Lilla Rose Party & A Giveaway!

I’m hosting a Lilla Rose Party for Elizabeth!!!  Ok, it’s not FOR Elizabeth, but I told her I would and I want to.  Check out the party on FaceBook OR the link is HERE!  

I love their products. Here’s my favorite few….

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The September Flexi of the Month is here -

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Check out the party on FaceBook OR the link is HERE!  If you order, have it sent to you though, if you want it soon!

The Giveaway. If you place an order, your name goes into the hat (so to speak). If you go like Elizabeth’s Page HERE and comment on my post to her page (look on the Left side of her page) , you will get an extra entry into the giveaway.

What do you get? One FREE item up to $16.  Nice huh?

So what are you waiting for. Hop on over and check it out! The party closes on September 17th!

Thanks ya’ll!

Em

Small Successes, Weekly Wrap Up, Saturday Dreaming… And A Book Giveaway

Howdy Folks.

We started the week with Mary’s Birthday. So thankful for her saying YES to Our Lord. Don’t you wish you could always say YES? Sigh!

My son, being the generous child he is, shared his sinus infection with me. Only it wasn’t a normal sinus infection, it was almost flu-like, except we have to take antibiotics. Sigh. No worries, I feel so much better today. But you know, I hate sinus infections. This is how it feels:

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enough said, right?

 

Small Success Thursday:

So, my Small Success Thursday post would have gone something like this…

  1. Did not panic. We did one day of school on our first week back. At the end of the day, my student said he was sick. And he was. Bless him! So he was in bed on Tuesday and Wednesday and, well… let’s say the week was a wash. So, what is my success? I didn’t panic. I’m a homeschool mom. I don’t have to panic. I was tempted to… but what’s the point. Instead, it was me+tissues+Vicks+cough drops+ saline spray+couch = the end of my week! lol
  2. Did not order take out. This is HUGE in the success column for me. Yep. Sure is. We even made cheese pizza last night (I’d been on antibiotics for two days and I felt it was sanitary, just to be clear!).
  3. I got the laundry done. My house is reasonably clean. And I only freaked out on my son once… This is also a win. I’m working on not yelling. Oh he gets to me! Sigh… but that’s a whole ‘nother post.

My Weekly wrap up was going to be fun. But instead, see #1 above, and you’ll see that nothing happened as planned. And that is my weekly wrap up folks… HA!

Saturday Dreaming…

Do you have a dream that you just can not imagine being lucky enough to fulfill? I do. I mean – it’s crazy now folks.  Ready?

I want to buy this Winnebago Brave (yes, they have a new one that is 70’s Retro. I want to buy it and take it across country blogging about each state and homeschooling. What a great adventure that would be!

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Of course, it might take two or three years. But I think we could do it. As long as we had Internet and planned it well, we could be in nice(ish) weather the whole time. Fun huh?

Um, can we talk about how dang CUTE it is? And I think it would be so awesome for my family!  I wish I had enough never to even approach Winnebago.

Book Giveaway:

Let me just say, if you don’t subscribe to Catholicmom.com you should. They have great blog posts AND have lots of giveaways. Actually WEEKLY! I’ve won two books in the past year or so. How great is that? WOOHOO.

This week’s giveaway is outstanding. Check it out HERE!!! You do not want to miss it.  Go on… get outta here.  Awesome!

WAIT – I almost forgot…

I’m hosting a Lilla Rose Party for Elizabeth!!! I love their products. Here’s my favorite couple….

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Check out the party on FaceBook OR the link is HERE!  If you order, have it sent to you though, if you want it soon!  AND – there is a give away.

So I have to get back to my day… but I wanted to check in.

Oh – and I’m going to be helping host a book tour for Pauline Books. Be on the lookout.

Love, Hugs & Blessings,

Em

Meandering Transcripts – 1st Day of School

Em’s DayBook – Vol. 26

“You are asking for something that would be harmful to your salvation if you had it—so by not getting what you’ve asked, you really are getting what you want.”
— St. Catherine of Siena

Today is Mother Mary’s Birthday.  Love that our Church Celebrates our Blessed Mother!

Anywhoooo…

Today I’m Linking Up With…

Things I’m Thankful For…

  • My husband. He is currently away. FaceTime is good. Sigh… but not the same thing.
  • My enchanting child. Man I love that boy.
  • My grand-babies.
  • Friends – old & new.
  • Fresh Produce. We are blessed to live in an area where produce is abundant!
  • My Faith. Honestly without it – I can not imagine my life.

