Thursday, August 26, 2010

An Ouchie and a Wait

I haven't been writing much later because I sprained (or jammed) my middle finger on my dominate hand.  It's healing fairly quickly but it has been a lot of pain!

Currently, I'm sitting in my room waiting for our storage building to arrive (Finally and Thankfully!).  It will be nice to have a place to store all the extra clutter consuming our home, to be able to turn it into a normal house again. 

Waiting on something to arrive often leaves much time to think and that's what I've been doing today.  I've been thinking about the past, present and the future.

I was looking at photos on one of my slideshows a  few minutes ago, looking and noticing HOW much my children have grown, how much they have changed in the past 6 months.  My baby girl has gone from a sweet cherub faced 1 yr old to a strong-willed, intellegent 2 yr old.  My oldest daughter has gone from a whiny brat (for lack of a better word! LOL) to a loving, caring, artistic, sweet girl.  My son has gone from a needy, unsure boy to a strong, take-charge, though still a little unsure, young man.  My world is changing daily for the better and I could NOT ask for more.

This year we will begin our first year of truly structured homeschooling.  We worked on this last year but not to the extent I have planned for them this year.  Previous years we have ho-humed, flitted along, barely learning but enjoying being a family and allowing them to enjoy being children.  This year our goals we are to learn to become structured, learn to balance our daily lives, repair our reading inadaquacies, work our way up to level in both reading and math, but enjoy ourselves along the way.  I think we can do this (as the little train says!).  I look forward to doing this, to enjoying this road we are traveling on and to loving my children and teaching them to love life and learning too.  NOTHING is better than that and I could not ask for more.  I'm thankful for these blessings God has given to me, thankful to Him for leading us to homeschooling and thankful for the impact this choice has made in my life and the lives of my beautiful children.

Now, time to get busy getting ready for school and for my soon-to-be-here storage building!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 23: A Youtube Video




Day 23:
A YouTube Video
 
 
A cute video about Homeschooling. :)

30 Day Journal - Day 22: A Website



Day 22:
A Website

My absolute favorite blog (other than mine) is Kelle Hampton's Enjoying the Small Things.  Kelle is the lovely, outgoing Mom to an adorable little sprite, Lainey, and sweet baby Nella.  Love her style and many images each time she posts!  Such inspiration!

30 Day Journal - Day 21: A Recipe



Day 21:
A Recipe
 
Homeschool Views Alphabet Biscuits  
A unique way to learn your ABC's. :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 20: A Hobby Of Mine



Day 20:
A Hobby of Mine

I think yesterday's post pretty much summed up my talents and hobbies.  I love to handpaint things.  I love to take pictures.  I love to home educate my children.  Those three things are my main hobbies and they help me keep my sanity in this busy world.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 19: A Talent Of Mine



Day 19:
A Talent of Mine

I have three in particular.  One is photography, one is hand-painting ceramics and the last is making hand-decorated cakes.  I started hand-painting ceramics when I was 11 or 12 years old.  I love the detail and creativity of taking something blah and turning it into Wow!  I began baking cakes at age 12 just for something to do.  I inherited my Grandmother's baking skills and rarely have a cake turn out badly.  I make my icing from scratch so it always tastes fresh and yummy.  My photography hobby came about when I had children.  I love to take their pictures and capture the special moments in their lives forever.  All three of these things are a huge passion of mine that I someday hope to put to good use.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 18: My Wedding



Day 18:
My Wedding

My first wedding to my ex-husband was August 7, 1999.  It was blazing hot outside, after a nice cool week.  The wedding was supposed to take place around 3pm but didn't begin until 6pm.  My guests became way too hot because it was an outdoor wedding.  Overall, the wedding was beautiful though and I hope my guests had a great time, even if we did end up divorced years later.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 16: A Song That Makes Me Cry



Day 16:
A Song that Makes Me Cry

The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert

This song reminds me of my Momma and Daddy and my childhood home growing up.  They say there is no place like "home" and for me that house was my home, a place I could always return, where I was loved and happy.  It was the House that Built Me and that contained the memories that made me who I am today.  My Daddy died in 2005 and my Momma was forced to sell the house, leaving me without the home I'd loved for so long.  It was just a house, but there IS no place like home.



The House That Built Me Lyrics


I know they say you cant go home again.
I just had to come back one last time.
Ma'am I know you don't know me from Adam.
But these handprints on the front steps are mine.

