Doing My Part… the Goodwill Way

Posted On September 13, 2008

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Week two down. Tired. Drained, but overall happy. This year I can tell is going to be a doozy… academically speaking. Its just a heavier load with a first and a fourth grader. I am covering all the bases that I might’ve let go a little the last two years. But not this year. The one thing (ie: curriculum) I have fallen in love with is Math-U-See. Ahhh, love that man, whoever he is that entrances my children into learning. They love it and want to do it first thing in the morning. Anyways, so far so good.

Ok… so now onto the Goodwill part. I am now officially a teacher… yikes for those students in my class. I am a teacher for the Dayton Christian Homeschool group or as they say, “Inschool”. We had our first teacher meeting this morning in Dayton and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Especially because my kids get to go there for FREE! A savings of $3,000! Plus I get a paycheck too which isn’t bad either. I have a home room class, a box of supplies and a list of all my students. I will have 61 students divided over 4 periods. Scary, I know…

Ok, Goodwill, I forgot. So after my meeting I headed to the local Goodwill store not expecting or wanting to buy a thing. But the treasures were awaiting and oh so tempting. Here’s list of what I found…

The Visible Man with every part, organ, eye, etc in the box!

Several homeschooling books in perfect condition (including this must-have and this classic).

A pair of Columbia snow boots similar to these ~ never worn

4 of my dessert plates that needed to be replaced from 4 broken ones.

This Lands End vest for Sam. Its so cute because he called it his “Jeep” vest because its the color of the Jeep he’s gonna buy when “he’s big”.

I want to hear about your treasures from thrift stores… Please share!!!


Something Neue

Posted On September 6, 2008

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I mentioned in an earlier post that my husband has a new job… although he is still an associate pastor, he is now also Managing Editor at Relevant Magazine for Neue, their “new” resource for ministry leaders. Its a little complicated to describe the whole concept, but he’s in charge of the web content and their new journal that goes out quarterly.

So far it looks pretty cool. I’ve very proud of the work he has done both for the website content, quarterly, magazine AND church combined over the last three weeks. Although Brian’s family jokes and calls his other job his “mistress” because he is constantly on his iphone and ibook dealing with his “other life”… its all good though. He has an amazing way of still being the great husband and father he always was!

So here’s the plug… have those you know involved in ministry to hop on over to Neue and check it out. If they’re talented enough, they can even write for the website.

Calm Before the Storm

Posted On August 12, 2008

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I posted a little bit ago of my kids going to my parent’s for a camp… well, guess what??? I’m kidless!! I love my kids more than anything, but let me tell you how quiet my home is and how low my pulse and BP are right now. I am really looking forward to this week to get ready for school for next year. I have scoped out every Half Price Books in the vicinity… Dayton, Indianapolis, and today, Cincinnati… I heart that place! The clearance section especially… Brian was laughing at me today because I was determined to make it to, yet another HPB store and I did. Today’s coupon was 50% off one item… I think the gas $$ to get there was probably tripled that of the book I got, but hey, it was a book on my list to get!!! Yay!

Today was Brian’s day off so we did a little indulging… ummm, Panera for breakfast, trip to Cincy which included the following: shopping at the Kenwood Mall, HPB, an iphone for hubby (“needed” for work), and dinner at Cheesecake Factory. We do not indulge like this all in one day, but today was special.

Special??? Why you ask??? Well, Brian just became an editor for Relevant Magazine. A huge deal to us. Its something he’s been dreaming of for a long time. He just found out on Friday and it was a day to celebrate. He will still be a pastor here in West Milton, but will be working remotely as “managing editor” hence the iphone. Life will be crazy for awhile til he figures out a balance, but he definitely is up for the challenge.

So school will start soon after we pick up the boys from “camp”. I’m getting excited and nervous, but am looking forward to another year with my guys. We’re finally get the hang of this crazy ride after two years under our belt. I’ll post our curriculum choices later.


Posted On July 10, 2008

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                                    Ethan and my niece, Allison 

Hi, sweet readers of OCC, not to be confused with OCD although I’m guilty of that too! Summer is whizzing by and blogging isn’t on the “to-do list” found on my kitchen counter… sorry! Here’s a super quick look into our life this summer.

