Riverbend Ramblings

~Riverbend Ramblings~
The days are long, but the years are short.
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Light Check
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Let's bring glory to God today by our life. Remember, someone is watching you! It may be a child, a co-worker, someone in the checkout line, or your next door neighbor. It is a privilege to serve Jesus! Are you giving your Heavenly Father a good name?


Thursday, August 28, 2008
my little philosopher
My little man is not a morning person. He takes after his daddy. ;) This morning during breakfast I was making small talk with him in an attempt to arouse his cheerful side.
Me: Sweetie, remember to be nice to all of the kids in your class today. Jesus wants us to be kind to everyone. Mickey: It's hard to be nice to girls, though, 'cause they're not your species. They're just different than us boys. I could not keep from cracking up over that one!


Wednesday, August 27, 2008
My friend Christina is hosting a Fall Back Into HomeSchool Giveaway. Go check out the wonderful gifts she will be blessing the winners with. Bundle #1 is my favorite. ;-)


Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thanks so much for bearing with me while I took a much needed blogging break. I needed some time to focus on my family as we adjust to a new routine. Bookworm, Mickey, and Curly Girl started attending our church's Christian school last week. Okay... all you homeschoolers out there pick yourselves up off the floor and breathe! We have prayed much and have great peace about our decision. Still, it is a big adjustment for us after homeschooling for the past four years. The kids are actually having a blast so far. That may change once the workload picks up a bit. I am not home alone twiddling my thumbs all day. Lil' Nut is my constant companion and shadow. She helps me around the house and enjoys having Mommy all to herself. We have a flexible daily schedule that includes fun preschool learning and lots of playtime. There's even a morning designated to visiting the local library. I am looking forward to spending more one-on-one time with my baby. My handsome hubby takes the kids to school each morning and is able to visit with them during lunchtime since his office is just a few steps away from the cafeteria. I am glad that he is able to check on them throughout the day. Our afternoons aren't that much different. There is homework to be done, and the kids still have chores to do. Bookworm has resumed piano lessons with the instructor she first started taking lessons from four years ago. Her studio is conveniently located just down the street from our house. We still have lots of family time each evening. Splashing in the pool is a great way to wind down from a busy day. We're happy, healthy, and serving the Lord. Life is good.


Friday, August 22, 2008
I'm going to extend my blogging break for a few more days. I wish you all a wonderful weekend! :) Image from here.


Monday, August 18, 2008
Home Keeping Hearts
Stay, stay at home, my heart and rest; Home-keeping hearts are happiest, For those that wander they know not where Are full of trouble and full of care; To stay at home is best. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I'm going to be away from the computer the next few days as I focus on my family and home. The comments feature will be turned off. I'll be back, Lord willing, on Friday. Have a wonderful week! :) Image from here.


Friday, August 15, 2008
From the mouths of the littles...
Yesterday I had to make a run to S*am's Club and traveled via the interstate to get there. One of those spur-of-the-moment Florida thunderstorms rolled in while we were on the road. My windshield wipers were swishing as fast as they could, but I still had a hard time seeing. The wind was blowing so hard that I had a hard time staying in my lane. Not fun. Lil' Nut (age 4) was giving me a running commentary on the storm, but finally I asked her to quiet down so that I could concentrate on my driving. A couple of minutes later I heard a sweet little voice say, "I think God spilled His drink, and now it's falling all down on us." I thought that was so cute!
Last year we studied insects extensively, and it turns out that the older kids paid attention to what I was teaching after all. When Curly Girl (age 6) saw this pair of grasshoppers out by the pool the other day she exclaimed, "Look! That one is getting a piggy-back ride!" Bookworm quickly informed her that there was more to it than that. Oh, dear me! :)


For those of you who can't resist a good deal
This post by the DeputyHeadmistresses really hits the nail on the head. Something to think about.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Happy Helper
Lil' Nut's favorite job at the moment is folding what she calls "tiny towels" (wash cloths). We try to make a game out of it and see who can finish folding their pile first. They don't have to be perfect squares; I'll take all the help I can get! :)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The last couple of weeks I've been watching the sale ads and stocking up on school and office supplies. The total for everything pictured was just $22.77 after coupons. Several items were only a penny a piece. I will probably pick up a few more boxes of crayons since we never seem to have enough of those with lots of budding artists around the house. :) As a child one of the things I liked the best about the start of a new school year was going shopping for school supplies. I think that I looked forward to picking out a new lunchbox most of all. I still remember the Str*wberry Shortc*ke one with the thermos that always seemed to leak just a little bit. The yellow T*pperware one with the alphabet stencils on it would probably be worth a fortune now, too. Do you remember your favorite lunchbox?