And up those stairs, in that little back bedroom
is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar.
And I bet you didn't know under that live oak
my favorite dog is buried in the yard.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like i'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself
if I could just come in I swear i'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

Mama cut out pictures of houses for years.
From "Better Homes and Garden" magazines.
Plans were drawn, concrete poured,
and nail by nail and board by board
Daddy gave life to Mama's dream.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like i'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could just come in I swear i'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can.
I got lost in this whole world and forgot who I am.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could walk around I swear i'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 15: My Dream House


Day 15:
My Dream House

Dream house... dream house... hmmm... this is gonna take some thought.  I'd really love an old southern belle mansion, with lots of bedrooms, two living rooms, a huge dining room and kitchen. A library/study and a wrap-around front porch with half of it screened in for late summer picnics.  I can just see my babies playing under the pecan trees lining the mile long drive.  <3

Saturday, August 14, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 14: A Non-Fictional Book



Day 14:
A Non-Fictional Book

Elvis and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

The story of Elvis and Priscilla's life together, written by Priscilla herself.  One of my favorite books to read.

Friday, August 13, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 13: A Fictional Book



Day 13:
A Fictional Book

My favorite book, as mentioned before, is On Fortune's Wheel by Cynthia Voigt.  If I had to choose another book I'd be torn between two sets:
The Sister Hood of the Traveling Pants Series by Anne Brashares
and
The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

Both of these book sets are well written. I really enjoyed reading them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 12: Something I am OCD About



Day 12:
Something I Am OCD About

I'm not OCD about very many things.  I guess one of my most serious complusions is washing your hands after using the bathroom or touching trash/nasty things.  Can't really think of anything else.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook {Aug 10,2010}


Today's post is from The Simple Woman's Daybook.
Website no longer available.


FOR TODAY


Outside my window the sun is shining brightly and the heat of the day can be felt through the shades covering the windows.

I am thinking about school planning, hoping to accomplish a lot this year.

I am thankful for my children who have truly blessed my life.

From the learning rooms we are preparing for school by keeping it simple and slowly introducing our studies back into our everyday life.

From the kitchen will be either sloppy joes or 4 cheese Rigatoni for lunch and pork chops, Rice-A-Roni, mac n cheese, corn and muffins for dinner.

I am wearing a comfy blue t-shirt with black shorts today.

I am creating plans.  Lots of plans for the house and school and life.

I am going to work on my kitchen clutter and classroom in a little while.

I am reading lots of blogs lately.  I enjoy the ideas that are being shared.

I am hoping that my headache goes away before much longer.

I am hearing the sweetest voices calling me Mommy and excitedly telling me what words they just wrote.

Around the house there is a mess that is slowly disappearing everyday.

One of my favorite things is the joy on my Two-dlers face when she does something she finds funny.  This girl is well loved and it more than shows! :-)

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Organize, plan and get ready to paint the girls' room.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing:  A beautiful smile to brighten the day!

30 Day Journal - Day 10: A Photo Taken Over 10 Year Ago Of Me



Day 10:
A Photo Taken Over 10 Years Ago of Me


My ex-husband and I:
Our Engagement Photo taken in 1999.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Principal's Letter of Resignation

A well-written example in conjuction to the topic of my own previous post.  Education is the parent's responsibility, not the school systems.  I'm loving this thought provoking Principal's Letter of Resignation.


Back to School Time {August 2010}

It's that time of year again.  Everyone is preparing to return to the days of school.  Even those of us who Home Educate.  The past few days (week?) has been spent picking out curriculum, planning out school work, interviewing the kids to see what they want to learn about this year.  Emma is full of suggestions, some great, other's off-the-wall, but interests of hers none-the-less.  Will I get to all of it?  Probably not, but I'll darn sure try my best to!

One thing I've noticed for sure this year is that parents everywhere are happy to have their children return to a routine of daily education.  For me, I can't wait to have that scheduled learning going on again.  I love having my children home with me everyday 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Sure it gets tough, but life was not meant to be easy for any of us.

As I read other Mother's saying "I can't wait for school to start so the kids can go back", I feel a little sad inside.  I wonder if these parents know what they are truly missing out on in their rush for their children to leave them?  The sweet smiles they daily miss, the enjoyment on their child's face and in their heart when they discover something new they did not know.  Do they realize someone else, someone not connected to their child, is enjoying all these moments that God intended them to have? 

I'm thankful to live in America, to have the freedom to choose how I educate my child and to be blessed to have every moment with my children that God made just for me, their Mother.  I remember the days before I knew what Home Education was, how brainwashed (for lack of a better term) I was about children "needing" a "public" education.  I am THANKFUL I no longer think or feel that way.  I am THANKFUL that this is the path that God lead us upon (even though many people, family included do not understand my decision in this or that it was indeed God-led). 

I know each family has to decide what is best for them but I do pray for the families who cannot wait for their children to leave, give them a break, grow up, etc., that those parents will see just how much being with and loving each and every moment with your children is a blessing and a gift from God, before they really are grown, gone and it's way too late.  I pray God shows these parents that their children are blessing and not the inconviences they have allowed their hearts to portray.

