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Our random life

This is one post that I don’t have trouble coming up with things to write about. With as much activity and stuff that goes on around here, random is the name of the game! (I’m linking up with the always fabulous Live a Colorful Life.)

Most of the function we do, I don’t go and serve at. I help get things made and loaded up into the van, but Adam usually goes. This week we had 2 function back to back ~ literally. Tuesday night and then Wednesday morning. Adam did the Tuesday night one, while Isaac and I did the Wednesday morning one, since Adam had the Crandon delivery to do. Isaac was so excited to go, he woke up on his own earlier than he needed to!

On our way home, we passed by a concrete company (we were serving in the same town our church is in) and during the winter they had made a giant snow man. Except now, it’s warmed up enough that the snow man is no longer… all there.

We found out the other week that which gender is winning in our family. Can you guess?

Now the hard part comes: deciding on a name. With Mr. Nick-name Phobia, that is more difficult then is sounds!

Maacah likes to draw, and so received a “how to” drawing book for Christmas. The book shows how to draw certain animals, including horses. She loves it! Most of her free time, when her nose isn’t in a book that is, I find her improving on her skills.

I think she’s doing a good job, don’t’ you?

I had to get a replacement phone this week. The jack, where the micro USB goes in, wasn’t working,. Or so we thought. We ordered the phone on Monday and it was here in less then 24 hours later! And from Texas, too!! Gotta love that FedEx overnight-ing.

Anyway… once it was here, we tried to charge the batter and found that both of the cords weren’t working. How odd is that? 2 cords not working at the same time?! We didn’t try the old phone to see if it truly was the cords and not the phones’ fault, since a new one was already sent (we pay the extra bit each month for the insurance. I’m glad we do.). I bought anew cord and now it charges just fine, although the USB isn’t recognized for the tethering purpose. But the Wi-Fi works fine, so I’m using that.

In the end, it’s all good.

A new venture. Maybe?

I love to sew. That’s no secret. And I would LOVE to find an avenue where I can make things to sell. You know, so I can have the excuse funds to make more. I don’t have a store front nor to I really want to sell anything on commission. I don’t mind that avenue, per say, I just don’t want to… well, I just don’t want to share. Does that make sense?

I’ve kicked around the idea of an Etsy shop, but really, there are so many of them already. Does the world need another one? What would make my stuff any different from what is already being made and sold? I can’t come up with any reasons. I’m not closing off the possibility, but for now I won’t pursue that avenue.

What I will pursue, though, are craft fairs. Of course, I’m not talking HUGE fairs, like the Indy Craft Parade. Only small ones. There is a fair coming up in November, the first of it’s kind, and I will be joining the vendors selling both our chocolates and chocolate nut butters, as well as my own handmade wares. I’m hoping that Adam will join me, for essentially I’ll be having to booths, but we’ll see….

I have the patterns, material, and hardware ordered/already here for the objects I will be making. But I am having a problem.

Price.

What do I charge? I know the cost of what will go into each items and I know how much I charge for my time (one of the hardest things to come up with, for sure!!). But then what? I not only need to make something on my items (obviously), but I need to keep in mind the area where I live. What sells at a larger, more affluent area won’t necessarily sell here, in a smaller, economically-deprived area.

So this is where you come in, my friends!

Below are pictures of the items I will be selling, along with the prices I am considering selling them for. No, they are not the actual items, for those are still being made. But they are the pictures of the patterns I will be making them from and are ideas to give you something to go on. If you are interested in any of them, the pictures are linked to original patterns.

Key Fobs: @ $3 each

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Coasters: set of 4 @ $7

Oodalolly scrap coasters

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Journal Covers: @ $17 each

Journal cover tutorial

also from pieced scraps

put to use

All images from Stitched in Color.

Pillows: @ $25 each

April Favorites {Blogger's Pillow Party}

Summerlove Spring Birdie Pillow

Makeup Roll: @ $25 each

                                                Version #1

                                                      Version #2

  Version #3

Version #4

All makeup rolls images are from Stitched in Color.

Purses and Totes: @ $35

Short & Sassy

Pretty in pleats cover

Nanette cover

All purse and tote patterns are from Artsy Crafty Babe.

So what are your thoughts? Please leave me a comment and I won’t take offense! I understand that you are giving your advice on what you will pay.

I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts “Finish it up Friday”. While this is not a finish, per say, it is a decision to sell some items that was finally made.  

