A Week of Meals

Amazing how may have asked!  So here is our weekly menu for this week. With four-five kids at the house doing the day time-we need to have food ready all day long.  I have been reading a new book called The Secrets of Happy Families.  So far I am enjoying this book and have help seen benefits in the Family Dinner Chapter.  I love how families are rethinking family meal time.

But rethinking takes time.  As we are starting T-ball season now, and Monday’s we always have dance- on somedays everything starts at 5 p.m.  So dinner will be at 4p.m.  And then there will be a special healthy dessert later.  I don’t know what that is yet…but this is a goal.

I know it has been a while for a full week list….so drum roll-nothing fancy!


B-Yogurt and Breakfast Bars

L-Mac&Cheese w/Tuna

D-Homemade Chicken Dumplings (Well the Dumplings are frozen from the store)


B-Eggs and Bacon

L-Fish Sticks (We eat the ones from Costco)



B-Cold Cereal

L-Left Overs

D-Dinner at Church (Lenten Dinners)


B-Frozen Pancakes or Waffles (homemade -we make extra and freeze them)


D-Tuna Noodle Casserole








D-Left overs


We have a habit of eating out Sunday and snacking the rest of the day.  Even trying to change this it is 12 years in the making and will take some time to change.  We are in the process of trying to sell our house and moving so-this will be adaptable due to viewings of the house.

While I do cook in bulk, I find it does not work well for us to plan meals this way.  But it is nice to have things to pull when I need them.  So I will double batch cook and freeze. Also I use what is on sale and buy my meat at Costco every other month.

So over the next few weeks and months as I will look at new ways to have family meals – to spend time together at meal time-to feed my always hungry child.  AND keep the kitchen clean.  Yeah I don’t know about that one!




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School is Where the Home is {Book Review}

Grab your cup of coffee.  I have a most amazing, simple, wonderful homeschooling devotion book to tell you about called School is Where the Home is.  I received this book about a month ago to read.  Intended to be read in a 180 days, I read it in about 5 days-minus looking up all the scripture.  Everything that I needed in those 5 days was in that devotions book.  The book spoke to my heart, and brought tears to my eyes and humbly brought me back to the reality that our Lord never gives us what we can not handle.  He never gives us what we don’t need in our lives to grow, to be strengthened, and to face Him in ways we were not able to before.

The Devotion Book is written by Anita Mellott.  She wrote “The idea for this book sparked four years ago.  I grabbed minutes here and there, but for the most part, it remained an idea.”

After my high-risk pregnancy and the birth of our second child, a whisper in the heart grew to a crescendo: “write to encourage others.”

And Anita has done that successfully with her book School is where the Home is. She has written encouragement in such a simple easy way to encourage others.  The book and devotions flow easy.  The book is categorized into 8 parts.

  • A Faith of Their Own
  • And a Child Will Lead Them
  • Gifts We Give Our Children
  • Homeschool Basic
  • Homeschool Foundations
  • Homeschool and Family
  • Homeschool and You
  • Spiritual Vitamins
 I still find that after I read the book I am picking it up and just opening it up and reading, having it apply to something that I just went through.  A few quotes for her book that stuck with me are:
pg. 23  “Homeschooling also brings me face-to-face to with my shortcomings-my impatience and my tendency to get caught up in schedules and activities, and my proclivity to compare myself with other homeschool parents.”   This one is hard for me.  It was like she spoke not just to me but of me.
 pg. 59  Anita’s dad speaking to her…”I miss seeing you with your Bible every day.  It’s your guide through life.  Don’t neglect it.”   Can’t you hear every parent saying that….and every child giving that “halfhearted nod” like yes, I know dad.
pg. 107 “You know what? It’s okay to be different.”  Sigh.  Well yes of course!  I have four beautiful children.  Two are biracial.  Three are adopted.  All four are mine.  Our family is just different.  And it is okay.

A little about Anita…

Anita has ankylosing spondylitis — a long-term, painful disease for which there is no cure.  She is a homeschooling mom.  Read more about her story over at Classic Housewife. I know how hard it is to homeschool with pain from headaches….I can’t imagine living and homeschooling with ankylosing spondylitis.  But yet she has found through God’s grace a way to bless us through her words of faith and encouragement.

Where to contact her?

Her Blog: http://www.anitamellott.com/


Anita’s Twitter 

How to get her Devotion Book?

