Friday, October 24, 2008

What did my handbag say about me?

You tend to be relaxed throughout the day. You are naturally at peace.

You are a high maintenance person. You feel lost outside of your normal environment.

You are open and comfortable with who you are. You don't hide anything.

You are a very creative person. Your life tends to be a whirlwind, but you always seem to pull it together.

What Does Your Handbag Say About You?

I just took this quiz...well what do you think... was it right? Why don't you try?

Getting Organized Tips

Maria Garcia at Get Organized Now, has a Getting Organized Checklist for the Month of October. Here are two more tips from her Checklist..

  • Now is a good time for a seasonal closet overhaul to keep your closets in order. Go through all your closets and remove clutter. Make sure all seasonal clothing gets properly stored away. (I usually put this off as long as I can; this morning I was in the basement searching for a pair of gloves because it was chilly out. Time to get out the winter gear)

  • Check the seals and weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent drafts and bugs from getting into your home. (My husband come home at lunchtime and opened the screen door; as the door closed behind him the weather strip was left where the door once stood. Hmm... not supose to happen. I know what we will be doing on Saturday)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

UPDATE: The Gift of Friendship

If you read the post on the Gift of Friendship, you might be interested in the post at Keeper of the Home's blog. Stephanie had a similar question asked of her and she gave some very practical and very helpful tips for dealing with this dilemma. I am very grateful to have found this blog post. I must admit, talking about this to my husband and some of you has helped a great deal. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.
Take a look at Stephanie's Blog, I'm sure you'll be encouraged by it. Enjoy.

The Little Engine that Could

This is E's version of "The Little Engine that Could." I love it when kids use there imagination, don't you.

We were in our PJ's most of the day, but we still got a lot done. We are using Before Five in A Row as part of our Homeschool Curriculum. It involves reading a book every day for a week and using that book to teach a new lesson each day. I'm also using the Ambleside Year 0 reading list as my read-a-louds. There's a lot of reading going on in this house. We've read "The Little Engine that Could" at least 8 times in the past 2 months and each time we do there is something new to discover and talk about. How cool is that.

There is a lot more involved in the Before Five in Row Ciriculum and The Ambleside reading list that I just didn't get to say. So stop by those websites and check them out for yourselves. Maybe sometime soon I will be able to share how our cirriculum is working out for us. This is our first year ya know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hymn of the Month

This is our hymn for the month of October. E and I sing it every morning before school. Most days we are singing it throughout the day as well. We try to learn a new hymn/song each month, even if we don't learn the whole thing. It's been a blessing to do this with my daughter. She loves music and so do I. This is a Sovereign Grace song written by Bob Kauflin. You can listen to a part of it here. Enjoy.

Grace unmeasured, vast and free
That knew me from eternity
That called me out before my birth
To bring you glory on this earth
Grace amazing, pure and deep
That saw me in my misery
That took my curse and owned my blame
So I could bear your righteous name

Grace, grace, grace, paid for my sins
And brought me to life
Grace, grace, grace, clothes me with power
To do what is right
Grace, grace, grace will lead me to heav'n
Where I'll see your face
And never cease to thank you for your grace

Grace abounding, strong and true
That makes me long to be like you
That turns me from my selfish pride
To love the cross on which you died
Grace unending all my days
You give me strength to run this race
And when my years on earth are through
The praise will all belong to you

Fall Lesson - Mushrooms

E. and I went outside in the backyard to investigate the mushrooms that were growing in our yard and in the neighbors. We found a book at our local Barnes and Nobel called Fall by Nuria Roca and used it as our guide to mushroom facts and also to compare some of the leaves that had fallen off the trees. It was a great lesson in nature and what happens when Summer ends and Fall begins. I love outside lessons.

We saw 2 different mushrooms; they may be the same type but E. pointed out that they looked very different.

We dug them up, touched them to see how they felt and ended by reading about the different types of mushrooms in our book. It was a great day for mushroom hunting.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Gift of Friendships

Alpha and Omega Publications has a daily devotional that I get in my email everyday. This one really hit me, and I included it below.

