7th Day of Christmas - Dec. 31st

“On the 7th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 7 Swans-A-Swimming”

Romans 12:6-8
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.


How many times have you said “I don’t know what my gift is?” or “I don’t have any gifts”? Seven gifts are listed in Romans; they are Prophecy, Ministry, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leading, and Mercy. When we look at these 7 gifts we may not know exactly which one we have been given, but through prayer and action we can find the answer. How will you know that teaching is not your gift, if you never try to teach? Maybe mercy is your calling, but you need to show mercy to others to find out? Can you minister to others? Do you have time to give? Are you a leader? Prophesize? Exhort?

We must look for ways to serve others on a daily basis and pray for God to reveal our gifts to us. The 7th Day of Christmas falls on New Year’s Eve. This year make a New Year’s Resolution to diligently seek out your gifts. Set a goal to spend each day in prayer about your gift and act on the opportunities God places in front of you. Begin exploring and using the 7 gifts listed in Romans. Give it your all, you may find that it is the very thing God has called you to do.

6th Day of Christmas - Dec. 30th

“On the 6th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 6 Geese-A-Laying”

Genesis 1
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.


Six Geese-A-Laying represents the Six days of Creation. Look around you and marvel at His creation. As we go through life we must change our mindset from “me” to “His”. Everything is His, we own nothing: money, power, material things, our accomplishments and even our thoughts belong to God. Yet, we go through life forgetting who has given us what we have. We must always put Him first and acknowledge His ownership of all things, even ourselves for we were bought for a price. I owe Him everything, do you?

1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Psalm 24:1-2

5th Day of Christmas - Dec. 29th

“On the 5th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 5 Golden Rings”

Galatians 3: 19-25
19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.


Moses recorded God’s instructions for the Hebrew/Jewish people in the first 5 books of the Bible; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
These 5 books are known as the Torah or Law. They explained how to live on a daily basis, religious instructions, and the laws they should live under. Jesus came to earth so that we all may be forgiven and no longer be condemned by the law. However, Jesus did not come to destroy the law. Jesus says:

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17 – 20

Jesus instructs us to obey the commandments and teach them to others. This can be difficult at times. Especially when you consider the fact that if you break just 1 commandment, you have broken them all. So, how do we obey the commandments and teach others? We can share the commandments with others, but if we do not obey them ourselves then we are no better than those who try to live according to the law without Jesus. We must make a conscious effort every minute of every day to live according to God’s Word and His commandments. Jesus does make it a little easier though, in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus tells us what the two most important commandments are. If we strive to obey these two at all times we will keep the commandments and be living according to God’s word.

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37 – 40

4th Day of Christmas - Dec. 28th

"On the 4th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me 4 Calling Birds"

Galatians 1: 6 – 11
Only One Gospel
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Call to Apostleship
11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.


4 books, but only 1 gospel. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all reveal who Jesus is. They are a testimony of his life, works, death, and resurrection. Saul was not able to read the “gospel” as we know it; the gospel was revealed to him by Jesus while on the road to Damascus. That meeting changed Saul’s life forever. Soon he would be preaching to the gentiles and would be known as Paul, an apostle of Jesus. Paul was called by God for a specific reason, to further the gospel.

Like Paul we have been called by God. Our lives changed once we heard the gospel and became a follower of Christ. No longer should we listen to “other gospels” or look at the world and listen to what it has to say. We should look to the Bible; by reading God’s word we can hear Jesus preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and learn what He has called us to do.

3rd Day of Christmas - December 27th

“On the 3rd Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to me 3 French Hens”

1 Corinthians 13
The Greatest Gift
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Faith, Hope, and Love.

It is only through our faith in Jesus Christ that we can hope for all of the blessings the Lord promises. It is because of His love for us that we are able to have faith and hope. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

We are given many paths to walk down in life, some easy, some hard. Regardless of the difficulty we must choose which way we will go. Faith and hope will get us through the most difficult times and at different points along the way it will be the only thing we can hold onto. We need to love Him as much as He loved us. How does one do this though? We must choose to do His will over our own. By walking with the Lord we can share His love to others and show how much we love Him.

2nd Day of Christmas – December 26th

“On the 2nd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to me Two Turtle Doves”

John 1: 1 - 18
The Eternal Word
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John’s Witness: The True Light
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,[c] and His own[d] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The Word Becomes Flesh
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.”
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.


