Friday, March 31, 2017

Zip It by Karen Ehman



Oh boy! Do I have a problem with keeping my mouth closed. I have gotten myself into trouble many times by speaking before I think. There are consequences to every word we speak. Some of the consequences are good and some are bad. The bad ones can ruin relationships and hurt others.

Karen Ehman has written a new book called Zip It (a 40-day challenge devotional) that goes along with her book Keep It Shut. You can guess what this book is about...haha.

In Zip It, Ehman goes deeper into Scripture. She gives Biblical examples of taming the tongue and what the tongue is capable of. The words we speak each day can speak life or death to others. The Bible speaks so much about our mouths and words. This devotional gives you the tools and Bible verses you need to begin speaking life-giving words to others and yourself.

This book challenges you to use your words with godly purpose and for His glory. We will learn how to use our words to build up, to bless, to praise, to encourage, to lift up. God gave us His holy word as a guide for this life. When we use the Bible as a guide, we learn what is pleasing to God and what isn't.

I encourage you to read Zip It. It truly was a blessing and challenged me to keep quiet at times and think about my words. Sometimes not saying anything is the best thing. But, we do need to talk to others with kindness and love. Speaking the truth in love to others.

I felt a sense of peace as I read through this devotional. God's presence gives me such joy and I want others to know that Jesus is the Ruler of my heart. When I hurt others with my words it doesn't look like that at all. I pray that God gives me words to speak to others the way He would want me to.

*Many thanks to BookLookBloggers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*



Thursday, March 30, 2017

And The Winner Is.....




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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ready, Set....Convention! (And a Giveaway!)


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It is my favorite time of the year again! Homeschool convention season! It always makes me happy when I know their is a convention on the horizon. The convention refills my soul for the coming year. It gives me hope after a long school year. It revives my spirit after a long winter. There are so many amazing things about the HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia) Convention. But, it can seem like a huge mountain for a first-timer. I am here to help!
 
I have personally invited quite a few newbies this year. Some have been homeschooling for many years but never attended a convention. Some are just thinking about homeschooling in the future. Some are pulling their kids out of public school and have no idea where to begin this new journey. Since I have been going to the HEAV Convention for a few years now, I feel like I have a good grasp of how to navigate it without feeling overwhelmed. There are always new things to learn though and I am open to anything God has in store for me.
 
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The theme this year is "Building a strong foundation". Homeschooling is kind of like building a house. You must first have a solid and strong foundation. Otherwise, the whole thing comes crumbling down.
 
The convention lasts for three days. Thursday through Saturday (June 8-10, 2017). Each day brings different events and speakers. Upon completing registration at the convention, you will be given a schedule. It is very detailed and easy to use. There is also a map included for easy directions to each workshop or event.
 
On Thursday, there are free (that's right, FREE) classes for beginning homeschooling. You will learn the laws in Virginia for homeschooling as well as what, exactly, homeschooling really is. Visit THIS link for more information on these classes.
 
Friday and Saturday bring Keynote Speakers who each discuss different topics of interest to homeschoolers. These will be noted in your schedule. They are highly popular so get to the workshops early for seating. Throughout each day there are dozens of workshops to attend. They range from parenting to math curriculum issues to reading comprehension sessions and everything in between. There are even sessions for women-only and men-only.
 
For children, there are exhibits that have hands-on experiments, dissection labs, the children's program, photography lessons, and so much more. Some of these may cost extra but they are worth it.
 
On Friday and Saturday the Used Curriculum Sale will be held as well. Check your packet that you receive at check-in to see what time you are allowed to enter. They stagger the entry so that it isn't too crowded and people have enough time to really look around. On Saturday there is usually a time when things go on sale in the Used Curriculum Sale. You will have to check the schedule to find out more information on that.
 
On all three days, the exhibit hall will be open. This is my most favorite thing about the convention. You get to meet the people who make and/or sell the curriculum. You can talk to them about your child's specific needs and really get to know how each program works. You can pick the books up and look through them or try out a software program in-person. Having the ability to actually see what you are going to buy is amazing. I have enjoyed this part so much. You see the passion in each company. It's not pushy at all but very informative and helpful.
 
