Recent Happenings

I’ve been terrible about writing lately.  I wrote a couple posts this past month, but mostly just for myself so I didn’t publish them.  Just journaling  some things that have happened and I’ll cover them a little in this post.

October was a rather busy month for us.  School has been humming right along and I feel as though I’m ready for a break, but part of me wants to push through until we’re done with the Pilgrim Unit in our Paths of Exploration.  The kids are really enjoying the Jamestown Unit.  A lot!

Read aloud time always ends in “Awww, we’re done reading for today?”  So I know they are enjoying the story and are learning history.  This past Friday we watched a video on Netflix about Jamestown.  It fit perfectly with what we’ve been learning and it was neat to actually SEE that they are finding so much from that time in history where it all happened.

There’s so much we need to work on and I am in need of a printer/copier really soon.  I actually have needed it for a couple weeks, but haven’t got around to getting it yet.  So many choices and I’m not sure which one to get.  Eric’s been looking at them too, but we just don’t know for sure.  Yet.

In the past month we’ve done some field trips and have been enjoying most school days.  I’ve not been doing our Spell to Write and Read like I’ve wanted/needed to.  The kids still need this, especially Ryan and Grace.  Nathan just loves it, so he will be happy to do spelling.  It’s his favorite subject.  He’s a lot like me.  He comes up with ways to remember how to spell difficult words.  It’s fun to see his mind at work.

In the past month I’ve had Nathan tested for diabetes.  His blood sugar test was at 100, so the doctor wanted to have him tested.  Thankfully he failed the 3 hour glucose test. 🙂  My stomach was in knots for days over it.  God bless those that live with Type 1 Diabetes all their lives.  It would have been  a total lifestyle change for all of us.  I’m thankful it’s one we didn’t have to make.

Yesterday (Nov. 3)  I ran another 5K.  The YMCA’s Turkey Trot.  It was a fun run, but it was cold.  Thankfully the snow had stopped.  Yes, it was snowing as I was driving into town yesterday.  I ran with my friend Faith and met her friend, Jen.  We started out together, but they definitely passed me!  I shaved 24 seconds off my first 5K time.  So I ran this one in 30:35 (my first was 30:59).  I’m incredibly sore today!  The last 2 weeks have been terrible as far as weather goes.  Very rainy and cold.  I did run a couple mornings in the rain.  This past week I only ran once.  I’m trying to talk my husband into joining the Y.  The kids would love to go swimming in the winter and it would be a nice way to get out of the house and do something during the long winter months.  Sometimes I feel so trapped up here on the hill with no where to go and nothing to do.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how short life truly is.  I’m nearing 40 years old . . . My husband is so not ready to be 40 (he’ll be there next year, I have a few more to go).  It’s so amazing how life just goes by so swiftly.  There were times growing up that life was so slow.  Just crawling by, so it seemed.  Now here I am, hardly able to do all the things I want to each day.  I am sure I could remedy that by prioritizing my days . . . Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.   I definitely need to apply my heart to wisdom.

My sister-in-law lost her mother this past week.  My heart just aches for her and her family.  They have the blessing of knowing that they’ll see their mother again in Heaven.  She was a woman that loved the Lord and told everyone around her about Him.  I had met her once or twice, but didn’t know her very well.  The family’s testimony and their mom’s testimony is one of joy in the Lord and knowing that they will have a reunion some day in Heaven!  What a day that will be!

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It has been nearly a week since I started this post!  We have finished week 12 today and we’ll be taking a break from our Paths of Exploration while we wait for our new printer to come.  There’s always tons of printing and our current printer is a junkie freebie that is out of ink and is useless.  So we will wait!  Until our new one comes in (and I’m praying it’s by next  week some time) the kids will continue working on their math and we’ll do some lessons in Spell to Write and Read (which has suffered a lot this year, but is still really needed).

We got out our Thankful Board  from last year, and have been enjoying writing down something we are thankful for each day.  Today Grace was saying how she’s excited about doing the Jesse Tree like we did last year.  I’m thinking the kids can go out and find branches for the tree today. 🙂  It’s to be a beautiful day here – a beautiful weekend in fact!  It has been cold for a while, so I am looking forward to 60’s and sunshine.

My first official photo shoot is on Sunday!  Senior Portraits! 🙂  I will post some samples – eventually!  I’m both excited and nervous, but the young lady is excited to have her photos taken and I hope I can meet her expectations!   I had my 2nd photo class yesterday and totally enjoyed it!  Tracy is a great teacher, very patient and kind!  I’m thankful I bumped into her through the internet/blogging world!

Well, this is becoming a novel.  I have some photos of what has been going on lately and I will post them at another time.  This is being written from my netbook and the photos are not on here.

 

 

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Food Blogs

Food . . . we all need it, right?  Well, I’ve been educating myself on ways to eat healthier.   We don’t have the best diet, but that is something I’ve been slowly (or not so slowly if you ask Ryan) changing.   I knew our food choices weren’t the best and sometimes they still aren’t the best, but we are taking baby steps.

