Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Where am I?

I had every intention of blogging this week, but wow there is so much to do. We are going on a ladies retreat this weekend and Im facilitating the Bible study portion. I have been sooooo busy trying to get everything done. I bought some "junk" food for the Roy to feed the kids this week. Mainly Ravioli's and Mac N Cheese. The kids will be thrilled. I pretty much gave up on getting any school done this week. I was too busy making sure the house was clean and getting stuff together for the weekend. I dont think the children are suffering. I love homeschooling. Well I actually have three posts saved in my drafts folder that I am working on, so check in next week for sure there will be plenty of new stuff.

Be Blessed!!!

Oh yeah, did anyone try the bread recipe? Care to comment?

Friday, February 23, 2007

What Im reading

Right now I am making my way through this book. It has some good information. For instance the section of preserving food was so helpful as the author used charts to talk about the best ways to preserve different kinds of fruits and vegetables. There is also a chapter called The Green Pantry. This had a ton of useful information. It talked about different grains and flours and spices. This book is a staple of the Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet and while I was not on board with all of their ideas, most of them I could use for my family.
That being said I would like to say, I see no reason for me to own this book. I checked it out from the library and its taking me a long time to get through it. Usually I lap books up, but this one has been, well, kind of boring. I am definatly taking some things away from this book, but not enough to trudge through it again. It would definatly be worth it to pick up at the library and browse through. Who knows you might like it. :)

They Said It! #8

This is another one that just blew my mind. They did a pretty good job with my two girls. Im still trying to undo some of the trash they were taught in their early years of school.

"Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill, because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our founding fathers, toward elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being. It's up to you teachers to make all of these sick children well by creating the international children of the future."

A Harvard Professor of Education and Psychiatry at a childhood-education seminar for public schools

Browsing Blogland

I found another blog I just adore. Its full of great advice and tips. Check it out when you get a chance. Like Merchant Ships.

Be Blessed!

Thursday's Mission: Declutter the Bedroom

How much did we do Thursday?

Thursday- This is normally grocery day, but this week we are skipping grocery day. I still have enough to get by so it will save us some money. I will finish decluttering my bedroom. I will also probably have to make some more bread.

I worked in the bedroom for about an hour. I also worked with the girls on getting some homeschool stuff caught up. I glanced outside in the garage and noticed a percariously balanced pile of laundry so I decided I better do some laundry ASAP. I ran through a few loads and turned around to discover the mountain had been rebuil. Sigh... laundry is never done around here. :) Overall I think it was a pretty great day.

Be Blessed!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Wednesday's Mission:The Bedroom

These were my plans for Wednesday. Lets see how much I accomplished....

Wednesday- Nothing much going on here. I think I will use this day to start decluttering my bedroom. Hubby asked me to make that the project this month. Then we started talking about rearranging the school room and voila here we are. Almost through with Feb and I have not even started the bedroom. We will be meeting with the new Pastor of our new church on Wed night. Im excited about that. We will talk about the vision of our church, bylaws and constitution.

We got stuck on some homeschool stuff, so I barely made it away from the school room. We had a good productive day, though I did not get into the bedroom. I do plan to get in there today.
Our meeting last night was great. He is so excited about coming. He did make it clear that this was a HUGE commitment and we should be prepared to fight an uphill battle for the coming years, but that the payoff is HUGE and exciting! Our family is on board and excited.
Ok, off to correct some school papers.

Be Blessed!

The Infamous Bread Post...Finally!!

The recipe. I found this at The Family Homestead. Crystal has a ton of great healthy recipes. I taped this to the inside of my cabinet door for easy access. The cast of characters. Salt, extra virgin olive oil, whole wheat flour, yeast, gluten flour, and raw honey.
In a large bowl combine 2c warm water, 1/3c honey, and 1T yeast. Let sit for a few minutes to let the yeast start working. I keep my yeast in the freezer so a little while before I make the bread I pull the yeast out and allow it to warm up a little.

Add 2t salt, 1/3c olive oil, 1/3c gluten flour (you can find this on the bread aisle. I get mine at Walmart. It makes the bread softer), and 3-4c of whole wheat flour. I keep my gluten and my ww flour in the fridge. I take them out to warm up a little before making the bread.

Here is a pic of my measuring cups. I think I need to organize them a bit, huh?
This is me trying to show the 1/3c of gluten. Too bad you cant see the 1/3 markings.

I measure flour by spooning it into the cup and then leveling with the back of the spoon.

With 3 cups of flour I had a gloppy mess still, so I needed to add 1 more cup of flour.

You add flour until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and it it not sticky to the touch.
Move onto a floured surface. Now most people say lightly floured but I have never had any luck with lightly floured. Unfortunatly I have to use quiet a bit of white flour to knead the dough.

