And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5
Friday, September 9, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
- Genuine excitement..usually from a fellow home schooler
- The "oh I think that's great" with the look of "oh I think your crazy"
- and finally the "well I could NEVER home school"
I belonged to at least 2 of those categories at some point in the not so distant past, I'm sure I've given people the I think your crazy look when they told me they home schooled and I know I've said I could never do it. So how did I get here you ask? I started reading different homeschooling sites on the Internet trying to help my struggling son when I came across Simply Charlotte Mason, now I had heard a lot about Charlotte Mason and her ideas on education but until I read them and started digging into it I just didn't quite get it. This "new" way of educating children to teach them to think for themselves through great books and observation made sense to me in fact I wished I had be educated this way. I'm not going to get into Charlotte Mason right now but you can read more here at Simply Charlotte Mason. Check out the free e-books at the top of the page.
After my first week of homeschooling I like it because
- you get to shape what your children learn based on what they need
- you get to do fun things like make Turkish Delight when you read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe just so you know what it is and what it tastes like
Our Turkish Delight
Monday, July 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
That statement came about because somehow we got to talking about "Jesus" sightings and how people have seen "Jesus" in all sorts of crazy things the most recent a tortilla.
Jesus in a Fish Stick
Jesus in a Tortilla
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Our house is far from perfect and in fact need a lot of work but it's my space and I choose to make it beautiful because that brings me joy. It is my desire to make our home a relaxing, inviting,refreshing place where Christ dwells.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday Pork Medallions with Chipotle Orange Glaze, mashed sweet potatoes and steamed asparagus
Tuesday Belizian Stewed Chicken with Stew Beans and Rice, fried plantains
Thursday Pasta with pesto, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes
Friday Pizza night
Saturday Cheese Night
For recipes for this menu go to pamelaskitchen.blogspot.com
Common Areas: (1 hour per room)
o Dust ceiling, corners
o Clean ceiling fans/lights
o Clean wall art
o Polish all wood surfaces
o Vacuum cloth seats
o Sweep floor
o Scrub floor
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Bathroom: (1 to 1.5. hours)
o Wash down walls
o Wash light fixtures
o Disenfect counter tops
o Clean toilet
o Clean area around toilet
o Scrub shower/tub
o Swap out towels
o Sweep/mop floor
o Empty trash- wash trash can
o Wash dirty towels
Clen out closet
I'm cleaning with white vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil what do you like to clean with?
Monday, March 28, 2011
Ok so I've said it before Spring has sprung here in the South. Spring is a time of renewal the earth wakes up from it's long winter sleep and bursts forth in glorious bloom. Spring is also a time for me to shake off the clutter of winter and for me to refresh my home after a long winter of being closed up and stuffy. That's right today starts Spring Cleaning! Some think this is an antiquated tradition of a bygone generation, but I love to get my house clean and I mean really deep down clean. This year I am taking this task on one room a day. Today the kitchen here's the checklist for my kitchen:
Kitchen: (1-2 Hours)
o Clean out fridge
o Wipe down freezer/fridge
o Scrub oven/stove top
o Clean appliances
o Wash Cabinets front and top
o Move fridge out and clean behind it
o Vacuum refrigerator coils
o Wash out trash cans
o Wash windows
o Clean tile floors
Follow my progress this week and keep me on track sometimes I think I have cleaning ADD. Do you do special cleaning for Srping? Let me know your thoughts on this age old tradition
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Happy Fausnaught Day to all my fellow Pennsylvania Dutchmen
What is Fausnaught Day you might ask well only perhaps the most perfect day in the year...Doughnut Day!
I can almost see my mom there in our small kitchen in her red print cotton apron dusted with flour cutting, frying and glazing doughnuts. We always made the classic fausnaught made with mashed potaotes but we also made jelly filled and biegnets. Seeing our little kitchen table covered with fresh fried doughnuts is one of my fondest memories of family and tradition. Of course growing up in the rural south we were the only family celebrating doughnut day but oh how our friends loved when we came around with bags of doughnuts.
Fausnaught day marks the beginning of Lent just as does Fat Tuesday or Strove Tuesday. All 3 days share the common thread of using up all the butter, eggs and flour in a house to for lent which was meant to be a time of fasting, prayer, and bible study in order to prepare ones heart for Easter. Now while we never fasted or celebrated Lent growing up we did always recognize Fausnaught Day.
