What I Learned in August

Friday, August 30, 2013

August was a full month in my house, probably because my oldest started school, real, leave the house school. After much prayerful consideration this is where my son will be able to flourish this year. Of course I had to sit down and review

my month in order to remember what I learned this month, and I realized I crammed this last month of summer full of learning!  So here goes:

  1. Only a crazy person decides that a 2+ hour drive to a zoo is a good idea when there is an almost 2-year-old in the car! Granted there were tons of claps and shouts of joy while at the zoo.  And as a bonus lesson, it is always quicker to drive home than to drive somewhere new. 


Good Night, Good Knight

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

If I asked you to come up with a list of characters for a little boy's story book, what would you add to the list?  Would it take you very long before dragons and knights would be added to that list?  If you are a boy mama, I'm guessing those would be fairly high on the list (maybe depending on their age).

My boys love stories with dragons, and if you add a knight with a horse and sword, well you have a home run!

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents

So I was not surprised when both of my boys wanted to sit and read Good Night, Good Knight over and over for two weeks.  Shelley Moore Thomas did a wonderful job of creating a wonderfully good knight that has a heart to care for little dragons who need help falling asleep while on his night watch.


Homeschool Mom's Bible

Monday, August 26, 2013

One simply cannot be a Christian mom blogger and not run into the homeschooling group online. The two are so similar that they often overlap so heavily it's impossible to see where one ends and the other begins. At this stage in my life I am not truly a homeschooling mommy, however, I do go out of my way to include aspects of "learning play" on a daily basis with my young children. And because of that I love hearing from the homeschooling mommies out there.

When the opportunity to review a bible that was full of devotionals for homeschooling moms came around, I snatched it up.  I, selfishly, figured that if I could gain such encouragement from homeschooling mommas online, then I could only benefit from such a bible.

The NIV Homeschool Mom's Bible has 365 devotionals by Janet Tatman, a homeschooling mom for 25 years - one devotional for each day of the year. Each devotional has a bible verse, a personal, encouraging story that leads to a prayer to use in your own homeschooling day.

NIV Homeschool Mom's Bible - Reading List Review


Slow Fade

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

For me personally, I have always found music to be extremely soothing.  Yes the instruments create wonderful melodies that can evoke every emotion under the sun, but personally, I find the words to be the make it or break it for all songs. As a result I can clearly remember many songs from my childhood.

This is one of those songs... (yes take a moment and listen...)



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A child's giggle is so contagious. It can fill a room. It can make any day brighter, even if just for a moment. I have yet to meet a person who doesn't smile, just a little, when a child really, really starts to giggle.

For my boys, besides being tickled, they love a story that is just plain silly. I mean who doesn't really want to read something silly - how else can we explain all silly captioned pictures that fill facebook and pinterest on a daily, if not hourly basis?

And so I try to keep some just plain silly books on hand for those days when we could all use a good giggle session.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. Champansneeze - Reading List

Which is why when my mother discovered this hysterical kids book I knew I had to share it with all of you!


Discovering True Identity

Monday, August 19, 2013

Yes, I've always loved reading, but only recently have been willing to read outside of my comfort zone. Books have always given me an escape from the world I'm in, not that my world has ever been so horrible, but who doesn't like to take a vacation from their normal?

So when my friend Rosilind mentioned reading her father's book, I said alright. Granted, I might not have read it otherwise. I did find it interesting and full of information. I mean, who at some point in their lives doesn't struggle a little with identity issues?

Dr. Hackett has put together a book that shares information on who you are in Christ. And more importantly he points out how knowing who you are in Christ is essential in the process of following Christ completely.

Five Minute Fridays


Friday, August 16, 2013

To say that it is easy to look at someone else and see what you want is an understatement. I mean it only takes about two minutes online to find someone else who is doing what I dream of doing, plus a million things I'd like to try, doing them all perfectly and still no fault in sight.

And yes I do know that what people put on the internet is a simple snapshot of their lives.


Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Every little girl knows the story of Cinderella - it is the classic rags-to-riches story that still pops up on the news often.  The thing about every good story is the perspective the reader gets - right?  What if there was another side to the story? I mean in the real-life Cinderella stories there are usually more than one angle...

As a mom I am trying to teach my kids just this point - there are at least two sides to every story.  This is especially true as we work on teamwork and cooperation, which with a two-year-old often lead to arguments and upset feelings because the other person has a different view.

