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Saint Joseph, MO, United States
I'm a stay at home Mom of two children and I have the unique privilege of being able to homeschool both of them. I am a stepmother to two older daughters one who is going to college. I enjoy shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, organizing, running, clowning, making soap, playing piano and lately painting with ASCP paint! I am learning to enjoy the little things in life and make the most of it...clinging to my Savior through the tears that life brings and enjoying his GRACE He gives us every day! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Parenting Manifesto of Joy

Today is gorgeous out and sunny...we haven't had that for a couple of days. Last week was horribly cold and rainy and it was so much so that I think people were beginning to get cranky because of it..I know I was.

SOOO, today I had plans...go to the nursery get some flowers, some more red mulch, do a little shopping etc. BUT those plans were foiled when I received not ONE but TWO and now I'm just holding my breath...to come get my hubby because of some problems with our vehicle! I was in SUCH a mood! This is the ONE day that is gorgeous out and I was going to do this and this and I've been DYING to do it forever!!!!!

So, as I was eating my lunch...trying to piece together this day to accomplish something my eyes spotted something that I had printed off the VERY night before....my heart was convicted! My first day and I hadn't even TRIED!!!!

So, here it is...written by Ann Voskamp author of "one thousand gifts" my very favorite book in the whole world!

a parenting manifesto of joy

1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God.

2. Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see anything else

3. Today, I will not have any emergencies. There are no emergencies! Only amateurs hurry.

4. Today, when stress mounts, I pray to dismount it with gratitude. My stress management plan will be intervention with verbal thanks. I can only feel one feeling at a time, and I choose to give thanks at all times. Fight feeling with feeling!

5. Today, Ill pray to speak words that are only STRONG words, words that make these children feel strong. Grace words. Grace is the only no-toxic air. All other words I breathe are death words.

6. Today I will pray to be consistently consistent. I will create safe rhythm that our children can find security in. I will create daily ceremonies because everyday we are celebrating the gift of NOW!

7. Today, the moment I am most respelled by a child's behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.

8. Today, I will hug each of my children as many times as I serve them meals--because children's hearts feed on touch. I'll look for as many opportunities to touch my children today as possible---the taller they are, the more so.

9. Today, my priorities will be all THINGS UNSEEN.

10. Today, I will laugh! And I will let the little children laugh! I will create a culture of JOY!

If you would like to print out one for yourself click on the link below that will lead you to her blog!

Also, if you see me at the nursery, just hand me some chocolate....and tell me it'll be o.k.!

holy experience

Have a wonderful sunny day! I'm going to eat a Cadberry creme egg...yep! Feeling better ALREADY!

Morning Glory Muffins

I was given the recipe by my dear friend Michelle. She has six kiddos and she's very tricky when it comes to hiding "good" food. So here ya all go!

MOrning Glory Carrot Muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 canola oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
1 egg white
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 jars (2 1/2 ounces each) strained carrot baby food (she's so brilliant)
1/2 cup fresh carrot or orange juice
4 ounces unsweetened crushed pineapple in its own juice
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut-loosely packed

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray or wipe muffin tins with vegetable oil. Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a large mixing bowl.

Add the oil, applesauce, egg, egg white, vanilla, strained carrots, juice and crushed pineapple and its juices. Mis well.

Fill the muffin tins two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 25 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Turn the muffins out onto a wire rack. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container.

Source: "Great Good Food....Luscious Lower-Fat Cooking" Copyright| "1993 by Julee Rosso"

My hubby likes them and so do I and both of my children like them also! They are a hit...haven't tried them yet with the teenagers....but...the rest of us like them:)

They smell heavenly while they bake! ENJOY!!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Medical Lapbook

We have been so busy lately but I finally got around to being able to finish part 2 of this medical lapbook.

I downloaded everything for free on www.homeschoolshare.com

She was able to do counting with the bandaids. Matching with the shadow matches, and being able to group things largest to smallest.

and then Ellie decided to take a pic of me! Have a happy day!

Hope your weather is warm where you all are...cause we still have the furnace going on here! Spring???? Please come soon and STAY!

A new Tail?

It started yesterday....the tail...don't know why but all the sudden I was being asked by a three year old to be careful around her "tail".

Today as we started going over our alphabet and were singing our alphabet song I noticed it and HAD to snap a photo!

It makes me smile very much...now how to go to gymnastics without it??? That could be hard!

and by the way...if it doesn't warm up soon I don't know what we are going to start wearing....seriously!

Have a great day!

I Can NOT come down!

I over-committed myself this year. I got involved in to many projects that were "good things" to be involved in...but things suffered. I am a stay at home Mom but I homeschool two children and I give piano lessons to four (one is my own) and I of course am the one that keeps up the home, the shopping, the bills, the yard....the "do it all" girl...that's me!