I am new to homeschooling; my daughter just turned 4 and this year was suppose to start out slow allowing us to get comfortable with a new schedule and new ways of doing things. But my personality can lead me into trouble. Being frustrated when everyday things get in the way of MY SCHEDULE. The thing that sends me into the abyss is the telephone. When I hear my phone ring I feel obligated to answer it. But my phone rings all day, sometimes it's my friends or family, but most times its just telemarketers and such. When I am in the middle of something and the phone rings I am sent over the edge; do I answer it, do I ignore it, who is it, is it important... ugh... I know this sounds crazy, but it's true. That's what goes through my mind. I tend to go to the extreme of not talking to anyone for weeks or talking to everyone and sending my daughter off to play and getting nothing done. How can I find the balance? I am so blessed by the friends God has given me. If you've known me for any length of time you know how difficult it is for me to make friends; and at the age of 46 God has give me a great group of friends and family and a wonderful husband and children. I want them to know how important they are to me and I pray that I can bless them as much as they bless me. Again I ask... how do I find the balance...anyone else out there like me,....anybody... anybody....

"Have you ever watched young girls interact? They can be the best of friends one moment and dire enemies the next. Because of petty differences and easily hurt feelings, young girls are notorious for having a new "best friend" each week. My homeschooled daughter found it difficult to keep up with these fluctuations in her friends. What she wanted most was an "Anne of Green Gables" kindred spirit in whom she could confide (Philippians 2:20). The Bible gives us a great example of true friendship — Jonathan and David. Willing to lay down their lives for each other, they displayed a standard for us to follow. The example of their loyal friendship shows what is needed to be a friend and keep a friend. "And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, inasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever" (1 Samuel 20:42a). Are you faithful to your friends? Do you work at making and keeping relationships alive, even during your busy homeschooling days? Don't forsake the treasure of a true friend! Schedule time into your homeschool day this week to bless the friends God has so graciously given you. Remember, too, to schedule time for your best friend, the One who sticketh closer than a brother — Jesus! "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24)."

I pray this prayer along with the many others that are thankful for the mercies of our Lord... "Jesus, thank You for all the wonderful people You have brought into my life. Help me to treat each one as a special gift from You. Thank You for being my "best friend" and giving me the Holy Spirit to remember all You have said. In Jesus name, Amen."

Monday, October 13, 2008

Getting Organized Tips

Maria Garcia at Get Organized Now, has a Getting Organized Checklist for the Month of October. Here are two that caught my attention, one is just plain fun and the other is both practical and smart.

  • This Friday or Saturday take in the excitement of a High School Football game. (I have to say I really miss going to my sons football games... weird huh...GO KNIGHTS!!!)

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts (Where we live the weather is going to be unseasonably warm this week. Now is the chance to get outside and get this job done, when it's not too cold)

What to Expect Next...

Can I say that I really miss writing on this blog,...heck I miss writing in general because it helps me to think through the many, many thoughts that at times haunt me. I don't mean to sound so ominous, I just can't think of another way of putting it. Anyway, I will start back slowly and build up from there.

I have a number of things I would like to include, two of which are to finish some things that I've started:

The Excellent Wife
Leslie at Lux Venit was hosting a book study of the Excellent Wife in February. Due to many circumstances I could not keep up with the reading, but starting in November I will be picking up where I left off. And with the help of Leslie's blog, and the other ladies who participated, I know this study will be both enlightening and tough; for I have much to learn and change.

Lets Study Ephesians

The women of our church were going through the book of Ephesians and just as before circumstances made it difficult for me to keep up and I did not finish. We were reading through the book of Ephesians, using Sinclair Ferguson's book Lets Study Ephesians as a help and trying to memorize as much of Ephesians as possible. In November I will be picking this back up so that I can complete it. At times I'd like to share my thoughts on this blog. What a wonderful book of the bible Ephesians is - so much packed inside.

I also plan to continue the Hymn of the Month, Morning Devotions, Homeschooling Moments and many everyday moments in my walk on this earth with the family and friends God has given me.

As time goes on I pray this this blog would not just be a help to me, but an encouragement to others as well.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I don't care how poor a man is...if he has family--he's rich.

~Dan Wilcox

I saw this on "A Wise Woman Builds her Home" With the way things are going in our economy and in many of our households, this thought made me really pause and think.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

"Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer"
Music by Keith Getty; Words by Margaret Becker
Copyright © 2002 Thankyou Music

Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labour through the storm.
You have called me to this passage,
and I'll follow, though I'm worn.

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart's testing,
With Your likeness let me wake.

Jesus guide me through the tempest;
Keep my spirit staid and sure.
When the midnight meets the morning,
Let me love You even more.

Let the treasures of the trial
Form within me as I go -
And at the end of this long passage,
Let me leave them at Your throne.

This song has been a blessing to me during these past few months and especially during these past few weeks. I hope to be back soon, Lord willing, and I do miss you all. May this song bless you as well.