Now the hard part. If you have a Bosch mixer, which I will have in my golden years, forget the RV Im getting a Bosch, you can let your Bosch mixer knead the dough for 4 minutes. Mrs. Miller says in another mixer knead for 7-10 minutes. Now, my Kitchen Aid never kneaded very well, so I just hand knead. Hand knead for 10-15 minutes. WOW! thats a long time. I usually am done around 8-10 minutes. I use this time to either talk to the kids or do some oral review work with them.

Plop the dough in a bowl, cover and let rise to double. I usually let rise for 30-45 minutes.

Remove to floured surface.

Cut dough in half. I use my trusty pizza cutter, works perfect every time!

Roll out one half of dough. I just roll until its flat enough to roll up. By the way this is my Pampared Chef roller and I L.O.V.E. it. Oh its awesome. I will never use a different roller.
Roll up starting at small end and tucking in as you go.
Grease two loaf pans. I use a stick of butter and rub it on the bottom and sides.

Place in warm oven for about 15 minutes. Now warm is you turn the oven on until you can feel the heat and then turn it off. After 15 minutes turn the oven on to 350 degrees without taking the bread out. Bake for about 30m.
Here is the finished product. Ummm... I used a little too much white flour to roll out the loaf on the right but it was still very yummy!

My two best friends for bread making. My electric knife and my bread slicer.
The bread slicer helps me to make even size cuts and the knife makes for less crumbs. Its a beautiful thing!
Put some butter on and watch it melt!

Here is the whole recipe:
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon yeast
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup gluten flour
5-7 cups whole wheat flour
In a large bowl or in a large mixer combine the water, yeast, and honey. Let sit for a few minutes to give the yeast a chance to start working. Add salt, oil, gluten flour, and 3-4 cups of whole wheat flour. Continue to add more flour until the dough does not stick to the side of the bowl and does not feel sticky to the touch. Knead for 4 minutes in Bosch mixer or 7 to 10 minutes in other mixers or 10 to 15 minutes by hand.
When dough has finished kneading let it rise once until doubled in bulk (unless you are using a Bosch type mixer and in this case you can skip the 1st rising). Punch down dough and divide it into 2 pieces and form into loaves and set in bread pans.
Let it rise in a slightly wam oven ( this means that you turn the oven on for just 2 or 3 min or until you can feel the heat and then turn it off, if it is too hot then it will kill the yeast) for 15-25 minutes or until the dough is 1/2 inch above top of pan. (Julie: my bread never rises above the pan. I gave up trying to get it to.) Turn oven to 350 (without taking bread out) and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Warning: My family never liked whole wheat bread. Until we found this. The first two times I made it the loaves turned out AWFUL, but now its tried and true!! We can eat two loaves in two days easy!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Blog Browsing...

Check out what Mrs. Wilt is doing for the next few weeks. Im so excited! Her blog home is The Sparrows Nest. I love checking in there and being inspired!

And LinesFromTheVines is my new best friend. Im not the only one who only does birthday parties for certain years! NAH!

I have a growing list of blogs that inspire me as a Christian woman and homemaker. Im hoping to share some more here throughout the next few weeks.

FYI the bread is on its first rising! YAY!

Be Blessed

Tuesday's Mission: Make Bread

This was what Tuesday was supposed to look like:

Tuesday- This is normally Bible study and play date. I will be doing the Bible study and may even go to lunch afterwards, but we will be home by 2pm. I will make bread for my family on Tuesday. I will take pictures. I will post the recipe and step by step pictures Tuesday night.

I got home around 2:30 and put the kids down for a rest. I did some general staightening up and got sidetracked. Hubby was at a conference. We'd agreed I would leave at 4 to come and get him. He got out at 3:45. The kids and I loaded up and picked him up around 4:30. Then we stopped by the library so I could pick up some books on hold. We did not get home until almost 6. I never got the bread made, but do have plans to do it this afternoon.

In other news, I am coming up on the end of the schedule test. So far we have not even stayed close to it. Hubby and I were discussing the benefits of scheduling. We know there are a ton, but we also were thinking maybe our family does not need a schedule as much as some basic routines. I have noticed we are getting more done around here and for that I am so thankful.
I am going to sit down this weekend with a good old fashioned pen and paper and write down what I have to get done during a day and what I would like to get done during a day. Then I will put all the have tos down and see if there is any time left, at that time I will plug in my like tos and see how that works. This probably does not make a lot of sense, but its just something Im swishing around in my brain.

