Friday, August 31, 2012

summer's end.....

Good Friday Morning!

I'm here, just lacking in the opportunity to jump on the computer for a blog post. We are enjoying our last bit of summer. We're playing it old school around here and starting school after Labor Day; despite my girl's best efforts to get me to start everyday over the last 2 weeks. Summer was so crazy, I didn't want to squeeze school in. We needed a break, and now I can fully say that we are all ready to start Tuesday.

I have a "teenage post" in my head, but it will have to wait for another day, when I have more time to write. This girlie girl inspired it, when we broke into the teens a few weeks ago....

Photo: Happy 13th Jillian! So proud of this girl! @tpilcher94 @calebchancey @joshchancey

I have made a computer time all to myself in my home school schedule, so I hope to meet you here a lot more once the school year starts.

I'll leave you with a few pics of our last few lazy days of summer, which included a fun filled week in Branson, Missouri (if you remember last year), including a trip to the Price is Right, keeping my precious nephew for the week, moving into a new Booth at the Highland's Antique' Mall, and slowly but surely, getting our kitchen done (pics will have to wait :) ...... Happy Friday Y'all!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

i blog....

good morning peeps!

I thought about building an ark over the last few days. No complaints here, we needed the rain and a good 8 inches ( i believe) is what we got!

Back in November of last year, I was mentioning to a friend, that I didn't realize the words "so what do you do?", was asked so many times, until that life changing event of closing my store occurred.

I am sure it was asked the same amount of times before, but since I now had to search for an answer, it really became evident that I needed a title.

Not that I needed the title, but titles are the short answer isn't it? I mean, do you really want to know everything I do?

Ask any Mother what they do before 7 am and you will be exhausted.

I will never forget the time Tim and I hosted a couple for dinner when we lived in South Carolina. They both worked full time in very busy industries, one of which was with my husband. They were in their mid 30's, no children, and as they (along with Tim) were talking about their busy day, there was a break in the conversation. The Husband of this couple very sarcastically, as if I truly sat around eating bon bons all day, said, "SOOOOOOO, what do YOU do all day?"...... My answer..."TODAY???".

What I really wanted to say was, "I am twenty years old, with two babies under two. You sit in my clean home for a nice quiet dinner. A hot dinner I prepared for you to enjoy. You can take that hot meal and shove it!"

Fortunately, my sweet husband knew that that was a pea brain comment this guy made, and jumped in after my "Today?" response, in my defense.

I have thought a million times, about writing a post on Stay at Home Moms versus Working Moms. But that would almost appear as though I group them as well, wouldn't it; and I hate that. The deal is, they are both Women. Women called by God to be Women of God.

That looks differently for everyone.

Just because a Woman chooses to work outside the home, doesn't mean she hates her kids, or doesn't get along with them,  or is discontent with her life, etc. Can it be for some? Sure! Just like it can be for some that all a Stay at Home Mom does is sit on the couch eating bon bons, watching soaps wishing she had value in this world and romance in her life.

I have probably beat this issue to death, but it has never been more evident to me in my life that the Lord calls individuals. Not groups. We are the ones that have created the groups. Sure you are to raise your children up in the Lord. But are you training them up in the Lord; or in your opinion. And don't use Proverbs 31 unless you are going in with an open mind, because that woman was Super Woman. And unless you are trying to go for both arguments, then you are in a lose/lose battle in my opinion.

Our children are a child of the King. That's our title. The King has servants. The servants do many many things. Whatever the King calls you to do is what you should listen too. As a parent, it is probably the biggest challenge to watch your children go in a direction you didn't think or want them to go. I would imagine that is when you would have to hold on to the promises that His plan is good. He loves them more then you. They are His, and He is their Shepard guiding His sheep. Just like He was guiding you in rearing them as children.

Whether we live in Africa with five children homeschooling them all, or are a brain surgeon with 7 children living in New York; we are all called, and you didn't do the calling for them. Just keep that in mind.

So, back to the friend's awesome advise....."Just tell them you blog".....

Monday, August 6, 2012

I'm here!

I'm alive and kicking....mainly just kicking!  This summer has been the busiest ever. We literally can't wait for school to start around our neck of the woods to get some sanity and a slower pace around here.

Little by little our school curriculum is arriving. It's like I planned it to come in multiple packages on multiple days. I wish I could take credit for it to appear that I planned it that way, but truth is, it was lack of planning; but I would definitely do it again this way.
I found it not as overwhelming when it only comes a couple subjects at a time, and I'm able to embrace the challenge a bit better.

At some point I might get a chance to post on all we're studying this year. It probably will do me some good, because it would be like my own little planning period on this blog. For now, I am waiting on these to arrive to help me.....

*photo compliments from Home School

I know there are boo-coodles of free calendars, create your own and the such online, but I liked what I viewed with this one online. I called everywhere in Dothan and this couldn't be found, so Amazon it was :)

I ordered the big planner for me and the student planner for each my girls. I feel it important that they have their own and learn how to schedule and create organization.

The Well Planned Day has everything you need to plan out a smooth day, including weekly budgets, meal plans and school schedules(every day) for each child (up to four children) and so much more that struck my interest. Hoping this will be the jewel that it appears to be ;)

Our kitchen is coming along. We are doing little by little, but have come a long way already. The ceiling is up (minus a few details for future enjoyment), every nick and cranny is painted, new door is in, and added (much needed) additional recess lighting. The back splash will be up sometime this month (hopefully before school starts), and I am in hunt for a light fixture.

Summer is full of birthdays around here....

This little joy turned 9 years old. Can't hardly believe it! And to think, that we will have a teenager in the house this Thursday...oh my!

More on the teenager later...we have special plans for her, but that is for another post.

I'm trying not to be so absent. I love my little corner of my blog world, and how it seems to be a great outlet for my thoughts; and believe it or not, creates a little piece of sanity through the crazy adventure called our life....

Happy rainy Monday y'all!

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