Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Laundry. That word can strike fear into the heart of any mom. A million and one scenerios come to mind when one mentions laundry or lack of.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I added some pictures of random activities that have happened throughout our little red house. If you peer in any nook or cranny, you will find someone is always up to something. The kids are forever using their imaginations and turning the oddest moments and spaces into an endless adventure. Its a good thing, even though my compulsive need to keep things orderly often interrupts their fun. Im trying, I promise... but sometimes the need for neat takes over. Perhaps its something that needs to be added to my prayer list. Maybe even prioritized to the tippy-tippy top. After all, wasn't I the girl who came home from delivering baby #2 and vacuumed my living room because it hadn't been done in 2 days??? Yes, I will work on that.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
While searching the aisles of my favorite homeschool bookstore this past weekend, I ran another book that I knew I HAD to have!!! It is a must have, another bible, if I do say so myself. A hardcover thick book filled with everything I need to know and everything I need to train up my 4 daughters. Its a book that will be passed down, a book whose pages will be familiarly wrinkled. It will be highlighted and written in. The kids will look back and remember the times we gathered around it learning new stitches or recipes or how-to's. It was $49 so I left it there.... but I will return in October to bring it home to me. It will be mine and it will be cherished. Even hubby thought it was the "Homemakers bible" and will most certainly find a place in our home.
|Godly Womanhood||Flower Arranging||Making a House a Home|
|Sewing||Basketry||Caring for the Sick & Injured|
|Cooking/Baking||Family Finances||Family Celebrations|
|Knitting||Child Development||Infant Care & Breastfeeding|
Making Greeting Cards
|Child Training||Raising Small Animals|
|Home Management||Cross Stitch||Soapmaking|
|Crocheting||Caring for the Elderly||Woman's Health Concerns|
|Comforting the Mourning||Rug Braiding||Home Business|
I flipped thru the pages of the book and stared in wonder. Illustrated pictures on how to knit (you all know how much I need that) decorating ideas, wonderful recipes. The pages were thin and filled with small print from top to bottom. So much information was packed into that huge book. I didn't want to walk away, I didn't want to leave it but I knew I had to. The kids were getting wild and hubby was losing patience. It will be mine and it will be read from cover to cover. I will begin the study with my girls in the New Year. I can't wait. Of coarse as I put the book down I saw another treasure lying next to it... "Created To Be His Help-Meet" By Debi Pearl. I smiled... knowing this was a very good table!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Last night was our first Knotty girls Knit society meeting. As soon as everyone arrived, we got down to business!! Elizabeth kindly instructed us on how to make knots, cap on(?) and knit away! It was so nice to hear the squeals of excitement filter the room as one by one we "mastered" our first stitch. I have wanted to knit for so long, there is something so comforting about yarn. I was extremely intimidated by the two needles and images of older women flipping them around as if they were drumsticks danced in my head, but after last night my confidence rose! Long after the girls left, I sat in bed and continued to knit, not wanting to close my eyes. Always saying ... just one more. Perhaps this will become my new obsession? My house covered in all sorts of twists and patterns? Ok, maybe Im getting a bit ahead of myself, but I am enjoying it to the fullest. We also had a "master" crocheter teach us chain stitching and single looping? My terminology is strictly my own. Perhaps my craft store will have a home-makers dictionary I can pick up? Who knows. I learned how to crochet when I was pregnant with the boy-child #4. I was set on making him a blanket to wrap his little soft body in. I worked and worked hours on end but needless to say, my stitching needed help and his blanket (unfinished) remains in my yarn bag. Kendra happily showed me some tips to help me along and a new stitch, so I will buy more yarn and practice!!!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Playing tackle football in the living room... she loves football. Can you tell who's winning??? Sigh... I try, I really really do but she makes me wonder if she is really my child. Perhaps if she were wearing fluffy pink shoes and a cute pink purse I could relate... but this? She is beautiful though!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I did not secretly decide to buy every Item of the week at Old Navy simply because the price was too good to resist. No, NOT me!!
No, I did not almost throw out all of our pool towels simply because Im ready for fall and am sick and tired of washing them, no not me!