He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End. The Old Testament tells of the coming Savior. The New Testament testifies that He has come, died and will come again. Together they reveal God’s plan for our salvation from the beginning.

In the Old Testament the Nazirite would sacrifice 2 turtledoves, one as a sin offering, and the other as an offering for atonement. The New Testament bears witness of the dove that has come to save us, Jesus. He has covered our sin with his blood and reconciled us with the Lord. Through his death we have been given a new life, what will we do with it?

1st Day of Christmas - Dec. 25th

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree”

Luke 2:6-20
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[c]

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.


It was time; Mary gave birth to a child and laid him in a manger. This baby was from a poor family, but the Lord had blessed them with the birth of a son. This was not just any birth though; this was the birth of Jesus, the King. His birth was so important that the heavenly hosts (angels) sang and praised God.

Over 2000 years ago the world was waiting for the Savior who was prophesied about. An angel announced the arrival of the Savior to a group of shepherds who were tending their sheep. The shepherds went to visit the baby lying in a manger and afterward they spread the word of the Savior’s birth and all that was said about him.
Just like the world was waiting for the Savior 2000+ years ago, we also wait for our Savior. His return is imminent, are we ready? It was through Jesus’ death that we have eternal life. The partridge in a pear tree feigns an injury to keep her young safe, Jesus was injured so we would not know death and only he can keep us safe.

Like the shepherds, we have heard the Good News. We celebrate his birth, and now it is our job to tell others all that has been said about him.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Oh by the way...

the schedule below was thrown out the window.

National Geography Bee


The boys participated in the National Geography Bee today. Although they did not "win", the experience was well worth it.

Schedules - Weekly Review

Starting off a new morning routine has been pretty easy so far. Xavier and Isaac are totally into it and things are definitely improving. We do not eat breakfast together as I had hoped for, but Xavier is up way earlier than Isaac and I and eats almost as soon as he wakes up.

Monday and Tuesday we got up, relaxed for about 30 minutes, had breakfast then went upstairs to clean bedrooms and complete the upstairs chores. Everything went real smooth and Xavier even practiced his guitar in the morning. We were done by 10 (which is good since we didn't get upstairs until around 9ish).

Things went a little different Wednesday though. I had to go for another Dr. appointment so when we got up we started off okay. Except we were having to leave the house early so the upstairs chores were going to have to wait until we got home. Isaac didn't quite understand why things were not going like the past two days. As I stood in the kitchen putting stuff into my purse he struts into the kitchen doorway, puts his hand on the wall, looks at me and says "Have you cleaned your room?" and started heading up the stairs. It was so funny. Who knew that in only 2 days my little one would be wanting to go upstairs to clean.

Today is another off day. Isaac and I woke up late (I really need to start setting my alarm clock). However, Xavier has completed all of his chores and is now playing his PSP. Which is an amazing thing and I better get moving if I plan to accomplish any of my goals for today.

Schedules - Week 1

I have a love/hate relationship with schedules. I love making them but am horrible at implementing them. The bad part is we work better when we have a schedule in place whether it is for school or just general home life. However, we have not been sticking to any kind of schedule for the past couple of months. It has really become a free for all here and the chaos is taking over (along with attitudes and misbehavior). So what do I do?

I decided that I needed to start somewhere... but where? With me having to check my blood sugar I have really become aware of the time. Not sure that if that is good or bad but it is a beginning.

I am not writing out a strict schedule and trying to implement it all at once. Instead we are going to slowly work into a schedule that way I can make adjustments to it as needed. So with my "handy dandy notebook" in hand we are starting each day this week with a goal in mind. I am hoping to add a goal to each day and slowly work our way into a complete schedule over the next month or two. This way we make a habit of some things before we start school up.

Week 1
Monday - wake up and eat breakfast together as a family

Tuesday - complete Monday's goal and then complete our chores

Wednesday - complete Monday & Tuesday's goals

Thursday - complete Monday & Tuesday's goals then take a walk

Friday - complete Monday, Tuesday and Thursday's goal then ? (Friday is going to be co-op day so on the days we don't have co-op I would like to do something fun)

Quick Update

Yep, I have gestational diabetes - Nope, my platelets are good after all (although they will recheck them when I go into labor)- So far, acupuncture has not worked on turning "baby girl" around.

