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2/28/15 5:24 P

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Evening,

How did everyone do last week with the weather? We really just got cold and wet. North of us did get some snow, but we got nothing.

My dd and dh are at a father/daughter event tonight so it is just me and my ds. I am waiting to see what he wants. There are a few other mother/sons available so I think they are planing a dinner out for us. I am just looking forward to spending some time with my ds.

Hope you all are having a fun Saturday.

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2/24/15 7:11 P

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I had a really long reply and SP just conked out on me. I should have known it would. I was getting a long lag in between typing.
I'm too tired to try again. I'll try and type everything I had tomorrow.
stupid technology.

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2/21/15 8:04 A

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Morning Friends,

Hope you all have had a great week. We are resting today after our week of Teenpact. We live in an area where we just get cold dreary weather, no snow so we will just stay in.

We are going to play catch up and get back on tract today. My eating with Teenpact and the mom's retreat has been bad. I have got to get back to taking better care of me.

My ds has said he is seeing a difference now that he is using one of those lights that are like having daylight. My dd is exhausted and did not take good care of herself last week so we will also be getting her back on track.

We are so behind in school. We are just going to slowly work on getting caught back up. How is everyone's school year going? We used to be done the end of May. We are hoping now to be done the 1st of June. How about you all, when do you finish up? We are always learning, but these are the books.

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2/14/15 8:17 A

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Morning Friends,

I know I am missing a lot, just very emotional and busy. I think I said before I just felt like hibernating. The weather is making that very easy. The hibernating and spending time with the Lord is helping.

My ds appears to have some improvement and we are still searching for answers for my dd. My dd agreed to see the naturalpath. We seem to have a plan now. My dd did not want to see the naturalpath because a NP had told my dd it was her diet. We all knew it was not, but dd was afraid the naturalpath might say the same.

Here is a link: https://teenpact.com/
My dd and I are doing Teenpact. We have great children in the program here in GA. They dress modestly and have that influence since they are all dressed that way. They learn a great deal hands on. The work is hard and it is challenging. My dd just finished 2 essays that had to be a minimum of 500 words, plus some other homework. The good news is after completing 2 Teenpacts, your child has the government requirement fulfilled. We will go to Teenpact Monday. We go to the camp. Anyone else doing the camp? This is so much easier then driving back and forth. The children enjoy a great bond.

I understand about house hunting. We looked for about 3 years and then we ended up building. Sometimes it is just a waste. Praying the Lord leads you to the right place soon.

Yes, I have heard of the smashbook. A friend of my dd gave her one a few years ago for her birthday. I will say that is all I know. Maybe you could explain it to me?

Hope everyone has a great Saturday and stays warm.

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2/2/15 7:23 P

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The forecast for this year was supposed to be the arctic cold we had last year, but nope! We've hardly had any snow at all. The old normal, but I had become so used to having snow for Christmas.

I've not heard of Teenpact before. What is that? Is there a place I can learn about it online?

Ali, I think it's great that you're puposeful in the time you spend with your children. The time is fleeting. Case in point, it's already February! LOL Second case in point, my granddaughter is two tomorrow. ;-D

It's also fantastic that you're spending more time with the Lord. have you heard of the smashbook craze? I apparently live in a cave and so it's fairly new to me. I created a Bible study binder so I can have my notes in one place instead of the six or so journals I have all over the house, and one in my car. (that one is for sermon notes) My daughter has joined me in studies and we'll each study our own thing and when we get together share with each other.

Oh my goodness the house hunting has been slightly depressing. I'm praying God will give us a home soon. I need to trust His timing. I hate to think about it, but IF we don't get a home this summer, I will have to look for another rental. We definitely are not staying at our current dwelling. Thank you for asking. It's still fun to get out and see new properties. The one today though really felt like a waste of time. I need to stay in prayer about it. :)

Today was a good day. I contacted two old friends whom I haven't talked with in a few years. It's so amazing how quickly the time goes.

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1/31/15 8:15 A

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Morning,

I hope you all had a great week. We are taking it one day at a time and making slow progress, but we are making progress. We would love to see snow, it just get cold and yucky here.

We are busy with Teenpact right now. Do any of you participate in Teenpact?

I am gone a lot as I am very purposeful on my time with my children. We are focusing on their health and schooling. I am also spending more time with the Lord.

Thank you for sharing Melody. I will look up the Daniel Fast. I have never done it but have heard of it. I was just talking with a friend yesterday about how we have to be so careful now with everything. We hear a speaker we like, a book we like and so on, we better research it. So many things stray from the Bible even though they sound great.

Melody how has house hunting been?

Hope everyone has a blessed Saturday.

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1/26/15 11:42 A

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Happy Monday Everyone~

My church is doing the Daniel Fast and I did it the first week which was three days, but as I read the Bible, I realized the Daniel Fast wasn't following what Daniel actually said, so I stopped participating in it. Then I researched it a little more and found out who "started" the craze. I'm not a fan of this person and actually feel he's misleading his congregation. I also stopped because I didn't have any clarity or cleansing like I have on a regular fast.

The kids here seem to only come out to play when the weather is just right. If it's too hot they stay indoors, and when it's too cold they stay indoors. We play in the rain and snow, so I guess we're a little odd. LOL

Just rsvp'd for the local 4H program. The new membership meeting is tomorrow night. Hopefully ds can meet some boys his age that route since the neighborhood boys have gone into hibernation. ;-D

Finally did the big grocery shopping and it was almost three hundred dollars! Yikes. It's just two of us, that's insane! I guess it's proof in the pudding that buying the prepackaged products is more expensive. Yowza.

Has anyone heard of Bible Journals? Or notebooking? I've heard of notebooking for homeschooling, but not for Bible study. Sounds like a great idea though and I asked my dd if she'd like to do it with me. :) She said yes. Also, she was just asked if she'd like to teach/work with the toddler Sunday school class next month. I'm so excited for her. She's super creative and artistic and so very patient. The kids will have so much fun with her.

Last night I watched another documentary which was even better than the first one. But I'll give links to all of them.

The first two links are regarding modern Bible version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GijmNGyB
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(I liked this one better)
I'm going to get her book and read the research. I have done a lot of comparison online via Bible Hub and Biblegateway and a lot of what is said not just on this documentary, but others as well is proven on these websites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFtI_mVO
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(a pastor in AZ put this together)

This one is about the tribulation and also buy the AZ pastor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvv2HPYd
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I heard about the pastor's documentaries from his church website. I stumbled across the woman's documentary while looking up information for Bible journaling/notebooking also known as smash book (?).

Ali, I'm so sorry your dd and ds have had so much to deal with. I can imagine you must be very tired too. If you do decide to hibernate, remember to give it all to God and bring him in the cave with you. :) Prayers and hugs!

Ds and I are off to view three houses/properties today. Ironically we don't compare the properties to our old home, but to the house/farm we wanted last summer and didn't get. That property was taken off the market for the winter. The real estate here is seasonal, but not as much as it used to be in years past. Well, I better sign off and get busy with the day.

