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Already Taken Care of !!

Sorry I have been missing.  Well not missing just living and at times it feels like  I am a bystander in my own life.  My son started college in August and life has been a little overwhelming.  It is easy to say that we understand that God has a plan that nothing happens by chance but it is another thing to put faith into action.

I read Exodus 16:4 again and it reads Then the Lord said to Moses behold, I am about to rain bread
from heaven for you and the people of Israel , gather a days worth only every day.

As moms our Brains never seem to stop,  we are always on.  It's in our nature to take care of everyone and everything, to worry even if we know better.  As the Israelite's we can be drawn to the what if;s instead of the here and now.  Due to worry we might be tempted to take more than we need out of fear of not having enough.   We pull time and energy from projects, from reading the word from devotions and from ourselves.  To worry about things that God has promised to tak…

The Slow Learner!

As a home school parent I wish I could say I don't compare my children to other children... But the truth is I tend to rate my children by well my other children.  I compare how they preform at the same age or grade doing the same task.  So today is an encouragement to my self and hopefully others.  My daughter has in my mind been my slow learner....
As I researched how to help and enable her learning style I came across what the true definition of the term I called slow learner.. The clinical term slow learner is described as a student who has the ability to learn all of the academic skills, needed but at a rate and depth below their average peers.  So the example they gave was if it takes a average 1st grader 16 week to learn a task, it could take a slow learned 32 weeks or more for the same task.   The explanation behind this is that most slow learners reasoning skills are typically delayed, this makes picking up new concepts difficult for the child to learn and understand.  Th…

Vegetarian Crock Pot Meals

So I’ll be honest and tell you that my family eats meat with dinner every night, except for when we have  veggie lasagna or the garden vegetable soup or bean and cheese burritos or on  the nights I do rice, beans and a veggie.   To be honest I would love to eat healthier, my mission is to replace meals with a more healthy option.  So when I saw these I was happy to find many of our go to recipes in a vegetarian form.  I’ve made hundreds of make-ahead crockpot recipes, and I can tell you that these vegetarian recipes will freeze perfectly.  And, the best part is that you don’t have to do any cooking ahead of time – simply combine the ingredients and freeze! Eleven Vegetarian Make-Ahead Crockpot RecipesSweet Potato and Lentil Soup from Food NetworkBlack Bean Soup from Money Saving MomSweet Potato and Red Pepper Chili from Once a Month MealsAfrican Coconut Chickpea Soup from Once a Month MealsGrandma’s Vegetarian Chili from AllrecipesVegetable Stew from Real SimpleVegetarian Fajitas fr…

Crock pot Meals!

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Freezer cooking! Have you heard about this? You spend one day preparing meals for the month to keep in your freezer so you don’t have to think about it later. The meals can either be fully cooked and just need to be warmed or they can be raw & placed into your slow cooker,  all prepped and ready to go when you need them. It saves time, money, and your sanity! I am in school full time, working part time, and still have to maintain my full time mom and wife duties as well. There are some days that I don’t even get home with the kids until 6:30 and bedtime is around 7ish. That does not leave much time to cook dinner (and for some strange reason, my kids want to eat every.single.night!). That’s where the freezer cooking comes into play. All I have to do is pull a bag out of the freezer the night before and place it in the fridge to defrost. The next morning I dump it into the slow cooker and turn it on. That’s it! Dinner (at least the main dish) will be done and ready to serve the mi…

Taking my homeschool back 10 years!

Taking my homeschool back 10 years !



Each Year before school starts again I test my children just so that I will have a clear picture of where each child is academically.  Because I have homeschooled  for so long I remember when my older three children were in public school.  Kindergarten use to be about social development and some simple basic skills, such as colors, learning the ABC’s and how to write their first name.  Over the past 10 -15 years school changed Kindergarten is now first grade, and first grade is now second grade.  It used to be normal for first graders to still be learning to read. Now, not only does the state demand that they be reading but know 67 site words to boot.  By state standards for kindergartners who aren’t reading by the end of the year have these children considered behind.
Proponents of ramping up standards in early elementary education tend to focus on the numbers, the US trying to compete on a world level rather than doing what is right for our st…

Getting Organized!

Getting Organized!

If you are like me I can become overwhelmed fast as I try to get things ready for the new year. It helps if I can take a few moments to do something out side my set up class room such as reading, or prayer this helps me to rediscover my goals and feel more in control of my life and my school schedule. There are times that I feel as if I have homeschool under control but my house is being attached by baby giants and starts to take on a life of its own.  But I have friends who’s homes are always spotless never a plate out of place, but they can’t seem to get on top of lesson plans and school goals and schedules are not a part of their school.  What I have learned over the years is that Homeschool families are all the same: drowning in a sea of clutter! I have also started to understand that organization is <em>not</em> about an immaculate house or quintessential neatness. There is not any one best way to organize. <em>Organization is a means of <…

The Wedding Ring!