Things We’re Up To…

  • Laundry.
  • First week of school this week. First day went well. Check out the Captured pic. <3
  • Co-Op on Thursday
  • Dr. Appt. on Wednesday for me. Sigh.

Things A Wife Does (Marriage Monday)…

Elizabeth is back this week with a new edition to Marriage Monday called The Gracious Wife.  Elizabeth defines a Gracious Wife like this:

What does it mean to be a gracious woman?  The Hebrew word used here is chen, which means grace, charm, favor, acceptance, gracefulness, beauty and elegance.

A gracious woman is wise, full of grace and compassion, merciful, kind, gentle, slow to anger, and speaks with wisdom and kindness.  She is humble, not proud or arrogant. She makes a great hostess, because she is focused on making others feel comfortable and “at home,” and is always warm and inviting. She knows how to smooth over awkward situations and her sweet spirit puts others at ease in her presence.  She always takes “the high road” and acts honorably in every situation.  This woman’s character, actions and demeanor bring only honor (not shame) to herself and her husband.

Um…. well, no doubt I am not always a Gracious Wife. I can sometimes be quick to anger, and prideful. I’m not arrogant and I’m mostly kind. Does that count? HA!   Well, in my defense….I never said I was perfect!

In My Kitchen…

Um – it’s kinda quiet while Marque is gone. Though I bought a few bread mixes and more cinnamon chips from the Prepared Pantry. I make a lot by scratch, but I love this company’s mixes and spices, recipes and sales. Just Great!

If you have any new Recipes to share, link up to Lisa’s Try a New Recipe Tuesdsay!

Oh and please consider buying this CookBook - Good Cheap Eats! I have followed Jessica’s Blogs for years (LifeAsMom and GoodCheapEats!). I’ve learned a lot, laughed a lot, etc. LOVE. I get her. And that is that. Buy it. You won’t regret it.

Books I’m Reading…

As always I read my Magnificat and my Catholic Women’s Bible. Additionally…

Things I’m Learning…

  • That people and hints that cause chaos need to be let go.
  • That I seriously need to give myself a break about things.
  • That I love Saints and there is always so much to learn.
  • That, in general, it’s NOT just me! lol I am so blessed with REAL people in my life who never hesitate to be honest and help me understand how NORMAL my life really is.

Things I’m Praying For…

  • Our World.
  • Success of the Homeschool Mass that our Bishop will be presiding over.
  • Safety for my husband as he travels.
  • Health & Finances of our family.
  • For Stick-to-it-ive-ness!

Captured…

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Look how little he was in Kindergarten. UNREAL! Sigh. Look how little the tree was too! The picture below shows how big it is now. Awww…. All the big boys and trees (silly I know)!

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I started this much earlier.

I hope and pray your day was great.

Love, hugs & prayers,

Em

Small Success Thursday – It’s September

SST – 2014 – Vol. 15

“In the light of faith you see things quite differently.”
— St. John Baptist de la Salle

Jesus, in a supreme act of friendship, gives us His Sacred Heart so that we can know our own. The Sacred Heart of Jesus truly and completely corresponds with the longing of the human heart, satisfying its deepest need. -from Made For Love, Loved By God

Hiya Peeps…

Can you guys believe it’s September? UNREAL Banana peel! lol Half my friends are excited their kiddos are back in school. The other half, like me, are homeschoolers. Some started a week or so ago. We start next week. YAY! Monday, September 8th. First day of 5th Grade.

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So today, I’m posting my Small Success Thursday Post. It’s one of my favorite link-ups.  And I’m excited to be playing along.

As the Summer winds down (which is really hard to say when the temps are still near 100) we are gearing up to start school.  I meant to post last week, but the hubs got news he was traveling AND it was a family weekend… so forgive me.  So I’m going to combine weeks – kinda.

First Success – Last Thursday, I had a very successful first day of Co-Op. I’m teaching a class on Saints. The main goal is for the children to relate to them. To understand how they all have it within them to become a Saint. I was very excited how “into it” the children are. They are ages 9 – 11.

Second Success – We baked bread and stuck to our budget. What? Yes we did.  We have a set grocery budget. Often we break it. Then we are bummed because we have no money for fun things. Well, we agreed enough is enough. So – we made our own bread.  Honey wheat and cracked wheat sourdough. Now – I did not know yeast could get old, so it is pretty dense, but that’s the breaks AND we had so much fun making it.  When we ran out of bread, we made some. No extra cost to us – BONUS!