– Noah enjoyed a week long beginner golf camp… his instructor secretly told us he was the most advanced in the class… watch out, Tiger!

– Annual Orme Hilton Head vacation… beautiful, restful, playful, joyful… what more can I say??

– Many visits with my sweet friends… Becky, Rebecca, Ruth. Thank you for your hospitality!

– Continual updating our “for sale” home… more paint, more landscaping, more decluttering, more trips to Lowes…

– Brian did two weddings, one that I was able to go (kid-less) and enjoy the rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception… although I was husband-less… since he was running the show!

– Yes, we’re still homeschooling -loosely- this summer… just some hands-on, impromptu lessons with craw fish, snakes, butterflies, hermit crabs, frogs, weather, horticulture, and much reading.

Now here’s what’s still to come!
– Big fishing trip to TN for Noah, Dad, and Papa…

– Church camp for Noah

– Newport Aquarium for Sam & Ethan 

– Birthday parties for friends and family

– VBS with our dear friends in Dayton

– and drumroll…drrrrrrrrrrrrr….. my parents are contemplating holding a week long camp for all their grandchildren (7) the second week in August called Camp Al-Joy… (Allan + Joyce) at their home in Indianapolis. They are planning relay races, crafts, fishing, special snacks, Bible stories, Indy Zoo and bonfires. What would I do all week without my children??? Suggestions are welcomed… I would be clueless, honest!

Hope you are finding God and his touch through this summertime.

Great Mother’s Day

Posted On May 15, 2008

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I had a wonderful Mother’s Day with my men. Yes, it was cold and rainy, but I was feeling the love! I worked in our Kid’s worship service at church and was blessed by the guys in my small group time. The leaders like to “stick” me with the boys since I “know how to deal with boys better”, but those boys are so sweet and boy, do they give all the right answers. (Could I use “boy” one more time in that sentence??) After church we headed to eat with just Brian’s parents. His brother and sister weren’t able to come so we got the parentals all to ourselves which doesn’t happen often. The rest of the afternoon was spent chilling out at their house which made for a great day all around.

I wanted to share a little interview with my boys that I stole from Claire. I thought it was super cute so I did it too. We spent a few days last week with my parents in Indy and my mom interviewed the boys with questions about me… I won’t list all their responses… I chose the cutest ones.

What is your mom’s favorite song? “Hallelujah”

How old is your mom? 10 (Thank you, Ethan)

What does Daddy call Mommy? Jenna

What does Mommy call Daddy? Honey

What is your mom’s favorite color? Pink (actually, its yellow)

Why does your mom love you so much? 1)Because she likes my blue eyes 2)Because she had me as a baby

What is your favorite thing to do with your mom? School (Wow, I’m impressed)

What makes your mom so pretty? 1)Because she’s a girl 2)Her face 3)Her shoes, pants and shirt (Stacy, you can guess who answered that one!)

How does she make you feel better when you’re sick? She’s a nurse and knows what medicine to give me

What is her favorite TV show? 1)American Idol and Survivor 2)Rachael Ray (we don’t have cable, go figure?)

When are you most proud of your mom? When she traced a turtle for me

What does your mom do best? Draws

Where does your mom work? 1)She cleans the house when we have a showing 2)She works at church with Daddy (I do??)

How do you show her you love her? 1)I hug her 2)I tell her 3)By doing good in school

Hope your day was blessed too!

Happy Mother’s Day

I’m Sooo Ready!

Posted On April 18, 2008

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Well, our house has been up on the market for well over a month. We’ve had tons of showings, but no offers. Boo-hoo. Its fine though, but I would like this process to end sometime soon! Homeschooling three boys who were born messy, doesn’t equal fun times for me. I’m ready for showings to be over, homeschool to be over (for the year) so what’s a girl to do? Yes, you’re right… go to Florida.