Blessing to you all!

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1/20/15 7:17 A

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Morning Friends,

We are maintaining around here. I am so praying for my children. My ds did not have his best day yesterday and my dd just keeps going. Yes, Melody my dd is exhausted. I am starting to get very emotional about it all. I really just want to hibernate with everything.

I understand about the grocery shopping. Everything seems to be going up, all the time. I need to stock up myself. I hope to get this done this week. My oven went out last week so we got that fixed yesterday, today I go to the organic co-op and pick up fruits and veggies and go to the chiropractor so it looks like it will be tomorrow before I get to stocking up.

Sorry to hear you ds has not met any new children to hang out with. I have always felt this as a double edge sword. The children miss other children, but there seems to be more family time and a good season for doing things together.

Where did you find these documentaries and what are they? They sound great. We are doing a Bible study with some other families right now and really enjoying it. The study is a Ken Ham.

I need to be doing better with my goals. I need to stay focused.

Have a great day.
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I was delaying going to the grocery store. I even had to buy staples that's how bare our cupboards and frig were. The final cost was shocking! My goodness it will be nice to have a garden again.

Ds is playing in the backyard and enjoying the sun. He still hasn't found any kids his age near by. He's so frustrated here.

Over the weekend I found two great documentaries! One was on the tribulation and it turned into a Bible study. LOL The next one was on the various versions of Bibles. I really learned a lot of information and I kept gasping in shock at the information. I had so many windows open on my computer as I researched each verse brought up and took notes.

My dd, son-in-law, gr-baby came over last night. My grand-baby is finally calling me grandma, (more like gamma), but now she says it all the time and it's so funny. My dd says they were home and reading Go Dog Go and instead of the dogs going to the tree at the end of the book my granddaughter said they all went to gamma's house. LOL Oh my that's a lot of dogs.

How is everyone doing with their goals? It's awfully quiet on the team.

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1/18/15 11:44 A

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Hi Ali,
So good to see your posts. My goodness your family has been attacked for so many years with illnesses and whatnot. Praying for you.

We had the flu thing going around; the one that makes you cold and tired and a phlegm factory inside your body. it all started with a sore throat that came on suddenly!

We would be well one day and then relapse the next. It continued for two weeks. It was frustrating. We are never sick that long. I rebuked it in Jesus name and bought Cell Food to add to our water and then we only had the lingering mucous. Blech!

I'm so sorry to hear your daughter has walking pneumonia! How long has she had it? Is she exhausted?

Praying for healing now!

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1/18/15 9:03 A

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Morning,

Hope you all have a blessed Sunday. I am slowly feeling better. My dd seems to be having a relapse. I wish my children would be healthy. My ds is going in the right direction.

I am exercising more, however my eating has not been as good as it could be. I am staying focused so that is good. I just now have to focus more on the food intake. I have spent a lot of time on the road with dr. visit so not always eating the best and then very hungry before I get to eat. Time to regroup on this one and pack snacks.

We found out my dd still has walking pneumonia. Just pray we can get to the bottom of this.

Enjoy your day!
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1/14/15 6:32 A

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Morning,

Wow, I did not realize it has been so long since I posted. I got sick, cold like feeling and just can not seem to totally get rid of it. I am trying to avoid taking antibiotics. I am using oils and some natural meds. I am doing better, but my follow through is not get so I seem to relapse some. I know, just like antibiotics I need to finish all. I just get in mommy mode and do not take as good of care of myself as I should.


We are on our 2nd week of trying to get back into the routine. We are getting better. My ds has had 3 dr. appointment in the past week and 1 more today. He has seen the naturalpath twice and the chiropractor once. My dd and ds see the D. O. today. We are going to get to the bottom of everything. We are not getting as much done in school as I would like but I have peace as I feel we are doing what God would have us do.

I still have a good bit I need to lose as I go up and down and do not always focus on myself. I am with you Melody, I would like to lose 4-6 pounds this month. I am happy with the just losing and my clothes feeling loose.

Hope you all have a great day!

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Last week was so interesting. Lots of interaction with new people. I guess I had an energy of "come talk to me and tell me all about yourself" ??? It was fun.

Church is doing the Daniel Fast this month. anyone ever do this? I had planned on doing a juice feast, (not just juicing, but able to eat fruits/veggies, not just in juice). I've been told this isn't part of the Daniel Fast, only water is allowed for a "drink". I think I'm going to do a combination. I'll do my feast on the days the church does the fast and I'll do the fast on the days they go back to eating their normal way.

The Daniel Fast is almost how we eat on a regular basis anyway. Started this morning and I had my warm water with lemon instead of tea and apple.

Does anyone have goal weight loss goals for the month? I think I'd like to lose 4-6 pounds this month. (though I won't really know, because I don't weigh myself.) I don't want to get angry with myself, so I'll be weighing myself via clothes and how I feel.

How's everyone doing?

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1/8/15 8:29 P

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had zero degree weather early this morning and though I had both heaters in the house on and the cabinets open, the pipes still froze. emoticon I texted the landlady and she asked if I covered the pipes outside.
huh? what pipes?
She tells me I should have gone to Lowe's to buy covers for the garden faucets.
hmm, really? I'm renting. Is that really my responsibility? No.
Okay, so the plumbers show up and the guy tells me the only thing that would have kept the pipes from freezing was leaving the basement crawl space open, (how the mice get in the house), and the basement door open so we don't have a repeat of this morning. I texted her his info and she said, "oh okay"
I've lived here since 2005 and have never even had to worry about opening cabinets to keep the pipes warm. The plumber said every house is different.
So grateful none of the pipes burst or leaked. And a blessing in the face of this crazy incident, the plumbers fixed the water pressure on two of the faucets and a toilet that wasn't filling up. emoticon
Tomorrow is our 100 days of homeschooling. Does anyone do anything special on their 100th day?

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1/7/15 8:02 P

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We need to get our groove on. Our team has really been discombobulated lately. It seems as though one of us is here at any given time, but we're not on here together anymore. I miss that.

Went to the Family Christian store today and found a new devotional. I went through a pile of different ones trying to choose the best one for me. Bonus, it was on sale so I only paid $2.97. It was originally $15.99. SCORE!

An employee started talking to me and suggested some books and I ended up with four new books. Oh my goodness. I have set a goal for myself to read as many books as I can this year to resell them to Half Price so I won't have to move them again. But the good news is, I can pass these new books on to my dd or her husband or some of my pen pal friends or even my ex mother in law or sister in law.

Hope everyone's New Year is starting off happy and healthy.

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Does anyone do daily Bible devotions? I'm looking for a new book. My ds is doing the Duck Dynasty, but I need something that I can sink my teeth into.

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1/2/15 7:17 P

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Happy New Year!

Ali and Faylei it's so good to see your posts.