Since I blog for the HEAV Convention, I get to meet these people ahead of time. They are truly a blessing. The vendors work very hard to give you the best products possible. Most of the companies are family-owned and operated. They love what they do and want you to get the best out of their products. Try walking up to the vendors and really asking questions. They are glad to do so and you will learn so much more about each item than you thought.
 
 
 
No matter if this is your first or fifteenth time coming to the HEAV Convention, just remember to have fun, meet new people, and ask questions. There are many helpful and friendly faces all around. Everyone is eager and ready to help you in any way you may need.
 
Don't forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live coverage of the convention. I will be posting any freebies from vendors that I hear about and will have lots of information that may be helpful.
 
Now, on to the good stuff! I am giving away one Family Registration to the HEAV Convention (valued at $79). That's right! All you have to do is enter below on the Rafflecopter and wait to hear back from me if your name is chosen. The Family Registration will get you in to the convention for all three days (it does not include any extras you may want to add-on). This is very exciting and I hope you enter for your chance to win!
 
 


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Laura Story Open Hands CD Review




I mainly listen to Christian music. I have my favorites but Laura Story is always on my list. She has put some amazing worship songs and music out in recent years. Her newest CD, Open Hands, is truly amazing. Her voice is so sweet and I enjoy just sitting and sewing or doing a puzzle while listening to Laura Story sing.

As I was listening to this particular album, I heard a theme going on: God's love is enough and His mercy never fails. Laura is not only a musician but also a worship leader. Her way of singing to her audience is very worship leader style. She engages with the audience and gets them wanting to sing along.

The songs included on Open Hands are:

  1. Death Was Arrested
  2. Open Hands
  3. You Came Running
  4. Give You Faith
  5. For The Love Of My King
  6. Awake My Soul (A 1000 Tongues)
  7. Whisper
  8. Every Word You Breathe
  9. Majesty
  10. Extraordinary
  11. Grace Abounds
My three favorite songs are Give You Faith, For The Love Of My King, and Every Word You Breathe. Give You Faith is Laura singing to her children about the one thing she would give them that is above all else: faith. Faith, hope, and love are the most important things to instill in children.

For The Love Of My King sounded very hymn-like. It made me feel a little old-fashioned, in a good way. I loved the melodies and the slower pace of the words and music. Jesus is the King. He is deserving of all of our attention and love. In this song, we sing of Jesus' sacrifice and the glory of heaven.

Every Word You Breathe is about giving hope when you are down. It's about trusting God no matter what and clinging to Him. Through trials and distractions, God is with us and His word tells us so.

Open Hands, which the album is named for, is about always being able to be used by God for His glory. When we are fearful and unwilling to let God use us, we are not doing God's will. He wants to use us and fill us and be there for us. He can't do any of those things when we have closed fists.

I love this new album from Laura Story. If you are a fan of hers, you will truly enjoy Open Hands as well.

Buy Link: http://smarturl.it/OpenHandsiTunes


Web and Social Links:
http://laurastorymusic.com/
https://twitter.com/laurastorymusic
https://www.facebook.com/laurastory
https://www.instagram.com/laurastorymusic/

Video links:
Open Hands (Official Lyric Video) - https://youtu.be/AABE--YR1No
Open Hands (Song Devotional) - https://youtu.be/NWWiyFlXdi0

 *Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing me with a copy of this CD in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Kindness Challenge (Shaunti Feldhahn)


Being kind can go a long way in any relationship. The Bible talks a lot about kindness and even calls it one of the fruits of the spirit. Shaunti Feldhahn's newest book, The Kindness Challenge, gives you the tools needed to be kinder to even the most difficult person in your life. It is a thirty day challenge that takes you a journey to transform the world through kindness.

 Feldhahn calls kindness a "superpower". She says it can change any relationship and make your life less complicated and a lot healthier. She takes you step-by-step on how to be kind to others and gives plenty of examples of ways to show kindness to anyone.

The author starts by telling you why kindness matters and why it's important to every relationship. Kindness does make a difference and people see whether or not you are kind by the way you interact with others and the words you use. Even a little kindness makes a huge difference.

