Friday, July 28, 2006
I also received my order from Hearts and Hands today...early!!!! Now that is a box I like to receive :)
The second resource that I would like to share came from an article in TOS. It is the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Members of the co-op will receive discounts from various suppliers and companies. One of the large companies is Dell Computers. This resource is also free!!! Fabulous! Their website is www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Tomorrow, I am cleaning the house, really, really good. I need to do the final organization in the school room and clean off my little workspace back there. And we will need to leave mid-afternoon for a little shopping before Taekwondo.
Here is my sample school schedule. I am sure that it will change a little after about 2 weeks :)
M= with mom, T=together
Leland (4th grade)
8:30 Bible Lesson (T)
9:00 Character (M)
9:30 Bible reading
10:00 Latin (M)
10:30 Math-u-see drill on the computer
12:00 VDB/Math drill (M)
12:15 Study Spelling
1:00 Writing Strands (M)
1:30 History (T)
2:00 Science (T)
3:00 Geography Center
Greg (1st grade)
8:30 Bible Lesson (T)
9:00 Bible reading
9:30 Character (M)
10:00 Math-u-see drills on the computer
10:30 Math (M)
12:00 Study Spelling
12:15 VDB/Math drill (M)
12:30 Phonics/Reading (M)
1:30 History (T)
2:00 Science (T)
2:30 Geography Center
3:00 Reading (M)
I hope that everyone else is having fun getting ready for school. For me getting ready is the best part!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
- up, dress and go to Grandma's (1/2 mile down road) to pick green beans and zucchini
- walk Sadie (short walk)
- check email and blogs
- pick up kitchen
- work on review
- cook lunch (fried pork chops, mashed potatoes, broccoli and fried zucchini)
- the boys are having friends over to stay the night
- work on review or work online getting things set-up for school
- supper is tacos and corn-on-the-cob
- quiet reading :)
I have really enjoyed doing this. I will post again tomorrow and then that will be it....unless someone tells me otherwise :) I will have to actually come up with something to write about!
Friday, July 21, 2006
Other than that, here is what I need to do:
- clean the living room (declutter and vaccum)
- find the kitchen table :)
- fix lunch.....maybe pork chops
- do something about laundry (see above)
- shower and get dressed
- last night of VBS
Have a good day everyone!
Thursday, July 20, 2006
- up and walk Sadie (5:30 a.m.)
- start laundry
- get dh up (to work on roof)
- check email
- hang out 1st load of laundry (I would like to have all of them out by 10)
- check blogs and post (now!)
- hang out 2nd load of laundry (I have 3 more to do today)
- shower and dress
- clean up kitchen and laundry room
- work on review book
- go to mom's house and prep lunch (around 10)
- Bible reading and devotional work
- fold and put away laundry
- boys- clean up for VBS
- pizza party at VBS before classes (leave at 4:30)
- bed :)
Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
- up and walk Sadie (5:30 a.m.)
- check email, talk to mom and shower
- get dh and kids up (this is dh's day off but he is helping my parents roof their house)
- got them off and vaccumed the living room
- cleaned ceiling fan
- shredded zucchini for the freezer
- loaded and ran dishwasher
- made an apple cobbler to take to mom's for lunch
- worked on my homemaking binder while listening to a Dr. Sharp CD
- checked email and blogs (now!)
- go to mom's for lunch
- got to town to pick up co-op order (1:30 p.m.)
- empty afternoon - probably work on book I am reviewing
- supper and VBS
Have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
- 5:30 up and walk Sadie
- gave Sadie a bath (every Tuesday)
- checked email and called my mom (we try to talk every morning)
- decluttered/swept kitchen
- dusted living room
- checked blogs and emails
- help boys work on VBS projects
- fix lunch
- get dh off to work
- read Bible and devotional book
- have boys get cleaned up for VBS
I hope that everyone has a blessed day!!!!!
Monday, July 17, 2006
It is afternoon (I forgot to post this morning) so this is mainly a list of the things that I have done already today. I will try to do better tomorrow!
- up, start first load of laundry (5:30 a.m.)
