Monday, May 24, 2010

Memorial Box Monday

This is my first Memorial Box Monday post.  I LOVE this idea to help remember and celebrate all the ways God shows up in our lives.

This first one I want to share is in the middle of happening right now and I'm standing in faith that God will see our hearts, hear our prayers, and answer in a big way.  In the midst of wanting to adopting again, we have felt the call to downsize our home and simplify our life and allow God to use us where ever He wants us.  I have been getting the house ready to list.  My prayer to God was that if He really wanted us to sell our dream home, that He would bring us a buyer even before we listed it.  Well...I got a call on Thursday from our agent who didn't know this prayer.  She said she just had to ask me if I would be willing to show our house before we listed it.  She has someone (another agent's dad) that wants a big house and land and has money and is moving back to town!! Of course I said yes.  He is suppose to be coming tomorrow to look at it!  To tie into this, my dh has been hunting in Bolivia for the past week.  When I told dh who the other agent was he laughed and said I wouldn't believe who he was hunting with this past week--the other agent's boyfriend!  DH and the boyfriend did not know each other before this trip...  Doesn't God have a wonderful sense of humor?  So... we don't know if this will be the one, but so far it fits my prayer!  I'll keep you updated.  I'd love some suggestions on what to use in our memorial box (which I am hoping and praying to win from Linny!) WHEN this happens.  

When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, "Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight." So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever." So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.
Joshua 4: 1-9

Monday, May 17, 2010

2010-2011 school year Term 1

I am known for last minute lesson planning...Sunday night would inevitable find me stressing and staying up late, because ---if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I was determined that I was going to be prepared for this year.  I had been gathering books and supplies and had an ideas in my head.  Then I ran across some plans that another Charlotte Mason homeschool mom had done and I loved it!  It was concise and yet thorough.  I decided to give it a try.  So here's what I came up with for our first 6 weeks.   If it works, the following 6 weeks will be easy since I already have the subjects and books entered.  I realize it looks like a lot, but only the subjects up until the large gap are our daily work.  The things after the large gap, are only done one time per week and I spaced them out according to difficulty and length of time.  I also color coded it--Connor is green and Jacob is red.  I'm still working on the girls' plans.  Shaoey is begging to start school.  

Week 1           May 31-June 4
Week 2    June 7-11
Week 3    June 14-18
Week 4    June 21-25
Week 5      June 28-July 2
Week 6     July 5-9
Bible & Devotions                       Streams in the Desert        Daily
One chapter and corresponding devotion
One chapter and corresponding devotion
One chapter and corresponding devotion
One chapter and corresponding devotion
One chapter and corresponding devotion
One chapter and corresponding devotion
Scripture Memory             Daily
SCM Scripture Memory System
SCM Scripture Memory System
SCM Scripture Memory System
SCM Scripture Memory System
SCM Scripture Memory System
SCM Scripture Memory System
History:                             Middle Age, Renaissance, Reformation, & Epistles                  Daily
Lesson 34-38 
Lesson 39-43  The
Lesson 44-48 
Lesson 49-53
Lesson 54-60
Lesson 61-63
Bible Study for Connor                           Spiritual Leadership:  A Bible-based Study for Young Men                  1 lesson/week
Lesson 1:       It is a man’s job to lead.
Lesson 2:  Start Training NOW!
Lesson 3:    Die to Self
Lesson 4:  Learn to Submit
Lesson 5:  Yield your heart
Lesson 6:  Heed Godly Instruction
Twelve Bright Trumpets: Lesson 1
Twelve Bright Trumpets: Lesson 2
Twelve Bright Trumpets: Lesson 3
Twelve Bright Trumpets: Lesson 4
Twelve Bright Trumpets: Lesson 5
Twelve Bright Trumpets: Lesson 6
Connor’s Math                                          Saxon 8/7                                    Daily (2 days/lesson)
L. 38, 39, 40
L. 40, 41, 42
L. 43, 44, 45
L. 45, 46, 47
L. 48, 49, 50
L. 50, 51, 52
Connor’s History Reading                  Daily
Men of Iron     Chs. 1-9 (2/day)
Men of Iron       Chs. 10-18 (2/day)
Men of Iron    Chs. 19-23 
Men of Iron      Chs. 24-30
Men of Iron     Chs. 31-33 
The Magna Charta Prologue & Castles and Cathedrals
Spelling/Dictation                      Spelling Wisdom 2                         M/W/F
Ex. 14, 15, 16
Ex. 17, 18, 19
Ex. 20, 21, 22
Ex. 23, 24, 25
Ex. 26, 27, 28
Ex. 29, 30, 31
Bible Study for Jacob  Increasing in Wisdom  Daily
Week 1         One page/day 
Week 2     One page/day
Week 3     One page/day
Week 4      One page/day
Week 5      One page/day
Week 6         One page/day
Jacob’s Math                                           Saxon 6/5                                  Daily (2 days/lesson)
L. 1, 2, 3
L. 3, 4, 5
L. 6, 7, 8
L. 8, 9, 10
L. 11, 12, 13
L. 13, 14, 15
Jacob’s History Reading                  Daily
The Vikings Ch. 11 Adam of the Road Chs. 1-2
Adam of the Road Chs. 3-6
Adam of the Road Chs. 7-10
Adam of the Road Chs. 11-14
Adam of the Road Chs. 15-16
Adam of the Road    Chs. 17-18
Spelling/Dictation                      Spelling Wisdom 1                         M/W/F
Ex. 18, 19, 20
Ex. 21, 22, 23
Ex. 24, 25, 26
Ex. 27, 28, 29
Ex. 30, 31, 32
Ex. 33, 34, 35
Language                    Analytical Grammar                   Daily for 11  weeks
Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4 
Unit 5
Unit 6