Eric and I went wheat free a little over a month ago.  Eric was really discouraged because he had gained weight and even counting calories wasn’t helping him lose anything.  I do believe I mentioned that story HERE.  He has lost 17 pounds as of this morning.   It’s amazing how much better I feel not eating wheat.  Not bloated or uncomfortable or blah feeling.

I joined a group on facebook called Food, Inc. Discussion Group – which I also mentioned in another post HERE.  I’ve enjoyed the women in this group that are all working on feeding their families healthier foods and making other things like cleaning supplies, laundry soap, etc.  So many wonderful ideas and great encouragement from all these wonderful women!

All of this to say that I wanted to share some of the sites that I have been browsing for healthy recipes, tips, hints, and any other information I can glean!

The Nourishing Home is a great place to start!  So many wonderful ideas and helps to get started on the right road.

Kitchen Stewardship  ALL kinds of great information.

GNOWFGLINS  “God’s Natural, Organic, Whole Foods, Grown Locally, In Season”

Gluten-Free Blog  just found this one, so I haven’t tried any recipes from here yet, but it looks interesting!

Queen of Quinoa  Lots of clever recipe ideas that involve quinoa! 🙂

Dashing Dish  also just found this site and I can’t wait to see what I can find on it, it came recommended to me by my friend!

Gutsy by a wonderful, very educated, young lady that I met through the internet!  She lives on this GAPS diet way of life.  Her site explains her health issues that brought her to this way of life.

Against All Grain is another new favorite site of mine.  So many great recipes for a grain free way of life!

Wheat Belly Blog that opened my eyes to what could really be hindering our weight and health issues.

and finally . . .

Wellness Mama  She has posts about natural living, healthy foods, and great recipes.

So these are most of my new favorite sites.  Now I have to change the way I make a menu, shop for food, and be more prepared to make REAL foods for my family.  It’s a lot to change, but it is for our health.  We are doing this with baby steps. . . even for the kids (very small steps for them).

 

Can you believe it???

I still can’t believe it, honestly.  I joined a group on facebook called Food Inc. Discussion Group and did a lot of blabbing on there.  I hadn’t actually seen the whole movie (still have about a half hour to watch, don’t tell Judy 😉 ), but got most of it watched yesterday.

Anyway, Judy (I met her through a PA homeschool board on yahoo or something like that and we’re friends on facebook) asked me if I’d like to be on her blog radio show this coming Friday. Yes, THIS Friday at 12:30 pm.

WOW!  Talk about being surprised!  Me?  What do I know?  lol  I’ve been learning about eating healthier and living healthier this year, and I am by no means an expert. BUT I can share what I have been learning and what I’m doing for my family to take better care of the bodies God gave us.  Some changes have been bigger and some are just baby steps, but you gotta start somewhere!

The title of the show is What Are We Feeding Our Children?    <—click on those words to see the site.   Please tune in to listen!  I’ve heard that it will be fun! 🙂  It’ll be a new experience for me and the others that are on the panel!

PS.  I hope no one tries calling from 12:25 until 1-ish that day!  I have call waiting and that will so annoy me if I’m getting a call in during that time. 🙂

Questions, lots of them!

My children have been keeping me very busy with questions. Lots of questions! They have been learning and reviewing Bible stories through their schooling, through devotions and through Bible stories in the evening (if it’s not too late at bed time).

Ryan, my middle child, especially loves to ask the questions. “Well, why did Eve have to sin?” “Why didn’t Adam stop her?” Why, why, why?? “What if they didn’t sin?” “Didn’t the people around Noah know they were sinners?” The story of Noah is fascinating to all 3 of my kids. It’s hard to wrap my head around the story if I think about it. God was so mad at the sin in the world that He destroyed it by a Flood.
I can’t even really remember what ALL the question were. I just know I didn’t and don’t have answers for all of them. They are overwhelming at times. I think I’m going to make a list of the next batch of questions from him (and the others) and post them.
My explanation as to why Eve chose to sin is that God gave us a free will and she chose to sin. The same thing with Adam. Because they chose to sin, we are born sinners, all of us. That is why God sent Jesus to die on the cross. He paid the price for our sins. What a price He paid!
Children are a such blessing! They make you think about the Bible, God’s Word, His plan.
These questions make me think of another situation I am dealing with. It’s about a friend who is living in serious sin and, yet, justifies it. We can justify any sin, especially if it’s something we WANT to hang on to. God’s Word is very clear on sin. All have sinned, we are all sinners. There’s none that doeth good.
This entire conversation we’re having has been a plus for me. It makes me really take a good look at the sin I allow in my life (and there’s A LOT there). It’s those sins we don’t think will hurt others. Well, they may not hurt others, BUT they are wretched and ugly to a Holy and Pure God. They hurt Him. They nailed Him to a cross.

