Friday, December 30, 2011

Celebrating New Years With The Kids.....

What will you be doing this New Years Eve?

This year we will start a new, New Years Eve. tradition with the kids. We will start off by going around the room and asking each child to recap their past year and to give thanks for the things that have occurred the past year even the trials and struggles we have gone through.  Then we will ask each one what they want to accomplish the next year, what they feel the Lord has in store for them to do. Then we will watch movies and play games as a family....We will see who holds out into the New Year...And for my children who won't be home on New Years Eve. I pray for the Lord to watch over them as they ring in the New Year.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

How Do You Remember Lost Loved Ones At The Holidays

How do you remember your lost loved ones at the holidays?  My family will visit my Mother's grave and light a candle for her, although it has been 13 years since her passing We still miss her as if it were yesterday what a wonderful woman she was.  For my children all 7 of them who will spend another Christmas with Jesus, I light a candle in their memory and although I grieve for them and wonder what it would be like with them in our family unit on Earth, It Amazes me that in such a short time they were with me they accomplished what god had set forth for them to do before taking them home back home to him. Gods GRACE is AMAZING and I thank him for every second I had with them.  MERRY CHRISTMAS and GOD BLESS..

Monday, December 19, 2011

Saving Money On Food By Buying In Bulk And Making It Yourself...

One of the ways our family tries to save money on groceries since we usually can only spend $350 to $400 a month to feed a family of 9. Just because you spend less does not mean it cannot be healthy. This month I got 4 pounds of pinto beans for $2 dollars and in turn made homemade re fried beans that will last our family 2-3 months, no additives or preservatives!! I also have 6 turkeys in my freezer I buy them when there .45 cents or less per pound and they typically will last til the next holiday season when I restock.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Psalm 25: 4-7

"Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD."
Psalm 25:4-7

Monday, December 5, 2011

One Of The Best Gifts We Can Give Our Children. "Gods Word".

One of the best gifts to ever give our children or anyone is "Gods Word". has awesome programs. For 350 million people, God’s word is blank. They don’t have a word of the Bible in their own language. There is a movement to change that. Join us in praying for God’s word to come to all people.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Homeschooling The Dreaded "S" Word...(Socialization)

The dreaded "S" word Socialization.  Do you feel like you are always defending why you are homeschooling do you feel like everyone thinks your kids will be unscocialized? Being new to homeschooling this has been the only issues I have come across is others making comments about my kids not being socialized because they are not in public/private school.  The fact of the matter is Homeschooled kids for the majority are very well socialized, just not in the traditional public school with 30 kids their same age on daily basis the advantage homeschoolers get to interact with people of varying ages, abilities, ethnicity's, and socio-economic diversity on a day-to-day basis in the real world. Here is some practical examples on how homeschoolers are socialized.

  • Homeschool parents model appropriate social behavior and teach their children how to interact and get along with others.

  • Homeschooled children participate in (and win!) math olympiads, spelling bees, geography bees, science competitions, and debate teams.

    Homeschoolers join choirs, orchestras, book clubs, athletic events, and they even go to homeschool proms!

  • Homeschoolers take classes and compete academically in community college, adult education programs, museum events, online forums, summer school, and at camps, etc.

  • Homeschoolers participate in community activities such as Scouts, 4-H, Little League, sports, youth groups, martial arts classes, dance classes, etc.

  • Homeschoolers volunteer in the community.

    Homeschoolers play with neighborhood kids from both public and private schools.

    Saturday, December 3, 2011

    Friday, December 2, 2011

    Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

    Looking for a recipe for Christmas ornaments here is a great one that will leave the house smelling good also. Gather your homeschool family and create these cinnamon-scented, cookie-cutter ornaments to decorate your house this Christmas. These easy-to-make decorations not only fill your home with the delicious aroma of cinnamon, but they also make great holiday gifts for family and friends.

    (Makes 7-8 cinnamon ornaments)

    1 cup ground cinnamon
    1 tsp. nutmeg
    1 tsp. cloves
    ¾ cup applesauce
    2 Tbsp. tacky glue

    Christmas cookie cutters (metal, smaller shapes work best)
    Red and green holiday fabric ribbon (narrow-width)
    Glitter glue in Christmas colors

    1. Combine spices with applesauce. Add glue and knead it well with your hands until the mixture forms into a stiff dough.
    2. Dust a flat surface lightly with cinnamon and roll out the dough ¼" thick.
    3. Cut the dough into stars, bells, trees, candy canes, angels, and other Christmas shapes with cookie cutters.
    4. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and lay the cut-out ornaments on top of the waxed paper.
    5. Gently poke a hole at the top of each cinnamon ornament with a small, plastic straw.
    6. Place the ornaments in a safe place and dry them naturally for 2-4 days. To dry evenly, turn the ornaments 2 or 3 times a day.
    7. When the ornaments are completely dry, decorate them with glitter glue and ribbon.
    8. When you're finished, hang your handmade ornaments on the Christmas tree and throughout the house for a delightfully spicy smell!

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Christmas Activites-Homemande Gifts.

    Here is a great website for Free Christmas activites, Homemade Gifts, Glitter Dough, Etc. This website has enough activites to keep busy the whole month of December.