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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Music Minutes

I often work at night and when I can listen to music without too much disruption to the household, I enjoy a wide variety. Some nights I love my beautiful movie soundtrack CDs from Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, The Lord of the Rings I, II, and III, Master and Commander, and even Pirates of the Caribbean. Tonight though, I was enjoying a new-to-us CD by the Newsboys: Shine: The Hits.  I know they might be too "rockish" for some, but they have some of the most powerfully positive lyrics--they really touch my heart sometimes! This was the one tonight that got me and if you follow the link you can hear a portion of it after scrolling down.



Joy


You give me joy that's unspeakable and I like it, and I like it, yea
Your love for me's irresistible, I can't fight it, I can't fight it


If life is water I was dry as Tilson dirt
If it's a gamble I've already lost my shirt
If it's a journey I was dazed without a clue
I flipped a "U" back to the first love I ever knew


You give me joy that's unspeakable and I like it, and I like it, yea
Your love for me's Irresistible, I can't fight it, I can't fight it
You carried the cross, You took my shame.  I believe it, I believe it
You shine Your light of amazing grace.  I receive it, I receive it


If life's a battle the invasion is complete
If it's a rhythm I have found the perfect beat
If it's a Renaissance I've got a new birthday
The world don't give it and the world can't take it away


You give me joy that's unspeakable and I like it, and I like it, yea
Your love for me's Irresistible, I can't fight it, I can't fight it
You carried the cross, You took my shame.  I believe it, I believe it
You shine Your light of amazing grace.  I receive it, I receive it


I'm bowed and broken.  Everything's new
All that I need, You're like water to seed
And how Your love rights everything wrong
And in my weakness You're ever stronger
You're pulling me back where I belong


You give me joy that's unspeakable and I like it, and I like it, yea
Your love for me's irresistible, I can't fight it, I can't fight it
You carried the cross, You took my shame.  I believe it, I believe it
You shine Your light of amazing grace.  I receive it, I receive it




God is so good to us! I rejoice in music that lifts my spirit. God is GOOD.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Quickly stopping in...


I wanted to share a success for us this week. I love things that streamline our life and this helped start the day out right! On Sunday night I put together the following:

Easy Crockpot Oatmeal or 7-Grain Cereal Recipe




2 C dry steel cut oats (not instant or rolled oats)
OR
2 C dry 7-Grain Cereal (9-Grain is fine too)
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ C brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 apples, peeled and diced
1 C raisins

Spray or lightly wipe down crockpot with nonstick cooking spray or butter. If you are planning to cook the grain 8 hours or longer, use 8 cups of water. If you want to cook it less than 8 hours, use 6 cups of water. Put ingredients in sprayed crockpot and cook on low. Just before serving, if you like them, you can add chopped nuts or sprinkle with a little more brown sugar if desired. We also added milk. :+)

This was an excellent way to get the day going quickly and easily! After we ate it I saved the leftovers in a covered plastic container and soaked the crockpot. It cleaned quickly after a soak of a few hours.

Right after breakfast (lasting a whole of twenty minutes) we jumped into the day. It was so refreshing not to be standing over the stove! I just thought I would share. :+)  

 guess I just cannot stay away for too long. :+) I have had a lot going on and was feeling a bit overwhelmed when I posted the last post. Do you ever just feel like life is a tad overbooked and you cannot figure out how it happened? That is sort of what I have been feeling. I feel like we are coming out of a fog, but we are finally seeing the way. :+) That sounds much more dramatic than I really feel, but I am just so relieved that school is going well and that we are back to learning full time without sickness! Sickness is such a downer, isn't it?

OK, well, that is about all for tonight as I have to get back to reality. I hope you have a lovely week! I will try to be here more often, but thanks for your understanding if we don't connect as often. I appreciate your comments and kindness!



Saturday, November 24, 2007

We interrupt this life...

I am sorry I have not posted in a while. I have not been very motivated to do so. We have had more than enough of sickness and just a very busy life. I think I am going to take a planned vacation from my blog as well as my online poking-around. I have found myself focused on things that really don't have much consequence to my home life and it needs to be reversed.

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and I will come back and chat again in the future. Thanks for understanding.

Warmly,
Kate

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I'll take the life behind door number five.

It is a strange thing when your youngest turns five. For those of you who have experienced it, you know what I mean. There are no more babies in the house. There are not even any toddlers! Our Emma is quite proud to be a fiver as I call her. I am happy she is. I kept telling her she would not be allowed to turn five - that I was going to make her stay four. It didn't work. It is a melancholy feeling! We are so blessed to have our five beautiful and most-of-the-time healthy brood. It is tremendously wonderful to see the tides of change, the conversations grow more serious and interesting - the dance of life. But it still leaves me feeling a bit sad. There is that nothing stays the same thing again. But God is *always* good in the midst of it all and I am so very grateful for each and every moment.

Lisa Winton, a lovely woman with a "thinking" kind of
blog, shared some very potent and important reminders last week. It is worth your time to read them. They moved me. Especially this part:

"Example is better than precept. The power of training lies not in what we say and teach but in what we are and do. We train our children not in talking about ideals and lofty goals but by living these out before them. It is not merely our strong desires or theories but our will and our practice that actually do the training. It is by living the Christ-life that we prove that we love Christ and that we are His true followers, and in this way we will influence young minds to love Christ and to live for Him too."

I so needed this reminder! It is just so easy to get wrapped up in the things that are just not that important. I have to remember that there are five small people watching me.



We have had a great deal of sickness here the past few weeks. I am praying it is OVER and done for the entire sickness season. Please let it be so! Here is what my sweet boy did for his sisters while one was quite ill. It is good to have a good reader for a brother!


I have also been experimenting with beans. Do you have any fantastic not-so-high-in-fat bean recipies worth eating? I made what actually turned out to be a truly bang-up white bean soup. I cannot say it was low fat per se, but it was loaded with healthy veggies and so full of flavor!

We also topped it off with homemade biscuits. These are my last minute make-do-for-bread biscuits, but they are just so yummy that I don't know why I look at them that way. I suppose because they are not whole wheat bread. LOL


*Before* we were all so ill, we had been doing history and other school work and I felt like I was on top of the homeschool life that is my world. Here was our living room filled with history timelines in the making!







I was feeling so excited about doing these and then we got sick. Well, this is a new week, right? We are in the midst of a highly enjoyable Mystery of History and life is good. :+) I *am* so enjoying MOH. I mean I don't even know how to write how excited I am about it. It is absolutely everything I was looking for. God be praised! Kendra, a dear sweet fellow homeschooling mother, interviewed the author of MOH and I enjoyed it a great deal. I thought you might too. It is such an encouragement to read about the hearts of the authors we appreciate. :+)

 


We are also going to be starting some excellent (at least I hope they are LOL) read-alouds for history. We have not read a good book together in far too long. This is our line-up for a while anyway:



What Really Happened in Ancient Times



Priceless Jewel at the Well: The Diary of Rebekah's Nursemaid 
(This one is on super sale and looks like it is going out of print. Its sister books are out of print already.)




Hadassah, The Girl Who Became Queen Esther  



Hittite Warrior



Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah



Within the Palace Gates



The Sign Above the Door
(This one I am especially excited about. This is a newer homeschool-run company and I just love them. This book is a fantastic [and I really mean fantastic] addition to any Egyptian study. Far better than what is out there!)

And I am going to end on something you just don't see every day - such a lovely flower. I just had to share its beauty. It's not every day a freeway daisy looks so lovely. :+)