I guess that's why I'm just a little blue today because for the first year in many I am not making doughnuts! My kids love celebrating Mardi Gras complete with decorations and King Cake of course. I know it's called FAT TUESDAY but we can't handle doughnuts and king cake in the same day! Unless we do fast for the next 40 days...hmmm there's a thought.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I lost my vision of sharing our life and my thoughts with the ones I love, I became more concerned with hits, comments and how my blog compared to others. I became conscious of the fact that I am not a great or even good writer. My blog became about me in the prideful sense, I wanted recognition, I wanted to be something more.
I took a long break and refocused my life on what really counts to me, I have begun to view life and all I do through the lens of eternity. When it's all said and done will it matter how many hits I got? I regained my focus and the vision is now clear. I want to encourage and uplift with this blog, not for my sense of pride but for God's glory. I no longer care about hits or comments but my prayer is someone will read this little blog and their relationship with God will be strengthened and their heart will be encouraged.
I found this over at A Holy Experience (a favorite blog of mine):
A Bloggers Prayer
I am no longer my own blogger, but Thine, O Lord.
Refine me with each post how You will, rank me how You will.
Put me to service, or put me to suffering.
Let me post for Thee or be put aside for Thee,
Lifted high, only for Thee, or brought low, all for Thee.
Do with me and each post whatever you will, because You alone know best.
Let me not strive but submit Let me not compete but care
Let me not desire hits but holiness
Let me be a follower, instead of seeking followers.
Let my blog be full of Thee, and let it be empty of me.
Let me crave all things of Thee, let me care nothing of this world.
Let my words be worthy of the greatest of audiences: You.
And You are enough.
May I write not for subscribers… but only for Thy smile.
May my daily affirmation be in the surety of my atonement,
not the size of my audience.
May my identity be in the innumerable graces of Christ,
never, God forbid, the numbers of my comments.
May the only words that matter in my life not be the ones I write on a screen ---
but the ones I live with my skin.
I freely and heartily yield every sentence, every title, every post, every comment… or no comments… all to Thine pleasure and perfect will.
My only fame is that I bear Your name
My only glory is the gift of Your Grace
My only readership, Your eyes that seek to and fro to find a heart hard after You.
Make this so, oh Lord…
Yahweh, You alone are my God, not Google
Jesus, You alone are my Savior, not site meters
And Holy Spirit, You alone are my Comforter, not comments
So be it, today, yesterday, and every post to come.
This is my prayer I have made on earth and over this keyboard… let it be ratified in heaven.
Weather therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God
I Corinthians 10:31
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The king could not entrust this child to just any of his
subjects to raise; he searched for a couple who, he knew, would
raise the child after his own heart. He lovingly placed the child in
their home with the commission, “I am loaning her to you for a
short time. Raise her as I would.”
A Whole Person
God has entrusted our children to us. They belong to Him
and we are merely stewards with the commission of teaching and
training them. Most likely you already know this truth. But it is
important to review it every now and then, for when we understand
this truth, we know how to view our children. And how we view
our children will have a profound influence on how we choose to
“And first, let us consider where and what the little being
is who is entrusted to the care of human parents.
A tablet to bewritten upon? A twig to be bent? Wax to be moulded?
Very likely;but he is much more––a being belonging to an altogether higher
estate than ours; as it were, a prince committed to the fostering
care of peasants.”
If we view our children as whole persons, entrusted to us by
God, we will be careful to educate their whole persons: body,
mind, will, emotions, soul. We will not isolate just the intellect or
just the will.
A Thinking Love (free e-book) – Simply Charlotte Mason
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
As I rushed cold and shivering from the car to the back door last week I had failed to stop and take note of what was happening in the garden. That is why this caught me by surprise:
Is that what I think it is? Could it be true? Dare I say the words out loud? The first signs of Spring! Yes there in the snow (did not take the pic that day) peaking out my crocus, the first to bloom...early Spring bloomers... that would mean only one thing...this must be early spring! I refuse to get what I call "Spring Fever" and start planting but boy it is hard when the days are 70. After a week of warmer temps my daffodils popped out their happy faces
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
At Christmas my sister gave me a simple white bird, I loved it and knew just the place for it, on my table.
Live Simply and fill your day with simple pleasures.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Ultimate Religious Decision
Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved!
My sins are all pardoned, my guilt is all gone!
Glory, I’m saved! Glory, I’m saved!
I’m saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
Friday, January 7, 2011
This old hymn is a free paraphrase of Psalm 103:1-6 and is a joyful, triumphant expression of praise to God for his sovereign care over his creation and for his people. It calls God’s people and all creation to praise God for his mercy towards us. It happened to come on today as I was praying...what sweet worship. I have noting left say but PRAISE TO THE LORD THE ALMIGHTY