Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Before I was married, I worked in a church and we had an 'umbrella' school where those in the church who home schooled their children would come weekly for 'Co-op' day. There were many enrichment activities and it was SO nice! Through talking to many of the moms, I decided that I really wanted to home school the children I would have someday. Then I met my husband and he had the very same desires! So we began our adventure. I became pregnant 4 months after we were married and started reading EVERYthing I could about homeschooling. I remember one day talking to him while he was in the bathroom. I really felt we should buy this phonics curriculum [remember I'm only PREGNANT! ] to which my husband says, "Maybe we could wait until the baby is at least talking…" We both burst out laughing! That was in 1990 and we've been going at it ever since!
I have two graduates:
Nicholas in 2009:
Nate in 2010:
My oldest son is going to the University and my second son is living in Wyoming apprenticing as a carpenter. They are SUCH blessings!
I have 6 more to go and my prayer is continually that God will give me grace to finish strong. I HONESTLY can't do this without Him. I give thanks that He entrusted me with this call, but as a dear SP friend quotes, "God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called." I certainly DON'T feel adequate for the job, but God's strength is manifest in my weakness!
This Thanksgiving season, I give thanks for the privilege to educate my children at home...
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Countdown continues as I give thanks for my parents and siblings.
God has been so good to me! I have the *best* parents! They are so good to me and generous beyond words! I give thanks to Jesus for blessing me with such undeserved gifts.
I'm so thankful for my brother--Scott! Oh, I love my one and only brother so much! One of my favorite memories is our trip through the Southwest with my grandparents when I was 11 and he was 9! We did lots of 'acting' of 'Sound of Music' for my grandparents during our campouts and had so much fun! ANOTHER memory not QUITE as endearing but FUNNY is when my parents took us to Disney World. I was TWO years older but I was shorter and so he got to DRIVE the bumper cars and I had to be a mere passenger! Oh, I was SO distraught! And, of course, he rubbed it in BIG TIME!
I'm also very thankful for my two baby sisters--Marlee and Kathleen. Since they are 7 & 8 years younger than me, it wasn't until later in life that I really started appreciating having sisters! I can't imagine life without them! We talk on the phone almost daily and they are my biggest supporters and cheerleaders!
The story that I want to tell is of our time last summer together. They were here for my son's graduation and we decided to go on a canoe trip. Oh my word, WHAT A TRIP!! The circumstances were THE WORST! Here are 3 '40-something' year old women [with our 6 & 7 year old daughters] and NOT knowing what we were doing in a CANOE! It would have made THE FUNNIEST home video for sure! We didn't know how to maneuver this thing and kept running into trees and THEN our canoe would fill with HUGE wood spiders! Our girls were miserable and it was definitely NOT what we envisioned! It took us 3 HOURS to get back to our destination!
Anyway, about 1/2 way through, my youngest sister said that she was SO HOT! I said, "Really, I haven't even broken into a sweat, have you Mar?" Marlee said, "No, not at all." To which my baby sister LOUDLY SHOUTED, "That's because I'M doing ALL the work." Oh my word! I laughed so hysterically and Marlee got the camera and caught the moment! Please forgive my indulgence in posting these pictures but it's truly one of the best memories of my life!
And this TELLS it all: this is what poor Mary and Sophia looked like while I was laughing hysterically! They were NOT happy campers! Poor little things!
Thank you for letting me share this moment of happiness for all the blessings that my family are to me.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The house is QUIET right now, but oh, the commotion this morning as we all were awake at 3:45 preparing for opening morning! 9 days of HUNTING has begun and excitement was in the air.
Mom prepared a huge breakfast with bacon, hash browns, scrambled eggs, and fresh biscuits. I made 5 turkey sandwiches, 5 PBJ's, 5 bags of chocolate chip cookies and gave them each a bag of chips. And finally made a pot of coffee. Felt good to be a part of their MOMENT!
I hope the LORD blesses us with LOTS of venison! I'm really excited to do some more canning of the meat this year! So NICE and convenient for suppers and tastes VERY good that way! A friend taught me how to make a gravy with it. You dip the venison steak in flour and fry on both sides until brown. Put the hot meat in jars. Then COLD pack with broth and as it's processing, it makes a WONDERFUL gravy! Oh, it's so good! I also have an AWESOME marinade for venison steak fajitas & a good recipe for venison meatballs with the ground. After 21 years, I've definitely acquired a taste for deer. In Nov. of 89, having been married for one month, my husband went out and shot an 8 point buck. It was HORRIBLE! I hated it! Then in January, I got pregnant! Every time I EVEN SMELLED the meat, I ran to the bathroom to get sick! My poor husband finally had mercy and gave the deer away! ha!
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