Saturday, April 28, 2007

About Me


I am a thirty something SAHM of 5 children. This blog is a place where I can share the craziness that is my life. I love to be able to look back over the years and see what we were doing as a family and what I was thinking. It is a great thing to see how you grow and change over the years. Life is a journey...and each step changes and teaches us.

I am first and foremost a child of God. I will periodically post my thoughts on God's word and share what he is doing in my life. As a child I became a child of God and I am slowly trying to transform my life to one pleasing to the Lord.

I am a wife to a wonderful man. I felt led to start Loving My Husband Fridays...a place for us wives to focus on the blessing our husbands are to us. Every Friday I post something I love or appreciate about my husband...and ask others to join in as well. I really want to encourage women to focus on our marriages and our husbands. Along the same lines, each Tuesday I will post a challenge for Building our Marriages.

I am a mother. The kids are always doing something interesting. I wanted to have a place to preserve those precious memories...and give others something to smile at. Motherhood also teaches me a lot about myself and God. I want to be able to share what I am learning. I also try to pass on simple things we can do with our families to have fun!

We are a homeschooling family, so I also use this blog as a place to discuss curriculum, homeschooling in general, and share my kids' accomplishments.

I am a homemaker. I have a lot to learn in this area, but I want to be able to pass on what I have learned and am learning. I will use this blog as a place to post my families favorite recipes.

I am a lover of photography. I will post photos of my family and God's creation. I also am trying to become a better photographer and will use this blog to enter contest and try new things.

I am a reader. I will post book reviews of books I've read and enjoyed.

This is an eclectic blog...a place to share all aspects of my life with those I love and care about, those I don't know, and the future me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Illegal driving

Yesterday, I was at my Mom's. We had just gotten home from visiting my brand new Nephew (one week old Titus) and my sister (who is recovering from her first C-Section. We (along with my grandma) were talking about something (I can't remember what) and I decided to check my drivers license expiration date. Sure enough, it expired last September. My Mom lives about an hour away from me, so my Grandma's immediate response was, "Now that you know that, your sure to get pulled over on the way home."

Well, that set me to worrying. I've been yelling at Aaron for several weeks about his driving, and narrow escapes from tickets. Just a couple weeks ago an officer actually turned his lights on and back off as we were passing him on our way home from church. I think he was warning him to slow down. It would look really bad if I got pulled over and had an expired license!!

I've also been warning Aaron for months to get the turn signals fixed. Neither of our front turn signals are working and I've had at least one time in the past couple months I was sure I was going to be pulled over for it. (A police car was waiting to turn out of a road that I was turning into). Needless to say, my drive home from my Mom's yesterday was the safest I've driven for years. I drove right at the speed limit (O.K., a couple of mph over) and paid attention to each car in my vicinity. I still didn't have turn signals, though.
Thankfully I made it home without being pulled over!!

Today Aaron took me and I got my license renewed. I am now legal again!! (Of course I'm $26 in the hole, but that's another story!!).

Friday, April 13, 2007

Paddington

We've been reading Paddington Bear. He's really an amusing little bear! Caleb did a notebook page today for it.



Saturday, April 7, 2007

Bedwetting miracles......



Do you have bedwetters at your house? If so, this little alarm may be the answer to your problem. Two weeks ago we got our little alarm in the mail. I wasn't convinced it would work, but we figured it was a first step towards dry nights (and it was a little cheaper than a doctor's appointment, which would be the next step). Caleb was wetting the bed every single night and, as he will be seven in a few short months, we decided it was time.

The first night he stayed dry, but he told us he tried to stay awake so it wouldn't go off. Then the rest of that week he stayed dry 2 other times, and was awakened by the alarm at least twice a night the other nights. Then he actually started getting up and going to the bathroom, before the alarm went off. He has gone a whole week now without the alarm sounding once. He is finally completely potty trained!!!

I obviously can't guarantee that our results will be yours, but I highly recommend at least giving it a try. Maybe you can be as shocked and amazed as we are!

Posted: 12:27 PM, Apr. 7, 2007

Are you good enough?

