it.   

Usually when I do a review I write that I was asked to do it.  This time I want to say I was given the privilege of being allowed to review this product.    This was such a blessing.  I came home to find a box of food waiting on my doorstep.  It was packaged amazingly well. 

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Doesn’t this look like a cooler?  It came in an insulated box and with two huge ice packs.  My kids were hoping it would come with dry ice because they love to blow stuff up with that.  (You know, in the name of science.)  

I was told that the box of three meals would come with everything I needed but I was impressed that it really did.   All of the ingredients were indeed fresh as well.  Fresh produce impresses me when it comes in the mail.  Sometimes I can’t even find decent stuff at the store. 

Another thing that I love about this company is that their ingredients are

Let me explain how Hello Fresh works.

The first thing you do is create an account.  This is super easy to do.  The website is very user friendly.   And, if you do have problems, the customer service is one of the best I have ever worked with.  They went above and beyond to make sure everything was excellent.

Each week you get to chose the meals you want to try.  You get to pick three out of five available.   There is also a vegetarian box you can chose.  Hello Fresh says that the average person spends 90 minutes a week grocery shopping.  I must be slow because I spend more than that.  Maybe it’s because of coupons.  They take me forever.   Ordering from this company can help you spend more time with your family by spending less time at the store.  It will also save money because they send only the exact amounts of each ingredient that you need.  I even had some things left over because of my families preference on the amount of onions and spices.

After choosing the meals from the exciting recipes, you just wait for them to arrive.  Easy enough. 

I chose Chile Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish, Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry, and Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini. 

Now, if you have ever read any of my reviews you will know that I have a hard time using things like they are supposed to be used.  Winking smile 

I like to tweak (not twerk, there’s a difference).  I love products that make my life easier but also can be adapted to our family.   Let me first explain that I probably have one of the pickiest eaters in my family in the entire world.  He gets it from me but he has taken it to a new level.  So, if I had made any of the three meals like the beautifully suggested recipe cards showed, I would have been the only one who would even try it. 

Without further ado (I’ve always wanted to say that), here are the dishes I made.

Chile Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish

Each included recipe card shows step by step instructions, along with the ingredients needed and Nutritional values.

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This is the ingredients that were included for this dish.  Yep, it includes everything you need.  Now, here is how I modified it.  My kids only like breaded and deep fried shrimp.  Okay, they only like breaded and fried shrimp from Cracker Barrel.   So, I looked up the recipe for their breading and used that.    I ruined the first 104_2322batch of breading because I didn’t read the directions.  Oops.  The shrimp turned out delicious.  Both of my kids loved it. Of course, I deep fried it so I totally blew the nutritional value they listed but oh well.   I also substituted red onion for the scallions because I don’t like them.  I gave those to my mom.   I was leery of the ginger because I haven’t ever cooked with it.  I used a small cheese grater to mince the garlic and ginger. 

My fingers smelled yummy for days.  Now for the truth, I hate canned corn.  I have never liked it.  We freeze our own corn from the garden and I love the texture of it.  So, I made the relish with the canned corn it came from and then had our corn on the side. Bella wouldn’t eat the relish but I thought it was pretty good.  

What the plate was supposed to look like.  (Well minus the breading)

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What mine looked like. . . .

 

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A little Chick-fil-a sauce for the shrimp, cheesy garlic biscuits and home grown corn.  YUMMY . . .     I was fine with the food prepared the way the recipe stated but my kids would not have ate it.    I have one disclaimer.   When you cook like a chef, expect a mess.  My kitchen was destroyed.  I used all of the pans and half of my gadgets.  It was fun but I cannot say the clean up was.   I would recommend two boxes come.  One with the food and one with a maid.  Just sayin.

Day 2:

Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

First, let me say I had no idea Brussels has an “s” on the end.   Does anyone say it? 

PuppyThis was my favorite meal of the three.  My kids wouldn’t eat it.   Bella tried it and spit it out.   My dogs, however, loved it.  They literally tried to climb the stove to get to it while it was cooking.  Even the three legged one. 

I have to say that it smelled as good as it tasted. Steak and Sprouts

Comments I heard were “That looks Asian, Mom.  Could you please focus on the fact that we live in America?”  and “Wow, that could win Chopped”.  (The latter came from the one who spit it out, lol.)

