Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesdays Walk.....Four Years Ago This Month

Four Years ago this month, our first little Princess was born!
It is so hard to believe that she is already four, even though she usually acts like she is older then 4! We are so blessed with how healthy and happy she has been over these four years and really look forward to all the future has in store for her and our family!

My preganacy was really good! it being my first, I did not really know what to expect, but I was blessed with a wonderful midwife and of course, my supportive, caring and loving husband! God is sooo good! I was determined that I was NOT going to a hospital! Period!
My mom had used this midwife on her last baby, only one year before, so I knew her and she was happy to help us too! I did not start seeing her till i was, I think about 5 or 6 months along. I had been around homebirths for 4 of my younger siblings, and mom had breastfed too, so i was pretty firmilar with a lot of that!

My family had been at odds with us, after we got married, but funny, they decided to come back around right before I had Princess S! They came to our house on a Sat. We went to their house the next day, for Sunday, and Princess S. was born Mon. morning! LOL!
My water broke right before we went to bed on Sun. night. I went into labor around 1 or 2 a.m. and had her at 9:03 a.m.
The midwife had brought one of her daughters and they and King Ed, had started taking turns napping! I found it hard to believe since i could tell that it was getting close and found it kind of rude too! lol! They had to finally wake up King Ed, so he would not sleep thru the delivery!!
Princess S. weighed 6 lbs. 6 oz. and was about two weeks early! She has been such a joy and I would not have had anything different, then at her birth, or now that she is the active, talking, helpful, big sister!! God is sooo Good!

For her recent, 4th birthday party I made her a butterfly cake and we had some family and friends over!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Some of my great online, homeschool buys!

I love finding neat books and things for homeschool online!

So when birthdays or Christmas come around I usually have a ton of things that I have to narrow down and choose from! Lol! This month, our oldest had a birthday, so I found some things I was hoping to get then I shopped around! Surprise! Surprise! I was able to find the things cheap on Amazon, ebay, and homeschool classifieds, etc! Yippee!

Maybe the books are not always new, but usually can find what you need, in good shape, and hey, you can support other homeschoolers who are selling the products!

So here are my new buys! If you have any to share, please do!

Here are four sets of Bob books I got on homeschoolclassifieds!

She also had four Pathway Readers for sell!

Here is the Take-Along Field guide book, Neil Sedaca childrens CD, volume 4 of Adventures in Odyssey, and the older verson of Wordly Wise Year 1.

Two devotionals I wanted for the coming school year!

Two Pathway Readers I found on ebay, brand new! Wow! They are like grades 4 & 5, so I am saving them for later!

I also have to share what we found at Hobby Lobby! We live a couple of hours from the nearest Hobby Lobby, so I have only been like three times in the past 4 years! So I was excited to find the childrens crafts and arts, sooo cheap! if you live close to a Hobby Lobby, that is a great place to stock up on school supplies!

(Yes that is a toddlers foot in the bottom courner! Lol! She wanted to help!).

Friday, July 17, 2009

How have You been Preparing Lately?

We have been pretty busy here, with preserving the harvest, guess you could say!
I have been hoping that A LOT of other people have been putting away a Lot of food lately. I do not know how many times I have thought that the past few days or said it to my husband! Lol!
I use to find it humorous to see what people call their pantry, or that they have been stocking up and see a few 5 lb. bags of dried beans and some little stacks of canned veggies! But I no longer find it funny. We are in the middle of some serious stuff in this country and world right now and it looks like it will only get worse for a while! if the true American's cannot take this country back soon, we are looking at a terrible depression and sooo much more! This could get VERY BAD! No this is not a funny matter anymore! I truly pray that women and families all over this country are buying up as many canning jars as they can possible find! And filling them with food that their family can and chances are will live off of, in the future! Even if this country takes a turn back to it's roots, we have some tuff times ahead. It will take a while to restore, and rebuild this country back. We need to be ready for the days when you cannot go to the grocery store and get food, when you cannot get food unless you have a government card and government housing, etc. I pray that day never comes, but like I said You will need your own food someday!
Maybe I am a little old-fashioned and cling to my Bible and gun, live close to nature and try to have a closer walk with God, but I believe that God wants us to depend on Him for our food, to till the soil and supply food for our families, by the sweat of our own brow! And that He wants us to be prepared for the future, so that our families are well taken care of, as the Proverbs 31 woman!

I would also like to point out that we are not having global warming! Woohoo! Who didn't know that?
But you may want to watch nature, Mr. Gore, we may be having some cooler weather! Another reason we need to be close to nature! So we can know what the winter ahead may be like, and how we need to prepare for it! My husband has been talking about this for a while and says we need to be preparing for cooler winters! I think i would rather be safe than sorry!


Here is a little of what I have been doing!

Last Friday (July 10th), we went to a local Mennonite community and bought some sweet corn and put in an order for more produce!
So Mon. (13th) King Ed went and picked up the produce and Tue. I got started canning it all!
Thought I would share how my week went here!

Canned almost 20 qts. of tomatoes,
Canned 14 qts. of potatoes,
washed, hung out, then put away laundry,
vacuumed and swept,
cooked meals,

We went with King Ed that morning and went to the grocery store, bought food, etc. for birthday party this weekend,
when we got home,
canned 14 qts. potatoes,
then wrapped presents after the girls went to bed!

cleaned around the house some (desk, upstairs bathroom, vacuumed, swept floors, etc.),
canned 14 qts. of potatoes,
pickled 14 pts. of peppers (mostly banana),
cooked meals,

Fri. (today)-
cleaned kitchen,
cleaned main bathroom,
swept and mopped floors, vacuumed,
worked in garden, stacking the tomatoe plants,

I Praise the Lord that we have been able to put up what we have so far and pray that we can put away a lot more!
I hope you and everyone you know is buying jars and filling them this summer and autumn too! This is very important!
Bless your family by looking ahead and preparing!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thankful Thursday July 9th

Today's Thankful Thursday I linked at Lynn's blog, "Spiritually Unequal Marriage"!

