Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Try again...

Yesterday started off beautifully.
I woke up early, got things started well and then... it started creeping in on me.
The big bold sign in my mind that says, "You can't do anything right"
"Look at this, are you ever going to accomplish anything?"
Over and over, I battle these demons of mine.
I seek the Lord and ask Him for strength, but every once in a while I let my guard down and
They sneak up on me once again.
There are so many problems that need fixing around our home. I can get down and out about that... and it was one of the things that got me down.
I think though... at least we have a home.
So many have lost their homes, so many don't have homes in the first place.
Quit being so selfish.
Another...I have yet to lose any weight... here they come, the words that hurt.
And again, I have to remind myself that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
and, I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.
So many problems, they can make me feel as if I am drowning.

I just wanted to say it out loud, maybe someone out there is struggling too.
Remember, we can try again tomorrow or today!

Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good! Romans 12:21
By no coincidence this is our memory verse for the month!
Thank you, Lord!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blue and Gold

My boys had their annual Blue and Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts last night.

The boys were very excited to receive their awards and to perform their skits for the parents.

I thoroughly enjoy scouts, I enjoy the troop we are a part of too.
I'm so proud of my men... and my ladies!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Not exactly...

When I say that over the weekend, we added a bird bath to our back yard bird habitat, I expected it to be visited... I will say that this isn't exactly what I had in mind.

 She is one of our outlaw birds who don't always stay in the pasture with Mamie...
 She and some of her other female rebels decided that a visit to the bird habitat looked more inviting than the food and water we put out in the barnyard....

I guess that goes with the grass is always greener mentality. :)


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday HomeSchooling

Sometimes during our week, we get busy and sometimes we have to tie up some loose ends on Saturday's.... and that's ok!
Finishing up our History, learning of Bartolom√© de las Casas and locating countries in Europe for Geography.
We are enjoying our weekend and we hope you are too!!!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

State History

One day while at the Schoolbox, I saw this large poster and it inspired me to do a study of State History with my children during our homeschool time this year.
I compiled a list of 20 questions for the children.
What is the 1st state?
What is the State Capital?
What are three of the largest cities?
What date did it join the United States?
What is the state nickname?
And so on.
We use this website 50 States. It has tons of information and lots more clickable websites for more information.
So about twice a week, we add a new state.

We color in the map, write in the name of the state, the number and the capital.
We also put a star on the state if we have visited the state before as a family.
This study has posed MANY questions.
Like, why in the world did West Virginia not become a state sooner when every other state around it already a state?
Why is Alaska a state and Canada not part of the states?
Lots of good questions, lots of interesting discussions... lots of searching for answers. :)
Isn't that what homeschooling is all about?
Learning together? :)
I love it.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Here you go...

I've been posting some of these on my facebook page, because they are absolutely cracking me up!
So here, for your Friday chuckle, enjoy! :)

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I saw this idea that I wanted to recreate for Valentine's Day.
Cut out hearts and write edifying things on them for your children.
 This is what things looked like when they woke up this morning...
 They were inspired and wanted to jump in on the fun.
 The love is growing....
 Loving Daddy
 Moma Love

 Loving one another...
(pictures are from Eli)
Loving this family that I get to call mine!
Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Looking ahead, looking behind, moving forward

Yesterday, I spent some time moving over some of my favorite blog posts from my very first blog. Not knowing how long that site will be around, I wanted to make sure I had my memories over here at *home* :)
While going through some of my posts it became aware to me that, ahem... I have gotten lazy. It seems that I used to get LOTS more accomplished than I do nowadays. Really.
That surprised me too, because I feel quite busy now. Haha.... weird, huh?
But, it encouraged me.
Made me think.
It helped me realize that if I truly wanted to make a difference around this little homestead of ours, I am going to have to 'get-r-done' and quit waiting around.
I have so many dreams and plans, but I haven't been putting them into action.
I feel now that I have the gumption to start though.
I added an archive button on the right side of the blog, if you have the time and desire you can visit some of my older posts that I have transferred here. Some of them made me smile and laugh remembering things we did and realizing that many of them were 4 or 5 years ago!
So, when my alarm went off at 10 til 5 this morning I didn't hit snooze, I jumped out of bed, eager to get the day started.
Here's hoping to great things ahead!
Have a wonderful day, friends!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How to: Make your own vanilla extract

I may sound like a clanging gong, but… I am loving doing most of my stuff "homemade".  I have been cooking from scratch and baking and such for a good while now, but it is always good to learn something new.  I feel such satisfaction when I learn a new, old way of doing things.  Almost always, it is cheaper, healthier and tastier than todays way of convenience. So for now, I am going to share with you how to make your own vanilla. I've been doing this for years now, and I honestly don't think I will ever buy vanilla AGAIN!
First you want to purchase some beans.  Now you can go to the fancy Whole Foods mart and pay $5 for 2 or something crazy like that or you can do what I do and browse the net and find an AWESOME deal for 30-something Organic  beans for like $20!  Oh yeah, it was incredible… check ebay, that is where I found it. 

Now the next thing you need is alcohol.  Now, we are not drinkers in any shape, form or fashion… so the liquor store was an uncomfortable thing… but you need some to make your vanilla.  I bought just a $5 bottle of vodka and it fills up my container and sits until I am ready to make some more. 
Thats all you need my friends.  Are you shocked, I was… and how can something so simple make you feel so accomplished?  
Now… take your beans and put maybe 3 or 4 in a little half-pint mason jar.  Fill the jar up with your alcohol and sit in a dark cabinet for 30 days.  After 30 days you are ready to use.  
If you decide to make some brownies or some other scrumptious treat that calls for vanilla and you use some up, take your alcohol and top it off.  No need to let it set again, it will get all infused with the other vanilla and you will be fine and dandy.
So thats it! Have fun and you won’t ever have to run out and pay $7 for a teeny bottle of vanilla again.  Oh, and there is the idea of a super Christmas gift.  A lovely bow and a twig of berries tied to it.  Beautiful simplicity. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Around the homestead...

This morning after a couple hours of schooling we decided it was time to go out for a quick walk around the homestead. Just to get the blood pumping, visit with our animals and get a little fresh air.

Mamie was VERY happy to see us.

The chickens thought they were hobbits and wanted a 'second breakfast'

Abram got out his bike and he and his siblings went to check the mail for me.

We even are getting bursts of color here and there.
At the beginning of February, it really isn't supposed to be happening just yet.
I'm a bit concerned that our fruit trees and flowers are going to be in trouble if we ever do get a winter around here.

But for now, we are enjoying our time outside.
Enjoying our time inside and just being thankful for this day we have been given.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Learning at home

I love watching my children learn.
I love being a part of their world.
I thank God that I get to be a part of their lives.
Thank you Lord... for the wonderful gift of children.