My ds and I have been sick otherwise I would have posted sooner. Ali, sorry to hear you and your family caught the crud too. My dd and her family got ds and I sick. If I'd have known how hard it was to kick I would have had them stay away. LOL

Oh boy talk about weight gain/maintenance, etc. My body is changing and I DON'T like it. I am going to have to change some things up and increase my exercise to get my waist back. It has disappeared. I guess this is common? At first I thought it might have been stress? Regardless it's going to get blasted! I'm still fighting this flu, but I'm walking my stairs and jumping rope until I can get outside and go for walks. I'm still eating healthy the way I've been eating since 2007, so I'm not sure what to do differently. emoticon
Any thoughts?

We didn't really take a break, just two days for Christmas. But because we were both sick we did "light" school and a lot of reading. Come Monday will be back to the schedule and catching up on Lang. Arts and For. Lang.

Faylei, how awesome to be around so much language. I have a friend who's niece learned Chinese, Spanish and English by three. Her dad was Chinese, mom Hispanic and they both spoke English, but taught her their own language as well. I thought that was so special. My ds seems to have a great ear for language, but we haven't put in enough time for him to speak a foreign language. (that's my fault, it's one of those subjects that seems to get pushed on the back burner in our house).

We're still adjusting to our move. My ds seems to very lonely in the city. Kind of ironic. On Monday I'm going to call the local 4-H program to get him signed up and hopefully meet some new friends.

Ali, I'm sorry for your loss of your friend, but also the moving away of your friends. That's a huge adjustment too.

I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy.



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12/28/14 8:11 A

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Morning Friends,

Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas, full of love and laughter. We were blessed to be with family. It was a good day.

We all have gotten the crud that is going around. It started with my dh, then my dd, ds and of course I got it. My dd has some other issues also, not sure. We are all on the mend. You would think I would drop a few pounds with this and probably would have in another season. It's all good.

Praying you all are healthy!

When are you all starting back to school? Did you take a break? I know we all teach all the time, I am talking about the formal stuff.

Blessings,
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Ladies, and gentlemen...I am on facebook and twitter and I do have linkedIn as well althought haven't really set that one up really well yet. So if you are on any of those...msg me so we can connect there too. I do get on fb every single day and on twitter. Hugs




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I grew up overseas in Norway so that is exactly true. We had German neighbors and friends that spoke German around us. Friends that were French and many tourists that came through were French. I automatically picked up Norwegian, which is much like Swedish and Danish. However, so funny that Spanish seems very difficult for me. Ha Ha! I do however get Dora the Explorer with the kids :) Ds simply had fun dabbling in the languages and he gets to choose whether or not he wants to become fluent in one or more. Right now, his interest has taken a turn toward computers and creating games so languages went to a side line for now.He dabbled for a year in Norwegian, French and Latin as well as about 1/2 a yr in Spanish however. So it should make it easy to pick up should he choose. The language of music is often the same. Open those receptors to music notes, reading and sound and you can play nearly any instrument. I started all my kids in Piano and music reading and then they choose to go forward or not and when with what instrument.

Hugs and hello's to all. SUre have missed all of you! Family coming in from Texas hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday. Merry Christmas to all of you. emoticon

Oh and YES I agree on the maintaining at Christmas! I think I'm actually up 2-4 lbs depending on the day...so need to get serious again and work with my Plexus so I can hit my goal this next year! Very proud though that this is the first year, I'm ending the year LESS than when I began.




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Morning Friends!

Wow, it is good to see all the post!

This is a hard season to diet. I am just trying to maintain. I seem to go up and down a couple of pounds. I have decided to be happy if I lose just 1 pound. That has not happened, but that is my goal for Thanksgiving - New Years.

. One of my best friends went to be with the Lord this past July. We spent last New years and had Christmas events together so there many different emotions during this time. I have also had 3 close friends move. Just a different feeling around here.

We had 1 event cancelled today and 1 for tomorrow so I am going to enjoy some family time!
We had a party last night for some high schoolers. It was such fun. We had a gingerbread house decorating contest, white elephant gift exchange, games and a movie. My teens are exhausted today. We are going to try to get some school done. We will take some of a break, but not much, just break on days when we have plans.

O.K., my children had taken Spanish, French and Latin. My ds tutor has said pretty much what you stated, Melody. I have also heard that Latin will help you learn other languages. Just thought I would share.

Hope you all are taking the time to just enjoy family and friends! emoticon

Blessings,
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Hello Faylei,

That is so cute your ds holds the baby while he does his work. :) ahhhh I can imagine the four year olds must be a lot of fun. My grand-daughter is almost 2 and she is saying more new words every day and putting 2-4 words together and still signs, so if I don't understand the word, I ask her to sign it for me. She's learned from watching Signing Time from the library and so I'm teaching myself and ds so we can keep up with her. LOL It's also good for school. She's been signing Grandma for quite awhile now, but is finally saying it. Hooray.

Faylei, are you teaching your ds a second language for high school? If so, what are you teaching and what program?

Just recently I came across a youtube video of a 17 year old boy named Tim Doner, he lives in NY and knows 23 languages. He's an uber polyglot for sure! It's so impressive. But how does one find the time to study all of those languages? He has mentioned a wall and once it can be broken the languages become easier. As well as once you learn a second language each successive language becomes easier. (I was also told this by my high school Spanish teacher).

I've heard from a penpal her son's brain is also being challenged with Geometry. We haven't gotten there yet, and I'm trying not to have any trepidation over it. ack! LOL

Oh my goodness you have a full house of lil' ones. Busy, busy, busy! So it's really good to see you on here with so much activity in your home. :)

I hope where ever you will be for Christmas you and your family have a blessed one.

Our reading hasn't been as in depth this year as it has been in the past. I feel like I'm dropping the ball a bit. We're reading Christmas Carol by Dickens. I don't recall ever reading it, though I'm sure I did for high school. We found a copy of a movie, (with George C. Scott), cheap at the grocery store that will accompany the book when we finish.

And it's taken me about three hours to get this typed up while doing everything else. So I'm sending it now before it's bedtime.

Hope everyone is doing well.


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Oh my! I say I' m going to quit going MIA and next thing I know....I'm lost and can't be found again. All is well in our household. Wonderfully busy as always. Daycare still in full swing with the new grandbaby, 2 twin 4 yr old granddaughters and then another 4 yr old, 2 two yr olds and 2 six yr olds who drop in. Ds is having a love hate relationship with High school Geometry this yr. I was afraid of that being the case as he was very good in Algebra and from experience teaching at the college...those who love Algebra do not thrive well in geometry and vice versus. Add to it, that adorable little grandbaby of mine is a breast fed baby thus LOVES being held nonstop even when at my house so he does his geometry while holding her most days. LOL! Of course, that is his choice. He adores her and she adores him. For any of you who may be a Dr. Who fan.... he is calling himself Uncle NOT MUM to her. LOL!

