Even better Snow White (aka Emma) showed up to help.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Even better Snow White (aka Emma) showed up to help.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The newest helper in my home is.......
You're not going to believe it.......
Saturday, September 26, 2009
So, the laundry is piled up beyond belief and the laundry soap runs out.....been there? Well, I have and I tell you what is awesome is NOT spending $13 or so dollars on a new jug of laundry detergent. Today was the day I refilled the laundry detergent jugs with my homemade laundry soap. Instead of spending $13 on a jug of soap, I have spent less than $10 for the entire year thus far! Want to know how I did it...here you go!
First you have to get together some ingredients, a 5 gallon bucket and your old empty laundry soap containers!
You will need your 5 gallon bucket half full with hot water, 1 cup of washing soda, 1/2 cup Borax and also you will need a bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap. Grate the soap and simmer it on medium heat with 4 cups of water until dissolved.
Once you do that add the soap mixture, Borax and washing soda to your hot water and stir. Then fill the bucket up the rest of the way with hot water.
Finally, stir up the soap and mix it into your laundry detergent containers that are filled 1/2 full with warm water!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Jeremiah 29:11 (New Living Translation)
11 For I know the plans I have
for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
See, there you go! He's got it covered!
Well, here is what I'm pondering this morning.
"They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good toWell, the emphasis is mine....I could use to work on that one!
all: and his tender mercies are over all his works." (Psalm 145:7-9)
My strategy is this:
God is gracious, full of compassion, slow to anger and has great mercy with me....daily....so I can at least conquer the slow to anger with others part! Okay...so off to start another day.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Well, I know this thought goes into direct opposition to my previous post, but I have to admit it discourages me. So, am I the only one? If so, how is it that I can't keep up and everyone else can? Just some thoughts I had for this evening....
Am I the only one in the town that is struggling just to keep up with the dishes and the laundry and the children? Forget about, organizing, gardening, oh and did I mention I'M A MUSICIAN!!!! What is wrong with me?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
TO BE OR NOT TO BE.....JOB.
Well, that's my Emma there in the yellow boat, having a great time, not worried that the timer on her boat set for five minutes will be going off soon. She's just enjoying the moment, the time that she has in the now. Hm. I'm having trouble grasping that today. I'm running behind. I wanted to get through science this morning with Anne, it didn't happen. Now mind you we did Spelling, Math, Handwriting, Art, oh and pre-school for Emma, but I found myself frustrated a moment ago because we aren't where I wanted to be right now. Well, then I read these words of Job.
Job 7 1-6
"Human life is a struggle, isn't it? It's a life sentence to hard labor.Like field hands longing for quitting time and working stiffs with nothing to hope for but payday,I'm given a life that meanders and goes nowhere— months of aimlessness, nights of misery!I go to bed and think, 'How long till I can get up?' I toss and turn as the night drags on—and I'm fed up!I'm covered with maggots and scabs. My skin gets scaly and hard, then oozes with pus.My days come and go swifter than the click of knitting needles, and then the yarn runs out—an unfinished life!
Well, haven't we all thought that, maybe minus the maggots, but the feeling of the struggle, the days going by to quickly, the "yarn" running out. ( I like how the Message Bible puts it). Why? I'm wondering why. Why do I not enjoy the time I'm in? Rather I think about what I did not do, all there is still to do, how I don't really want to do it anyhow! So, I'm going to try to choose to think a little bit differently. Does that mean I ignore all I have to do. NO! But, I'll try to stop comparing how my family does things, what we've accomplished, how decluttered everything is, to everyone else. I'll try to sit peacefully in the time that God has given me and those around me to learn and enjoy. Hears to trying a new idea!
Monday, September 14, 2009
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
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Friday, September 11, 2009
Well, we've finished our first week of homeschooling and this week Anne Marie started Life Science. I had to share with you the books we are using. Anne has immediately taken an interest in science with these texts and I'm enjoying it as well. They are entitled God's Design for Life put out by Answers in Genesis. You can find them here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/publicstore/product/Gods-Design-for-Life-Complete-Set,5968,193.aspx
I have started the year by using the first text on Plants. We also have the worksheet and test booklet that you can get with it and that makes for some fun activities to go with the reading. It is set up to be used by grades1 -8, and they have done a great job at that aspect of the book. It is so refreshing to learn all the aspects of life science through the eyes of a creationist, rather than an evolutionist. The books even address what differences there may be between the two theories. Hm, what an idea, right? Anyhow, I was excited about this, and Anne is excited about this, and so I thought you all might be interested too! Later!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
1 These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.
4 You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.
So, why on earth did you find this interesting you may be saying? It made me think, how is it in my life that I "smash down the sacred stones", and "cut down the idols" of the world. How do I "not worship ....God in their way." Good question. In terms of our family, one thing we do is talk about the Bible, usually in a devotional at dinner. We also are honest with our kids on certain topics that go contrary to what the masses may believe. We homeschool so that we can invite God into the education process. We serve at our church and pray that letting our kids see our value placed on serving God teaches them to do the same. Hmmm.....
So, what do you do? What are some other ideas. How can we make sure that we are worshipping the one true God in the way that he has created and maybe even influence our children and families to do the same?
Just a thought.
On a lighter note......this is a funny song about Deuteronomy:
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
So, another school year is now underway and we are trying out the new schedule. It seems to be going okay, except for the fact that I am up between 6 and 630 so that I can be showered and stuff for the day, and then of course up a bit late so I can see Jeff. So, I guess what I'm saying is that the schedule is cool except if I want to sleep. But, that is what Saturday morning is for I guess!?! Anyhow, I thought I would share what we are doing here at the Weldon household.
- 830 am school starts for Anne and Emma. While I've told Emma she only has to do school 3 days a week, I don't see that happening.....when there is school going on....she will be there!
- Emma starts off with her phonics and then numbers and Bible, as well as some readiness skills worksheets. We are using all Abeka K4 stuff for Emma. While Emma is doing this Anne is working on her Math, spelling, and cursive writing worksheets (things she is pretty self sufficient at).
- Following worksheet time it is different depending on the day. Monday- music class, Wednesday - Art, and Friday - spanish.
- Following these activities Emma cleans up and Anne and I do science on MWF and Social Studies on Tuesday and Thursday.
- Now we are finished with our morning and it is about 11 so Anne can play, hang out and wait for lunch around 12.
- After lunch Hadassah takes a nap and Anne and I spend a bit of time in our Konos curriculum which has Bible, reading, writing and some other activities. This is how we will spend all of our afternoons except Tuesday where we will do a co-op class at a friends house.
Well, by now it's about 2 and I can now try to have a moment to myself and fit in all of the cleaning, laundry, dinner, packing for the evening events, etc. I'll keep you posted on how it all goes, and if it seems to keep running smoothly or not! : )
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."[a] 6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Now, my husband would remind me that this wasn't written intentionally for the homeschooling mom (gotta love those seminary students), but I highlighted some things I think are good to remember. God has entrusted us with our children, to be their overseers, to be an example to them, and to do it with a willing spirit. We need to remember that the enemy is at our door waiting for us to allow compromise into our home and into our lives and the lives of our family. SO, with this I say cast your cares on him and remember that he will lead you and your kiddos where you are to go, if your alert!