"You're not good enough, and never will be."

What?!?! That's outrageous. How dare you damage my self esteem. That's abuse!

Yet, those eight little words are what the celebration of the Lord's Resurrection is all about. Tomorrow is Easter (or Resurrection Sunday), the day that Christianity remembers that Jesus paid the ultimate price on that cross long ago......and then conquered death and rose again. I think those 8 little words explain it all. We are all sinners. We all deserve eternal death and punishment. We are not good enough, and never will be! Romans 3:23, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

There is a way......only one way. And that is the path that Christ gave us with his death on that cross. He took MY punishment......he took your punishment. It's O.K. that I'm not good enough....He is! Romans 10:9,10 says, " because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

It's so simple......and yet so hard. We like to do it ourselves, be in control. And yet all God asks is for simple faith.

Posted: 10:23 AM, Apr. 7, 2007

Friday, April 6, 2007

Coloring Easter Eggs

Today we colored easter eggs.



Jada really enjoyed herself. She drank the coloring mix, then spilled it all over.
Thankfully, I thought to take her shirt off before we started!!

This would have been plenty of excitement for me, but right after we started, I smelled an awful smell. I started looking around and found a rubbermaid box melting on the stovetop. I had forgotten to turn the stove off when I took the eggs off, then set the box on the burner, and ended up with this:

Oh well, the kids had fun and we get to have deviled eggs!!


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Happy Birthday Josiah!!!

Today is Josiah's 5th birthday


We went bowling today in honor of his birthday!! I can't believe he's 5 already. He's our tender-hearted, quiet guy. He's always looking out for other people and their needs. In the evening, if you're laying on the couch watching T.V., he'll go get you a pillow and blanket so you can be more comfortable. He's always doing little things like that. He also has a great sense of humor, and makes funny jokes all the time. Although, he doesn't talk much at all outside our house! But he gives us all a laugh! We are so thankful for Josiah and all the joy he's brought into the last 5 years.

Happy Birthday, Jo!!!

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Last week we read Harold and the Purple Crayon. Caleb then did a notebook page to go along with it. I wanted to post last week, but was having trouble getting my posts to work!! So here it is now:



The bottom says, 'Draw what you would draw if you fell in a big hole and had Harold's purple crayon. Now, when I wrote this question I thought he would draw a ladder. But, instead, he drew a rope that he could lasso around a tree that was out of the hole.

Posted: 2:42 PM, Apr. 3, 2007

Book List - March 2007


Here’s my list of books I read for March:

  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (4/5) I almost gave up on this book, but about halfway through, it really picked up, and I really enjoyed it.
  • When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall (4/5) This book is about the Amish. It is very reminiscent of Beverly Lewis, although I thought much less predictable. This is the first in a series, and the second isn’t out yet. A very good read.
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (4/5) This is a companion to her book The Giver. Whereas the Giver shows a future that has advanced technologically, Gathering Blue shows a future that has regressed. A good read.0
  • O Pioneers by Willa Cather (5/5) This is my second Willa Cather book, and I really like her writing
  • Separate Beds by LeVyrle Spencer (3/5) I’m not sure who recommended this book, but it was O.K. It was about a girl who has a one night stand with a wealthy young man and becomes pregnant. They marry, then later fall in love. It did have a very negative portrayal of abortion, which I liked.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (5/5) I’m loving Harry!!
  • Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (5/5) Another great book.
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (4.5/5) This was a really great book! I can’t wait to read the next one.
  • Grand Canyon A Different View by Tom Vail (4/5) This is a glimpse at the Grand Canyon from a creationists point of view. The photos are breathtaking, and the information good.
  • The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin (4/5) This book was disturbing. It is a fictionalized look at a Nanny, but is written by two nannies, so I assume much they write about they have seen. It’s so sad to think of children being raised by a Nanny because their parents can’t be bothered. This book had A LOT of bad language, so if this bothers you, please do not read this book!
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (5/5)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (5/5) I can now understand the Harry Potter Craze! I read this monster book (870 pages) in about 24 hours!

Posted: 2:30 PM, Apr. 3, 2007

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