Chocolate Survey

Adam and I, with the Lords leading, are taking the leap of faith and venturing into the world of chocolatiers. Before we get to far in this, however, we need some options.

Your opinion!

Please take a moment to think about these questions and leave a comment with your answers. It’s really important! (If you are here from Facebook, you can go back and leave your comments there, if you wish.)

Chocolate bar:

We will be doing a dark (60%) chocolate bar and a milk chocolate-like bar (except there will be no milk solids and it will not be as sweet as “normal” milk chocolate it). Our chocolates have chocolate as the 1st and main ingredient, NOT SUGAR. There are no artificial flavors or colors. The ingredients are (from greatest amount to the least amount): chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter/butter, organic vanilla bean.

1. Would you buy a plain chocolate bar or one that had things added to it?

2. What type of things to you like in your chocolate: almonds? toffee? caramel?

3. What size of a bar do you prefer: a flat rectangle? a skinny long rectangle? small squat bars?

Truffles:

Will want to add truffles to our product line, both of the dark chocolate and the not-so-light chocolate (we’re not quite sure what to call it, since it doesn’t have milk in it. Suggestions?). The truffle will have a harder shell around it.

1. What kind of filling do you like in a truffle: ganache? chocolate mint? chocolate nut butter? coconut cream? all of the above?

Chocolate nut butter:

Chocolate nut butters will also be featured. Similar to Nutella, but without all the added hydrogenated oils and less sugar. Chocolate nut butter is a chocolate nut spread that is creamy enough to spread on bread, crackers, apples, etc., but is not runny.

1. What type of nut butter would you prefer: chocolate peanut? chocolate almond? chocolate cashew? chocolate hazel nut?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!!

For those of you who live in Crandon, we may be calling on you for guinea pigs. See? Sometimes living in Crandon can be a good thing! Winking smile

Working and flying and quilting, oh my!

This week went well. It looks like I’m getting over the “sick once a week” thing that plagued me for the last 4 months. I’m getting things done that have bothered me for quite some time, due to be not having the energy to do even the basics. I’m certainly not nesting, a normal occurrence in many pregnant ladies except yours truly. In all my pregnancies, I didn’t go through the “nesting stage” near the end, but I seem to always do it in stages. A little here, a little there … it works for me. I’m certainly taking advantage of the energy spurts that I’m having. This last week I got all of the children’s clothes switched out for the next season, I cleaned off the front porch (no easy task, I tell you!), we cleaned up the yard, I’m all caught up on the laundry (I do, on average, 18 loads a week. So you can imagine how behind I was!), and I’m mentally “awake” during school with the children enough that I think we’ll actually end on time!

I have mentioned before that in February, my father was diagnosed with brain cancer. The chemo was causing some real problems, both mentally and physically. So the Dr.’s stopped giving it to him and they put a shunt in the base of his skull to alleviate pressure that was in his brain. He is doing much better now, which is a relief. It was looking very grim there for awhile. We were thinking of making a trip out to VA this summer as a family, but I don’t think it would be a good idea right now. He’s not “all there” yet, having troubles remembering his children’s names. That’s not a time to be introducing new grandchildren to him (we haven’t seen him since Isaac was 8 months old, so he has never met Malachi, Nathaniel or Damaris). It has been decided that Damaris and I will be flying out Memorial weekend to visit him. It’s going to be weird taking care of only 1 child for a few days and I’m a bit nervous on how she will be in the plane. We have 2 layovers, each over an hour long, so I’m hoping that will help to get her to walk/run around. She doesn’t sit on my lap for very long, so that is my biggest concern. I have selected window seats all the way, here’s hoping I actually get those seats. We have a little over a month before we leave, so I think I’m going to “practice” holding her on my lap to try and get her used to it. Perhaps then it won’t be so strange and such a struggle to keep her content.

