One month Homeschooling without from Light Units

Hello dear readers.  This evening I would like to share a new adventure we attempted for the month of August.  We have about three months of light units left in this school years’ curriculum through Christian Light Education.  We decided to take a break from the light units but to keep learning.  We have been reading our bibles, writing poems and essays (trading them back and forth for editing purposes, writing rough drafts, and typing final drafts), reading science comic books (biology, chemistry, and/or physics), doing Mystery of History, letter writing, math with Dad in the evenings,  instrument practice, and walking each day.

This has nothing to do with COVID-19 we simply needed to do our studies in a way that brought the love for learning back to our two growing blessings.  Our two are currently 15 and in 12th grade book work and 13 and in 10th grade book work.  What are some ways you enjoy learning or teaching scholastic studies outside of formal curriculum?  As you go about your day to day tasks, whatever they may be, remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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For the beauty of the earth

Hello dear readers.  Each year I plant sunflowers.  This year we planted some and the birds planted some.  It was fun to see so many sunflowers grow up all over the place.  I heard about some new killer wasps from Asia that have killed a lot of honey bees so when I started seeing them on the sunflowers this summer I was so excited!  Have you see bees on the flowers in your area this year?

We also enjoyed exploring a different area around Lake Lowell. We saw a young bald eagle, watched a few boats on the water, and enjoyed a nice long walk.  It was such a treat to get out by the water for a lovely summer walk and it was exciting to see the eagle! *smile*  What have you particularly enjoyed about this summer?  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Beautiful Sunrises

Hello dear readers. My oh my but it’s been far too long since I’ve been in here. I took these pictures of a sunrise one morning and wanted to share them with you. The changes that have been made here were quite alarming when I popped in here to share my words with these pictures.

Have you noticed the changes here on WordPress? Have they changed the way you post on here? I have been getting notices that the changes were coming, but I didn’t change over to them on my own. Anyone else out there like to keep blogs the way they were when they started? Not to make money but to make connections with like minded people?

This year the kids and I are actually looking forward to Christmas. Last year it was hard but we tried to celebrate it the same as we always had, this Christmas though, we are actually looking forward to it. We are enjoying fall again this year. Last fall Pop passed away and in the months and years leading up to his passing him and Mum were making choices that tore them apart rather than bringing them closer together, which was hard on our little family of four. Watching the changes in their marriage was heartbreaking and seeing our prayers being answered with something of a “not this time” or “they get to choose” was inexplicably hard to accept from my Lord.

Going to share something raw and from deep within here, but my prayer life has been molding and changing over the past year. I am wondering how the Lord would have me pray for others. I love people and wish they knew the Lord in a very real way and when they hurt, my heart hurts with them. When someone asks for prayer or shares something in their lives I pray right then, with or for them. I am a blunt person who tends to hold my tung in many situations, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care or agree with what is being said. I tend to refocus my thoughts giving each situation to the Lord.

As you go about your day remember to pray always giving the Lord every blessing and every trouble that crosses your path be it your situation or someone elses’. What is something you have learned in your journey with the Lord? How is your prayer life doing these days?

Remember to pray always giving everything to the Lord. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Achieving Goals

Hello dear reader.  This summer our 15 year old son followed the rules in our state, which is that from the age of 14 and a half until the age of 18 Driver’s Education is required in order to get a learner’s permit.  Our son did the class on the internet and did a very good job.  Nearly two months later and a little more money, he was able to do three two hour drive times.  There was some unnecessary drama on day two but he did well and passed his drive times.  We were so proud of him!

Our son likes balloons so our daughter and I went from one end of town to the other before we finally were able to find somewhere with helium to fill three of these four balloons.  We really liked the bottom balloon but couldn’t get helium for it so we got creative and filled it with air using the air compressor and made a base and everything.  It turned our pretty cool. *smile*  The best part is that he really likes it and appreciates all of our efforts to celebrate this success with him.  We are in no rush to get his license, but wanted to be able to let him drive with us legally and now we are able to do that. *smile*  When you remember to pray, please keep our son and this new season of his life in your prayers.  Thank you.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Back yard movies

Hello dear reader.  Thank you for making the time to check in to see what we have been up to this summer.  With COVID-19 going on we have been home more than we planned.  We have made a fun “investment” of sorts, we got a projector and have been enjoying movies in our back yard.  It has been so much fun to enjoy movies out in the back yard. *smile*

What is something you have enjoyed with your family this summer that is different and fun?  Have a great day remembering to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Verses to Live By

Hello dear reader.  Thank you for making the time to pop in here to read my thoughts on a couple verses to live by. *smile*

May you walk with the Lord daily and may you seek His will in your life each moment of each day.  My question for this post is, what verses are an encouragement for you?  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more.

