Monday, February 28, 2011

Multitudes on Monday - 2/28/11

1000 Gifts (201 - 300)

  • Honest answers
  • Noodles
  • Best friend phone calls
  • How water in sink
  • Glasses found
  • Boys reading in bed
  • Knowing friends who pray
  • Compliment from admired friend
  • Morning hugs from Corey
  • Doggie photos in a magazine
  • Friendly office staff
  • Dr. Bell holding Haydn's hand
  • Poptart smiles
  • Clean teeth
  • People who remember me
  • Haydn's eyes lighting up
  • Reading aloud
  • Seeing Haydn when he doesn't know I can
  • Plenty
  • Light through beveled glass
  • People laughing at Corey's jokes
  • Clearance candy after Vday
  • Potential suggested by new running shoes
  • Blogging
  • God-timed encouragement
  • Bride Bunny from Build-a-Bear
  • Waking before the alarm
  • Warmth inside my jacket
  • Looking forward to 70 degree weather
  • Haydn checking off his to-do list
  • Anticipating Co-Op
  • Red Netflix envelope
  • Smell of buttered popcorn
  • Package at front door
  • Surprises from Corey
  • Kitties at my feet
  • David under covers
  • Others making 1000 lists
  • Writing on Rice Crispy Treats for David's lunch
  • Gold sparkly TOMS shoes
  • Feel of freshly polished teeth
  • Funny chapter titles
  • The feeling of a good stretch
  • Pretty blouse from Mexico
  • Organized bookshelves
  • Knowing people
  • Discovering a new poet
  • New people to meet
  • Boys listing gratitudes
  • Leila changing her Tuesday schedule
  • Beautifully illustrated children's books
  • "Come look at this, Mommy!"
  • Floating candle
  • Baby baptism
  • Worship I can feel
  • The Invitation on Sunday morning
  • Melissa Hunt's eyes when she's excited
  • Light through church windows
  • Baby pictures
  • Haydn being polite to Leila
  • Cat in her bright red sweater
  • Talking scripture with a teen I just met
  • An excuse to read from 1000 Gifts
  • Pigs-in-a-blanket
  • Greeting the morning with Leila
  • Reading aloud with Haydn
  • Dark copper bathroom fixtures
  • Pulling into best friend's driveway
  • Baby blue bicycle shining in the sun
  • Park play time
  • Louise's hugs
  • Cokesbury
  • Haydn pointing out the way to Emma's house
  • Sight
  • Leading someone to safety
  • Surprise Money-Manna from Heaven!
  • Husband's faith being built
  • Relief in Corey's voice
  • Texting with Leila
  • Words With Friends
  • Safely home
  • Blueberry donuts - hot and soft in my mouth
  • David's just-woke-up smile
  • Haydn's politeness all weekend
  • Haydn excited when Charlie Bone found his dad
  • Drum beats felt inside
  • Watery colors sliding onto paper
  • Listening to what I feel inside
  • Smiley emoticons
  • A happy Haydn dancing
  • How Haydn loves science
  • Moon Pie ice cream
  • Laundry sorted
  • Jelly-legs after a run
  • Lukewarm shower washing sweat away
  • Crushed ice
  • Peeling protective plastic from new electronics
  • Mom's voice on the line
  • Picturing laundry on the line on a sunny day
  • Seeing this notebook in my kitchen


Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Felicities - 2/25/11

Friday Felicities

Jelly muscles after running
Instant book downloads
Free audio books
Haydn's excitement over getting his own email address
Words with Friends
My bright pink sweater


Monday, February 21, 2011

Multitudes on Monday - 2/21/11

It is Monday again.  How do weeks pass so quickly?  This one has included the reorganizing of books on shelves at Reed's, talking all things bookish with Emily, briefly seeing Neil White and chatting essays, watching Karate Kid with my family, multiple headaches, Haydn making a 100 on a vocabulary test, cuddling my most-handsome-husband, and traveling to Brandon to spend a couple of nights at my best friend's house.  Feeling heavy-hearted this morning, trying to help Haydn overcome some self-esteem issues, and Dana reminded me of my blessings.  So, here is another section of my 1000 Gifts list. 