The next step is to put your newfound kindness to action. Thirty days to a "Kinder You". That's it. Just thirty short days of being kind to others through words, actions, and deeds. The author helps you by listing things that you should do or get rid of during this time of kindness. There are many negative things that we say and do on a regular basis that seem so small but have a big impact. She gives examples of these and how to have better habits of kindness.

Then comes the actual act of being kind to others. She has you choose a person: your husband, wife, friend, co-worker. This person is the focus of your kindness challenge for the next thirty days. She has a guideline for each of the days on what to do that is kind or what to avoid that may be unkind. She coaches you through this journey of being kinder to others.

This book is written through a Christian perspective so God is sprinkled throughout the pages. His kindness to us is truly amazing and unforgettable. His example is how we should be living every day. No matter if you have difficult relationships with everyone around you, YOU can be the change toward a better bond and connection.

For more on The Kindness Challenge visit: http://www.jointhekindnesschallenge.com/

*Many thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Friday, March 10, 2017

Attending the HEAV Convention With Children



My favorite time of year is approaching: Homeschool Convention Season. I prepare all year long for this one weekend (although there are many conventions, I only attend this one). The HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia) is one of the largest conventions in the US. It is faith-based but has a lot more than just religion to offer (although that is one of my favorite aspects).

The whole convention is very family-friendly. Obviously, us homeschoolers have lots of kids and have to bring them everywhere we go. But, no matter what your family size may be, you and your children are welcome and encouraged to participate in the many learning sessions and exhibits.



While the sessions may seem daunting to a family with lots of "littles", they are easy to figure out. There are a few guidelines to attending the sessions with little ones in tow. Bring things for your child to do to keep them busy and quiet. I have seen everything from board books to coloring books to iPads with earphones. Whatever floats your boat and is right for your family. Just make sure it is a quiet activity as each session is being recorded. If you must leave a session because of a fussy baby or inquisitive toddler, ask the session moderator for a ticket to get a free mp3 of the session to listen to later.

Children ages five to twelve can attend the Children's Program for $20 per day. This program runs on Friday and Saturday during the convention and has convenient hours to drop off and pick up. This program is truly amazing. The theme this year is "Jesus is Stronger". They will learn about Jesus through storytelling, crafts, and special guests (Happy Jumpy and her sidekicks). Children will be encouraged in their faith and learn new songs, Bible verses, and games. It is a blessing to all who have attended in past years.

If you have older children (or children who want to stay with you), there are many opportunities to learn and have fun. The HEAV offers a variety of different labs, tournaments, and competitions for children. This year there will be a dissection lab, chess championship, photography opportunities, music competition, or teens can volunteer to work the Children's Program. They also offer another option for teens, the Young Entrepreneurs. This is in the exhibit hall and the teens offer a product that they have made by themselves to sell.

Older children can also volunteer at the HEAV to help in certain areas. One area that teens usually like is the Used Curriculum Sale. They can help organize the items, put things back in there proper place, check out customers, or bag the items. I love seeing the older children in there helping. They seem to enjoy it very much (at least from what I have witnessed with their smiling faces).

Even just walking around in the Exhibit Hall will give you many hands-on experiences. There are little shops set up just for kids. There a robotics expo, a musical instrument "petting zoo", and a marine touch tank by Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Children will have a blast at the hands-on science booth by Sciexperience. That one is probably the most exciting for my kids.

If you are hesitant about bringing your children to the HEAV Convention, I urge you to go ahead and come. Children are the whole reason we have a convention in the first place. Our children are very important to us and that's why we have chosen to homeschool them. Come and be encouraged and inspired by the thousands of other homeschooling families. It is such a blessing.

*Please come back and visit my blog on the week of March 22nd. I will be having a GIVEAWAY for a family registration to the HEAV (June 8, 9, and 10 at the Richmond Convention Center).*



Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday- 3/6/17


Hello March! Time is flying by this year. Wow!


The weather:::
It is a little chilly today but it's supposed to warm up by the weekend. Yipee!

On my reading pile:::
I have been reading my Bible a lot lately. Also reading some Amish fiction. Those kinds of books are my favorite.

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::

We watched Jurassic Park parts one and two. Those are so good.

