Life Changing Letter

importantletterToday was the big day!  The kids and I took a letter to the post office, certified mail!  This was a very special letter and we had make sure  it arrives where it needs to go.  This letter is a life changing piece of post!  Why?  Because it makes a life changing decision official.  Makes it real for every one of us.  What is that decision?
We have decided to home school our children!!! 

Very few people in our family and at church know we were thinking of this. firstdayIn fact it has gone on for the past 3 weeks at our house.  The kids first day of school was July 9.  So far it has been amazing.  Have there been frustrating days already, yep, you better believe it.  But has it already been wonderfully worth it……YES!!!!!  I have enjoyed it probably as much as they have, and they have had a blast!  In just a little over 2 weeks we have already done so much. Reached milestones, made memories, had so much fun that I can’t wait to continue on.

My husband has joked that this may just be an excuse to feed my office supply addiction, but even he has noticed how much closer the family is drawing.  He can see the change in our children as they are excited to read, to explore, to get involved!

In just these first few weeks we have accomplished so much.  I have managed to explain algebra with fractions to my oldest with no tears (on either of our parts – whew!)  And it was wonderful to see his face light up when he got it!  My youngest son has gotten so into creating things, he made our school flag and wrote us a motto tonight and was so proud of himself and so was I!  My daughter is picking up her letters and numbers so quickly.  She has begun to recognize them in random places and you can see the joy in her face as she shows them to us.

How did I miss this?  I considered homeschooling when our oldest (now 10) was about to enter preschool, but pushed it away thinking I could not do it.  Now I  am sad to think of all the moments of happiness and triumph I missed while someone else was with them for so many hours in a day.  Isn’t that part of why I chose to be a stay home mom?  Why was I willingly giving up my children.

Of course God’s word has been a key part of everything we do, history, science, art, you name it there is some way to relate it to the Awesome God we serve and this world he created!  It has been wonder.  As I type now, by their own desire, my children are making popsicle stick bible puppets so they can tell the stories to each other.  I LOVE IT!!!

There is so much more I want to say, so much I want to tell you about but I will wait. For now, I will share with you some pictures of all the wonderful things we have gotten to do so far and pray they continue on all year long.  So pray for us as we continue our studies at F.I.T. Homeschool (Footsteps In Truth).Fit test1

Some of the great experiences include:  petting a giant turtle and a python at our library,  Building pirate ships and cars,  making sun-catchers, scavenger hunts at the park, ball games where the kids were part of a group recognized for completing the summer reading challenge and where we were able to meet a celebrity!!  AGT’s Marty Brown.  Lil bit (in a picture similar to the one below) was even on the front page of the local paper.  All of this and we are just getting started!!PicMonkey Collage2

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I Will Go With You Daddy

This morning has been a busy one: picking up rocks and picking out weeds.  Yes, a busy hot morning, but a morning spent together as a family.  All five of us out there, working together, as a family, taking care of our home.  Now, granted there were a couple of little boys who would have rather been inside doing anything else at all, but they were there, doing something. Then there was little bit, happily working alongside her daddy!

“This is fun!” I heard her tell him once.  “Fun? Well I don’t know about that,” he replied.  She was so proud of herself as she walked in step with him pulling weeds and taking them away from the flower beds.  Fun?  Not exactly what the adults were thinking. Bending and pulling, moving wagons of rocks, while sweat dripped into our eyes from the heat, nope, not quite our idea of a fun way to spend the morning.  Definitely as far from fun as possible as our sons were concerned.

Fun.  That is how our daughter described it, however.  Even as we finished for the day and she was told she could go on inside and clean up if she wanted, nope, she was having fun.  “I will go with you, daddy,”  she said the the sweetest grin in her little not quite four year old voice. That is what made it fun!  She was working alongside her dad.  Feeling so big and proud as she heard him praise her for her help.  Following in his footsteps it would not have mattered what we were doing this morning, it was fun because she was with him, her father, who she loves! 

Oh that we had that same attitude.  Jesus gave instructions for us to become as little children, for us to be humble as they are humble (Matthew 18: 3-4).  When the apostles tried to send the children away, He called them back, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14.  And why not. Children love so completely, so innocently, they see the best and have no pride or hatred.  They trust completely.  Oh to follow my Father the way my daughter follows hers!  Such an example. So much joy in just being beside him, no matter the work. 

May I remember this example, may I look to my children for inspiration and remember to love and trust and follow my Lord as a child. To be there so close, just to be in His presence.  No matter the circumstance, having “fun” just because of the One I am with, the One I belong to is the One who loves me beyond all reason.

030Thank you Lord for my children who are always teaching me more than I could ever teach them!!