I went for acupuncture twice this week and although she moved a little each time. She then went right back to where she was to begin with. So they sent me home with moxa cones to help (it hasn't done anything, lol).

I also had to go to a nutrition class and get my glucose meter Thursday. That took all morning long. Friday we were back at the hospital visiting the pharmacy to pick up more strips/lancelets for the meter.

The diabetes thing is not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be (Praise God). The biggest problem I have with the whole thing is having to be on a strict schedule of eating and testing my blood. I don't mind schedules per se... I just don't normally look at a clock through out the day so I have to set an alarm to remind me to check my levels every time.

To top it off we all ended up with a cold this weekend. Not the best end to a hectic week, but what can you do?

Oh well... I need to get to bed so I can start the new week a fresh.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Xavier has been begging to make pancakes. Not just any pancakes though, he wanted chocolate chip pancakes. This morning he decided to hit the kitchen and make breakfast for us. They were awesome!

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Play-Doh Fun

Isaac had a blast playing Play-Doh last weekend. We bought it for him a few weeks ago, but never got around to pulling it out and actually letting him play. Now it is one of his favorite things to do.


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Only 7 More Weeks

to go.. and hopefully it will be less. I love being pregnant but I hate some of the things that come with it. The sleepless nights, backaches, and currently the exhaustion. I also am not to thrilled with the fact that my midwife informed me I was "old". Therefore not matter how hard I tried I had to take the glucose test again. Of course it came back BAD. So I got to spend Friday morning taking the "3 hour" test (which actually takes 4 hours). Plus having my blood rechecked again (we spent Wed. morning in the lab also) because my platelets are low. Good grief!! I am still waiting for results but am praying everything is normal and it was just a fluke. Tuesday I get to go back to the doctor to see an acupuncturist. The hope is that an acupuncturist will help get "baby girl" to turn her little behind around and get her head out of my ribcage. One can pray!

Though Troubles Assail Us

Though Troubles Assail Us by John Newton

Though troubles assail us and dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail us and foes all unite,
Yet, one thing secures us, whatever betide,
The promise assures us, "The Lord will provide."

The birds without garner or storehouse, are fed;
From them let us learn to trust God for our bread.
His saints what is fitting shall ne'er be denied.
So long as 'tis written, "The Lord will provide."

When Satan assails us to stop up our path,
And courage all fails us, we triumph by faith.
He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,
This heart cheering promise, "The Lord will provide."

No strength of our own an no goodness we claim;
Yet, since we have known of the Savior's great name,
In this our strong tower for safety we hide:
The Lord is our power, "The Lord will provide."

Shooting Hoops

Thanks to a family who is moving we inherited their old basketball hoop this past weekend. This was truly a blessing, for we have wanted one for the boys. Isaac had a blast refilling it with water and arguing with his brother about it being "his ball". However, Xavier managed to shoot a few hoops while Isaac rode his bike.

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Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today...

Outside my window...
the sun is shining (it is going to be another hot one) and a crow is meandering its way across the lawn

I am thinking...
about what to cook for dinner

From the learning rooms...
Xavier is continuing his math, science and history studies
some painting and art is on the menu for today

I am thankful for...
my family
for the Lord hitting me upside the head at times

From the kitchen...
dirty dishes call my name

I am wearing...
pajamas still

I am reading...
not much at the moment.

I am hoping...
I can catch some flies today (to feed my son's geckos)

I am creating...
a few dresses for the baby.

I am praying...
for my children & hubby (of course)
for personal things

Around the house...
a cleaning is in store

One of my favorite things...
listening to my children laugh

A few plans for the rest of the week...
guitar lessons, start working on the baby's room, grocery shopping at the end of the week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
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What is the fascination...

with sticking stuff up one's nose?

Eight years after our last emergency room visit with a child because he stuck a bead (twice) and a rock in his nose (yes that is 3 er visits) Joel had to take our youngest to the er for the same reason. Only this time it was a bright blue BB from a pellet gun (not sure where he found the BB, but obviously he thought it belonged in his left nostril, lol). Although we tried to get him to blow it out before heading up to the local hospital, the trip took place. Luckily, he never had to be seen by the doctor, because he thought it was quite fun to sit in the waiting room and try to blow boogers into his daddy's hand.

