Sunday, August 31, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

It's Time To Fall Back.......



Or should I say, it's getting close to that time!  It feels like 100 degrees here today, so it's a little difficult to think that Fall is right around the corner.  But, it really is. 


So, in honor of Fall and the thoughts of a new school year,  HsKubes is having a great giveaway.  Her blog is very soothing and gentle, with or without a giveaway.  You should definitely check it out!






Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My First Ever Blog Awards!!

Sheri nominated me for both of these awards. Thanks, Sheri!! Now, I hope I do this correctly....


The rules for this one:

1.)Link back to the person who gave you the award
2.) Include the award on your blog
3.) Pass it on to 7 worthy bloggers (with links to their blogs on yours)
4.) notify those you nominated


The rules for this one:
1. The recipient must link back to the awards creator (it's right on the award)
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
3. You must choose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself.
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award (see below.)
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.

Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times--we are all human).
2. Must love one another.
3. Must make mistakes.
4. Must learn from others.
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
6. Must love life.
7. Must love kids.

Here are my nominees for both....

Gina at Gina's Public Diary, Leslie at Joyful Mother of Six, Christy at Training Hearts at Home, Amanda at The Towne House , and Ginger at The Honeycomb.

I keep tabs on these women usually every day (sometimes more than once!). They motivate me, inspire me, make me laugh, make me cry, make me laugh until I cry, touch me, cause me to stop, think, praise, rejoice....

Thank you all for telling your life stories!

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, August 25, 2008

First Day Of School....Part 2...With Extras

About 2 and a half weeks ago, my 10 year old and my 7 year old went off to school. Not such a big deal, I guess...

BUT, this was the first time...ever. All of my kids have been homeschooled since 1998. My oldest went to kindergarten and first grade. She came home for second grade and we've sort of been camped out here at home since then. Until now, that is.

Both boys are doing well in school, but I think the shine is wearing off a bit. The 10 year old wanted me to just 'go back home' this morning. That makes me sad. But, I know he really is enjoying the day because he is happy and talkative after school.

Anyway, my oldest two kids are still at home and yesterday was their first day of school. It was quiet and easy for them to concentrate all day....a first. We had a very good day and look forward to many more.

So, things are going well for us in the area of school. However, I am a bit torn. I prefer our old way of doing things. But I'm trying my best to keep it under my hat. Not easy for me to do!

My little one also started OT therapy today. He will be going to a rehab center for three hours of therapy a week. OT for one hour, S/LT for one hour and a combined OT/ST/feeding therapy for one hour. I am so happy that this is finally happening! He truly needs this therapy. The downside....each therapy is on a different day and the rehab center is an hour from home. They are trying to help us by getting all three therapies back to back, but their schedules are so packed with other little kids. Amazing how many little kids are in need of these therapies....

Now I'm really wondering how I am going to fit LPN school and studying to all this?!?! More on this subject later....

Saturday, August 16, 2008


I got this from my friend, Gina's blog.

I don't think I've ever done one of these, mainly because I have only a handful of readers.

There can be only a one word answer for each question, but I talk too much so I'm throwing that rule outha window!! :o)

Sport: Football (Dallas Cowboys!)
Game: Not much into games
Color: Green
Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Broadway play I have seen: None
Broadway Musical I have seen: None
Song: Really tough-too many to choose. I'm pretty extreme. Anything from Christian like Third Day, News Boys, Nicole Mullen, etc. to Nickleback, etc.
American city I have visited: San Diego, CA
Foreign city I have visited: Tijuana, Mexico (does this count??)
Book: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Children’s Book: The Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews
Classic television show: I Love Lucy
Recent television show: Grey's Anatomy (although I wish it were cleaner)
Actor: Robert Downey, Jr., Owen Wilson, Will Smith
Actress: Jodie Foster
Perfume: Ck One by Calvin Klein
Food: Anything Mexican
Dessert: Chocolate cheesecake
Chain Restaurant: Olive Garden
Local Restaurant: The Cottage
Car: Ford Mustang convertable or PT Cruiser, but settle for my Town And Country Van!
Condiment: Salsa
Kitchen Appliance: Griddle
Home Appliance: Washer & Dryer; DVD player
Beauty Product: Lipgloss and Eyeliner
Piece of clothing: Flip flops!
HGTV Show: Designed To Sell
Food Network show: Anything with Bobby Flay
Author: Ted Dekker, Angela Hunt, so many!
Male Songwriter: Mac Powell
Female Songwriter: none in particular
Holiday: Thanksgiving
Ballet I have seen: Not much of a fan
Disney character: Classic Disney-Mickey Mouse; New Disney-Lightning McQueen
Flower: Daisy
Alcoholic drink: Not into alcohol
Non-Alcoholic drink: Sweet tea, Coke Zero and on a good day-Mint Choc Chip Frap from Starbucks!
Magazine: Good Housekeeping
Animated movie: Ratatouille
Television network miniseries: The Thorn Birds (That was a good one, Gina!)
Season: I like something about all of them
Male vocalist: Mac Powell (Third Day) among others
Female vocalist: I just don't know-I guess I don't really listen to many female bands
Day of the week: Tuesday
Household Chore: Laundry (too easy with machines!)
Ice Cream: Rocky Road or Peanut Butter Fudge
Candy: Milky Way
Artist: No way I can pick a favorite: Monet and Van Gogh, I guess. Starry Night is my favorite painting.