Latin                                          Latina Christiana  Monday
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lessson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Artist                 Monday
MichaelangeloThe Last Judgement
Michaelangelo Cruxifiction of St. Peter
Michaelangelo Conversion of St. Paul
Michaelangelo San Pietro Bascilica
Michaelangelo Pieta
Michaelangelo Doni tondo
The Book of Virtures for Young People  Tuesday
The Bell of Atri p. 91
The Bridge Builder p. 96
The Charge of the Light Brigade p. 97
The Chest of Broken Glass    p. 99
The Devoted Son and the Thief p. 101
The Sword of Damocles     p. 104
Story Starters  Tuesday/Thursday
rough draft final draft
rough draft final draft
rough draft final draft
rough draft final draft
rough draft final draft
rough draft final draft
Logic                                         Fallacy Detectives  Wednesday
Ch. 1 Introduction
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Missionary Stories with the Millers  Wednesday
Ch. 17  John David Troyer
Ch. 18 Bob Pierce & Bob Findley
Ch. 19 Dr. Elias Riggs
Ch. 20 Amy Carmichael
Ch. 21 Robert Evans
Ch. 22 Mennonite Disaster Service
Composer       Thursday
Art                            God &                        the History of Art               Thursday
Lesson 1
Introduction pgs. 1-4
Lesson 2 & 3
Lesson 4 & 5
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Poetry                          Favorite Poems Old and New              Friday

Hymn For A Kid’s Heart                     Friday
Holy, Holy, Holy!
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
This is My Father’s World
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
How Firm a Foundation
Amazing Grace
Nature Study                            Friday

Saturday, May 15, 2010

School's out and other things

Introducing our newest member of the family:

Oh my, my little boy isn't so little anymore...  Takes a picture like this to really open your eyes.  He's growing into such a handsome young man, just like his daddy.  

Grace has learned how to sing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes--over and over and over!  

We have been spending A LOT of time at the river lately.  Kind of giving it a trial run.  God has been tugging at our hearts to downsize our house and free ourselves from attachments to our stuff.   If it happens, there's a good chance we will live in BLR for a while...not exactly roughing it!  LOL  The kids seem to have a great time out there.  Much less house to take care of.  We find ourselves having tons more fun--singing, dancing, playing games, playing outside... We are having so much fun as a family, just take a look at these pictures!

These 2 sisters are a hoot!  They are so full of giggles and hugs!

Ms. Flexible

Mud fight!!!

My man picked blackberries for me.  I made my very first blackberry cobbler.  It was a HIT! 

And this face just brings Joy to my heart... Don't you think she'll fit right in with our family?  I do!

And what post would be complete without a sleeping girl?

Thanks for checking in.  Our 2009-2010 school year is over and I'm busy planning for our next year.  We're taking off a few weeks and then we'll start.  We school year round, but take more frequent breaks. I'll be posting an end of year wrap up and this years schedule soon.  

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fundraiser for SFCV

Roger and Shane
(update--Roger passed away on Tuesday...)

Shane and Roger are 2 precious little boys that are new to SFCV.  They both have VSD, which is a heart defect, and pulmonary hypertension.  They need surgery to help them live.  Their little hearts and lungs are being overworked and if they don't have surgery soon, the damage will be irreparable, possibly fatal.  SFCV, a special needs orphanage, is running low on  medical funds as they have care for many children that need medical attention.   SFCV needs $15,000 to have both of these surgeries done.   These children don't have parents to take care of them when they are sick,

God calls us to care for His children--
**Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27
**I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.  Matthew 25:40

Please join me in changing these children's lives.  We CAN make a difference.  

Check out the beautiful things I am selling.  If you see something you'd like, email me at and I'll pull it for you and we can make delivery arrangements.   I am also happy to ship items if you live out of town (or state!).  

Picture 1:
Jade bracelets
Green jade $15
Yellow (faux) jade $5

Picture 2:  Mirrors $10
(#1 is sold)

Picture 3: Mirrors $10
(#1 & 2 are sold)

Picture 4: small woven purses $8
(top row #2 & 3 are sold)

               Picture 5:  Medium woven purses $12
(top right and bottom left are sold)

Picture 6: Coin Purses $5  (SOLD OUT)

Picture 7:  Silk Purses $15

Picture 8:  Silk Purses $15

Picture 9:  Silk Purses $15
 (the one on the left is SOLD)

Picture 10:  Adjustable bracelets $10

Picture 11:  Adjustable bracelets $10

Picture 12:  Adjustable bracelets $10

Picture 13:  Adjustable bracelets $10

Picture 14:  chunky necklaces (adjustable) $20

Picture 15:  Jade adjustable necklaces $15

Picture 16: Jade Cross necklaces $15

Picture 17:  Yellow box $40 (SOLD)

Picture 18:  Red box  $40
(my favorite!)

Picture 19:  Green box $30 (SOLD)

Picture 20:  Ivory colored box $25

Picture 21:  Black box $25

Silk Scarves $20
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Thank you so much for shopping to benefit the children of SFCV!