Also, please remember us in prayer tonight as we meet with our new preacher. Im so excited I cant even believe that its time. I feel like we have waited forever!! LOL

Be Blessed!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Monday's Mission: The Schoolroom

This was what I had planned for Monday.

Monday- My girls have mid year testing. Hubby thought it would be a good idea for us just to find out where they are. I also have to run to the library to pick up some books on hold. Im excited because I got my very first InterLibrary Loan book. Its called Raising Maidens of Virtue. I have heard great things about it and look forward to reading it. I also MUST get the house rearranged and organized. Its just a few things here and there, but oh how much nicer it is to have an organized home. We bowl in the evenings, but if I have time I WILL post pictures of the new rooms tomorrow night. That will be my incentive to get it done! :)

I got all of it done except the library part, because DUH it was Presidents Day. :)
Here are the pictures from the schoolroom.

This is what you see when you look into the schoolroom from the foyer. Thats my green reading chair and the table where the girls sit.
The green reading chair and stero. Here we read after lunch. After a rest we do our Bible and Latin here also. I do morning devotions here. The basket by the chair is full of books and curriculum we are working through.
This is the school table. The milk crate type thing beside me holds Karly's work. It has all of her school books and folders with each days work in it. I have one for Karly on the other side. Thats my white chair you see. Behind it is an old kitty litter container I use for school room garbage and our Saxon math manipulatives.
Here is our school table in all its glory. The shelf behind my chair holds our pencil sharpener, crayon box we use every day, extra pencils, dry erase markers and eraser, and our pencil box for everyday use. Also this is a nice shelf to be able to put a book on while I write on the white board.

Here is the homeschool bookshelf and cabinet. Usually I have our binders on this shelf but DH and I are updating them so they are by the dining room table. The cabinet holds all of our extra homeschool books, craft supplies, and extra paper. The white tray on top of the cabinet holds extra construction paper and envelopes. I am wanting to turn the closet into a game closet, but right now its a scary closet so you cant look in. LOL

Well there is the school room, still in developing stages because as I have learned the life and home of a homeschooler is always changing!

Be blessed!

Monday, February 19, 2007

I did my part!

I finished arranging the schoolroom and took pictures, but Blogger wont cooperate and download them for me. So I will post them tomorrow. Right now Im taking my tired self to bed!

Be Blessed!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

They Said It! #7

This is a long one, but....whoa!!!! I about fell out of my chair when I read it. Please, read it all the way through and then spend some time in prayer.

"I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity....These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the education level- preschool day care or a large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new - the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never realized Christian ideal of ' love thy neighbor' will finally be achieved."

From an article in The Humanist titled "A New Religion for a New Age"

Next week

Well, we arrived home from a great visit with my inlaws. They live about 2.5 hours away and we try to get down to see them at least every other month. I finished up laundry and some other stuff before I just crashed on the couch. I have a lot going on this week, so I thought I would share with you some things I need to get done. :)

Monday- My girls have mid year testing. Hubby thought it would be a good idea for us just to find out where they are. I also have to run to the library to pick up some books on hold. Im excited because I got my very first InterLibrary Loan book. Its called Raising Maidens of Virtue. I have heard great things about it and look forward to reading it. I also MUST get the house rearranged and organized. Its just a few things here and there, but oh how much nicer it is to have an organized home. We bowl in the evenings, but if I have time I WILL post pictures of the new rooms tomorrow night. That will be my incentive to get it done! :)

Tuesday- This is normally Bible study and play date. I will be doing the Bible study and may even go to lunch afterwards, but we will be home by 2pm. I will make bread for my family on Tuesday. I will take pictures. I will post the recipe and step by step pictures Tuesday night.

Wednesday- Nothing much going on here. I think I will use this day to start decluttering my bedroom. Hubby asked me to make that the project this month. Then we started talking about rearranging the school room and voila here we are. Almost through with Feb and I have not even started the bedroom. We will be meeting with the new Pastor of our new church on Wed night. Im excited about that. We will talk about the vision of our church, bylaws and constitution.

Thursday- This is normally grocery day, but this week we are skipping grocery day. I still have enough to get by so it will save us some money. I will finish decluttering my bedroom. I will also probably have to make some more bread.

Friday - I have to watch two movies. The third and fourth movie of the Love Comes Softly series. I have to come up with discussion questions for the third movie. I am going to use the theme of contentment and trusting God. The fourth movie has discussion questions but I need to watch it and familiarize my self with the questions. We are going on a women's retreat the first weekend in March and Im in charge of the devotionals. We are going to watch these two movies and discuss them on Friday and Saturday night. On Saturday morning, I have a short quiet time planned. I will also move into the kids rooms and start decluttering. We want to paint in March so I really need to get the bedrooms cleaned.

