Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford {Book Review}

Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford
Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Published by Lerner Publishing Group
Price: $16.95 hardcover or $12.71 eBook
For ages 5-8
    Annabelle was tired of looking the same as the other girls in school day after day.  She wanted to be different.  She thought of many ways to make it happen and when she came across an old picture of her Grandmother, she decided a Bouffant was the PERFECT way!  Annabelle started a new trend at school and quickly realized that even a simple change can be boring after a while. 

     This book was a lot of fun to read.  The kids and I both enjoyed the cute ways Annabelle attempted to create her bouffant and all the little things she added into it, in the process.  The storyline is adorable and entertaining all the way through.  We give this book two thumbs up!  You can find your own copy at today!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Birthday Party Prep

This week is not going at all as planned, unfortunately.  I think the events of last weekends flood and various other things are really getting to me.  I'm feeling exhausted and like a Tiger trapped inside a cage.  I want to get out of here and DO something but time right now doesn't allow for that.

Tomorrow is my beautiful girl's party.  It's not exactly how I wanted it but I know she'll be happy regardless.  I am postponing the sleep-over part of the party to a later unknown date.  Everything is going to be moved out into our yard so I know the kids will all enjoy that, being able to play and enjoy the fresh air. 

First in the morning I must back the cake and cupcakes for the Princessa's party.  I also have heart shaped cookies to make for her.  I just pray I can get it all done!

I bought her gifts tonight.  I know she is going to LOVE them.  Some things she had asked for and others I just happened to come across by chance.  I bought a lot to encourage her artistically: paper, markers, stickers, stickers, sticker kits and so much more!  I can not wait to see her creations.  She's such an amazing artist already.

Since tomorrow is such a busy day, I must go to bed.  I've had a lot on my mind lately and I'm sure I'll get to sharing more of that later on.  But for now, my sweet Princessa's birthday party tops my list!  I love my baby girl and all of my kids.  They are my greatest gift from God.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Princess

Eight years ago today, I gave birth to my first little girl.  I can remember it like it was yesterday.

Emmalee was born through a scheduled c-section.  I arrived at the hospital around 5:30am on February 17, 2003.  I was prepped and I remember going into labor not long before it was time for the c-section.  Around 8am I was wheeled back to the OR. 

Her delivery began normal and quickly turned into an emergency because my spinal block did not take like it was supposed to.  In fact, I was well awake and felt the entire delivery from the searing pain of the first cut to the tugging pain of being sewn up.  But it was all worth it.  I watched in the big metallic overhead light as they pulled my beautiful little Princess from beneath my heart.  I heard her sweet cry as they brought her for me to see.  I knew the moment I saw her, she was my Emmalee.  I heard her sweet cries as the anethesia quickly made me drift off to sleep.  I missed out on those things with her brother's delivery 2 years and 2 months before.  I cherish every moment of the memories I have of my sweet girl's birth. 

I remember the first time I was able to hold her close to me, looking into her beautiful blue eyes.  Later they would change to the prettiest brown eyes I've ever been blessed to know.  I kissed her, counted her fingers and toes.  I laid her into my arms and kept her there for as long as I could. 

Her big brother and her cousin were amazed by her.  They thought she was the prettiest baby and couldn't wait to play with her.  They loved her from the moment she was born.  She quickly became her brother's best friend, a bond that still hasn't been broken. 

I look back and I wonder where the time has gone.  My baby girl is now 8 and I can hardly believe it.  In 10 short years she will be grown, ready to start a life of her own.  I want to cherish those years, to suck every speck of life and love out of them before that time comes.  I want to cherish the sweet girl, who's faith in God and love of life, has given me so much strength these past 8 years.

She is my artist, my faithful one, my strength, my heart.  She is my Princessa.  The love I have for her cannot be explained.  She amazes me daily.  She's my stubborn child, but her strengths, her wit, her amazing curiousity and faith far outweigh her stubborness.  God blessed me the day she was born, as much as he did the day her brother and her sister were born.  He blessed me with a Love like none I've ever known.  The love of a Mother to a Princess and a Princess for her Momma.