I am thankful for the rain we got over the July 4th weekend, the garden really needed it!
And thankful that the garden has been doing well!

I am thankful for 5 blessed years of marriage and our Anniversary this week! I am thankful for special days!
I am thankful for my husband, for his love and care and all that he does for me and our family!

I am thankful for online friends who are encouraging and so helpful in so many ways! It is great to have like-minded friends!

I am thankful for good health!

I am thankful for books and mostly the Bible!

I am thankful that i can spend everyday with my family!
I am thankful that I can learn and I am not afraid to work and get dirty! Lol!

I am thankful that I got to see my brother and sister and her family on July 4th!
And that we went to a Tea Party/rally and got to hand out 300 "Open Letters to the State Legislators"!

I am thankful for the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence and our freedoms!

I am thankful for our fighting men and women, here and all around the world. I am thankful for the sacrifices that they make and for their service to the country and so many other countries!
God bless our troops!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wednesdays Walk....Happy 5th Anniversary!

Happy to join Wednesdays Walk Down Memory Lane Today!

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary to the Love of My Life!

Five years ago today, the love of my life took me to a courthouse and we were legaly married under a big tree that was in the courthouse yard!

There were only two other friends there. It was a warm sunny day! Just lovely!

I had never been to or heard about a courthouse wedding so was not sure if you were the wedding dress or not and since mine was second hand and not fitted for me, I just wore a nice outfit! Lol! Hey I was only 18, and didn't have a mother figure to help me!

For a while I was upset that I did not get a wedding with guest, cake, decorations and all the goodies, but I got over that. I did not need all of that, I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and marriage, and I am sooo thankful for that! Now we have been blessed with 5 years of being together Everyday and every night! Two little girls and I look forward to the future God has in store for us! He has been so Good to us!

We took some pictures of ourselves after we got back home! Thought I would share them here today! They may look unusual, with the background around them, but that is because they were in a scarpbook I started for my husband!

King Ed wanted a picture of me in my dress! It is no telling how old, but I kept it and if it holds up, may keep it for my girls!

My blog and TCH made it to the Top 100 Best Blogs for Christian Homeschoolers!

I recieved an email this morning, letting me know that my blog was featured as one of the top 100 Best Blogs for Christian Homeschoolers! WoW! Then as I was looking over the other blogs, there was The Conservative Homeschooler"! PTL!

I am very surprised that my blog made it there, and very thankful that TCH made it there! A big THANK YOU to the wonderful people who take the time to go over the blogs for Chrsitian Homeschoolers! I hope to go over the list again and find some more blogs to follow and try to keep up with, too!

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 4th Tea Party

Here are some pictures of the Jackson,TN. Tea Party/rally.
There were around 600 there, I would guess. It was a great rally! A lot of petitions to sign, a lot of fired-up people and great speeches!

The rally was in front of the courthouse and it was decorated so pretty!

One of the three booths were everyone signed petitions and a declaration.

About four people sang patriotic songs and about 8 others got up and spoke on different subjects. The man below was an OBGYN (sp?), who did the pro-life speech! It was great!

We handed out about 250 of the "Open Letter to the State Legislators", and left the rest (we took 300 copies) at the petition tables. My husband took the time to explain the "Open Letter" to everyone he gave it to! I am so proud of him! =) =) =)

I just had to take this picture! An elderly gentleman was riding around with his little dog in his lap! The patriotic elders really touch me! I know most of them have served this country and they have seen this country cone so far and have seen it fall over the past 30 years. How sad, that in their later years they have to worry and be concerned about their freedoms and country again!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wednesdays Walk....My brother is 18!

I have been thinking about joining all the ladies at Lynnette's Wednesdays Walk, over on her blog "Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground", and finally, here I go! I have a lot to share, but may not be able to make it every week!
God bless you all!

Wow! It is hard to believe my "little" brother, Drew just turned 18!!!
I found this picture of his 11th birthday (June '02)! Here he is with me sitting beside him and brother, Arthur, in the background!
Like each of my siblings, Drew holds a very special place in my heart.
Drew is the fourth child of 7, he was the secound baby mom had at home and when he was just 2 yrs. old had to spend 10 days in the hospital from a staff infection! Of course it returned, but that time mom treated it naturally and it did not come back! Drew has always had a mouth full of sweet teeth, I have always thought! While mom was pregnant with him, we use to eat ice cream at Braums, every week, on the way home from church. Drew has always liked sweets over everything else!
Since his birthday comes at the end of June, we had a lot of fun times swimming, going to parks and other fun outdoor activities on his birthdays!
Since we do not visit with my family right now, I have not gotten to see Drew in a while. Drew was baptized not long ago, and that was very joyful for me to hear! Drew is a hard worker, loves to ride horses and over the years his "toys" have grown! From the trucks and cars he use to Love to play with, to weed-eaters, lawn mowers & golf carts and now to pick-ups, tracters, chainsaws and sawmills! He is as tall as dad now (dad is 6'2")! And looks so grown up!
I worry about him a lot, but just have to stop and pray for him! He was very troubled in the past, growing up, probably more then us older 3 siblings. I pray that he is more joyful now and that if he is not, God will soon lead him to where He wants him to be and gives him the joy and peace he needs!
I pray we get to see Drew more soon and can have many more joyful times to make memories in the future!
Until then though, I wish my dear brother many blessings and joys everyday and hope he had a Wonderful 18th birthday! I am so proud of him!