Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An Update: March 31, 2010

Lately I have had a bit of writer's block.  I am not sure why, just in a bit of a funk.  Woke up this morning feeling like I am getting a stomach bug, though I certainly hope not.

The older kids are on Spring Break this week.  They are staying with their aunt, uncle and cousin.  Things like the park, church and Chuck E. Cheese were on the Fun Agenda for the week, not to mention the Wii and other video games galore, so I'm more than certain they are having a great time. :)  I miss them like the dickens.

So, it's just me and the Laycie Boo, keeping each other company this week.  She is currently interested in loving babies, which is sweet to see.  She tugs around her little doll and her bear from her hospital stay when she was 4 mths old.  She feeds them, holds them, kisses them, tucks 'em in, sings to them and will not go to sleep without them next to her.  It amazes me how someone so small can understand so much love and I'm thankful that she has learned that love from me and the world around her. 

Starting tomorrow I am taking away the paci again.  I had given it back to her when she began developing serious winter colds to help her open her mouth for breathing.  For her it works.  But now that cold season is over, it's time to take it away again.  Besides she has begun chewing them like crazy. Major no-no.

I'm reworking the classroom/dining room this week too and trying to find some bits of spring to spread throughout the house.  I moved the bookshelf from our hallway into the classroom to put all the books in one place and give a little extra room for paper and crayons.  I'm threw with the "this is for school" battle I previously had going with Miss Emmalee and have decided to make these things accessible for her creative needs instead so long as she continues to clean up her mess and stay organized (so hard for her and me too).  Tomorrow the kids computer desk gets a revamp, poor unknowing thing!

I'm trying to get into Spring Cleaning but this inpending feeling of coming down with something is trying it's best to prevent my Spring-like efforts and the lovely layer of pollen coating all of our yard isn't helping much either.  I'm a fighter though, so we will see who comes out on TOP in the end of the Spring Wars.  Probably, Spring itself - just saying, Mother Nature is much bigger than little ole me! LOL

Christian Encounters: Winston Churchill by John Perry {Book Review}

Christian Encounters: Winston Churchill by John Perry
Book Review

John Perry presents us with an interesting view of the life of Winston Churchill in this self-titled biography.  He begins with Winston's unsavory birth tale, and carries us all the way through his school years, wars and on to his death.  This book tells of Winston's unwavering, strong faith throughout his life and trials, from the women who encouraged his faithfulness to his time as a Master Statesman and one of the greatest men from the 20th Century.  Always allowing God to lead him through his even the most awful events in his lifetime.

This book is available through Thomas Nelson Publishers online, retailing at around $12.00.  A provided reading guide is also available through this same site.

I recieved this book as a gift from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their program for review.  The opinions expressed are my own and are no relation to that of Thomas Nelson Publishers, John Perry or any other program.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, March 20, 2010

B is for Bufflehead by Steve Hutchcraft : {Book Review}

B is for Bufflehead
Flying through the ABC’s with fun feathered friends
Steve Hutchcraft, author and photographer
Published by Photohutch

B Is For Bufflehead, ABC Book, Steve Hutchcraft

A new look at the alphabet through a gorgeous flock of photography, Steve Hutchcraft presents an interesting look at our fine-feathered friends for young and old alike. Each letter of the alphabet details at least one new bird, along with a wealth of fun facts about each one.

This book would make a wonderful unit study for the homeschool world or a great addition to a Charlotte Mason type living books library. My kids enjoyed each tidbit of information and every lifelike photograph included in the book.

B is for Bufflehead, ABC Book, Steve Hutchcraft
Presented at the end of the storyline are fun questions to help reinforce the information provided on each page. There is also a section of extra facts for each bird, such as what geographical area the bird can be found in, what it eats and what kind of habitat it calls home, as well as much more.

I recommend this book to the young and old alike, especially bird watchers and nature lovers. It can be purchased online at for $19.95.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Laycie's Growing Up {March 19, 2010}

Laycie's learning to write and color!  She's getting to be such a big girl.  In just a few weeks she will turn 2.  She's still not talking well, but thankfully her seizures have been under control for over a year.  In fact, she has not had a single seizure in a year now.  I'm so estatic about this!  

For her speech, I have been working on some theraputic  exercises, mostly just talking clearly to her and presenting her with the correct words to answer.  I know she can hear me and hear me well because of her responses.  I am afraid it's her tongue that is preventing her from talking, as she is slightly tongue-tied, but I am hoping that in the next few months her speech blossoms.  Just taking it day by day to see what happens.

She's truly growing up.  She has the sweetest disposition, though she definately lets us know when she's not happy about something.  

I could not be more in love with my sweet blue-eyed girl!

Oh my... {Thoughts from Me - March 19, 2010}

It's official... I'm overwhelmed with all the housekeeping and school, plus my college.  I just can't seem to get it together lately.  If I'm cleaning house, I skip schoolwork and if I work on school with the kids, cleaning house gets skipped. 

How do I manage all the demands of life?

Add to this, my sinuses are killing me thanks to the beauty of Spring.  I love this season but it is NOT my friend, allergy-wise. 

