Posted in Christmas, NaBloPoMo

Missed the weekend

So I missed posting this past weekend.  We  had a lot going on here.  On Saturday I spent part of the day recuperating from preparations for our Army Reserve Christmas party.  Then Sunday we actually had our Army Reserve Christmas party.  I feel like the party was a great success.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Yesterday (Monday) I did not do a lot.  I am glad this week is a lot calmer.  The biggest thing we have to do is go to the reserve unit on Friday so we can put away all the leftover toys.  Everything is labeled so it will be fairly easy to do.  My second and third sons were a tremendous help getting the boxes organized.

Posted in family, Joy, NaBloPoMo, Words

Joy in Words

Words can bring joy.  Words have amazing power to life our hearts and spirits.  The words “I love you!” spoken from the heart of the one you know God has handpicked for your spouse brings incredible happiness.  Hearing, “I love you, Mommy!” or “I love you Daddy!” spoken from your child’s mouth can bring joy.  Listening to people you love, respect or admire can bring joy.

That is why I am so thankful for my family.  They bring joy and laughter into our home.  I can’t imagine our home without all 4 of our children, at least not at this moment.  I know one day I will find joy in an empty home because it will mean my husband and I have done our jobs well.  We will have raised all four of our children to love and serve the Lord with gladness.  We will have sent them out into the world to do the work that God intended for them to do.

I pray that God will give them words to speak that will bring joy to others.

Do you find joy in words?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Christmas, family, Joy, NaBloPoMo

Joy In the Known

Sometimes joy can be found in the known.  It can be found in routine.  For example, every year for the past 17 years our family has participated in an Army Reserve Christmas party.  The location may change (as duty stations change).  People may change as people come into or leave the unit.  But the basic idea remains the same.  It is a time to come together and celebrate the season.  For our family, it is all about the birth of a baby in a manger.  I find joy in singing the same Christmas carols year after year.

Our family usually rides around to look at Christmas lights.  There is good food and fellowship.  We participate in various activities at church.  But we know where our focus should be.  I know we will do our shopping very close to Christmas Eve (usually we even end up out on Christmas Eve).  I will donate as much as I can to the bell ringers for the Salvation Army (many times I hand the money to our children to put in the shiny red kettles).  Joy comes through out the season.  Oh sure there will be surprises and unexpected things that come around to bring joy.  But there is something to be said for the known as well.

What brings you joy at this time of year?  Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Bible Journaling, Crocheting, Happiness, NaBloPoMo, quilting, Reading

Balancing My Time

I am a mother and more specifically I am a homeschooling mother.  This means that more often than not my needs and wishes go by the wayside.  Even if I am sick, the children still need to do school.  Food still needs to be prepared and so forth.  I think you get the picture.  But every once in a while, this mom needs a break.  I need a chance to do something just for me.  I need to make sure I am balancing my time and doing somethings I enjoy doing.

I am blessed to have a husband who loves to cook and doesn’t mind cleaning the kitchen.  I also have three teenage sons and one almost teenage daughter to help around the house as well.  Our children are getting old enough now to do most of their schoolwork with minimal supervision on my part.  So when Dennis has the opportunity to travel for the army, I often go with him.  Cell phones, computers, texting and emails all make this much easier.  Plus having an 18 year old in the house also helps.  I know my daughter will listen to him and his 16 year old brother.  My third son works well when allowed to do schoolwork with his grandmother.  So all in all this allows me a break.

I enjoy crocheting and am working to learn how to quilt.  Plus I have recently discovered something else I am interested in, which is Bible Journaling.  This allows me to spend time developing some of the talents God gave me.  I love seeing what others are creating.

Another way I take time for just me is by reading.  There is nothing like a good book to help get away from the world.

So how do you balance making your time?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Favorite Movies, My Favorite Things, NaBloMo

NaBloPoMo Day 9 – My Favorite Movies

I will admit it, I can’t pick just one movie that I love.  Instead I have to pick a group of movies.  My favorite movies include:  “Facing the Giants”, “Flywheel”, “Fireproof” and “Courageous”.

Each movies has points about it that I love.  For “Facing the Giants” is how faith collides with real life and has a tremendous impact on a whole community.  For “Flywheel”, I love how when the main character decides to look at God as more than someone to occasionally meet when it is convenient.  For “Fireproof”, I love how Kirk Cameron’s character finally stops just going through the motions of the Love Dare and finds a real faith that has a real impact on his life and that of his wife.

