Friday, March 29, 2013

Five on a Friday - Spring Fun!

Thanks, Miranda, for this fun link-up!

1. I am excited to plant our nine other EarthBoxes next week. We have one planted with snow peas and it is growing well! This is what it looks like:

I can already taste the peas! There is naturalized mint all over the ground that we gather as-needed thoughout the growing season. Mint is really like a weed, but it is a weed I don't mind. I will take it over Bermuda grass ANY day of the week. 

Will you grow a garden this year? What do you like to plant?

2. It is always exciting to me to see seeds growing. This is lettuce (that you can barely see):

and this is arugula just up out of the ground:

So many seeds look just like this when they pop up. Basil looks just the same, but this will end up being very tasty in our salads from our salad tables

These will hold herbs and anything that will grow in a more shallow raised bed. I plan on savory, marjoram, oregano, two different kinds of basil, green onions, cilantro, and maybe some others. I have seven of these large squares to fill! If I can find some medicinal herbs, I will do those too.

3. We plan to have people over here on Easter Sunday after church for fellowship and fun. I love having people over - it makes me happy! Do you have Easter Sunday plans?

4. This year, after *many* years of wanting to buy one, I finally bought a Foxglove (Digitalis) plant. I never bought one because I know they are poisonous if eaten. Sometimes my children eat the herbs (basil and mint especially) straight from the garden, and I didn't want to chance it. I think my children are now old enough that I don't have to worry about it. I LOVE this flower - it reminds me of cool shady garden in an old country manor. I can't wait for it to flower. 

Do you plant things just for their beauty? My garden area is mostly devoted to edibles, but I do have a few sections that are there for the sheer joy of the lovely. I have a whole gladiolus section that I never touch for the same reasons. :)

5. Spring bugs can be really interesting. This is a giant moth from our weekend away to the California Delta. 

It was really very beautiful and quite large. I would say it was a little bit smaller than a dollar bill folded in half. I wasn't so brave as to touch it, but I admired it and took its picture. That will have to do. :D

If you want to link-up too, click here:

Have a beautiful weekend!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Just one coin...

I don't know about you, but I love music. All kinds of music! There are some kinds of music though, that are beautiful, joyful, and meaningful. Now I don't always love surprises, but I would have loved to have seen this one:

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Glimpses of joy and meaning in a busy world - these are beautiful to me.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Extra Blog Notifications - Sorry!

I needed to import my old blog posts from my former blog, so a dear sweet blog-savvy friend helped me do that. Thank you!

Unfortunately, it resulted in some of you receiving 100+ emails from my blog. I do apologize for that. They are  years' old posts and can be disregarded.

Thanks for understanding! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thoughts on a Tuesday

So many things to be thankful for this week. My dear husband started his NEW job on Monday. God be praised! I am so very grateful that his time of layoff was not very long.

With his new job has come an unlooked-for blessing, we have a much-reduced rate at a local fitness place. This place has everything--and I mean everything--I have wanted to be able to do with the kids. Today we went for the first time and we all used the pool. It was 75 degrees today and just lovely. The sky was fully blue with those wispy summer clouds and perfect for swimming laps. I forgot just what an excellent exercise it is - no impact, but wow, great exercise! I am so out of shape so it feels good to hurt a little bit at the end of the workout. I used to be on a swim team so I know just how much this kind of exercise works for me. My daughters joined me. It was lovely!

We are in the third month of the Schoolhouse Review Crew 2013 year and there are so many exciting products we are reviewing. We have already posted many of the reviews. If you have not seen them, here are the ones we have done so far:

Abraham's Journey
A+ TutorSoft, Inc. A+ Interactive MATH
Apologia Elementary Science
Artistic Pursuits
Classical Academic Press Spanish and Bible
College Common Sense
Flowering Baby
Handwriting Without Tears
Lone Star Learning
READS Parent/Child Reading Comprehension System
Schoolhouse Teachers

And that is just the beginning of a very exciting year! Right now we are running a highly anticipated Blog Hop that has a TON of participants. If you want some good ideas for your homeschool, you don't want to miss this.