Unfortunately, when asked "do we stick things in our nose?" hoping he had learned his lesson. His answer was "yes". Oh Lord, I do pray that we do not have more object in nose er visits from our son (or daughter to be).

Our New School Room

We rearranged furniture and fixed up the school room area. I have a few more things to do: hang posters and the alphabet line. I also want to set up a workbox station for Isaac for the upcoming year. We have decided to start a preschool/tot school program with him. It is not anything fancy... coloring, cutting, drawing lines and play. I want to utilize the workboxes though so he has things he can do each day while I am working with the older boys.

Here are a couple of pictures of our school area.
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Tuesday's Catch Up

This past week has been a busy one. Monday I went to my OB appointment. Everything looks good except little girl has not turned around yet. Theoretically she still has time, but I know it is getting cramped in there and all my other babies were head down by this time.

Wednesday was the FRG meeting. Joel ended up going to that because I needed to run a few errands. One being ordering a new part for our car. The cam shaft sensor was shot so everytime we drove anywhere in the heat the car would stall if we idled or not start if we turn it back on. The solution was pouring water over the cam shaft sensor. Praise God the part came in Friday morning. So Joel was able to fix it this weekend.

We had a wonderful visit with my parents this weekend. It was neat having them here. We checked out the Cav Museum and took them out to the hangar. Sunday they went to the Alamo and Xavier went with them. While Joel and I stayed home with Micah & Isaac washing clothes and packing Micah's stuff. Micah decided he was going on vacation this summer and Monday when my parents left to head back to Florida - Micah went with them.

Oh - Duchess (our great dane) has found a new home. She was beginning to be way to much for us to handle. She was great with Joel when he took her to work, but was a major problem at home. Gordo is now a little lost and needs lots of attention. But that is normal considering his playmate is now gone.

Baking Bread

I love the smell of bread baking. Today I pulled out the bread machine and made a loaf of french bread to go with tonight's dinner. Actually I am making an appetizer with the bread using cheese, butter and green onions. It is so yummy and it will go nicely with hot wings and cocktail sausages. Now to figure out what else we will be having for dinner...

** As you can see I don't exactly follow the menu but it is mainly just me switching days around.

Monthly Menu Planning

I have started shopping once a month for groceries, except for the perishables and things which require re-stocking (milk, bread, etc.). Doing this has cut our grocery bill in half, because I spend less money on junk and actually have enough food in the fridge/pantry for every night of the week. We still have been eating out more than we should especially since we trying to save money for another vehicle. So I thought I would share my menu for the month. Micah and Xavier cook on Monday nights so I even get 1 night off a week. That doesn't include the nights that Joel wants to cook out or make something new which is a couple of times a month. I am truly blessed!

1 - Stuffed Peppers
2 - Chef Salad
3 - Wings/Appetizer Night
4 - *4th July Cook Out
5 - Pork Chops
6 - M: Beef Stroganoff
7 - Shake/Bake Chicken
8 - Tacos
9 - French Dip Sandwiches
10 - BBQ Chicken
11 - Meatloaf
12 - Pork roast
13 - X: Beef Tips and Gravy
14 - Chicken Alfredo
15 - Subs
16 - Spaghetti
17 - Breakfast Burrito's
18 - Roast (beef)
19 - Stir Fry
20 - M: Sausage Pasta and Veggie Skillet
21 - BBQ Sandwiches
22 - Swedish Meatballs
23 - Kabasa
24 - Rotisserie Chicken
25 - Pork Chops
26 - Bacon Burgers
27 - X: still undecided
28 - Breakfast
29 - Pizza
30 - Chicken Salad
31 - Stuffed Shells

Now I need to figure out a breakfast menu in time to go grocery shopping this afternoon.

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY June 29, 2009...

Outside my window...
the sun is shining, the birds are singing and unfortunately the flies are already buzzing around.

I am thinking...
of what I hope to accomplish today.

I am thankful for...
my family.

From the learning rooms...
math and science are on the agenda, along with some reading.

From the kitchen...
cupboards to go through and menu's to plan.

I am wearing...
pajamas (my normal outfit for the morning).

I am creating...
nothing at the moment, but have some plans running through my head.

