Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Lola is the gray bunny on the left and Coco is the tan one on the right. They are mini-rexes. A few months ago it became evident to me that a pet would be a great benefit for my kids. I began praying.

While out to lunch with a friend she mentioned that they were looking for a home for their dog. We arranged a meeting between said dog and my children (without their knowledge of the possibility that we might keep him). They fell in love and my heart leaped when I saw their eyes light up and their countenance change. We visited with said dog a couple of times, but it became evident it just wasn't a good fit. He was a puppy, a large puppy and we have a small house with no fenced yard. My prayer specifically was for a dog, not a puppy!

We began talking about a bunny and my oldest two got to work saving for a bunny. I got an email about a rabbit cage and pen for sale, so I bought them. My kids did a wonderful job saving and planning for a bunny. We went to our old neighbor's house, a rabbit breeder and picked out not one, but two bunnies. I just couldn't resist and my littlest two needed a pet too. We brought the bunnies home and fell in love. They are amazing. Lola, my bunny acts more like a dog than a rabbit. They are sweet and were immediately litter box trained. We keep them in their pen, with the cage inside on the screened porch (I'll include a picture of that one day when it's clean). For more on rabbits as pets, check out Georgia House Rabbit Society.

Then seemingly out of nowhere, but totally in God's bigger picture plan, we got our beloved little dog, Maggie back. We purchased Maggie, a long-haired, dachshund in the fall of 2010, but I never got the chance to post about her. In March of 2011 the kids and I moved to a new, small town with Maggie. I was a single mom, with four kids eight and under and very unsure of our circumstances and future. So, I sent Maggie back to live with my ex. He has had her since then. Recently circumstances changed and it was a good time for us to get Maggie back, so we did. In a month and a half we went from zero pets to three.

Maggie is settling in nicely. Everyone is so happy! I have realized the decision for me to not have Maggie for a while was a really loving thing to do for myself and allowed me to focus on the most important things, my children, at the time. I do not regret it or feel guilty. I am actually grateful that at a time when I could have really been cruel to myself I chose to love myself. It is a good example for my children. God is so rich in His mercy, He has restored to us what was lost and continues to do so. We are all at a much better place to love and care for Maggie.


Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This song is a great reminder of God's love for us (for you), His beloved children:
Still hoping in Him,

Friday, June 7, 2013


My kids attended school for the first time the year before last, so last summer was our first "summer break" and I had no idea what to do. That was not a good plan. So, this summer with a little planning we are off to a great start. The plans I had were quickly thwarted by unforeseen events, but God quickly stepped in.

One of my main goals was to teach the kids to ride bikes, but I had to purchase them first. Not happening! Well, my oldest won a bike at our local bank when she opened an account, seriously? God is amazing.

She came home and I showed her a Youtube video and in a couple of hours she was off with my six year old on her heels demanding to get her training wheels off. Then she was off. My son, who did not have a bike got on his sister's and he was off. Three kids riding bikes within 24 hours and no training or running behind the bike for me. My mother graciously offered to buy a bicycle for my oldest son and I bought one for my youngest. By far this is the "favoritist" pass time. I am looking at getting one too! Why should they have all the fun?

We are also homeschooling a little, mostly to spend time as a family learning and growing. Below is what we are doing:

As a family:
Read Alouds - Various Chapter Books beginning with Stuart Little by E.B. White
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Grace, Stephen and Sarah Mally
Around the World in 60 days by Thriving Family FREE here
Landmark Cards where we learn famous landmarks, their history and location
Spanish in 10 minutes a day
Say What You Mean by Art of Eloquence

Upcoming 6th grader:
Word Roots by The Critical Thinking Company book B1, explores Latin/Greek word roots
Etymology for Wordbrains like Me by Norm Bomer
Christian Light Reading and Language Arts
Light Keepers: Ten Boys and Girls Who Used Their Talents, 2 Volumes
Beautiful Girlhood (read aloud together)

Upcoming 3rd grader:
Chrisitan Light Reader Doors to Discovery with Light Units

Upcoming 1st grader:
I Wonder Reader with Light Units

Upcoming Pre-Kindergartener:
Chrisitian Light Beginner's Activity Set

Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts The Cat in the Hat
World of Coke Museum (I won tickets)
Many days at the river
Family Bike Rides
Braves game (the kids get free tickets for being on honor roll)
Library Reading Program
Visit to the peach orchard
Blueberry picking

Our fieldtrips and fun will always come first this summer, the schooling is to fill in the gaps.  Since they were homeschooled previously they have a love of learning and are eager to get into their readers and other projects.

Also planned, backyard fires, gardening, church activities and animal care (more on that later).

What are your plans this summer?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


One of my goals for the summer is to try at least one new recipe a week. This week's was delivered to my inbox via a Pampered Chef newsletter. White Chocolate Cheesecake Strawberries, need I say more?

Strawberries are at the peak of perfection in my neck of the woods, so this was an easy choice. With few ingredients (usually on hand) my daughters and I split up the tasks and got to work. In about 15 minutes we had the most beautiful and delicious dessert I have had in a long time. These would be perfect for an outdoor event, tea party or potluck.

Will you try these?  Will you share?

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