Christmas shopping is still NOT done in our home. In fact, we really don't even know if we will be here or in Texas and either way....no clue what we are planning on cooking. So we are really not with it this Christmas. emoticon

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I'm done with shopping and it ended well. Last shopping was for daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. At the local book shop my ds thought I would want to shop for myself. No, I have enough books I'm not allowed to buy any for awhile. (Plus I just bought ds's school curriculum for next year, minus the math). So then he says he'd like to look at books on math, too bad the store doesn't have a math section.
I kid you not, as soon as he says that, I see, Biology section, Earth Science, and then Mathematics! Haha!
So he sits down and grabs a book, then another book then puts a book under his arm. I had to take a picture, because it reminded me of myself. I call it book ADD. We agreed I'd buy him the four books if he got rid of four books at home that he's already read. So what did he want? The Humongous Book of Algebra Problems which I'm hoping will refresh my memory so I can teach him.
He also wanted Thermodynamics, Trig, and Pre-Cal. Next years Math may be taken care of after all. LOL emoticon I've already talked with my dd and her husband that I may need to call on them to tutor him when he gets to Math I cannot teach him.
I was worried when he was struggling with radius and Pi, but then he changed his attitude and bam! It just clicked. And he passed his most recent lesson test. I was so happy. So for fun he'll be reading the harder math and I have high hopes. He used to read a book on the Periodic Table for fun and I'm amazed at what he gleaned from it. Sooo.... Now I need to read these books too so I can learn. Wish me luck?

How is everyone doing? Hopefully no one is ill or fighting the colds that always go around in the winter time.

Ack! It just occured to me that I don't have Christmas dinner planned. (sigh) LOL I think I'm going to do something different. We usually have a repeat of Thanksgiving. Any suggestions?

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Very helpful indeed! Thank you Ali.

It's still cold in our area. We got a dusting of snow on Thanksgiving. :) I remember years when it didn't even snow on Christmas, so I really like this.

Ds is under the "weather" today. LOL We joked it was because he had a math test. He's currently sleeping and it's only 5pm.

Thank you so much for your prayers for my brother. I'm very grateful my older ds and his wife are no longer in the military, but are now in college.

anyone finished Christmas shopping? No, I'm not either. I've honestly just begun. For the first time my son in law and older ds have requested dress shirts, socks and ties! I love it!!! I've put myself on a strict budget this year though. I've calculated how much I can spend for the five top people in my life. (I didn't put a budget on my grandbaby, because honestly she's too young to really know what's going on, so her gift will be inexpensive, but educational.)

Ds is already in the spirit, decorating the house and listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies. LOL We're going to start a new tradition, just he and I and choose one charity to donated to. We haven't decided yet, but I think it will be a good tradition.He has such a giving spirit. I don't think I was like him when I was younger. I'm not sure if it had something to do with my mom or what, but I sort of felt like I had to fight for everything I had. Okay, I'm getting off the couch now. LOL Anyway, I love seeing my son be so giving. I'm learning so much from him all the time. And it's allowed me to have a better relationship with my daughter since she wants to have five children; to always be flexible as a parent, because every child is different. :)

Is anyone wanting to do something special for Christmas?


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Morning,

Hope everyone is having a wonderful December so far and staying warm. We have been unseasonably warm for this time of year in Georgia. We have been in the 70's the last 2 days. Our weather is so weird. A week or so ago it was completely opposite.

Melody, praying for your brother and all of you as he serves to give us freedom. Freedom is not Free! emoticon

It is funny you ask about math. We just had this discussion on another team. We researched many programs even had someone in our homeschool group (over 300 families) do a survey on which is better when it comes to SAT scores. Bottom line in our research a few years ago, the best one is the one that works for your child and stay with the same curriculum though all of high school. The math programs do not cross over from one to the other as they are not apples to apples. The only exception is Geometry. We have had more than one say Teaching Textbook does geometry the best. We have also been told Saxon Advanced Math has enough geometry to get a geometry credit. I think you would need Saxon Algebra I and II prior to taking this. The 4 that I seem to hear the most about are Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, The Life of Fred and Chalkdust. We picked Teaching Textbooks because my ds can seem to learn any way it is presented to him, although I will say it is not his favorite. My dd needed the format of Teaching Textbooks and it worked for her. This kept me from having to do 2 different math programs.

Hope I was helpful.

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Our Thanksgiving was blessed indeed! My brother is deployed and was able to call home. We were on the phone so long dinner got cold! LOL It was well worth it. He's going back to the heart of the mess soon and I'd appreciate prayers for him.(Thank you) He's fighting for people that aren't fighting for themselves and that's extremely frustrating. I just want him home so he can be with his wife!

School is moving along, but we need to find a good algebra/math curriculum. Any suggestions?

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Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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Have a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving ~

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Hello Everyone~

Is it cold where you are too? Whooo-eee, so cold this year. I'm in a rental this year, (boy do I miss having my own home), and the fireplace can't be used, grrrr, and the heater wouldn't turn on the other morning. Yikes. On some days it feels warmer outside than inside. I don't think this house has any insulation. We definitely will NOT renew another lease. I've already bought new boxes and will begin packing in January. Even if I do not have a new place to move to, the boxes, furniture, etc. will go into storage.

Okay, thanks for listening to my little rant. LOL

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! I chatted with my daughter on Monday and her family will come to our current dwelling for dinner. I'll be making loads of mashed potatoes for my carboholic ds. My daughter requested cooked carrots. But other than that, just turkey, homemade rolls/biscuits, veggies and desert. I do not know yet what I'm making for desert. My older son is the pumpkin pie lover, so we won't have that this year. He's in FL. He said he and his wife will be with friends.

What does everyone else do for desert?

I'm so sorry Ali that you don't feel connected to the church. It's so important to feel a connection. The only reason ds and I continued to attend our church is because we felt were being fed spiritually, but lately...well, I've been looking elsewhere; books, online, our devotionals, daily Bible reading.

I do not want to leave the house today, but I have a few errands I have to run. I just don't like how crowded it all is in this area of town and I've noticed more and more I'm becoming a recluse. I need the country atmosphere; some elbow room. I may need to figure out how to schedule a vacation. I think the last vacation we took was almost two years ago, (March).

Well, I better get going before I hit afternoon traffic. Hope everyone has a blessed weekend!

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Hope everyone has a great week!

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Morning,

Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday!

Melody, I understand about the church. Ours is close, has some of the values we are looking for and teaches straight from the Bible, however we just do not feel connected and it lacks many older members. We tend to prefer a multi -generational influence.

The study is Ken Hams Foundations

https://answersingenesis.org/store/produ
ct/ken-ham-foundations-curriculum-kit/

Any Thanksgiving Plans?

