Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello Autumn!

I love the fall!  Cooler temperatures, beautiful changes in nature, all things pumpkin, it just demands a slower pace to appreciate it all.  It gives us another opportunity to appreciate God's work!

When I was younger, I always loved the summers.  My birthday is in the summer, we always spent 95% of the time in the pool, we were out of school, what's not to love?  But, it seems summers are hotter now, or maybe it is just the fact that we do not have a pool?  I have been less tolerant of the summer heat this year, welcome to surgical menopause after severe anemia: Straight from the freezer to the fryer!

Today, I was able to turn off the air conditioning and open a window!  My frugal side is rejoicing!  I would love to be able to keep the a/c, or heater, off for a couple months; that would be fantastic!  I no longer feel as though I am melting away and it is wonderful!

Next week we will be making our first trip to a pumpkin patch with one of our homeschool groups and I am looking forward to it!  We will also have a field trip for a more hands on state history lesson.  The idea of more outdoor fun and enjoying some cooler temps has this girl pretty excited!

What autumn traditions do you have?  What are you most looking forward to?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Different is Good!

So, we are now a homeschooling family; and let me tell you, I LOVE IT!  I love the time I get to spend with my children!  I love the way our relationships have grown!  I guess I am just wired differently than most people.

I have friends who count down the days for school to start with enthusiasm! They can't wait for them to go back to school, to be back to their normal with a schedule around school.  This is what works for them, and there is nothing wrong with that.  Really, there isn't.  It just doesn't work for me.

I love summer break!  I love having my kids home with me!  I hate back to school time!  I hate sending them to school for so many hours a day and for so many months.  I hate having their teachers spend more waking hours with them than I do.  But, most of all, I hate how much it changes them.  You see, we had a problem with bullies.  Little girls can be mean, and the attitude and rudeness starts so young!

At the beginning of the summer, every year, my oldest would go through a season, if you will, where she would decompress from school and how she was treated.  It is a bit like watching ice cream melt.  She would be tense, and stressed; over the course of the summer she would relax and return to her natural self.  Every year was becoming more difficult.

She developed eczema that seemed to be worse when she was stressed.  This year we worked really hard, all summer, to get it to clear up.  It finally had!  We were all so relieved!  Then, I had mentioned to her that there was one month of summer vacation left.  Overnight, her eczema flared back up again!  It was horrible!  We had already been discussing homeschool, and this realization of the affects of her stress on her little body was the final straw.  We officially decided to homeschool both of our girls.

I started researching curriculums and purchasing our books.  I attended local homeschool information meetings and joined a couple groups.  We announced our decision to our family and friends, and withdrew from school.

I still get nervous when people see us out in public and ask why they aren't in school, but I don't regret our decision.  In fact, I seem to be enjoying it more, and more each day!  We are different.  But, different is good!  I am reminded of something I heard once:  Why do we try so hard to blend in when we were designed to stand out?  So, here we are standing out because different is good!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seriously? Seriously!

We are now a homeschool family!  This is huge for us!  I have always wanted to homeschool our children, my hubby, not so much!  I am that mom who gets really sad when summer is over and they go back to school.  I would rather keep them at home.  Our older daughter has really struggled with being bullied and in her 4 years at school, she has not made a single friend.  Each summer I watch her transform from a nervous, tightly wound bundle of nerves, to a calmer, sweeter little girl.  After many conversations, we have decided to homeschool.

At first, our daughter was resistant.  She didn't want to be different, she was still worried about what the other kids would say.  Once she realized she wouldn't have to be around them anymore she has started to relax and really embrace the decision.  It is like watching ice cream melt as she is losing the shell she had put in place to survive that environment.

Have you ever thought of homeschooling?  This is a huge decision for us, but I strongly believe it is the best decision for our girls.

Monday, July 7, 2014

At the Movies!