I am reading...
Anne Frank (with the boys), Latin Road to English Grammar, Created To Be His Helpmeet, and my Bible

I am praying...
for family, friends and a new car.

I am hearing...
Xavier in the kitchen, Isaac watching cars and the hum of the AC.

Around the house...
we need to do some cleaning, and a load of laundry calls my name.

One of my favorite things...
seeing a child's smiling face when you first open your eyes.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
A visit to the library, grocery shopping, and buying a new desktop (hopefullly).

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
It is amazing how much children gro and change in a year!!
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FOR TODAY June 8, 2009...

Outside my window...
the sun is shining and the birds are gathered under the bird feeders.

I am thinking...
of the day ahead and the things I want to accomplish today

I am thankful for...
a wonderful church service yesterday morning & last night (we went to a new church)

From the learning rooms...
the boys have started their summer schedule which includes their summer reading goals, TX state history, spelling & math

From the kitchen...
I need to come up with this week's menu but tonight we will be chowing down on Chicken Alfredo, and I need to finish making the peanut butter cookies

I am wearing...
t-shirt and flowered skirt :-)

I am creating...
nothing at the moment, but I plan to make Isaac a pillow case & matching curtains this week and mend a couple of skirts.

I am going...
to the Dr. on Tuesday for Isaac's appoint (poor things needs a couple of shots, and an FRG coffee Saturday morning. If all goes well we will go to the library Tuesday evening.

I am reading...
The Love Dare (with Joel) and Created to Be His Help Meet.

I am hoping...
praying... for a quiet evening (lol).

I am hearing...
The movie "Cars", Micah in the kitchen, and the washer still going.

Around the house...
I need to finish up the laundry, go through baby clothes and mop the floors.

One of my favorite things...
watching Xavier read (he gets so into the book)

A few plans for the rest of the week:
continue reading and trying to apply what I have learned and possibly going to Wed. night service.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
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FOR TODAY Monday May 11, 2009
Outside my window...
Cloudy skies, and the looks of rain

I am thinking...
Should I call the Dr. about Micah's tonsils or give it 1 more day (that is how long his brothers cold lasted this past week)

I am thankful for...
My dear husband, my 3 boys, and for the blessings and love that my Savior has shown me.

From the learning rooms...
We will continue our English & Math studies and hopefully finish up science and geography this week.

From the kitchen...
Oh, how I need to go to the grocery store. I think we will have sausage keish tonight.

I am wearing...
My pajamas ;-)

I am creating...
Well more like planning on creating a few skirts. Hopefully I will get one finished by the end of the week. However, I have some mending that is more of a priority.

I am going...
to keep living one day at a time

I am reading...
The Book of Peter in my Bible, and the Latin Road to English Grammar

I am hoping...
(Praying) for my DH cousin who is having medical problems, my Granny who is in the hospital. That Micah cold heals quickly and for a new vehicle as we have outgrown the little Tracker.

I am hearing...
Noises from the boys cleaning their rooms upstairs, dogs playing, Isaac driving his cars.

Around the house...
A cleaning is in order, laundry to be done, and a household manual to be worked on.

One of my favorite things...
A child's laughter!! What a joy to hear each day!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
We will be at home the first part of the week, then things get a little bit busy. At some point I have to go get my 1st glucose test done this week.
Tuesday the pest control comes by for their preventive maintenance.
Thursday we need to our grocery shopping.
Friday is Field Day (being put on by a club in our local homeschool group).
Saturday I am taking some finger foods up to the church where our homeschool group's graduation and reception will be held.
Sunday - church of course


Here is picture thought I am sharing...
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The Boat Has Been Rocked!

Yesterday I went for my ultrasound. I had a wonderful tech, we laughed, joked and yapped while she snapped the pics she was suppose to take of the baby. The boys were so upset they could not be there for the ultrasound (they went with me when I was prego with Isaac). The wanted to know the sex of the baby so bad. So I did a nice thing and had the tech write it in a piece of paper. I asked for her to just write it down so we could open it together. Forgetting that I was getting pics... She took a pic of the sex and stapled it into a piece of paper. I even looked away so I did not know.

Joel has been working midnight to noon shift. So he was asleep when I got home, and we waited, and waited. When he woke up we found out. I was in shock!! She wrote below the picture "3 bright white lines. A girl!!" and on the pic it was typed "Think Pink".