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Krav Maga is a form of self-defense based from the Israeli Defense Forces.
http://www.kravmagafederation.com/krav-m
aga-origins.html
As it turned out I'm waiting for a phone call, because the owner said there wasn't a contract and the lady with membership says there is. I'm not signing a 6-12 month contract. It's unfortunate, but if the owner goes back on his word, then he doesn't get our business and who wants to do business with someone that lied?

Ds and I have been attending the same church for two years now. We're about 5-10 minutes away depending on weather/lights/traffic. It's convenient, but that's all it has going for it. The lease is for a year, but if I find something else, then we will break the lease and pay the fee/penalty.

I'll have to look into engrade and homeschool tracker. Ds wants to attend an aerospace engineering school and the ones we've been looking at are hs friendly. (thanfully)

Had a great church dinner tonight with the ladies; the pastor's wife hosted. It was nice and relaxed. I was sort of surprised to see how casual everyone was dressed though. My goodness what happened to dressing up?

Ali, I hope your Ken Ham study goes well. I'd like to know if it's helpful if you don't mind sharing.
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Morning,

Wow, so good to see you post, Melody. I miss everyone!

We did go vote yesterday, went to the dr., and the chiropractor. We did not get as much school done as we would like.

We are attending a church. None of us feel at home like we did with the last church. We do still visit different churches at times. We visit when we find one or hear about one that we have not visited. We did get invited to participate in a new home group that a friend has put together. This group is planning to meet every other Sunday night, of course this may not be quite like that the next couple of month. We are doing a Ken Ham study. How about you all, did you all settle in to a church home?

I have many friends that use homeschool tracker and use the free version. I am not sure if that might help you are not. I am on a mac so I am using engrade. Engrade can be used on either. We have someone that transcript for us. We are only doing this as some of the colleges around here are not homeschool friendly and they do accept these transcripts and we are not sure what my ds is going to do. We have had many different issues with his lymes. We are just glad he was ahead since he lost a year of schooling.

What is Krav Maga?

Wow, how long are you renting this house for? That not good at all. Your heating bill could be really bad!!!

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Hey Aliiiiiii~~~~~~~

Thank you for holding down the fort, so to speak. LOL Where is everyone?

Went out and voted today and had to return a book. Oh I'll have to post it on the books for adults thread.

I keep grades logged on my computer via xcel, but when ds is in high school then I will find a software or something that makes transcripts easy. emoticon

Just took ds to a surprise last night. He hasn't been interested in Scouts for awhile; all his friends have left and he's been discouraged to hang out with the older scouts, soooo... I think he'll be taking Krav Maga classes twice a week. We talked with two of the instructors last night and watched an entire class for his age group. One of the nights is the same night we have church, so that will make it more convenient going... we'll already be out of the house. LOL

It's been cold in my neck of the woods too. The house we are renting must not have any insulation, because often times it's warmer outside. Seriously it's ridiculous. And the walk in closet in my room is the coldest place in the house. I thought it would be the basement, but nope, it's the closet. LOL emoticon

Sorry to hear about your sinus infection Ali. After we moved I feared my body would feel run down and so started putting the Cell Food in my water again. I don't have time to be sick or feel sick. ;-D

This year for ds's curricula we've been studying the history of Christianity. It's high school level, but he's really enjoying it. Next year will be U.S. History. When I told him he said, "again?" And I said, yes, but more in depth. And he responds, "oh, kind of like this year. Okay." LOL He misses not having a specific room for school. I do as well, but we're making the most of the situation.

Ali, did your family decide on a church?

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Morning,

It's very cold here in GA today. We were suppose to go to a horse/pony 4H show in honor of a good friend of mine that has gone to be with the Lord, however it is too cold and windy here. We will be changing our plans and doing something inside.

I have had a sinus infection and I am finally getting better, but my dd is just starting with it. Well she either has that or a cold and my ds just got over it. We do not need the weather outside.


Hope everyone stays well.

I use a MAC so tracking grades can be different than on a PC. What do you all use to track grades?

I guess everyone has moved on.

I miss you all, Melody, Chris, Faylei! emoticon

Have a great day,
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Morning,

We have had a beautiful weekend. We went to a state park yesterday, had a picnic lunch and went hiking. Well, I hiked with a friend while my ds fished with his friend and my dd explored with her friend. We had a great day. Today will be church and then BBQ. My ds BS troop sold BBQ plates as a fund raiser to raise money. This should make for a restful day!

How's everyone's week look? Last week was busy, busy, busy! This week should be a little better. I like having time at home. I have so much to do. My dh got a deer last weekend and I always clean the freezer before putting the deer in each year and I have not got to that yet. This will be tomorrows project.

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Morning,

Wow, it's been a week since I posted. I am just not on much except for the tracker. I have been trying to move more and get things done. I am slowly getting organized.

I really like the tracker. I realized I did not move very much. It is one of those things that makes you see what you are really doing like when you track your food an realize you eat more/less than you thought.

Hope everyone has a great day!
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Morning,

O.K. I have the Spark activity tracker. I just got it. Monday I did my usual walk and did great, even went over, then yesterday I had a normal day, no exercise, no walk. I really do not move much unless it is with a purpose. Have you ever thought about and do you know have much you move?

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Just a drop by to share we got the test results on my ds lymes test and it looks like it is negative! I really do not understand it all, but that is what it looks like. We see the doctor the 1st of November so we will go over all of it with her then.

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I have dropped by but not posted on here in 5 months wow time fly's in the spring and summer. My family and I are still working on our country home and want to sell this place asap. Looks like it will be the dead of winter before we are able to finish. Hoping ... This house and yard do not look as good in the winter and we will have to wait for leafs again to hide our construction guys next door as some noted that as the reason they didn't buy years back when we attempted to sell. Anyways we will ask less to start and pray to God we find buyers. I will still be mostly mia as I have been, and pray all you all find your goals and dreams still intact. emoticon emoticon

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Morning Friends,

I did pretty good last week and lost what I had gained on our vacation. This week I plan to start walking/running for exercise. Starting back slowly, but starting back.

What kind of exercise does everyone else do?

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Evening,

God is in control and has a plan. We found out my dd should clear the waitlist so we will just continue to pray. Thank you all for your prayers.

We always take a fall vacation and the older our children get the harder it is. My ds is a junior and my dd is a sophmore. We may have just taken our last fall vacation for a few years. Catching up is just hard!

We are resting, playing catch up and celebrating some September birthdays this weekend.

Hope you all have a blessed weekend.
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Morning,

Just dropped in as I am trying to be more consistent. Praying for all. I just have an uneasy feeling I can not seem to shake. I was up most of the night.

Melody prayed for you and thought of all the adventures you have had since we met on here. You are an inspiration, my friend!

Faylei, looking for to hearing from you and news on the grandbaby.

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Evening,

Melody so glad to hear from you. Sorry about you having to live in the city, at lease there is light at the end of the tunnel, just 10 months. Do you know where you are moving next?

Hey friends, I messed up and did not get my dd registered for a class she really wanted and now she is wait listed. I feel horrible about it. I am praying she clears. I know it is minor and with everything we have going on it really is minor, but I would appreciated prayers on this.