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Sign Created By My Children For Our Date!

How did you and your family celebrate Valentine’s Day!  We decided since Hubby and I weren’t going to be able to have a date night, we would make it a family one!  Read all about it and the wonderful “resteraunt” where we dined over at Faithfully Fun Friday’s on today!!!

In the theme of love check out Teresa from Nanahood’s post on Marie Callender’s website today! It is so sweet to find out how two people from miles away met and fell in love!!

Have a great day!!


Family Photo Wall

I had this grand idea of what I wanted to do in our living room.  I wanted a family photo wall: all black frames, all black & white photos.  There was only one problem:  it had been so long since we had family pictures made I didn’t have any I wanted to use.  We are so thankful that a dear friend from church helped us out with that problem and took some amazing pictures of us in our own yard!  We can’t thank her enough.  And now I was able to finish my family wall!

Before it was just a plain wall that was in bad need of some attention!







I think it turned out rather cute! 🙂

My Little Monkeys New Bathroom

Whew! It is finally finished and I can post pictures.  Now that the blood is back in my arm and hand from holding up the paint brush over my head, lol!  But it was worth it because the kids are loving it.  Is it cheesy? Yes.  Is it over the top?  Of course!  But is it something special I could do for my kids in our new home?  Absolutely!

The first thing I had to do was make a few repairs in the bathroom. Nothing major, just some new caulking around the sink and tub and patch a few nail holes and touch up the base paint.

And here is what the
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like before.
It wasn’t a bad bathroom by any means, just a plain simple little room that we thought needed our own special, crazy touch! lol

I liked the cute little “family” decal that was already above the door and decided to leave it and work around it!

And here are my tools.
Most of the mural I did free-hand.  The top two monkeys were done using an overhead projector and images I found using a google search. The rest I based off of those and did myself to make them all match. All painting was done with some brushes I found in our craft supplies, $.97 arcrylic paints found at Wal-Mart, and a couple of Sharpie markers!  I know, probably not the right tools for the job, but they worked and it didn’t cost me a whole lot at all!

And now the moment so many have been asking about! Pictures of the finished project!!!  Thank you all for your encouragement and interest in my little project!!

(All three of my kids on the wall!  Of course lil girl monkey had to have a bow in her hair.  After I got these on the way she also decided that we had to have a mommy and daddy monkey in there too, so that changed my plans a little and added a little extra time to the project but it was worth it!)

(The eyes glared funny here, I’m sorry for that in the picture)

Hope you enjoy it as much as we are!  And now that it is finished I guess it is one to more pressing matters.  Like doing the laundry and dishes! lol


Happy Birthday Daughter!!

Today has been such a special day for our family!  Our beautiful little girl turned 3 today and she has been so funny all day long!  We have had such a busy day but she has taken it all in stride and taken every chance to let anyone around her know she is three!  And when we got home she was so excited to have birthday cake and presents.

It’s hard to believe so much has changed in three years.  You don’t realize how fast time truly passes until you begin watching your children, your babies, grow up.  The children’s nanny commented the other day how much of a difference we would see in the next 10 years.  She said in 10 years the oldest ones will be about to turn 20 and the youngest will be 13!!!  Scary when I look at these tiny faces to think of those changes and how fast those 10 years will probably pass by.

In Psalm 144:3-4, David writes about how short our lives seem.  “Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? 4 Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.”  Our lives are like a breath, though at times it seems like our days are dragging on, they will be gone in the blink of an eye. So celebrate each day, celebrate each occasion. Celebrate each birthday no matter your age.  ( I love to remind people that birthdays are good for your health, the more you have the longer you live! lol  I know its cheesy but that’s me!)

So happy birthday to my darling daugher. I look forward to her birthday party coming up soon when we can celebrate with family and friends.

Thanking God for another wonderful day, I wish you a weekend full of happiness and blessings!

So Many New Changes

I love it! There is so much going on in my life right now and it is great. God has blessed us with so much.  The newest opportunity for me was presented recently, a chance to be a part of a wonderful blog led by an absolutely amazing Christian Sister, Teresa at!

Working with Teresa is going to be such a blessing for me.  To learn from her and have her support is going to help me grow so much! I am really excited to begin with my Faithfully Fun Friday posts and hope to make her proud!  Please be sure and follow and stay up-to-date on all the latest news on her site, it is a wonderful site for all!  It will encourage you, lift your spirits, make you laugh, make you think, may make you cry!

Be sure to check it out and then watch for all the changes coming up next month, including games and prizes for their 3rd Birthday Bash!!

Check out the latest post for more details!

Hope you all have a great day!!