Well thats what the weekdays look like. I might be attending a Beth Moore simulcast on Saturday but we have not firmed up our plans on that yet. If not I will be staying here and working in the bedrooms. Man, I hope we go to the simulcast. LOL.

Be blessed!

Friday, February 16, 2007


Im in sugar shock from the sweetness of this website. I have always enjoyed the Gooseberry Patch stuff, BUT now Im in LOVE! I want everything on this website... EVERYTHING. ;)

Check it out and please add me to your Christmas list!

Gooseberry Patch

Wheres the bread?

Um.... I got really busy with homeschool catchup and rearranging and before I knew it, it was 6. Lets put it this way, last night for dinner we had stir fried veggies, brown rice, and cheese. It was quick and easy. LOL. I wont be able to make any bread or yogurt today either I dont think. We made some plans for this weekend and I have to get ready for them.
I might make a loaf of bread and take it to my inlaws. If I do that I will post pics and a recipe, if not look for the bread and yogurt post on Monday or Tuesday.
I am going to still try and finish up the rearranging and take pictures and post today.
Hope you all had a productive week!

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day

This is the valentines card I "made" to take to our mom's homeschool group Valentines tea last week. Not very creative but it got the job done! LOL.

Hope you all had a great Valentine's day with your family.

Be Blessed!


Im home all day. Im hoping to get a lot of stuff done. I have been gone all day everyday this week and HATE it! I promised to post pics and a recipe for our Whole Wheat bread and Im hoping to do that and maybe the yogurt tomorrow. For Friday Im hoping to have my house ready for pictures of our great reorganization paln. Of course that means I will have to finish it tomorrow on top of lots of homeschool catch up. So, lots to see and do around her for the next couple of days.

Why we homeschool..

Eileen left a very important comment on my blog in regards to the #5 homeschooling quote. She was saved at a young age while talking with a classmate at school. I spent some time today browsing her blog and it is beautiful and uplifting. Im thankful she is part of the family.
Many people in blogland say that Christian rock is of the devil. They despise it. I have a friend who was saved at a Whiteheart concert years ago. She still loves the Lord today. Others (or some of the same people) have serious problems with the NIV. While I am an admitted KJVer my husband was saved after reading an NIV. It sits on my bookshelf with his name and the day he was saved. Just recently we added the name and date of my oldest daughter. I look forward to continuing this tradition with my other children.
I say all that to say this, God works where we let Him. Can a child lead another child to the Lord in a public school? YES! Can my child lead another child to Christ in a McDonalds play place? At the library? At the playground? In my front yard? YES! She can tell others about Jesus under the protection of her father and I. Its a beautiful thing. While she witnesses to a friend I can be nearby praying. I can be watching. I dont have to worry that while she is sharing her faith, someone else is on the way to share some humanist balderdash with her.
Our children are conditioned to believe and trust their teachers. My kids still argue with me almost a year later when I do something differently than their teachers. I know there are a handful of good teachers out there, but there are probably twice as many teachers who are teaching the humanistic values that the world treasures today. Im in the process right now of researching this more and will be doing a blog post on it soon.
My children dont have to be subjected to this at such a young impressionable age to be a witness to the others around them. As a matter of fact I believe because we are homeschooling they will have more opportunities because there will not be someone standing over their shoulder to squash any attempt to share that the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.
We dont send soldiers into war without equipping them with the skills needed to take down the enemy, why would I send my children into the world before they are trained and well grounded in Gods word?

They Said It! #6

I thought I would share some POV's from the humanist camp the rest of the week.

"..... We must ask how we can kill the god of Christianity. We need only to insure that our schools teach only secular knowledge. If we can achieve this, god would be shortly due for a funeral service."

G. Bozarth,
promoting the religion of humanism

Monday, February 12, 2007

They Said It! #5

I love this one. It is one of my personal favorites and why I believe that all Christians should homeschool. Yes, I said all and I do not apologize for that. I even argue with my sweet mother about this topic. :) Argue meaning... discuss passionatly. LOL

"In spite of God's urgent plea to protect and nurture the mind in accordance to His ways, millions of Christians separate the heart from the mind of their children by sending them to public schools. The reason many Christians allow this to happen is because they have a dualistic view of humans that goes back to ancient Greece and has lasted to this very day. Plato believed that man had a spiritual and material dimension and the two should not be combined. That is why Christians even to this day, have departmentalized their Christianity. For example, the concept of 'going to worship' is based on Christianity being something we do rather than what we are. Surely we would not send our children to a state church on Sunday, where the god of humanism is served. Yet we do allow our children to go to the place of humanistic worship five days a week."