On another note. I have started getting it together again and got things more organized today, eating right all week and I am exercising again. This is good for me.

No never done a double sided quilt.

Praying for all.

How's everyone else doing?

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Hello Everyone~
Wanted to get on here and update the clipart for the month of October!!!! How many days until Christmas? I thought I saw somewhere today it's 84 days?!

How is everyone doing with their new school year? All my son wants to do is science experiments and nothing else.

Well, without complaining, I think living in my car may have had its advantages. We cannot stand living in the city and thank God we only have 10 more months to get out of this lease. It's in the next county from where I was living before, but it's the city, not the country. The only good thing is it's closer to church. It's been extremely stressful, but you know so many people are facing much worse across the world, so I'm not complaining.

I've made two quilt tops for my older ds for Christmas. I want to try and make it double sided. (I've never made one before) Next week I'm going on a small quilt shop hop. Anyone ever do this before? I'm looking forward to it. I'll be driving in areas off the state that my youngest ds hasn't been to yet. :)

I hope everyone is happy and healthy and doing well with life.

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Good Afternoon Friends,

Wow, sorry it has been so long. My dh and I took a few days off together, then the children and I went to the Columbus Zoo again before our membership expired and last we took a family vacation. We lost most of our summer with my children's illnesses.

Thanks for asking, my dd had micro plasma pneumonia and my ds is now being checked for lymes. Just pray. I really do not understand why this is all happening.

Melody, so good to hear that you all have a roof over your head. I am very glad you did not end up homeless. Is this house near where you were? I am sorry if you gave this info before.

How's everyone's school year going?

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Really quick note to let you all know we have a secure roof over our heads. :)
Managed to find a rental and then found out from the owner that they received an offer from someone to buy the home, but she and her husband honored our rental contract. They could have taken the buying offer and sold the house and I never would have known! So we were almost homeless twice. Oy what a test.
Both ds and I miss the country something awful like homesickness, but we are looking at the positive, we're not in the car or at a friends house in another state. LOL
Ali, are your kids better?
Our summer disappeared on us and I'm hoping to do little things in the fall to make up for it. There's a quilt show coming up soon and I definitely want to attend that. I haven't been to one in years!
gotta go, hope everyone is doing well and accomplishing the goals you've set for yourselves.

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Morning Friends,

Long time, I know. How is everyone? We have started back to school and are off to a good start. My ds is doing O.K. considering the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The dr. is now checking him for lymes. My dd has been getting better since her issues this summer. We are still seeing dr. I am just happy we homeschool.

I just do not understand why both my children are so sick. Praying for complete healing for both. I am open to any suggestions.

Enough about that. I skimmed the recent post to try to catch up. Did everyone have a good summer. I know I have been MIA a lot. Did anyone do anything special?

Have a great day!

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Good to see you Faylei~
Congratulations on your soon to be born grandbaby. It's 17 days away.
I may become MIA myself after that day as my son and I may be homeless at that point. So I may need someone to step in and keep things running around here as I won't have immediate access to online service.

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Hello and hugs to all. I know, I know...I've been MIA again. LOL! This new Health and Wellness "P" business has just boomed into a huge deal for our family. We are so excited but with that come busy. Tis the season to get ready to start homeschooling again as well. Dh is going to be doing high school chemistry and high school geometry this year among other subjects. The little wee schoolers (I have 3 that are turning 4 and 2 that are turning 2) will be working with handwriting without tears, math u see Primer (possibly...we shall see if ready) and then working on speech with all of them as well as Five in A Row. Excited for a great new year ahead. oh and among all of that...............

emoticon emoticon my new grandbaby is set to arrive csection on Friday Aug. 22 so just a few more weeks!!!




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Oh Ali, You're not Debbie Downer. I'm honored you trust us to share with us. I think we all go through times such as what you're experiencing. You're a great mom and I know your kids will look back and say, 'remember when we went through this/that?! How did you do it Mom?!'
Stay strong my friend and know you have back up reinforcement prayers praying for you and your family and that your children will be healed with a miracle of God.

On my end, everything for the sell of the house is moving along. haven't filed yet and he's working on buying the house for ds and I. We still have land to sell too. The buying on the farm house we want is lagging and it's hard to trust someone I have no reason to trust. But I've already talked with God and it doesn't matter if we temporarily do not have a place to call home. He's given me peace. I'll probably travel to TX and visit family. :) ROAD TRIP!!! LOL

We're scheduled to start school on the 11th. I've printed out the letter of intent among the chaos of boxes for packing and what not. And our very first week we are expecting guests, (my first ex-mother-in-law whom has become a mom to me and a grandma to ds. Isn't life funny that way?)
Unfortunately, my stbx's mom is in the hospital. She's been battling cancer for a few years now and wasn't expected to live beyond one. They're working with social services to get her things in order. Weird since the day before I had a thought his dad was going to pass. I don't like it when I get thoughts/feelings like that. They just jump in my mind from out of nowhere.

ugh, seriously, a stupid ad just popped up while I was trying to type this and would NOT close. So annoying. :P

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and the weather. The weather this year has been so mild and lovely! I'm looking forward to being on the farm, (the farm house ds and I want) and starting a new chapter in our lives. I know it will be a lot of hard work. Though maybe not as hard as building a house. Chris, how you doing?!

Jump in people! Join the conversation or start a new one. or just ramble about what you're feeling or about your progress in eating or dieting.

Oh! Which reminds me. There's this new to me magazine that I really like. What Doctors Don't Tell You.
Has anyone heard or read it?

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Morning Friends,

I have not been posting as I have just felt the need to hibernate. I am usually such a positive person trusting God to handle everything. I am still trusting God, I am just a little lost right now. My ds basically lost a year of school last year. He managed to clip 2 college classes and that is it. He did not finish any of his high school work. This is due to the RMSF. Very hard for a mom with a normally bright driven child to watch.

My dd spent most of her summer in the bed, at hospitals or in doctors office's. We are still searching for answers really with this. She does have a Chiari, however that is not the cause of these headaches. She still has headaches every day just not as many and not as intense. The neurologist says it was probably hormonal.

So sorry did not mean to be Debbie Downer. I just wanted to explain where I am. I am spending time on me and getting organized. I have recovered all but 1 thing so far.
Thank you for your prayers and understanding.

Melody, praying for you. I know with filing, selling your house and moving this is not an easy season for you. Thank you for your support!

Hope everyone is doing great! Where is everyone at right now in their schedule, still summer break or starting school?

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Ali, Still praying for your kids and your family. Hope everyone is well.

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What fantastic news Ali and a huge relief. Be sure to keep us posted on what the neurologist says tomorrow.
The fact you have any order with all your family and friends of the family have been faced with ...the past three years? is amazing. You've done a great job as have your kids, being able to stay on track.
We start school next month. I'll be filing just before we are supposed to close on the sell of the house.
Sending more prayers your way.