We are only on day two of the Blog Hop, so you will want to check back each day this week!

I hope you have a wonderful week. :)

Monday, March 04, 2013

Musings While It's Barely Monday...

What I'm thinking: That life is wonderful, hard, special, difficult, beautiful, funny, enjoyable, work, and a huge big blessing. I am grateful for mine. How about you?

What I'm reading: I am slowly reading, Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vinsto the children. I am personally reading The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith, Book 1).Now and then I read Christian fiction, and almost anything set in the time of Christ will interest me. I got it for free on my Kindle some time ago so I decided to start it. It is interesting enough to keep me reading so far. :)

What I'm listening to: My daughter is playing a variety of DubStep mixes for me. She has the most varied and interesting tastes in music and she likes to broaden my horizons. :)

What we're learning: We are wrapping up modern history!! I am wildly excited to finish it because that means we are going back to the ancients and I love studying the ancients! We have not been there for years and years so it should be a lot of fun. What is your favorite history time period? Do you have one? I cannot say I do--I love them all. :)

What I'm watching: We are wrapping up one of the best R.C. Sproul video series, Defending Your Faith. From the www.Ligonier.org website:

Thirty-Two 23-Minute Messages. Over 12 Hours of Teaching.

In Defending Your Faith: An Overview of Classical Apologetics with R.C. Sproul, Dr. Sproul surveys the history of apologetics and demonstrates that reason and science are your allies in defending the existence of God and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ. He affirms four logical premises that are necessary for all reasonable discourse, and teaches you how to defend your faith in a faithless world. Furthermore, he points out that there are many levels on which to defend your faith, and shows how apologetics brings comfort and confidence to Christians of all ages. 

This series is designed for individual study, senior high school classes, homeschoolers, small study groups, and adult Sunday school classes. 

We have done this series as a family and have loved it. It is a challenging series and one that has opened up so many good conversations. The Christian faith is a sound logical faith, a gift of God. I highly recommend you look into this series! :)

What's cooking: I made the recipe for Easy Refried Beans. I have not usually added anything to my pintos when I make them for tostadas, but wow, these were wonderful. I will do this again!

What I'm buying: I went to the local thrift store today and we found some lovely skirts for my girls and two pretty dresses for my older daughters. It is such a blessing to be able to shop at thrift stores!

What I'm thankful for: My dear and beautiful girlfriends--every single one of them. The Lord has blessed me with all different kinds of wonderful ladies that encourage me, lift me up, love me, help me, pray for me, and set a beautiful example of godly friendship. I am sooo grateful for them all. If you are one of my girlfriends, and you are reading this, I am talking about YOU!

What I'm creating: I am making plans for our ancients study and our art study for our co-op. I am using some of the books from the Crew run that we are doing for Artistic Pursuits. Talk about wonderful art resources! They are not just how-to art instruction books, but full color resources with art history, and much more. I am very impressed by these amazing books!

What I'm praying: My dear husband has a job interview tomorrow afternoon. He was laid off a month ago and God is very gracious to give him a second interview with a company he would really like to work with.

What I'm planning: To work out every weekday of this week and next. I am determined to get into shape. Day one - done.

What we did this last weekend: I got to babysit three of the loveliest little berry girls while their parents got to swing dance! Then on Sunday we went to the best church ever, had some very nice fellowship, and went to a devotional service in a home for the elderly. After that, many of those that went came over for nachos. :) It was a beautiful day.

What I'm looking forward to: Our Saint Patrick's Day festivities with my whole family at my aunt's house. I can't wait!! My 94 year old 100% Irish grandma will be there. I have *such* fond memories of our yearly Saint Patrick's Day meals at her house growing up. I have replicated that for my own children and this year we get to spend it together! I am very grateful.

A picture to share:

When she was very young...

Time moves fast, mamas, love those children.