Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Monthly Round Up


Although, it hasn't been a full on month of homeschooling, for us at least, one month is done.  And what a month...to God be the Glory!

We have discovered so much about our family and more importantly learned more about God.  We've been tried and tested. Sometimes we passed; sometimes we failed.  But we continue to see God at work in our lives.

What have I enjoyed most about homeschooling?

1.  Godly Education
We can see God in Math, English, Science, EVERYTHING!

2.  Flexibility
Everything doesn't have to be crammed in a set time.  Like today, I was almost in tears talking about God during Science (my daughter was yelling, "You can preach it, Mami!"  Some days are longer than others and some are shorter than others.  Holy Spirit is in control, not us!

3.  Growth 
Not only are the girls learning but I am too!  The growth isn't limited to what we learned in a book, but what Holy Spirit is revealing to us and how He is ministering us....Alleluya!!!!

So as this month ends, another one begins.  I have a feel for what works and what doesn't. I want to remain teachable (accepting instruction and correction and ready to change, one character trait my tot learned about).  And more importantly, He's there guiding us the whole way through it!

What have you enjoyed during this month of homeschooling?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

7!

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 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this.
Deuteronomy 24:18

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; 
       yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
Psalm 77:11

Today, our family celebrates the most important day of the year --our anniversary in Christ!  We make 7 years...and all the glory is God's!

Every year, we're more excited about this anniversary.  Since hubby and I received Christ together (him first during the service:), we consider this day the foundation for every other event in our lives.  

On this day, we tell the girls of how the Lord called us and how we came to be children of God. We share our favorite testimonies of what the Lord has done throughout the years.  We also think of all the things yet to come!

When I look back on the years, I think of those that were hard (us in the flesh) and those in which we grew the most.  I think back on all HIS goodness and faithfulness, all HIS mercy and love.  I think on the tears cried in pain and those in cried in joy.  I think on the failures and victories, what He's brought us out of and where He is taking us.  I think on HIM and thank HIM!


Monday, September 28, 2009

DO, IO, PN, PA!?

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I know that some of you are teaching English grammar out there just like me. I found this nice power point tutorial that may help out. I have a visual learner, so it helped her understand it more.  I have also found this site helpful as well (for other subjects as well).

God is so good that He allows some of us to learn this subject for the first time with our children and others are taking this as a refresher course.  (I'm in between:)

I was reading Psalms the other day, and found myself diagramming the verses...overload:)  

Have you found any helpful links?  Please share:)

Blessed to Bless

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I mentioned our sponsor children in a recent post.  And truly, we are so blessed to be a part of their lives and even more blessed that they are a part of our lives.  Have you ever considered sponsoring a child?  If not, prayerfully consider it:)

Remember, we are to store up treasures in heaven not on earth (Matthew 6:19-20).  

Recently, a little brother in church shared information with me regarding a ministry I had never heard about--Gospel for Asia.  The passion in which he spoke about it made me curious to find out more.  And then, our Co-Pastor spoke about it during a preaching.  Knowing that our God is not into coincidences, I wanted to do more investigation. 

I haven't looked at everything in their website but the fact that 100% of your donations go to the mission field is great!  Also, when I clicked on "sponsor a native missionary," I was pleasantly surprised to see so many young beautiful faces out on the mission field.  Glory to God!

If you're looking for fertile ground, look into Gospel for Asia, World Vision, Compassion International, and Voice of Martyrs,  just to name a few.  These links, along with others, can be found on my sidebar.

