Monthly Archives: November 2007

Thanksgiving and prayers

It is always sobering when death comes close and this week has been difficult for our whole family and I would appreciate prayers.

My grandmother whom we had been helping care for this past year, is going to be passing away soon. It is very hard emotionally and physically on all of us.

I am heading out with some family to go and say goodbye, so please be in prayer for us for the drive as well as while we are there.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all are going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. We are planning to leave tomorrow to go up to spend most of the week with my parents. The boys are very excited and I am also. i think we all need a little vacation. <p> It got cold this morning and snowed lightly, which was great and very exciting! I am sort of hoping the roads are still clear tomorrow when I am driving, i get so nervous driving though. <p> We have some fun things we like to do this time of year and one thing we do every year is listen to Focus on the Family Radio Theater’s Squanto CD’s on the trip to mom and dad’s. It is a great way to refresh our minds about the first Thanksgiving. We are also going through a book with so much fun info in it about many things about their lives that first couple years here. Do you have any fun traditions? I read one where they eat very simple the day before so they are thankful for the feast the next day. <p> it is time for me to go shopping for the food for Thursday and  meals for the other days. I have alot to do to get ready, plus I am meeting with two doula clients as well while there. <p>

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And the Winner is……..

Naomi (5Boysmom from MOMYS)!!!!  I ordered some of the books you suggested at the library and am looking forward to reading it.  Contact me for info on how to get your prize!

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Some blogs I read who had interesting posts….

The Legend of a Thousand Hills has a great recipe for an apple cake. I do not use cake mixes much, but this sounds like a great way to use one! <p> Cappuccino Life shows what has been taking up her time! I love to see inside other people’s houses, so I loved this post! <p> Tammy makes me feel better at Tammy’s Recipes with the fact that they do not always eat wonderful meals every single night!!! <p> Tricia shares on her blog about time management and how she manages to get everything done in her life. Since she is a writer, homeschools and all kinds of other things, she is a great one to listen to advice from. Her blog It’s Real Life, talks about some of the things she spoke to us about in MOPS awhile back. <p> Stacy has a good  post on being a submissive wife over on Your Sacred Calling, she has some great books recommended as well there in this post. <p> Biblical Womanhood has been answering Q&A for the past while and this one was interesting….how soon should relatives come to visit after a baby and others. <p>
Here Roseleona writes her noted on Youth Facing the Challenges of Today<p> Cheaper Pumpkin pie at Like Merchant Ships, was interesting to read. I guess I never have thought to figure it out. I don’t know that I have ever bought a frozen pie crust though! I have used them on occasion as i was given them. <p>

Well, a short trip of some of the blog posts that caught my interest!

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Life must be boring…

for people without children! I am never bored here! We always have something exciting, whether it is my 5 year old and three year old, rolling all over the floor giggling wildly like life itself was funny (who says only girls giggle?)  or doing a yelling, indian sort of call while on the top bunk of the bed without it mattress just as my husband picked up the phone! Oh, there was a coat hanger nearby also, a wire one…….<p> Of course, those are just small incidents in the day,  there is quiet times, if it gets too quiet I start to wonder what is wrong and go and check for disasters! <p>
I was talking to an older woman last night who shared her struggles with learning to read and how frustrated her father had gotten trying to teach her. It really gave her a bad view of school and reading all around. It made me realize how important patience is when teaching little ones reading and everything. I have to admit, I am not always patient with them, when for the twentieth time it seems like they are guessing and totally making up a word. <p>
I sort of made a recipe last night that would be good for after thanksgiving turkey. I used turkey I had frozen and  in  a pan, sauteed a bunch of diced celery and garlic. I added onion powder, sage, parsley pepper, salt, chicken boullion, some water, a can of evaporated milk and  simmered it. I added cornstarch and the turkey to thicken it. Then I put it on the bottom of a casserole dish. I had cubed extra bread and toasted it for stuffing mix, which I made into stuffing and put it on top of the casserole dish and baked until bubbly and the top was toasted! I was honestly surprised! It was really good, I thought! I  have not liked that type of dish before because it was bland, but this was not. The stuffing topping was great! <p> I have never minded leftover turkey as I just freeze it and use it as cooked chicken. It is handy and we love it! <p> Well, bath time is over, children are crying, time to get back to school! <p>

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Some favorite websites to look through

I have found some new sites recently that I have really liked looking at! I thought I would share some of them with you. <p>
Gehman Fabrics
This site has great looking fabric, the calicoes are better quality then you would find in regular stores, they cost a little more, but  not that much and for the length of time they last, it would be worth it. They also have slips and all kinds of neat stuff.
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Anabaptist Books
This online bookstore carries many books that you do not find in a "normal" christian bookstore. It is a great way to order Pathway storybooks, Rod and Staff and others. We used to attend the same church as this man, long ago.
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Hands of a Child
I was having fun looking over these lapbooks, I have not done alot of them, but they look so neat!
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Homestead Originals
This one is so neat! The candles look incredible, they have some books and clearance page. Check this one out! They would make wonderful gifts!
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Miller’s pads and paper
This is a neat store, they sell all kinds of paper and school supplies, including scrapbooking stuff.
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Teacher’s BookShoppe
TEACH magazine has a neat bookstore with all kinds of unique books in it! you can just sit and look through it.
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Of course there are more, but these are a few I found.