So, when I signed up to do these things I was excited... and don't get me wrong I have enjoyed being involved in it...but my home and my children have suffered...I've been grumpy because things weren't getting done. My attitude has been a bit edgy and gruff. Having this conversation several weeks ago...my dear friend Julia told me that she was in sunday school and they were studying Nehemiah...and this has stuck with me since that time and I decided to once and for all look up the scriptures and find the passage and so...I did:

Nehemiah 6:2-4
Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: "Come let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.: But they were scheming to harm me, so I sent messengers to them with this reply. "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you? Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.

Since I have heard her say those words I have said them countless times...as I'm getting ready to say yes to more things! I do clown for our church and believe that I was asked to be involved in about five things that were good things that people want me at. However, I had to say no because of the time commitment that I would miss important things that my children are involved in. I hate saying no...I hate making people sad...but I just kept saying those things over and over in my head. "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down."

There is nothing wrong with my clowning, there is nothing wrong with doing lots of things at church...but my family must come first. Now, no one can tell me, nor I tell you what exactly that looks like. It doesn't give me a free pass to do nothing in our community or our church...but now before I say yes...I think of the outcome for my family and pray and ask our Heavenly FAther what He would have me to do.

So, for all of you who can't say no....let Nehemiah say it for you!

May His name be praised!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ways to save money

Well, even if times were not as tough as they are I believe we as women have a unique job especially those that stay at home. I think that my "job" is to be able to save money wherever I possibly can.

We have had asthma issues in our home and I have decided to try and use the safest cleaning products that I can while still keeping a very clean household.

I am TOTALLY hooked on Shaklee...I started using this in January and even have a link where I did my oven...smelled soo good!

So, here is the link when I cleaned my oven!


I have been using Shaklee since January and this is all that I've used...and I fill these bottles up every other week!

In case you are worried about germs as I am than let me introduce you to Basic G

I use as 1/2 tsp in every 16 oz bottle of water. I use it for my bathrooms, and on my countertops when I am cooking with raw meat. I adore it. It doesn't have a toxic smell...its just a wonderful cleaner. The huge bottle cost a little over $20 but seriously I can't imagine how old I will be when I need to buy another.

The Basic H I use for all my cleaners...there isn't any others that I use. Cleans my windows, greasy stove, and kitchen table all with one cleaner and the savings is unbelievable!

In case you weren't sure the cleaning power is awesome! I used to be a huge clorox wipes fan...no more...these clean better than that ever could!

I also used to be a huge febreeze fan! NO more! I make my own...my favorite scent is lavendar!

Here is the link to my linen spray...which I got from farming on faith blog!


A huge money saver also has been making my own fabric softner and laundry detergent which I also found on farming on faith...here is the link to that project


Enjoy saving money and your house and family will thank you for it:) Here is the website I used to order my Shaklee. She has an awesome blog that I follow and has a TON of great ideas!

Here is another blog I follow and get great tips also!

Farming on Faith

The Doctor School

I adore preschool. I'm so glad we have one more year of it...because I'm having a blast. I love being able to find things that are FREE that my daughter adores doing!

Every day we start our preschool with All About Reading by Marie Rippel! I've discussed this curriculum before and its incredible! WE then do a craft which I purchase a whole month of crafts for every month during the school year from Shirley's PrePackaged crafts...and I ADORE it! We then do Math which from Bright Minds Beginning Mathematical Reasoning. I stopped doing this in the beginning of the year because we were not ready but each day we go through four pages and she GETS it!

WE have finished, scissors and drawing and pasting and now for the rest of the year and summer we are using "fillers" which she adores doing. Today we did 1/2 the unit for talking about Doctors and Nurses!

First of all I got all of this free from homeschoolshare.com I then laminated the pages that we will use for games or writing and the rest I will do with her lapbook.

Well....we are hoping that the weather warms up soon....we are READY to play outside...until then...we'll keep busy doing school:)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hurry Up With the INSANITY!

Yep...its that time of year again.....I have to go here and here and here and have to celebrate this and this....and my hair...oh my hair...and my nails...oh dear WHY DID I EAT ALL THAT CHOCOLATE THIS WINTER! I cannot POSSIBLY put this body in a swimsuit! AND I HAVE to put in an entire garden to feed the village and learn how to make bread from scratch...AND there is DUST under my bed that MUST be taken care of...and I have to sign up for every single church activity that I can possibly be involved in...because I will feel GUILT if I don't!!!!

Does any of that sound like you??? I can assure you that a lot of it sounds like me right now! WE have three birthdays in May, plus mother's day (always at my house) and three graduation parties, one wedding in June and several things the three older children are involved in this coming summer....Plus, I've been dying to get at fifteen bazillion projects for EVER but it keeps teasing me this weather...beautiful one day...freezing and rainy the next....

