Friday, August 31, 2007

The pressures on....

So, the way my buddy Dog catches the criminals is to put a lot of pressure on them. He hands out wanted posters, he calls thier friends and family constantly, and he looks at all the places they have been or usually go to.
Taking a page out of his book we put the pressure on the runaway.
She had a rental car that was in my mom's name. We were not sure we would ever seen it again. Her friends were tired of us calling. We were driving by the places where these people lived constantly.
Today she turned the rental car into the rental place. We still dont know where she is, we still have to find her. But my mom wont be out 20-30,000 dollars because of the stupid car.
Now we have to find her to make sure mom and another friend dont loose the 7400 dollars in bail they have on her. She missed her first court appearance. Now we have til Sept. 12 for the next appearance. If she has not turned up by then we have 60 days to find her before they have to pay the full amount.
Fun, Fun.

Be Blessed!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Bounty Hunter..

Time for another confession. Im addicted to A&Es Dog The Bounty Hunter. Im not linking to it, because it is not a family friendly show. I dont even have cable, but whenever I can I try to catch an episode of this show. I predict I will loose all 20 of my readers by making this confession. Well Michelle and Allison might stick around. The rest of you will be horrified. :)
He is a professing believer. He prays in the name of Jesus. He knows his Bible. He really truly tries to rehabilitate the criminals he catches. He has a really soft heart. His family, while weird, is very close knit. He loves, loves, loves his kids all 12 of them. I have never heard him say anything against thier different moms, all (I think) 4 of them. I love that he is not fake. Believe me, nobody could fake the way he acts. LOL.
All of that to say I have a new profession. Bounty Hunting. Add it to my resume of mom, wife, teacher... you get the picture.
Just pray for us. We have to find the woman who took advantage of my mom or she is going to be out a large chunk of money.
When its all over I will probably spill more details.
Ahhh, the drama that is my life! LOL

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My night

I have spent most of this evening looking over this webpage, this blog, and this blog. Im enthralled with the stories I have read here. As I listen to my own children playing and laughing. The baby just went into the pack n play and is playing with his singing caterpillar. Adrian and Kelsie are playing with the beads at the kitchen table. Tamara is in the shower. Karly is studying spelling words for a test she has to retake tomorrow. My children are healthy and happy and I am so blessed.
Dh is at an elder meeting so tonight has been pretty laid back. Thats a good thing. My weekend was full of stress and hurt. My mom was taken advantage of by a woman I encouraged her to let live with her. My best friend and our pastor's wife were attacked verbally by another woman at church Sunday. My MIL could not just enjoy watching her grandaughters dance Sunday morning she had to make loud rude comments through the whole service. Lets put it this way yesterday morning the kids and I vegged in front of the TV watching videos all morning. I was just plain worn out. LOL.
We start co-op in the morning. Im excited and nervous. I dont know what to expect. Tomorrow afternoon I drive across town for a dance practice at the school the girls will be dancing at Thursday morning.
Should be a busy fun filled week.

Be Blessed!

Friday, August 24, 2007


Roy passed his physical test. I still cant say too much, but this was one part of the hiring process we dreaded and dreaded. Now I know that God will carry him through the rest.
Thanks for the prayers.

Proud Momma Moment

Ok, I try not to have too many of these, because I know "pride cometh before the fall." I was so proud of my chicks today though.

I had a Dr. appt. scheduled for 9:45a.m. The kids and I got there around 9:30a.m. and decided to mosey on in, in hopes that maybe we could get in and out. It was just a quick check of my progress on the Diabetes and PCOS. I have to go once a month for 6 months. The kids usually stay with grandma, but she was busy this morning and I thought it would be in and out so I packed a bag of books and toys and made my way over there.

At 10:25 the baby was done! At 10:45 we finally go called back. I actually put my baby down in the waiting room and let him wander around. Something I never do. I had to though because he had sat with me for over an hour. There were two emergencies while we were there and that backed up the whole office. They were completly apologetic. I was not mad. Things like this happen at the Drs office.

My proud momma moment came though when the Dr. came in and was shocked to see all five of my little people. She could not believe they were in her waiting room for that long and she never knew it. She actually called two other Drs. in to show them that I had five children. She kept saying to the other Drs. "Did you know there were five little children in the waiting room for over an hour?"

They were really great and I told them all the way home how happy I was with them.