A GIRL!!!

Of course I was excited, but I was also in shock. I have 3 boys - this one definitely is gonna be different. The boat has been rocked for sure!! Last night I was scared. Girls have girly issues and DRAMA. Boys are easy. BUT by this morning I am already planning Mother - Daughter teas and Girl Scouts. Whoo Hoo! A girl!!

Who would have thought I would have ever had a girl.... only my Lord!! Praise his name! While I may have doubts of being a mom to a girl odviously He thought I could handle it ;-)

I guess it is time to change the name of my blog, lol
In Christ~
Tanya

Update on "us"

I know I have been pretty bad at posting (sorry). Things here are going well. We are still chugging away at school and slowly finishing up this year's curriculum. I have figured out almost all of my lesson plans for next school year. We are going to continue a few studies through the summer months. Which will help the boys not forget things they have learned over the year and give us the ability to take a little time off when the baby is born.

We are still using the workboxes (oh what a wonderful idea). It is not a miracle worker... Xavier still wanders off, but Micah gets done with most of his school work by lunchtime.

Friday I go for my ultrasound - yay!!! Hopefully baby will cooperate and we will be able to see if it's a boy or a girl.

Anyways, I will try to post some pics soon.
Love you all!!

Week 1 - A Look Inside

We do use texts in our homeschool. Which is one reason why I thought the workboxes would be great to add in more fun and more hands on learning. Here is a list of what we I have put/will be putting in the boys boxes this week. It is our first week of using the boxes and the items listed below are not necessarily in that order (it was just easier for me to list them with numbers).

Monday:
1) Lang. Arts
2) Math (with mom)
3) Science (with mom)
4) Spelling
5) History Reading
6) Free Reading
7) Computer Time
8) Connect 4
9) Joke book in Xavier's box & Backyard Ballistics in Micah's box
10) Bible & Prayer Journal
11) Geography Fact Cards

Tuesday:
1) Lang Arts
2) Math (w/mom)
3) Science Reading
4) Free Reading
5) Othello
6) Computer Lesson: Webpage Authoring #2
7) Geography worksheet
8) Bible & Journal
9) Spelling
10) Computer Time
11) Brownie Mix

Wednesday:
1) Writing (w/mom)
2) Math (w/mom)
3) Science (w/mom)
4) Computer Time
5) Free Reading
6) Bible & Journal
7) Spelling
8) Unit Study (History)
9) Game
10) ?? (still deciding)
11) Art

Thursday:
1) Writing (w/mom)
2) Math Review/Game
3) Spelling
4) Science Reading
5) Computer Time
6) Bible & Journal
7) Unit Study (History)
8) Free Reading
9) Game
10) Play Outside w/Isaac
11) Family Work

Friday: (normally we have co-op on Friday, but this week we have off for Good Friday)
1) Writing (w/mom)
2) Play Hullabaloo w/Isaac
3) Math Review
4) Computer Time
5) Spelling Test
6) Game
7) Unit Study (History)
8) Make Peanut Butter Cookies
9) Bible & Journal
10) Nature Study & Walk

Workboxes

Ok, so the shoe rack idea flopped. I went to the store to buy them but they didn't have any. Meanwhile my dear hubby is asking if there is some way we can be more economical about this. Personally I think he believes this is another one of my attempts of organization that will quickly be tossed aside. So... being economical I found some things I have around the house: boxes and folders (of course now I have to find a new home for the science stuff that was in the boxes). Using the template from the Sue Patrick's Workbox System and schedule cards from Walking by the Way, I now have Xavier & Micah's boxes!


Xavier's Box
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Micah's Box
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Micah and Xavier have been great about moving through their folders. We even started school an hour earlier than usual today (it is only our 2nd day using the workbox system).


Science Reading - more than I need to know about bugs!!
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Working on changing fractions to percents
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Could It Be

an answer to prayer? Recently I came across a blog talking about workboxes. I was so intrigued with the system that I had to know more. After visiting other blogs who have started using workboxes and praying about it. I bought Sue Patrick's book and now I can not wait to set up our boxes. I have been printing off the scheduling strips and number strips along with the extra cards. Today I get to go buy my boxes ;)

One of the things that impresses me with the workbox system is the ability to put in those things you want to do in your home school but never get around to. I hope that by starting the worboxes I will take be able to let go of the "school at home" rut we have gotten into lately. The only problem I have though is I can think of a bunch of things I want to do or the boys want to learn but I don't think we still have enough time to do it all ;-)

** The Workbox System is a physical system which allows your child(ren) to move through their work in order. It is visual system that your kids can see: they see what they have to do, they see how much is left to do and they see the fun things coming up in a box ahead.