Today as I started to feel that pulse in my neck and heart wondering how in the world I was going to do it all....and if I had thought of EVERYTHING I could possibly think of I realized a very IMPORTANT fact.....I'm very blessed...and this is why:

92. I have a baby girl that is turning four and loves pink!
93. I love that she has friends that we can invite to her Pinkalicious party....its going to be soo fun!
94. I'm blessed to have a teenage stepdaughter turning 15
95. I'm very blessed to be a mother and that we now have a home where we can have everyone to our home for mother's day.
96. I'm blessed that I have friends that WANT me to come to their children's graduation parties...REALLY! Friends are priceless
97. I'm blessed to watch my niece get married in June...whom I'm very proud of...and has accomplished much with a positive attitude and a "grr" spirit. I adore her...but probably have never told her!
98. I'm blessed to be asked to clown for different events...that means that they like me...its nice to be a clown that's liked...it gets hard to hear "I HATE clowns!" TAlk about make me SAD!
99. I'm blessed to have a dog...that digs in my flowerbeds...makes me be creative...in how I keep her out of my flowers...yes...something like that!
100. I'm blessed to have friends that don't laugh at me at how pathetically BLACK my supposed "green" thumb is and can tell me very plainly how to accomplish a salad garden...yes...I need help I realize!

So, before everyone FREAKS out about the insanity that ALWAYS comes every single MAY...just remember....it's my birthday in the month of May....no seriously...

Without family, friends, blessed crazy motherhood...May...and all the insanity that comes with crazy summer...remember to take in the "crazy" be "in" the moment...because all too soon...it will just be...a memory...and I want to savor EVERY bit of the gifts that God has given me....in friends, in family, in nature....they are all GIFTS..

May His name be praised!

I remember when my son was my daughter's size and now he stands almost taller than I....I have blinked and here he stands....savor...enjoy....thank Him for the gifts...the gift of the present.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Traditions of Easter

Easter....I have always loved Easter. Growing up this holiday was spent with anticipation of my spring, and in my child mind letting me know that my birthday was not far behind.

My Mother always made a point of making each holiday very special and Easter was one of them. EVERY year when I was little...up until 5th grade my mother made our Easter clothes...and I usually had gloves, new shoes...it was always a GREAT BIG HUGE deal!

I cannot remember an Easter in my childhood through college years that I didn't have something new for Easter. There was even the time that I had chicken pox my jr. year of high school and I still went to church even with my scabs (yes I wasn't contagious anymore) so that I could wear the navy blue and white polka dot amazing skirt my mother made for me...yes it was quite awesome! She would always hide my Easter basket and it would be filled with ....chocolate bunny, chocolate eggs...all sorts of yummy stuff EVERY year...even sent me an Easter Basket to college every year. Long story short Easter was always a huge deal.

I remember the worship songs that we would sing growing up...different from the church I go to now but I still remember listening to the men and women harmonize and my child voice singing as loud as I could "Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph for His foes, He arose the Victor from the dark domain and He lives forever for His saints to reign! HE AROSE! HE AROSE! Halleuia Christ AROSE!" These traditions are deep within me...not only because I am a child of God but because my parents made it a HABIT for me to be in church Sunday morning, night and Wednesday night.

As a parent of two children and two stepdaughters I try very hard to make sure that these traditions that I was brought up with are passed on to my children. They all still enjoy easter baskets, egg hunting, new church clothes and there is NOTHING wrong with that! However....

However much I enjoy the beauty of this day...the perfect sunshine, singing praises with those I will spend eternity with...listening to the music that my husband wrote being sang beautifully by our talented friend and listening to my husband play the guitar...yes these....these are the traditions that I want my children to hear....to do, to understand. To understand the price that He paid for our sins...and how we did NOTHING to deserve this amazing love! He offered it to us FREE!

There is no way to say thank you to a perfect God who came and died for my sins to give me hope everlasting and an eternal home in heaven. There is no way to express my gratitude for all He has done for me....so I continue the traditions, I set forth the example...I pray for their hearts....to follow Christ...and to understand the true meaning of the word FREE.

May His name be praised!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Shopping with four kids....

It went especially well today...a four year old charmed by an icee and jewelry and sunglasses with the big sis....and trust me....that was a blessing since her big sisters have a hard time making up their minds!

The rest of the day was spent shopping, eating out, just being together, reading the Bible and really trying to get our children to understand the true meaning of Easter....

We did eggs later in the day and I still marvel at how no matter how old the kids are they still enjoy doing that...

My "one thousand gifts" list from today: #86-93

1. 2 teenage girls FINALLY agreeing on clothes and shoes to buy...priceless
2. Boy holding door open for suprised strangers
3. Baby girl really ENJOYING her meatballs!
4. Hearing thank yous ALL DAY long!
5. BIg girls helping little sister color eggs.
6. Laughter around the table while eating dinner.
7. Listening to children explain the resurrection
8. Being shown an organized closet....by a very proud teenager....yes, I was VERY excited!

May you all have a joyous Easter...whether you have rain or shine....I believe we will have rain...no matter....REJOICE...He HAS risen!