Monday, August 31, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/31/15

~ Watching the divers at the Y with T-bug and L-Jo! They thought it was pretty neat to see their flips and dives!
~ Watching T-Tot master swimming the short length of the pool without stopping! She is becoming a little fishie! So is Lil' G! They all are! Im very proud of them <3
~ Being able to do 6 laps! I did 2 when I got there and 4 before I left! Slowly but surely getting stronger!
~ Seeing the pumpkin patch on our way home from the Y. And when I spotted a big one, automatically thinking if it would work well for Cinderella!
~ Working together to make a delicious salad for dinner!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/30/15

~ Laughing with Heidi before service about something nonsensical...shoulder eating butterflies to be precise. We were laughing so hard we couldn't breathe, our stomachs hurt, and our eyes began to water. I love laughter!
~ Singing with the congregation! I havent been able to due to my headaches.
~ Having Dad hug me after service and say he missed hearing my singing voice <3
~ Going over the hills in the countryside and seeing the fields abounding with crops!
~ Rejoicing with L-Jo that Minnie Mouse has been found!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/29/15

~ Being the first to spot the beautiful moonrise!
~ Hearing about my family's adventures at the fair!
~ Being able to do my bible reading on the kindle when my eyes are bothering me!
~ Enjoying a yummy dinner of soup and toasted cheese with bacon ;~)
~ Having adoring kitties take care of me today when I wasnt feeling well! <3 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/28/15

~ T-bug playing a game I usually play with her. She searched for me under my pillows and blankets trying to find me. ;~) It all started when she couldnt see me because my one pillow was in the way lol!
~ Then having her carefully count my fingers....though for some reason my one hand has 8 fingers now! lol!!
~ L-Jo having faith that God will find her missing Minnie Mouse! She said she prayed that God would find it for her.
~ Watching the bats swoop and fly through the night sky!
~ The moon! Its almost full!!! <3

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/27/15

~ Spotting a starling perched in a field of corn!
~ Spotting 2 Black and White Warblers! Their backs looked like Oreos or Cookies N Cream ice cream!! Cute little things!
~ Going swimming at the YMCA this afternoon!
~ Listening to the kids turn the playcube into a movie set! "Scene One, Take One!" keeps being hollered!!
~ Getting a letter, some tea, and a pretty picture in the mail from a friend! Thanks girlie!!! <3

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/26/15

~ Flying to Africa in the Little Tyke's playcube! I love listening to their adventures in flight! Heehee!!!! I think the plane is about to crash though XD
~ Listening to the katydids and crickets sing "When the Saints Go Marching In"! Seriously! Thats the rythm that they are doing! They are so talented that they even have the echo ;~)

~ Finding beautiful patterns and textures in the yarn!

~ L-Jo and T-bug making sure that even Turtlebunny gets to play Bingo!
~ Reading 7 chapters in one of my books for history!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/25/15

~ T-bug overhearing the history lesson and informing Mom that the capital of Delaware is Dover.
~ T-Tot spotting a goldfinch perched among the flowers by the canal trail!
~ Using my "great strength" to help Mom pick Staghorn Sumac for Sumac Jelly!
~ Watching a spider work on his web in the morning sunlight.
~ Discovering a grasshopper as well! Mommy rescued him afterwards :~)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/24/15

~ Listening to L-Jo giggle about her fresh sharpened pencil.
~ Hearing T-bug excitedly tell us about her "buddy date" with L-Jo and T-Tot. Also known as a walk around the block.

~ Going on a buddy date with Lil' G since she was left out last week.
~ Enjoying a picnic in the park, books in the library, and cookies on the park bench with her!
~ Getting our goal of having a truck honk for us!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/23/15

~ Face painting kids at the Church picnic! T-bug wanted to be a teddy bear (so Mom did that) and then later on wanted a bunny on her arm (so I did that)! :~D
~ Lip-syncing & dancing with T-bug on our way to Church!
~ Beginning with my daily Bible reading again after a long hiatus!
~ Psalm 138....verses 3 and 8 in particular!
~ Hearing this quote in the sermon:

God has a purpose in where he has placed you. Be satisfied and productive there, and do what you can to prepare where he may take you. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/22/15

~ Spending the morning rhyming with a friend. The smiles on my part never did end. I suppose y'all find that quite queer, but for me, I fear, there is someone even better than that. My Mommy dear, who can rhyme things at the drop of the hat! Isnt she great? I shall have to accept my fate as second best. And now for the rhyming, I shall give it a rest. ;~)

~ Having the heavy clouds clear off for beautiful blue skies!

~ Enjoying a lovely snack of a tomato and a mushroom! And....playing with the mushroom ;~)

~ Finding a flowering sunflower in the sun!

~ The moon <3 Its just about half full!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/21/15

~ Getting a massage and hugs from T-bug!
~ L-Jo and Mommy going on a buddy date to the YMCA to go swimming!
~ Lil' G feeling better after a good day of rest!
~ T-Tot going on a buddy date with her friend!
~ Being encouraged by the network of prayer warriors!

Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/20/15

~ Meeting friends I have chatted with many a time and never met!
~ Being able to laugh with friends!
~ Safety driving through some nasty rain!
~ Celebrating T-bug's 3rd birthday!!!