So what does this mom do?  I look for a book to start the conversation that we have to be willing to at least listen to the other side of the story before we allow our feelings to be hurt and become defensive.

Enter this week's children's book:


Reading Your Male

Monday, August 12, 2013

My whole life I've heard about the battle women face in this time of history.  That as women we have to stand next to each other, because no one else will. And on some levels, maybe this is true, but the older I get, the more I experience the world, the more I realize this isn't the whole true.

Reading Your MaleWomen were created to stand next to men. That statement leads me to believe that there is some mutual need for respect and support. It's not a set up of women on this side and men on the other side battling for equal everything. Granted I'm not an expert... it's just that these thoughts led me to pick up a book I never would have considered reading: Reading Your Male by Mary Farrar.

**I need to begin this review by saying, although this book doesn't deal with any topics that are inappropriate for discussion, they will most likely trigger some filters that are great for the safety of our children.  Please now that my discussion of this book is important for all women in our society, so consider turning the filter off for just this post.

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An Organized Mom is a Sane Mom... Most Days...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Being a sane mommy take organizationThere are so many moms out there that are able to just accomplish everything, at least it seems that way. When I became a mom, I was sure I was going to be one those... you know have great over the top birthday parties, home cooked meals every day that every one would love, have a house that could be photographed for magazines at a moments notice... you know what I'm talking about right?  Then reality hit.  And this mom gig is hard, and time consuming.  If I don't have a plan for my day, well it's not good!

Five Minute Fridays

A Realization

Friday, August 09, 2013

Lonely, you can look like so many people at any given time. Your characteristics are many, your disguise impeccable.

You lurk in almost every building, around ever corner.

And yet, today, I do not know you well at all.

Deuteronomy 31 16


A Challenge to be Focused, Intentional

Friday, August 09, 2013

Being un-wired in this society sounds like an oxymoron at first - right?  I mean in some form we all carry a device that will connect (mostly wirelessly) to other people.

Personally I never considered myself addicted to any kind of "wired" product.

I have never had a smart phone or such similar device. I still use a flip phone that barely supports texting!  I know amazing right?

In my house we have one laptop, that sits stationary on a table ninety-five percent of the time, and one desktop that is tucked in a corner of the living room.

And my Kindle is the original - strictly for reading books or ordering new books from Amazon - nothing else.


Joseph Wants to Read

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Maybe it's because I always have to put a book in my bag before we go somewhere, or because I find moments during the day to sneak in a chapter from a book while my kids play in the same room, maybe it's because I make sure my kids get to the local library every week, but for whatever reason, my kids do seem to genuinely interested in reading.

Both of my boys know exactly where the books they are allowed to look at on their own are kept. It never fails that they will find a book to peruse at least once a day. That is on top of the books my husband and I make sure to read to them daily.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents: Joseph wants to read



Monday, August 05, 2013

There are limitless expectations put upon us every single day.

Simple expectations that aren't horrible to fulfill can seem overwhelming when just one extra expectation is added to lists.

Live like this for years at end and it won't take long to start to feel unfulfilled with your life, right?

I don't know if I would have ever said my life felt unfulfilled, I have always been able to hold on to a hope that something great would happen just around the bend for me.  And in the mean time I try to focus on what my life needs right now - with two energetic boys that tends to take most of my thoughts...

However, as I read Misty's new ebook, I started to realize that there have been many dreams and hopes that I have shelved or completely let go of as my life as rolled on. Luckily for me, I could move straight into accepting those dreams as simply that, dreams. But I know that not everyone can do that, as dashed dreams are battered by real life and all hope seems to fade.

Five Minute Fridays

Taking part in a story...

Friday, August 02, 2013

All the way through school there were many assignments that teachers gave that I dreaded - any thing that involved standing up and speaking in front of the class was torture (to stand in front of the whole school for some things was unthinkable!). There was always one assignment though that I loved - I looked forward to it. The free writing assignments. You know the ones where you got to write anything you wanted.  You could make up a story, characters, setting - the whole thing was in your control.

I realize not everyone loved that assignment.

Every good gift should leave us with a why

For some, the moment the art supplies came out was pure freedom - the ability to create thrilled some (not me... but I know those who loved them).

Why do we, as people, have such desire to create? Why?

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