Good News! You can win a free copy!!

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iHomeschool Network is proud to support Anita, her fabulous book, and these book reviews. As an expression of that support, iHN is paying to ship the winners’ books to them.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of School Is Where the Home Is from Judson Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.





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Does Font Size Really Matter?

I am testing something.  I started this blog learning on my own.  It has been the most frustrating and rewarding thing!

Lately I have been dealing with family issues and have spent little time worrying about the nitty gritty parts of my blog.

But my font has been driving me crazy.  Too small.  I don’t like the way it looks.

So I found this article from Pro Blogger.  Talks about ways just changing your font size will improver your readership.

So I am testing this.

After learning more about code and how to change the size, I got it from 12 to 16.

But is it size or the font that I don’t like? Is 16 too big.  Maybe I should try 14?

Tell me what you think?


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Old Books Enjoyed on New Technologies

If you have followed me or know me you know I love books. I especially love old books. But the old book I have are old and the more hands that are on them the more they are falling apart. So they sit on selves.

I do bring them out to show my kids, but I don’t let them handle them. I have books from the 1800’s, even a few earlier. I have the bible and catechism that my great, great grandmother used when she was a little girl. What is so neat about that is the words are still the same as the one the kids use today.

As I started homeschooling, I decided I would rather use fewer texted books and more living books. Now here is something else you should know about me. I believe in keeping up with times and how children/people learn. It is not the material that needs to be changed, but the way it is presented. Take the movie John Carter. I had no idea that Edgar Rice Burroughs, who I knew from Tarzan, wrote the book Princess of Mar’s which the movie was based on. He wrote Princess of Mars in 1912! That book was the stepping stone for many of the sci-fi movies that are out today. (PS-Kindle version of Princess of Mars at Amazon is free-click on book to get it!)

Robby right away wanted to read Princess of Mars-a strong story that stood the test of time. The invention of the Kindle and iPad and other related type of e-readers is bringing back older literature to a younger generation. Instead of me being fearful of the book falling apart while the children are looking and reading them, we can pull it up on a Kindle, or even my iPhone. Modern technologies advance us to the next level of gathering information at our finger tips. What use to fill a whole wall with books, now fills a kindle and fits in our hand.

For my birthday I got an iPad! It has opened up a whole new world for books.  Not only can I use the Kindle on it, but I also had books on iBook.  And the same day I heard rumors that Target had clearance their Kindles, so I went and got one for school.  The first book I bought for it, Princess of Mars!

I am honored to be partnering up with Heritage History. They have gathered that large library of pre 1926 books and put them together for you. I received in the mail my CD with over 80 books and I am excited to load them into the Kindle and use them this year!

I am excited to give away free one of their Curriculums to one of my readers!  Their Young Reader collection is perfect for the elementary student. Just enter below!


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Homeschool eBook Omnibus -August 21-25

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How to Homeschool -An ebook to Help

Have you ever thought about how to  homeschool?  Wondered if you can do it?  Check out this great ebook!  It gives you all the information you need to get started!

 Tiffany Writes “Divided into two sections, this eBook takes you through the step-by-step process of starting to homeschool {section 1} and the art of fine-tuning your approach {section 2}. “

It is on special for $1 till Sunday through her we site How to Homeschool | Start Homeschooling.

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Books, books and more BOOKS!

We have too many books. And not enough space! I love books! I love old books. Books tells stories, give details, paint pictures.

We have a lot of kids books. Because we homeschool we have more than normal amount of books. This was the week I went through 75% of the kids books. I know more are hiding!

We organize our bookshelves twice a year. And homeschooling books once a year. After last year with our two foster boys things still are being put back together.

So I had kids bring all books from their rooms and here is what I started with on Monday!






Two garbage bags of trash and broken books. All board books packed away for an other little one one day.

Here it is after I was done. We are blessed with wonderful built ins that I love to fill with books!
I use baskets to break them up and for smaller books. I have all bible books in spot. All readers I got news bins for and separated them.





Ok so I didn’t get to the top! And I still have MORE BOOKS!!!!

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My Kid’s Top 10 Read Aloud Books that Mommy must make Funny Voices For

Well I love books.  I wonder how many time I have said that?  Right now my living room is a mess with books every where.  And that is just the kids books.  I am putting up the board books for now.  My kids are too old (sniff sniff), but who knows when a new little one will be around in this house.  I purged a large garbage bag full of broken and torn books.  By Friday I will share with you all our book transformation!