We leave in a few days and I’m very pumped to spend some quality time with my husband and boys. We got a “bungalow” just steps from the beach. I plan on reading, tanning, walking the beach, and playing in the sand with my boys AND not thinking about my house for a whole week. Noah actually wants to bring his English book and “do a little lesson each night before bedtime”. I didn’t ask, I’ll just go with it. That’s coming from a son with whom I argue roughly half of my day with about school. Go figure.

Here’s a little picture for you so you can think of me while I’m away.

My Fav’s

Posted On April 2, 2008

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For lack of blog ideas, here’s an idea I received from my ever-so-creative husband… some old, some new (to me) websites I that love.

Design Mom

Anthropologie (not new, but my absolute favorite clothing store ever!)

Janie & Jack (my absolute favorite clothing store for kids!)

Biblical Womanhood Blog

Menus 4 Moms (gives dinner meal ideas for every day of the week!)

Ambleside Online (Charlotte Mason stuff)

Simply Charlotte Mason

Earth Clinic

Green & Clean Mom

Serena & Lily

Needing Some Z’s

Posted On March 11, 2008

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Well, because my brother specifically asked me to via text message… I shall post. This one’s for you, David.

From the picture, you might get the idea that I am tired and inwardly crying out for my pillow and bed. I guess I really don’t need to bore you with all the details, but I can give you an outline of my life as of late which is aiding to the sleepiness.

1. We have our house for sale.

2. I haven’t stopped cleaning and/or organizing since we put it up a week ago.

3. We had three showings last week.

4. I am in a skit for Easter at church where I get beat up by 5 adults… the practices are killer!

5. I spent two hours of my day today sitting at the doctor’s office and consoling my 8 1/2 year old with abdominal pains. You don’t want to know the results of the x-ray! Let’s just say, I got to freshen up on an old nursing skill on him when we got home.

6. Last but not least, spending all day Saturday (during the blizzard) trying to beat the game, Spiderwick Chronciles, on the Wii with my family. After Ethan deleted the game twice half way through, we finally won this afternoon.

Life is good, don’t get me wrong… I just need a chance to catch up on some R&R.

Good night, friends… Hello, pillow…

These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things…

Posted On December 19, 2007

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10. Anything found on this website… here

9. Building a gingerbread house with my boys.

8. The smell of this candle from Bath & Body Works.

7. I’m obsessed with these, although they weren’t on my wish list.

6. This fudge recipe (omitting the currants and raisins) from Rachael Ray (featured on Oprah).

5. This sermon from one of our fav’s, Donald Miller. (Go to November 11 titled “Story”).

4. Listening for free to this music… great Christmas songs!

3. Narrowing down our search for a new home!

2. A quiet house… Brian took the kids to church tonight… ahhh.

1. Two words… my family


The Not-So Perfect Mom

Posted On October 17, 2007

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I grew up in a home that was immaculate, spotless and organized. I go off to college and carry on the practice… to keep my little room neat and tidy. Okay, so my mom still washed my clothes on the weekends, but it didn’t effect my laundry capabilities now. I then get married to a umm, a little messy guy. This is where the shift begins to occur.

Fast forward 11 years and here I am in a smaller house with five males (including Marley) and its a struggle… guns, Lego’s, boots, books, and crumbs galore. Its just a different world for me now. I want to teach my boys to pick up after themselves, but I do not want to be a mean tyrant all day.

So my days can be struggles… clean/dirty… organized/cluttered… easy/disarray… I definitely feel out of sorts with a messy house. Trying to homeschool. Trying to be Christ to my kids. Its not easy. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel these last couple of weeks. My problem lies in the perfection aspect. It can’t just be surface clean… it has to be disinfected, organized and lined up to the tee. Its in-grained in me… something that can’t be erased out of my head. The perfectionist side of me is actually making me a mess… and well, not so perfect by any means. Lousy at some times. Quite a mess at other times.

So pray for me as I refocus my attention on number 1… loving God with all my heart. number 2… loving my family. number 3… being Christ to my kids. number 4… teaching my kids. number 5… enjoying my hot husband and a cup of coffee on the side. (numbers 2-5 being in no specific order.)

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