Encouragement for the Journey

Don’t worry about your child’s grade. Just let em’ do the best that they can each day. Children grow intellectually as they do physically, in spurts. Although we may have an audience of skeptical relatives, educating at home is not a circus, and we refuse to train our children to do tricks for people.

Routines 8 July, 2008

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Our Daily routine

Here is our daily routine that we generally follow:

Morning:

I do not set an alarm in the morning, but I usually wake up between 6:00 and 7:00. Here is my morning routine:

  • get up & get dressed 
  • wash face / fix hair
  • Plan dinner/thaw meat
  • juice, vitamins and wake up kids (kids are usually up by now but they are not allowed down stairs until I call them)
  • oversee breakfast prep. / prayer reading while kids eat
  • kids morning routine: make bed, wash up, brush teeth
  • discuss chore lists w/kids 
  • start laundry
  • Play time outside (we’re taking a summer break from studies)
  • Dinner @Noon

Afternoon:
After dinner clean up I send the big kids up stairs to read and the two little ones stay in my room for quite time. I usually read or put my feet up for a bit.

After an hour and a half, I get everyone up and give them a snack. Then we take a walk or play outside some more.

Around 4pm I start supper and the kids get to watch a show or dvd while they fold their laundry.
Evening:
We eat supper between 5:00-6:00 and everyone helps with clean-up.

  • Free time
  • showers and brush teeth
  • room clean up
  • Read family story to the kids
  • Prayers

Kids are in bed by 8pm

Quite time for me reading, prayers.

I try to get to sleep by 9:30, here lately it’s been way later.

 

THE SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK 7 July, 2008

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FOR TODAY

Outside My Window…the skies are cloudy.

I am thinking…all the Saturday chores that were left unfinished

I am thankful for…good friends

From the kitchen…dishes are screaming at me.

I am wearing…my husbands Army t-shirt and my black skirt, hair is swept up.

I am creating…chore charts for the kids rooms.

I am going…to stay home all day.

I am reading…my favorite prayer book!

I am hoping…to postpone our trip to Texas, hopefully we can wait till October.

I am hearing…silence…the kiddos tummies must still be full.

Around the house…there is much to do.

One of my favorite things…is writing in my journal.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:…classes for three days and maybe a Friday night movie with the kids.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

 

 

Daily Routine 3 July, 2008

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Do you have a plan for each day? If you have children, a routine is a must!  Life is made so much more difficult by not having one.  Finding ones rhythm can be challenging at first, this is especially true for us who’s own mama’s did not equip us with the necessary tools.

 I did not have a childhood with chores or routines.  My dear mama believed kids needed to be kids and enjoy much freedom.  No chores were served up…nope not even our own rooms were cleaned by those who dwelled there.  I never did my own laundry till I was a teenager…for shame.  For us grown-ups that “enjoyed” such a leisure childhood such as mine know all to well that they have been “handicapped” by a lack of discipline in the domestics from an early age.

If you have yet to find a routine that works for you, do not despair; I will share more as this day allows; however I will end here since I have a few “to-do’s” this morning to accomplish.

Take care~

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Taco Recipes~ 2 July, 2008

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My Simple Taco Saladcan of ranch style beans – drained

shredded cheddar cheese

Fritos corn chips

catalina dressing to coat

I mix all this up and serve it on Fridays

I do not care much for lettuce so usually I do not have lettuce on hand to use in this recipe. My mama makes her Taco Salad the usual way with taco meat and lettuce.

 

 

 

Taco Crescent Ring

2 packages crescent rolls
1 lb. ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 C. grated cheddar cheese

optional –

shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes
green onions
1 C. sour cream
salsa

Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain off grease. Add the contents of the taco seasoning and follow package directions.  Unroll the 2 packages of the crescent rolls. On a cookie sheet, place the crescent roll wedges in a circle, with the wide side of edge towards the middle, pointed edge towards the outside. Add the cheese to the ground beef and stir it in.
Place the ground beef on the crescent rolls and wrap the pointed edges around the meat mixture so that it forms a ring.
Bake at 375°F. for about 12 minutes.
When baked, remove from the cookie sheet and place the ring on a platter.
On the inside of the ring, place the lettuce, tomatoes and green onions.
Serve the sour cream and salsa in bowls on the side.
Cut into wedges and serve.

 

Lovely Mornings~

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Sometimes it is so hard to get going in the mornings.  I am not a morning person but mornings would not be so difficult had I went to bed at a decent hour. I have a tendency to stay up late reading…there I said it.  With the husband away my late nights are later than usual.  I know that when I do not put God or His “will” first, my life can get out of balance.  Hannah Whitall Smith said in the last paragraph of the first chapter of her lovely book, “The God of All Comfort”.

“Mistakes in the telling there may be, and for these I ask the charity of my readers. But the thing I want to say, and to say in such a way that no one can fail to understand is this, that our religious lives ought to be full of joy, and peace, and comfort, and that, if we become better acquainted with God, they will be.” 

After I had my first child, out of necessity I drew especially near to God – in a childlike way, I sought God–early each morning, in the middle of the night–the only times available to me to be truly alone with Him, which ultimately resulted in great intimacy with Him throughout the moments of every day. When hard times came (and when they come) I didn’t stuff things or complain to other people, I was/and am raw and real–entirely honest, with, and before, God. The difference was, and continually is, that only God has access to the *in*side of a heart and mind. Only God has unconditional love and understanding, and as the Bible says, His power is made perfect in *our weakness*–He is magnetically drawn to our need.

What I hope you see here in this blog, which is essentially a daily journal of windows into my life–which I believe in reality it is *far* more beautiful, than could possibly be conveyed in a series of short blog posts–is me having given God, moment-by-moment, day-by-day, over the years, all I am and am not (tired, brain-fogged, in pain, fearful, angry–whatever at any given time) and God taking what I give Him and in it’s place giving me, Himself.

 

 

THE SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK 30 June, 2008

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FOR TODAY

 Outside My Window…the sun is shining very bright and the bunnies are playing in the field.

I am thinking…of my dear husband who is away.

I am thankful for…quite moments spent reading at nite.

From the kitchen…dishes are waiting to be washed.

I am wearing…my nightgown

I am creating…a list for the commissary

I am going…to get my bedroom organized today.

I am reading…an article on simplifying.

I am hoping…for a good storm.

I am hearing…the children clean their rooms.

Around the house…there is much to do and many hands to do it if only everyone would get on-board!

One of my favorite things…watching a movie snuggled up in my bed wearing my favorite robe.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: is to try and get all clutter cleaned out and get rid of many things that are causing anxiety.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

 Sophie Bear reading...

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