Kevin J. Pierce,
Worldview Ministries

My Valentines!

Here is what we did for fun today. The boys had their pictures taken. Arent they handsome? I was so proud of them for putting up with the whole thing. My mom got me this great picture frame with a picture of the two of them sitting down side by side in the middle and then the one of Jonathan sitting up on the left side and the one of Adrian laying down on the right side. Next month I will go and get the girls picture taken and then in April we will have a family portrait done. I cant wait. So for now enjoy the pictures of my handsome little men!

This one on the bottom was hard. I scanned it in as a wallet size and then had to manipulate it to get it to where you could see it. Please pardon the blurriness. :)

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Next week

I have a busy week ahead. A Dr. appointment for baby tomorrow and a Valentines day party for our homeschool group on Wed.
I do need to make some bread, so I will be posting pictures and a recipe for our bread this week sometime. Yesterday we started an impromptu house reorganizing. Im hoping to get that done and then post some pics of our new arrangement. Also, I need to make another batch of yogurt. Expect pics from that.
Well thats all I have for now. I really need to get to bed.

Be Blessed!

They Said It! #4

"Students in this country are being intellectually maimed by relativism in our classrooms. Because we have rejected moral absolutes, the curriculum has no central reference point to revolve around, and no foundation on which to rest. College-level courses have become a confusing blur because no one really knows what's right and what's wrong, what's good and what's bad."

Alan Bloom

Friday, February 9, 2007

Teacher Application

A friend just sent me this in an email. Hmmmm....

Teacher Applicant
After being interviewed
By the school administration,
The eager teaching prospect
Said: "Let me see
If I've got this right.
You want me to go into that room with all those kids,
Fill their every waking moment with a love for learning,
I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and
Even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits.
You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases,
Check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and
Raise their self esteem.
You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote,
How to balance a checkbook,
How to apply for a job.
I am to check their heads for lice, maintain
A safe environment,
Signs of anti-social behavior, make sure all students pass the state exams,
Even those who don't come to school regularly or
Complete any of their assignments.
I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps
Get an equal education
Of the extent of their mental
Or physical handicap.
I am to communicate regularly with the parents
By letter, telephone,
Newsletter and report card.
All of this I am to do
With just
A piece of chalk,
A computer,
A few books,
A bulletin board,
A big smile
On a starting salary
That qualifies my family
For food stamps!
You want me
To do all of this
Then you tell me...


I want to update my blogroll. Please, if you link to me or would like me to link to you let me know.

Be Blessed!

PS Even if you already told me you have linked to me would you mind reminding me? LOL

February's Habits

So we are already 9 days into February, a short month anyway, and I have not posted any habits for this month. *sigh* Maybe the first one should be anti procrastination. :)

1. Start on Yeast Assasin and Tummy Tune up again everyday.
2. Continue drinking at least three bottles of water everyday.
3. Make my own yogurt and find ways to use it everyday.
4. Continue the coconut oil regiment. On that note, I ordered Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sandy Fallon from Amazon the other day. I am hoping to get it this week. I want to read up on the coconut oil some more as I have heard some differing opinions. I will let you know what I think of the book when I read it.
5. Make all of our bread.

1. Dishes done every night before bed
2. Sweep and swiffer kitchen floor everyday.
3. Keep kitchen counters clean.

1. Look my children in the eye everyday and tell them how much I love them and what a blessing they are.
2. Pack a lunch for my husband.
3. Read aloud to my childreneveryday.
4. Assign one child a day to help me in the kitchen.

I will let you know how it goes!

Be blessed!

Morning and Evening Routines

Mommy Morning Routine:
Make Bed
Make up
Wipe sink/counter
swish toilet
spray shower

Kids morning routine:
Make bed
Karly wipe sink and counter
Kelsie swish toilet
Tamara/Adrian pick up bedrooms

Mommy Bedtime Routine:
Prep for next days meal
Pick out clothes for tomorrow
Check calendar
Bible reading
open dishwasher
wash face
night cream
extra reading

Kids Bedtime Routine:
Brush teethe
Pick out clothes for tomorrow

So far this has been working out great! Its nice being able to wake the children up and they know what to do. Also having clean bathrooms has been a real plus!

Be blessed

They said it! #3

"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."
Thomas Carruthers

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

They Said It! #2

If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.

Daniel Webster

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

January's habits

I forgot all about an update on January's habits.

1. At least three bottles of water everyday - Been keeping up with this one pretty well. I have noticed a huge change in my energy level.
2. Start taking Yeast Assasin and Tummy TuneUp everyday - Had to stop this towards the middle because of headaches and a wrong suspision on my part about something else.
3. Incorporate 3-4 TBLS. of coconut oil into my diet everyday - Did this adding to my oatmeal and smoothies until I ran out. Just got some more so Im going to try it again.