- walk with Sadie (cocker spaniel) for 30 minutes
- bake blackberry cobbler for the boys' breakfast
- shower,dress, etc
- swap laundry in washer, hang out first load
- check email
- get boys up and fed
- swap laundry and hang out 2nd load
- greet dh (he worked a double shift) (7:50 a.m.)
- vaccum living room
- swap laundry and hang out 3rd load
- check email and read 1 chapter from devotional book
- hang out last load of laundry
- go visit my mom (boys are already there) (8:45 a.m.)
- come home, change clothes and go to library for pizza party (11:30 a.m.)
- come back home, bring in laundry
- have boys clean out van and feed the dog
- fold laundry and have boys put away theirs
- boys go to my mom's house again to play, I took a short nap and checked the blogs (2:00 p.m.)
- boys are home, taking a bath, getting cleaned up. I am going to cook supper and we will eat and go to VBS tonight
I am glad that I was able to share a day-in-my-life with you :) See you tomorrow!
Saturday, July 15, 2006
I love school supplies. I love boxes of brand new, never used crayons. I love to buy the little scissors, erasers, pencils, notebooks and folders. I could spend hours in an office supply store just wandering around....but it is like a holiday during the school supply sales. I wait for these all year long.
So today, I went grocery shopping alone. I stopped at some yard sales and then the 50% off sales at KMart....not really very good sales. Then I went to Dollar General. Found 2 plastic containers to organize the van (2/$3), 2 plastic stacking containers for I don't know what ($2 each), and 2 6-pack coolers for the boys to use as lunchboxes for field trips and taekwondo ($5.50 each). I am feeling pretty good about myself so I go to the Dollar Tree. Now, my husband hates this store, because he says that I will buy anything for a dollar, which is probably true, so I try to contain myself while I am there. Instead of getting a cart, I got a little carrying basket so that I couldn't buy so much.........yeah, right....should have went with the cart.....my arms where so tired by the time I got to the checkout! I was able to get thumbtacks (in a cute little container), 5 subject notebooks, an insulated lunchbag for me, an insulated water bottle holder for me, a coloring book, a book with a blank picture spot on top and lines under for a story, 2 ice pack things for the coolers, a cell phone charm (don't ask), 2 dictionaries, 2 thesaurases, and 2 small sling bags (the boys can use for their game boys at taekwondo). I guess that is all. They had a very large selection of school supplies, but I refrained for the most part because I had bought a bunch of new school supplies in May when they all went on clearance at Walgreens (hooray for new crayons!!!!!)
I am really wanting to go to a bigger town and indulge a little time at Staples or Office Depot. I think that I like August more than I like December in the stores :)
Now, you can officially have me committed.
P.S. I did finally make it to the grocery store...not nearly as exciting though.....
I now have clotheslines!!!!! When we moved into this new house, my clothes lines were taken down for the construction work and had never been put back up. As part of his home improvement crusade, Norman has replaced my poles and strung me new line.....So this morning I hung out my first load of laundry. I love line dried laundry :)
In January, I started taekwondo. The boys have been taking taekwondo since Jan. 2005 so it was natural that I would eventually join....I am there for 4-5 hours 2 or 3 days a week anyway, might as well. Norman joined up with us in February. So now he is exercising. This is the guy that thinks a walk to the car is too far. Exercising. Okay, I am adjusting.
My husband hates to drive to town, let alone take a trip and yet we went on a 9 day 7 state vacation in May. He had a good time....all of us did. He conceeded that we might be able to do it again someday.
Then just a couple of weeks ago, he reads an article about proper hydration for the body and gives up Mt. Dew. Just like that. No more Mt. Dew. He used to drink gallons of the stuff and now he drinks gallons of water. He never used to be able to sleep at night and would sleep late into the morning (he works 2nd shift). Now he goes to bed after work and gets up early enough to work around the house and yard and spend time with the boys. What a blessing!
Now, all of this has been a great adjustment for me but I have managed. Until........the other day we had company and I made homemade whole wheat bread. My husband has always refused to eat homemade bread, even white bread and here I am sitting across from him at the table, cheerfully eating homemade whole wheat bread..........
