All is Vanity or Is It?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

When we look into the mirror each day, what do we see? Do we see a woman trying her best to make herself into what the world would want her to look? Or are we trying to dress accordingly to what God would want?

Now, don't get the idea that I think we should all run around in drab, dull colors. I happen to like a bit of color in my wardrobe. However, most of my skirts are basic colors like black, plum, navy,etc. I do have a very vibrant floral skirt that is full of bright cheerful colors.

Since most of my bottoms are basic colors, I get to have fun with my shirts and blouses. I have orange, green, white, tan and a whole host of other colors.

I just think that you don't have to cover every inch of skin to be modest. It's the individual action that make her modest, not her clothes. There are some people who show a way too much for everyone to see. This isn't fair to the men out there or to their wives.
I would love to know what everyone thinks about modesty, dressing etc in today's world. Can we still dress fashionable yet modest? Where are you favorite places to buy clothing? Do you make your own clothes?
In case you're wondering, the picture is called "All is Vanity" and is by the American artist Charles Allen Gilbert. The original was done in 1892.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A friend found this lovely graphic and I wanted to share it with everyone. Unfortunately, she can't remember where she found it thought. This is what schooling should be like. Not a classroom full of children being made into drones who have no opinions, no love of life and even worse-no morals.
The Bible tells us All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.(2 Timothy 3:16). If the word of God tells us this, why doesn't the goverment want us to teach the Bible in the public schools?
Just a thought for you to think about today....

Homeschooling and how we got started

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Well, we have decided to take the plunge and start homeschooling. This isn't something that you can just wake up one morning and say "Okay let's home school!"

For us, it meant researching different curricula, talking to people,reading books , looking at websites from various companies, deciding what we wanted our children to learn etc.

If you are thinking about homeschooling, the first thing you'll want do is learn what the state laws for your state are. The Home School Legal Defense Association website can help you with that, their URL is , on the right side is a link that says "In Your State" click on it and find your state. There you will find the laws and other pertinent topics concerning homeschooling in your state.

Next I recommend that you read a few books on homeschooling. The first one I would recommend would be So You're Thinking About Home Schooling by Lisa Whelchel .Yes, she is the one who played Blair on The Facts of Life. Now she is now a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom to three children. Check out her site at Another great book is Schoolproof by Mary Pride.

Also before someone screams bloody murder at you about the magical "s" word aka "socialization" read The Well-Adjusted Child, The Social Benefits of Homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole. This book answers all the questions that you might have concerning socialization in a friendly and easy to understand book.

A must read is Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling was written by John Gatto, By a former New York state "Teacher of the Year," Gatto's book should be read by every parent in America before they blindly send their children to school. The author asserts that the true goal of childhood learning should be to discover the special gift each child has, and that passion and enthusiasm will lead to other learning pursuits. His assessment of conventional schooling and what type of citizen it produces is a wake-up call for anyone concerned about the future of this country.

Easy Homeschooling Techniques: The REAL How-To Guide by Lorraine Curry is also great. I will warn you though. She advocates praying television out of your home (I happen to like the History Channel and Antiques Roadshow. Sorry Mrs. Curry!) and using only the King James Bible.

There a number of catalogs out there concerning homeschooling. Some of the more popular ones are: Beautiful Feet Books. Publishers of Rea and Rebecca Berg's History Through Literature Study Guides and Fine Children's Literature including the work of award winning authors Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, Genevieve Foster, Albert Marrin, James Daugherty, Marguerite Henry, and Brinton Turkle. We are honored to publish yesterday's Newbery and Caldecott award-winners for today’s children. . This is the website for Vision Forum. They have various books including Passionate Housewives Desperate for God, The Duggars: 20 and Counting!, Poems for Patriarchs and lots of cool gadgets. My personal fave of the gadgets is the 3 man slingshot water balloon launcher. This gizmo can launch water balloons or other like-weight objects up to 150 yards! That's over a football field and a half! We truly want to serve you by bringing you good things for your family. Things which will strengthen your faith, help to build strong family relationships, and develop good, godly character in your children. We don't bring it all, only the best, and only what we could offer to the Lord, Himself. That is our promise to you.

A lot of home schooling magazines will send you a free trial issue for you to look at and try. Some are more Christian based and some are more secular. My advice is to read some of each genre. They will all have their strong points as well as their weaknesses. If a particular magazine doesn't say they offer a free trial contact them and ask if they would do so for you. It doesn't hurt to try, now does it?

Some of them offer their magazine as a digital edition. The ones listed below offer both a print and digital format of their publications.

I hope that this helps you in beginning your journey into homeschooling. Until next time...

Menu Plan Monday August 9-15 2009

Here is this week's menu for us. Miss Emily will becomming back home Saturday so I am planning a "Welcome Home" dinner for her. Of course, we'll have a house full for dinner that night :-)

Sunday August 9
Crockpot Sticky Chicken, Piergoies, MexiCorn

Monday August 10
Burgers, Potato Salad

Tuesday August 11
Teriyaki Steak, Veggies, Rice

Wednesday August 12
Clean Out Refrigerator Night (CORN)

Thursday August 13
Baked Ravioli, Garlic Breadsticks

Friday August 14
Fish Fillets, French Fries

Saturday August 15
Spiral Sliced Ham, Loaded Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, and for dessert- White Cake with Chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles

Lunches will quick items like Mac and Cheese, Chicken Patties, Sandwiches and the like
Breakfasts will be cereal, Cream of Wheat, Bicuits and Gravy, etc

Menu Plan Monday August 2 thru August 8, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Here is my menu plans for the upcoming week. I brought a boneless sirloin tip roast which will be the basis for a few meals after the main meal of Tuesday night's dinner.

Sunday August 2, 2009
Breakfast-Pancake and Sausages on a stick (State Fair brand)
Dinner- Leftover Pizza from last night (4 cheese or Hawaiian-your choice)

Monday August 3,2009
Breakfast-Biscuits and gravy
Lunch-Clean Out Refrigerator Day (CORD)
Dinner-Popcorn chicken, mac and cheese, corn

Tuesday August 4, 2009
Breakfast-Cereal w/ milk
Lunch-Depending on when we get out of the Dr's we might eat out or have something quick to fix at home
Dinner-Slow cooked beef roast with potatoes,carrots and onions(save part of roast for Thursday dinner)

Wednesday August 5, 2009
Lunch- Hot Dogs,Baked Beans
Dinner -Swedish Meatballs,Egg Noodles, Peas

Thursday August 6, 2009
Dinner-Sliced roast beef with gravy and mushrooms,brown rice,green beans

Friday August 7, 2009
Breakfast- Scrambled eggs with ham and cheese
Lunch-Hot Pockets
Dinner- Baked Ravioli

Saturday August 8, 2009
Breakfast- Cereal
Lunch- Chicken patties, Creamy Garlic shells
Dinner- Clean Out Refrigerator Night (CORN)

Sunrise Mountain

Sunrise Mountain
This is located where my husband grew up in New Jersey

Koenig's 3rd Birthday

Koenig's 3rd Birthday
We went to a local heavy equipment dealer for Koenig's 3rd birthday so he could see the bulldozers there
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