On the menu for this week:::

Monday- homemade chicken noodle soup with crusty bread
Tuesday- leftovers
Wednesday- my little guy's 4th birthday so we are eating out
Thursday- Penne noodles with creamy sauce and sautéed chicken
Friday- leftovers
Saturday- grocery shopping day

On my to do list:::
Homeschooling
Laundry
Household chores
Menu planning for the next 2 weeks
Writing extra blog posts for when I have surgery

Looking forward to:::
Chicken noodle soup tonight! It is my favorite and I even bought some real Amish noodles to go with it.

Looking around the house:::

There is birthday party paraphernalia all over the house. A plate of uneaten French toast is sitting on the dining room table from lunch (my little guy!). It is not too bad but definitely needs some tidying.

From the camera:::
This is my little guy painting at our homeschool group.
 
 

What I'm wearing today:::
Black yoga pants and a gray and black hoodie. Just seemed appropriate for a Monday.

One of my simple pleasures:::
The smell of cinnamon. I could just sit and smell cinnamon all day long. It relaxes me so much and makes me feel safe and loved.

Bible verse, Devotional::: 
I leave you with another song today:

"They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know You're able and I know You can
Save through
I know You're able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You'd just say the word
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone..."
 
-Mercy Me Even If
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday- 2/27/2017

How can it already be the last Monday in February? Seriously! Time is flying by so quickly. Next week my youngest son will be 4! I feel like he is still a baby. Oh, I have been reminiscing lastly. Why can't they stay little for a little longer? Oh well. I am glad to have another week to be with my family and to praise God for every breath I am given.


The weather:::

It has been beautiful for the past month. There have only been a few cold days. Today is around 65 degrees. The rest of the week looks like more of the same with a dip into the 50's. I am loving it because my kids can play outside...a lot.

On my reading pile:::

Zip It by Karen Ehman (it is a 40-day challenge on keeping your mouth shut)

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::

We are loving Chef's Table on Netflix. We just started a new series called Frontier. Oh, and over the weekend we watched Caddy Shack...just because. LOL! I have not had much time to watch TV for fun lately unless my kids are in bed and by then I am exhausted.

On the menu for this week:::

Monday- burgers for all the guys and mama is going out to eat Mexican food with a few friends
Tuesday- Taco soup in the slow cooker with cornbread
Wednesday- Leftovers
Thursday- Breakfast for dinner (eggs, toast, bacon)
Friday- Cheeseburger macaroni with Rotel
Saturday- Pizza (we are having my little guys bday party that day)
Sunday- Chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker

On my to do list:::

Homeschooling
Clean the house for the bday party on Saturday
Blog
Laundry
Write a few letters

Looking forward to:::

Little man's birthday party this weekend. I can't believe it. Lots of family and friends will gather to celebrate his life. He is such a sweetie pie most of the time.

Looking around the house:::

It is a bit of a mess right now. I was so sick over the weekend with a terrible migraine that I didn't have time to even move. It will be cleaned this week though.

From the camera:::


What I'm wearing today:::

A new pair of leggings (went to a LulaRoe party last night). They are light blue and cream colored. Also, a pink shirt with a Bible verse on it and a long sweater.

One of my simple pleasures:::

Sunday afternoon naps. It is rare but I love them.

Bible verse, Devotional::: 
A song has been on my mind lately:
"If your eyes are on the storm You'll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You'll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you'll understand
I'm painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands..."
-Casting Crowns (Just Be Held)


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Words Hurt...But they don't have to



We have all been the victim of nasty words from someone else. We have also all been the one to use nasty words toward someone else. Either way, words hurt. The Bible speaks many times about words and the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." You can either speak life giving words or words that cause "death".

This whole blog post came from a recent encounter I had with someone. This person seems very nice and sweet. I have probably spoken to the person twice in a few years. Always cordial greetings of "how are you?" "you look nice"...etc. This person decided to personally attack me on a social media platform.

Admittedly, I cried. I was devastated that someone who barely knew me could think so little of me. I was hurt that they chose to publicly humiliate me instead of coming directly to me and asking me about the subject of their complaint. My husband was even angrier than I was. He is a protector. I love that about him.

