Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I'm back...

Eek...I've been a terrible blogger. = (  It's been almost a year since I've posted!  I've been so busy enjoying these 2 cuties...

I would love to get back to my blog.  I've found myself missing it.  So I'll start again and see how it goes. = )  Honestly, I have thought a lot about my last post & the fact that I only read 3 of those books: More Charlotte Mason Education, Hands-Free Mama & Nourished.  All great books!  I tried to read Having A Mary Spirit but I just couldn't get into it. 

I have read others, though, so I haven't been slacking off on my reading too much.  I thought I'd try another book list. I want to set some goals, try to read a few this summer & maybe one a month after that. So here's my new list...

  1. Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans - I'm in a moms group at my church & we recently did a video study on this book.  It was excellent!
  2. Better Late Than Early by Raymond S. Moore & Dorothy N. Moore - a homeschool book that has been recommended by several of my homeschool mom friends. It talks about how kids naturally do better with schooling if you don't push them too early.  That's good news!  I want my girls to be kids & playing outside as much as possible.
  3. The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias - another homeschooling book that helps you understand how your child learns so you can teach him/her effectively.
  4. The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson - do you see a theme here? Ha!  Another one that has been recommended to me.
  5. A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola - see my last post. = )  I do want to read this one by fall.
  6. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer - this book that leads you through the stages of homeschooling.
  7. Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson - this book teaches you how to help your children "love to learn as naturally as they love to play".  I just have to share that this book is over $16 on Amazon & I found it at a used book sale for $2!
  8. Moms Who Changed the World by Lindsey O'Conner - still on my list, hopefully this summer...see previous post.  I forgot to take a picture of it though.

I also have a couple on my Kindle that I'm want to read:

  1. Education: Does God Have An Opinion by Israel Wade - I think the title of this one speaks for itself.  = )
  2. Show Them Jesus:  Teaching the Gospel to Kids by Jack Klumpenhower - one of my Jesus-loving homeschooling mom friends posted a link to this on her Facebook page when the Kindle edition was on sale.

Whew!  I kind of feel tired now after rereading all of that, ha!

If anyone stuck around for my year-long hiatus, what are you reading?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

books to read

I enjoy looking at blog posts with lists of books to read.  It gives me good ideas for new reading material.  So I decided to make a list of my own.  Here's what's on my reading list in no particular order:

  1. More Charlotte Mason Education: A Homeschooling How To Manual by Catherine Levison - I do plan on reading this one 1st since it's a library book.  = )  It's just what it says: a homeschooling how to manual.  I read her previous book & loved it.  That one was a very quick read & I want to get more in depth.
  2. A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola - another homeschooling read.  You might have guessed but I LOVE the Charlotte Mason way of homeschooling- morning lessons & LOTS of afternoon time outdoors learning in real life.  There's emphasis on good books (not what she calls "twaddle") even at a young age & learning out in nature.
  3. Moms Who Changed The World by Lindsey O'Connor - the stories of 9 mothers including Susanna Wesley, Mary Bell Washington & the mother of Constantine.  I meet with a group of homeschooling moms once a month Sep - June & we go through a book together.  I just started going this past year & this was the book for the previous year.
  4. Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford - can't we all learn to put down our phones & be hands free Mamas?
  5. Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night's Sleep by Becky Johnson & Rachel Randolph - their previous book was soo good & funny & came with awesome recipes!  = )
  6. Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us From the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver - I read another of her books a few years ago & can't wait to read this one!
What are you reading now?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


My long-haired Savannah decided a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to cut her hair. It was almost down to her waist. Sigh... But she never wanted me to do anything other than brush it (& that was a struggle almost every day). Most of the time she hates bows & won't let me do any braids or ponytails other than for gymnastics. So it was pretty ratty & hard to brush. We finally got it cut last friend, Katie, cut it.

I talked with Savannah about donating her hair & we decided to send it to Children With Hair Loss. We're so proud of her!

It turned out so cute & my baby looks so grown up!

Thursday, June 16, 2016


So I've been a really bad blogger lately.  Life is just so busy that I can't seem to sit down & type out a decent blog post.  We are busy homeschooling (which is going well), being active in our church, being on our boat as much as possible (this is a new thing this year, yay!) & just doing life.