Remember, God blesses us to be a blessing to others.  Instead of waiting to hear of ways to bless others, let's look for those opportunities.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Count Your Blessings

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1.  Got a letter, drawing, progress report, and photo of a child we sponsor:)
2.  Got to spend some time with sis sans girls...next time it will have to include some sort of coffee:)))
3.  My SIC celebrated her earthday this week...many, many blessings to her and her family, for He is your God, ever faithful and true
4.  My other SIC celebrated her earthday...lots of love even through cyber world Laura
5.  Hubby made a coupon run for me...how sweet!  He likes the challenge!  Picked up a Scotch Desk Grip Tape dispenser for about $0.25!!!!
6.  Tuesday prayer continues to be a blessing...help us Holy Spirit not to limit You
7.  On Sunday, our Co-Pastor preached Word of God and it pierced my heart...thank you Lord
8.  Hubby and I were honored to serve as witnesses at the kiki's presentation:)
9. Enjoyed a late snack with the family and was blessed to be able to bring a word of encouragement to someone
10.We give thanks to you, O God, 
       we give thanks, for your Name is near; 
       men tell of your wonderful deeds.  Psalm 75:1      


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Still In Control

As of late, I had been wondering within me, "What's going on?" This question wasn't limited to me, but even around me. Quietly, I was wondering, "God, what's going on?"

And just when I thought there was no answer, I see Him.  Always there, always speaking, always ministering.  And truly, all I can do is thank Him so much that when one journey is over, the next begins.  When one door closes, another opens.  When you throw the seed, indeed it will grow. And during all of it, He is there.

God doesn't play hide and seek with us.  He has already established that if we seek Him, we will find Him(Matthew 7:8).  However, we have to seek Him with all of our heart (Jeremiah 29:13).  Not just for the moment or for the solution to the situation, but with all of our heart, always.  Oh, that we would be that faithful to seek Him and not stop, but keep on seeking during the tears, during the pain, during the hurt, during the loss and even during the joy, the breakthrough, the blessing.  

Oh Lord, help me.  Help me to persistently and diligently seek You.  

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hidden Savings

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Truly, I have been so blessed to find out a whole world of savings out there that I had no idea existed.  

I mentioned here that I had bought my Spanish curriculum for $0.00 OOP.  How?  Swagbucks and Thank You rewards.  

What's Swagbucks?  It's a search engine that you use and they give you swagbucks which you can redeem for prizes (like the $5 amazon cards I used to buy the Spanish curriculum and the rest of the $2.48 was paid using Thank You rewards).  
So if you haven't signed up already, do so by clicking below.

Search & Win


Also, have you tried the Rite Aid Rebates?  If not, check it out and see if it's worth it to you.  I just received my check for almost $14.  I bought a lot of stuff with little OOP expense.  

And another pleasant surprise for savings is contacting the store.  A while back, I went into Staples to buy a flex binder which I had a $2 manufacturer coupon for as well as Staples rewards.  Well, the cashier (a manager) wouldn't let me us both.  He wasn't rude; he just did not know how to do the transaction.  I got the binder for free plus a notebook and a folder.  But when I got home, I decided to email Staples letting them know I wasn't thrilled about their "I don't know" policy.  I didn't hear back from them for a while, until I got a letter with a $10 check for Staples dollars in the mail.  So it pays to give feedback.  

How have you been saving lately?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Count Your Blessings

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1.  When I informed my tot she was done hs for the day, she responded, "I want more work."...thank you Lord for her diligence
2.  The Holy Spirit continues to minister us...Tuesday's prayer service was great
3.  Hubby and I cooked a new dish on Wednesday...y.u.m.m.y!!!
4.  I enjoyed hearing from my little sisters about their hs experiences
5.  Got to spend some alone time with my tween...her laugh is so cute, it makes me laugh
6.  Spent some wonderful time celebrating Jesus on Monday
7.   Ordered our health and art curriculum...looks very interesting and promising
8.  Also ordered our spanish curriculum for a grand total of $0.00 OOP!!!!!
9.  My SIC celebrated her earthday on Tuesday!!!!!
10.  Oh Father, thank You for drawing me to You...give me ears to hear and eyes to see in the name of Jesus

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Operation Christmas Child

and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."
Genesis 22:18

Today marks 2 months until the beginning of collection week at Operation Christmas Child (November 16-23)  You can find more information on the project here.

Basically, you and your family pack shoe boxes with toys and the Gospel for children throughout the world, thus spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Why get involved?  The Lord commands it in Matthew 28:19 to go and make disciples of all nations.