Updating my look...

Just playing around with my template and colors a little bit. I never get enough time to do this!

I think I've decided to combine my homeschool blog with this one. I'm not exactly sure how to move posts, though.

I'd love to have a custom blog template. *hint, hint* But better than that, I'd love to figure out how to do it myself.

With so many changes in our lives, it just makes more sense to have one blog for everything.

I hope to blog about everyday life, public elementary school experiences, homeschooling high school, life with a child with complex CHD, and special education/therapies/biomeds for preschool developmental delays/autism.

Starting in late October, I'll either be adding about my experiences in nursing school or I'll be sitting in a corner somewhere staring out into space-not sure which!

Stay tuned....

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A New Year With Many Changes...


This summer has flown past.  It really is true that the older you get, the faster time goes!


This new year comes with several new commitments and some big changes.


We have been homeschooling since 1998.  We started when our oldest daughter entered the second grade.  We lived in Mississippi at the time.  We have fond memories of those early years-just the two of us, my only daughter and I-living and learning together.  Of course, the boys were in the background.  Never a dull moment.


After we moved to Tennessee, it just felt natural to continue schooling at home. 


We added another student to the mix.  Despite having a speech/language delay, he was a good little student, learning to read was fun for him and exciting for me. 


When it was time to add  the next student, he threw a kink into our plans.  He wanted to go to school.  He begged and expected to go to school!  So, he did.  He went to Kindergarten and even though he was sick for much of the first semester, he managed to do very well.   He came home to school for first grade.


When it was time to add the next student, I paused.  He wasn't ready.  I knew it in my heart that he was still too much of a baby for school-at home or away.  You see, he was the baby.  Or so we thought...for nearly five years!  The decision was made to move forward with Kindergarten at home.  We knew we could move at his pace and even repeat it, if necessary.


And then the baby came along.  The REAL baby.   He came in like an unexpected storm, a surprise, with his medical issues and now probable Autism diagnosis.  He changed us in more ways than you could ever imagine:  our faith, our trust, our sense of family, our strength, our joy.  And just as big as all that, he changed the way we lived and schooled.  


So, after a very difficult two years, we felt God urging us to grow and change once again.  Change is hard, though.  I fought this change for eight months.  Last month, I embraced it.  HIS will commanded it and I found the courage to follow.  


My middle boys are now in school.  I have peace.  I know they will be fine.     It has been just one week, but the routine has been set in place.  Both boys seem to enjoy it, although it does take a lot of hours away from home.  Our house feels quiet and empty during the day...and clean.    (Yes, even with the rambunctous two-year-old!)


If that isn't enough change...

 I applied and have been accepted into a local LPN night/evening program.  There are still a few details I have to work through, like money (!) before I can say I'm a part-time student.  We'll see.


See, lots and lots of changes!


Together, my husband and I will run our home business, provide time for my possible schooling, school our older two kids, manage our middle two and their schooling outside our home, and deal with the little one's many therapies, doctor appointments and upcoming surgeries.

It seems like a lot, but we have the Lord and each other.  We're a team and a family. 


  18 "Forget the former things;
       do not dwell on the past.

 19 See, I am doing a new thing!
       Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
       I am making a way in the desert
       and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19




Monday, August 4, 2008

Starbucks/Birthday Funny!

Yesterday was my birthday. My husband was out and about and decided to bring me a treat from Starbucks.

I LOVE Starbucks, but rarely spend the money on it. It's just so expensive.

Anyway, I was asked what my favorite item from Starbucks would be. I, without hesitation, exclaimed that I would love a grande mint chocolate chip frappaccino. With a look of confusion, he went on to place the order.

When he handed me my special birthday grande mint choc chip frappaccino, he commented that it would be easier if Starbucks would use English on their menu.

So, I'm like, "Thank you for the large mint chocolate chip coffee milkshake, Sweetie." LOL

Saturday, August 2, 2008

More pictures....

These were taken at Pizza Hut on the way home from our camping trip. Some of the pics are not great quality because of a very dirty lens.

This is the little guy. He was left out of the last post.

And this is what the kids call Daddy's mean look. (LOL)

These are pictures taken at Sugar Loaf Mountain. My oldest and her dad were the only ones interested and willing to make the climb. It was hot and well, hard! (I did it about 20 years ago, if that counts.)

Going up.....

A view on the way...

They made it!

Going back down....

Friday, August 1, 2008

Camping Trip!

We haven't been camping since 1998! It was a favorite past time when we were young marrieds and when we only had a couple of kids. Last week, after a spur-of-the-moment decision, we were off on a three day trip.

We went to Greer's Ferry Lake in Arkansas. It was hot, but not unbearable. It was nice. And ALL the kids enjoyed it.

We will definitely be doing this again!

This was a favorite activity:

This was taken from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain:

This is a shot (not very clear and from a distance) of the 10 yr old in the water and the 7 yr old sitting on the rocks:

This is a "myspace" picture of my two oldest. He is 13 and she is 17. All of his pictures look like this-he hates having his picture made. (He gets that from me....)

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