On another note, I think I’m getting myself into trouble with my ideas  (at least that’s what my husband says Embarrassed smile). I LOVE to create things by sewing. Baby quilts, wall hangings, table runners, fabric ornaments, baby toys, fabric boxes, …. just about anything to do with delicious fabric and more delicious fabric! I do like to make clothing as well, but that’s more of a necessity than a hobby. I have been toying with the idea to have an outlet of some sort to not only have a reason to make things, but to sell them as well. Not to make a large profit or anything. I’m not looking to make this a full time business, for I already have 3 of those: motherhood, teaching, and catering! Just something to make enough off of to fund the next project. But I’m at a loss as to the avenue to sell them. I’ve thought of Etsy, but it is so busy as it is, plus the high costs if you sell something, that I can’t think of anything that would set me apart from anyone else. It’s the same thing with Ebay, although that has a much larger customer base. I have thought of making a web site, stating the things I have for sale, but I’m unsure of how to advertise that I’m even there. I do have a blog, but I don’t have much traffic with it, so I’m not sure that would be a good avenue. I’ve thought of having a facebook page, which we have for our catering business. But I’m not interested in paying for an ad, so it would be word of mouth only.

There are two craft fairs that we have here in town during the summer that I have thought about having a tent/booth in. I could sell my wares there. I’m just unsure if I can make enough to keep making more. My idea is to use the time in a whole year, make things throughout that year, and sell them at these fairs. But at $50 for a space (each fair), could I really make enough to fund the next years worth of projects? I wouldn’t have the tent area packed or anything, maybe have 7 – 10 different products with 3-6 items under each product. I’m also not interested in making things to order nor making large quilts (a twin is the largest I really want to do, although I’ve done larger ones). I already have several quilt designs and different craft ideas in my head that are just dying to be made! If this is something I decide to do, I wouldn’t do anything this year. I’d use the next year to build up my stock. … I suppose the only way I’m going to know for sure is by doing it and see what happens. That’s what we had to do when we started making cheesecakes.

I’m ready and willing to take the risk of spending money to make these various items and not sell much. But is my husband? That, my friends, is the big question. Winking smile

What is your opinion?

Jennifer

A little bit here, a little bit there

I felt pretty good this last week, which was quite the blessing. Not just in the sense of feeling good (finally!!), but also because it was a busy week and I need to have the energy to get through everything. The eldest 5 had dentist appointments in a city that is

1 1/2 hours south of us. The children like going to this office for 2 reasons: #1.) There is a slide and video games in the waiting room. Yes, I mean an actual slide! Not the cheesy ones that you’d find on a Walmart type of swing set, but the large, enclosed kind you find at a nice park playground. The videos are fun for them since we don’t have a TV, Nintendo anything, and we seriously limit their computer time. #2.) They can watch cartoons or a movie while being in “the chair”. That’s a far cry from when I went to the dentist! I remember when they wouldn’t even let you bring in a walk man to listen to (oh my! Did I just date myself with that one!). I like going to this office for one obvious reason: all 5 can be seen in a 2 hour period. Score!!

Unfortunately, Maacah got sick in the morning before we left. I felt so bad for her, but we had to go. We’ve had this appointment since last September and we had other important errands to run. It’s bad enough to be sick, but to be so while traveling is just awful! Damaris got sick on the way down, as well. It has since gone through all but 3 of us (Adam, Grace, and myself) and I’m that if we’re going to get it, it comes  before this weekend. We are due to visit some friends then and I don’t want any of us to be sick while there.

We then had a catering event on Thursday. It wasn’t a big one and they wanted a simple lunch menu (sandwich wraps, chips, fruit, veggies w/ dip, and dessert), so Adam was able to do it himself. It was a bit of a rush it get it all done, including the county meal, but all was good in the end. It looks like things are picking up with functions and this is good.

In pregnancy news, I had a horrible bout with heart burn on Sunday. I woke up Sunday morning about 3:30am in some serious pain! No matter what position I was in, the pain was bad. And it last all day and into the night. By evening time, I was also feeling some strong Braxton hicks. I have never felt them this early nor that strong, but this pregnancy has been so waco anyway, that it might as well go all the way! Perhaps it will be more different still in that this baby will come early instead of late. I’m totally cool with that!!Open-mouthed smile

Speaking of labor, at this point we have made the decision not to induce early. From where things are right now, the risks are pretty equal on either side and because there are no definite reasons to cause us to induce, it makes more sense to wait. Of course, there are many things that can happen in 4 months and if something comes to light that puts the risks higher on the side of waiting, then we will take that into consideration. This is not necessarily a “done and closed” decision, for I don’t think it is wise to say “this is what we are going to do no matter what”. There is also the aspect of faith. How can I say that I have faith in God, that I trust His judgment, and yet turn around and disprove that with my actions? It seems very hypocritical to me. Therefore, my actions need to mirror my words. If you ask any Christian who strives to live according to what and how God wants them to, you’ll find that this is no easy task! Yet, it is one of the most important ones for any Christian to do. I know there will be people who disagree with us on this, and that is fine. It is up to each father and mother to decide what is best for their children. At this junction, this is what we believe to be best.

