Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Homeschool Reviews: Math Refresher for Adults Review

  I was very excited to begin reviewing products for the Homeschool Review Crew a few months ago!  However, I was even more excited when the opportunity to review a product from Math Essentials became available!  There is a place in my heart for this company, because one of my first attempts at homeschooling the really 'tough' math courses came with help from a product from Richard Fisher.
   My oldest daughter was 13 at the time and it was her first year of homeschooling.  Public school had failed her mathematical education, so we found ourselves trying to drudge through Fractions.  I was very lost and frustrated.  This was very early in our homeschooling years, and the magnitude of curriculum that was available to me was just so much to choose from!  We tried a couple of things to no avail, and finally, happily landed on Richard Fisher's Fractions workbook.  Working through this really helped my daughter wrap her mind around fractions.  Better than that, she could work through it pretty independently, which was great- because my math skills were a little bit foggy.


     Over the years her math skills have improved, but mine still remain tucked away in the back of my mind. It isn't that I am completely terrible at math, its just the fact that college is now 12 years behind me, which means that high school is 16 years behind me (HOW is that possible??) and I haven't done any upper-level math in at least that long!  So I was very excited when Math Essentials- Math Refresher for Adults arrived at my doorstep!  Lacey's two years of middle school and three years of high school math have been difficult at best.  I've basically relied on online teachings and DVD programs to teach her the math skills that she needs.  We have even enrolled her in math programs at public and private school systems.  It helped us for the moment, and we got through it somehow, (next year is her senior year!)  but if I know one thing, its that I don't want to make the mistake again of not being able to sit down and 'teach' my child something that she is struggling in!  I can't tell you how many times I have struggled and tried to jump right in the middle of a lesson to teach myself how to do something that she was doing, only to become frustrated with it, and eventually turn to someone else.  As my youngest daughter begins middle school this year, and my two sons are upcoming elementary students, I know that the need for me to freshen up my math skills is absolutely something I need to make a priority!  So I'm very thankful for this product, and how well it works to gently 'remind' us former students of how to work through some problems that our kids may have when they are struggling with math!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday: June 25, 2018

Hi friends!  This is one of my favorite linkups, and I'm glad I had the time to share this week!
Joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom with Happy Homemaker Monday!

The weather....
   It has been HOT.  This is our first full summer not in the mountains lol, and we are feeling it!  The heat usually doesn't go noticed as much when you're on vacation, but when you live where everyone goes on vacation, its a different ballgame.  It's swealtering!  Our air condition has taken a beating, but we are thankful for it.  But yes, its been HOT, and doesn't seem like that's going to change anytime soon.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

His Plans > My Plans

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

    I was talking to a Mom the other day about our kids, and it really opened my heart to a way of thinking.  Today, in my devotion I read something that really reflected in my heart upon that conversation.  Author Carol Kuykendall says that letting go of our kids is a heart attitude that begins at birth.  It begins with recognizing that children are a gift from God- and that they are merely loaned to parents for upbringing and nurturing in the Lord.  The process continues with a daily choice to relinquish a child to God's care, Gods instruction, and Gods control. 
   What does this mean to you?
   To me, it rings true with the bible verse I mentioned above.  For I (God) know the plans I have for you.  God knows.  That's really hard for us, as parents, to accept that someone besides us knows what is best for our children. 
   We live in a world that likes to tell us exactly what is best for our children.  It tells us that they should get a certain education.  That they should be as socialized as the world dictates.  That they should be involved in every sport that we can get them into.  That they should look, act and dress a certain way that means they are successful.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

My Fun Recipe Book and Meal Planner!

   Hi friends!!!!
    One of my biggest issues has always been meal planning.  I'm just downright no good at it sometimes.  One of my biggest goals is to get better at meal planning.  It has so many advantages across the board.  It keeps you from throwing things together last minute that aren't healthy.  It saves on the grocery budget big time, by keeping in check what you buy and what you don't buy.  It also helps just to keep things from being too chaotic at home.  I've finally found a fun way to keep all of my favorite recipes on hand, and incorporate meal planning into it as well, and wanted to share that with you today!