 Savannah is doing awesome at homeschooling.  We have slowed WAY down as the schedule was too much for her.  Our curriculum is scheduled to do 6 school days per unit & once we got into blending sounds, it was too much & frustrating for her so we just do 2-3 things 2-3 times per week & it's working so much better for her.  She is LOVING gymnastics & just had her demonstration.  She literally wants to go somewhere so the thought that homeschoolers are not socialized is extremely laughable to me.  = )

This little monkey... growing so fast & talking up a storm.  She literally has 2 speeds - on & off.  There is NO in between for this busy little girl.  She is hilarious & wants to be just like her big sister.  When Savannah is doing her schoolwork, I have to get out a workbook or coloring book just for Emily because she wants to learn so badly.  I <3 amp="" blending="" chalk="" chalkboard="" cute.="" emily="" letter="" lot="" nbsp="" o="" of="" on="" or="" other="" our="" outside="" p="" remembers.="" saying="" she="" sidewalk="" start="" that.="" the="" times="" using="" wall="" we="" whatever="" will="" with="" work="" writing="">
If anyone is still reading my slow moving blog, I hope you're having a great summer so far!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

We have had a great Easter weekend!  We started with an egg hunt near our house on Saturday.  I tried to get a picture of the girls in front of the eggs but Emily wasn't interested in looking at me, ha!

Later Saturday afternoon, we dyed eggs.

Emily would grab an egg & just plop it down in the cup, lol!

Easter morning, Savannah couldn't wait for Emily to wake up so we let her get into her basket.

When Ems did finally wake up, she was distracted by Curious George on TV so she wasn't too into her basket.  = )

An egg hunt in the living room...

The most important part of Easter to us is Jesus's resurrection.  I bought these Resurrection Eggs & they're awesome!  Each egg holds something having to do with the last week of Jesus's life.  You open 1 at a time, tell the story & end with the empty white egg symbolizing the empty tomb.

This is what usually happens when I try to get a picture of both girls, haha!

Savannah was asked to pass out bulletins at church with some other kids.  She was so excited!  She has such a servant's heart.  On Friday, when she was asked, she went to bed & prayed, "God, thank You for the opportunity to serve at church."  ♥  She did a great job!

After church, we went to my parent's house.  Here are the girls with my niece, Maddie.

1 more egg hunt.  = )

I ♥ this man!

This little lady was so tired!  She crashed on our bed when we got home.  = )

I'll leave you with an amazing song that is perfect for Easter.  Happy Resurrection Day!

Man Of Sorrows
by Hillsong
Man of sorrows Lamb of God
By His own betrayed
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid

Silent as He stood accused
Beaten mocked and scorned
Bowing to the Father's will
He took a crown of thorns

Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Praise and honor unto Thee

Sent of heaven God's own Son
To purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree

Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Praise and honor unto Thee

Now my debt is paid
It is paid in full
By the precious blood
That my Jesus spilled

Now the curse of sin
Has no hold on me
Whom the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed

See the stone is rolled away
Behold the empty tomb
Hallelujah God be praised
He's risen from the grave

Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Praise and honor unto Thee

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Oh, my Savannah Grace, how are you 5 already?!  It seems like I gave birth to you, blinked & here we are!  You are the most amazing little girl.  You are sweet, beautiful, loud, feisty, determined & adventure-loving.  We are so, so, so blessed to be your parents.

You honestly are the funniest kid. I have no idea where you get some of the things you say sometimes.  Here are a few of my favorites from recently:

The other day, you were worried that Goliath would be in heaven & "he's not nice. I don't want to go to heaven. I want to go on a cruise with Daddy.

You are in a group music class that my friend from church teaches. This one was about one of the songs from class:S: Mom, guess who wrote the bubble gum song?Me: Who?S: Bach...& his middle name is North Muskegon!

Me to S: the Bible says to do all things without grumbling.S: what's grumbling?Me: what you're doing nowS: flapping my mermaid tail?

Ken: Savannah, Dr. Dee (Alaska Vet) is on next.S (super excited): WHAT?!!! I hope she gets knocked over by a cow!

You LOVE music & are ALWAYS singing or dancing.  You love to go to church with me for practice & all 3 services when I play on the praise team.

You are still in gymnastics & doing so well.  You have been in the class for 5-year-olds all year.  You are constantly doing flips, cartwheels & rolls all over the house.

You love church & learning about God.  Your teachers adore you.  Speaking of teachers...

...this one adores you too.  You are doing so well homeschooling.  You are so patient with me because I have no idea what I'm doing, ha!  We are learning together.  I have cut WAY back on the amount of school we do each day as some days are too much. You are just 5 though & we are doing kindergarten work.  This week, you looked at the word "sun", sounded it out & read it  I am 1 proud Mommy!  = )

You are the best big sister & Emily adores you.  She is always in your stuff & climbing on you.  I know this drives you crazy sometimes, but she wants to be just like you.  Daddy & I pray that you 2 are the best of friends always.

Savannah Banana, Mommy & Daddy love you so much more than you'll ever know.  We are so blessed that God chose us (us!) to be your parents.  Happy 5th Birthday my darling girl!  <3 mommy="" p="">
Here are some pics from your birthday:

I put streamers on the landing for a birthday morning surprise!

Pie Face!  This is the "it" game now & you were SUPER EXCITED to get it from Kharey!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2

 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,[a] who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[c]
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.