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This is what it looks like, but I didn’t take a pic this time, so as you can see, that was from January. But it’s always worth posting again. Smells GREAT too.

Third Success – I am learning to be less of a helicopter mom. It’s hard with one. And when a person (moi) only has one child to manage, it can be smother city for said child. It’s not intentional. I mean – speaking for myself, I am trying to help him. But in the end, it just hurts him. He has to learn to make the right decisions and do the right things based on what we taught him. We went swimming with friends yesterday. It was a shaded pool area, but we still needed sunscreen. He said, “I can do it myself!” SO I said fine. Probably after a couple of hours I could have said, don’t forget to re-apply, but I chose not to, because 1) it was shaded and I knew he wasn’t getting burnt and 2) he knows how to do it himself.   And so, when we got home and he said, “mom, my cheeks are pink.” I said, “take a tylenol, and next time, don’t forget to re-apply.” And that was that. You see, if I’d have said it at the pool, he’d have been all, “you’re embarrassing me!”  And now he knows.

Anyway – in a world where we beat ourselves up so much, it’s nice to talk about successes, no matter how small.

I hope and pray your day is successful.

I now need to go successfully clean my home and do laundry and prepare for my hubs to be home for two days before he leaves again. Good times, no?

Love and hugs & MANY Blessings,

Em

Try A New Recipe Tuesday – The Boy Made A Cake!

Hi there,

Earlier today, I pre-empted this post for another, very important post, asking for help for a blogger friend.

This post is for Try a New Recipe Tuesday, hosted by Lisa @Hometo4Kiddos.  I’m linking it up there.

As you know, we have been working on teaching our son to cook. And he made this cake, just about by himself.

The recipe is from one of my favorite bloggers – Jessica @ LifeAsMom(Good Cheap Eats). And this one is for Spiced Pear Cake and here’s a picture.

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Yes – it has blueberries in it. I didn’t have pears, but I did have blueberry and strawberries. And Jessica said it would taste great with blueberries. SO that is what we used. It was SUPER easy to make.  The prep time is only ten minutes. And Christopher was so proud.

It’s more a breakfast cake. Would be great as muffins and served with yogurt.  Can’t wait to try it with pears.

Oh – and he also made fresh cornbread:

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I’ve gotta get going, because the Duggars are on TV! Stop laughing. I love them.

Blessings all!

Em

A Mother’s Love… Passionate Perseverance

“So, our vocation is to go, not just to one parish, not just to one diocese, but all over the world; and to do what? To set people’s hearts on fire, to do what the Son of God did. He came to set the world on fire in order to inflame it with His love. What do we have to desire but that it may burn and consume everything. … It’s true then, that I’m sent not only to love God but to make Him loved. It’s not enough for me to love God, if my neighbor doesn’t love Him.”
— St. Vincent de Paul

Happy Tuesday ALL!

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This is a picture of Mary Lenaburg and her daughter. I have never met Mary from Passionate Perserverance, but I know this. She is a mother who is losing her child to a seizure disorder and the complications that have ensued.   Please go read her latest post. It’s such a beautiful post – Our Lord is with them. <3 The love of God is so palpable. Sigh. I got all teary… Why?

It’s every mother’s worst nightmare to lose a child. Sigh. Yes, we know they will go on and be with Our Lord, but we are human and want our children with us. I, personally do not know how I would live through it. I know that Our Lord knows and I won’t worry about that right now.

The purpose of this post is to have you help in any way you can. If it’s with prayer. If it’s by sharing this post or the “go fund me” site. If it is $5 or $10 or $100 you can give to help offset the cost of hospital/hospice.

Anything you can do would be appreciated.

Lenaburg Go Fund Me – HERE! This was started by the folks at Catholic Bloggers Network.

Thank you for reading this post…. and maybe sharing…. and maybe contributing? <3

Blessings,
Emily

Meandering Transcripts – It’s LABOR DAY!

Em’s DayBook – Vol. 25

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
“It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.”
— St. Thomas Aquinas

Happy Labor Day Folks.  If you don’t know the History of Labor Day in America, check HERE!

Today, my guys worked on the lawn while I made breakfast. Then I peeled potatoes and boiled eggs for potato salad, finished up laundry and did other Monday chores. Well, what do you expect? It’s Labor Day! HA

Anywhoooo…

Today I’m Linking Up With…

It’s Labor Day, so rightly folks are on a break.