I spent the day after this situation happened in prayer and reading my Bible. God put it on my heart to pray for this person. Pray that they would see the hurt they caused and to repent. I also prayed that I would truly forgive them in my heart. It is easier said than done.

God answered my prayer and that person apologized. I accepted the apology. I pray that there was true repentance but I am not the judge of that. I immediately got on my knees and praised God for His unfailing love. I thanked Him for giving me peace about the whole situation.

The bottom line is: words DO hurt others. We don't know what someone else is going through. Even if we do know, we should still guard our tongues. We should speak life of others and to others. This person may not be aware that I am going through a VERY difficult time in my life. I am about to have major surgery that is very dangerous and I am scared. I know God is taking me through this but I am still having difficulty with the actual surgery.

In Matthew 15:18, we learn that "..what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart..." Sometimes, the words others speak to us is a reflection of their own hearts. If they are going through a hard time they may choose to take it out on you (or anyone who comes across their path at the wrong time). If we start to think about hurtful situations in this way, it will help us to better understand others as well.

Proverbs 15:1 also tells us that "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." My understanding of this is, even if others throw darts your way with their words, do not get angry. I say this because Matthew 12:37 also tells us "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Yikes! That scares me a little. We will be condemned for our words. That makes me really want to watch every word I ever say.

My final thoughts on this are this: always be kind to one another. Always show the love of Christ. Be a witness to others by the words you speak. In Psalm 19:14 we read "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Before you say anything, think about if it would be pleasing to God.

And, remember, God doesn't want you to be hurt because of someone else's words. You are made in His image. You are a child of God, loved, redeemed, accepted, sanctified, a new creation, blessed, chosen, holy, blameless, forgiven, and free. You are not anything but what God says you are. If someone attacks you with words, pray for them. Ask God to help them to repent and for you to truly forgive them.

The words that Jesus said on the cross always come to my mind when I pray for those who have hurt me "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do..." (Luke 23:34)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Of Stillness and Storm (Michele Phoenix)



While this is not the type of book I would normally choose to review, I found it intriguing. Although there is some language and a sort of adultery, I found it okay. I would definitely not consider it very Christian. Just mentioning Jesus or God does not make a book "Christian". But, I did find it an interesting read.

Of Stillness and Storm is the newest novel by Michele Phoenix. I have not previously read any of her other books so this was my first. It is about a family where the husband feels extremely compelled to become a missionary to remote tribes in Nepal. He takes his wife and teenage son with him. Lauren and Sam find themselves under major trials while in Nepal. Their marriage suffers terribly and their son is depressed.

Sam decides to go into different tribes to "spread the Gospel" and leaves his wife and son for weeks at a time. This becomes a very large problem. When he is gone things get worse. His son tries to commit suicide and his wife meets a former boyfriend and they become close again.

Honestly, the storyline was intriguing but the whole book was a bit depressing. I felt frustrated many times with the characters. It definitely gave me a greater appreciation for missionaries. But it also made me really think that not everyone should be a missionary. This fictional family is a good representation of what can go wrong if only one person feels called to go and the rest are not in it. It can be heartbreaking.

Like I said, I did find the book interesting but a little depressing. It gives the harsh reality that missionary life isn't all love and happiness and peace. It is hard and dangerous and takes a toll on families. We need to be in constant prayer for all missionaries around the world.

*Many thanks to BookLookBlogger for gifting me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

Happy Homemaker Monday- 2/20/17



We had the best weekend. We had a ton of fun as a family. The weather was beautiful. We spent some time with grandparents. We built a table and a bench (my oldest son built a table for his bff all by himself...he is only 8). We went for a walk and hike and to the playground. Such an amazing weekend. Hope yours was fun too!

The weather:::

It is gorgeous here in Virginia. It's about 70 degrees today and will probably stay pretty nice all week. We are spending as much time outside as possible.

On my bedside table:::

Junk. Haha. I hate having so much stuff there. I am getting ready to rearrange all of it. There is a Bible and a book to read though. Most important things!