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Let Your Light So Shine

Mateo 5:14-16

“Vosotros sois la luz del mundo. Una ciudad situada dobre un monte no se puede ocultar; ni se enciende una lampara y se pone debajo de un almud, sino sobre el candelero, y alumbra a todos los que estan en la casa.  Asi brille buestra luz delante de los bombres, para que vean vuestras buenas acciones y glorifiquen a viestro Padre que esta en los cielos.” Mateo 5:14-16

That’s the Spanish translation my bible app gave me for the following verses in English.*smile*

Matthew 5:14-16

“Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify our Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

Hello dear reader.  Thank you for stopping in to read what I would like to share with you all about letting our light shine. *smile*

Each year we have purchased fireworks I have picked up sparklers.  And every year I think of these verses and am so blessed when verses come to mind in every day life.  As I think on my light I get to wondering what a shining light looks like and start looking at people who also claim the same faith as me and looking to see Christ in them.  The catch in my giddy up – so to speak – is that I am having a hard time seeing the light of Christ.  I wonder if I don’t know what the light of Christ should look like, but when I read the bible I think I see what it ought to look like but seeing it here is harder than I thought.  So, rather than looking to my “peers” I have learned over the past 15 or so years to look to the Bible to know what my light needs to look like.  I have made and lost acquaintances, which is heartbreaking but when I speak up about one thing or another people who said we were good to talk honestly changed their minds.  It’s hard when others speak honestly with me but I tend to take my hurt heart to Christ so work on my faults rather than completely dismiss others and their sometimes quite harsh words.  I want to shine for Christ and I also want to please others, over the past 15 years I am learning which is more important to me and it’s not a life full of “friends” rather a life full of choices and people who come into my life for a short time then are on their way.  The encouraging truth about this is that when I look to Scripture I learn that this is completely okay and “normal” for a person on this earth who is following Christ and His will in their lives.  Let’s name a few people … Caleb (was one of two who believed God at His word even when ten other men claiming the same faith didn’t), Ruth (willing to leave everyone and everything she knew to follow Christ and to go with her husband’s family wherever they went),  Rayhab (gave up the life she knew as a harlet in a city full of people and everything she knew to follow Christ’s people)…the Love of Christ must have shone is someone or in some way, right?  Well, I want to trust like Caleb and be willing to follow Christ like Ruth.  There was a time when I believed with all my heart that I would be there for my mother-in-law like Ruth was, but when the rubber met the road (so to speak) I learned that she and I believe in a different Savior by her choices.  That breaks my heart.  I appreciate all that my mother-in-law has taught her son and me over the years, but her actions do not line up with her words over the years and that gives me more specific ways to pray not only for her but also for me.  That I may shine for the Lord when things seem to be going like I hope and also when things go completely haywire.

My question for you in this post, dear reader, is how is your light shining for Christ today?  This post is a two question post. *smile*  So, where do you look to learn how to shine for the Lord?  I hope you have a lovely day growing in the ways of the Lord.  Remember to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Some of our Pets

Hello dear readers.  I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of some of our pets here at home.  I have been bribing our dogs with training treats these days. *smile/laugh*  Ada is a sweet, attentive, wet mouth, water loving, momma devoted all dog. *smile*  She will run the fence with the best of them from the other side and she’ll fetch the rope until she’s done running after it. *smile/laugh*  Anna is a fun, kissing, jumping, hoping, crazy running, very happy all dog.*smile*  She will run with Ada or any other dog that wants to run for that matter and she’ll lick you until you get upset at all the dog slobber on your body. *laugh/smile*  I am thankful for both of them and their different personalities. *smile*  I took this picture on the fourth of July 2020.  They have gotten so big and their personalities have just grown with them. *smile*

Here is our sweet Sampson cat.  He is amazing!  We all like to call him our “big tan tomcat”.  He loves to be with us but really prefers our little lady or the man of the house. *smile*  He is generally indifferent to the world around him, so if someone comes over and thinks he is pretty cool, he’ll take a little extra loving but really doesn’t care, which is kind of funny. *smile*  We got him as a bottle baby years ago and he is so much a part of our family we are all so thankful for this cool cat. *smile*