It seems that time is finally speeding up a bit and the days are passing quicker. There are so many things that I want to accomplish: I want school to be done for the girls by the end of May (I switched Isaac’s curriculum mid year, so he is about a 1/2 a year behind the girls. If we went all through the summer, he’d be done about mid Sept. But we will stop at the end of June and pick up again when the girls start next fall. He’ll still be about 10 weeks behind, but he’ll catch up just fine), there are some cleaning and small remodeling jobs I want to get done, and there are many sewing projects I have lined up. I completely cheated this year with Easter dresses, though. I usually make matching dresses for all of us, but we are going to a very close friends sons’ wedding this summer and those matching dresses are reserved for that. However, the girls looks forward to getting new dresses around this time, so I found a dress for each at Goodwill. The neckline needed to be altered on Grace’s and both hem lines needed to be shortened some (Grace wears an adult size 12 for the chest and middle, and Maacah wears an adult size 16). Even so, it was cheap, quick, easy, and the girls are happy. For Damaris, she has a dress with butterfly’s embroidered on it that I had made for Grace when she was this age and I’m fine with the dresses I have. So that leaves 6 dresses, 4 shirts, 2 caps, 2 baby quilts, 1 pinafore, a few slips, some other small sewing projects, clean out and organize the garage, try and finish the girls room, attempt to repair the water damaged wall in the downstairs bathroom (w/ Adam’s help), … all by mid July.  Whew! You better believe I’m praying for good days and energy!

Jennifer

Well THAT was long!

I haven’t had 3 month last this long since my first pregnancy! Sheesh!! Disappointed smile

We had a lot of traveling this week, along with some big purchases. We are very careful with our money, seeing that we are 1 income and we started a new business. Thankfully, Adam is very good with money (while I am not! That makes for an interesting situation sometimes. ). But we have prayed about these things and, since we came across these good deals, we decided to make them right now. We traveled on Thursday to Green Bay, which is 2 hours south of us, to buy a 6×12 enclosed trailer. We have needed this for some time with the catering business. Esp. when doing a wedding for 250 + people! Then on Saturday, we traveled to the Minneapolis, MN area (which is 4 hours west of us) to pick up a walk-in-freezer. We have a 2 door, reach in freezer, but we don’t have enough room in it for everything we need. Thankfully, it is as cold outside as it is in a freezer, so we have some cases of food out there right now. But soon enough, we won’t have that option. When we came across this walk-in-freezer on Craigslist, we went for it. We are hoping to be able to take out one of the windows on the far wall of the commercial kitchen, enlarge it the size of the doorway of the freezer, so that we can have access to the freezer from the inside (while having the body of the freezer outside).

Today, Monday, we have 2 doctor appointments in the next town, about 40 minutes away. While I’m in the office, Adam will take the other 4 children and go to various shopping places to get the things we need. We have Bible study tonight at 6 pm that Adam is leading. That only gives us 4 hours to finish the appointments, get our shopping done, have something for supper, and go 35 minutes in the opposite direction for the Bible study! Whew!! I’m tired just thinking about it! That’s not to mention all the school and laundry that needs to be done. Sigh

On the baby front, I’m just baffled at some of the things I’m feeling. Starting last Thursday or Friday, I’ve been having quite the “growing pains” in my abdomen. I have also been feeling pressure in my pelvic area that I don’t remember feeling until about 20 weeks or so. I have this pressure whenever I stand for 10 minutes or longer. Weird! I’m also feeling movement. Not all the time, but every now and then I feel a flutter. It seems to me that I’ve been feeling movement for a few weeks now, but since I think it’s too soon for that, I must be imagining it. I still can’t eat as much as I usually do, although that’s not a bad thing. Nyah-Nyah I know that I’m sounding like a broken record, but I just can’t get passed how different this pregnancy is from my other ones! If it turns out to be a single baby in there, I’m going to be more shocked then ever before!! For if this is indeed a multiple pregnancy, it would explain so much. Of course, I’m really running the risk of sounding totally loony with having no basis for thinking this way, except for a really strange pregnancy. That’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes, I suppose.

