When Life Slows Down…Ha, Ha!!!

I keep thinking that any day now (you know, when things slow down just a bit 🙂 ), I’m going to write a deep, thoughtful, and elaborate blog post that will be inspiring and encouraging to my readers, which is one of the reasons I started blogging 3 1/2 years ago.

Well, if you are reading this now then you know that hasn’t happened recently.

And, guess what?

It’s not going to happen tonight either – LOL!!!  I’d much rather go spend time with my hubby and watch some of the TV shows that are on the DVR.

So, here ya’ go:

School is going fine.  The boys are still taking guitar lessons.  It’s been really cold outside.  The laundry never stops….

But life is good and I am blessed!

Now, enjoy this slide show and MAYBE next week I’ll feel like writing something meaningful 🙂 :

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It’s Turkey Time…

…No, not that kind yet!  We’ve been learning about the Ottoman Turks 🙂 . IMG_4310

Ryan tried a new recipe yesterday called “Turkish Delight”. In it’s authentic form, it is commonly made with rose water but we chose the lemon flavored version instead.





Of course Ryan wanted to eat the leftover lemon 🙂 :


Then Brendan had to try it out:


And not wanting to leave the dogs out, the boys decided to let Winston and Max join in the fun:


You’ve got a treat for ME???


Ummm….this isn’t what I thought it would be…


…no problem though – I’ll eat anything 🙂 !


Max wasn’t as impressed.


We refrigerated the mixture overnight to let it harden.  This afternoon we cut it into one inch pieces and coated them in powdered sugar.


This was NOT one of our favorite recipes.  The squares were a weird, chewy consistency and the flavor wasn’t the best but at least the process was fun!


Ryan’s reaction says it all 🙂 !!!


OK, time to keep it real ya’ll 🙂 – this is the face that I usually get in response to the camera coming out during our school day:

IMG_4311IMG_4312  Often followed by the cheesy, forced smile 🙂 .

Sometimes it’s good to let people know that our days aren’t always full of smiling, cheerful, and eager children who are ready to learn….hee, hee!!!


We are still learning about arthropods including insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. The rest of our studies are going well too and we are looking forward to Thanksgiving Break!

Keep the Faith:

Last Sunday Ryan had the opportunity to play with the worship band at The Exchange (one of the worship services at Cool Spring Baptist Church). He has been going to practices with Justin for months and was SO EXCITED to get to play in the band! Ryan has a passion for music and has been taking private guitar lessons for three years. Now, I’m not biased at all 😉 , but I think he’s really talented!  I am so proud of Ryan for putting himself out there and I know that God has great plans for him!

We also have been adding to our scripture memory, learning about William Penn and James Oglethorpe, reading Madeleine Takes Command, reviewing grammar, journaling, learning new vocabulary words, and studying arthropods/insects.
IMG_4249We covered the Pennsylvania and Georgia colonies.










One of Ryan’s assignments was to make peach cobbler – YUM!

IMG_4255We all got to enjoy this assignment!

Hard at work:

IMG_4272 Mom had fun designing an insect too 🙂 !


I can’t end this post without sharing a verse that’s been on my heart tonight.

I have several friends that are struggling through hard times right now.  Some are worried about the future.  Some are grieving heartbreaking loss.  Some are losing hope and struggling in their faith.

We often wonder why things happen the way they do.  Why doesn’t God step in?  Why doesn’t He stop our pain?

I don’t know the answer.  I wish I did.

  I’ve asked myself these same questions over the years.  And while I haven’t been able to answer the questions above,  I have learned that even when we don’t understand God’s ways, He is still there.  He has good plans for us.  He is still in control.  He cares.  And He loves us…soooo much!

He will give you the strength…Keep believing – keep hoping – keep holding on to Jesus!

If you don’t have the words to pray tonight, listen to this song and let it be your prayer:

Need You Now by Plumb

(and know that I am praying for you dear friends)

Great Resource for Kids!

I was recently asked to share a wonderful new resource for children called,  Helping Kids Understand the Bible.  I have known the book’s talented (and sweet) illustrator, Net Graham, for several years and she wants to get the word out about this new book by Barbara Markland.

I was happy to help 🙂 !

First, let me tell you about how this book came to be.  Here’s an excerpt of the e-mail that I got last week from Net:

Although I’ve been asked to illustrate other peoples’ writings over the years, I always declined until this past year when a longtime friend of mine asked me to illustrate her Bible study, Helping Kids Understand the Bible.  She’s written lots of women’s Bible studies since I first met her many years ago at Community Bible Study.  This past Christmas, the thought kept coming to her as she watched children lined up to see Santa,  ‘They all know Santa, but do they know Jesus?’  Sensing the prompting of the Spirit, that question – over a year’s time – became the children’s study I just referred to.

I just love that story!

Helping Children Understand the Bible is broken up into 28 lessons that guide the child (and parent) through both the Old and the New Testament.  The book is set up like a treasure hunt through the Bible.  Four pages of activities are included with each lesson including word searches, hidden messages, and more!  A complete answer guide is provided to help parents guide their children through the lessons.  You even have the option to listen to audio lessons if your child is an auditory learner!

You can click here to see a sample of the first lesson.


Feel free to check out Barbara Markland’s website to learn more about her ministry.

  You can also check out Net Graham’s website to learn more about her unique watercolor illustrations:

Small Scripture Cards

  If you’re looking for a fun resource to help your kids understand the Bible or need some Christmas gift ideas…this book may be just what you are looking for!


In Need of Fresh Ideas!

We had our first “book report” meeting on Friday.  I’m thinking that we probably should call it “research and report” club since not one student chose to do a book report this time 🙂 !  We learned about so many topics including spies, national parks, army rangers, poetry, Pocahontas, Mount Rushmore, firefighters, scripture memory, Harriet Tubman, squirrels, the history of basketball, planets, Robert E. Lee, and bald eagles!

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Then we picked Brendan up from his classes and headed outside for our annual cul-de-sac Halloween party with our AWESOME neighbors 🙂 :

Has anybody noticed a difference in my blog this year?  I feel like I have totally slacked off with my writing! Maybe it’s because it’s our 4th year of homeschooling and I don’t know what else to say or that I did so many reviews last year that I burned myself out.

Maybe the truth is that I’m just feeling lazy – LOL 🙂 !

Maybe you guys can help!

I could use some fresh ideas. What are some topics that you’d like to know more about? What questions do you have about homeschooling? What are you struggling with? What would you like to know about me or our family?

***Leave your questions or topic ideas in a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Thanks a bunch!