Saturday, January 28, 2012

More Like Daddy

Though we adopted all five of our children, we have heard many times over the years how much the kids look like either (or both) C and I.  I guess it's funny to think that sometimes God gives adoptive families like ours a little help in this way so we can feel more cohesive as a unit or something.  I've heard the same thing from other adoptive families, so I definitely feel like it's no accident.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I said I'd share this link on my blog when I entered a contest, so here it is:

Go there to enter the contests for yourself at Home Educating Family. :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dirty Dishes

My mother-in-law just sent me the lyrics to a great anthem for all the mamas out there.  I thought I'd share a link to the song (video) here.  I've never been a big country music fan, but the lyrics to this one are great.  I did enjoy watching Scotty McCreery's growth on American Idol, so even though it's country, I'll give it a shout-out.  His mama must be so proud of him. 

I hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 20, 2012

I Think I'm Getting Old: Introduction

I'm 38.  I'm not old.  But I'm getting there.

Every so often (and more and more often recently), something happens to me that reminds me that I'm no longer the kid that still lives inside me somewhere.  On the inside, I am an amalgam of ages from my memory -- a young girl, a teen girl and a young woman.  But in the mirror, my outsides show a different picture.  When I look at myself closely, I see gray hairs, the starts of wrinkles and very, very tired eyes.  And mentally, I am feeling older each day when my memory slips or I feel more and more out of touch with current-day fads (not that I've ever been very good at staying on top of the trends).

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I hadn't planned to do much schooling today because C is home from work and I wasn't sure what we might do as a family.  But it turns out it's been a pretty quiet day.  So I took the opportunity to share with the kids a short Martin Luther King, Jr. biography (please don't scroll down to the comments below the video, ug) and we talked (again) about civil rights, segregation and how different our lives might be if people like Martin Luther King, Jr. did not step up to make a difference.

A coloring page completed by each of our kids and hung on the homeschool room door in commemoration of the holiday ... amazing how different one man can look in their eyes.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

No More Broken Pencils

Jiminy Crickets!  I just ran into a new product that I am super excited about.  I like office supplies any way I can get them, but this one has got to be the best invention since sliced bread.  A liquid pencil.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday: Updates

I've been really off-track on my themed days over the holidays.  And finally, I catch myself with 3-1/2 minutes to put towards blogging and I'm out of thoughts for Thoughtful Thursday.  It's kind of one of those days.  So I'm going to use it to give a little update, I suppose, on where each of us is at here at the beginning of 2012.  For the record...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Old Navy Hoodie?

I was browsing the Old Navy clearance items online and came across this unusual mismatch of item and description.  This was unlike any other men's hoodie I'd ever seen...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Been Praying

Our son, O, came in from riding his bike today with a bloody nose.  It wasn't a big deal and nobody freaked out about it.  But as Z went back outside after escorting O into the house for assistance, he said, "We'll be praying for you, O!"

O called back, "You don't need to ... it's almost done."

I laughed.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Back to School

After the on- and off-again schedule for school in December, it was about time we started back to regular ol' daily school.  So today was the day.  And it went well.  Usually Mondays are tough, let alone our first day after a break.  So I was really happy that there were no tantrums or whining and everyone accomplished their work in record time (so fast, in fact, that S and I even had time for a middle-of-the-day Scrabble game).