This one I tried not to change too much.  I left out the scallions, of course and used red onion.   I also substituted the jalapeno for home canned banana peppers because I don’t really care for spicy food.  I cooked the steak much longer than the recommended three minutes. 

Like I said, I LOVED it.  Reminded me of being in a Chinese restaurant except I don’t eat meat at those.  And it didn’t make me sick like Chinese food usually does.  

Day 3 (which really was like day 5 or 6)

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini

First let me say, all of the ingredients were as fresh this day as they were when I received them. 

Now, that being said, this was the only meal I didn’t like.  I didn’t follow the directions very well.  I cooked the pork loin in the oven completely with salt and pepper.  Pork makes me sick so I didn’t taste this part.  My kids said it was just yucky?  They wouldn’t eat potatoes or zucchini like it said to prepare it so I mashed the potatoes and fried the zucchini.  The potatoes were good.   The zucchini was okay.  I didn’t add the lemon and used it as a garnish without caramelizing it.  I knew I wasn’t going to eat it so didn’t bother wasting my time making it look pretty.    I have a really nice picture but I can’t for the life of me get it from my phone to here.  I’m working on it.

Now for the important information.

This is a subscription service.   You can delay future shipments at any time.  So if you are not going to be home or just need a break from the service, it is very easy to suspend.  

This is more expensive that I spend on food for my family.  This is comparable to eating out.   The three meals that we received were for 2 people (easily would have fed more) and costs $9.94 per meal.  This includes shipping.  The vegetarian box is $8.28 per meal.    So, that is $69 for two people three meals.   They are available in either two meals or four meals for delivery.

This is pricey if you compare it to going to the store and getting your own ingredients for these meals.  But, if you compare it to eating out, it really is not so bad.   My experience is that the larger your family, the less you eat out.  So, for me this could be doable.  For someone with several kids, it may not be able to be fit into the food budget.  A lot of the other girls who reviewed this say they are going to use it for date nights.    As long as your kids or babysitter do the clean up, then I say that’s a great way to go.

You can read all of the other reviews by visiting here.

You can also check out Hello Fresh on these sites. 

This was a fun review and I really appreciate the opportunity Mosaic Reviews has given me as well as Hello Fresh

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Perhaps some of the best things I’ve learned . . ever.

Of course it was on the internet.  You already knew that right?

First, I have always wanted to be a planner.  As a homeschool mom it really is a necessity.  Someone has to keep track of all the crap we have to teach, learn, do, eat, clean and pretend to know. 

I’m admittedly not that great at it.  I start a planner, use it for a week or day and pretty much forget I have it and can’t find it if I do remember it.  I have great intentions.  My follow through just isn’t that great.  

So, starting this week I decided to do my planner at the end of the day. 

Isn’t that the best way to make sure you get everything finished?   Smile  No more unfinished things hanging around on the days page.  No one has to know that I didn’t get to half of what I wanted to because it won’t be on today’s page.   Damn, I’m a genius. 

So for our first well planned day (um, sorry if that is a real planner name.  If it is I’ve never seen it or used it so no knowledge of it and it will give you free exposure on my blog so should be all good)

Wake up before Noon.   Well, I got up at 11:40 so CHECK. 

Eat a good breakfast (well lunch because of the time).  You see I’m learning that if you get up a little later you can totally skip a meal and hopefully this will help me lose weight.    I had an egg and toast.  Not too bad so  CHECK.

Scream at the kids to get their school stuff out after eating our break/lunch.   CHECK

Put load of clothes in the washer.  Oops, let’s make that rewash the ones left in there from yesterday cuz they are smelling pretty funky.  It’s funny how vinegar can take that smell right away.  One load of clothes done completely.  CHECK

Scream at the kids to get their school stuff out.   CHECK

Help Bella do her math and check her other work.  Hmm.   Seems like her other work is about 1/3 filled in.  I’m thinking there must be a little minion or elf that is erasing all of her hard work.  Because I know that my pleasant baby girl would not try to make me think she is doing all of her work and just skipping questions and pages to hurry up.  No way.  So, I showed her the places where the elves erased and said she should redo it.   Who me? CHECK

Griffin’s science, math, writing, and computer programming class finished. CHECK Please realize this was with much prompting from me.

Also, I got super exciting news today.  Griffin loves computer classes.  And he excels at them.  We are about to start a year long program that will teach him JAVA through learning the Minecraft World.  He will be building his own Module.  This is a blessing I never thought we would be able to have.  But thanks to Molly Richards from Youth Digital, he will be doing this amazing class.  I am overwhelmed with her love.

