And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Feeling productive....

I just registered A for homeschool in the fall! Since this is our first official year, this is a big step! I feel relief from getting it done! I have one more major curriculum item left to purchase but it is picked out. Since we haven't really stopped through the summer (we've been taking it easy though) this is just another part of the seamless transition into really real kindergarten with all 1st grade curriculum! I find it all very humorous!

I have had the opportunity to talk with 2 other families in my area that are treading water, thinking of homeschooling! It feels really great that in just about 8 months I have gone from nervous and hesitant about even trying homeschooling to shouting it's joys from the rooftops! A herself has gone from asking when she will go back to school (because some of her friends go) to loving it homeschool and asking to never go to "regular school". Our local school system has many challenges and they only seem to be getting worse. I am glad that my daughter (and eventually my son) will not have their education impacted by school changes, building changes, principal changes, zone changes, etc.

This verse has come up twice already today so I will share it with you!

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”- Isaiah 40:31

Just a reminder!!!!

This is my sweet hubby Kyle! Isn't he cute? Yesterday was our 9th wedding anniversary! I am so pleased that the Lord has blessed us and our marriage. Kyle works hard at everything he does, being on task for the Lord, being a husband, a father, at his job......

He will be chaperoning a missions trip to Uganda in the fall. It is an expensive trip. He was asked by our Sunday School teacher to accompany a young ladies basketball team on this trip. Being a one income family, this is an expensive task for him! However he knows that God commands us to go unto all the nations in His name! Kyle is excited about the trip and I am excited for him! Spending time in orphanages and with a feeding program are going to be amazing experiences!!

So most of you have seen other posts where I have given you an opportunity to help with this trip. I am putting it out here one more time. The remaining balance of the trip is due in 2 weeks and we still need to raise quite a bit! I have taken down the paypal buttons because of the fees they were chargin per donation. You can give directly through In the drop down list, please choose the August 2010 Uganda trip and designate your gift to Kyle Carter.

You can also still buy coffee from They have a wonderful selection and $5 from each bag goes to the missions trip! There is a buttonlink down my right sidebar also!

Thank you for contributing! The biggest contribution the whole team needs is prayer! Many of them have not been out of the country before. It is an 11 day trip that involves over 20 hours of flight! The culture and environment are going to be very different. Like Kyle many of the team members have never been on a missions trip before. Pray that hearts will be open in Africa to the message they are bringing!

Thank you blog friends! May God bless your day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Raising Homemakers- you have to check it out!

Raising Homemakers

Let me encourage you to check out the blog "Raising Homemakers." I stumbled upon it right at the beginning through Facebook and it is wonderful! If you have daughter, you really should look at it. The blog gives tips, resources, and encouragement for raising your daughters in a Godly fashion emphasizing family and home life.

Today's post really struck a cord (most of them have for different reasons!) because I was raised in a home where both parents worked. My parents later divorced and so I was in a home where my mom worked all the time! As I grew up I really only knew one homemaker, my best friend's mom. At first I thought of her role as silly, I wondered why she did not work. Later I really respected and loved that she was available to come to school functions, pick us up and take us places, and make us an afternoon snack. She did not homeschool her children but she schooled me on being an available parent.

While I was in high school and later college, I realized that my dream was only to raise children and have a happy family. While I did not yet know much about Jesus and the bible (although I spent some time in church settings), I wanted my family to have a different life than the one I was leading. I always thought it was just a silly dream though. I never thought in this day and time that it could happen. However when my hubby and I first started dating, I shared that dream with him. We were not living our lives for the Lord at the time but Kyle always remembered that dream of mine.

God came into our lives and later through prayer and changes to our lifestyle, God granted my dream! Even in that I did not even consider homeschooling until last year. Needless to say I mostly feel as though I am bumbling along just doing the best I can! As the writer reveals in the blog above, good thing it is not in our ability but the Lord's!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Daddy wish I could have called you today to tell you I love you,

Wish my kids could have yelled "Happy Father's Day Grandpa Eddie!"

Wish I could mail you their beautiful new portraits,

Wish I could have bought you a new Daddy O tshirt

Wish I could laugh with you over something silly

Wish I could have made you some peanut butter fudge,

I hope you know how much I miss you.

Save a place for me in heaven above!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Missing my Daddy.....

This is a picture of my daddy, my friend Julie, and I from way back when....... My dad passed away last year on June 29. Since Sunday will be my first Father's Day without him, my heart has been aching. Loss and grief are such mysteries. No matter the circumstances, there will always be a raw spot where a loved one has been lost......

As I also approach 30 (it's right around the corner now- I think I hear Jaws music), I have been dwelling deep in thought. I wonder just what I thought 30 would look like. Honestly I don't know if I just don't remember what I thought it would be or if I just didn't spend much time thinking about it. I am sure that I never thought I would have lost a parent at this age. I did always dream of being a stay at home mom, but honestly I never thought it would happen. God has so generously blessed me in that aspect of my life! In the past decade, I have lost loved ones but gained an amazing husband and 2 beautiful children! I have parted ways with some friends, drawn others closer to my heart, and made new ones that bless me everyday! I like to think that I have cleaned a lot of the "fluff" out of my life in order to follow God's direction more whole heartedly. I have gained maturity and wisdom, but I have also learned to let go and have fun when there is fun to be had!