Happy 8th Birthday to my sweet Princess Emmalee.  Momma loves you, always and forever, my dear girl. <3

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Then Sings My Soul {Book Review}

150 Christmas, Easter, and All-Time Favorite Hymn Stories
Thomas Nelson Publishing
Paperback: 320 pages
Price: $19.99

From the Publishers:
Don't look for a dry recounting of boring historical fact, the devotional-style stories in Then Sings My Soul show the emotion and drama behind the hymns of faith that have changed many lives throughout history. Designed to be personally reflective, these stories speak to the soul and add depth to a meaningful worship time with God through song.

Recounted are stories of the people whose faith led them to write these wonderful seasonal hymns and the people whose faith was affected by reading, hearing, and singing the songs.

•Includes words and music to each hymn
•Special, softcover, French flap cover design
•Ivory paper with brown ink
•Jagged edged paper, giving it a classic feel
•Complete with hymn index
•Use for devotionals, teaching illustrations, introductory remarks for song leaders and music ministers

This book is a beautiful collectible for anyone.  From it's gorgeous cover to the jagged edges of the paper inside.  The antique appearance and beatifully scripted pages make it a keepsake for all.

Each page presents a seperate hymn, followed by a brief one-page history and explanation for each.  The thoughtful stories, describe everything from the happiness, the triump, to the pain of creating such lovely hymns.  The words of the songs will not be the only thing that grabs hold of the heart  The strong, inspiring stories give strength to the words of each one.

The list of hymns is amazing in itself.  All of the old favorites from the Old Rugged Cross to Silent Night are included in this gorgeous book.  Several Sweet Southern Hymns are also included - being a Southern girl, I truly appreciate this aspect of the book.  Every story will touch the heart in some way, leaving you wanting to learn more about the words of the hymns and the authors themselves. 

This book is highly recommend for every music lover, choir member and simply every Christian there is.   Add Then Sings My Soul to your collection today!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Unschooling and Other Thoughts

I have been attempting to keep up with what's going on with my blog but I stay so busy with other things that there never seems to be time for that.  It's been a long week, with many thoughts involved and figuring out several things in my life.  I feel God leading me into directions I have not yet been and I know I'm fully ready to rush into them full-force.

I've recently been asked many questions dealing with homeschooling, computers and antiques.  In the past few days, I've had these things brought to my attention and being brought to my attention, I have disected what they really mean to me.  So throughout this post I will try to express my feelings on each thought and how they relate to our life.

Just today a family member asked me to help them work on selling their antiques before they pass away.  This is a sad thought but this family member is now 85 years old and knows her days are limited.  She also knows that her family has no idea the value of her personal items and they will just toss them to the side, or give them away for practically nothing if someone doesn't take care of the matter beforehand.  It's a sad fact that many people have no idea of what they hold in their hands before they simply toss it into a dumpster or hand it over to someone else to deal with.  I'm more than happy to help this lovely lady disperse of some of her most prized possessions before her last day comes.

I've had several people ask homeschooling questions, as I mentioned earlier, and this has made me rethink our own homeschooling style.  Are we Classical, Charlotte Mason styled, Relaxed, Eclectic, Unschoolers, etc?  Thinking this over, I realize we are in fact many of these things.  There are seasons in our homeschooling when we use Classical methods but mostly we are Eclectic, Relaxed homeschoolers with a bit of Unschooling mixed in. 

I prefer to allow my children to learn through many different methods.  I find this keeps them from becoming bored with their education.  We use everything from television shows, websites, video games, textbooks, worksheets, even nature's own provisions and much more to learn about every possibly imaginable subject each day.  Our school is nothing like that of a public school and is exactly as God meant it to be.  School, for us, is fun and exciting and definitely always a wonderful experience.

That said, the next few weeks bring a lot of busy-ness for us.  My oldest daughter is turning 8 soon and we must prepare for her birthday party next weekend.  She will not officially be 8 until February 17th but we are having the party a bit early.  I'm also still working on the house re-vamping and hopefully tax money will bring lots of good things for organization.  I'm hoping it will also bring some new homeschooling materials to use.  Such excitement for us all! 

I'm excited for these new things brewing in our lives.  I'm excited to have new things to enjoy and share and be a part of.  I look forward to the opportunities God is bringing into my life.  It's truly a blessing to be able to share my love and joys with others and I hope to be able to continue to do these things for a long time.

Many blessings to all!


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