Anyways, just wanted to share that. I told them I would and that made them giggle. ;)

P.S. Yes, the picture above is from Christmas. I need some new pics of all my kids. LOL

Be Blessed!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Life Groups

Acts 2:44-47
44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

This is what Life Groups are based on. Mostly verses 46 and 47.

Life groups are a sort of Bible study during the week. We get together with other people and share God's word. There is no "teacher" per se, just a facilitator. We discuss the Bible study book and the relevance it has for our lives. Its a time to be accountable and transparent with one another. A time of fellowship. There are a few reasons we like the Life Groups.
It frees up Sunday morning for worship and teaching.
Sometimes people who dont go to church will come to a fellowship at your home.
It gives people a chance to "get real" with thier small group.
Its flexible. In today's world unfortunatly not everyone has Sunday off. This gives people an opportunity to fellowship with other believers and learn from God's word on a different day.
Its family oriented. Its ok if my kids wander out during the meeting. Its ok if they ask questions out loud.

We were involved in Life group at our old church. I think its what knit us together and brought us to a place where we could launch out when God told us to and start a new church. Not that I think Life group should be used as a catalyst to split and start your own church, but circumstances being what they were, God used them.
We love being a part of it.

Do you get it all done in one day?

This was asked by sweet Mrs. Ivy. My answer.... not even a little bit. LOL. She asked in reference to this post, which I must say has been a tremendous help, even when I don't get to everything on the list. I love the freedom of not having to follow a strict timed schedule, but having an idea of when everything needs to be done. The kids have been a great help getting their jobs done. I will post a list of their jobs in another posts. I have given up the routine jobs of washing dishes, doing laundry, emptying wastebaskets, sweeping, cleaning the table, and vacuuming. These can take a lot of your day. They are jobs the kids can easily do according to their ages. It leaves me more time to declutter, organize, and tackle the big jobs (like my bedroom!!)
As far as getting it all done and homeschooling. I don't work in the home though I know there are homeschool moms out there who do. The great thing about homeschooling is there are so many different ways to do it. I'm not the type of person to call any curriculum wrong. I'm a bit eclectic with Classical and Charlotte Mason type stuff. Some used the boxed curriculum like Alpha and Omega. Some use the videos with Abeka. Some use everyday life called unschooling. I have a friend that enrolled her son in a private school and they send her all of his work. She sends it back when he is done and they grade it. Its set up just like school, but he gets to stay home and do it. Whatever works for you. I think anyone who wants to homeschool, I mean really wants to, can do it. Like I told my friend who is just starting this year. If you are scared, start with the box and decide what you like and don't like. Read how others do their homeschool, but don't try to duplicate it. Just like your children are different then other people's children, your homeschool has to be different than other people's homeschool. We are all at different seasons of life as well. Another friend started homeschooling her four children when three of them were either in highschool or going into highschool. She was scared to death. She is strictly a "box" momma and uses the Alpha and Omega program. My kids are all younger. I get a little more time to experiment with them, before I have to worry about graduation and college.
She is a mom to four teenagers and now a grown son. I'm the mom to 5 children 10 and under. Another friend is a mom to two daughters 5 and 2. Another friend has two boys and one on the way. Her boys are 3 and 19m. Another lady, a friend, I know has a 12 year old son, a 4 year old son, and a 2 year old daughter. We are all at different places in life. We all parent differently. We all homeschool.
Am I organized? NO! Do I gt it all done? NO! Am I always striving to do better? YES! Will I ever be satisfied that I did enough with the kids? Not a chance! LOL.
I will know that my children are getting a superior education from someone who loves them. Who wants to see them succeed. Who wants to see them keep God first in their lives and love Him and serve Him above all else. I will know where my young children are at all times. I will know what they are learning and who they are learning it from.
This to me is priceless. Its worth a sometimes cluttered, messy house. Its worth having to patch up a pair of jeans just one more time. Its worth more than any material possession I could ever posses.
I love homeschooling and if its something you are interested in I say give it a try.