The last pet I’ll share with you today is this little guy.  Caleb is a total Momma’s baby.  He likes all four of us and hides from any guests.  He talks to us if he thinks he needs food or a little extra snuggle.  He is a sweet boy and is our little “scaredy cat”. *smile*  He is sweet and makes sure to play with or get snuggles from all four of us so we all feel loved and needed. *smile*

All this being said, my question for this post is…what pets do you have and what is their personality that warms your heart?  Mind you, we have ten other pets on the place (8 chickens and two more cats to share with you all*smile*) that I have shared with you before and I will probably do again. *smile*  We love our pets and are so thankful for their different personalities. *smile*  I simply don’t have resent pictures (taken within the last few weeks *smile*) of them and will share later after I have taken more pictures. *smile/laugh*  I don’t name our chickens but they definitely have different personalities. *smile/laugh*  Have a great day remembering to pray always.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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Fireworks at Home

Hello dear reader, thank you so much for making the time to pop in to read and see what we are up to here in Idaho. *smile*  We did fireworks at home again this year, which was fun.

Last July 4th was the last time my mother-in-law drove over to our place.  She and my father-in-law were living separately by then (they decided to separate after over 50 or 60 years of marriage…my brother-in-law and his ex-wife had split years before and he moved back in with his parents indefinitely this didn’t help their preexisting marriage issues).  All this being said, the visit was different, but not that different as my mother-in-law acted fine without my father-in-law…but she said she didn’t feel comfortable.  We saw my father-in-law later in the month when he drove over on his own and his sadness was inanimately clear to all of us and broke our hearts.  It was the last time we (the kids and I) saw him alive.  Needless to say, all of this being said, this fourth of July was nice but had a little shadow of sadness and missing Pop’s smile and hugs that always came with him.

We had a fun time with the fireworks and sharing them with our neighbors again, the ones across the street came out to join us again this year, which is fun.  We always end with sparklers and share them with the young man across the street who is in the same age range as our two growing blessings. *smile*  It’s something fun for all three of them even with his hyper active personality, with his dad right there, he gets to join in on some of the fun. *smile*

Thank you for making the time to stop in once again.  My question for you in this post is…who do you enjoy sharing fireworks with each year?  We enjoy sharing ours with our neighbors. *smile*  Remember to pray always thanking God for His many blessings.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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20200612_190353Hello dear reader.  This spring we took a trip to the Oregon coast.  Mind you, it was late spring/ early summer, but it was a trip we took using our trailer so we didn’t need to have much contact with others.  With COVID-19 going on around the world and in this beautiful United States, we had a a few other trips canceled to the Oregon coast.  We were so thankful to be able to take a long weekend and spend it by the Pacific Ocean.  We enjoyed the rains, walks on the beach, walks in the campground, naps during the day, fire-pit fires in the rain, and the time away from our to-do lists here at home.  We caught up with family while we were there, only a few hours spent outside, but got to catch up with family all the same.

When we got home, we prepared for my husband’s first business trip since the pandemic.  It went smoothly, and he was around very few people and those he was around there was quite a bit of space (easily) – also, this was father’s day weekend-, then my parents came the next weekend.  Needless to say, we have been busy the last few weekends with family and work.  We hadn’t seen my husband’s side of the family since Pop’s funeral in October of 2019 and hadn’t seen my side of the family since December of 2019.  The time and space has been a blessing of sorts in that we need to learn what healthy family boundaries look like for our little family of four and our extended family as we make different life choices and don’t seem to understand our life choices and so much more about us as individuals as well as a family unit.  With all of that in mind, the extra time with this pandemic has been a nice time to focus in on our prayers.  Before this pandemic hit and democratic governors decided to close down their states by way of declaring “state of emergency” and fueling the anger in people all across the country.  While so many people are angry about what is going on in society, people are dieing with COVID-19 being the final straw in their health issues, the Democrats were not able to impeach president Trump then the next thing that rocked this country was COVID-19.  This has been a crazy season but in it I have found a heart of gratefulness and a time of prayer to work on letting Pop go, letting expectations from family go, and letting myself grieve the changes that have been going on in my life.  As I grieve I am also thankful for the deeper relationships that are also growing in our little family.  The Lord is using amazing things to grow not only my family but also, me.  For that I am very thankful.

My question for you, dear reader, in this post is…what are you thankful for in this season of life with the attempt to impeach president Trump, COVID-19, and society unrest?  What blessings are you counting lately?  Remember to pray always counting your blessings.  Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

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