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Morning Friends,

Just wanted to drop by and post an update on my dd. We found out Friday, that she will not have surgery. We met with a great neurosurgeon and he explained everything. We go back to the neurologist tomorrow to see what we do next.

Thank you all for the prayers as she is getting better.

We will be starting some school today. I have become a little disorganized with all of this and lost a couple of things I need so pray for me. I am just struggling with my dd and then my ds Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Hope you all are having a great summer! When will you all start school back?

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Evening Friends,

Thanks Melody!

Have you found a house?

Please pray for us as we take our dd to the neurosurgeon Friday morning. We want complete clarity.

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Ali so good to see you dropping in. Sorry to hear about all that your family is going through.
Glad to hear your friend has had victory!

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Morning Friends,

Wow, I have missed a lot while I have not been posting. Missed you all. We are just going through many things, continuing the process of getting my ds caught back up after losing a year to rocky mountain spotted fever, one of my bff's battle with ovarian cancer was won with her joining the Lord and my dd has recently been diagnosed with Chiari 1 Malformation. We are currently waiting to see a neurosurgeon on my dd next step. This has been a whirlwind for us.

No, I usually have a quiet life and love day to day routines! My diet and exercise show all of this. I am now focusing on me.

Melody, wow, I missed the whole situation with you selling your house. Is this good?

4redpeppers, Hi, I am Ali. I have been absent for sometime, but I have always homeschooled, my oldest will be in 11th grade.

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How lovely to have an old home. What is the architectural style? There were some lovely older homes I wanted to buy; one my husband flat out said no, and the other the woman seller changed her mind. =/

My home is about 13 years old. We don't have red dirt like South Carolina, but from what I could find online, it's in every state. I couldn't find anywhere online where there was an explanation of specifics on where radon comes from other than well water and soil. I find that odd. Loads and gobs of info on testing and more money on how to easily remove it though. Also extremely odd to me.

Anyway, scheduled to close in August. I'm not worried about the inspection or the test or even closing. I'm more worried about finding a house to move into, packing, scheduling a mover and and all the minutia of moving in general. How to coordinate it all so my son and I aren't "homeless" in the interim. Trying not to panic here. LOL

I haven't even started looking at houses yet. I'm waiting for my prequal letter. I have two houses I've seen online that I'll schedule to see and hope they're as nice in person as they are online. In the meantime I'm still packing and getting minor repairs completed. This is one busy week.

How's everyone doing on their exercise and eating? I've been awful on both and last night I exercised and thought for sure I'd be sore today, but nope. I guess I didn't push myself enough. Surely I accomplished something right? I mean I don't have to be sore for toning to take place. :)

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We had a radon test done during the inspection of the house we just bought. The test was set up in our basement and the number was way low. The inspector said this was due to the age of our home. (124 years old! ) The radon had already been released from the ground. If your home is new, you might want to air it out before the test starts. I think that might help but it might not as I think the test runs for 24 hours. Also, if you live in am area with red rock and red dirt, radon is much more of a problem. When is you house supposed to close?

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work ethics and drive..
The young man that mows my lawn is an amazing worker. He's a fireman like his dad, he works the lawn mowing business his dad started and during the summer he works the fair or does volunteer work. Don't ask me when this boy sleeps I don't think he does. (oh blessed youth) LOL

Anyway, on a fluke, I asked him if he new someone to install a vanity for me and work on my small side deck and he did and gave me his friends name and number. This young man also has a full time job and then does side jobs.

It's so refreshing to know there are still young men with good work ethics and drive. I'm happy to know them and hope my young son takes mental notes and follows in their proverbial footsteps. :)

Okay, so the work should be done next week before the home inspection and two days before that they want to set up a radon testing. I don't think I've ever heard of this let alone have had one done. I've bought my fair share of homes too. Is this something new?

I googled it and apparently it can be in the water not just the soil.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!

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Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. And even more, your prayers. :)

Good news, the electrician came today and took care of the outlet that was not allowing my garbage disposal to work. I wasn't sure if it was the light switch or the outlet or both. Luckily just one thing.

Tomorrow a carpenter is coming to look at a couple of other jobs I have and he thinks he can get to work next week.

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Normally, there are more jobs of that kind than there are contractors. We have a friend who is really good and he has a waiting list of people who want his work. I will pray that you find someone soon!

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is it just me or my area? Why is it so hard to get a contractor of any kind; carpentry, drywall, plumber, painter, (am I forgetting any?), to get to the house or return phone calls let alone get a job done?!

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Hello 4REDPEPPERS,
So glad the article was able to assist you in your goals. And baby steps is certainly key for maintaining the long term healthy lifestyle. I think we can all attest that "diets" don't work? LOL
Congratulations on meeting your goal this week too.


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The goal setting reminder was just what I needed today. My goal has been to log EVERYTHING I eat for a week. Somewhere in there I found myself frustrated that I have not been staying within my calorie allotment and I am not exercising as much as I should be! But now I have been reminded to just focus on my small, original goal: Log it! I have logged so I am meeting my goal so far this week. Next week, I can add exercise or staying within my calorie allotment! Thanks for an encouraging reminder!

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Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

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DO create a plan. DON’T wait for "someday" to roll around.
Setting the goal is just the first step. Know where you’re going, what resources you’ll need, who can help and – most importantly – what Plan B is when life throws a monkey wrench into Plan A.

DO start small. DON’T focus on too many things at once.
Try focusing on one goal at a time. Use a small goal that you know you can do each day for the next two weeks, like getting up without the snooze or drinking eight cups of water. Build that first habit to boost your confidence and pick up speed.


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I totally dropped the ball and forgot to change the team icon to something for Independence Day. boo
sorry

Hope everyone had a lovely and memorable day celebrating the day of our Independence.

Ds and I were supposed to go to a friends house and her husband was going to contact my son in law with the info, but son in law never relayed the message to me. ugh! So ds and I spent the day at home waiting for a call that never came.

I worked on the garden and it's coming along, but oh my goodness! All the crab grass that's growing this year is unbelievable.

Offer on the house, countered and they accepted the counter. Now ds and I have the inspection and depending on how that goes, we need to move by mid August. Oh boy, now we need to find a new home. Many prayers needed my friends.

How's everyone's summer?

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Need some prayers. First showing of my house was today and hoping they give an offer so my ds and I can move on/forward.

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Hello Everyone~

My son and his wife found a place to rent and they and their hairy dog left on Sunday. I haven't stopped cleaning since and I'm still finding dog hair. agh! Make it go away. LOL AND, even though my house is no where near showing ready, there's someone that wants to see my house on Saturday. I'm not going to drive myself crazy. I did that when the house was perfect and never got an offer only, "it shows beautifully." So now, it is what it is and if someone wants it they'll put in an offer. I am putting it all in God's hands. Otherwise I'll feel too overwhelmed trying to get everything fixed and perfect and drive myself crazy.

