Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quiet Thoughts

My family really enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy and also the first Hobbit movie. I preordered the second Hobbit movie so we would get it as soon as it came out! When it got here, cheers and shouts of glee could be heard within a mile of our home (the kids were even excited too...haha!). We popped up some popcorn and watched it....and enjoyed it! :)

After a long (and I mean long) winter, the temperature is now hitting 60's (and in the 70's this weekend!). The nights can still get chilly...and the mornings as well...but we'll take it! It is so wonderful to enjoy that sunshine! Those days of freezing temps were getting a bit much for us (and my poor Aunt Jo who now lives here in PA...she lived most of her life in Florida! These colder temps were not her favorite either!). With the sunshine comes the continual use of the clothesline (which makes my heart quite happy!).

We'll still be setting aside days through this warmer weather, though, to prepare for the next winter season...

Our hens have been laying wonderfully for us and have really been enjoying the weather too...

Pearl is loving it as well (although look at how the grass looks...blech. I am really looking forward for it to be green and grow so I can mow it! Remind me that I said that when it is 90* outside and I have to be out there push-mowing it! ha!)...

Xavier picked me a couple flowers from outside...the first few blooms we have had!

An older pic of Chris and me when we were dating. This was on his 21st birthday (I was 18). Little did we know that in 6 months from when this was taken, we would be getting married!!! Truly, I am a blessed woman...

Soft candlelight always makes me happy...

Do you see that? Our huge, quilted calendar says APRIL!!! Can you believe it is the middle of April? Although I felt like we would never get out of this past winter...I am still amazed at how fast time goes's shocking really. When I was younger, in school, I felt like the days, weeks, months and years went by so slowly. Now that I am grown, I feel like it's all passing by much too quickly!

In the schoolroom...

There's only a little over a day left on my homeschool curriculum that I am selling on ebay if anyone is interested (HERE). I have a lot of Christian Light Education workbooks/teacher guidebooks and also a few other things as well. I hope you will check it out! 

Jaxson and I stayed home from church today. Poor guy is coughing terribly. I have been rubbing essential oils on his chest and feet and also giving him cough syrup and pineapple. He is so run down but wishes he could be out playing and enjoying this beautiful weather. We watched a John Piper sermon and just enjoyed quiet together. 

Chris, Madelyn and Xavier all went to church and enjoyed the worship and fellowship of other believers. :) It's such a blessing (and important) to go to a church that is doctrinally sound and has good fellowship! 

I got a phone call just a little bit ago from an older gentleman that we used to attend church with. He and his wife had been married for decades and were such a sweet couple. She had a stroke and could no longer speak. He would go into the nursing home and sit with her and talk to her...and he would bring her to church. She would just love on people, smiling always...kissing their cheeks. It blessed me, truly. I had taken some time to make them cards....little notes of love and encouragement for them for a whole month. There was one card for every other day to open. I had them labeled with the dates they could be opened. It was just a small way for me to bring them some love and show them gratitude for the example they led through their marriage. It's absolutely beautiful to see a couple, together through it all.
 After some time, the man's wife passed away. He misses her terribly. He has daughters (who have children who have children) who care for him and help him. But oh how he misses his wife. It breaks my heart because I know that my heart would shatter if something happened to Chris. I think of and pray for him often. We don't attend the same church anymore so I don't see him much but he calls me every once in a while and thanks me, still (years later) for those cards. It's funny...he thanks me for blessing him....all the while, I am so grateful that he calls me to check in with me and it actually blesses *me*! You never know how the Lord can use you to show love to others. There is *so* much more I could be doing to bless others and this gentleman's phone calls of appreciation (after all this time) is always such a great reminder to me to take the time to do things for matter how insignificant they may seem. I am really going to pray on this and hope that the Lord uses me in some way. I simply must get out of my comfort zone....I battle some extreme anxiety about some things...but that will be for another time/another post. :)

Right now I plan on enjoying this evening with my family. I hope you can enjoy yours with the ones you love most too! So glad you could stop by and visit me here. 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Re-Organizing in the Schoolroom

I got a new bookshelf, inexpensively, for the schoolroom. That meant it was time to take all the books from one of our old bookshelves. Oh my... it was quite a tedious task. Books were stacked on the dining room table, chairs and floor! When you are a homeschooling family it makes it especially hard to get rid of any books...we might *need* them one day to learn something new!!! ;)

 It took some time and muscle...but here is the shelf, all set up and, dare I say, pretty? The sight of books lined up on bookshelves makes me that strange? One day, when we finish the addition on our house, I want to make what is now the living room into a little library...with bookshelves covering some of the walls...from floor to ceiling (9ft!)...

Our BIL gave us an old bookshelf too (how can one turn down a free bookshelf...even if it is ugly?). I made good use of it too...lining it with binders, dictionaries, and planners...

