Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Friday!!

Today is apparently Black Friday, well this girl does not do Black Friday, yes I like a good deal, but not at the extent of losing my sanity or causing me stress. So today, instead we will enjoy a day of preparing for Advent, putting up our Christmas tree, baking, and relaxing with my kiddo's. Unfortunately the hubby had to go to work yesterday, yes the railroad does not shut down on holidays. But we celebrated our Thanksgiving together early in the week. I made some our favorites: chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes, creamy corn, cranberries, and pumpkin cheesecake! Yum, yum!!! I use to struggle with holidays, not being close to family and my husbands work schedule tends to leave us home alone. However over the years, I have learned instead to focus on my blessings, make new traditions and memories. We are thankful for friends who include us in with their family to celebrate. I still miss my family though. I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with family and/or friends!

This week was full of blessings, blessed with an abundant amount of food, friends and beautiful fall weather! For the last couple years I take time to look back each day and count my blessings, it really is the best way to focus on the positives and live joyfully! God provides us with blessings all the time, so look for them and thank HIM! Oh how HE loves us! Our neighbors invited us over and the kids enjoyed riding horses this week and playing with new friends. I enjoyed seeing some beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and wildlife. Our new home has been perfect for this! Oh and the moon on Wednesday night was so beautiful, my phone camera didn't capture the lovely glow (so I think it's time for a real camera). I probably would have missed the moon, had we not been driving back from the doctors office. The kids crashed on their bikes, thank goodness for bike helmets, however in that process Abigail's pinky nail was pulled off, yes ouch and oh so traumatic, but it will be OK. It could have been much worse.

We had a great week in school, it was a short week, but we were able to knock out a full week, loving the new way we have been doing things and it appears the kids do too! I so enjoyed listening to Julie from Brave Writer talk about putting people first in homeschooling or as she calls it home educating. My type A personality sometimes gets in the way of doing what really matters, it really is a struggle y'all. I know some peole would love to be super organized and be able to plan, but it causes me sometimes to lack the fun-factor. Being married to a railroader as helped me a lot in learning that you can't always plan. I loved what she said about using our personalities we were born with and not fighting them, and gave some tips to help bring in some of what we type A people lack. Oh what a relief it was to hear I am not the only one who struggles with a type A personality. She also talked about those who don't like to plan or schedule, I guess you call them type B.
What I am learning from this, is God has created us all with different strengths and weaknesses, we just need to use them for His glory! No one's journey with God will look the same, nor will our homeschools. Just like our kids are each different. So let's encourage and help one another in our journey's! It is why God placed us here, He made us for relationships. Just remember your first relationship should be with our Lord, get to know Him. It makes the journey so much easier and full of joy!
Anyhow, take a listen to helpful information to being a great "home-educator", anyone will benefit from it, not just homeschoolers:

Pics of the week:
My awesome hubby put up our Christmas lights!!

My hubby training up our children right, a little target practice!
Little man working hard!

Horse riding fun, with a new friend!
New neighbors, birds moving in our bird house!
The beautiful moon this week!

A beautiful sunset at our home this week!

Encouraging reads of the week: 

“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this — internally and externally.” 
Advent=Haley Stewart says: “It is the opportunity to set your life by a different watch, by holy time.”
Call me a traditionalist or blame it on my catholic-roots, but I just love the season of Advent (and yes also Lent)… Why The Ancient Practice of Advent Matter, More Than Ever

Yes, parenting is hard. Especially when we’re doing it right.
Godly homemaking is the intermingling of craft and work for the purpose of cultivating a space to nurture our families and ourselves for God’s glory.

Her story, so relatable, love this and yes, don’t want to miss this…But today there is gratitude and joy, and there are these people who I hoped for so hard that I thought I might come apart if I never met them. I have all I need right now, and I don’t want to miss it.

So enjoyed this book….When a changing season knocks you off balance, go ahead and sit down and catch your breath. When you’re able to stand again, perhaps these 3 things will help keep you steady as you bravely welcome the change rather than resist it.

Yes, this is the number one reason I hear from parents who say they can’t homeschool. Really I was not born with patience; it is a work in progress. So, how do we qualify to homeschool? If it’s not patience, then what is it…? Are you ready? Here’s the million dollar answer. You qualify by being your child’s parent.


  1. I keep a daily gratitude journal and it truly does help me focus on the little blessings in life! I recommend everyone do it.

  2. OH yes, 100% agree with you. Have you read Ann Voskamp's book 1000 Gifts book? So good, it was after reading that book that I started and yes makes a difference! :)


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