Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Children and Jesus' Love

  I have 5 children - we love them and are so thankful for them.  That said, they can drive me BANANAS!!  LOL!  Did I say that out loud?  I am currently in this age group with these precious kiddos -- Savannah 12 1/2, Siler 10, Sarah 7 1/2, Sully 5, and Seth 3. Now that is a spread.
  On a typical day Siler and Sully are up around 6:45 am to go to school.  Sully attends a local public school for special needs.  Siler is attending my in-laws church school. Currently, they have 4 boys.  Siler really has begun to make some wonderful progress!!  The girls get up around 8.  Seth gets up whenever.  We get our breakfast and then school and math tutoring begins.  In addition to teaching the girls, I take care of all of Seth's needs.  If you have ever homeschooled while having a toddler, well, I liken it to herding cats -- that is going to be a post all by itself!  Anyway, the girls are trying to do school with Seth at the table.  Sully gets home from school at 11.  I walk him up from his bus and settle him in to his toys and sippy cup.  By this time it is time to think of lunch.  While this is all taking place, I am attempting to keep them all going and out of trouble.  We have a lunch break, finish up  school, and then go down to pick up Siler.  When the afternoon gets here, it is homework, snack, and chore time. All the whole day long, you want to know what is on my mind?  What are we having for supper!  After homework is done, I let them have free time.  I am getting supper ready, laundry going, and trying desperately to keep too much chaos from ensuing!  Usually, around 6:30 or 7, my knight in shining armor appears!  Supper, baths, tv time/family time, and then bed!  Are you tired yet?
  The thing is, after everyone is in bed, I am not quite finished!  I have several things in my Nighttime Routine (I'm a Flybaby!!  It's a Flylady thing!).  The things I do are wash my face, brush teeth, contacts out, coffee made, bags ready for the next day, and MOST IMPORTANT is Sully's feeding tube set up.  After all of that is said and done, I crash into bed to rest -- and then get up to do pretty much all of that again.
  Now, I am sure that you are thinking what does this have to do with the post title. Well, I will tell you.  I have had to deal with stress.  I know you are thinking, "No!"  Well, in dealing with so much different stuff, I found that I was not being as calm all the time. You know - the "Mommy Meltdown."  Well, isn't it just like the Lord to have some verses in the Bible to remind me and all of us of how we are to be to His children. Matthew 18 talks about the treatment of God's children.  It mentions about offending one of the little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and that he were dropped into the depth of the sea.  Wow!  
  These verses made me examine my own heart.  We can all get caught up in our own agendas and what we want to get done.  When our children want our attention, sometimes they get it, even if it is when they are doing wrong.  In reading this it made me want to have that heart like a child.  To spend more time with Seth - read to him, hold him, play with him.  It is so true that the years speed past us.  But more importantly, what we do in those years for Christ, and especially towards His children, is going to matter in the end!
  Feel encouraged, my friend, that if you are like me in this time of life with your children at home and you feel at your wits end, you are not alone.  Remember that the Lord has blessed us with these precious ones, not just to care for but to disciple so that they will walk in the path of Christ.  My prayer for me and for all the parents out there is that we will have the heart of a child and love our children as Christ loves us!!!

  And, yes, I am leaving you with a song.  I just am in almost weeping tears as I have just listened to it.  Celine Dion is one of my favorite artists, and I love hearing her sing this song.  Take a listen and apply the words to yourself!  The song is A Mother's Prayer.  

Blessings and {{hugs}}!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

This is an old post that I started some time ago, but I believe LIFE interrupted me, and therefore, I was unable to finish.  Seth is asleep!  I shout a quiet "Yahoo!" to myself :0) So, I am now finishing this since I have the opportunity!!!   

