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This means war

It seems our house has been hit by the plague . . . of crickets.  They are everywhere. In the kitchen. In the bathroom.  And they LOVE our laundry room.  One can see about 5 of these bugs in the laundry room each time it is entered.

And they especially love trying to keep me up at night by "singing" all night long.  I am tired of it.  And I am just plain tired because they keep me up!

So we have proclaimed war on these little insects.  No St. Francis mentality here.  I want them dead.  Really dead. Just to make sure they cannot keep me up anymore.  And although they can be elusive, we have won many battles.  Shoes have been thrown. Some miss. Some hit the target dead on. 

Our family: 4

Cricket: 0

Let's just hope we win the war!

I am not afraid . . .

How many times are we told not to fear in scripture? Many.  We are not to be afraid. And, I just love this new ring from Sporty Girl Jewelry



The outside says . . .
I am not afraid
The inside says . . .
I was born to do this
This quote is taken from something St. Joan of Arc said.  Now, while the quote is meant to inspire runners and triathletes, etc to run far and work hard, it has hit me in all aspects of my life right now.

In all things, God tells us to Fear Not. 

Should I fear or worry about tomorrow?
Should I fear about how this fundraiser will turn out?
Should I fear homeschooling my children and if I am doing a good job?

No, because I was born for this.  I was born for this moment at this time to live my life as God is calling me to live it.  I was born to do His Will and as long as I dedicate all I do to His glory, I have nothing to fear.

St Joan of Arc is such an inspiration.  She faced armies and knew there was nothing to fear.  So when I face a table of boys waiting to be ta…

More about the Little Flower Projects

If you have not had a chance yet, please donate and register for the Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K and do not forget to check out the great giveaway items!  All registrants will be entered in the giveaway!


Now, onto the most important thing, the work Little Flower Projects does:

From their website:

Little Flower Projects is an outreach of China Little Flower, Inc -- a 501c(3) nonprofit organization registered in the USA. Since 1995, these grassroots, small-scale, very effective, and cost-efficient projects in China have helped countless children in need. We focus on providing specialized care to abandoned infants and nurturing the growth and education of older disabled orphans.

Our Projects Include:
1. Hospice care for orphans
2. Group educational foster care
3. Special Care for infants
4. Long-term care for severely disabled children
5. Special causes

Please see their blog for some stories of the children that have …

Rainy Sunday Afternoon Pictures

7 Quick Takes - Homeschooling in pictures

Thanks for hosting, Jen! 1. Planning Sheets
2. Messy kitchen school table 3. Why, yes, that is my 4 year old sitting ON the table.
4. My fourth grader working hard.
5. I must have been transported to an alternate universe . . . my oldest son told me he wanted to set goals for himself for school!  I think I like this new universe!
6. Spelling lists
7. A very unflattering picture me and my ever photogenic son while working on math.


Have a great weekend everyone!! 

Run for the Little Flowers Virtual Run Giveaway items!!

Please note: This post can ALWAYS be found on the tab bar above!
Here is the post you have all been waiting for!! 
We have had some GREAT companies offer to be sponsors for this fundraiser and I feel so blessed by their generosity!

So far, the giveaway items include:

1. A Super Cute Tech-Tee Shirt from Bia Won by Londa!
2. 147 Million Orphans. Pick Me V neck tee, size small.
3. 147 Million OrphansAround the World tee. Unisex Large. Won by April B.!


4. 147 Million OrphansSilicone Cuff (2)

5. 147 Million Orphans Youth Tote
6.  20$ Gift Certificate from Tough Chick performance and casual clothing Won by Audrey W.!
7. A handmade, one of a kind rosary from the Clay Rosary Girl won by Laura D!
8. Aspaeris Pivot Shorts Compression Shorts Won by Monica D.!
These are amazing!!
9. RunningskirtsRun Love Compression Socks (in purple)-donated by me! Won by Emily R!
10. Hail Marys aren't just for football tech tee from Mamas Moving with Mary(winner chooses size). Won by Christine W.!

Soundtrack for your life

Have you ever wondered what would be on the soundtrack from the movie that is made about your life?  I have.  Well,not really.  But, I have wondered what songs I would put on the CD called "The Soundtrack of My Life"

Well, here is my list from my life this far . . .

1.I Want to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles.

 My aunt and parents are huge Beatles fans.  And I remember growing up hearing all of their songs.  My cousins and my brother and I would spend lots of time together at my grandparent's house and my two cousins and I would make up "musicals" to perform to the family (my brother was too cool for this).  These "musicals" usually included at least one Beatles song.  Those days are forever in my memory and some of the happiest of my childhood.

2. Let 'Em In by Paul McCartney and Wings. I know what you all must be thinking, but I LOVED The Paul McCartney and Wings Greatest Hits 8 Track Tape.  For those of you who have no idea what I am talking abou…

7 Quick Takes

Thanks for hosting Jen!
1. Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K fundraiser
This is just one of the little orphans you will be helping by registering for this race!  Read more here and then sign up!

2.  Wipeout in my living room
Ever seen the show Wipeout


Well, my boys LOVE it!  And, earlier this week, when I came into the living room, I noticed all the cushions, from every piece of furniture that has removable cushions, on the living room floor.  The boys were belly-flopping onto the pillows and laughing wildly.  My 4 yr old looks and me and exclaims, "Mommy, we are playing Wipeout!" Oh, yes, life with boys!

3. Did I mention that I am hosting a fundraiser to help orphans in China????
This is another cutie who will benefit from your generosity!

4. Persuasion or Persuasion?

I love Jane Austin novels and movies.  I can read the books over and over again and watch the movies again and again.  But, I am stuck right now.  Which Persuasion do I like better?

The older one with Aman…

Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K

**** UPDATE***
As of 10/21/2012:


The run is now over.  Thank you to all who participated!!  I will be updating this post soon with details about this year's run and information about the 2nd Annual Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K! 

Please go to Little Flower Project's website to support the amazing work they do!

Run for the Little Flowers Virtual 5K



This virtual 5K is to benefit an amazing organization called The Little Flower Projects. Over the upcoming weeks I will share more information about this non-profit organization and who they serve, but for now I will tell you that The Little Flower Projects was started by a husband and wife, graduates of Franciscan University of Steubenville (my alma mater too!!). Little Flower Projects takes care of orphans in China who need extra care and medical attention. I highly recommend that you "Like" their Facebook page, where they post pictures of the little ones they serve and give updates on them.


Since The Little Flowe…

Wordless Wednesday - I think I need this shirt

From Wild Olive Tees!






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