1000 Gifts (151-200)

  • Bright colored cloth
  • Light streaming through windows
  • Soft leather boots
  • Boys who dress themselves
  • Youth happy to see me
  • Sunday hugs
  • Blueberry donuts
  • Haydn pointing out men who look like Shakespeare
  • Triple Peanut Butter ice cream
  • Old movie with Neve Campbell
  • Tears in eyes and blood-cup in hand
  • Saying their names
  • Sharing Eucharisteo with Confirmation
  • Daring them
  • Emma saying, "You're the best"
  • Walls conversation with teen girls
  • David singing in the shower
  • Signing funny Valentine's card
  • David in soft red pajamas
  • Laughing till tears stream
  • Late evening with Corey
  • Items marked off list
  • Sound of washing machine
  • Sound of dryer
  • Haydn proud of typing
  • Smell of cooking food
  • Ecard from Daddy
  • Vday card from Corey
  • Laughing out loud with Corey
  • Knowing Haydn is learning
  • God's precision in Exodus
  • Hearts that mean, "I love you."
  • Walking out into warmth
  • The US Postal Service
  • Sweet man asking for David's help in store
  • One freckle on little-boy-back
  • Kitty paw swats my hair
  • Pictures on food boxes
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Corey's humble spirits
  • Hearing "I love you" from my husband
  • Feeling deeply moved to tears
  • Corey's fingers, tending my broken places
  • God's breath inside me
  • Little boy in good-fitting blue jeans
  • Sky full of black birds
  • Robin only 10 feet away
  • Changing voices on audio books
  • Friendly helpful pharmicist
  • Prescription help


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Poem: Glimmer

Holy God on the mountain of Moses,
I close my eyes and see You,
glory on the mountaintop,
shining so bright that I
tremble in leather boots,
think of you in the sun
that trickles in the windows
through thick panes of glass
and the world we always hold
before our eyes.
And, in this moment of praise,
music coursing through my veins,
I want so desperately to be with You
that I would suffer death
to touch the foothills, even, only.
I would give every glimmer of my life
to glow like Moses in the veil 
and live forever
in Your grace.


Friday, February 18, 2011


Time4Learning gave us one month free access in exchanged for an honest review. We have enjoyed our time using the program enough that I considered finishing the school year with it. I still may purchase another month, perhaps in April.  It was a wonderful way of easing myself into a homeschool lifestyle.  


There are a lot of fun games that are also educational.  Haydn looked forward to playground time (earned by time spent doing lessons).  

I was able to view his quizzes and see what he got right and wrong.  That allowed me to offer extra help in areas he struggled with.  We conquered interjections in this manner.  :)

Most of the exercises are simple to figure out.  

There is a parents' forum, where I could interact with all sorts of other moms and dads also using T4L.

The cost is minimal when compared with similar programs.  


Haydn would get bored with the "read this and take the quiz" style of lessons.  Not all of the lessons were like this, but more than I expected.

When he got bored, it was too easy for him to just skip ahead and then fail the quiz.

I may be wrong, but I never found a way to make him re-take something he failed the first time.

This is not a Bible-based curriculum.  They do not advertise that they are, so this is not their problem.  However, one of the beauties of homeschooling is that I can teach Jesus.  So, I want to teach Jesus.  Alpha Omega has put out an online program that is Bible-Based.  However, it is not as affordable as T4L.


I like the program.  I would suggest it for those new to homeschool, like us, or those who need to change things up a bit.  I may purchase a month of access here and there, when we will be doing a lot of traveling.  Internet access for school would be great in those instances. But, Haydn has started acting bored with the program, so I will be doing something else for a while. He needs some one-on-one instruction in some of the most basic areas.