Monday, August 11, 2008
The Simple Woman's Daybook~ August 11
FOR TODAY~ August 11, 2008...
Outside my window...the sun is shining, and the tree leaves are barely moving in the slight breeze. I am thinking...there is a lot to do this week. I am thankful for...the sacrifices made by U.S. military families. Ashleigh's husband just returned home safe and sound, but many soldiers don't. I think it's very important to let these folks know that we appreciate them. From the kitchen...I need to try a new recipe. Any ideas? :) I am wearing...a denim skirt, bright orange blouse, and brown sandals. I am creating...a new cross stitch sampler. I am reading...in my Bible: Hebrews; just for fun: a couple of books on caring for the home. I am hoping...that an anticipated package arrives in the mail today. I am hearing...uplifting gospel music on our church's radio station. Around the house...just a bit of post-weekend tidying. Thankfully I've been staying caught up with the weekly chores. As always, laundry awaits. One of my favorite things...soft sheets. A few plans for the rest of the week...unpack another box or two, list some books for sale, visit the chiropractor, visit with friends, go to storytime at the the library, take a trip to a local theme park, and just enjoy life with the kids the last few days before school starts back. Here is picture thought I am sharing...

This is a view of our backyard. We had to leave the Koi pond behind in Georgia, but this pretty pond has some big fish, gigantic turtles, and even a Florida gator. Don't worry, we've given the kids a long lecture about heading down to the water without a grownup. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week! If you would like to read more Daybook entries head over to The Simple Woman.


Thursday, August 07, 2008
A "Cool" Lunch
It's over 100 degrees here today. I don't feel like eating a heavy meal when it's so hot, so I opted for a light lunch--just some fresh fruit from the produce stand. Very refreshing! I also fixed a sweet dip for the fruit. The kids don't care much for it, but I do! :) Easy Fruit Dip 8 oz. cream cheese 1 small jar of marshmellow creme 2 Tbs. vanilla


Tuesday, August 05, 2008
We may survive the heat after all
When I first posted a picture of the house Mr. C picked out for us I hinted that there was something of interest in the backyard. Well, it's not actually in the yard, but it is just out the back door. Several of you guessed correctly. Wanna see?


Monday, August 04, 2008
The Simple Woman's Daybook ~August 4
FOR TODAY~ August 4, 2008...

Outside my window...the Florida sunshine is cookin'.

I am thinking...that my husband is the most handsome man in the world. :)

I am thankful for...a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church. I was greatly encouraged after being in the Lord's house yesterday. What a wonderful way to start a new week!

From the kitchen...a plethora of over-ripe bananas is waiting to be turned into banana bread.

I am wearing...a summer dress with lots of tiny red, white, and blue flowers on it.

I am creating...lists. Whenever my brain starts to get a little fuzzy I find that writing things down on paper helps me tremendously.

I am reading...several books, including Allison's Journey by Wanda Brunstetter.

I am hoping...that the rain clouds hold off until this evening. The kids really need to spend some time outside today and burn off all that energy that I wish I had.

I am hearing...the chatter of children.

Around the house...there is laundry to be done, toilets need to be cleaned, and the main rooms need vacuuming.

One of my favorite things...reading to my children.

A few plans for the rest of the week...doctor appointments, storytime at the library, housekeeping, and school preparations.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

a hibiscus from the backyard


Friday, August 01, 2008
Time to remedy the empty cookie jar
It's been over a month since I've done any serious baking. Yes, I know that's just horrible, but moving made kitchen work rather difficult. :)

Huge bags of chocolate chips were designed with me in mind. Check out this 72 ounce bag of semi-sweet goodness. It's so nice to be within reasonable driving distance to S*am's Club.

They taste even better than they look! Just the right treat to go with a cold glass of milk.