Jennifer

A new year. A new job. A new baby.

Today Adam starts the county job. It’s going to be really weird. He’s going to be in the commercial kitchen working, but he’s still going to be home. And he should be done delivering the food until 11 AM or so. But it’s going to be wonderful having him home. We’ll have to work out how it is going to work with how much we talk with him, bother him, and see him while he’s working in there. He has to have all the food done, about 80 meals a day to 3 different sites, by 9:45 AM to the first site. He’ll be doing as much of the work the day before as he can, so that there is not too much to do the morning of the meal.

I am also looking forward to not having to cook lunch. Yeah! We’ve decided that as long as he’s cooking food that morning, he might as well cook enough for our family for lunch. And that will be so nice! To get lunch finished at a good time, I need to start things at about 11 AM, but we are still doing school at that time and it’s not always easy to do both at the same time. Now I don’t have to! :0) And since Adam will be delivering food 4 days a week, each day he will take 1 of the 4 older children with him. It will be a good way for each child to spend time with Adam, something that doesn’t happen often. Monday’s will only be about 15 minutes, so Malachi will probably go with him that day. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday he’ll be gone for about an hour, so Maacah, Grace, and Isaac will go with him those days (1 child each day). That’s the idea, anyway. We’ll see how it really works.

Nathaniel will be 3 on Tuesday, January 4. It is so hard to get used to each new birthday! They grow up so fast, it about takes my breath away! We celebrated our family Christmas party New Year’s Eve, and since we have 3 January birthdays, we decided to celebrate the birthday that night as well. He’ll still get his birthday meal on Tuesday as well as little things, so the day is still special for him. He’s still no potty trained, but I’m working on it. I’ll admit, that my pride has taken a beating over this. All the other ones were done, both day and night, by age 3. Not him. Sigh And it’s not because I haven’t tried! He’s just so stubborn that he wants to wear “big boy undies” and not diapers anymore, but when we tell him to go to the bathroom (with us or the older girls) and try and go potty, he won’t do it. And so he ends up messing his undies over and over and over again, for days. And. He. Doesn’t. Care. So I’ve thrown up my hands in despair and put him back in diapers. I really think it’s a power thing with him, instead of an understanding thing. But, I’ll try it again. We’ll see. I know he will be trained one day and I’m aiming for it to be before August!

One day I think that the nausea has decreased, then I wake up the next day and rethink that idea! But I suppose all this nausea shows that things are good and all, so I’m not complaining. Much. :0) 8 weeks. 2 months already. I know this pregnancy is just going to fly! Although there are days where it seems to creep, but I think that’s the day itself. It would creep whether I was pregnant or not. I can’t say I’m bored, though. With 6 VERY active children in the house, there’s no chance of it! There are days where it’s nigh impossible for me to go to the bathroom without someone knocking “Mama? Are you in there?” “Are you done yet?”, “Mama! ______ did _______to me..!” It is all worth it, though. I love everyone of my children and I think the Lord for them daily. I really do. They have taught me so much! Things that I couldn’t have learned any other way. And I know that this baby will be as much of a joy to me as they are! Although the screaming and fighting I really could to without….

2 months down, 8 to go!!

There and back

Let me start off by apologizing for being gone so long! I knew it was long when Adam started to tease me about neglecting my blog in favor of Face Book. I’ll admit, that it takes less than 5 min. to post something on there, while it takes some time to to write a post. But I want to make more of an effort to keep this up, which is why I’m writing this in bed. Not that you would know that, of course, but I figured I’m waiting to fall asleep anyway, so I might as well do something constructive! :0)

Things have been so busy these last few weeks! We have had several catering events to do, with last Saturday being our last wedding (so far). Of course it’s an all day things to cook the food and get everything set up and ready to go. I love working with my husband! It is so rewarding! My feet hurt a lot by the end of the night, but everything was well worth it.

Last week we had some evangelical meetings at church. For 5 years now, our church has invited a man name Keith Daniel to speak and early October is usually when he comes. Those meeting were wonderful, with the first two messages (Monday and Tuesday nights) being the best for me. They spoke to my heart, as if the Lord put those words on Keith’s heart just for me. And it was very good to see people who come for these meetings each year again. The Kleins were sorely missed from the crowd! If any of you would like to hear Keith’s messages, go here and they are available to download.