Sue Patrick is pretty set on using a shoe rack that will hold your shoeboxes (about 12) as the workboxes. At first I was going to try to "scale down" the workboxes because of room, but after reading the book I am going to stick with her shoerack & shoe boxes idea.

Each box is numbered and the child has a schedule strip on their desk telling them what to do (in order). You can have box 1-12 in a row or you can put in extra cards like lunch, group time, break, etc. The child moves in a sequential manner matching the # on their schedule strip to the matching workbox. They continue down the strip completing each activity/workbox. Once the strip is empty they are done for the day.

Science Experiments

We started using Apologia General Science last week. We are not using it in the traditional way but are working on it together to help Micah and Xavier get use to the format. Which means we are probably going a little slower than normal :-) I also found a really neat Lapbook Journal to use over at Knowledgebox Central. So far the boys are enjoying the "class like" setting for science.


Experiment Time
Writing their observations, summary
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Saturday's Photos

Saturday we hung out around the house and I was able to snap a few photos of the boys in the backyard.
Bang, Bang, Shoot
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Me & My Daddy
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Having Fun
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Gee Mom, Do you have to take my picture?
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Me & My Mommy
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My Boys
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Explorer's Unit Study Day 2

Tuesday's Photo-Op

Every good sailor/explorer must learn to tie knots




Who wants to be a "Limey"?
Making Old Fashioned Limeade



Explorer's Unit Study Day 1

We started our Explorer's study this week. This is our first "real" unit study and so far the boys have had a blast! We are using History Through The Ages New World Explorer's by Home School in the Woods. If the rest of the unit goes as well as the first 2 days I will definitely be buying the "Colonial" unit next!

Here are a few photo's from Monday

Working on a lapbook entry



Using Spices of the Orient to bake a carrot cake

Geography Studies

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We decided to continue the boys Geography Studies from the One Room Schoolhouse. The boys have a blast looking up and presenting the information on the state they have picked. This week we are trying something a little new and they are making a power-point presentation. They "present" their state on Monday evening that way Joel can be here. I don't think I am going to have them do a power-point every week but alternate it with an actual report, poster, or some kind of model. I haven't quite worked out all the kinks but it should bring more life to Geography :)

My Jesus - Todd Agnew

If you haven't heard it - this song is awesome!

The Past 2 Months...

We are finally settling into our new home. Okay well I am to tired to settle in anymore so the upstairs closet and a corner in my dining room still need attended to. I may get to it eventually but for now I just don't look in those directions ;)

We picked out our new couch almost 2 weeks ago and it was delivered on Valentine's Day - the perfect Anniversary present!! We are still waiting for Micah and Xavier's bedroom sets to get here. Hopefully we will get them next weekend as the headboard for Micah's bed was scheduled to be in the warehouse Feb. 20th and it was the main thing we had to wait on. The boys are definitely excited about having new dressers, a nightstand and a bed for Micah. We are slowly getting new furniture, but we have been truly blessed!! Everything is paid for and we are sticking to not owing anyone anything.

Not a lot has been happening around here. Our days are pretty typical: wake up, eat breakfast, do chores, school, play outside/go to park, eat dinner, hang out, Bible reading, watch TV, go to bed.

Isaac talks more and more each day. We got him an imitation plasma car from Wally-World. He loves it, and spends his mornings riding in a circle around the house going to "work" like Dada. Of course he has 2 jobs: 1 he works on helicopters and 2 he is a police man. If he isn't riding his car, he is yelling at someone to put "choo choo" on TV. Mistake #1 buying Thomas Train video. If Isaac had his way it would be on 24/7 (even when he is not in the room).

I will try to get some pics of the house and boys soon. Love to you all!

Isaac Photo Op

When I took my camera out to take a few pictures Isaac decided he would be my muse. Here he is in all his glory. (P.S. that is my new couch - YAY)!!

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