A Broken Heart

Have you ever had a broken heart for someone? I mean, the kind when you learn something about someone and it just totally breaks your heart into pieces and you just weep for that person?

That has been me lately. I’ve never been devastated like this, ever. My heart still weeps and sometimes I can’t really find the words to pray. The Holy Spirit is there to intercede and He does have the words to say, thank the Lord! He’s there to do that for all of us when we just don’t have the words to pray or even to think.

I’m praying about what to do, if anything.

One of the many blessings to this situation is that it has made me re-evaluate my life. What kinds of sin do I permit in my life? What are on my list of “OK sins?” You know, the ones you know are wrong, but not “really bad.” How does God see these sins?

Sin is sin to Him. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tiny, little lie or murder. It’s sin to God – all of it – all worthy of death. So, I have been sorting through my list of the “little, OK sins” which really aren’t OK with God. None of them. God knows we aren’t perfect and for that He sent His Son, Jesus. When we receive Jesus, He washes the sins away and God sees us through Jesus. The challenge is to live my life so that OTHERS see that Jesus is in me, in all I do. I fail daily.

This is just a bit of the jumbled thoughts I have been having. They are getting sorted out slowly, with prayer and reading God’s Word. The BEST way to figure out anything!

Thinking . . .

This past weekend has made me reflect on a lot of things. I don’t really know where to go with all this thinking, except to God. He knows my thoughts, as crazy and as jumbled as they are right now. It’s a good thing I keep a written journal because I can pour out the jumbled mess there and no one reads it. Sorry to be so cryptic. Just a prayer request for wisdom and guidance, thanks!

It was a beautiful weekend! The weather was perfect and we got all the stuff outside packed away for the cold winter months ahead. Got to sit out and enjoy the sunshine, too. Gotta get a little vitamin D before the winter starts.

Church was good! There’s an evangelist there this week (until Wednesday) – Chuck Kempf. Really good!! I want to try to get out to tomorrow’s meeting if possible. Spiritually refreshing – I’ve needed it lately.

Yesterday morning my son, Ryan, was downstairs making breakfast before church. He had unloaded the dishwasher (I run it at night so the stuff is clean in the mornings) and poured us drinks and was making toast. I helped him out by scrambling eggs to go with the toast. Then he cleaned up the mess/dishes after we were done. It was just incredibly sweet and I just love him so much! I made sure he knew how special it was to me, and how special he is to me.

The boys are almost done with school for the day. I let them take a very long lunch break, too long really. They are working on finding state capitals on a map of the U.S. Nathan had fun and Ryan is ok with his brother helping him out. Well, mountains of laundry are calling to me, so I should get going and get something done today.

Today I’m thanking God for His goodness and love and for the sweet family He has blessed me with.

Some thoughts. . .

On Wednesday the kids and I went to see their big brother up at camp. We woke up to a cloudy and rainy day. It was just pretty blah, but it ended up being a very nice visit and we had a fun day! Nathan was glad to see us and it was good to see that he was functioning just fine without me. I still worry about him, but he is managing and we’ll pick him up at Homeacre Chapel tomorrow around 11 or 12. I did get a few pictures of things he did that day!


The one picture with Nathan and Pastor Fisher is so cute. Nathan was so proud because he was the pie fight winner AND he even beat Pastor Fisher! They were both very cute and I had to get a picture after they were done! 🙂

This week I’ve had lots of things on my mind. On Monday I ready Colossians 3:14-25 in my devotions. The focus on the Daily Bread was Father’s Day, but what stuck out in my mind is the order of the verses.

Colossians 3:17-18 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

As a wife, I need to be submissive to my husband. I need to love him, the father of my children and all this I need to do in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God for him! I read a blog that is wonderful and has ways of we can build our husbands up through prayer! There was also an email devotional this morning that is connected to the blog site that had some application steps we married women can use daily:

Application Steps:
-Tell your husband that you believe in him!
-Don’t point out his mistakes, just fill in the gap.
-Ask God to show you ways to serve your husband.
-Don’t ever say “I told you so.”
-Say “I’m sorry” and mean it when you dishonor him.
-Say “I forgive you” and mean it when he dishonors or hurts you.
-Tell your husband that you thank God for giving him to you (and be sure you do).
-Let him overhear you telling someone something you appreciate about him.
-Support and encourage his decisions.
-Praise him when his decisions turn out well and encourage him when they don’t.
-Tell you husband each day about one thing you are thankful for – about his character, his work ethic, his provision, his humor or something he adds to your family.
* Several of these ideas are from What A Husband Needs from His Wife © 2006 by Melanie Chitwood. *also by Renee Swope

These are things that I need to put into better practice and will get to right away! Life sometimes crowds in around and we forget to do these things. It’s not an excuse, just reality. It’s good to have reminders from time to time and I am so thankful for them! God has blessed me with a wonderful, loving husband and I am truly thankful for him each and every day!