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Way to Go, Mom!

Here are my small successes for the week:

1. I ran in my first 5K this weekend. And, much to my surprise, I won my age category! I am NOT a fast runner, and I was not the only woman running, so this was a surprise!

2. I have been on a strange cleaning kick this week. I have washed curtains, de-cluttered and organized a linen closet and washed down the kitchen ceiling fan.

3. My boys have been transformed into little Indians. Since our trip to Jamestown Settlement, J has been wanting an Indian "outfit". Well, after a few cuts of fabric, he and K have makeshift Indian "shirts". A neighbor gave us an old tepee frame, so I dug it out and put a sheet over it, so they have a tepee. For the last several days, they have been running around, pretending to be Indians. They have been shooting at anything that moves and making enough noise to be heard for blocks. I wonder what the neighbors are thinking!

What are your small successes? Share them at Faith and Family, Live!

A Saint in the Making

Today the boys and I were in the car. We were driving along and K, my three year old, proclaims "I saw Jesus in his car!" I laughed a little and told K it was probably not Jesus. J then says, "Well, K, Jesus often appeared to the saints while they were alive. It could have been Jesus." St. K? We will see . .

The Beauty of Homeschooling

I thought it would be good to follow up my last post, which expressed my frustrations of teaching my son to read, with a positive one about homeschooling.

I am hoping that all homeschooling moms wonder what they are doing and question the decision to homeschool . . . I do. I worry about that too, because I only started homeschooling last year and my son is only a first grader!



In the first few weeks of this year, I have had a "crisis of faith" so to speak concerninghomeshooling. I am a scheduler and one of the reasons I chose the curriculum I did becauseeverything is laid out . . . you can choose a four or five day school week and it tells you what to do each day all the way from week one to week thirty-six. But, if we do not stay on track, I find myself getting stressed. I think about the fact that we are behind and I wonder how we will catch up.

Last week a providential meeting occurred that helped to change my attitude a bit. I took the boys on a field trip to the Science M…

Why does the English language have to be so confusing?

We are done with school today and the boys are watching Word World. They love it. Today, World World is all about the sound that two o's make together as in school or roof. (Duck, Monkey and Dog are building a roof so they do not get wet in the rain). Anyways, they just finished singing a catchy song to teach the "oo" sound.

My first thought was, yeah that is great, until my son has to read LOOK or BOOK. Since J is in first grade, we are tackling more and more words, word sounds and vowel combinations. We have left cat, hat, set, and met behind and are coming to the complexity of the English language. I find it so hard to teach. We were reading The Cat in the Hat last week and J came across the word LOOK (which he pronounced as LUKE). I told him that sometimes "oo" does not make the same sound as it does as in school or roof. Sometimes there are irregular words in the English language (He still has a hard time remembering that WAS is WAS and not WAZ). …

Coming to Terms

It usually only happens about once a year. For about a week, once a year, I once again try to come to terms that with the fact I will never have a baby the "normal way". I have had three c-sections, and now, I really have no choice in the matter. If I have any more children, I will have another c-section. And, over six years after I had my first c-section, I still mourn the loss of not being able to have a child naturally.

It usually only happens when I hear of someone who just had a baby who had a natural delivery without any complications or when I have a friend who had to have a c-section. This past week, my friend Sam had to have a c-section. After a few emails abut her being in labor and having some complications, I was up most of that night praying for her. "Lord, please help there to be no serious complications. Lord, please do let this end in a c-section if necessary." But it did. So, c-sections have been in the forefront of my mind since Monday. …

You're Gonna Miss This

Today, while I was on a forum I belong to, I read a post that a dad wrote about a special time he had with his 2 and a half year old daughter. The point of the post was that the time goes by so quickly and to cherish each day we have with our kids while they are young. I admit, I needed that gentle reminder.

So often I fall prey to the "I can't waits".

I cannot wait until the boys take their naps and have quiet play time.

I cannot wait until A gets a little older and does not scream to be held so much.

I cannot wait until J is old enough to do more of his school work on his own.

I cannot wait until all of the boys are old enough to help REALLY clean the house.

I cannot wait until they stop making a mess all over the house.

I cannot wait until they are old enough to get their own milk, their own food, their own snacks, all the time.

But, today, I was reminded how precious this time really is. I will miss this time. I will miss the little voices asking me for food, for milk. I…

Simple Woman's Daybook - September 14, 2009

FOR TODAY...

Outside my window...

It is a beautiful sunny day. I love these, late summer, early fall days!

I am thinking...

About yesterday's Gospel reading: "Pick up your cross and follow Me." I am contemplating my own crosses and those of others. Maybe it will turn into a blog post.


I am thankful for...

For my amazing husband. He is so good to me!

I am wearing...

Black yoga pant, gray 3/4 sleeve shirt, flip flops

I am remembering...

Our great vacation to Williamsburg last week! Too bad I do not have any pictures from it . . . our camera broke!!

I am creating...

Order to our days again. I am so ready to be back into a normal routine again.

I am going...

To take the boys on a field trip this week.

I am reading...

Running with the Giants

I am hoping...

That K will finish up with potty training soon! He is a tough one!

On my mind...

I am realizing that I really do not have the time I thought I would have to blog. And I am OK with that. I love doing giveaways and product reviews, writi…

Way to go, Mom!

Here are my small successes for the week:

1. We started school this week.

2. I cleaned the laundry room out. I am sure no one in my family has noticed, but I swept the floor, threw out the junk, wiped the pipes and window and organized our laundry baskets. Boy, that room looks nice!

3. I saved us $300 a year on our car insurance. We really have not looked over our policy since we got it 5 years ago. One of our cars is now 12 years old and has well over 100,000 miles on it. We still had comprehensive insurance and collision on it! We dropped that coverage on the RAV4 and that saves us $300 a year. I just hope it does not get stolen today!

What are your successes? Share them at Faith and Family, Live!

Wordless Wednesday: ALL BOY

So, yes, while other one year olds are playing with blocks, my dear little one is "sword fighting" with his older brother. And, he also is quite good with a gun too . . . he even makes the shooting sound while brandishing it!