Kitchen Tip

How many times have you used a measuring cup to measure water and then thrown it in the sink? Probably for most of you never. But I know there are some out there like me who have always put it back in the sink to be washed. Washed from what? The water germs?? Today I caught myself and laughed. I simply dried the cup out and put it back in the cabinet.
Just thought I would share that. I know Im not the only one!! LOL

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Prayer Request

Tomorrow morning at 10:15am my husband will be going to take a physical abilities test for his new career. He is a bit discouraged by some stuff right now so Im just praying that God will allow him to pass this part. It will be hard as he has to run a obstacle course, in Florida August heat, in a set amount of time. Please pray for him. I know that this is what God has called him to, as well as the rest of our family. If he passes the physical test tomorrow I might be released to share what the career change is. I hope so because I am tired of keeping it quiet. I want to tell everyone. LOL.
Pray for me as I will be a nervous wreck all morning. Pray for him that he does well and stays safe.
This is the hardest part of the whole process. I pray also that if tomorrow does not go as planned that he will not loose hope. That he will continue to run this race God has set before him. It would be so easy to give up and say, "Oh maybe thats not what God meant." But in my heart I know that pass or fail tomorrow God will still be calling him to this.
Believe me when he told me what it was, had God not prepared my heart for it, I would have fought kicking and screaming. I have such a peace and assurance about it though that I cant help but know its God.
I dont know if any of that makes sense.
Just please join me in prayer.
I love him so much and I want to see him succeed so badly.

Be Blessed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Inspirational Blogs IV

I have not done an Inspirational Blog post in a while. I'm a summer slacker. *Sigh* So here are some more of my favorite blogs.

House Art Journal: Mrs. Regina has a beautiful blog. I'm always learning ways to be more creative through her posts. She has a sweet spirit. She lost a child last year in a tragic accident and it just inspires me to see her reaching out to others even while she still grieves.

Like Merchant Ships: My new "have to read everyday" blog favorite. I love this blog. There is so much information on it. So many good ideas. So much to learn and be inspired by. Mrs. Meredith runs a great frugal living blog. Its very easy and fun to read. I never get bored reading through it.

Mom Advice: I like this blog for very practical reasons. I can get free stuff. Good enough? Actually she links to a lot of great sites where you can get practical advice. She also offers quiet a bit herself. Mrs. Amy has some great money saving advice. She also offers reviews on kid friendly stuff. Be sure to check her out.

Lily of the Valley: When I first started reading this blog I was hooked. She was preparing for a natural home birth and I was fascinated. Her baby is here and absolutely beautiful. Mrs. Christine always has something interesting to share. Be it day to day happenings or some new link she has dug up, there is always something good. We share a lot of the same beliefs and convictions about raising our children and being at home. I think you will enjoy this hidden treasure of a blog.

Home Ec 101: What a great and wonderful and useful and informative and everything else you can imagine great, this blog has been to me. I can always go here to get advice or to laugh. Whatever. Mrs. Ivy and Mrs. Heather know it all and if they don't they will find out. I'm so grateful to have stumbled across this blog. Bookmark it, its a keeper.

Monday, August 20, 2007

No School

Yesterday we had our second annual No School For Homeschoolers celebration.
Quiet by accident last year we ended up at a local lake park on the first day of school with some friends. On the way home as sleepy, sun baked children talked of the fun they had I noticed the yellow school buses dropping kids off. That's when it hit me. Today was the first day of school. So I asked the children if they would have rather been sitting behind desks all day or out playing around the lake and on the big playground with friends. Of course you know the answer.
This year I purposefully planned to go back to this park on the first day of public school. We would celebrate the day by doing what homeschoolers do best. Being flexible and putting the books away for the day. I emailed all of the local homeschoolers I know and asked them to join us. We were joined by three other families. Total we had 12 kids with us and one in utero (my friend Michelle's third child and son!) I think we are well on the way to our own homeschool group. :) We had a picnic and the kids played on the playground or in the sand for hours. When we left all you could see of my baby were his big eyes. He was completely black. He looked beautiful. LOL. I personally love dirty grimy boys. It just looks natural.
The miraculous thing of the whole day was it was not hot. Not really. We had a nice breeze and lots of shade. I prayed hard for the weather, because I felt quiet foolish planning a park day in Florida in August. We had a back up plan to go to a local indoor play area if it was too miserable.
All in all it was a great day. And again as we travelled home with dirty, sleepy, sun baked children I sighed contentedly knowing that they were home with me and I could enjoy days like this with them.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Sweating it out

The kids spent time in the yard pulling weeds and sweeping the sidewalk one late afternoon. At one point the girls' hair was pulled up I promise. LOL

Here are Kelsie, Tamara, and Adrian pulling out the weeds.
Tamara was mighty proud of pulling this big boy out all by herself.
Karly got the job of sweeping up the sidewalk when I was finished edging. See I did more than bark orders and take pictures. LOL