I don't really know much (think Forrest Gump philosophy). I once had a friend tell me that she enjoyed her 30s way more than her 20s because she didn't know who she was in her 20s but she was secure with herself in her 20s. That is my prayer for myself in this next decade, that I stay true to who God would have me to be.

My hubby and I also will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary next week. Just thought you'd like to know! :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fun Day in Memphis

I am a deal LOVER! The Pink Palace Museum in Memphis offered a free summer membership (if you signed up in May). We signed up last year and never had an opportunity to go so I was super excited that they offered it again! There was some question as to how much fun it would be for younger children... well let me just tell you that my 2 & 5 yr olds LOVED it (almost as much as I love a deal :). We went with some friends and had a great time!

They open at 9. We arrived a little after 10. It was wonderful. There were hardly any other visitors there at the time. It is two stories. We started at the top and just happened to make it up there in time for the circus to be running! I wish I had taken a picture of it. It is a fully working huge model of a circus, complete with walking horses with carriages, acrobats, clowns, etc. It runs for a half hour at a time. E would have stayed and watched it for hours I think. There was an old Piggly Wiggly that you could go in and walk through with shelves lined with products from way back. My kids were excited to find things they recognized packaged differently. There were full scale models of a dentist office and a doctor's office from the 1920s. I will say there were wax (or some other medium) "people" that they all thought were "creepy" but they survived it! Anyway there was tons of things to look at and talk about. Our little group had quite a range of ages but you could explain as much or as little about each exhibit as they were willing to listen to. They had old sports memoribilia, knives, swords, a full scale log cabin, old dresses, jewelry, photos, letters, dinosaur fossils, bugs, birds, I could go on and on. It was very fun! We spent about 2 hours inside but could have easily done more.

They have a little restaurant inside and a gift shop. There is also an IMAX theater but we did not visit it this time. The gift shop had a wonderful little kiosk with items under a dollar, most were 23 cents so all the kids were able to get a souvenir. We had a hard time finding it but there is a shady picnic area available on the grounds, so we had a place to eat our sack lunches that we brought.

After lunch we decided to head to Mud Island. First we stopped at a Memphis Welcome Center on the river to use their restroom. It was nice and clean and inside were statues of Elvis and BB King. There were also picnic tables there overlooking the river.

Then we went and parked ($6) and walked the long bridge to Mud Island. There is also a tram option to get to Mud Island but it is $4 each regardless of age. So we walked which was fun because the bridge had beautiful views.

At the other end was a really awesome model of the Mississippi River. It was a great learning tool and fun for the kids to wade in. There were special places where Memphis and other cities were complete with bridges. At the end was the delta with an area for wading, riding paddle boats, or eating at the Gulfport grill.

We spent over an hour here and then headed back to our neck of the woods! I love me some field trips! :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Round up!

We are still chugging along on A's kindergarten HOP. She is on the next to last unit! She's excited to have a "break" from it when we get done. However we went to our local summer reading program at the library last week. She & E were eligible to sign up so she has been reading to him! That way they can both fill in their time increments. I am so excited for her to be able to read so many 1st readers! She is also thrilled to know a majority of the words she is seeing in those books.

I have picked up a few workbooks here and there. She has been slowly working through some of those also, one is time & money and another is reinforcing her helper words. The workpages in them are fairly simple and quick so we get through them without too much complaining.

We went to our first used curriculum fair last week! We saw some friends there, got a feel for the way they work, and picked up a nice science book! :)

We are going to be learning our fruits of the Spirit next. Definately could use lots of work on those in the brother/ sister relationship!

E has finally mastered his colors! Just like everything else, suddenly one day he knew all of them and he doesn't talk about anything right now without mentioning its color! It's his birthday soon. We are buying up all out Buzz & Woody accessories! He can't wait for Toy Story 3 to come out!

A is registered for fall soccer. That should be fun! :) Maybe it will help her with coordination..... hmm we can hope anyway!

We have been swimming! So much fun now that they both can go around on their own in the shallow end (E in his floaties of course)! Great exercise and nice to just be out!

We are going to a children's museum in a few days! I am excited and so are they! We have never been to this one so we will see how it goes!

So I guess that's it for right now! More to come......

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer's Here

Summer's here and for us it means busy, busy, busy! Basketball Camp for A this week, 1st used curriculum fair to visit, VBS for both kids next week, pictures, bday party planning for E for later in the month, yard sale cleaning & gathering fest, cookouts, etc etc etc!

It is fun but it is already HOT HOT HOT!

And this is a totally random post (obviously) but I am so sad that Rue McClanahan passed away today. I love Golden Girls. I remember watching with my Grandma all the time when I was a kid and it's a show that I often watch still. May she rest in peace.......

More to come when we've actually had some learning time! Although basketball camp and VBS involve lots of learning!