  I was in Powdersville today with Sully for his therapy.  It was a trip like any other.  I stepped in to talk to his wonderful group of therapists - he has been with these therapists since he was 6 months old!  And they are AWESOME!!!!!
  In any case I mentioned that I had been working with getting some of our clothes out of storage for the cooler weather.  I get stopped up when I am around dust and mold - I think I talk more about my allergies and stress with children in this blog than anything else  :0)  Anyway, I mentioned to them that I have what I like to call the "Nasal Voice" from my allergies.  I laughed and said that I wish I had what I call the "Sexy, Raspy Voice!"  That is what I get when I have a throat issue - kinda silly, I know, but I think it is fun to have a sexy, raspy voice than that old, nasal voice!
  That whole thing got me to thinking about myself and my inner and outer appearance.  I am happily married some 16 1/2 years to my sweetheart - I like to call him Mr. Benson! (If you are an "Emma" or anything Jane Austen fan, you can relate!) Anyway, in the beginning of our relationship, we were in our early 20's.  I was cute and in the best shape of my life!  We were active and spent alot of time hiking and fishing. We were definitely attracted to each other's outer appearances.  I was totally head over heels over Benson!  He was, shall I say, tall, dark, and handsome :0)  He loved me, and he told me he loved my blue eyes and blond hair.
  I am now in my early 40's.  I am no longer in the best shape of my life.  My shape is one of a recovering c-section, momma of 5 babies!  Actually, 5 earthly babies and 3 heavenly babies - that is another story, so I won't go there tonight!  With the stress of a child who was in the NICU for 5 weeks, taking care of him, and then having another child only 22 months after that experience, well, I have not been exactly putting my health at the top of the list.  I have been reading articles that state that caregivers must take care of themselves first.  I want to, but I haven't made that big first step.
  When a person gets too caught up in the outward appearance but takes no care of the inward stuff that makes up our character, it ends up not being very pretty! Thinking on this makes me want to get back into it!  The "It" is my exercise, diet and devotion time.  Back in 2011 I came across this workout called "Body Gospel."  This is a link if you want to see a bit of it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gePXTqejuLU. Anyway, I dug my video set back out and decided to get back into it.  I have tried to watch my eating a bit more, too.  This is a site - http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ - that I have found to be a blessing!  You don't have to pay anything for it.  It is similar to weight watchers with the putting in your foods, water consumption, and exercise.  I think what is motivating me with this food diary is that it "gives" you back calories when you exercise.  I really want to do this and get control with His help.
  Lastly, in my spirit and walk with the Lord, I have to say that it is better now than any other time in my life.  I am making a point to read the Word and focus on Him.  I really do this, too!  I really pray all throughout the day.  I mean it sincerely when someone is having a meltdown and I cry out, "Dear Lord Jesus, help me get through this day!" (And I picture you reading this and laughing, but it is SO true!!).  And you know what? He does every time.  I think that in my quiet time - which face it is scattered throughout the day - I reconnect with Him.  My mother in law has raised 6 children all the while teaching and caring for other people's children.  I have one of her Bibles, and I see where she has been interrupted in her reading.  I love that she gets right back into it and finishes up!  
  I guess what I am trying to say in all of my paragraphs is this -- don't give up!  It is alright to start over.  Even if you have to every day!  Keep a positive outlook and know that the Lord is really holding you and is your biggest fan.  Our goal should not be to be whatever the world's view is of beautiful!  Our goal should be to glorify the Lord!  I am planning to do that with my mind, body, spirit and emotions!  I am excited to see what is going to happen over the next few months -- Pray for me as I will pray for you! The Lord loves us so much and for that I am truly grateful!

Here is a song for you today!  Pray For Me - Michael W. Smith - YouTube

{{HUGS}} and Blessings to you!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Greetings on this rather cloudy Thursday afternoon.  I was looking on Pinterest - one of my favorite sites! - and came across this neat idea.  I am going to do this Monday! We are all off from school on Monday, so I will have a few extra minutes.  I am going to clean out the fridge really well.  I like using pine sol and warm water.  It makes a really hard job not quite as hard.

The question I have is will my place mats stay in place?  I am going to buy my mats from the Dollar Tree, so if this doesn't work, I won't be out a bunch of money!  

I will post a before and after picture so that you can see my results.  Here is the place where I got the idea and a picture ~~  I just LOVE her comment about her dirty shelf!  I am not going to post a picture of my messy fridge, though!  I just can't do it :0)

Fridge Mats from $2 Placemats - 2 Little Supeheroes2 Little Supeheroes


Here is a happy song that I love!  I hope that it lifts you up as you finish out your day!

Jamie Grace - Beautiful Day (Official Lyric Video) - YouTube

Blessings and {{hugs}}!

btw ~  if you have a thought about this, I would love to hear it!  I am all about getting things organized and easier to keep clean :0)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This is a quick update on our scrapbooking!

Sarah has studied the days of Creation this first semester.  I came across this idea, so we are going to do a book incorporating this idea.  When we start on it this week, I will take pictures along the way and post!  

Days of Creation Craft with free template

Here is the link in case you are interested in doing this with your student :0)  http://domanmom.com/2009/06/days-of-creation-craft/

I hope you have a wonderful day!  I will leave you with a quick song -- The Creation Song - Kids Learn the Days of Creation In This Short Song - The Sciencesaurs - YouTube

Blessings and {{hugs}},

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Homeschooling Thought! - scrapbooking with a twist!

Just want to write something down that I am going to try!  I homeschool two of our 5 - well, I guess we all really teach our children, just some in a little different way!  I was a teacher for 7 years at Oconee Christian Academy.  Wonderful experience!

Anyway, we use a curriculum that has the book built into the workbook.  I really like it. The information is broken down into bite-size parts, followed by a check-up.  We have been using this for 7 years.  I have just gotten to thinking about my girls.  Both have a HUGE artistic bent, so I want to capitalize on it.  I think what I am going to start is scrapbooking as a means of reviewing their PACES.

What my plan is, and I am putting this out here as a means to 1) Help my brain remember my thought and 2) that if by chance a homeschooler/teacher reads this, it may be of help to them, too!  Back to the plan!  

  1. Get them to write out the information on a plain piece of paper
  2. Draw or cut out a picture to what the information refers
  3. Glue into a notebook
  4. Include items along the way that might go along with our subject
I think as we do this, it will be a better way for them to study for their tests rather than just paper and pen.  Some professor in college say that the more senses that are involved with learning, the better chance a person has of retaining.  And more importantly, I think the girls are going to enjoy it better!  

As we journey on with this activity, I am going to try to take pictures and post myself of how things are going!  

Gotta end with a song, so, What a wonderful world - LOUIS ARMSTRONG. - YouTube !!  As I listen to this man sing this wonderful song, it is the perfect song for this post!

{{Hugs}} and Blessings!