Friday, September 28, 2007
Do you recognize this picture? I think you will if you looked at Kelli's post today. When I was growing up I read through all of the Little House books time and time again. Now I'm thoroughly enjoying introducing the Ingalls family to my children. We started using the series for our afternoon read-aloud time at the beginning of the summer. We're almost through with book #2, Little House on the Prairie.
I picked up the first two books in the series at a yard sale a few months ago, but I've been planning on using the public library to check out the rest of the books as we get to them. Of course, you can only keep a borrowed book for so long, and I'm not quite sure that we'd be finished with each one by its due date. So, I was absolutely thrilled when I stumbled upon this entire boxed set at an antique store recently. I snatched it up and quickly headed to the sales desk. The price wasn't bad, and the set was in pretty good condition. I think it must have just been on someone's bookshelf for the past 35 years, because the pages don't even look used. I asked the sales clerk if the price on the box was the best she could do, even though I was inwardly very happy to pay the price on the box. She said that she could take off 10%. Whoo-hoo!
Now we'll be able to enjoy taking our time reading through the series, and my kids can develop a special bond with Laura, too.
Before you head off for more Show and Tell, let me know which of these books is your favorite. :)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
the sound of my children's laughter
hugs and kisses
freshly baked bread
pumpkin scented candles
hand written letters
little girls playing dress-up
hot buttered popcorn
phone calls from far away friends and family
our cat and dog curled up together
a shiny sink
special Bible verses
old photo albums
holding hands with my husband
peaceful little angels sleeping in their beds
What things make your heart smile? Let me know if you post a list; I'd love to read it. :)
Monday, September 24, 2007
Without further ado, here's my fall reading list.
A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson
Acts Dispensationally Considered by C. R. Stam
Ever Afterby Karen Kingsbury Going Home by Wanda Brunstetter Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury
Mission: Motherhood by Cathy Corle
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
Summer by Karen Kingsbury The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell
Yep, there's quite a bit of variety. After I finish a book I'll cross it off of my list. Happy reading! :)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Bookworm and Mickey Mouse were in charge of shredding piles of newspaper to use in Sassy's litter box.
The kids spent lots of time playing outside and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Someone recently asked me what we do for P.E. Building tree forts and then tearing them down is great exercise. :)
Curly Girl has been practicing her cleaning skills. She volunteered to clean the dining room chairs and did an excellent job. Bookworm was happy, since this is usually one of her chores.
One of our church members brought us enough vegetables from her garden to last us several months. I had to reorganize my pantry and clean out my freezer so that I could store all the wonderful bounty. It really was a blessing to receive all these veggies. Part of my weekly food budget can now be spent on other things for the next few months.
This morning I headed to town to pick up a few things at the store. I stopped at a yard sale on my way and found an autumn wreath and a cast iron skillet with the original price tags still attached. The wreath is now hanging on the back porch door, and the skillet is waiting to be seasoned. I've been wanting a grill pan for a while, and this one only cost me $3.
The rest of today will be spent tidying up the house and preparing for Sunday. I need to finish up my Sunday school lesson and practice a song I'll be singing at church. I've already put fresh sheets on all of the beds, there's a load of laundry in the washer, and a pile of ironing is calling my name. Lots of little things, but they're all important. I hope you all have a wonderful Lord's day. Don't forget- tomorrow is the first day of autumn! :)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Assignment #3~ Alphabet Meme
This week's assignment is to use the letters of the alphabet to describe yourself or things that are important to you.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John 10:27-28 KJV
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Grandpa is a big classic car fan, so Saturday we all went to a car show that was held in nearby town. It was nice to walk the streets in this usually sleepy little town and watch Grandpa drool over the cars of yesteryear.
Yesterday we wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and do something outdoors. We ended up going to the Atl*nta Z*o. Believe it or not, this was my first visit ever to a zoo! Here are a few pictures from our day.