No, I did not complain and vent to the poor stranger on the phone (tech support for SOS) that I had no clue about computers thus this being the reason my husband should be calling and not me blah blah blah... no not me...
No, after my rant and rave the nice poor stranger did not quickly transfer me to someone else who claimed that there would be a 30 minute wait... no not me!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Today is Show and Tell Friday at KELLI'S house. Here are my favorite pair of shoes! What can be better than polk-a-dots and red!!! Hannah and Abigail graciously modeled them for me today!! I just LOVE wearing them...plus they are Mary Janes!!! Could it get any better? I think NOT! Have a great weekend!!!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Today we drove up to the mountains of NC to the Apple Festival. The ride was breathtaking!!! The mountains, bridges and gorges were so refreshing to see.We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as we drank fresh squeezed lemonade, ate caramel apples, funnel cake and saw many hand made wood crafts. Quilters were there, knitters, wood carvers... It was great. The highlight of our day was listening to THE HUNT FAMILY FIDDLERS. They were a large traveling Christian Home schooled family who played amazing blue grass music. I have a video I will upload shortly. Their CD will definitely be purchased!
SOUTHERN LADY MAGAZINE BRINGS TV CELEBRITIES AND ENTREPRENEURS TO SAVANNAH
Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11, 2009
HGTV’s Erica Glasener, TLC’s Laurie Hick son-Smith and Sister Schubert Headline Weekend
EVENT: Southern lifestyle magazine, Southern Lady, will bring the pages of the magazine to life
with the seventh annual Southern Lady Celebration weekend in Savannah, Georgia.
The event will feature a weekend of inspirational speakers, delicious food, how-to demonstrations, a shopping tour of Savannah, on-site shopping boutique and fabulous entertaining ideas and tips from the editorial staff of Southern Lady.
PRESENTERS: Celebrity presenters will include the popular interior designer and co-host of TLC’s Trading Spaces, Laurie Hickson-Smith, HGTV’s Erica Glasener and Patricia Barnes, better known as Sister Schubert. Additional speakers will include artist Diana Hansen of White Flowers designs, devotional speaker Lael Melville, Southern humorist Bobbie Staten and the Editor-in-Chief of Southern Lady magazine, Phyllis Norton Hoffman.
DATE AND TIME: Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11, 2009
LOCATION: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa
One Resort Drive
Savannah, GA 31421
The Grand Ballroom
REGISTRATION: The $429.00 registration fee includes four meals, all speaking programs and presentations, how-to demonstrations, access to the Celebration boutique and a shopping tour of Savannah. For more information or to register, visit www.southernladymagazine.com
About the Speakers
Laurie Hickson-Smith was one of the first designers to hit the airwaves on The Learning Channel’s (TLC) hit show Trading Spaces. Now, in the show’s ninth season, fans see Laurie’s stylish designs each week as they remake a space in just 48 hours. Laurie’s self-described “modern classic” design style blends traditional and modern with her signature uses of color for vitality. Staying true to her Southern roots, Laurie resides in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband, Brad, 6-year-old son Gibson Witherspoon, and 2-year-old daughter India Dawson.
Horticulturist and author Erica Glasener has hosted A Gardener’s Diary on Home and Garden Television (HGTV) for 14 years. As a Southern Lady contributor, Erica offers helpful advice for gardens large and small in her column, “Garden Inspiration.” In her own garden, Erica grows vegetables, fruits, heirloom roses, bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Her creative ideas prove that, with a little thought and planning, any garden space can be both beautiful and functional.
Sister Schubert has become a Southern household name synonymous with her Parkerhouse Roll. Sister began making her delicious rolls in 1989, and now Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls includes three bakeries, which together produce more than 5 million rolls daily. She credits her family, employees, and faith for her phenomenal growth. But Sister’s story shows that her tireless enthusiasm for excellence is at the heart of her success.
Phyllis Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Lady will reflect on the 10 years of the publication and highlight some of her favorite features and photos. She will also share an exclusive look at her two latest books, Gracious Spaces and Honey, It’s All in the Shoes.