One lady walked by and stopped to observe the children working. She told me her kids are all teenagers and she could never get them to do all that work. That made me sad. My kids enjoying helping out. I think because they know it makes them a part of the family. They like to work beside us when we are outside or inside. Plus they understand there is no other choice. I think thats a big thing with kids. If they think they have a choice in helping or not they will choose to be lazy and stay inside playing. With us its, "Hey, time to go outside and get some yardwork done. Get your gloves on!" Having fun tools helps. The kids all have fun gloves and even small garden tools to work with. In the house we have two smaller brooms. They love to sweep the house.
Be Blessed!

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Im sitting here surfing the internet, waiting for hubby to come home so we can go to Life Group. I will blog about what that is later on, I promise. I thought I better put up a post since I have been so scarce these past couple of weeks. I really do have a lot I want to write about, I just keep running out of time.
After a lot of prayer and deliberation we decided to let my oldest daughter continue dancing. She has to have all of her school work done each day and it has to be her best. She has to have a good attitude when she is corrected. This has been going well the last few weeks. She is on top of her school work and she is working extra hard at learning the dance they will be performing at church in a few weeks. We are also implementing some more blessings/consequences for right/wrong behavior. After much prayer I was afraid I was dishing out way too much negativity and not enough positive reinforcement. Im still learning to balance my expectations with what my children are capable of. Im still at a place where I believe if you have higher expectations for a child they will strive to meet them, but Im also learning that sometimes they have to fall to reach higher. I dont know if that makes sense at all. This mom job is a lot harder than I ever thought it would be.
I have to laugh because I watch Friends occasionally (a lot less than I used to, I want to say, before people throw rotten tomatoes at me!!) and there is one episode that always got to me.
Two of the characters are married and are trying to adopt a baby. Chandler, the husband, tries to convince the birth mom interviewing them to pick them. He says something along the lines of , "Monica is a mother, without a child to mother". I used to always get all choked up because I always though that was me. Then the Lord blessed me with FIVE at once and I realized I was not the mom I always thought I would be. Frankly, I fail Every. Single. Day. I had visions of being June Cleaver, instead I think Im Roseanne. YIKES!
I still strive to be the mom my children need. I strive to be a gracious, loving, full of wisdom mom. I pray for it everyday. I know that God is working in me. I know He is perfecting me a little more everyday. I know my children are seeing differences. I know they also see the setbacks. Sometimes my pride or my anger gets in the way. They see me deal with that everyday. I try to confess my faults at night in our family prayer time. I want my kids to see that I know Im not perfect. I want them to hear me confess it to God and ask forgivness.
Part of me cant wait until they are grown just so I can see who they become. Of course the mommy part of me wants time to stand still, but you know the anticipation of seeing what God is going to do in their lives is exciting.
Ok now Im rambling a bit. Just some thoughts to ponder until I can get back into blogging at a more consistent rate.

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Even on the bad days...

I would rather be home with my children then anywhere else. The block scheduling I mentioned earlier is working out great, but I still feel like we are missing something, ya know? There are still many things being left undone. Somedays I feel like I am running around in circles. I still feel like Im neglecting my children most days. I cant imagine trying to juggle the house, my husband, the kids, school, and a job. YIKES! Something has to get left out but what??? I think I will

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Home Again, Home Again

We just took a quick trip up to North Carolina to celebrate the 18th birthday of one of my best friend's daughter. I used to babysit this child. *Sigh* She is a lot of fun now and we enjoy being "sisters". Its been fun to watch her grow up. I cant wait to see what the future holds for her.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Something new...

So I am reading a book called "Real Life Homeschooling" (I think) and its about 21 different families of homeschoolers and what their homeschool looks like. I am picking up lots of ideas. One thing I am trying is "blocks of time". Here is what it looks like:

Monday, Thursday, Friday

Mommy up/shower/dress
Mommy Bible Time
Mommy make breakfast/start dinner prep
Kids up/dress
Kids clean room
Kids free reading or a few chores
Eat breakfast
Family Bible Time

Karly/Kelsie school
Tam/Ad creative time
Jonathan blocks
Jonathan/Tam/Ad video (either Baby Signs or Letter Factory)
Tam/Ad legos
Jonathan playpen time

Karly/Kelsie school
Tam/Ad school
Jonathan nap
Jonathan highchair play
Read aloud
Bible with Karly/Kelsie

Rest/assigned reading
Life skills Karly (and soon Kelsie)
creative time Karly/Kelsie

Dinner prep
Dinner cleanup
Family time

Family Bible
Bed (hopefully by 9)

I don't have a set time for everything just a chunk of time. I work through everything with an idea of where I am supposed to be when. Will it work? I don't know we are on week one. We will follow this on Wed for a couple of weeks as well, because dance is off for two weeks and co-op does not start until the last Wed of the month.
I like how it looks and feels so I'm praying it will work out.