Whoever took my old husband can keep him....I think that I like this one better :)
I love you honey!!!!!
Monday, July 10, 2006
Here is how I have, over the last few years, attempted to classify my priorities:
I still think that this is a good arranging of my priorities, but I find that maybe this isn't exactly how things play out in my daily life....I think that sometimes it goes #3, #2, #4 and then #1....how sad is that??? So maybe that is why I decided to reread this book :) Here are some ways that Mrs. Ortlund suggests that I can make God the first priority in my life.
1. Practice his presence. Jesus did this (John 14:10). In my life, I must always be looking forward to God and his will and wishes for my life....everything that I do must be done acknowledging the presence of God.
2. Jealously guard a daily quiet time spent alone with God. This is the hard part for me. I worry about the million other things that could be done with that time....or I spend the time with my thoughts only half focused on God. I also need to be more discriminating about what I am using to supplement this quiet time.....prayer journal and Bible only. Other books, good books, like this one, can be read at different times. I need to hear from God...straight from God!
3. Seek the Lord in occasional longer hunks of time. I don't know exactly how this might play out in my life. I just don't know how I will fit this in, but I know that I should, so that will be a priority.
4. Be diligent in my attendance of public worship. I failed miserably this week. Norman is on vacation and we had company almost all weekend, and by Sunday morning I needed some me time....so I went to Walmart to run errands alone. I was finding my peace in something other than God (but that is a whole 'nother topic). Worshiping with other believers should give me the boost that I need to get through the week, support and encouragement. God wants this corporate praise and worship every week.....If I am putting Him first in my life, why would I deny Him this pleasure??? So obviously I need to work on that.
Next, Mrs. Ortlund lists priority #2 as to the body of Christ. I have to agree that these people, other believers are my spiritual family. I find it hard, though, to place them and time spent with them above time spent with my earthly family. Maybe it is easier if your earthly family is also your spiritual family, I don't know. I guess that this is something that I will need to pray about.
Priority #3 is the needy people of this world, those that don't know God and his wonderful abundant blessings. This is probably more where my family comes in. I tend to get anxious and fearful when called upon to witness to someone. I am afraid of botching it up and making things worse. I am afraid of mocking and ridicule. God says that he will be there for me. I need to spend more time with God so that I know what he wants me to do and say when an opportunity appears to spread the good news about Him. If #1 and #2 are there, then #3 will fall into place.
So now, I stand before God asking him to work ever more in my life. I want him to work and mold and shape me to be what he has in mind for me. Anyone else want to see the best of what God has to offer them??? Join me in my journey to stand in God's presence!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
5 Things in my Refrigerator:
4. garden veggies
5 Things in My Closet:
2. strappy shoes
3. material/yarn and DMC floss
4. wrapping paper
5 Things in My Purse
Mrs. B I also love purses...people laugh because I say I collect them :) Currently I am carrying a 3 pocket tote that is tan and blue swirled flowers and has a straw covered bottom. Very cute!
1. Bible - I have a small one that I carry
2. whatever book I am currently reading
3. wallet and cell phone
4. usually a water bottle
5. cosmetic case with 4-5 different lipsticks/glosses My love for lipsticks/glosses is second only to my love of purses :)
5 Things in My Car:
2. empty water bottles
3. dh's sunglasses
4. coloring books and pencils
I really enjoyed reading all the responses on the other blogs that I have visited. Feel free to consider yourself tagged and let me know where to read your list :)
Sunday, July 02, 2006
I guess that my stand for the truth needs to be constant, always firm so that others can see that in me. I need to make sure that I am consistent in my beliefs, so that I will not lead others astray. I know that through Christ Jesus anything is possible, but do the unbelievers know that? Will they see how I trust Jesus and lay all my faith in Him? Will they see the love of Jesus through me? I am again reminded of the importance that my actions here on earth have for the kingdom of heaven.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
This is the verse that we were studying at Fabulous Friday. Isn't this a wonderful verse? I just love this. I guess that I just didn't remember reading it before. Isn't it great how the truths of God's word come to you at the best times? I hope and pray that at the end of my time here on earth that these will be the words that I am able to utter. Don't we all??