Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

Here it is Thursday, what are you thankful for? I am thankful for so very much, no matter what is going on in my life. Today, Lord I want to thank you for my beautiful family you have graciously given me to care for and love. Help me to see and love them the way you do. In Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

This Thursday I am starting a new post subject. Every Thursday, I would love to hear about what you are thankful for while posting what I am thankful for. Sometimes while we can see the big things we are thankful for(sometimes) little blessings go unnoticed. This will be my reminder of all the things God blesses me with everyday! I hope it blesses you too!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Check Out my Other Blog~ By His Grace!

I started yet another blog called By His Grace. Check it out. Comments welcome! It seems to be my venting blog a little bit. :) My first two posts focus on the calling of homeschooling, so if you have been called, or just want to take a look, stop on by!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Iced Coffee

Since it's summer and blazing hot across the country, I thought I would post some recipes for iced coffee. I am not a coffee girl. I do, however, like the bottled coffee drinks from Starbucks or the flavored coffee mixes. Otherwise, it's not for me. Here are some different ways to cool off with iced coffee.
For a very quick and easy drink, I like Maxwell House International Cafe French Vanilla Iced Latte Single Serve packs.  They are very easy since you only have to had milk and ice. My daughter likes it this way. I have not seen them anywhere but Walmart. 
Here is another way from www.lynnskitchenadventures.com
This obviously makes a large batch that you can drink throughout the week.
1/3 c. instant coffee
1/3 c. boiling water
4 c. chocolate milk
2 c. cold water
1 can sweetened condensed milk
ice cubes
Dissolve coffee in boiling water. Then, in a large pitcher or container, combine the coffee, water, choc. milk and sweetened milk. Stir well and serve with ice.


From www.tammysrecipes.com :
2 cups milk
2 tbsp Dutch process baking cocoa(unsweetened)
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
2 tbsp sugar or other sweetener
optional: ice, vanilla or other flavoring( Torani flavoring syrups are good)
Poor milk in blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until desired consistency. 
Another option is to freeze coffee or this drink in ice cube trays so the ice cubes don't dilute the flavor. 
Yet another way with brewed coffee is from Ree over at thepioneerwoman.com
This is a concentrate that goes in the fridge. Hop on over there and check it out. 
So as you can see, everyone likes there iced coffee a little different and that's okay!
Try them all and see what your favorite is! Happy drinking(iced coffee, of course)!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I can't believe it is already January. I'm not sure if I even remember most of last year. It goes by so fast. The first part of the school year has already gone by and I am not sure what I did with it. It can be really easy to let the school year go by without giving it too much thought when your kids are in public school, as long as they aren't having any problems. But when you are in charge, it's a little different. I have been in a brain fog for quite some time now, so focusing and planning and following that plan has not been working too well. each morning, before I leave my room to face the day, I ask God for His Grace for that day. I pray that I can be what my children need me to be, what my husband needs me to be, what I need to be, all for the glory of God. Most of the time, I feel like I am slacking way too much, that I could and should be doing better. Probably  true. But then sometimes, my kids show me something in them that tells me maybe it's not so bad. When they aren't ashamed to tell anyone and everyone about God, when they are actually learning! My son is 7 . Technically, he is in 2nd grade. he can't read by himself. Which I know is actually more common than people like to let us know. He has a sensory disorder and he struggles in life. In all areas of life. Reading is no different. His kindergarten teacher told me he would always be behind. He would never catch up to the other kids with the way he learns(slowly). I brought him home. It has been a very long journey that causes me to question my sanity on an almost daily basis. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. We struggle each and every day with his work. We don't use one type of system and I hate to call it schoolwork. School is a building, what we do is learn for life. I was persistent with my son as he yelled at me that he was never going to do his work again because he couldn't have ice cream for breakfast. When I got him to sit down with me on the couch to read, he was calm. Does not happen very often, mind you. As I showed him words, I watched his face trying to figure it out, and he did it! He read almost every word that I gave him. He was so proud of himself with each and every word. To be able to watch every light bulb in their heads turn on , to watch them struggle and then succeed. To know that God cares about my little homeschool in my corner of the world. That's why I do this. It's harder to have your kids with you every hour of every day. It's worth every minute of it. Thank you God for Your Grace today.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

How was your weekend? Mine was great.Saturday we went to see my dad, step mom, brother and sister. They live about an hour away from us. We don't see them often enough. We had a barbecue, played games in the backyard. Then we went to go see my step mom's parents and then her grandma. My kids great-great grandma. She owns land in the mountains and lives in the same house that her husband built during the depression. She will be 90 on Halloween and is still able to live by herself! Her daughter and grand kids come to help when she needs it. It was great to have my kids be able to see that. Then yesterday we went to a river/ picnic area/lake. My husband loves to fish so he and our son spent the day at the river while the girls and I went for a bike ride, played Frisbee and hung out watching crazy little gray squirrels. They are feisty little things that make A LOT of noise. My husband caught fish, one being 20 inches. He had a great Father's Day and that made our day perfect.

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Ideas

Even though we just ended this school year, I have already been thinking about next year.  I have been looking for curriculum to use and  I have been trying to come up with new ways to integrate different things into the year. I believe learning happens every day, not just when we are doing school. This past year, I made the mistake of not making our homeschool God-centered. Even though I call myself a Christ follower, I haven't put Him first in a very important part of our family life. A big part of my role as mother and wife is to bring Christ into everything in our home. I have been praying about this. So not only will we be focusing more on bible study, but on being doers of God's Word, not just readers. This past year was our first year of homeschooling so it all blurred past us just getting by. That is not the goal but I know this takes time. It is very important to me not to reenact school. I want this to be a life long process for my kids. I am wanting to do academics four days a week(they go to homeschool connection once a week, where they have science, art, music, dance, cooking and other creative classes) and spend a day on learning to be keepers of the home. We can focus on cooking, cleaning up, baking, sewing, repairing things and whatever they are interested in. It seems like that would benefit us in more than one way. We could get a lot done before the weekend, while teaching them the things they need to know. I am hoping this will reinforce the need to help and do for others and yourself instead expecting someone else to do it. Unfortunately, I have not been very good about teaching these things to my kids but that all has to change. I don't want them to leave home not knowing how to do things like a lot of kids these days. My 11 year old is actually quite the little baker. She made us some apple cinnamon rolls the other day that were yummy! I can't wait to see as my children become self-sufficient. We will definitely be working on the homemaking skills this summer and take time to enjoy the beauty of God's summer wonders.