The phrase "so much to do, so little time" keeps flitting through my head. 

Well, I'm off to do a little research, a bit of organizing and some thoroughly, deep cleaning which I will be continuing until I feel things are properly in place again.  Ta-Ta for now.

Busy Mom’s Bible – Week 3

Busy Mom’s Bible – Week 3

I’m a little behind on sharing week 3’s lesson but here goes anyway.

I chose to read the section on our Heavenly Father this week. The key word is as you guessed: Father. The shared scripture is Mark 10:15-16.

This scripture tells us to be child-like when it comes to Heaven. My take on this is that we should have a child-like, joyous heart and allow our Heavenly Father to parent us. This is also about trust: trusting each other and most of all trusting God. Trusting him to be there and to guide us as a parent does their child.

In fact, we should all take the time to turn to God as our Father, to listen to what he has to say and follow His ways. Imagine yourself resting your head upon the shoulder of God and let his heavenly Love heal all your pain and trust in His word and Love for us all.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Every Day I'm in God's Presence {March 15, 2010}

"Every day I'm in God's presence, and He will provide for me!" ~ Susie Larson, Growing Grateful Kids - a book I am currently reviewing.

How true these words ring!  Have you ever thought about the times you have been in need in your life?  What lead you through those times?  Think about those times you just felt LOST.  Was the right path somehow provided?  And how about the times when you had a little less than you needed.  Did you somehow find enough?

I've been through many days when I wondered why I was even here on Earth, what I was going to do to make it through.  Somehow, someway I have always been able to find my answer to those questions.  Those little trials seemed so big at the time but now, in hind's light, they seem small. 

My little mustard seed of Faith has always seen me through, even in my darkest hours.  Every day I was in God's presence, and every day He provided for me.  Even today, He is still providing.

How has He provided for you???

Saturday, March 13, 2010

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer {Book Review}

This World We Live In
Susan Beth Pfeffer

Picture a world where life is no longer as we know it, but instead, due to a catastrophic collision our moon has created a blah, grey world of lifelessness, death and uncertainty. This is the scene that Susan Beth Pfeffer portrays in The Dead and The Gone, Life As We Knew It, and This World We Live In, the third book of her series.
The World We Live In, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt

This World We Live In tells the story of Miranda, a young girl whose family is trying to survive in the disastrous aftereffects of a global catastrophe a year after it happened. Miranda’s family has to learn to work together, accept life as it now is, to love and persevere at all costs, even in death. They also learn along the way that family is not always who is related by blood, but instead who is brought into your life in times of struggle, for reasons beyond our own knowledge.

I really enjoyed reading this story, as it kept me captivated throughout. The wonder of how this family would survive through the changes in weather, what they would find as time passed on, and how they were going to make it through after such harrowing circumstances made me to not want to put this book down. It left me wondering what if the world was to suffer a catastrophe, how would we survive? Would I be as strong as Miranda and her family? I can only hope that I would indeed have as much courage and faith as the family portrayed in this book.

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer will be available around April 1, 2010 through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, retailing, in hardback, for around $17. Recommended for teens, some content may be a bit too graphic for youth under 13 years of age.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday {March 10, 2010}

Wordless Wednesday
{March 10, 2010}
One of my favorites of Winston!

The joys of a good bowl of cereal!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Scent of Spring {Spring 2010}

My mind is running miles and miles a minute.  There is a long trailing list of things I would love to write about.  It must be the lovely Spring weather. 

Spring brings about new beginnings and outdoor fun.  It brings the creatures of the earth out of hiding and the flowers into bloom.  These are the things the kids enjoy most. 

Speaking of the kids: they have been enjoying the outdoors this week.  They went to the park while they were visiting their Aunt.  They have played outside, riding in the jeep and playing on the slide. 

Laycie has joyously stomped her bare feet across the grass all over our yard.  She's enjoyed the new soft, green blades tickling her feet.  She loves pulling at the dead growth and watching it blow upon the wind when she lets go. 

We have greatly enjoyed the wonderful weather and taking Laycie a quick four wheeler ride.  Sunday we stopped several places around the area to watch the water and smell the still-cool salty air.  The last remnants of Winter and the fresh beginnings of Spring.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Busy Mom's Bible - Week 2

Last week I spent a little time reading through my Busy Mom's Bible.  I find the tips in this bible very interesting and helpful.  Just the inspriation a Busy Mom needs in this day and age.

This week I spent a little time reviewing the second devotional quick-set.  This section is on Protection.  The key word is Protected and the Bible verse is "The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still." Exodus 14:14

It speaks of how the Israelites were afraid to leave Egypt but Moses convinced them to stand strong and allow the Lord to fight for them.  It tells us to stand still and allow the Lord to fight for us, as the Isrealites had allowed Him to fight for them.  In all things, God is there and He is standing and carrying us through all Life's turmoils.  Even as the Lord appears NOT to hear or be around, in the end he is always there, always guiding, carrying and leading His children through this life.  Protecting us from Evil and harm, even in the times it seems Evil and harm are all around. 