Diana Hansen was featured in the premiere issue of Southern Lady and is sure to inspire with her eye for beauty. As an artist and owner of White Flowers, Diana has created an ethereal world in her all-white shop located in Birmingham, Alabama. Her story will show that inspiration can come from the most unexpected and simplest of places.
Back again from the 2007 Celebration, Dr. Lael Melville is a gifted speaker who will encourage and motivate. She will offer her insights, humor, and practical applications on how to approach life’s challenges. Lael is a psychologist, wife, and mother of three teenage sons, and she lives and serves in Plano, Texas.
A North Carolina native, Bobbie Staten is a nationally recognized Southern motivational humorist who’s healthy and irreverent sense of humor focuses on people and the lives they lead. Her message reflects a universal theme as old as time, yet fresh and relevant to today’s hectic lifestyle. When you have your health, family, and priorities balanced, life just seems to fall into place. For the few times when it doesn’t – laugh!
About Southern Lady magazine
Founded in 1999, Southern Lady (www.southernladymagazine.com) magazine is published bi-monthly by Hoffman Media, LLC. The magazine celebrates, delights, and inspires women who live in the South-and those who are simply southern at heart. Highlighting a gracious way of life, it gives readers timely advice on everything from gift giving to grand gatherings, making Southern Lady a year-round lifestyle guide.
About Hoffman Media, LLC
Since its founding in 1983, Hoffman Media (www.hoffmanmedia.com) has been the leader in special-interest publications. Targeting the women’s market, the company publishes Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Cooking with Paula Deen, Celebrate, Victoria, TeaTime, Southern Lady, Taste of the South, Just CrossStitch, and Sew Beautiful.
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Friday, September 4, 2009
Dear Working Mom,
I see you nearly every time I'm out with my children. Sometimes you are very young, sometimes you look older. You might look happy one day and tired or stressed the next. You are different every time I meet you, but you say the same thing to me nearly every time: "You're so lucky. I wish I could stay home with my children but I just can't afford it."
Usually I smile and agree that I am blessed, but quite honestly I'd like to challenge you. You say you can't afford to stay home. Maybe you can if you're willing to make some changes.
- Will you trade in your 2 year old car for a 13 year old mini van? The side door might not work very well. Yes, it will break down occasionally on your way to the kids' dental checkups, but that's ok. Your dentist will understand. Do plan to change a flat every now and then, since you might be driving on older tires.
- Will you buy your clothes at thrift stores from now on? I know your clothes aren't terribly expensive now, but even inexpensive clothes add up when you buy them new. No, you won't always be able to wear exactly what you want, but you might find that it's not such a big deal if you're spending most of your time at home. Your kids won't make fun of your fashion sense. Well, not unless they're teens. Then I can't vouch for them.
- You might have to reconsider cable TV. Anyway, the last thing you need is to watch the average 5 hours/day of TV. Too much of it is about working moms driving late model cars and wearing all those clothes you won't be buying.
- Something as simple as grabbing pizza on Friday night might become a financial decision, carefully weighed out.
- Your children should expect some changes too. Ballet lessons, karate lessons, and sports might go on the chopping block. They might be among the sad minority that does not possess a laptop or cell phone. They might never visit Disneyland. Summer camp might even be crossed off the calendar. Don't let the guilt get to you. Just like adults, children are notentitled to all the best in life. Children need to understand that these things are extras. They are wants, not needs. The sooner your children know this, the happier they will be.
- Would you be willing to sell your house? If you're serious about wanting to stay home with your children, this might be what it takes. Are you willing to live in a smaller, older home, in a lower priced neighborhood?
To sum it up, are you willing to give up a middle class lifestyle? I know you're not rich now, but you could get by on less if you really had to. Is staying home with your children worth that much to you?
I realize that not every situation is the same. You might be a single mom, struggling just to keep the electric on. Some churches would help you, but you might not be in that sort of church.
You might be willing to make all the lifestyle changes that would enable you to stay home but your husband insists that you work.
Maybe your husband is disabled, and truly can't support the family.
Or maybe you didn't really mean that you'd love to do it. Maybe you just meant it might be kinda nice, if you didn't have to give up any of your current creature comforts.
But maybe, just maybe you really never thought of it this way and now you realize that you can afford to stay home. Will you do it?