Around the house:
1. Dishes done every night before I go to bed - Nope. Dishwasher problems and I did not keep on top of the handwashing like I should have.
2. At least 2 loads of laundry a day - Yes! How nice it has been to stay with the laundry instead of having it fall down around me!
3. Sweep and swiffer kitchen everyday - did ok with this. Towards the end I really started to neglect it.

Overall a dissapointing outcome. But I will just pick myself up and try again.

Be Blessed!

Friday Schedule

Time: Mommy
7:00 AM routine
8:30 Kidsup/dress Jonathan, make breakfast
9:00 Breakfast
9:30 Breakfast Cleanup
10:00 AM Chores
10:30 School catchup
12:00 Lunch
12:30 read to Jon, other kids cleanup lunch
1:00 read aloud, Jonathan nap
1:30 Game/Craft
2:30 computer time, kids rest
3:00 rest
4:00 Bible/Latin
4:30 PM chores
5:00 Make dinner
5:30 Last cleanup
6:00 Dinner/movie
8:00 get history. kids dinner cleanup
8:30 History
9:30 Bible reading
10:00 Time w/hubby

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Friday is a fun day for us. If we have all of our school caught up we might go outside and play or do a craft or whatever. Also we watch a movie as a family as we eat dinner or we will play a game right after dinner. The above verse is the verse I have at the bottom of Friday's page.

Well there it is. My weekly schedule. I did not follow Tuesdays schedule well today, because I had a Mom's meeting tonight with my homeschool group and since we were having a Valentine's Tea I had a lot of stuff to get together, but I still feel pretty good about what we did get accomplished.
Im really trying hard to stick pretty close to the schedules for the next few weeks and writting down days or areas we have problems with. Then I can rework everything a little better. Baby steps!

Be Blessed!

They said it! #1

"Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it an inscribed for our motto: 'Liberty and Union, one and inseperable, now and forever,' and exclaim, Christ first, our country next!"
Andrew Johnson

Monday, February 5, 2007

Quotes on Homeschooling

I have found some great quotes on homeschooling and education in general. Mostly in a book I am reading entitled What Your Child Needs To Know When: According to the Bible and According to the State. Its a great book and even though Im only a few pages into it I would highly recommend it! Anyways, I want to do a semi-daily homeschool quote on my blog. Some from this book, some from other sources. Let me know if you have any favorites. I will start this new feature tomorrow.

Thursday Schedule

Because I knew you just could not wait.... ;)

Time: Mommy
7:00 AM routine
7:30 AM chores
8:00 Daddy work
9:00 Breakfast
9:30 Breakfast CP
10:00 Math Karly Handwritting Kelsie, Tamara/Adrian/Jonathan play
10:30 Math Kelsie Math Worksheet Karly
11:00 errands
1:00 Lunch
1:30 Read to Jon lunch cleanup other children
2:00 Read to kids Jonathan naps
2:30 Computer, kids rest
3:00 Rest
4:00 Bible
4:30 PM chores
5:00 Pick up dad
6:00 crockpot dinner
6:30 Science ready, dinner cleanup everyone else
7:00 Science
8:00 Family RA
8:30 Family Bible
9:00 Kids PM routine
9:15 Adult Bible kids in bed
9:30 computer time
10:00 PM routine
10:30 extra reading
11:00 bed

And here is the verse at the bottom of this page in my binder.

Proverbs 10:4
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Thursday is my errand day. It works great because garbage goes out Wednesday night and I can clean out the fridge Wednesday and be ready to grocery shop on Thursday. I dont really like being out of the house twice a week, but for now this is how its going to work. I just have to be dilligent about the time Im at home.
Ok I have to go to bed. I have Friday typed up and some other stuff and I will post it tomorrow.

Be Blessed!

Helping Hubby!

Im sitting here right now printing off copies of hubby's famous career change application. Im so excited and cant wait to tell everyone the great news. He is making copies because this application is very detailed with dire warnings all over it about not filling it out correctly so our big idea was to copy it and then work on the copied version til we had it just right and then transcribe it over to the original document. The next step is to send it in and then await further instructions.
While I do this tedious work Im getting some more stuff typed up for my binder. I was going to do it last night but got busy playing with my blog and of course here I am again. :)
Well I need to finish this and then read to the kids before they rest.
Be Blessed!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

New Look

Because I have soooooooooo much time on my hands I thought I would change the blog around a bit. I have been looking at some nice blogs with just plain templates and I really liked the simplicity of them. Im playing with this template some and will make some more changes as I can.
Im planning to finish typing up schedules later this evening when the young uns are in bed.

