Thursday, April 30, 2009

So much to do...

I have been getting so excited about the possibilities with our house. I have been spending a lot of time...maybe too much time...getting inspiration from magazines and blogs. I now have lots of ideas for what I want...just waiting on the money to do them. In the mean time, I'll continue to jot down ideas and plan.

I have also been spending time thinking about our homeschool. I've even started a blog for our homeschool to write about my thoughts and what we do. I hope to document more so that in my periods of self doubt, I'll have something to show me the big picture. To be able to see where we've been.

I will also start taking more photos again. Photos bring me such happiness. I use to be a pretty good photographer. But then I just stopped. Don't really even remember why.

The key...I think...for me to do all the things I love is to:
1) Always remember to find my strength from God each and every day! Very important!
2) To look for the beauty in the little things.
3) To stay organized.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My All-time Favorite Cartoon


I love this cartoon. I recall having similar conversations with the girls when they were younger. What's even funnier is that the homeschoolers your going to visit are probably at home waiting for your arrival...having the same conversation. lol

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Somebody's Hero



I love this song!

The first time I heard this...I cried. It brings out so many different feelings and thoughts for me. The hope that I am my daughters hero, the thought of my mom, and more recently...my grandma.

My grandma died about 2 1/2 years ago from breast cancer. I love her so...so...much! And I miss her! I hadn't heard this song in quite awhile. When I heard it yesterday, I couldn't help but to think of my grandma. She always told me what a blessing I was to her. I tried to take care of her...taking her grocery shopping, to doctors appointments, etc. I took care of her after some of her surgeries. I didn't do it all by myself...but I did a lot. We have a large family, so others helped too...but I was always available for her because I didn't work.

I always felt guilty when Grandma would tell me how sweet I was. I didn't feel that way...usually because, while I wanted to help, I sometimes resented that I had to take her to so many of her doctor appointments. Not to mention that when I went out with Grandma, it would be an all day event...and I had three girls in tow.

I was always torn. I wanted to be there for Grandma but I also had my own little family to take care of, lessons to be taught, as well as a house that always needed cleaning, and of course the pile of laundry that was always there waiting to be washed.

I can say now that I don't regret any of the time I spent with her...not one second. I wish that I wouldn't have stressed so much about things. I was aware of the blessing of homeschooling during those times. My girls were able to spend time with their (great)grandma. I remember one day the girls played piano for Grandma on our electric piano we brought over. She loved to tell people that my girls were homeschooled. She was always proud of her whole family.

All this to simply say that we can be too hard on ourselves. I know that I quite often feel like nothing much when ask if I work...my answer always being "no...I stay home with my kids". In all reality...that is work! Hard work! I guess, for me, this song just validates that.

I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Potty-Break Anyone?

I'm sure my Brad would tell you that he loves his girls...all four of us. But...having three daughters and a wife ...especially one with...um... bladder issues....has its draw backs. But with this great new idea...my hubby can now lead a happy life again. Well...at least the potty-break dilemma will be solved while we're traveling. You know how it goes...no one has to go until there's no bathrooms in sight... for miles... and miles.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Free Easter Resources for Your Homeschool

If your looking for something to do in your homeschool for Easter...check out what The Old Schoolhouse has put together for you.

Let's all celebrate that He has risen!



Spring Fling...Open Those Windows


We are finally getting some spring weather. My energy level goes up so... much... more when I can throw open the windows and let the fresh air in.

Ahhhh! Fresh air!

Love it!

That little dark blob in the window...that would be our cat. He loves when the windows are open too!

The fresh air...the birds chirping...the sun shining. It makes me feel so refreshed. It makes me feel like I can conquer any task before me.

How 'bout you?


April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

- William Shakespeare