My husband loves magazines and I have gone through (what seems like) millions of them. I like saving some (he wants to save them all...but there just isn't the room). I like having magazines together with like magazines. These are a couple of my favorites (Don't worry....I did save many of Chris's magazines...and there are still many to go through!)....

The last couple days have been warmer here...still chilly but absolutely glorious in the sunshine. It really motivates me to clean, tidy and re-organize things. It's a great feeling to give some much-needed attention to certain tasks around the home! Right now, although it's a little cold as the sun is not shining directly in my house, I have the front door and windows open letting the breeze in. It's wonderful I tell you! :) Pearl (the goat) and our chickens are really enjoying it too....but I'll share those photos another day! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget...I'm selling some homeschooling curriculum on ebay! If you are interested in checking it out, you can do so HERE. Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Selling Some Homeschool Curriculum

Here is a sample of things I am selling on ebay! I am selling them inexpensively and wanted to let you know in case you are interested! You can find these things and more HERE! :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Our church rented a nearby rollerskating rink for a couple hours this past Saturday. We were all soooo excited to go (and all the while wondering why we don't rollerskate more often as we love it!).

Madelyn had gone rollerskating once or twice when she was really little but this was the boys' first time. They were super excited!

I got my skates on too! I was quite proud that I didn't fall but once (when one of Jax's best buddies accidentally ran into me from behind). It took me a few minutes but soon, I was cruising around the rink!

Madelyn was falling before she left her seat! ;)

Starting out....'re going the wrong way!

I think this is just before Jax took a tumble (oh my poor kids...they fell more than they actually skated)...

Everyone started out (for the most part) near the wall...trying to get their skate-legs on! (Although this doesn't look like many people...there were lots of us there....I only took a few pics at the beginning. Then I put my camera away to skate!)...

A friend with two of her little ones (isn't her daughter's hair absolutely beautiful???)...

Chris was quite the skate pro. He went round and round and had so much fun...

Before I tucked my camera back into my bag, I took one last photo. I wanted to make sure I had at least one picture of Chris and I together there. We had such a great time with our church family...laughing and skating! So much fun!

Have you been rollerskating lately? Do you love to rollerskate? Do tell!! :) 

Happy Tuesday!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Place Called Home

 Peace ~ that was the other name for home.

~Kathleen Norris

My family is not Catholic. We are Reformed in our faith. We hold to the five solas: Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), Sola Gratia (Grace alone), Sola Fide (Faith alone), Solus Christus (Christ alone), Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone be the Glory!).  We do catechism with our children. Catechism is *not* just for Catholics. All it is, is a series of questions and answers to train up your children and family by. It has been historically practiced and is almost unheard of now, unfortunately. Catechism teaches the family biblical doctrine that can be thought on and memorized. We have really enjoyed this one...Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism.

However, our church uses the New City Catechism. You can read more about it HERE from the Gospel Coalition. It's really great! I highly recommend the use of a catechism (in addition to Bible reading) while training your children up in the Lord.

I would say this oil lamp is due for a good cleaning and refill...wouldn't you? can see Wanda-the-Honda outside our kitchen window! (And no, the window is not dirty despite how it looks. These windows were here when we bought the house almost 14 years ago. They are double-paned windows that leak. They get foggy and such in them and there is no way to clean them. You can wash the insides and outsides all you want...they still look this way. Hopefully, one day we can replace them...)

Although I keep my own personal planner, we also have a family calendar located in our kitchen so everyone knows what is coming up...

My Bible, well-loved and well-used (you can find the cover I use for it HERE)...

Madelyn made this...

Taco salads for supper one evening (a family favorite)...

El comes for a visit!

An older gentleman, who teaches at our homeschool co-op, offered to let us come and take al ook at all his books and take what we would want from them. My one friend and I went over to browse and look at the treasures I brought home!!!

Xavier, working on some wood-burning...

Madelyn, intently trying to find the *right* lego (which can be quite time consuming!)...

“A true home is one of the most sacred of places. It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world’s perils and alarms. It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow. It is the place where love learns its lessons, where life is schooled into discipline and strength, where character is molded.

Few things we can do in this world are so well worth doing as the making of a beautiful and happy home. He who does this builds a sanctuary for God and opens a fountain of blessing for men.

Far more than we know, do the strength and beauty of our lives depend upon the home in which we dwell. He who goes forth in the morning from a happy, loving, prayerful home, into the world’s strife, temptation, struggle, and duty, is strong--inspired for noble and victorious living. The children who are brought up in a true home go out trained and equipped for life’s battles and tasks, carrying in their hearts a secret of strength which will make them brave and loyal to God, and will keep them pure in the world’s severest temptations.” 

~J.R. Miller