Finally in “Courageous”, I love how men are called on to be truly involved in their families’ lives.  It is easy to speak words, but it is much harder to put those words into actions.

So what is or what are your favorite movies?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in chili, cooking, NaBloPoMo December 2014, recipes

NaBloPoMo Day 8 – What Recipe I Am Known For

Today is Monday and it is day 8 of the NaBloPoMo challenge.  I love to cook.  I have several things I love to make that my family loves to eat.  One of these meals is my homemade chili.  I begin with ground meat that I brown with fresh garlic cloves.  Then I add in onions.  From there I add fresh tomatoes that we canned over the summer.  Then I add various seasonings (that shall remain nameless to preserve the fact that I don’t really follow a recipe.  Then I add the beans and bell peppers.  From there I let it cook a couple of hours.

I usually serve it with homemade guacamole, shredded cheese and sour cream along with tortilla scoops.  Everyone picks what items they want to add to their own bowl.  For me I like it all.

So what recipe are you known for?

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Posted in Army Reserve Christmas party, Christmas, family, NaBloPoMo, Week coming

GLANCE AT OUR WEEK – NaBloPoMo Day 7

So it is Sunday and rather than doing a week in review post, I thought I would do a post giving a glimpse into our upcoming week.  Monday and Tuesday will be normal days of homeschool, housework and chores.

Wednesday, Dennis, Joseph and I will be making a trip over near Allentown, PA to pick up gifts from Operation Homefront for our Army Reserve Unit Christmas Party.  This will basically be an all day affair.

Thursday we will spend the day at the unit getting the gifts organized for the Christmas party.  Also on Thursday we will be going to our local Walmart to pick up additional presents that are coming in on a truck for our reserve unit.  Friday will be spent working on the gifts more and getting things ready for the party.

Saturday will either be spent at the unit finishing things up for the Christmas party or catching up on things at the house.

Then next Sunday we will have our Army Reserve Family Day Christmas party.  After that, we will be kicking things into high gear to get things ready around our home for Christmas.

So how is your week shaping up?

Posted in Crocheting, family, NaBloPoMo, quilting

Saturday December 6, 2014

So it is Saturday and day 6 of NaBloPoMo.  I have spent the day mainly crocheting and doing a little sewing on a Christmas quilt I am trying to make.  I will post pictures when I finish both projects.  It has been a rainy day which does not really motivate me to do much.  I did complete my Bible reading for the day which is good.

So how did you spend your Saturday?

Posted in Crocheting, family, Joy, NaBloPoMo December 2014, Reading

NaBloPoMo – Things that Bring Me Joy

Today is day 5 of NaBloPoMo’s December challenge, and I want to write about things that make me happy.

1) Spending time with my family – I love my family and they bring me great joy.  I love that I am able to homeschool my children.

2) Reading brings me joy.  I am never bored or without something to do because I always have a large number of books I want to read.

3)  Crocheting makes me happy because most of the time I am making things for either members of my family or for friends.  So I always love seeing their expressions when they see the finished product.

4)  Watching favorite movies with my family makes me happy.  We have certain ones that are our favorites.  It is always fun to hear my husband or children quote lines from various shows that other members either quickly pick up the next part and say it or quickly identify for us where it came from.

5)  Listening to music on my Pandora app or Itunes also brings me happiness.  I can pick what channel or what songs I want to listen to based on my mood or even the season (like right now on Pandora, I am listening to a Christmas station).  Christmas music has a way of bringing joy to my heart.

So what things bring you joy?

3)  Going to Bush Gardens makes

Posted in family, Joy, NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo Day 4 – Who Do I Like to Be With When I Am Sad?

Today is day 4 of the NaBloPoMo challenge for December.  Today I want to write about who I like to be with when I am sad.  When I am sad there is not really just one person I like to be with, instead it is a group.  The group that I like to be with when I am sad consists of my husband and my children.  They have ways of making me smile.

Most of the time my husband knows exactly what to say or in some cases what not to say to make me feel better.  But sometimes it takes a little more.  Of course there are also times he is not around.  But with homeschooling our children, there are very few times that I don’t have at least one of the children with me.

Sometimes my children may make me smile by just being with me.  Other times it may be because they do something like bring me a blanket or just give me a hug.  Other times the things they say or do may make me happy.

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