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Good Family Reading

So, we have been doing a lot of family reading these past few months.  We all enjoy it.

It started with just the kids and I , midday, before nap with the Bobbsey Twins.  My mother in law gave us a couple of the series, and we can’t get enough of them.  Then, I think it was off of the jacket of the book, that I discovered Old Mother West Wind.  I started this in the evening, and Bebe kept urging me on…”Just one more chapter.”  Now, I know the sound of my voice soothes him and puts him to sleep, but it’s been fun reading it together as a family.  Today I read a couple chapters after lunch while the kids were tinkering around at the tree fort.  But before I began, my little man Eli said, “No, no! Daddy wants to hear it too!”  🙂

Anyways, I thought I’d share these if you’re looking for some good, wholesome, family reading.

Enjoy!

The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope

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Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgessold mother west wind

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I am a Mom

I have been SO blessed. If I truly consider the amazing treasure that has been placed in my care, I am literally speechless. Five precious lives. Each one unique and valuable. Impressionable. Irreplaceable. Fragile.  Full of Hope and Promise.

The greatness of this truth leaves me in awe of this astonishing responsibility. The issue is that I am so busy doing my “job”, that I forget what my “job” really is. The old expression “you can’t see the forest for the trees” comes to mind.  I often find myself buried beneath the byproduct of mothering, that I truly lose sight of what my real responsibilities are.

Over the course of these last ten years, my life has gotten fuller, busier and more hectic. It has also become more rich, memorable and blessed. What I need to come back to again and again is that my call is to be a mother to my children. My call is not to do the laundry. My call is not to cook meals and cleanup piles of dishes. My call is to mother my precious children. To train them to have a heart that longs to know their Maker.  To instruct them in the way of truth. To show them that Jesus is their personal Savior, loving them to His death. To inspire them to live for Him because He is worthy. To model for them a humble, teachable heart. To be an example of loving kindness, longsuffering and hope to each one of them. To teach them how to love their siblings, care for others. To teach them how to forgive and extend grace to others. Oh, so many more wonderful, valuable lessons. If I do not teach them to my children, who will? Who has God called to this task? Me. (Yes, my husband as well, of course – but I am considering my call).

Although there are numerous other duties that fall under the heading of “mother”, such as dishes, cleaning, blah blah blah, I must stay true to the call of God. Yes, those burdens are valid and require time and attention, but not at the expense of actual mothering.

May we as mothers, keep our eyes on Jesus, and be faithful to care for those tender lives committed to our trust.

The wise woman builds her house…. Proverbs 14:1

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Re-evaluating Life

Bebe took the two big kids and went on anexcursion. A two day trip to Utah with a mission…snowboarding! They are all thrilled, this being the only time they’ve gotten to ride this season.

Last night, Joy girl spent the night at her friend’s house. This was her first “real” sleepover! Wow.  She’s getting big…

So that left me with just my two little ones last night.  And some much needed time to think…

I’ve been having a bit of overload lately.

My two youngest, we’ll call them “Grace” and “little Man”. (Ironically, Grace is her middle name and she sure needs a lot of God’s grace to keep her safe as she tumbles through life! And then, little Man is as just as stubborn as an old weathered man!) Anyway, they are at each other constantly. I am attempting to homeschool the other three: 4th grade,  2nd grade and Kindergarten. Yes, attempting; feeling like quite a failure these days.

On top of the normal, we have had a terrible time lately with allergies and asthma. This has meant numerous breathing treatments and “chest clopping” daily for the last month. Add to that, crazy house cleaning like I’ve never done…and don’t enjoy – and you’ve got one worn out mom.

Last night was good for me. I sat down to do my bi-yearly (or so) “homeschool review”. It’s a time to reconsider what each of my child’s needs are. Their strengths, weaknesses; how I can care for each one individually. And then I reformat a new schedule that will hopefully accomodate everyone.

I didn’t get far at all.  All of my kids need more of me.

And I already feel like there is not enough of me to go around (and I’ve not at all mentioned that I am a wife and have a responsibility to my husband too!)

So, I somehow ended up on a few websites, blogs, and the Lord brought me to a better place.

Re-evaluating my life! Yeah, that’s big.

Instead of trying to “fix” this one area of “how do I fit all my homeschool in?”, He brought me to a deeper issue of what is my purpose and how can I work with HIM to fulfill the call He has put on my life.

Now I’ve got some praying and thinking to do. I will certainly revisit this. It all needs to simmer in my mind and heart for a bit first.

Plus, little Man is climbing on the counter and I need to go get their chest x-rays done again before picking up Joy girl.

I’ll be back again soon. Until then, may the Lord give you vision and clear instruction for your calling!

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Almost done!

I have been working hard, along with the kids, to get our schooling finished.  The weather has been warming up and the kiddie pools are out.  Swimsuits and towels now litter the front patio, along with flip flops and buckets.  I’d better get used to it, that’s probably how it will be for the next few months!

Annalisa and Eli are working hard, I am proud of them and how diligent they are!  We have entirely enjoyed My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures this year.  (http://www.mfwbooks.com)  It has been great.  Eli loves studying maps, and this has been right up his alley.  With Dad having done so much traveling over the last couple years, they have been really interested in checking out his passport with all its stamps from different countries.  When we’ve “crossed the border” traveling into a new country, one of their favorite things has been having to present their “passports” to the border agent (me). 

It has truly given them an appreciation for other people, cultures, traveling…and a thankfulness for all the blessings and freedoms we enjoy in our country.