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Contest, Brevity of Life, Snow,

Thank you for all who have entered the contest! Tell your friends to come and enter! I will draw the name on Friday 11/16/07<p>
I was thinking about the brevity of life today when I had gotten a email on a e-group I am on, about a mother if 7 children (including a 2 week  old baby) who passed away yesterday.  Life can end so suddenly!   I have had a difficult week  in some ways, but news like this makes you stop, take a step back, and think about life and how we are living. There are so many things we do in our daily life that happen and can irritate us, but if I stop and think about how important they would be if I passed away or the person I was frustrated with did, it helps me to respond correctly. <p> The boys are anxious for winter and snow to come! They have been praying for snow and I found out that one of them slept with snow pants on over his pajamas the other night! They have been wanting to wear them every chance they can so they are ready "when the blizzard comes"(their words!). It is funny because it is pretty early yet for snow, as we do not usually get our first big snow until Thanksgiving, so they may have a couple weeks to wait!  We are hoping for more snow than last year hopefully! The weather feels right for it, so that is hopeful.<p>
Saturday the boys with F. went to rake leaves for the community as a church ministry. It was great for them! They really enjoyed it! I was also invited to a tea which was encouraging. There were alot of older women there with good words to share and lots of good food. It made the weekend really busy, but it was good. This week we have a church Thanksgiving dinner also, which is nice, but I am looking forward to sitting at home with nothing to do….do you think that will happen? <p> P. just got a little secret kit from Borders  that has a fake mustache and sunglasses, with all kinds of neat stuff he is having fun with. He does some babysitting at MOPS and  earns a couple dollars a month doing that! He looks a little funny with the fake fur thing on his lip!

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Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.<p>

Refrain

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!<p>

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.<p>

Refrain

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.<p>

(Taken from CyberHymnal)

 

This is one of my favorite hymns, it is also alot of fun to sing, when you have all the parts singing! <p> It can always make my heart feel like soaring! It reminds me how when we were so defiled, He had grace on us in our mistakes.<p> I make alot of mistakes everyday, we struggle in our daily lives, but if it were not for the grace of our Lord, none of us would be where we are. <p> We learn with our children when we extend them grace when they fail or give in to the sin nature that tempts us, even when they are in trouble, we love them. It makes me know how God loves us as well!

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Frugal Friday:Shadow of Treason- Book Giveaway

Because it is frugal for you to get to read a brand new book for free, you can use it as a gift for someone or just keep it yourself, but I decided to  give away a copy of this book. If you would like to read my review on it look here
<p> It is very easy to enter- simply leave me a comment with the title of one of your favorite historical books you have ever read and a way to contact you if you are not a homeschool blogger person!! <p>

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Another lovely day….

I know it seems like I am repeating myself a lot, but it really is another lovely day! This has been the nicest fall! <p> This morning  I got a phone call from some old friends who wanted to stop by for a few minutes, we visited for awhile. It was nice  to  see them, they only have one child at home still, but seem to be doing well. It gave me a good reason to get our house all clean and scrub the bathroom down again! <p> Today we have a birthday party to go to, I had people coming to pick up books and could not remember everything to do for some reason. We have not done all our school today, yet getting side railed by house cleaning, but P. has been listening to Pilgrims Progress all morning and asking alot of questions as well as he listened to a whole thing on Louis Pastuer! So, that is some school, history and bible lessons anyhow! <p> We will finish our math and reading later on! <p>
Last night we were able to go to a little going away party for one of F. bosses at work, I had no idea what to expect, they met  for supper and they were the sweetest bunch of people. Most of them are older, retired, sweet people who drive the school buses and the stories they had to tell! Oh, my! The one lady sitting next to me, praised me for homeschooling as she said "If you see what they do on those buses and the habits they learn…." The homeschoolers she said she knew from an art school she taught, did not have the learned habits she saw in the school children who rode her buses. <p> It was a fun evening, with lots of laughing! They were teasing my husband as he is quiet as well, but went on praising him and his work and what a fine job he does. It made me feel really good! <p> The pastor preached on a chapter about Saul and the Amalekites this past Sunday and I  forgot my bible so wondered why he missed a portion that said what  Amalek did. I was bewildered when I went to find it and could not find the passage, at least I knew it was my faulty memory and not the pastor missing something. I could not get it out of my mind as i knew I had read it. So, off i went searching, when finally this morning I solved the puzzle! It was not my faulty memory or the pastor! It was in a different spot, Moses is talking to Joshua in Deut. about the incident and he talks about how they they killed the old and feeble ones who trailed behind and that was why it was so horrible and why they had to wipe them out.  Anyhow, it was a good bible study and I was thankful it was not my memory! <p> I have a 3 year old here who keeps changing his clothes and I find him without much on fairly often. It seems to happen in the blink of an eye, anyhow, something to work on!

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