Gymnastics at 3:00.   We were 5 minutes late.  Not too bad so I’m gonna call this one a win.  CHECK    Bella did get her back handspring today by herself without a spotter so I’m super proud of her.  I love watching her excel.

Kids going to their friends for 2 hours after gymnastics (YES).   2.5 mile walk in the 30 degree cold all by myself.  I talked to my aunt on the phone until I could no longer feel my fingers and then listened to some awesome Christian music on my phone.  I’m not sure if people were staring because it was so frickin cold or because I looked like I was having a conversation with myself.  Who knows?  Who cares.  CHECK

Fixed supper.  Even managed to make something everyone would eat.   CHECK

Took my 92 year old grandma supper and did a load of laundry for her.  Cracked up because she was watching a totally inappropriate show and can’t hear well enough to know it.  My kids were appalled.  LOL   They heard more bad language in that 20 minutes that they have in a long time combined.  CHECK

Watch The Voice with Bella (Good mother/daughter time)  I hafto teach her how to spot a good man.   (Because I have got this crap down.)  (We won’t mention I’m alone with no decent feller in sight Winking smile)  We just say who we think is cute.  Just admiring God’s handiwork.  CHECK

Watch The Sing Off.   Our new favorite show.    Pentatonix is one of our new favorite groups.  Here is their version of Little Drummer Boy.  LOVE IT.  CHECK

Do Pilates for 30 minutes.  Upward Cheerleading is coming up and this here coach needs to get in shape.  CHECK

Make sure kids take showers, brush their teeth and get in bed (Preferably without electronics).  CHECK

Wow, I got all the things on my To-Do list checked off.  I feel so productive.   It does work better when you just write the things you hae done.  LOL  I am a single mom who is far from having it together.  I don’t pretend to and don’t want anyone to think that.  In fact, I don’t care.   You know what hit me.  While rereading this I realized I truly do not care.  I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m a failure.  I don’t care if you think I’m amazing and got it all together.  I, for the first time in my homeschooling  journey, do not care what anyone other than God and my kids think about how we are doing.   We are doing what is best for me and my children.  What I feel will enable them to be the God loving, kind, caring, helpful adults that I am praying they become.   I’m doing the best I can and trusting God to make up for my faults.  

His grace is sufficient for me.  All the reminder I need.  I am blessed and give all the glory to God.  There would be no check marks at all on my daily to do list without Him.    It would mostly be skid marks if it were left up to only me. 

Thanking Jesus for this beautiful Christmas season.   I’m gonna love on the people who mean the most to me and pray for everyone.  My family, friends and those I love bring the beauty of Christmas to life for me.   God supplies my every need.  In the people in my life and everything other way.

God Bless you.    Happy Homeschooling. . .I pray that for today, I have blessed someone in some small way. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Gratitude and Blessings: Day 25–Thankful for Time

Oh my goodness, it is only three days until Thanksgiving.  It is unbelievable that the month has almost come and gone.  Only 30 days until Christmas.  

Today I am thankful for time.

Weird, huh?

I am thankful that God allows time to heal when we are hurt.

Have you hurt this year?  I believe that if we are honest we all have.   Everyone has their own problems.

Some lots.

Some not so many. 

I know that there are people who are where I was a year ago.   I remember sitting on my steps like it was 10 minutes ago while my sister told me I would get through the hurt. 

I couldn’t breath.  Literally.  Have you every felt like that?   Cried so hard that you didn’t think your next breath would come?   

She said “Lori, you will wake one day and realize that he has hurt you so much that you don’t feel anything for him at all”.   Guess what?  She was right.  Sometimes the hurt overwhelms the good and you really can’t remember the good times anymore.   No matter how many you know there were.    You will feel better.  Maybe not tomorrow.  Maybe not next week.  But with time, you will have more moments that you are smiling than crying. 

I try to teach my kids that actions speak louder than words.   That is true.  But words hurt.  I have realized that when someone says something hurtful you never really forget.  Whether it is true or not.

I have questioned things about me that I know are not true.  It isn’t fair.    I have sat and thought about things people have said about me and even though I know it isn’t true, I know that God knows it isn’t true,  it still hurts me.   Funny how time doesn’t make that go away.   But it does help.