Things I’m Thankful For…

  • My husband. He’s my bestie. I wish he didn’t travel so much, but I know how blessed we are he has a job.
  • My enchanting child. Man I love that boy.
  • My grand-babies.
  • Friends – love & new.
  • Fresh Produce. We are blessed to live in an area where produce is abundant!
  • My Faith. Honestly without it – I can not imagine my life.

Things We’re Up To…

Things A Wife Does (Marriage Monday)…

I want to say – my personal opinion on short hair is, that if you wear it and love it and you “keep it feminine” then – GO FOR IT!  I have friends who are recovering from cancer and/or are in the throws of chemo and other illnesses.  I will not ever purport that short hair = unfeminine. I just want to make that clear. Because I love you no matter how long your hair is and I’m quite sure Our Lord does too.

Elizabeth doesn’t have a post today. But I think it’s great. It’s Labor Day… I’m just knocking this out because I haven’t been a motivated poster of late.  I want to check in here and there.

I just want to say Marriage is not easy. It just isn’t. Yes, there are lots of great days, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.  You have to make time for yourselves as individuals and couples… and only then can you be the best spouse/parent you can be.

Just remember – no one is perfect and if anyone says their marriage is perfect – RUN. Because those are people who need the most help. HA Trust me! None of us needs that kind of project. Best to pray for God’s intervention for their marriage.

In My Kitchen…

We made a few loaves of bread last week. We also got 25 lbs of Hatch Chili Peppers that are all roasted & in freezer bags.  The first two pictures below are the Hatch Chili Peppers. They only grow in Hatch, NM.

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This is the rest of the stuff we got. Grapes, plums, pears, apples, bananas, prickly pears, carrots and much more.

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We are going to dehydrate some of it too. I’m excited as we haven’t used the dehydrator yet.

Books I’m Reading…

As always I read my Magnificat and my Catholic Women’s Bible. Additionally…

Things I’m Learning…

I’m discerning the Veiling Posts. I feel like when I started the weekly series on my blog in February it was a new thing. But now, it feels like veiling is everywhere on the web. Recently another person in the veiling group started veil posts on their blog with “interviews” of the women who veil. I just feel like maybe it is someone else’s turn to host them.   I don’t know. I guess if you see the posts start up again, you will know they are back.

Things I’m Praying For…

  • Our World.
  • Success of the Homeschool Mass that our Bishop is presiding over.
  • Safety for my husband as he travels.
  • Health & Finances of our family.
  • For Stick-to-it-ive-ness!

Captured…

I found these two pictures and really thought they were good. The first one funny, the second one is totally me. I get self-conscious because I am so emotional sometimes. But in the end, I can’t help who I am.

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I hope and pray you all have a great week.

Love, Hugs & Blessings,

Em

Meandering Transcripts… Ahhhh Monday!

Em’s DayBook – Vol. 24

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”
— St. Augustine

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Happy Monday All!

I hope and pray you had a great weekend.  We honestly had a quiet and family-only weekend. We went to the YMCA Pool. We hung out. I went to a Co-Op meeting. Just little things like that. We love to entertain. We love to do fun things. But man, don’t you just LOVE the weekends where you don’t have 75 things to do outside the house?  YES!

Today I’m Linking Up With…

As an aside… The problem with link-ups for me is that I always leave messages on at least five other bloggers posts. And people don’t return the favor. I find that rude. In the end, I don’t write for others. But still. There is an etiquette… just saying’!

Things I’m Thankful For…

  • My husband. He’s my bestie. He’s such a great provider. I can’t imagine my life without him. Thank you God!
  • Friends. Friends who say to me, “don’t try to fit in, you have friends who love you!” Amen!
  • Fresh Produce. We are blessed to live in an area where produce is abundant!
  • New recipes.
  • Choices.
  • Cooler than average weather. I know – repetitive. But I’m THAT Thankful.
  • Daily Devotion Books. I love to read a few quick devotions.

Things We’re Up To…

  • Laundry.
  • Bread making.
  • Organizing Classroom.
  • Planning a Fall Camping Trip – Just us.
  • We had a park/swim playdate with friends last week. Hoping to do it again this week.

Things A Wife Does (Marriage Monday)…

As you all know, I love Elizabeth’s Marriage Monday series. It’s truly an eye-opening post weekly. It challenges me to both recognize what I do well and where I need to work to better myself as a wife. Today’s post is about being a Feminine Wife. Oh I do love this post. I am an educated woman. I was fiercely independent… and I married a man who is a man’s man. You can imagine that we struggled – and you’d be right. Sigh.