We became involved with this project last year and with the Lord's help will continue to do so. The girls enjoy looking for items to fill the boxes with throughout the year.  They pray for the children receiving the boxes and their families.

Won't you consider getting involved?  And if you have in the past, won't you consider increasing the amount of boxes you make?

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Week In Review

Last week, we began our first week of "official" homeschooling.  We had such a good time and were abundantly blessed by the Lord.  And although I am not a veteran, I have been blessed to learn a couple of things thus far.

1.  Be Prayerful
I can't imagine starting out the homeschooling day with the girls and not be in the presence of the Lord.  We pray and worship the Lord before beginning homeschooling and it makes ALL the difference.  

2.  Be Organized
Have I mentioned, how much I like to be organized?  Well, yep I do.  I like to have my calendar, lesson plans, and grade book all handy along with any other supplies I might use.

3.  Be Flexible
Although, I had a nicely printed schedule all laid out, I've already learned in the Lord, one must be flexible.  One day might start out later than the previous day, but as long as you accomplish the goal, it's a productive day.

4.  Be There
There may be the temptation to walk around and start working on something around the house, but don't.  I've noticed that when I am there (even if it's just looking at the girls working), it makes a difference on the productivity and effectiveness of their work.

5.  Be Encouraging
It can also be tempting to point out areas where your child could improve, but instead focus and praise your child's strengths.  Point out their neat handwriting, attentiveness, positive attitude.  Write happy faces on their work or put stickers (even for the bigger ones).

These are just a few things the Lord pointed out to me that have helped.  What has He been showing you? 

Friday, September 11, 2009

Count Your Blessings

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1.  Shared in the joy of witnessing my BIC get baptized in water...Father, may they remain until the coming of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ
2.  We had a great time in fellowship with the FIC at the Delaware River
3.  Sunday's service was soooo beautiful (even if my hair didn't come out looking Pentecostal:)...Thank You Holy Spirit for who You are, Your presence is beautiful
4.  Visited my in-laws and enjoyed our time with them (Grandma made johnny cakes)
5.  We got to take care of our nephew, my little M&M
6.  My sister and her hubby asked my hubby and I to be the witnesses at kiki's dedication:)))))
7.  We started homeschooling and Tuesday and it's going GREAT....ALL the Glory is God's!!!
8. I received my order for two books I will begin reading...hopefully sooon
9.  I have been able to spend LOTS of time with Mami:)
10.  Father, thank You for reminding me that when I step out of the boat, You, Holy Spirit, are there sustaining me

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Perfect Ending


How good and pleasant it is 
       when brothers live together in unity! 
Psalm 133:1

Just when I think the summer is over and we can't fit anything else into our schedule, we take another road trip.  This time we headed out with our church family (although I just use that term to specify who we went with b/c it doesn't at all relate how much I love them) upstate to join our brother and sister in Christ as they got baptized.  It was so beautiful!

Besides the baptism, we had such a wonderful time fellowshipping with each other and the bees:) The kids played and played.  Some sisters brought moro with chicken and salad and oh the famous ice tea to share with everyone.  What love!!!!  We got to eat our packed food on the ride back (sandwiches, grapes, and juice).

We actually caught a ride with my sister and her family and we had a good time praising the Lord on our drive there (I fell asleep on our way back:)

So although, I thought the summer was over, the Lord through in a beautiful surprise (so I guess it might not be over after all:)  Thank you Lord! 

Friday, September 4, 2009

Count Your Blessings

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1. Friday prayer was so beautiful...Lord help us to humble ourselves
2. Enjoyed spending time in the presence of the Lord in the church's woman's retreat
3. Hubby and I had a date night (as per marriage class instructions:)!!!!! We watched Pilgrim's Progress on my niece's portable DVD player:)
4. My tot celebrated her Earthday!!!! Thank You Lord for her, You have used her to bless us immensely...May she grow in the fear of You daily and hunger and thirst for only You!
5. My tween made us a french toast special Earthday breakfast all on her own...great cook...Glory to God!!!
6. Tuesday prayer service revived my soul and spirit...Thank You Father...You, and You alone, work miracles...Yours is the Glory forever!
7. Hubby's co-workers bought him an Earthday cake and he came home early on Monday...God's grace is wonderful:)
8. Hubby celebrated his Earthday this week too...double blessings!
9. The home improvements are taking place and it seems to be coming together nicely:)
10. Father, You are my refuge and my shelter...I am hidden in You, my Strong Tower

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ever Wonder...