It is July, and that means it is time for At the Movies!  This is where our pastor takes scenes from popular movies and ties them in to scripture and how they apply to life.  I think this is an amazing way to reach more people and keep us thinking of the bible and how it is still relevant.  Sometimes it is easy to keep our ideas and opinions of church and people who go to church in a box.  But churches like LifeChurch shatter the mold.  It is the furthest thing for your stereotypical church.  The music is loud.  The lights are low.  You come as you are.  Wearing jeans with holes and work boots?  No problem, we are just happy you came!  You don't need a "Sunday best" wardrobe, we just ask that you wear clothes, the condition of the clothes is unimportant.  Why not check out the website and see if there is a location close to you.  If not, don't worry!  We offer an online experience!  Even for the kiddos!  Go ahead!  Check it out!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Church

I love my church! Seriously!  I love my church!  It is the furthest thing from every preconceived notion I had about church.  It is comfortable.  Filled with people who are nice and genuinely enjoy being there.  It is a place where you can go where there are no expectations placed on you.  You are not expected to dress a certain way.  You are not expected to behave a certain way.  You can literally come as you are; and get this, they are always happy to see you and welcome you.

Our church is not only a place where we go to learn about God, but we also listen to some amazing music.  We meet people we may not otherwise meet.  Here is the kicker though: We learn so much about ourselves!

We learn what is important to us.  We learn how to love others.  We learn how much we are loved!  We learn we are able to do so much more than we think we can.  We learn to let go.  We learn to trust in Him.  We learn to help others and how rewarding that is!

Here is the awesome thing about my church: Even if I can't make it to a service, I can still participate by watching the service online!   I love that!  Let's face it, sometimes life happens, or Satan will try his hardest to keep us away from something we need to hear, but with the online option, I can watch a service more than once!

One of our favorite series is coming up, At the Movies.  It is fantastic!  I would love for you to take some time out of your week and watch our special series during July, you never know when you may see or hear something that was written just for you.

Check it out!   LifeChurch  You won't be sorry!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My New Fitness Love

Have you tried Barre3?  If not, I highly suggest it!  I bought a set of DVDs with a ball that we use at home.  Now, by we I mean my daughters and myself.  We are much more likely to continue with an exercise program if we have it at home instead of going to a gym.  Some of the things I love: It is no impact, you don't need a bunch of equipment, easy to follow along, and you don't need shoes!  This program is very effective and works on your core and center of balance.  I simply won't be able to say enough about this program, so go check it out!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


This morning started out like any other, we got up showered and got the kids ready.  We took the oldest to basketball camp, and let the youngest pass the ball around before camp started.  

Now here is where my day took a turn and started to show me its true colors.  In hindsight, it is all very clear.  You see, when I got up to leave, I banged my elbow on the chair back; I had clobbered my funny bone.  The thing is, funny bones aren’t really that funny; they hurt!

The youngest and I were on our way home, which is 1/2 a mile away, when I heard a loud crack on the window.  We had passed by a tractor pulling a brush-hog that had thrown a rock that had hit the side window of our car.  The rock hit hard enough to chip the glass.  I am so thankful the window did not shatter because that is where my youngest sits and she could have been hurt.

Then when we got home, we went out in the backyard.  We had started out having fun and shooting some baskets, then we were going to go inside for something and lo and behold, the door was locked.  We were lock out of the house.  We were stuck in the backyard.  I had to call the hubby and have him drive 30 minutes one way to let us in our own house.  Of course while we were waiting, the youngest needed to go potty.

Later in the day, I decided to mow the grass.  The backyard went well.  I took a break to check on the girls and drink some water.  When I tried to start the mower, it had other plans.  Plans that did not include my front yard.  I got my tools out and took apart the air breather and cleaned it.  When I went to put it back together, I realized the socket had fallen off the wrench and was nowhere to be found.  I resorted to using the old fashioned, manual lawn mower.  You know the kind that they used on the Brady Bunch.  

It is one of those days where I am afraid to start anything else because so many things have proven very challenging.  But, most of all, I am thankful.  Thankful He is watching over us.  Thankful things didn’t go worse.  You see, the window could have broken and my youngest could have been hurt.  But, He didn’t let it, it wasn’t in his plan.

I could have left my cellphone inside and we could have been locked out of the house without any way to call for help.  But we weren’t, He didn’t let us, it wasn’t in his plan.

While my day may not have been the easiest, and it may not have gone how I would have hoped, I am still thankful for all that went right!  We are safe, we are inside, and the grass is mowed before the rain starts this evening.  He saw to that, and I am happy and thankful!