Friday Felicities - 2/18/11

Friday Felicities

Slipping on my sparkly gold Toms
Haydn having no cavities
The feel of freshly polished teeth
Watching my 1000 Gifts list grow
Laughing out loud while reading Leviticus


Thursday, February 17, 2011

SWD - Feb 17

I always love the simplicity of the Simple Woman's Daybook.  I suppose that means it is aptly named.

Simple Woman's Daybook - Feb 17

Outside my window... the weather is improving daily.  I even bought running shoes.  I am anxious to get out in the sunshine.

I am thinking... about how to help my children not be so greedy.  Of course, telling them to stop saying, "I want" makes me think of all the "I wants" in my own heart. As usual, being a good Mom starts with self.

I am thankful for... The group of ladies in the Bible in a Year group on Facebook. I need that accountability, and I love having somewhere to share insights and discuss the amazing-ness of God's Word.

From the learning rooms... I am in love with the first Percy Jackson book.  Haydn is learning so much about Greek mythology, and that will be such a help to him in the future.  Mythology and the Bible.  Those are the two most alluded to works in literature.  Also, we are reading Shakespeare's Secret.  Haydn likes Shakespeare. I am looking over our curriculum choices for next school year.  So many choices.

From the kitchen... I made a batch of cake balls, and they were a definite hit.  I think that is what Haydn wants me to make for his birthday.

I am wearing... short sleeves.  I am so excited to be able to wear short sleeves.

I am creating... Nothing, and that needs to me remedied.

I am going... to Brandon next week.  Haydn has an appt there, so we will stay with Leila.  

I am reading... Swamplandia.  

I am hoping... for Savannah.  Always always always hoping for Savannah, to see the pain washed away from my husband's eyes.

I am hearing... the boys eating their S'mores cereal and discussing how wonderful it is.

Around the house... We reorganized the boys' chore list. I am slowly adjusting to homeschool enough to get a bit more housework done during the day. 

One of my favorite things... is making my To Do list in the morning.  It helps me feel organized and capable of getting through the day.

A few plans for the rest of the week
: Watching a movie with my boys and working at the bookstore.

Here is picture thought I am sharing... 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Multitudes on Monday - 2/14/11

I am still doing my list of 1000 gifts.  Today, I will post 51-150.