But today is our 10 in 10, where homeschool moms from all over are sharing 10 things in 10 weeks.  This week-10 read aloud books.  So my kids picked “books that mommy has to make funny voices in.”  Oh and I love to make those funny voices!  “the mouse tip toed into the kitchen past the sleeping cat, straight to the cheese.  When suddenly CRASH! The dog comes running in, knocking the table over waking the cat, who saw the mouse….. Well it’s more fun to read with the fun words and fonts!

So they picked their books, scaled them down to 10, and made a simple little movie.  Which due to technical difficulty, I did the next best thing, I made a video of the video.


Hopefully I can figure out more about Windows Live Movie maker and how to really import movies!  Robby’s idea was awesome!  We wants to make Lego movies!

Our list again:

  1. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner-Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua! A fun story for a little guy sent to his room with a great imagination!  The story is filled with fun words, rhymes, and a little action here and there.  Insert a bit of a Spanish accent that sways to an English accent by accident and it is a pretty funny story.   By the time I am done reading this book I am exhausted and the kids are saying more one more time!
  2. Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo-This books has great Dinosaur words and great action words.  Half the time momma can’t say the names and the little ones can!  Really “Ankylocaurus!”
  3. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss-Classic-
  4. Bedhead by Margie Palatini- Poor Oliver woke up with way out of control terrible horrible bed head.  And out of all days it’s picture day at school.  This book is filled with awesome action words that are great when you got little ones with cury crazy hair also!
  5. One Drowsy Dragon by Ethan Long- This dragon wants to take a nap.  But too much play is being done!  Actions sounds-click-whoosh-clink.  By ten see who is asleep!
  6. Zing! Zing! Zing! a Violin by Lloyd Moss-This book takes you inside an orchestra with different instruments and all the sounds they make.  Very playful and whimsical.
  7. Hello, Robots by Bob Staake-This is an engineer book.  colors, sounds, just right.  My 10-year-old loved this book.
  8. I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt-What if-I still would love you.  This is a conversation between a child and momma.  You can get big and loud when reading and soft and snuggly.
  9. Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles-This poor guy always wants to be some one else cause he thinks he is bored.  The grass is always greener on the other side.  Lots of animal sounds going on here!
  10. Hedgie Blasts Off! by Jan Brett-Hedgie wants to be an astronaut.  But he just cleans up things.  Due to certain events he gets to save the day and blast off to space!

What is your favorite read aloud book?

Don’t forget to check out our summer reading!

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Babies and Books

On Thursday we got two little babies to do respite care!  They are sweet lovable little babies!  The little girl-J- was about 14 months and just the sweetest  little thing!  She fell in love with Robby and was his Shadow!  N was about 3 months old and just wanted to be held.  Our four days seemed to go quickly and we enjoyed having babies again.  Robby always has a hard time when our foster babies and kids leave.  He has such a big heart and it breaks when they leave.  I ask him, do you want us to stop and he say NO!  He likes helping these kids, but he is sad when they leave.  This time was a little harder cause J was so attached to him!
For anyone that knows me I am a bookoholic.   I love them, all kinds.  Some of my favorite authors in fiction stories are Frank Pretti, John Grisham and Ted Dekker.  Each one engages me in different ways.  I am bad about reading because when I read, I read and read and read.  Everything around me goes away and I am sucked into what every story it is.  So the weekend I have a 3 month old, who you know will wake up at least once, I read Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker.
This book at first intrigued by, but didn’t suck me in.  I could put it down.  A few chapters in though….I started reading again Friday after the kids went to bed.  And soon, it was 12, then 1.  Through this Isaiah woke up, then Robby woke up.  My 16 year old kept coming into the room, telling me to stop reading.  My mind was transformed as I wondered what was next, guess who was going to do what and trying to envision what Toma looked like!  Finally by 3 I feel asleep, with Robby in bed with me and Dan still working on finances.  It was a weird night for us all.  I woke up and finished reading the last chapters. Needless to say we all were dragging the next day.
We made it through respite care, mommy reading a book, lack of sleep, babies, kids and now the kids are asking when is the next baby coming!  Maybe not a baby, but I am sure we will be doing Respite care again soon!

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