Protection, as a Mother protects her child, God protects us, His children.  What a great thing His protection is!  What a blessing to have protection from someone as awesome as our Heavenly Father!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ahhh Thursday {March 5, 2010}

My day started a little late because I wasn't feeling too well.  I awoke to three cute smiling faces. 

My handsome son had fixed his sisters breakfast, and done a great job making their cereal. 

Once I got up and around, feeling a little better, my sweet princess decided we needed a dress up day.  She picked out make-up for her Momma and helped me fix it up.  She chose a lovely pink bow for my hair.  My son brushed my hair "smooth" and the extra attention really felt nice.  I picked out my favorite pink pants and a couple of tank tops, since I was just doing odds and ends in the house. 

My princess chose to wear her blue and white dress today and use a purple bow in her hair.  She brushed her own hair (I'm so proud of this new achievement of hers) and put her bow in.  Then we did her makeup.  What a gorgeous girl I have! 

Overall, it was a terrific Thursday, relaxing and full of love.  We sang and danced and made memories today that cannot be replaced.  And what beautiful memories they are.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Thank God It's Monday {Thoughts from Me}

Ahh, Mondays.  They get a bad wrap every week.  The beginning of the work week.  Start of hard labor.  First day after a relaxing weekend. 

Over time people have come to dread even hearing the word Monday.  They cringe when they even hear the word.

I've decided to give Monday back it's greatness or rather it's gratefulness by Thanking God It's Monday.

Thank God It's Monday...
Thank God for beautiful smiles.
Thank God for soft, giggles after a tickle session.
Thank God for ABC's and 123's, repeated over and over again.
Thank God for eating Basgetti and Smarshmellows when we get the urge.
Thank God for all the Mac N Cheese.
Thank God for wiggling toes and this Little Piggy who went to a market.
And Thank God for the chance to love, to live and to laugh every day...
Including Mondays.

What do you Thank God and Monday for?

Momma's Gorgeous Girl {Photo Reflection}

Photo Reflection 2010:

Blessed to Know of Her ~ Sweet Kara Faith

I am blessed to have known of the beautiful Kara Faith Palmer

She was only here for 7 brief weeks but in that time she touched and blessed so many lives with her presence.  Knowing she existed brought a smile to so many faces, mine included.  I enjoyed hearing of her daily triumps and seeing her gorgeous smile in the pictures her family shared almost daily.  Seeing her, knowing that she existed, brought joy to my heart.

Last Friday, God took precious little Kara home to dance with him in the Sunrise, to live the life He wished for her.  In her short time she had met her purpose of life, to share with the world the truth of God and his immense Love. 

In knowing Kara and her family I have learned that Love indeed exists.  They have shown me that no matter what God hands to you, you presevere, you take the good moments and you hold on to cherish them.  God gives and he takes away in the blink of an eye.  We are none an exception to this.  I am thankful to have been able to know of Kara.  She has taught me to love my children more than anything and never take for granted their presence in my life.  For any one of them could be called Home to dance along with Kara in the Sunrise. 

She was a Blessed Angel from the moment she was created, a true Gift from Heaven and our wonderful Creator.  I am thankful that God gave me the chance to know the Sweet Kara Faith and her family.  I will never forget this precious girl or her loving Mother and the lessons they have provided. 

My heart is saddened for their loss but I rejoice in the joy of Kara's Sunrise dance with her Savior.  May she rest in Peace, always.

Busy Mom's Bible - Week 1: Day 2

I'm a little behind with this post which was supposed to come a few days ago but our littlest angel was sick so it couldn't be helped.  Thankfully, it was just a little cold and she's so much better now.

During this reading of the Busy Mom's Bible, I reviewed the Reflect & Pray section of the Creator.  First, I reread the 1 minute lesson on God's Creation of the Earth and then I read the Reflect & Pray to build upon what I had read. 

God created EVERYTHING.  He created the Earth.  He created the moon and Sun.  He created you and me and everything living thing.  His imagination and creativity is an amazing thing to behold. 

He created my beautiful children.  He sculpted them into the gorgeous little beings they are.  He gave them their personalities.  Winston, my shy, skittish boy.  Emmalee, my stubborn, outgoing social Princess.  Laycie, my queen bee, who gets her point across rather quickly when she's got her mind set upon it.  God gave them each these qualities for his own wonderful purpose. 

As for me, God gave me to ability to love these children.  He gave me the creativity to design for them fun rooms that fit their personalities.  He allowed me the artistic ability to photograph these Angels, somewhat decently, to share their uniqueness with the world.  He gave  me the gift of being able to artistically paint when I put my mind to it.  He blessed me with the opportunity and brains to be able to teach my sweet babies daily in our home.  I'm truly blessed to have such an imaginative Father, who shaped me into a creative person, much like himself.  His love for me causes my Love for Him to shine through and to grow and build everyday.  It flows into my children and out of them into their little worlds. 

God's Love is immense and infinite.  Truly we are blessed to have His Love and to share in that Love with Him. 

I'm thankful He is the creator of all and that He chose to create me and the wonderful life I am living.


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