  • Wrestling boys who giggle
  • Kitties staring out windows
  • Pretty patterns on decorative paper
  • New art supplies - suggesting so much potential
  • Realizing I have the perfect thing to help someone else
  • Haydn's excitement when he does well
  • Fresh, clean notebook page
  • Feeling clean after sweeping the floor
  • Snack mix stacked in small containers
  • The macro setting on my camera
  • David's cut-out Christmas tree, still hanging on the wall
  • Health insurance at just the right time
  • Happies in the mail
  • Money in my pocket
  • The right verse at the right time
  • Praying scripture over our home
  • Yellow Post-In note from Corey
  • Artwork hanging on walls
  • Husband-assembled-goodies
  • The light shining on kitties' black fur
  • Sleepy kitty eyes
  • Rhythm
  • Rhyming words
  • Singing silly songs in the morning
  • Jesus Calling Kids' Devotions
  • My boys asking to go to prayer breakfast
  • Teaching moments with Haydn & David
  • Teaching myself, along with the kids
  • Prayer breakfast with teenagers
  • Encouraging teens via twitter
  • Sharing the 1000 gifts idea
  • Evan + MP = Silliness
  • Kids' books at thrift stores
  • Giant girly Noah's Ark bed to make me smile
  • Corey's handwriting
  • The first sip of Diet Coke
  • And the second sip! LOL!
  • The look in Haydn's eyes when understanding takes hold
  • White gold wedding band
  • Sunshine makes diamond sparkle in engagement ring
  • Pressing 1, 2, 3 on the microwave
  • Unexpected poetry book in the mail
  • Doggie nose tucked under doggie paw
  • Hot water heater
  • Shower prayers
  • Soft, conditioned hair
  • Waking up to a white-show-world
  • Familiar lines in the palm of my hand
  • Writing 100 on Haydn's quizzes
  • David making Biblical connections
  • Kitties who cuddle one another
  • The boys wanting to show me things
  • Cutting myself some slack
  • Surprise hugs from kitties
  • LOLCats
  • Bulky sweaters
  • Oversized sweatshirts
  • ARMY sweatshirt stolen from sister
  • Educational computer games
  • Snow-bright days
  • Clothes organized
  • Corey folding laundry
  • Songs making me want to dance
  • Haydn's uncontrolled giggles
  • White diamonds on shower floor
  • Making a To-Do list
  • Compass toys in "happy" meals
  • Bright red $1 sweater
  • Starbucks got my drink order correct.
  • Warm vanilla-honey breve cream
  • Squares of light on hardwood floor
  • Square of yellow shag - reminder of history in home
  • Finger-labyrinth in entryway
  • Anne, Mary, Jesus icon
  • Child hand holds rainbow
  • Haydn's excitement about Romeo & Juliet
  • The library
  • Pink greeting cards on counter
  • Ice cream anticipation
  • Es and Ss on David's progress report
  • Snow like ice-powder
  • Being able to bring a smile to Haydn's face when he's been crying
  • Corey's help with the dishes
  • Music from one wire
  • Rhythm of word within body
  • Tall black boots
  • Dreadlocks on beautiful black woman
  • Big-eared dog toy in my kitchen floor
  • David writing Valentines
  • Flannel PJ pants
  • Bright Kentucky blue
  • South Carolina Memories
  • The phrase "palmetto mouth"
  • "If the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise"
  • Cat licking dog's ear
  • David in my lap while we read together
  • Haydn spontaneously calling me pretty
  • Little-boy-compliments on my painting
  • Reorganizing books
  • Laughter with co-workers
  • Quiet hour for lunch


Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Felicities - 2/11/11

Friday Felicities

My owl painting, hanging in the kitchen
Happies in my mailbox
Plans to see Glenis Redmond tonight, with Haydn
Snow Day
Haydn showing me the rainbow on our hall floor
Morning drives with David
David never forgets to hug me before bed
Wooden heart Valentines


Thursday, February 10, 2011

1000 Gifts (1-50)

I have been reading 1000 Gifts by the beautiful Ann Voskamp.  I have to tell you, I assumed I would enjoy the book, because I love Ann's writing style and her heart, just from reading her blog.  What I did not expect was to be so completely blown away by her words, her story, and the way God is speaking to me through this book.  I mean, I have done the 1000 things before, right?  Years ago, Janet sent the WaH girls a CD that had the song "1000 Beautiful Things" on it.  I saw this as a challenge and started listing them.  Then, later, I did a blog series called 1000 Gifts.  I honestly do not know where I got the idea from.  Maybe Ann had already started her list and I read about it somewhere.  But, I was doing these blog entries about gifts in life.  All fizzled out.  This time, I am keeping a notebook on the kitchen island, which I walk by thousands of times in a day.  I am looking for things to write on this list.  I am falling asleep with thank yous on my mind and lips.  It is a good feeling.  I will share my list as it goes.

Here are the first 50 items:

  • The way the ink of this pen soaks into the paper
  • Folksy/Bluegrass music on Pandora while I cook
  • That feeling of completion when you slide a meal into the oven
  • Air filling lungs
  • Brothers playing together on Saturday morning
  • Haydn laughing hysterically at America's Funniest Home Videos
  • The trusting look in our animals' eyes
  • My kitties have the softest fur ever.
  • Noticing a new angle on an old story
  • Fully stocked food cabinets
  • When people "like" something I say on Facebook
  • Pink bubbles on a pink bicycle
  • David's skin after a shower
  • The big fat tears in David's eyes that show he feels remorse
  • Patience and trust, learned in waiting for Savannah
  • Sunshine streaming through windows on a Sunday morning
  • Chery red dinosaur vitamins every morning
  • Pathetic-sleepy-kitty cuddles
  • Round stainglass windows that shade the sun like a rainbow of light
  • Writing poetry after hearing scripture
  • My sons enjoying time with youth at church activities
  • A warm coat
  • Moon smiling like a chesire cat
  • Haydn asking to take pictures of that smiling moon
  • When friends link something on Facebook because it made them think of me
  • Being thought of
  • Happies in the mail
  • Pink bicycle dreams
  • A house sprinkled with owls
  • Tattoo inspiration
  • How Benjamin curls up into a tiny little doggie ball
  • Passing the doors of sleeping boys, on my way to bed
  • Sitting on David's bed while he wakes up in the mornings
  • The clink-clink of the cats' collars when they shake their heads
  • Seeing my kitty-brothers act like my human-brother-sons
  • The welcome routine of making David's lunch on a school morning
  • My children eat the end pieces of bread loaves without complaint
  • Haydn asking for a biography of Erin Hunter (author of Warriors)
  • David walking into school with his bookbag on
  • David asking if we can read two chapters
  • The buzz of the printer at work
  • When "restarting" fixes the problem
  • Haydn creating a tornado out of play dough
  • Whent he boys talk my ear off, because one day I'll have to beg them to talk
  • An evening with nowhere we have to be
  • Cake batter
  • Holding Corey's hand
  • Pied Piper mornings, animals under my feet
  • Cake balls for breakfast!
  • Wrestling boys who giggle


Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Felicities - 2/4/11

Friday Felicities

Edible Owls
Dead Like Me on instant Netflix
Discovering an old movie I love on YouTube
My Kindle arrived!
Seeing Haydn excited about reading a new book
My Play Dough experiment working
Bible In A Year group on Facebook


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Currently: Not a Leap Year, Right?

Current Books:  Haydn and I are two chapters from the end of The Silver Chair.  I just finished reading Strangers and Neighbors and reviewing Let's Panic About Babies. Also, we are reading Wishbone's version of Romeo and Juliet.  That is fun.  Where was Wishbone when I was in school?  All together, the boys and I are reading Blue Bottle Mystery.

Current Playlist: In the car, we are listening to Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors.  I have been listening to Christina Perry's "Jar of Hearts" on Pandora. Also, Dawn Landes and Lucy Kaplansky.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: I ordered my Kindle.  I check the tracking on it every half hour or so. 

Current Colors: Reds. And this particular shade of blue that Corey likes on me.

Current Fetish:  Owls of all sorts. 

Current Food:  I just had a yummy chocolate owl cake on a stick.  *grins*  A gift from my sweet friend, Liz.

Current Drink: Oh, Diet Coke, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Current Favorite Favorite: Looking up the Hebrew for OT verses on Blue Letter Bible.

Current Wishlist: All the curriculum I will need for 4th grade, a desk

Current Needs: A miracle cure for PMS.

Current Triumph: In the PO, yesterday, someone asked Haydn if he was getting to skip school.  I explained that we homeschool. The man asked if we were studying storms (it was storming outside the window).  I laughed.  He asked Haydn if he knew what kind of clouds bring storms.  "Cumulus," Haydn replied.  Score 1 for Homeschool!

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: The weather. I am a spring blossom, and the cold is making me sad.

Current Celebrity Crush: The chick who stars in Dead Like Me.  I like her.

Current Indulgence: LOLCats.  Seriously. makes me happy.

Current Mood: Did I mention PMS earlier?  Cause, yeah...

Current #1 Blessing:  My husband.  He has been such an encourager as I adjust to homeschool and still try to juggle housework, etc... And, the Rish family.  They took good care of my boys so I could go on the Confirmation Retreat.

Current Slang or Saying: Not mine, but Haydn keeps rolling his eyes at how often Puddleglum says, "I shouldn't wonder," in The Silver Chair.

Current Outfit:  My Sevens.  A red blouse. About to slide on black boots and add some eyeliner to my face before I teach youth.

Current Link: Planning to watch this with Haydn.

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