Someone shared a YouTube video that I love.  I share lots of things on my Facebook page.  Most are cute or funny.  This one made me realize that no matter what others think or say, I know that I am more than enough.  God tells me so.    I watch it nearly every day.  It makes me have chills every time no matter where I am or what I am doing.  I have sent it to the women in my life because I know that every one of us doubt that we a

re good enough. 

That we are pretty enough

That we have enough money.   That the mistakes we have made make us unworthy.

God says we are enough.   You are worth more than all earthly things. 

 

 

As time goes by, my kids are growing up to be beautiful, God centered young adults.   They too are feeling better.  At least they seem to be.  Time makes my love for them grow by the second.  Their father and I love them with everything we have.  

Today, I am thankful for the time God gives me.  None of us know how much we have.  It could all be over in a literal heart beat.    I pray that my minutes are spent glorifying God more than not.

And that I don’t waste the time I am given.

God Bless. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gratitude Challenge : Day 12

Being thankful is a part of everyday life.

But, November is the month in which we think about it the most.   I love this time of year. 

We had our first snow this morning.  When I let the dogs out at 7:30, the yard was covered in God’s own beautiful blanket.  Snow makes me smile.  I love standing outside in the yard when it snows.  I know it sounds weird but I love the sound of a snowfall.  We have very few neighbors and it is pretty quiet so when it snows, I guess I love the quiet sound. 

Today I am thankful that I live in a country that allows me to teach my children in the manner in which we believe is best.   For us that is homeschooling.

I love being with my children every day. 

I love watching them learn.   I love that I am the one who they ask the difficult questions to.    Not math or science, but the important ones.

Like Do Pets go to Heaven?  

And Where does it say in the Bible that we shouldn’t hate?

I never proclaim to know all of the answers.  But I love that they know we can look together to find them. 

Reading the Bible first thing in the morning is my favorite.  Even our doggie gets in on our Bible reading Winking smile 

Our school allows prayer.  

Our school allows the Bible to be the center of everything.

Our school allows me to protect my children in any way that I see necessary.  

I don’t worry about anyone hurting them while they are in school.  I don’t worry about someone coming in and shooting them.   I don’t worry about someone who doesn’t have their best interest at heart teaching them things God doesn’t teach.

My kids are going to grow up too soon.  I’ve already witnessed this.  My son will be 15 in one short month.  I treasure the days I have with him.  It makes my heart smile that he still wants to be around me.    I love that he got to pick his own science curriculum and enjoys it every day.   And he can listen to music when he learns.  It may not work for me that way but it does him and who am I to tell him his way is wrong?

Now, don’t get me wrong.   I do embarrass him, lol.   Just last week he asked me to please not dance when he is around.   I also overheard him tell his friend that “it sucks having a mom who is hot”.  Now that one cracks me up.   I won’t complain about him being embarrassed about that. 

There are countries that do not allow homeschooling.  I am thankful I live in America.  I fear that it will not be legal eventually.  I don’t think they like not having control of our children.   But, I am blessed to be allowed this freedom.

I thank God for it every day.

God bless.

And Happy Homeschooling. . . . ..

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gratitude Challenge

Here it is.  Day 11 of a month of Thankfulness.    It’s funny how you have an idea of what you are going to write about and then BAM it all changes.

Not that my reasons have changed.  Maybe just my attitude about my thankfulness.

So starting today I will share two things I am thankful for. 

First read this.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[1]

Know what that is?

It’s the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.   The one that allows us to say whatever we would like to.  No one can take away our freedom of speech. 

I love that.

Now, God doesn’t want us to say things out of spite, or hate, or anything other than love.  I try to remember that at all times. 

It seems that I have offended people with what I talk about.  I guess I should apologize.  Actually, I wanna just say, if you don’t like what I have to say, please feel free to head on over to another blog and read it.   I am aware that I cannot please everyone and I don’t even have the strength or desire to try.

But. . . . . . .

If I can help just one person get through something hard, see things a little different, change for the better, or draw a little closer to God, then all of my efforts have been worth it.   I write this blog for me.  In the hopes that it helps people see what our homeschooling life is all about.  I am blessed beyond anything I have ever deserved.

Another thing, feel free to comment.  That’s what it is there for.  All I ask is that you be respectful.  I would never say anything to intentionally hurt anyone.  I  mean that.  If you have an issue with something I have said, maybe it  is because it hits a little closer to home than you would like to admit. 