After our fun time at the zoo, we went to a really nice mall in Atlanta and had dinner at The Cheesec*ake Fact*ry. I am one spoiled girl. :)
After their grandparents left this morning to head home to Florida, the kids were a little bit disappointed when I announced that we would still be having school today. They were begging to play outside in the cool morning air. I compromised, and we started school a little bit later than usual. I'm learning to relax when it comes to our schedule. There are days we can set the schedule aside and let things just flow naturally.
Sassy Update: Sassy's surgeries were last Tuesday. By Saturday it appeared that she was coming down with an infection. The vet ordered her an antibiotic, and she seems to be doing better each day. She's also adjusted to the newspaper in her litter box. :) Hopefully she'll be jumping around again in a few more days.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I remember when I was a little girl how I would pull the string over and over again and listen as "Edelweiss" softly played. I still get goosebumps when I hear the music. Maybe that's one reason The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
The picture above was taken on Mr. C's 1st birthday. Today he celebrated his 34th. This year he didn't wear the traditional party hat; he sported some of his new hunting gear instead.
I fixed a special birthday meal with some of Mr. C's favorites: chilled shrimp with cocktail sauce, chicken cordon bleu, rice, corn with butter sauce, cheddar biscuits, and coconut cake. I used this cake recipe that Kelli shared a while back.
Tonight just before bedtime, Curly Girl remembered that Daddy hadn't had his birthday spanking yet. So, being the good daddy that he is, Mr. C dutifully took a beating from the kids. They loved every second of it.
I'm so thankful to be married to this wonderful man! :)
We've lined her litter box with shreded newspaper since she won't be able to use litter for the next several days. So far she hasn't seemed to "use" the paper but wants to sleep on it instead. Any suggestions??
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
1) Take some inspiration from your dream blogging location and show where you blog at home.
2) Share a Bible verse that's on your heart this week.
Well, I really don't think that my desk area has much in common with the rolling hills of Ireland, but I do have a bit of green to look at out my window. In several more weeks these leaves will be turning the most beautiful shades of gold and brown.
My computer is located in our music room/home office. I'm not going to show you a "before" picture of my desk, but trust me when I say it was a wee bit messy. I've now cleaned it off and added something lovely to look at. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
I wandered around looking for autumn decorations, but I didn't find any. As I was on my way out of the building, I passed by the shoe display. Normally I don't ever look for shoes at this particular thrift store because most of the ones donated are in terrible shape. However, yesterday I struck gold when I spotted these Cole Haan sandals in excellent condition.
Visit Kelli for more Show & Tell.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
I actually stumbled upon the whole "blogging" thing. I googled "home management binder" and found Mrs. Wilt's lovely blog. A few weeks later I decided that blogging would be a wonderful way to stay in touch with long-distance family and friends, as well as record the daily happening in our home. I've come across some fantastic ideas and met some amazing ladies along the way. My goal for this blog is for it to continue to be a God-honoring place to share about our days.
B. Share a photo of your dream location from which to blog.
C. Share some things about yourself.
1. Time you usually blog: I usually blog during our afternoon quiet time or after the kids have gone to bed at night.
2. Your favorite drink: hot chocolate
3. Favorite book: Besides my Bible, I can't pick just one! I just love good books! :)
4. Favorite dessert: cheesecake
5. A scripture that has been an inspiration to you: There are so many verses that the have been special to me during different seasons of my life. A verse that has been special to me lately is Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." This verse reminds me that my desire should be to please God in everything I say and do.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Things were pretty normal around our house today. We finished with our lessons by lunchtime, so the kids enjoyed having a couple of hours to play outside this afternoon. I really wanted to sit down on the porch with a good book, but I knew that I needed to tackle my ironing basket instead. All of the clothes have been put away, and the laundry room looks tidy once again. Bookworm has been begging me to teach her how to use the iron. I think I was about 12 years old when I starting doing my own ironing. I'm a little bit worried that she'll burn herself, but I guess it's bound to happen eventually. A small aloe plant on the laundry room counter will come in handy if she has an accident. If any of you have any training suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
This evening while Mr. C was out making some church visits the kids and I played a game of Monopoly Jr. Usually I play the "banker", but Bookworm and Mickey Mouse have been taking turns lately. They both enjoy putting their math skills to work. We've spent a lot of evenings playing board games lately. Lil' Nut is big enough now to play along with us. Notice the thumb in her mouth; we're working on that. :)
My book and I are headed for a bubble bath. Multi-tasking! :)
One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to get all kinds of great ideas from other ladies. Kelli is someone I would just love to chat with over a cup of tea. Her posts are so encouraging, and the projects and crafts that she and her children create are things that even crafty-impaired people (like me) can do.