What to do with all those school supplies?  There have been LOTS of Back to School sales.  But if you hs, every wonder what you're going to do with it all?

Well, I came up with a new filing system for our receipts.  The old one didn't end up working b/c if hubby went to the store, then he had his own system (throwing the receipts into a kitchen drawer).  And since a lot of the time, I try to be in and out of the store, I ended up scrunching the receipt wherever.  I also like to keep receipts for tracking our budget and in case of returns.

All you'll use is a binder, folders, and labels.


So here is our new system


And this idea I got from another blog but I can't remember the name (b/c I would definitely want to give her the credit b/c I'm not that crafty to think of it all on my own).


It's a composition notebook covered in scrapbooking paper to use as a journal.

So, how are you using your school supplies (besides for it's intended purpose:)?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

CYB Reminder

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Wasn't last week's challenge a blessing?  I know I was blessed to read the entries and see how merciful and loving the Lord has been to bless us with such beautiful women in our lives.  

I just wanted to remind those participating to copy and paste the button, that way your readers can join in the fun and link up to the list through the original post.  Also, don't forget to link up to the list using the MckLinky (as I know you can forget...ummm hummm I won't mention any names....just a link:)

I enjoy reading and sharing in your blessings.  This month's CYB are on the 4, 11, 18, 24 (just in case you wanted to pre-post them).  Also, if you have any ideas for upcoming CYB challenges, let me know.  And if you're new to CYB, read about it here and here, then come join us!

Recipe: Pizza

After having a funny conversation with my SIC about johnny cakes (you had to be there), I decided to post a recipe on pizza. I found my recipe from  The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (I just tweaked the recipe a bit, I add some sugar). This cookbook holds fond memories of me walking through Barnes & Noble as a young bride looking for a cookbook to help me the kitchen department. I didn't end up using it (learned instead from hubby's mother and grandmother) but as of late, I've taken old Fannie out and started making some recipes.  It's actually very easy to make, you just need to plan in advance since it takes about 2hrs for the dough to rise.  Enjoy!  

So onto Fannie's recipe:

What You'll Use:
1/13 cups warm water
1 package dry yeast
3-4 cups of flour
olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups tomato sauce
3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
3 teaspoons oregano, crushed

What You'll Do; 
In 1/3 cup warm water dissolve the yeast, and let stand for 5 minutes.
Add about 2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoon oil, 1 cup war m water, and the salt, and beat
Add more flour, mixing well, until the dough holds together in a rough mass
Lightly flour a board or work surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes
Put in an oiled bowl to rise, cover with plastic wrap
Punch it down and divide in thirds after about 2 hours (the dough has risen)
Let rest for 5 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
Roll dough over pizza try with your hands (makes three 14-inch pies)
Prick all over with fork
Spoon 1 cup of tomato sauce , 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1 teaspoon oregano over each pie
Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil
Let rest for 10 minutes
Bake for 18-20 minutes

(Be sure not to skip highlighted steps)



Here's my risen pizza dough:

And here's my assembled uncooked pizza:


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Things

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  
1 Corinthians 2:9

As I see the Lord's hands moving us in new directions, of one thing I am sure--He is God! So loving, and good, and faithful, that's my Father.  Always true, always there, that's my friend, Savior, and Lord-Jesus.  Always comforting, always gentle, always listening, that's my Comforter-Holy Spirit.  

It doesn't matter what is going on around me or even in me--He is God!

As we embark on new things and changes, we can walk steadily because He is sustaining us. We can walk confidently as long as it's Him leading us. We can walk fearlessly because we know His plans are for good.

Even in the new, He is the same.  And yet, in the new, we see Him in a new way.