And then, as if to top it off, our library (http://www.prescottlibrary.info/) and Michael’s (http://www.michaels.com/) are both having a ton of “Around the World” activities and crafts going on all summer long.  What a fun way to summarize (and review) some of what we’ve learned traveling around the globe!

 

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My Prayer Warrior

My son, Eli, otherwise known as my lil cowboy is also quite the prayer warrior.  Seriously. He may be only 7 years old, but don’t let that fool you.  Once he has his mind on something, he DOES NOT stop praying. 
Well, our long time friends, TJ and Angela moved to Kansas a couple years back. TJ was then deployed to Iraq.  They have 3 beautiful girls.  Our families are very close.  We lived in Prescott, and then in Austin at the same time as well.  And then back to Prescott again. All that to say we’ve seen each others families grow, we’ve been there for each other over the years.  Our kids have befriended each other even through the miles.

Eli prayed diligently for TJ while he was overseas.  Morning, noon and night.  We visited them last summer while TJ was still in Iraq.  Eli kept praying. 

And God answered his prayers.  TJ is home safely with his wife and children.  They recently visited Prescott.  We were blessed to have them over one night, and TJ had a wonderful presentation planned for Eli.

When the kids came in from playing, TJ was standing ready in uniform.  Definately got some attention.

He called Eli over and proceeded to present him with a “Certificate of Exceptional Service” for his faithful prayers along with two badges.  It was such a sweet moment. 

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After some pictures, Eli raced to his room, accompanied by his big sister.  He only came out once he was completely ready.  Uniform, boots, and badge in place.

I am so proud of my son. My lil cowboy.  My prayer warrior.

Psalm 71:17  O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.

   

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Mac and Cheese…

Well, I didn’t ever figure I would post about food.  I enjoy cooking most of the time.  But most often, it’s a quick throw it together with out much planning. 

We’ll be finishing school or playing outside and, almost daily, I say – OH! What should I fix for dinner?!

I’ve some friends who do the weekly meal planning, shop accordingly and it works for them.  I can’t imagine that would ever work for me.  I think I’ve got too much of my mom in me for that to work!  🙂

All that said, I have been doing some reading on some healthier ways to cook and feed my family.  We have a number of food allergies, which hasn’t been too challenging, but always something I am considering when thinking of meals.  How do I need to alter this, what will be my substitute?  My main issues are peanuts (really, I just avoid all nuts) and dairy.

So, to get to the mac and cheese.  I’ve read a number of recipes using purees added to the pot, and apparently it goes off without a hitch.  One book I’ve looked at is Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.  (Yes, that’s Jerry’s wife. I didn’t even know he was married, let alone has three kids!)   Here’s the link, although, I haven’t actually looked at it yet… http://www.doitdelicious.com/

I never really follow recipes.  I take their ideas and then add a little this or that, leave something out, since I didn’t plan ahead and am missing an ingredient.  See how I roll?  I don’t really measure things either.  So, although some of you have asked me for the recipe, I’ll give it my best shot, and then  you can check Jessica’s and see how it matches up!  Oh yeah, I love those blogs that show you all the beautiful pictures of the ingredients nicely chopped and bubbling in the pan…you won’t get that here, sorry.

First, I pureed a butternut squash.  Baking it and processing it took a long time.  But you could do this one day, then freeze it (which I did with the remainder in 1/2 cup increments) and it would be much quicker to make.

I cooked the pasta. 

In a separate pot, I poured some olive oil (enough to coat the bottom) and about a tablespoon or two of flour.  Heated that through.

Then I added about 1/2 cup of squash puree.

Next, I dumped the pasta in and stirred it up.

I then grated some cheddar cheese.  I would guess it was close to 2 cups worth.  Added that into the pot, stirred it up and then a little milk because it was looking a bit thick.

Stirred it all up.  Added some salt and pepper.  Then some more salt.

It was yummy.

Andrew devoured it.  Annalisa winked at me and told me it was good. (She knew what I was up to.)  And lil Miss Joy, well, she even ate half a bowl and told me it was good.  I do think she will eat more next time.  Anything that looks slightly different is reason for alarm in her book.  I should’ve used the same little noodles like Kraft does. 

All in all I think it was a hit!

I’d love to know what you think about it….

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My Purpose…

My friend Ashley, got all this started.

http://www.oneordinaryday.com/2011/04/11/mother-thoughts-chapter-3/

The Book: The Mission of Motherhood  by Sally Clarkson

Here’s what I have to say…

I really am enjoying the book, and am sad I have to return it to the library!

I was totally convicted reading this chapter. But, really encouraged as well. It brought me back to some of the “basics”. Being a homeschool mom,  I find it very easy to gauge how good of a day we have had based on how much school we accomplished.  The children are in on it to!  Not really a bad thing…they are excited to announce to Dad when he gets home “We finished all our school today Dad!”   Although, that is great, I need to be careful that THAT does not become my mission.

I appreciated the reminder of the very reasons we have chosen to homeschool. To be able to be the one who nurtures our children. And that indeed takes time and purpose.

As the author was talking about a full time working mother giving her children the “leftovers” I felt like she could’ve been describing me! And yet I am home all the time with my children!   I MUST remember, the reason I am at home is for them, not me!

Prov. 14:1 has also really been the verse that I have been meditating on alot.

[Pro 14:1 NKJV] – The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.


 It certainly does take a determined effort to build; the tearing down seems to happen rather naturally being the sinful fallen creatures that we are.

A great chapter…a lot to think, and act upon.

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