Tomorrow my ds and I are taking our pastor's wife and their teen daughter to lunch. The daughter just got back from a missionary trip, but it was in Hawaii, does that really count as a missionary trip? LOL

We've also adopted soldiers to send letters and care packages. Ds likes drawing pictures. My older ds and his wife gave us suggestions on what soldiers like to get in care packages. :)

Ds has been studying physics and relativity. His favorite theorist is Michio Kaku. He was talking with his big brother about some ideas he's had and his brother said it wasn't possible. But at the library the other day we found a DVD Through the Wormhole that talks on all kinds of subjects and it discusses some of the ideas my ds has. Maybe his older brother will learn about them at Florida Tech? LOL

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

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Laughed at the horse sized dog comment. I picture marmaduke in my head or clifford the big red dog.

We just went to our first renaissance festival last year actually and absolutely loved it. Can't wait to go again but yes, the clothing was eeek! I did love though that several wore clothing from a variety of countries but same time period. I would not have thought of that. Ditzy me!

Tomorrow I am cooking homemade spaghetti sauce and spaghetti for dh and ds as it's both their bdays and that's their absolute favorite. I actually have not cooked it since I began the week of thanksgiving. I pretty much had to cut all pasta out as that is my weekness and I am afraid I would not limit and measure and be happy. Gradually, I've added back in rice and small amounts of pasta that I measure when I do eat them. Usually I just skip them however as I no longer crave pasta's and potatoes ect. Hopefully I do well tomorrow. I have been letting my water slip though so back to counting I go.

Hugs to all. Off to work on my new business site a bit. It's very unorganized the way facebook sets it up and it drives me insane. So off to see what kind of magic I can work to make it organized.




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Hello All~

You got that right Faylei, one lifestyle change at a time. About six months ago I talked with a lady in my crochet group whom was told by her doctor she needed to lose weight. As is the reaction of most humans, we want it all to drastically happen at once. And the doctor told her to slow down! LOL Slow and steady certainly make the changes more substantial. No diet, but lifestyle changes. If she continued on her pace she'd have surely burned out and went back to old habits. I haven't seen her; conflict with my discipleship class at church and crochet class.

Hope everyone else is being successful in their journey.

My oldest son and wife are in the process of moving to another state. They arrived Thursday night, the family all went to a renaissance faire (*see more on this below) and they left at five this morning to check out possible places to live. It will take them 11 hours to get there. They left their horse size dog for me to dog sit. What kind of dog doesn't like running through the sprinkler? phfuh what a disappointment.

* the renaissance faire; oy, well I guess my youngest ds was too young to remember how people dressed, but he pointed out how people weren't dressed appropriately, (mainly women). He said he much preferred the Jane Austen festival where people were (in his words) dressed modestly, more historically accurate and it was worth the money. (things at the rf were ridiculously overpriced.)

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Crazy busy here lately but loving life! Hope everyone is finding themselves in the middle of a wonderful summer. This weekend, we had a garage sale and sold quite a bit of "junk" and also set up our Plexus booth and sold some there too at our garage sale. Enough that we headed out of town that evening to the "bigger" town and spent the night in a hotel with fun relaxation and swimming and hot tub. Dh also talked me into treating myself to a fitbit one with my Plexus money so that was a treat. I rarely treat myself but will easily spend that on them. Hope it helps me continue on my fitness journey to better health.

I'm down 40 lbs and 40 inches now and quite a few sizes in clothes. Starting to relax a bit too much though so tomorrow I will kick my charting back into gear so I dont get too relaxed. Found I was starting to slack on my water and eat a few too many carbs ect...so back to the grind. Also finally last Tuesday kicked in excercise. Did 4 days last week of total fitness machine, weights, stretches and abs on my workout ball. This week, I hope to add in tread mill. One lifestyle change at a time.

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The weather here has been sublime; not too hot, not too cold, sunny with a cool breeze. I know it's going to be humid this summer though as the fireflies are out at night. I don't remember so many in so many years. Our first summer here was magical and it seems as though this summer will be just as magical.
No plans yet on a summer vacation, but my ds does want to make a visit to Purdue.

Faylei, looking forward to your new pics.
What is your mom's surgery? (sorry if you posted and I missed it) I hope you all have a blessed summer vacation in TX. :)

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Hello and hugs to all! Wishing everyone a great week and weekend ahead. Full SUMMER mode here. Super busy with my new business though and still traveling back and forth between here and Texas to help mom after her hip surgery. emoticon

Still down 40 lbs and 37 inches and LOVING IT! I'll have to post a few new picts for you in a few mins. in my photo album. emoticon

Due to mom's surgery, we have decided to make vacation end up at her house in Texas for a Wed-Sun and we will just do all the fun stuff in that area like museums, water parks...ect... Amarillo Texas




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Hello Everyone~!

Glad to see you Chris and Ali, dropping in. Chris, good news on your progress. Ali, continued prayers and added ones for your friends. You're probably on vacation now and I hope it was very relaxing!

Faylei~ CONGRATULATIONS on your success!!!

Where are all the newbies? Come on and join in.

House is listed for sale. The land is listed for sale. I'm still trying to scramble to get everything fixed. (sigh) One item done seems to give me one or two more things to do. ie the laundry room exterior door replaced and now I have to call the security company to reinstall the sensor (the home improvement company neglected to inform me the installers wouldn't be able to replace this, and I also need to buy a new tool in order to reinstall the blinds on the door windows and valance. =/ Got the garage door opener replaced and the installer pushed a hole in the drywall and now I need to patch that up. All I can do is shake my head and laugh and say, seriously?! LOL emoticon

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day; Chris your day is coming up soon. I hope your wife and children treat you to something special.

Ds and I have been attacking/pulling out, this crazy ivy/vine plant that tries to take over the world. Okay, maybe just our back yard, but chipmunks like to hide in it and that probably means mice too, (I do live in the country after all), and I DON'T want snakes. So we've been making mince meat of this stuff. My poor son got sunburned and a blister already. :( He worked so hard though. I really needed his help. We still have more to do, but it will have to be tomorrow and Friday. We have a PARTY on Saturday for my daughter and invited a few of her friends. It'll be really low key and family friendly. Everyone is always so surprised when I encourage them to bring their kids! LOL

Anyone have special summer plans?

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother's Day!

CHris- Hello and hugs and hooray for all the progress on that site! So excited for you!




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Hope all of you are having a great day! Hug your children today! Happy Mothers Day! emoticon

Chris, it great to hear from you!

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Happy Mothers Day !@!!! I hope you all have a spontaneously amazing day@!

We have been camping in our camper at our cabin build sight in the country. The phone gets turned on Tuesday and internet hopefully soon after.

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Ds is working very hard to FINISH everything this week. Not sure if he'll make it but he says he'll work the weekend if need be to be DONE. LOL! Love that about homeschooling. :)

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