    First we start with our planner!!!  I personally like disc bound planners because they are so easy to customize!  This is simply the Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System 9 x 6.5.  These are completely customizable!  You can find them at staples, and it comes apart piece by piece.  You can purchase different discs, more pages, different covers...  etc.  They really are fantastic!  I have this one and some of the bigger ones that I keep my study notes in!  If you get really into this planner too, (Like I did, obviously...) you can also even purchase a Staples Arc Desktop Paper Punch.  This helps you to make your own sheets for the planner!  I absolutely love these planners!  You can get some of the things on Amazon, or slip into a Staples store and you can find lots more!  Disc bound planners really are amazing, and you'll see why during this post!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday- May 7, 2018

Hi friends!  Once again it's Monday, so I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for my favorite weekly linkup!

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....
  This past week was beautiful!  We were all so sick we didn't enjoy too much of it, but it was in the 80s and glorious!  I did spend one beautiful day Wednesday on a blanket out in my yard while doing my Bible study, and it was amazing!  I'm thankful for last week!  Today its rainy, but rainy days are good days to catch up on missed schoolwork!!

Right now I am...
   Finishing my breakfast shake and catching up on blogging things before workout time!

  I can't believe that tomorrow my oldest son will be 9!!  It seems unbelievable that 9 years have passed since that sweet, smiling baby came into my life!  He's brought so much joy to my life that I can't even begin to thank my amazing heavenly Father enough for him.  I love that boy to the moon and back again!

On my reading pile....
   Oh my its an ever growing pile!  I hope to post a blog later about mine and the kids summer reading list!  Right now my top books are: Scarlett, Hands Free Mama, and my devotion I'm reading and loving is My Utmost for His Highest.  It's wonderful!  There's lots of books I wanna get through this summer!  My kindle (in the blue and green dot cover) is full of books I want to read this summer!

On my TV.....
  I haven't watched much this week due to sickness and the craziness of finishing up school for the year over the next couple of weeks.  I also didn't workout last week so no television for me.  Hubby and I did watch something on Netflix with Adam Sandler but I don't remember what?  I need to finish the last episode of season four of When Calls the Heart but I don't want too!  How long before season 5 hits Netflix?  I've been enjoying Timeless before I took the week off from working out, so maybe today I'll pick that one back up again.

Something Interesting I watched.....
 This is Sandra's new category...  she says it could be a show or something on Youtube, so I'm going to share this!

   I'm a little bummed out.  Our plan was to see Infinity War for my son's birthday, but both of my sisters went to see it this weekend and the consensus is its just too violent for kiddos to enjoy, and kind of darker than most Marvel movies without the 'funny' parts.  So we are scratching that for now.  Maybe when it comes out on DVD hubby and I can pre-screen it before we decide, and nothing is as intense on television as it is in theaters.  Bummer.  I am a big marvel fan though...  

On the menu for this week....
   Part of my seeking peace is also to find financial peace.  That's been a big issue for us all of our lives.  So I actually did do meal planning last week and took the list to the grocery store.  Hopefully we spent less, and with the birthday coming up I planned simple meals that don't require a lot, so its kind of boring, but here's the menu nonetheless...
  Monday: Ranch chicken pasta
  Tuesday: Spaghetti (Hudson's chosen birthday dish)
  Wednesday: Chicken casserole with rice and broccoli
  Thursday: Fajitas with rice
  Friday: BBQ chicken with mashed potatoes and corn
   Sat: Minecraft pizza :)  A treat for his birthday party
   Sunday: Tomato basil soup with grilled cheese

On my to do list....
Finish sorting clothes.  I only have mine and hubby's left!  So glad that's over until the fall!
Deep clean bathroom and living room
Iron my new living room curtains
hang curtain rods in my bedroom (I'm getting there!  It's the last room I have curtains for!  It's only taken me a year to cover all these windows, haha!)
Update our American Girl studies on my blog posts

In the craft basket....
I have lots of crafty things I want to do this summer!  It's only a few weeks away!  To me summer starts the minute those tests are finished :)  Right now the only crafty things I'm working on are bloggy things.  I did a lot this weekend!  I updated my linky party list and started my own linky parties: The ministry wives blogroll linky and the weekly weigh in linky   I do have high hopes for this blog, even if it did take a hit when I took so much time off last year.  But that's okay.  It's all about seasons of life!