Be Blessed!

Saturday, February 3, 2007


So here we have it folks. A cure for a consequence of sin. Hallalujah. Lets go out and sin. Please read the sarcasm in this lines. Im so burdened by this new vaccine. My little girls will be opting out of it. HPV is a STD. How do you get an STD? You have sex outside of God's divine plan. How can I tell my children that when they sin there are consequences and then innoculate them against the consequences? Do I want my children to get cancer and die?! NO! But there is no innoculation for luekimia one of the leading childhood cancers. Why are we not focusing on trying to cure that cancer first? I will tell you my opinion. I think that "we" have to cure all STDs so that everyone can live free and happy. Fine. Innoculate against HPV there will be something else. God does not allow us to do as we please while He sits back and laughs at our jolly time. That thinking is dangerous. Here is an interesting article on the phamacutical group Merck and the HPV vaccine. No offense but in this day and age its harder and harder to trust big business and essentially in my opinion thats all Merck is, big business. HPV and Merck
Of course the governor of Texas thinks that all children should have this vaccine. He does not really care about legislature or parents thoughts and view points. Nice job, Governor Perry. Here is an article about that :Texas
Alot of this leads to a disturbing trend in lack of parental rights. We are not allowed to decide what is best for our children, the government knows them so much better than we do. I am opting out of quiet a few immunizations for my children. I have researched and feel pretty confident in the decisions we are making as a family.
As I read about the anti spanking laws being purposed in California:California's new attack on parental rights and now this complete disregard for parents wishes in Texas, I cringe. Its only a matter of time before we as parents have no rights at all.
Even if I was against spanking I would be scared of this attack by California. Its just a gateway to losing other rights that we as parents hold.
Come quickly Lord Jesus.

Be Blessed!

Friday, February 2, 2007

One more....

Ok I just wanted to post one more thing. Tonight we took a family trip to our local health food grocery store and to Walmart. I picked up a lot of things at both places. At the health food store I got:
A big bottle of apple cider vinegar
3# bag of organic pink lady apples
Carob powder 16oz
3 cans of organic chunky tomato sauce
3 cans of organic diced tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
raw local honey

We spent a lot of money here, but 3 of those things will last me for quiet awhile.

Then we went to Walmart. I noticed Walmart is starting to sell alot of the products I could find at the health food store. I mean there are still some things I would have to get at the health food store. But Im impressed that Walmart is at least trying. I do think if money were no object I would buy all of my food through co-op and the health food store though.
I am going to make a price book though for the health food store, the co-op, and Walmart. I really need to make my grocery money stretch while buying the best food I can.
I bought some Dannon full fat yogurt to attempt to make my own yogurt. I have been reading up on it at and Im excited.
I guess I better include Publix in my price book because we get a lot of organic stuff from them also.
This has been a very busy week, but oh the things the Lord has shared with me. Im so excited. Sometimes I lay awake at night and just think about all the promises DH and I have recieved from God and all the visions he has given us. Not so much in a Old Testament way, but more things he has laid on our hearts.
For instance a more "self-sufficient" life style. Self sufficient in the sense that we can get by on our own as much as possible with growing our own food and staying healthy through natural means. When I shared with hubby this vision about a year ago and then again in October of last year I was amazed that he had the same vision. I approached him with the wacky idea of paying off our debt and saving and looking for some land we could live off of and he was amazed that it was something I wanted to do. We both still feel this calling strongly and Im learning everything I can.
Hubby is still working towards a career change. Oh Im so excited and proud of him. I wish I could shout it from the roof tops but it will still probably be a few months until I can. Just know that if you know us, your jaw will drop. Hubby compared himself to Moses the other day when he said this is the last thing I thought I could do, but God says, "let ME work through you!" How exciting is that!?!
He is working out every night. Either jogging or upper body excercises in the garage. Of course this motivates me to stay on course with my weight loss. I cant be fat and frumpy with a hot muscled man...can I? ;)
We have grown so much closer during this time. My patience and my controlling ways have been tested to the max, but it has been worth it to hear hubby praise me to his friends. He looks at me with so much love in his eyes, and believe me those puppy dog brown eyes have always overflowed with love for me so to see even more is overwhelming sometimes.
Well I really need to get to bed!
Oh one more thing. God led me to start re-reading Created to Be His Helpmeet in October. Im convinced that this reading coincided with hubby's career change plans just for this reason. Reading it and the Bible every morning has really shown me how to bless Roy during this time.
Im married to the greatest guy in the world...and you better believe I know it...and I make sure he knows that I know it!
Ok Im done babbling. Sorry got on a kick.