On my reading pile:::

Of Stillness and Storm (Michele Phoenix)- a story of troubled love and honorable intentions.
The Kindness Challenge (Shaunti Feldhahn)

On my TV:::

I have been watching a WWII documentary about Auschwitz and its original intent. It is very interesting. I love documentaries.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday- Chicken lo mein with homemade egg rolls
Tuesday- Tacos
Wednesday- Ham and potatoes
Thursday- Scrambled eggs with ham and toast
Friday- Chicken fried rice
Saturday - not sure yet (have to go back to the store)

On my to do list:::

Lots of blogging stuff to do this week.
Chores including laundry, dishes, etc.
Homeschooling.
Field trip to the fire station on Thursday.
Clean the house for the weekend (I will be gone to different events most of it).

Looking forward to:::

The quilt show this weekend. It is a yearly event and my MIL and SIL and I all go together. Usually my SIL brings two of my nieces. It is so much fun and so special to see all of the beautiful quilts.

Looking around the house:::

It is mostly tidy. There are a few areas that need some work but it looks fine to me. The kids are outside playing right now so it isn't too loud (although I have a window open and can hear them).

From the camera:::

This is a throw back photo. It gets me
excited thinking about the quilt show!
 

What I'm wearing today:::

Crocs, blue and red flowery leggings, a white top and a sweater. Very comfy.

One of my simple pleasures:::

Doing puzzles. Okay, it's kind of an obsession. My husband thinks I am crazy with them. I can finish any puzzle in a just a couple of days. My brain just works that way. I have lots of puzzles.

Bible verse, Devotional::: 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.                                                                        
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

                                    
 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday- 2/13/17


I missed last week's HHM post. I was in the hospital having some tests run for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (a chronic pain condition). I had injections in my neck. The injections worked which means I will be having surgery. Yay! I have waited a long time for this. I will describe my surgery in more detail below.

Hope you have a wonderful week!


The weather:::

It is very chilly here today. Yesterday was over 80 degrees...today, barely 40. The rest of the week will be the same.


On my reading pile:::

Honestly, nothing this week yet. I haven't found the time. I have been doing my daily devotions and Bible reading and that's about it. I love reading and it makes me sick when I can't find the time. Hopefully by the end of the week I will be caught up on chores and homeschooling.

On my TV:::

We have been watching funny episodes of The Office lately. I have been watching a few period dramas during the day while folding laundry. I did watch The Hiding Place last week. Wow! Very good movie about Corrie ten Boom. A must watch!!

On the menu for this week:::
Monday- Meatless spaghetti with salad
Tuesday- leftovers
Wednesday- Vegetable soup with salad
Thursday- leftovers
Friday- Taco salad
Saturday- grocery shopping

On my to do list:::

Monday- wash all linens, homeschool, fold clean laundry
Tuesday- homeschool, menu plan, clean boy's bedroom
Wednesday- no co-op this week, laundry, homeschool, clean boy's toy room
Thursday- bathrooms, dust, windows, homeschool
Friday- homeschool and visit with friends
Saturday- while I grocery shop (usually takes 2 hours because of multiple stores) my hubby cleans the house. He does all of the floors (I can't because of my condition), catches up the laundry, tidies all rooms

Looking forward to:::

Surgery! Okay, so here is what I am having done. It is called a First Rib Resection and scar tissue removal. Basically, they are removing one of my ribs and scraping scar tissue from my neck area. Yikes! I can't believe this is happening. I have been in so much pain for so long that I am not even afraid. It is a very scary surgery with a very long recovery time. I will be flat on my back for at least a few weeks with several months of physical therapy. I won't be able to drive for a very long while and I can't lift anything heavier than 5lbs. for at least a month. So, no laundry! LOL! I have to make jokes because it is kinda serious. Please keep me in your prayers in the coming months. My surgery will be in April.

Looking around the house:::

It is a total disaster! I am not lying. We had such a great weekend. Seriously. It was beautiful. We spent time outside. My boys are all outside at the moment so it is kinda quiet.

From the camera:::


What I'm wearing today:::

LulaRoe leggings (they have colorful flowers on them) with a blue LulaRoe Irma and a long sweater. It is chilly!

One of my simple pleasures:::

Having a picnic with my family. We live in such a beautiful state. There are thousands of choices for locations for a wonderful picnic.

Bible verse, Devotional::: 

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil..." (Psalm 23:4)
That verse is kinda fitting for my upcoming surgery.