School is going really well so far. I’ve changed things around this year and I’m finally able to “think outside the box”. Public school, and the way things are arranged/scheduled there, is all I know. So when it came to organizing and scheduling our school, I kept going back to that idea. I know many home schooling parents have had this problem when they first started and that has been a comfort to me, knowing that I will eventually “find my way”. We finished up the previous school year about a week before Damaris was born and we didn’t begin the next one until after the 1st of the year. But then I decided to take off July and August, so we started up again in September. Up until this point, I have used CLP (for Reading and LA) and Mastering Mathematics. These are very good, Christ centered curriculum, but they were not achieving the love of learning that we want our children to have. In all honesty, the issue had more to do with the teacher than the school work.

Either way, we were having more clashes and tears than enjoyment. I had the mindset that we did this subject in this time frame, then moved on to the next subject in that time frame, and so on and so forth. If a lesson wasn’t accomplished in the allotted time frame, I viewed it as a failure for myself. Also, Maacah is one who is constantly distracted by everything around her, so getting her to do her work in a timely manner was nigh impossible. Which lead to the clashing and tears. Grace and Isaac are much better at using their time more wisely. However, I need to find something that would work for everyone, not just Maacah. With the addition of Damaris, I soon found that I was very distracted myself and was very discouraged with the amount of work that was accomplished from January to July (which was the main reason for the break. I knew I needed to reevaluate everything.).

I prayed long and hard about it. Adam and I had many talks about what we want for our children in their education. Once that was decided, we needed to find a way to get there. We both want them to have a love of learning, which is something that is rarely found in public school or private school, for that matter. We want them to explore the things that they are interested, at their pace, when they need/want it. We want them to be soaked and grounded in the word of God, to make their foundation sure. We want them to love learning and to go beyond their teachers. So, with that in mind, we prayed about what to do.

The Lord answered me, as I know He would, in a way that was….different. The long and short of it is, is our schedule looks like this:

Monday: Reading/writing in the morning. For this, Isaac works on the Learning to Read books from CLP while Maacah and Grace read about 5-6 verses from a book of their choice, then writes the verses down in their notebooks. We discuss what they read to make sure they understand what they read. Art follows in the afternoon. This can range from coloring to salt dough sculptures to making a picture frame to painting.

Tuesday: Penmanship in the morning. I want our children to have good, neat, readable hand writing. We were given 3 workbooks: the 1st has the student learning cursive, then copying NT verses once the cursive letters have been learned. The 2nd book continues with cursive and the student learns how to spell words that are found in a particular proverb, then the student must write it our neatly and nicely. The 3rd is for 3rd graders and continues with cursive practice. For the afternoons, the children are practicing/learning how to type well from an on-line typing program that is free.

Wednesday: Math in the morning. I found a math curriculum that is called Math on the Level and while I can’t justify buying a whole new set when the one we have is working just fine, I have implemented something from the Math on the Level book. They call it “5 a day”. The student works on 5 math problems a day. That’s it. So what I’ve done is made Wednesday our day to learn a new concept (if they have mastered the previous one). And the rest of the week/school day, they do 5 math problems a day reinforcing the new math concept. I am getting far less complaints about math with this new approach! In the afternoons, we are learning Spanish and we have a work book for this.

Thursday: Science in the morning. A friend gave me a wonderful science curriculum called Lentil Science. The children really love science day! Even Malachi and Nathaniel can get in on the fun! In the afternoons, we work on any sewing projects that need/or want to be done. Soon I’ll be teaching Isaac how to sew on his machine.

Friday” History in the morning. I love history and so I’m so excited to teach this subject to them! We are going through a workbook that was given to us. It starts briefly about the crusades, then the reformation, than the pilgrims and why they came to this land, ending with the revolution. It doesn’t go into depth about each topic and that’s okay. This is the first year with history, so an overview is fine. In the afternoons, the girls have piano lessons from Gramma.

As you can see, it is very different from the standard, traditional schedule of the public school. But truly, this is what is working for us. Our morning are much better organized than the afternoons, which is why I put all the core subjects in the morning. That way, if something happens in the afternoon, which it often does, the “electives” can be skipped without great harm (not that there is harm in skipping a math lesson or reading lesson because that happens too. But I now myself. I am much easier on myself if art doesn’t happen than if science doesn’t happen. Does that make sense?).

