Archive for August, 2011

thoughts for today

Just some thoughts from Sunday’s sermon that I needed to hear again this morning after a way to early wake up call for a 38 week pregnant mama 😉

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus”

~2 Timothy 2:1

“He will tend his flock like a shepherd;

he will gather the lambs in his arms;

he will carry them in his bosom,

and gently lead those that are with young.

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;

his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint,

and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary,

and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

they shall walk and not faint.”

~Isaiah 40:11, 28-31

“And let us not grow weary of doing good,

for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

~ Galatians 6:9

All is grace


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Unless we make it a habit to give thanks, 
we habitually give our family grief.
Unless we consistently speak praise, 
we consistently speak poison.
Unless we are intentional about giving God glory throughout the day, 
our days unintentionally give way to grumbling.
It’s in praising a Savior in all things that we are we saved from discouragement in all things. 
~Ann Voskamp
I needed to hear this today........ thanks Ann for sharing!

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“How do we live fully so we are fully ready to die?”

“Will I have lived fully – or just empty?”

“The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live…. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.”

As I am re-reading thru One Thousand Gifts, again 😉 these thoughts struck me. Am I living fully, so whether death would come soon or many years from now, that I would have no regrets? What I am doing today is impacting something or someone – am I making a difference for eternity?

As a stay-at-home mom my days are overrun with the mundane and repetitive. Reminding little boys of the same rules….again. Changing the baby’s diapers, washing the same clothes week after week, washing the dishes daily, picking up the same toys…again and so it goes on. But what about the little things. Do I stop and admire the tower of blocks just made? oh and awe over the scribbles of crayon on scrap paper? stop and tickle the baby till his laughter is contagious to all? take a couple extra minutes and do something special for my husband?

My grandma recently died, after living a full and long life she was ready to meet Jesus and I know she’s in heaven today. She will be missed, but it’s hard to be “too sad” knowing where she is and that we will one day see her again. Grandma was always one for worrying, from little things like unplugging the coffee pot to big things, she would often be thinking and worrying about it. We’d often tell her “relax, it’s going to be fine” or “what’s the worst that can happen….. well it’s okay then”. A couple months ago, grandma’s sister came to visit her and realizing she was often worrying or complaining about what was happening around her, began to make grandma stop and think of good things, things to be thankful for and appreciative for instead of complaining about them. They started writing them down, her list grew from the simple things to include little things she wouldn’t have noticed before. Things like the servers at dinner that night, something special that happened. Even in the twilight of her life, grandma was able to see good around her, to be thankful for everything.

It’s never too late to begin being thankful. 

Love the little things.

Look for the joy in your day. 

Take the annoying, boring and undesirable in your life and be thankful for it. 

Enjoy life to the fullest – today! 


Quotes from One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, pages 29, 33-34

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We are just beginning our homeschool adventure.

My oldest is starting Kindergarten this year. Plus I have a pre-K and a preschooler and a 1 year old and a baby due in 4 weeks……… yeah, it’s a little busy around here!

We have done pre-school type activities for the last 2 years with my oldest 2. This year I decided I needed something with a little more structure to make sure I kept on track with schooling knowing it was going to be a busy year.

For our main curriculum we are using Heart of Dakota’s Little Hearts for His Glory. I was attracted to it mainly for it’s Bible centeredness and the daily layout of what to do.  It also is pretty flexible in the subjects, allowing you to choose what they recommend or what you would prefer. I am following their recommendations for history, Bible, science and handwriting. Then I am using my own choices for phonics and math. So far it’s working out nicely.

For math, I am using Rod and Staff’s program. There were a couple math books I liked, but this one seemed the closest to where my Kindergartner is level-wise. I especially like the simple drawing and “lack of flash” Rod and Staff is known for, keeping things simple and to the point. We are doing 1-2 pages a day right now, most of it is review for us at this point, once we get to “new” concepts, we will probably stay with one page per day.

For phonics I am using The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. This was another hard decision on what to do.  I found my son was working about halfway thru most reading programs, he was far beyond the beginning, but isn’t quite reading on his own or reading words that don’t follow the basic phonic rules. So, we started this book about 40 lessons into it, it’s still pretty easy for him and more review then anything. I am supplementing some basic readers from our library and the public library for him to read aloud and on his own. He is so very close to that edge of reading on his own 😉

I am also doing this workbook on telling time with both boys, it’s something they cannot do yet and I figured it was a good time for them to learn.

We are still working on getting into a good routine for our day-to-day schooling and life in general but it’s getting better. I am including my 2 middle ones in several of the Kindergartener’s activities and crafts and they love that. I also made “school boxes” for all 3 of the older ones with coloring books, flash cards, magnetic alphabet letters, wipe off workbooks and lots of blank paper for drawing to their hearts content. The younger one also has some linking shapes toys, a small box of pom-poms and cups for sorting, etc and a dress-up magnetic doll. I really wanted to get magnetic boards for all 3 kids so they could have their letters and make words. I also had some magnetic truck pieces. But these were the cheapest I could find and buying 3 at a time were a little cost prohibitive. Then I had the brilliant idea after seeing something similar selling at the local homeschool store that we could just use small cookie sheets. So a cheap set of 3 cookie sheets from Wal-mart (mine were even cheaper then these listed online!) later and we were set.

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