Looking forward to this week....
  Celebrating my boy!  I'm not sure what we are going to do tomorrow, he just wants to go out to Nags Head, and have dinner after!  My Mom will be here this weekend and that makes me SO SO SO happy!  I've missed her terribly!  I can't wait to take her to the coffee shop and just hang out with her in the yard while the kids play on their trampoline!  I also purchased a lawn chair Saturday, which is where I intend to spend most of my summer, parked in it with a book in my hand :)  I'm looking forward to a lot!

Looking around the house....
  Not terrible.  As I said I wanna do some deep cleaning as last week I felt horrible and just kind of did what I could.  Still have to help my youngest daughter tidy up her room after going through her summer clothes...  and make the guest room look nice for my Mama :)

From the camera....
I have a lot to share this week!  First off, this is one of the funniest things I've seen...

I mean, can I get an application?  lol!

We had to take our kitties to the kennel on Saturday to get fixed.  Since we were already in Kill Devil hills we went driving around, which is what my husband loves to do.  We ended up in Corolla!  It was a neat drive even if we couldn't drive far enough North to see the horses.  We did stop at the beach and saw the Currituck Lighthouse in the background!  Being sick didn't help, nobody felt like doing much, but we will certainly drive back out there!

One of our friends and church members was operating the spreader in the farmland around our house, so he let the boys ride, and they thought that was the coolest!

On Saturday, we got to Nags Head just as the tide went out, and found a Seahorse!!!  I've never seen one on the beach before!  We also found some perfectly shaped shells, but the seahorse was the coolest!  Loved it!! My girl is keeping it and hoping to find a frame for it!  

Bible verse, Devotional....
   I've been pondering on this one, and haven't quite put my finger on it yet...

Jeremiah 9:4
“Beware of your friends;
do not trust anyone in your clan.
For every one of them is a deceiver,
and every friend a slanderer.
5 Friend deceives friend,
and no one speaks the truth.
They have taught their tongues to lie;
they weary themselves with sinning.
6 You live in the midst of deception;
in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,”
declares the Lord.

But on a kinder note...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Creating Peace: The Noise Noise Noise Noise....

And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

That's one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! 
-The Grinch

   Indeed, as a Mom of four, my house is quite noisy. But that noise is something that I've grown to love. The laughter, the toys... the songs and music. That is precious noise. I've accustomed to the fact that there will be one day when that noise is silence, and I've grown to love and appreciate it. Yet there's another noise that can invade my peace.. go on and on in my head, drowning out thoughts of peace and absolutely destroying my productivity...
   And lots of that noise comes from one device.
The smartphone.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Seeking Peace, and leaving survival mode

    I sat down to my computer just before 4.  I told myself I was giving myself some "me" time, because I had tried to find some of that time all day long.  I hit the ground running today, as I do many, many days...  because I overslept.  I sit down in front of my computer, in front of my blog...  and I long for just a moment. 
   As I sit here, needlessly I see something that needs to be returned to the kitchen.  As I walk into the kitchen, I realize that the island is a mess, and the floor needs to be mopped.  After those things are finished I feel guilt that the hallway has not been swept, the shoes have not been organized in the shoe basket, and somehow the living room is a mess- again! 
   And now it's 5:18.  Just long enough to pen down a few words before I have to cook dinner.
     Where did my me time run away too?
    I fall into bed at night, exhausted, and my house is a disaster- and I think, have I done anything all day long besides clean
    Running..  cleaning...  never taking time for yourself....  It can only lead to one thing.
   Total and complete...
   And we are there! 
     Is anyone else there with me??

    What is your story?  Why did you click on this to read?  I'm assuming because you, also are seeking peace in your life.  Perhaps your life is a lot like mine...  four kiddos, homeschooling, lots of noise and things to clean.  Piles of laundry and sinks full of dishes and papers upon papers upon papers to grade.  Perhaps your story is a little different?  Perhaps you're a working Mom who comes home to a messy house and lots of homework and bath times and for the love.. another fundraiser?  Or perhaps you're even in a stage of life that doesn't include raising sweet little ones but you're dealing with lots and lots of noise going on in your life- lots of business, calls from the outside, and just- so much noise, so much busy!