Anyway, I am very happy with this schedule and it seems the children are too. I’m finding that we are getting more work done, they are retaining more and everyone is enjoying school more with this approach that with the standard, traditional way. I have also taken out their school desks and we are all doing school at the table. Together. Different levels, yes. But still together.  We have gotten 2 4’ high x 8’ long book sheleves where all children books, art supplies, my material, my teacher books, Adam’s books, coloring books/construction paper/crayons, all the different curriculums, LEGOS, games, etc. are put. All in one place. No more 10 different places for 20 different things. I really like this too!

I feel much more organized and willing to keep going with school this year. Not that I’ve ever really thought of quitting. I am too convicted that home schooling is what is best for our children. But I’m not dreading the start of each school day and neither are the children. Esp. Maacah. She is finally seeing herself in a positive light, instead of the “dummy who can’t get her school work done” (her words. Not mine.). This type of schedule also will work well when Adam starts the county elderly feeding “meals on wheels”.

So, that is where we are in a nut shell. A rather large nut shell, I suppose. Even though Adam is asleep next to me, I’m sure if he was awake he’d tell me to stop writing a book.

And so I will. Good night. :0)

Time to breathe

Things are just going, going, going around here! I’m not sure when it will stop, either. We had Art in the Square on Saturday, so all last week was spent making and cutting cheesecakes, making sure we have all that we need to sell them. Adam and his brother also sold chicken tenders and home fries, so the chicken also had to be battered. Some how, in the midst of all the things happening last week, I got 3 dresses sewn for the girls. I’m still not sure how that happened!

This morning was spent doing school, cleaning up the kitchen from us just dumping everything in there Saturday night, cleaning out 13 hotel pans that we need for this week, and washing off the batter from chicken that was left over. I finally sat down to eat my lunch at 2:30 pm while dictating supervising children cleaning the complete mess that was made while I was in the kitchen working.

This week doesn’t look much calmer. We have a function for supper tomorrow of 40 ppl. They want a double order of ribs, grilled chicken, rosemary roasted red potatoes, wild rice pilaf, glazed carrots, along with the standard items that come with our buffet: mixed green salad, rolls, fresh fruit, coffee, and tea. On Saturday, we have a wedding of 300 ppl that’s about 15 minutes away. On that menu is Chicken En Croute (which is like a beef wellington, only with chicken), baked ham, rosemary roasted red potatoes, ans glazed carrots (we actually have much more than rosemary roasted red potatoes and glazed carrots on our menu! It just happened that these two  want those two items.), along with our standard items. They also have ordered a sausage and cheese tray for 100 ppl and bacon wrapped water chestnuts for 100 ppl to be served when the band starts.

After this weekend, we don’t have anything on the calendar. For the moment. But that can quickly and easily change. This doesn’t include the every day stuff: like school for 3 different grades/ages, laundry, cleaning, feeding,… you know, the every-day stuff that every other mother does too.

By the way, we got the contract for the Meals on Wheels program here in Forest County. That means that from Jan. 1,2011 to Dec. 31, 2011, we will be the catering business that makes all the food. Adam’s last day at work will be Dec. 16 and I am so excited! We have prayed for a home based business for so long, it’s almost surreal that it’s happening! Of course, when the time comes for him to be completely done at his current job, I’m sure it’s going to be even more so!

We are on our 4th week of school and I’m scheduling things much different this year (so far). In the next few weeks, I’m hoping to get the time to talk about it. But for now, this will have to do.

Perhaps a few pictures before I go?

AMAZING!

Do you want to know something amazing?

We got hired last Thursday, July 8, for a function on Monday, July 12. It was for a picnic for about 100 people. ~ Totally last minute, right? You usually don’t call people up, 4 days before an event and ask them to cook for 100 people. It was simple picnic food, but still…. ~

When we went out to NY last May, we used our credit card. We seldom use it and if/when we do, we pay the balance in full. This has been our policy for years. We do not believe it is right to be in debt when that debt can be avoided. Obviously, things like a house is necessary. But to take out a loan for a car? That, in most cases, can be avoided. As the days and weeks were going by, we thought we had enough in the bank to pay the bill. When Adam sat down last Sunday and recorded receipts, he realized that in fact, did not have enough.

The check was deposited yesterday for the function last Monday. The credit card bill was paid today. Without that check, we would not have had enough to pay that bill in full.

Do you catch that?

God knew our need, and provided an answer for that need, before we even knew there was a need.

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Mat 6:31-34