I'm asking that my blogging friends also join me in this prayer and hope they too appreciate their children as much as I love mine. 

Many blessing to you all... and Happy planning for the new school year!


30 Day Journal - Day 9: A Photo I Took



Day 9:
A Photo I Took

So far, I've taken all the photos on this blog.  Here is yet another: :-)

My best friend - she could be a model!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 6: 20 Favorite Things



Day 6:
20 of My Favorite Things

  1. My Family - my children and my dog!
  2. The internet - what would I do without it?
  3. God - who plays a part in who I am.
  4. Reading - knowledge is an important and powerful thing in life.
  5. Homeschooling - or Independant Education, as I like to call it.  Love watching my kids learn!
  6. Olive Garden and their delicious meals (and yummy breadsticks too!)
  7. Handpainting - my release from stress.
  8. Hot baths - to soak away the day.
  9. Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream - nothing like it, especially in a milkshake!!
  10. Pepsi - my coffee
  11. Snuggling with my babies - brings happiness to my heart.
  12. My son asking for a hug - because he is not the affectionate one!
  13. My Princessa style - unique just like her!
  14. My baby's sweet, clutching hugs - and how she says the word as she does it, so proudly!
  15. Dancing with my babies
  16. Comfy pants - that fit like a second skin.
  17. Reading blogs - an easy way to look into the lives of others and to learn so much about this crazy life!
  18. Music - spirit and joy shown through the words of the world
  19. Good friends - who love you no matter how silly, crabby, happy or sad you are.
  20. "Good Morning Mommy" all the way to "Good-night" - I love my babies happy smiles.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 5: Favorite Quote


Day 5:
Favorite Quote

My favorite qoute is "Don't Make God Yell, Listen the First Time". 

I first heard this qoute at age 24 from a friend who said his Grandma used to say it to him.  Needless to say it stuck with me and I have found it to be true many times over in my life.  When I need a little inspiration, I listen to God and when I don't listen, I hear his YELL in the events in my life.  It's true when they say He will knock you down to size and He will gain your respect because He certainly has mine.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

30 Day Journal - Day 4: Favorite Book



Day 4:
Favorite Book
 
My Favorite book is On Fortune's Wheel by Cynthia Voight.  This book started my love of historical and fantasy romance novels.  It is still a favorite to read for me.
 
Product Description from Amazon.com


There are some who say that the Lady Fortune
has a wheel, and all men are fixed upon it.
The wheel turns, and the men rise, or fall,
with the turning of the wheel.

Birle has agreed to be wed to the huntsman Muir as an escape from the drudgery of life at her father's inn -- but the moment she looks into the bellflower blue eyes of the man she comes upon stealing one of her father's boats, Birle knows she cannot marry Muir. Even after she discovers the mysterious stranger is Orien, a Lord and as unreachable to an innkeeper's daughter as a star, Birle is determined to travel with him as far as he will allow.

Their travels take Birle to a world far from home, a world where Lords may become slaves, where Princes rule by fear, and where Fortune's Wheel turns more swiftly and dangerously than Birle could have imagined.

Newberry Medalist Cynthia Voigt's second novel of the Kingdom, set two generations later than Jackaroo, is a memorable combination of thrilling adventure and heart-stopping romance.



Tuesday, August 3, 2010

30 Day Journal {Days 1, 2, and 3}

I've decided to join in on the
 
 

So here goes...

Day 1:
Favorite Song

Wow, this is a hard one to start off with.  I have so many favorites, from many genres and artists.  I guess if I had to choose though it would be Godspeed from the Dixie Chicks.  This song has always made me think of my son (and daughters) and I used to sing it to them when they were tiny babies. 

"God Bless Mommy and Matchbox cars, God bless Dad and thanks for the stars, God hears Amen wherever we are, and I love you... Godspeed little man, sweet dreams little man..."

Day 2:
Favorite Movie

This one is easy peasy.  My all time favorite movie is A Walk To Remember.  Their love, their triumphs, and even their loss shows how life is meant to be, how it's meant to be lived and I can only ask for God to allow me, to bless me with love like that here on Earth.  Simply and beautifully sweet.

Day 3:
Favorite Television Program

Armywives on Lifetime. 
 I love the closeness of these ladies and the storylines that go along with this show.  Such a beautiful show about life.

Monday, August 2, 2010

New Blog Title: We're Now Luv'N Lambert Life

I decided to rename my blog out of no-where today.  I love my old title "In the Life of a Mom" but I know there are a few other blogs with simular names so I decided to do something more tailored to us.  So the new title is Luv'N Lambert Life because I sure do love my family and our life together. 

Lately, we've been busy doing housework but this week is dedicated to school prep for the new school year.  I'm also working on a menu plan and some new routines to implement around home for both me and the kids to use.  The next month is sure to be interesting.


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