Be Blessed!

Thursday and Friday

I dont have the schedules typed up for Thursday or Friday yet, but plan on doing that this weekend. I will also post our AM and PM routines and daily and weekly chore lists. I dont know if anyone is interested in any of this, but its fun for me and gives me something to look back on. I know I for one enjoy reading about other mom's days and usually can glean something from it. LOL.

Be blessed!

Wednesday's Schedule

Wednesday looks a lot like Monday except for in the evening. We do Science in the evenings together as a family on Tuesday and Thursday and History together on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. We also have family read aloud time on Tuesday - Friday. The two older girls read a book or a part of a book to the family, Tamara and Adrian get to "read" a book also. Mommy reads and daddy reads. Right now I am reading Ten Peas In A Pod. A great book about a family that traveled all over America singing and reciting the Bible. Its very inspirational. Daddy has not picked out his book yet as this is something we are just starting. It makes for a lot of sitting so Im thinking of letting the kids draw and color scenes from the different stories during this time. But we have not decided for sure yet.
We followed this pretty well on Wednesday. We got a late start because I woke up not feeling well, but the day picked up steam and we chugged right along. Repeat after me, "We are not a slave to our schedules!"
Here is Wednesday's routine:
Time: Mommy
7:00 Morning Routine
8:30 J-dress,Breakast, kids up, AM routine
9:00 Breakfast
9:30 AM chores
10:00 Math Karly Handwritting Kelsie, younger kids play
10:30 Math Kelsie, Math Worsheet Karly
11:00 Math/FLL Kelsie, Handwritting Karly
11:30 Spelling Karly, Explode the Code Kelsie
12:00 Lunch
12:30 read to Jonathan while other children do lunch clean up
1:00 read aloud to older children, Jonathan napping
1:30 Spelling Kelsie, spelling worksheet Karly and Explode the Code
2:00 preschool with younger children, Finish up school work Karly and Kelsie
2:30 computer time mommy, rest others
3:00 rest all
4:00 Latin/Bible
4:30 PM chores
5:00 start dinner
5:30 Last cleanup
6:00 dinner
6:45 get history ready while kids handle dinner cleanup
7:00 history
8:00 family read aloud
8:30 bible
9:00 kids bed routine
9:15 kids bed/adult Bible
9:30 bible
10:00 comp time
10:30 bedtime routine
11:00 bed

Be Blessed!


FINALLY! Here are the rest of the schedules for the week. Tuesday is a little different than the rest of the week. We only have one working car so I have to take Roy to work on this day. We then go to breakfast with my mom and a couple of other ladies and then head to my friend's house for Bible study. The kids enjoy playing while we enjoy a time of fellowship and Bible study.
Then we usually eat lunch with a few other moms and have a playdate. I try to make it home by 2:30 so I can get some things accomplished before we have to head out to pick up Roy again. I am also trying to have crockpot meals on Tuesdays because of all the running around we do.
Tuesday we stayed on schedule pretty well. I had a ton of extra time, because we did not do a Bible study or play date. We were going to go to the zoo, but backed out because of weather and illness. Instead I got the whole great room cleaned up and organized nicely. Well I still need to do a few extra things, but it was a great day. I also made my second batch of YUMMY whole wheat bread. The first few times I followed this recipe the bread was awful, but the Lord in His infinite mercy smiled down on me the last two times and it has been the best bread ever! I promised myself that if it came out good the second time I would take pictures and post instructions on my blog. So look for those next week sometime.
Anyway, here is Tuesday's schedule:
Time: Mommy
7:00 Morning Routine
7:30 J-dress AM Chores
8:00 Daddy to work
9:00 Breakfast
10:30 Bible Study
12:30 Lunch
2:30 Rest
4:00 Bible/ PM Chores
4:30 Get daddy
6:00 Crockpot dinner
6:45 get school stuff ready kids clean up dinner
7:00 Science
8:00 Family read aloud
8:30 Bible
9:00 Kids BF bed routine
9:15 Kids bed/adult Bible
9:30 Bible
10:00 computer time
10:30 Bedtime routine
11:00 bed

Be Blessed!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Little Boys

A friend just sent me this email and I laughed out loud. Little boys are so much fun!

Things we can learn from little boys:

1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.

2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3. A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.

5. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

6. The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

7. When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh", it's already too late.

8. Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

9. A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.

10. Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4- year old Boy.

11. Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

12. Super glue is forever.

13. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.

14. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

15. VCR's do not eject "PB & J" sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.

16. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

17. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18. You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.

19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.

20. The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response time.

21. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

22. It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

24. 80% of Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without kids.

25. 80% of Men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.