Thursday, December 15, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal #5

Life has been interesting to say the least.  I can't wait until things slow down a bit!  Wait!  It is only supposed to get busier from what I hear!!  Nuts!!!  hehe  Anyway, life is challenging, but God is good, all the time. So here goes...

In My Life This Week...

Our week started with a ministry meeting on Saturday that was all day.  It was a great blessing and nice time away from normal routines.  I am now officially working with Stairways International Ministry, helping them with all things technical, clerical and nerdish!  Fun!  I am excited and blessed to be part of this ministry.

The week moved on with lots of work to do for the ministry, as well as work for my own jewelry business, homeschooling and regular home life.  Thursday night is ballet/tap and this week we get the pleasure of seeing our little Muppin dance for creative night.  I love seeing her flourish and be so happy.  She is a true performer regardless of her skill level (she is only 7)!

In Our Homeschool This Week...

We worked on a lot of reading, math and cursive as well and taking the time to learn about Christmas.  I love this time of year, it is my favorite time.  Today we are starting to make our traditional Christmas candy and treats and Muppin will be learning more math and reading by reading and measuring out all the ingredients.  Great hands-on learning. Next week we will be delivering them as gifts to all our friends.

People We Are Going To See...

This weekend grammy and poppi will be coming to town.  Well, they will be camping at a nearby campsite for a few days (only a 1/2 hour away) so we will still get to see them a lot.  Then next week sometime they will be coming to our house for a few days.  Muppin is so excited she can barely stand it!

Things I Am Working On...

I am working on my jewelry a lot and hope to be selling it on Etsy soon.  I have my site with a couple snow flakes but it has been difficult to get pictures of my jewelry uploaded due to computer problems.  I have a love/hate relationship with my computer!

Anyway, I am working on earrings and some necklaces for now and have sold quite a few but hope to get them online and out there to sell more.  Check out my Etsy site online at .  I would love the feedback!


This is a picture of one of my earrings that are for sale.  I need a better camera so I can take better pictures, but they are made with Swarovski crystals and I have a blast working with them.  Very pretty and sparkly.  I love making jewelry and wish I had tons of money to make more.. LOL

That is it for this week.  I hope you are all having a blessed week, please know that you are loved!  If you have not been to The Homeschool Chick's website please check it out.  Click the graphic below that says "Homeschool Mother's Journal" and see what this blog party thing is all about!  God Bless!

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Questions with Tricia Goyer!

Author Tricia Goyer is having a blog party contest and these are the questions she is asking.  It looks like a lot of fun so I am going to give it a try!

1. What's your favorite holiday song?  

      My favorite song would be "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."  Not only does it have a fun catchy old world tune, but I love the lyrics.  Always reminds me of what is important this time of year.

2. What's your favorite holiday tradition?

     I love going out on the day after Thanksgiving in search of our tree.  It is always fun finding the perfect one, cutting it down down and then taking it home to decorate it.  I must admit that I do not enjoy pulling out all the boxes and packing up the normal everyday stuff in order to let Christmas shine through.  But the hunt for the tree and the beauty afterwards, pure joy!

3. If you could travel one place with an elderly family member where would you go?

     Montana!  Not very adventurous I know.  But for some reason Montana has always drawn me in for some reason.  I love the outdoors and the solitude and beauty.  I have never been blessed enough to visit so I would love to go there and find all the historical stuff I could.

4. What questions would you ask?

     What kinds of things we have seen and visited remind you of your life growing up?  What do they love about that part of the country?  Did they prefer living with less kitchen gadgets and appliances or do they prefer the ease of technology? 

5. What is a non-tangible gift have you received from an elderly relative?

     Love and acceptance.  More than anything I have always just wanted to be loved and accepted.  I am blessed to say that I have received that with more than one elderly person.  I have not been around many elderly relatives.  Our family was not close with our relatives so I have relied a lot on my Mother-in-love for that and she has been great.

6. What is the best/worst/strangest gift you've received from an elderly relative?

     Best ~ Old comforters or hand towels made by my Mother-in-love or her mom.  Old antiques or pictures given to us by my mom.  Anything the speaks to family tradition or that is handmade!
     Worst ~ lingerie from my mother's friends at my wedding shower.
     Strangest ~ I can't say, but it was from one of my mom's friends for my wedding shower!  ;)

That is it for Tricia's questions.  I would love for you to answer these questions on here in response to my blog, or go to Tricia's site and join the event for yourself.  Enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas holiday!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

October and November Update!

It has been a long couple months and I have been busy and missing writing and sharing our lives with you all.  Each and every time I would think about writing, I would not.  Procrastination!  Our worst enemy, for sure.

So Here I am, a couple months later and ready to get back into the flow of things.  I am going to share a couple updates of the last couple months.  They have been busy ones.

First we were visited by Halloween.  Not my favorite holiday but it was fun none-the-less.  We were able to have fun and praise the Lord through this holiday and it was a great time.

First we were on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin, so the trek began.  We went to Hunter's Farm this year.  Great place, check it out here --> Hunters  It was a wonderful place.  Not only nice pumpkins for great prices, but very nice people as well.  It was a great adventure!

First we enjoyed the goats and other animals they had around that we could watch.  This little guy was super cute and soft.  His mother was already pregnant again and often wanted to be petted first!  Her tummy was HUGE!  Haha... Then we got to ride on a wagon being pulled by a tractor.  She thought this was especially fun!

After that we were at one of the many pumpkin patches they had.  It was huge!  The search was on! How do you pick a pumpkin when there are soooooo many to choose from!

It was a successful day with  more than one pumpkin to bring home!  You will see them later.  First, I had fun taking pictures and here is my beautiful daughter with and awesome old red tractor!

We also had a lot of fun carving the pumpkins.  Our Muppin was not about to touch anything though.  Gross!  That is what daddies are for, didn't ya know???  They both had a blast together.

Super silly kids!  I mean both of them too!

This is the only pumpkin picture I have on this computer. Our other computer is being worked on so this is the only thing I can show you for now.  But I think it shows where our hearts were.  It was a great night.

Then it was time to celebrate Muppin's birthday.  It is only a couple days after Halloween and it is always difficult figuring out when to have her party.  It was a blast this year though.  She wanted it to revolve around horses, she loves horses!  So she dressed up like a cowgirl and we had a great friend loan us a saddle and stand along with hay to complete the atmosphere.  She had lots of friends come and the best surprise of all was that her gramma and grandpa were able to visit for a couple days.  That made it really special.  Here is a picture of our proud birthday girl!
Well, I have lots more photo's to share but I will call that it for now.  I will post some more stuff soon.  I am glad to be back with you all.  I love you and miss you!  God Bless and have a wonderful Christmas!