Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesdays Take

Wow,  I am sitting here just staring at that stupid blinking cursor thinking "Really I need to type something"

Have I been facebooking for too long? Since when did blogging become so hard?


Ok,  now that that is out of my system I need to figure out how to jump into this blog.

We have been busy here around the house,  It is really not that exciting.  Just the normal homeschool family junk going on.

School, laundry, dishes.  Some days my life seems to be a never ending Ground Hogs Day movie script.

This week I have a ton of Dental appointments.  The 3rd daughter, Miss Sunshine, has to go over to a larger town to see a specialist dentist.  She loves her dentist there.  They have the most amazing office.  It has a HUGE fish tank with Dori and Nemo in it.  They also have a play area that makes any child happy in the office,  complete with tropical play house.  

She is looking forward to her visit there.  Mostly because she gets to spend the day with mama and papa  And for the balloon animal that the dentist makes after each visit.

If only a balloon animal would make my dental visits fun :(

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Merry Heart Monday

Mondays can be such a downer type day or you can make them a day to laugh,  Or on occasions Mondays will just attack you and you had better laugh or you go loopy!!

In any case I try to laugh on Mondays.  It seems to help get the entire week going better.

We have been spending a lot of time in the dentist office lately.  Getting all the children worked on and with 8 children it can take a long time to get every one finished up.  Especially with our children's bad teeth.  

This clip from the Carol Burnett show is so funny and I think about it every time I am sitting at the dentist office.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

As Unto the Lord

They are few things that really test my Christianity.  Ok, maybe more than a few.  And thankfully this one does not show up here that often.  It is a sick husband

See that picture,  yeah that is not me!  At all.  

I am more likely to be the wife who when her husband is asking for a box of tissues to be yelling at him that she is busy and to go find the tissues himself.

And really why is it that a husband can come down with the same virus the wife is getting over but he is wayyyyyyyy more ill than she was.  He is on deaths door.  And the tissues feel like sand paper to his nose, the house is never warm enough, or cold enough.  He did not want the cough medicine you bought him.  He wanted one with a cough suppressant not an expectorant!!!  And why does the soup you made him have no flavor.  

Do you see your husband in any of the above?  
When men become ill they are always at deaths door.  Or so it seems to us ladies.

So how does this tie in with serving as unto the Lord.

When we are serving and taking care of our family it should be done as unto the Lord.  We should do it with all our might, or to the best of our abilities.  Even caring for our husbands.

As I was ready to scream at him to stop being a big baby I saw my memorial wall.  I find little things to tack onto my wall to be reminders to me of what I am striving for. 

Currently on the wall I have a sign that says only "Joy"  It is to remind me that the joy of the Lord is my strength and to get through my days I need to cling to Him and be joyful in all things.  That is where I get my strength.  

The other is simply a smile.  To remind me to keep a sweet countenance as I am the representation of God to my family.

This year I added a picture of an outdoor water fountain,  reminding me to draw water our to the wells of salvation.  To daily rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to fill me.  So I can have that joy and that cheerful countenance.  

As I saw those items I realized I was not serving my husband the way I would serve the Lord.  If it was the Lord I would be more than happy to get him the tissues he wanted, the cough syrup that would match his symptoms.  And just all around make him as comfortable as I could.  

It really is as simple as that.

How do you serve your husband.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Merry Heart Monday

What a week it has been,  actually it has been crazy since before Christmas.  We had a stomach virus slowly make it's way through the family.  Now we are fighting a flu virus.  

Mr. Visionary has canceled school here until the children are all back on their feet.  I panicked when he made that decision but really what school would continue on when 75% of the student body is ill.  

And with our curriculum set the way it is the children do so much together that they all need to be in class together.  

But as a homeschooling mother this really is my first instinct 

Oh yes Homeschool moms can be so mean

Here is a video to enjoy
And no I am not answering how many of these actually apply to our family!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Merry Heart Monday

Love those Monday's.  Ok I normally am one of those freaks that does not mind Monday's.  But this Monday has me in a bit of a funk,  Being as we have been ill for a while and it is time to jump back into school.  So for this Monday I am going to yield to the wisdom of the household sages,  those all knowing ones.  Yes the teenagers helped out a bit with this one.  

They have discovered the comic section at our local library and have been consuming Garfield as if he is going out of style, or maybe that should be has gone out of style.  Any how when ever I hear them quietly snickering I will ask them what they find so humorous.  After the first time you would think I would leave them alone.  Normally it has to do with how a comic about Garfield and his coffee reminds them of me.  Yes, I admit it.  I LOVE my coffee.  And only one child has ever run from me in the morning.  They had yet to learn the lesson of don't talk to mom before she has that first cup.  Just wish she had not then proceeded to announce it around the house for the next week.  Sheesh, yipe at one person in the morning and you have a herald for the next week,  walking before you, and proclaiming,

"Don't talk to mom before her coffee!!  Don't talk to mom before her coffee!!"

Garfield is a cat with much wisdom.  

But then the children and I stumbled on this on youtube.  Oh the joys of laughing with your children,  after you have imbibed of caffeine first, of course!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Then Sings My Soul

I try to chose a song that is my theme song for the year.

Here is mine for 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Year A Continuing Start

So here we are at the beginning of a new year.  I was talking with my mom and she asked me if I had any resolutions.  I had to say no.  I was tired of starting and failing so I just did not even make any attempt at a start.  But then Miss Princess said something that got me to thinking.  She was talking to Papa and mentioned that she was trying to be more ladylike this year than she was last year.

It made me think,  It was not an all or nothing proposition for her.  It was just an improvement on what was already there.  I liked that. 

I tend to be a person who if I think something is not going to work out I won't even start the project.  But her idea of just improving on what is there is a great idea.  I think I can handle that.  And it tied right in with something my husband and I were just talking about.

I have been picking a verse of the year and was praying and asking God to direct me to the perfect verse for 2013.  I kept stumbling across this verse.  I would read it in a devotional, hear it referenced in a sermon, or see it posted and so I decided it was the verse I needed for this year.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water our of the wells of salvation.  

To me it is a reminder to rely on the Holy Ghost and his power.  If I am saved He is a never ending supply of power, but only if I yield to him.  So how does this tie in with building on a foundation?  Well last years verse was

Nehemiah 8:10  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto the LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

With Joy is how my new verse for the year starts and my last years verse was on joy.  My new verse is adding on to my foundation of last years verse.

I love the way the Lord leads us to just what we need.

Be Still My Soul

“It will be a new day for us when we put away false notions and foolish fears and allow the Holy Spirit to fellowship with us as intimately as He wants to do, to talk to us as Christ talked to His disciples by the sea of Galilee. After that there can be no more loneliness, only the glory of the never-failing Presence.” 
                                                                                                                                                                                   – A.W. Tozer, In Pursuit of God


Monday, December 10, 2012

Merry Heart Monday

It is that time again!!!

Time to have a merry heart on Monday!

This is our absolute favorite of all the versions of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Hope it starts your week off with a smile.

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