In order to make our marriage work, I had to let myself be taught to be a Godly wife (that may have been super poor grammar, so go easy on me, my grammar police friends).  We live in a society that says women can do ANYTHING and that women don’t NEED a man. AND that men are stupid and inferior. HOW SAD!  It’s also UNTRUE!

  • I can do many things, perhaps anything – but I am not as strong as a man. I am not as MANLY as a man and there are many things I do not want to do that a man might want to… And people – I’m ok with it.
  • I do NEED a man. I need my husband. I can’t imagine my world without him. Oh yes, I used to say, “well, if I am 35 and single I’ll just have a child and raise it by myself”. REALLY?   Sure, I’ve done it while he is out of country and traveling and gone LOTS! And if I had to, I’d do the best I could. But God designed marriage between a man and woman so that children could be exposed to the mother and father they need. Part of being a good wife is making sure that happens in our marriages.
  • My husband is not to be emasculated.  I do not wish to deprive him of his strength or ability to pro-create. God designed him to lead our family and I will do everything I can to lift him up and help him feel manly and needed.

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This week, she even gave homework -

Homework Assignment:  Are you up for some homework?  Your assignment for this week, if you choose to accept it, is to ask you husband to tell youhonestly how he likes you to wear your hair, and what clothing styles he likes, etc. You must promise yourself ahead of time that you won’t argue with what he tells you!  Have some ducktape handy, if need be, but don’t react to what he tells you!  Just listen and apply your new found knowledge!

In My Kitchen…

A few things.  1) We are really low on budget right now. We aren’t hurting. We are just being oh-so-careful.  And so – we are working hard to use what we have AND to bring new things to the table.

That is the beauty of knowing the Pantry Challenge (Thank you Jessica). You see, when times are tough, you know you can make things out of interesting combinations, or toss blueberries in a recipe that calls for pears (Again, thank you Jessica).

This week, with Bountiful Baskets (which we participate in about once/month) we got the Conventional Basket and these additions:

  • Lunch Box Pack – Hoping for Apples, Plums, Carrots, Grapes, Grape Tomatoes, Nectarines, Apple Pears, Bartlett Pears.
  • Hatch Chiles – Approx 25 Lb – Product of Hatch, New Mexico
  • Grill Pack – Hoping for green chiles, mushrooms, yellow and green bells, onions, corn, white asparagus, yellow squash and zucchini

So what happens is, we come home from BB and get to work. Marque will be Roasting Hatch Chili Peppers and I’ll be blanching and freezing veggies. Christopher will be the helper.

2) We are going to challenge ourselves to spend $100/week on groceries. This won’t include pet supplies, cleaning supplies or paper goods. I think we’ll add another $130 for that/month.  Our total monthly spend will be less than $600. We hope to reduce it even more!

Helpful links:

Menu:

Books I’m Reading…

  • A Year of Grace & Magnificat (Daily).
  • Saints On Call (As needed).
  • Ginny’s Gems (re-read).

Things I’m Learning…

Life is such a great learning experience. I’m so thankful for all I’ve learned.  That too much technology is NOT a good thing! TRULY!

That I am not the only one who ponders these kinds of things. A blog I follow, The Littlest Way’s author, Jenny posted this today:

Pondering…
I am pondering the insidiousness of the evil one. I am pondering how easy it is to listen to the opinion of others and form the judgments they have already formed and are leading us to without consulting ourselves or God first. I am pondering the damaging effects of slander and gossip, jealousy and anger.

I won’t say I’m thankful to know I’m not the only one. But the devil is strong and he comes in many forms to try to sneak in and make us feel bad about ourselves and others.  In order to be true to Our Lord, we must forgive and love others anyway. This is hard. And we may not let others into our lives after they have hurt us, but we should strive to forgive and be pleasant at least. Yes?!!

Anyway – I’ve also learned..

  • that I have a cleaner than average house, even on days I think it’s a mess.
  • I’m a dang good wife – thanks Marque.
  • and that people’s perception of me, many times, has little to do with me.
  • And much much more.

Things I’m Praying For…

  • Our World.
  • Our Co-Op
  • The school year for my family & friends.
  • Health & Finances
  • For Stick-to-it-ive-ness!

Captured…

SLURPEE – such a necessity here in Hot-Worth! lol It’s a treat!

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I hope and pray you all have a great week.

Love, Hugs & Blessings,

Em

Davis Academy Weekly Wrap Up – It’s Still Summer Here

Happy Friday All!

I’m playing along in the weekly wrap up just to get started again… you know, back in the rhythm. But I have a confession to make – we are still enjoying summer here.