The order of things matters.  That’s why we have old sayings like “don’t put the cart before the horse… don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”  Although  we know this and it seems so easy, why do we forget this so often when it comes to our families? Genesis 1-2 show the picture of our first parents’ home in its beautiful order.  Let’s look at a snapshot: So God Yahweh created man in his own image, in the image of God Yeshua  he created him; male and female he created them.… God Yahweh saw all that he had made, and it was good. (Gen 1:27-28, 31) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother an will cleve unto his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Gen 2:24,) This is where a little good studying can make a great home.  What do we notice about the first family?  God Yahweh made man and woman, united them in marriage, blessed them, and said this is VERY GOOD.  And ther were no children in the picture yet! That tells us something huge about Yeshua’s thoughts on  marriage an…

God's Order

The order of things matters.  That’s why we have old sayings like “don’t put the cart before the horse… don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”  Although  we know this and it seems so easy, why do we forget this so often when it comes to our families? Genesis 1-2 show the picture of our first parents’ home in its beautiful order.  Let’s look at a snapshot: So God Yahweh created man in his own image, in the image of God Yeshua  he created him; male and female he created them.… God Yahweh saw all that he had made, and it was good. (Gen 1:27-28, 31) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother an will cleve unto his wife, and they will become one flesh. (Gen 2:24,) This is where a little good studying can make a great home.  What do we notice about the first family?  God Yahweh made man and woman, united them in marriage, blessed them, and said this is VERY GOOD.  And ther were no children in the picture yet! That tells us something huge about Yeshua’s thoughts on  marriage an…

Life With Teens !!!

I have a large gap between my oldest set to my next set of now teens... If you would have asked me back then if it was hard raising them, I would have said yes in its own right... But being honest it is much harder now, than with my older children. I see the daily challenges that this set of teens go through are worse than when I was a child or even their older siblings were teens and the temptations are out of this world. No matter the change here are some practical tips for raising teenagers that every God centered home can put into practice regardless of the generation. These are not in any certain order... as the thoughts that I came up with and put them down. Look at how they can be worked on just one at a time or at any time your together. Try to find one that you can start right away! Teenagers (You just have to love them)I love all of my children but I have to be honest....When my children get to be teens I become more focused on them being ready to be on their own... I try …

Bitter Sweet!

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My, I want to say middle child but in a family my size I have a few middles.....Any way Eliyah received his cap and gown today.....What a bitter sweet moment, on one hand I am so very proud of him.  Then there is that mommy part of me..... I am  looking at this handsome young man and remembering how this now 6 feet 132 pound gem started off at just barely 5 pounds .  He is such a sweetheart and has a spirit of gold.....I am excited for his next adventure .......Excited to see how God is going to work in his life and through his testimony......  As a mom to many boysit was important for me  to remember I was babysitting for God and raising someones husband.......

The plan

I have been playing for my own home. In this prayer I pray that I will be able to fix it up just the way I want. Understand that taking on a remodeling project will require a lot. Plans, materials, and experienced workers.  When reading the stiry if of Noah
which has been apart of my devotion this week.  I can see the undertaking, being no didferent than a build ir remodel.  Gid gave Noah a very detailed plan for the ark and how he would need to house his family
and all if Gods animals.  Yahweh told and in visions shiwed Noah how he wanted everything done.  He showed Noah how to collect the materials and gave instructions
On hiw tall, how wide, and how deep.  As
We read the story of Noah today we can surly see that Gid chose Noah and equipped him with all the skills and know how to complete the task at hand.
When God wants to get a job done , he calls the workers and he equipes them to ve able to do the job.  And depending on the job he also calls for help from others in his army, th…

Becoming Men of God!!!! (A right to passage)

God gave me 6 boys to raise, Aharown, Eliyah, Zachariyah, Shemayah and Amaziyah. Aharown is 24 years old and is already a man who loves God and displays his attributes often. Eliyah is such a God centered young man and at 17 years old, I am proud of the man he has become. He is honest, giving and will become a wonderful husband one day. Zachariyah is and loving spirit who enjoys giving, he is such a law keeper and I have enjoyed watching him grow into the young man he is today. Shemayah and Amaziyah are such sweethearts and I see that we are on the right path I have a male friend that was raised Hebrew / Jewish and when he reached the age of 12 he had a special ceremony that would allow him to go into man hood. Almost every culture in the world has something to mark the difference between a boy and a man. A boy goes through a “rite of passage,” after which he becomes officially a man. The rite of passage may involve an ordeal, a test, or a training period of some kind. In other c…