~ Spending the day with John before he heads off to Seminary tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/19/15

~ Watching a bumblebee enjoy the goldenrods.
~ Having people around town ask how Im doing.
~ Seeing the skipper butterfly flit about the yard.
~ Watching Lil' G watch an archaeology dig....she is entranced!

~ Homemade peppermint iced tea. <3 

Monday, August 17, 2015

10 Series Homeschoolers Read - A Blogiversary post!

Whoa! 3 years! Ive had my blog for 3 years! Its hard to believe for me! I'm so glad Ive stuck it out this long! Every year, since day one, on my blog-iversary, I post something about homeschooling/homeschoolers!

The very first post on my blog was: 4 Myths About Homeschooling!
The 1st year Anniversary, I posted: 100 Things Homeschoolers Love!
The 2nd year Anniversary I posted: The Homeschooler's "Rap"!

This year, without further ado, we shall discuss 10 Series Homeschoolers read!

1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Homeschoolers love Lord of the Rings! (and of course the Hobbit as well) I read them through for the first time a couple summers ago, and loved them! Ive read through them a couple times since!

2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

You can't have Middle-Earth without Narnia! My Dad read these to me when I was little, and when we were reading "The Silver Chair", I drew a picture of the Marshwiggle, and Jill, and so on, on a sticky note. We kept the picture in the book!

3. The Sugar Creek Gang by Paul Hutchens

I must confess, I haven't read these, but my Dad did to my sisters! They love the Sugar Creek Gang! In fact, they are currently watching on of the Sugar Creek Gang movies they got out from the Church library yesterday. They often pretend to be the Sugar Creek Gang as well. Its always an honor to be Circus!

4. The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

My Mom and I are proud to say that we completed my Dad's collection of the original Hardy Boys  a few years ago! I have read every single one of them, and love them! My sisters just started reading them with Dad. I think they are gonna start the 2nd or 3rd book tonight.

5. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

You can't have the Hardy Boys without Nancy Drew! This is my pitiful collection of Nancy Drew. I must confess I like the Hardy Boys better, even though they were both written by Edward Stratemeyer. I actually read an interesting biography on him a couple years ago. The funniest story I read in it was when his son was old enough to read them, he would borrow the books from his friends and eagerly devour them! One day, his son came into his office, and gasped when he saw the rows of books that his father had written. He didn't know until that point that his father was the author!

6. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

I devoured these as a kid! I loved trying to figure out who did the crime, what happened, and seeing if I was right. I didn't always figure it out, but it sure was lots of fun! I also enjoyed rereading them and seeing if I can remember what happened in the end without peeking at the answers. Encyclopedia Brown was amazing in my opinion!

7. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Ah The Boxcar Children! I loved reading about their adventures with their Grandfather! My Dad read these to my sisters, and they gobbled them up! I especially loved the Schoolhouse Mystery (#10). Of course the first one is the most loved! I remember seeing my friend have them, and being quite intrigued as a kid.

8. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I have read these too many times to count! And of course, the true avid homeschooling readers know that there isn't just the Little House series but there the series about Laura's Great Grandma, Grandma, Mom, and Daughter!

I especially enjoyed the series about her Great Grandmother in Scotland!

9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

My Mom read this to me as a kid, and I fell in love with Anne! I read through the series again last fall or winter. I loved how she adored books like I do! Anne of Green Gables is a classic series that every homeschooler should read if they haven't yet!

10. Sarah, Plain, and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

I read these as a kid, and my Mom read these to my sisters. We love the Sarah, Plain, and Tall series! We also enjoyed the movies that were made based on the first 3 books. When we need a good rainy day movie, we pull them out. They are short books, but they are excellently written! I highly recommend them for a read aloud!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/15/15

~ Finding goofy Christmas hats in my room!

~ Realizing there is only 131 days till Christmas!

~ Seeing my sister's ambitious goal of the world's longest crochet chain!
~ Watching her teach her friends how to crochet a chain.
~ Cooking and freezing food with Mom.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/14/15

~ Getting a much needed day of rest!
~ Video-calling with one of my best friends!
~ Cotton Candy Grapes from Wegmans!

~  Making amazing delicious perfect superb biscuits because I had been dying to have them for a while now and I finally decided to make them because it was the only thing that sound good for breakfast and oh my goodness I love homemade fresh biscuits!
~ Calling it an early night and getting to bed earlierish!

Beautiful Blessings - 8/13/15

~ Listening to the dryer at work...sounds like a hardshoe dance!

~ Blue skies, cornfields, and a cute hat!

~ Catching a sister in the act of reading!

~ Catching another in the act of reading!
~ Visiting with my grandparents for the evening!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/12/15

~ Watching L-Jo meticulously color in a coloring book I had as a kid. 

~ Remembering the teas we went to at the Renaissance Festival.
~ Coming acoss craft supplies I loved to use as a kid.
~ Reshelving all the books in my room....and realizing I have a ton!
~ Vegging with a movie after the end of a busy day.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beautiful Blessings - 8/11/15

~ Finding a misspelled bib I made several years ago. ;~)

~ Finding a knitted clutch I made at one was pretty bad, and I knew it was, but I didnt care because I made the pattern myself lol!

~ Playing Cat's Cradle with Mom <3 

~ Finding the cat mask I made for school once!

~ Coming across the treasure box I made as a kid! <3 I loved this little box <3