Imagine my delight when Kelli made her big announcement introducing Seasonal Delights Quarterly Magazine. I'm so excited that Kelli will be sharing all her great seasonal ideas with us in such a classy way. The best part of all: Kelli's new magazine is FREE! I've already downloaded the fall edition, and the girls and I are looking forward to browsing the pages together as we gear up for my favorite season. You can subscribe to Seasonal Delights by clicking here or by clicking the graphic at the top of this post.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Fall is just around the corner, and I'm so excited! It's my favorite season of the year. As soon as September rolls around I pull out my autumn decorations. Hopefully the weather will take note of the fact that the season is about to change. This past week we had over 5 inches of much needed rain. The shriveled up plants in the garden have been teased back to life. Yesterday we had a high temperature of 81 degrees. It was such a nice change from the low 100's we've been experiencing the last few weeks. Hopefully we're through with the scorching temperatures.
This morning I filled out and mailed our monthly homeschool attendence report, which is a requirement in our state. We've already completed four weeks of school.:) Even with taking last week off, I still feel ahead of the game. So far I'm very pleased with our decision to have year-around school. All of the children have been working so diligently on their lessons. The school portion of our day just seems to fly by.
This week I need to get caught up on some of my homekeeping tasks. In addition to my daily routine, here's my to-do list.
* Tackle a mile-high pile of ironing.
* Organize the little girls' room. It looks like a bomb went off in there.
* Print out new cards for the kids' ChorePacks.
* Put all of the suitcases in the attic.
* Host our monthly ladies' missionary fellowship at church.
* Write out birthday/anniversary cards for the month of September.
* Plan for Mr. C's upcoming birthday.
* Take a load of "stuff" to the local thrift store.
* Get my box of fall decorations from the attic and put the summer decorations away.
* Display my fall goodies. There's no way I'm waiting until September 23 to decorate for fall. :)
Looks like a busy week! I'm also gearing up for a new year of Patch the Pirate Club at our church. I received my box full of supplies over the weekend, and I'm looking forward to our children's program starting back up. I'll sure miss listening to Mr. C's Bible teaching on Wednesday nights. I'm planning on listening to a CD of the service while I do my weekly ironing. Multi-tasking is a good thing.
Since we just had a mini-vacation, we're still having school today in spite of the holiday. Perhaps we'll plan a picnic lunch in the garden if it's not too hot. I hope you all enjoy your day and have a wonderful, productive week!
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Not measured by silver and gold;
The joy of children 'round my knee
To lock in my gold memory fold.
Never let me take for granted
The beauty of a crimson rose;
Let me ever enjoy the view
Of golden grain as it grows.
Let me enjoy the loveliness
Of a robin on the wing;
And the echoing soun from the steeple
As the church bell gently rings.
Keep me ever midnful
That God sends refreshing rain;
And help me to remember
He'll send the sunshine again.
If I would list the simple things,
I think there'd be no end;
There's encouragement when lonely
And the handclasp of a faithful friend.
There's something very precious
In the things you cannot buy;
For they can be enjoyed by all
If we're not so busy they pass us by.
Yes, give me a life of simple things
My loved one next to my side;
Happy children around my knee
And I'll be satisfied.
~Ruth H. Underhill
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