The Old Schoolhouse Planner

Posted On July 6, 2008

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My friend Steph is giving away a planner from TOS… very gracious of her! Here’s a link to her site for the contest…


Why We Don’t Do Fast Food…

Posted On June 12, 2008

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… or should I say another reason why we don’t…

And the Winner is…

Posted On June 2, 2008

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Even though I was pulling for all of you… the winner is, Ruth!


Thanks to all of you who participated.

Sharing the Love a.k.a. GIVEAWAY

Posted On May 28, 2008

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I’m proud to announce my first ever blog giveaway… and I think its a great one! So all you homeschoolers or even if you’re not and would like to use it with your kids, share the love and let your friends know!

The KIds’ Nature Book; 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences has been a great companion for me this year in homeschooling my boys. I get warm fuzzies each time I go to pick it up! Its just “one of those books” for those of you who are book people like myself. If I was having a “not so good” day with schooling, it was one that I went to for inspiration. It has activities for each day of the year. The only activity I wouldn’t recommend is on June 2nd, it says to “Get a Pet”… we already tried that this year and it didn’t work for us… sorry, Marley ūüė¶

Amazon says, “In a straightforward, common-sense fashion and approach , Milord presents the world of nature in daily increments. A project or activity is offered for each day of the year, and each week is given a theme around which the projects focus. Some of the activities are simple events that could take place in the home (e.g. preparations for a nature display area, or reading a story or poem which ties in with the week’s events). Other activities require visits to parks, beaches, or other outdoor areas. And still other activities can be successfully completed in one’s backyard. The initial section includes information on how to use the book, how to respect the wildlife which is being observed, and preparations which should either be taken or made in order to properly observe and work with nature.”

I love this book and I think you will too. It will be on my homeschooling shelf for many years to come.

If you wish to enter, please leave a comment with your name, of course, and you’ll be entered in the drawing. Contest ends at midnight on Sunday, June 1st. I’ll announce the winner on Monday! Good Luck!

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

Important Video

Posted On April 30, 2008

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I heard about this a couple of years ago from a friend. And now seeing the video I know its safer to have our kids (Sam and Ethan) in a 5-point harness carseat. Sam weighs 42 pounds and Ethan is 35 I think. They are still very little and both in boosters without the tether strap in place. Britax has a booster seat that is safe for up to 100 lbs. Its good the stimulation check is coming soon because those puppies are expensive!!!

Warning: Candid Blog

Posted On April 22, 2008

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We are on day two of our (late) spring break trip to¬†Rosemary Beach,¬†Florida. We are having a great time and the weather is awesome. Sunshine, blue skies and palm trees. Plus our little bungalow captures¬†some things¬†that my house is not… granite, travertine,¬†10 foot ceilings… a definite escape!

I have learned some things about myself that scare me. I am finding I can’t relax, yet. I’m working very hard at it as we speak. It will happen, it just takes time. I have within me (as I’m sure most moms do) this fire to do it all. Cleaning, cooking, caring for our little ones, plus loving our husbands and ministering to others. But I have¬†somehow lost myself in the process. When you take away a lot of those things (ie: my normal surroundings)¬†I find I cannot allow my mind and body to rest. I think it really hit home when I stumbled upon a collegue’s (wow, that’s a fun word to use) husband’s blog. He had a simple post of a picture entitled, “Saturday Chill”. It was just a picture of him and his wife sitting down at two different spots in their great room resting. I thought to myself, “Wow, I don’t do that.” Brian does, but I don’t. What’s wrong with me?

On our way down to Florida, we were spoiled. My parents (who are on this trip too) rented a mini van. Its one of those with two DVD’s that magically appear from the roof, tables, surround sound, etc. Plus all the extras ~ a plethora of recently released kid’s movies, GameBoy, Nintendo DS and Build-A-Bear’s. We rented a Ford Fusion… now if you were a kid which would you choose? So needless to say, Brian and I drove the whole way down kidless. The kids, of course with all those amenities, were “perfect” as my mom promised. So all that to say, Brian and I had some great conversations… except for one small spat at a Montgomery, Alabama rest stop… which was MY fault ~ sorry, honey.

As clockwork, when Brian and I get some alone time, he asked me the usual question (he even use to ask me in college before we started dating… minus the babe part) … “What is God teaching you lately, babe?” I think I gave some good answers, but I think as time has gone on in the trip, God has been¬†teaching me more and that is to rest and to savor the rich, blessed relationships of my life. God seems to always teach us things that don’t come easy for us and this is one of those things. I don’t know how to rest.

This past weekend, Brian went to a festival of writing in Michigan. At one of the sessions in which the speaker was Rob Bell, Brian sat up close to the front to get a better look at the famous, Mars Hill pastor. He went solo to the festival so of course, he sat alone. A few minutes later a group which looked like a family filled in the row where he sat. Brian being Brian made conversation with the tall, red haired lady ~ not meaning he’s a flirt, but he is super friendly to any and everyone! Long story short… it was Rob Bell’s wife.

Brian said she was very nice. He was curious and¬†asked how they managed life with such a busy scheuduled-husband. She said something I knew the Lord wanted me to hear. She said, “We practice the Sabbath”. It was very important to them and their vitality as a family. I definitely needed to hear that.

Today is a new day. I just woke up and the whole family is still asleep. The Lord has impressed on me what I need to do… rest and be here with my family. Savor the time I have to enjoy a beautiful place with my¬†precious kids,¬†unbelievable husband and caring family.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

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 Baby

Posted On April 11, 2008

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I can’t believe that my baby turns 5 today. Ethan came into this world on April 11, 2003 with blonde hair, blue eyes and just overall beautiful. He was a very good baby and added so much joy to our home. We were wishing for a girl before the ultrasound, but when we finally met him and held him, we were won over ~ in love.

Then came the terrible two’s. No, they weren’t that terrible, but he gave us a run for our money, but he’s finally leveling out at five. He’s actually very sweet, affectionate and down-right hilarious. One of my favorite things in the world is hearing him sing in a high-pitched voice songs like, “Chocolate Rain” or a fun song modified by my ingenious husband (to the beat of “Chocolate Rain”) entitled “Dirty Rice”. If you have NO idea what I’m talking about go here and listen. To give you a little background, anytime I fix rice (which is either brown or long grain not dirty)… my husband in a cabaret-type voice, sings “Dirty Rice” all evening (to the tune of “Chocolate Rain”) WHEWWW… I’m sorry, I guess you’d have to be here. It really is funny!

OK, where was I??? Ethan! Turning five today. He is so excited for his doggie birthday party on Saturday with family. Here are some pictures through the years of our baby…

Happy Birthday, Ethan.

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

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