Be Blessed!

Another contest

Crystal at Biblical Womanhood is hosting another contest. This is for a $25.00 gift certificate to Vision Forum (one of my favorite online shopping venues!)
Go on over and check it out. She is also offering some of her stuff from the Biblical Womanhood store. This is one I would LOVE to win. LOL

Friday, August 3, 2007

Projects and Goals for August

WOW! I cant believe it is August already. I figured I have not done a habits and projects posts for awhile. I loved doing them before, because I always felt accountable. I am reformatting it a bit though.
For the month of August I would like to:

Take cinnamon every day - this is supposed to help in regulating blood sugar.

Finish Cleaning and organizing the Master bedroom, bath, and closet.

Get our playroom closet setup.

Start planning for Christmas- the kids and I are making most of the gifts so I want to make sure we have plenty of time.

Pay off our car - we only owe a little over $1,000 dollars and we have an extra paycheck this month. WOOHOO.

Sort boys and girls clothes and minimize.

Plan meals and do prepwork ahead of time.

Im hoping by listing these here I will be able to check them off everyday. I have half of the MB cleaned already so Im hoping I can declutter and clean the rest of it this next week.
We hope to have our new floors put in before Christmas. We will start saving for it as soon as the car is paid off. If all goes according to plan we will put our house on the market in another year and a half to two years.
God is so good!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Watch your rights!

Blessed Mommy posts about something I have been concerned about and posting about for a few months now. Im telling you, this UN Rights of a Child Act is just downright scary to me.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Inspirational Blogs III

Here are some more blogs for your enjoyment. Oh yeah and I dont know if you know this, but Mrs. Sallie at A Gracious Home is going to keep blogging. YEAH!

Lets get to this.

Momma of 4 Blessings - One reason I love this blog is because she too has a four year old son named Adrian. I love to read about what he is up to, he sounds a lot like my Adrian. She is also into whole foods and herbal healing. I like to glean information from her so I dont have to research it for myself. LOL

Team Bettendorf - I love this family. They are adoptive parents. They have dealt with the fostercare system. Their children make me laugh. They dealt with their little girl having cancer. Mom talked us through some natural healing methods while dealing with chemo. I love the pictures and the atmosphere presented. It just seems like a fun and loving family.

Homeliving Helper - If you have never been to this blog, stop and go right now!! Its imperative. Its a beautiful blog, full of useful information for every woman who lives anywhere. I come away from this blog absolutly INSPIRED. I believe I can do anything in my home. Mrs. Lydia just makes me smile with all of her insights into our homes and how we can be happy at home.

Mommy Life - Another blog you have to visit right now. Mothers everywhere rejoice as Mrs. Barbara shares her montessori style with us. She is a mega mom with four down syndrome children. She is a true inspiration. Her ideas are practical and useful. Probably one of my favorite things about her is that she used to be a very big liberal so she brings that perspective as well. I check her blog everyday.

This Ain't New York - Now as soon as I saw the name of this blog I KNEW I had to go read it. Im a very, very, very Southern person. I might live in Florida but understand we are mistaken for South Georgia sometimes. And my mom and dad's family are from Alabama. Mrs. Melanie is often times laugh out loud funny. I usually know exactly what she is talking about.

Hellloooooo ouuuuuuuuuuuttttttttt theeeerrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeee!

Where am I?
I feel like I have been away forever. We are finally back to normal from vacation... two weeks later. I'm getting some odd projects done around the house and gearing up for August.
I have a list of August projects and goals ready to type up.
I have a health update to get out.
I have some more inspirational blogs to share.
I have a post about preschool that I really want to share.
So, check back often the next few days. I'm going to stay pretty busy.
We are starting out Life Group tomorrow night. We have one other couple. Hey, there is another post. Some of you have no idea what Life Group is. I can share that.

Be Blessed!