Ok – so when I say ENJOY, let’s just say – we wish we could have done more, but we’re making the best of it. We’ve not had a proper vacation, but that’s because Marque’s job schedule has essentially negated everything we had planned. BOOO.

We are hoping to get to Houston & the beach one weekend before it gets cold (so you know, we have until late October, early November here in Texas!).   Here are some things my student has been learning this summer…

Cooking Basics

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Experimenting with spices
  • Basics of Baking

Chores

  • Mowing
  • Cleaning Toilets
  • Vacumming
  • AND – how to do it right the first time.

Schooling

  • Multiplication Tables (click on that for a link to a great site with freebies)
  • Plus, we just finished up 4th Grade in July!  We hope to not start 5th until September 8th, but we may start the week before.
  • The teacher, Ahem, that’s me – has been moving things around and going over schedules, etc.
    • Co-Op starts next week and I am teaching 9-10 year old Stories of Saints.
  • If you are a “regular”, you know we use Seton. Christopher is going into 5th Grade and taking two 6th Grade courses (Science and Math).

This is what our classroom currently looks like. As you can see, we are organizing (aka – it looks awful).  This first pic is my desk.

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This pic is from the door. It’s also my craft room.

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We moved the computer to the living room. Pictured below.

new computer area

We will move the corner shelf, and put this cabinet behind the desk:

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As a reminder – the yellow walls will be replaced with the grayish color in the scheme below.

living room plan

I think we will like our new computer space for many reasons. 1) the computer is distracting to me during the school day and I need to focus on my child. 2) in the classroom/craft room it feels isolating if you are on the computer when the family is home.

Additionally we have done some fun things, like – 

  • Hanging at the YMCA Pools.
  • Hanging at the Park.
  • Playing games
  • Various playdates
  • Played baseball.
  • Shot a local commercial (TAFB).
  • Vacation Bible School.

To be honest, it’s been a pretty casual Summer.

I hope and pray you are all doing well.

I’m linking up with two blogs today:

  1. Weird Unsocialized Homeschool – Weekly Wrap Up
  2. Home to 4 Kiddos – My Week In Review

Check them both out if you are a homeschool blogger.

Blessings you guys – until next Friday.

 

Small Success Thursday – JOY!!

SST – Vol. 14

If we have been saved and sustained by a love so deep that death itself couldn’t destroy it, then that love will see us through whatever darkness we are experiencing in our lives.                                                     – from Pope Francis and our Call to Joy

Happy Thursday All!

The world is so full of bad news. It’s overwhelming sometimes. And so we weed through our live for small successes. I love the Small Success Thursday Link-Up. And as I get more organized again (a small success) I will be participating more.  I miss it, because it makes me, perhaps on a tired Thursday, turn myself and my heart to the positives.

The quote above is from a book called Pope Francis and Our Call To Joy.  You do know we are called to joy right? Everything in Joy! On the site called Bible Gateway (I use the NRSV Catholic Edition), Joy is found 237 times in the Bible. Just saying. My son will likely HATE that term, so I am trying to find other ways to say it. Dear ten year old, enough with the huffs and rolls of eyes. HA!

Galatians 5:22 [Full Chapter]     The Fruit of the Spirit ] By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,

Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
It is joy that allows us to count our blessings. We must take stock on a bad day/week and realize with the bad comes so much good. Truly. We are so blessed.  In Joy we can find the small things…
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With that, my small successes are:
  1. Picked up a friend’s boys yesterday and took them to lunch and back here for xbox time, and to the YMCA Pool. They got along. No one starved, drowned or got injured! This is a success. Boys ages 9, 10 and 12. The kicker, I stayed pretty calm. GO ME!
  2. Finished Syllabus for Co-Op (Stories of Saints for 9-10 year olds). It is hard to pick Saints that are new to the children AND didn’t die such horrific deaths that it would scare the children.
  3. Worked out a few times (this is good for me and stress).
  4. Filled in my new organizer/planner. Thank you Michele Quigley for coming up with the Catholic Daily Planner!!
  5. The Veiling group is over 1000 members. I think that is good for ten months. It’s not always FUN to admin a group. And honestly I’m not a Facebook Fan, in general, but I love that the Holy Spirit is working in so many women to bring this deviation back!

I’m sure there are more daily blessings and successes, but this is a light post and I want to keep it that way.

I’m off to clean and get my home ready for the hubs to return.

Love, Hugs & Blessings ALL!

Em