The old saying “ the truth hurts'” is sometimes truer than we would like for it to be.   I am not perfect.  Haven’t ever claimed to be. 

Don’t expect it or you will be sadly disappointed. 

So, today I am thankful for the first amendment to our constitution that allows me to freely say and write what I want to convey.  Like it or don’t. .    It’s my right.  And yours.    And for the Veteran’s who have fought for our freedoms.  Happy Veteran’s Day.

Secondly, I am thankful for unanswered prayers.    Garth Brooks knew what he was talking about.

That is all.

God Bless.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

30 days of Thanksgiving

 

I have  been doing my thankful list on Facebook this year. 

I was rudely told by my niece today that I am sadly neglecting my blog so I thought I should probably remedy that and do my list on here like I usually do.

Today is day 9 (I think).

It is hard when you are as blessed as I am to pick one thing each day.    But, I’m looking for the little things in life that bring me joy and I am thankful for.

Today,  I am thankful for the girls in my life. 

My Mom is my best friend.  I love her more everyday.  I never dreamed when I was growing up that she would be such a huge part of my adult life.  I’ve already dedicated a day to her and Dad but I didn’t want to leave her out of my special girls.

I have an amazing sister, Becky.  She has been so good to me.  My whole life really but especially the last couple of years.   She is my best friend and I thank God for her every day.

101_1040Next, my nieces, Allie and Emily.   They really bless me daily.

When they were little, my sister was going to nursing school, so I had them when they were young.  A lot.   It was some of the best years I had.  I loved playing with them.  People thought they were my kids.  Especially Allison.  She was very smart (still is) and was a blast.  She talked at a very early age and I remember she said the funniest things. 

One of the funniest things I can remember was when she was about 4.  She told her mom that her and her boyfriend had talked and they weren’t going to have sex.   Who knows where she even heard that word, but needless to say, Becky was relieved,  Winking smile.

She has grown into an amazing young woman.  She spoils my kids just like I spoiled her.  She loves with her entire heart and is a blessing..  I love laughing with her and she is a great friend.   She is beautiful and smart.   To know her is to love her.  And I love her lots.   She has been one of the people I can talk to and listens without judging.  I love sending her little funny pictures to make her smile.

Emily came less than a year after Allie and we loved her just as much.  She was quiet and so beautiful.  She looked like a real live doll.  She didn’t talk until she was older because Allie did all of the talking for her.  She used to just point and got anything she wanted.   It was precious seeing her follow Allie around and learn from her.

She, too, has grown into a beautiful young woman.  She is very smart and anytime I need help with math or electronics, I call her.  She has made me laugh more than anyone I can ever remember.  We text late at night and I treasure that more than she can imagine. 

She has gotten a job that is perfect for her because she can show the love she has for people.  She is a blessing..    I remind her to never sell herself short because she is amazing.  She deserves the best.   I love her.

My baby girl is next.  Isabella is my heart.  She loves me with a passion I’ve never seen.  Sometimes it is smothering.   But, I know that this too shall pass.  There will be a time when she won’t want to sleep with me.  So, for now I let her.  She has done this since David left a year ago.  

101_1166I know that she is afraid that I am going to leave.  How do you explain to a little girl that you aren’t going to when someone has.   I have said over and over I am not going anywhere.  As long as God doesn’t take me home, I will be here.   I may go out or need a break, but I will always be back to take care of her.   It is so hard being a single mom.  I never asked for it but God gave me my children and knows the plans he has for us.   He has equipped me to be the best mom for these two kids.  They are blessings beyond measure.

Bella is smart.

And Beautiful.    She has the most beautiful blue eyes (which she informed me today are turning green?  LOL)  They aren’t.  and a smile that will melt your heart.  Her laugh is contagious.  She is my miracle.  You can read her birth story that tells of the miracle that she is.  In short, they told us she had spina bifida when she was born.  Through prayer I believe God healed her and even though she had to have surgery, she is perfect and has never had any problems from this.

I have many, many other blessings of special women in my life.  Cousins, friends, family members.

I have a few I am going to give their own days to so hopefully I won’t forget anyone.  (Of course, I prolly will.)

What are you thankful for today?

I read somewhere one time this. What if tomorrow you have ONLY what you thanked God for today?

Isn’t that great?  I try to remember this as I say my prayers every day. 

Thank you for visiting and Have a great day!

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