Welcome to 2012!

I must admit, I’ve had something of a struggle these last few weeks.  The run up to 2012, with everyone recapping the big (and not so big) events of 2011 has been a nearly constant reminder to me that I’m not where I wanted to be now, and that I failed to achieve most of the things I hoped to in 2011.  I suppose a lot of people feel this way at the start of a new year.  They wonder if they were just marking time for the past year, or worse, wasting it.

In an attempt to counteract this frustration, I’ve been trying to identify the successes I had last year, to express gratitude for what did go well, and to remember the happy times we had.  So here are some things I’m grateful for (in no particular order).

I’m grateful for God, and that I’ve been raised to know him as a loving Father-Mother who always cares for us, in the good times, and the bad.

I’m grateful that we have had a roof over our heads and food on the table (thanks Mom!) through all this searching for home and employment.

While not having the income a job would provide has been difficult, I’m grateful for the extra time we’ve had as a family.  Esbon has been a wonderful help with school, and taken on most of the housework.  We’ve been able to take days or weekends off to go to the beach or visit friends – mini vacations we wouldn’t have been able to take if Esbon had had a full time job.

I’m grateful for being able to pay our bills each month with the modest income we do have.  Like the Children of Israel and the manna in the wilderness, we always have just enough to meet our obligations.

I’m grateful for our new phones.  We shopped for new phones for months, waiting for the right time, and the right upgrade offer.  When Esbon’s phone died, we decided we would have to take the plunge, even though it meant saying goodbye to the awesome, inexpensive plan we’d had for years.  We got our first smart phones, and even got phones for the boys, and we’re loving them.

I’m grateful that I got to go to my cousin’s wedding in June in New Orleans.  It was a hot, muggy weekend, and Esbon and the boys couldn’t come with me, but I still had a lot of fun.  The wedding was beautiful, and catching up with the rest of the family was priceless.  It was the first time in years I had seen some of them (especially my cousin who currently resides in New Zealand) and the first time I met most of their kids.

There are many other things I’m grateful for, but those are the biggies. I have faith that 2012 will hold many more blessings for us, like a home of our own, the chance to visit Esbon’s sisters in Colorado and Louisiana, continuing success in our homeschool, and maybe even selling my first book.

Yes, 2012 looks promising.  I wish you and yours a blessed new year and success in all your endeavors.

Happy New Year!

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We’re Giving Away The Holiday Planner

You have two chances to win a free copy of The Holiday Planner – Boys Will Be Boys Edition.

First, Hal and Melanie Young at Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys are giving away a copy as part of their Facebook Party to launch their new e-book – We Gather Together: Sanity and Celebration at Thanksgiving.  The party is over but the giveaways will be up until midnight tonight.  (I’m not sure what time zone that is, probably eastern.)  Head on over to their blog to check out all the great freebies and giveaways.

Second, Felice Gerwitz will be giving away a copy during the Ultimate Fall/Christmas Expo.  The live sessions are this Thursday and Friday.  All the details are on her website.  Grab your ticket today to access all the pre-recorded sessions and join us live in the chat room for some inspiring fellowship!  I’ve been listening to the Ultimate Homeschool Expos for a couple of years now and always find just the right inspiration, and occasionally the kick in the pants, that I need.  I hope you’ll join us!

One last thing, Felice has created an awesome, Mega Prize, including past Expo sets and more.  Be sure to enter before November 30th!

 

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Holiday Planner – Boys Will Be Boys Edition

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks it’s been!  I just realized that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away!  Are you ready?  I’m not.  I’ve been so busy working on my 8th National Novel Writing Month project, and on my new ebook – The Holiday Planner – Boys Will Be Boys Edition.

The Holiday Planner is a collection of lists for keeping track of your Thanksgiving & Christmas activities.  It includes forms for recording gifts, cards, addresses, menus, and parties.  There are also journal pages and pages for writing about your family traditions.  Simply print out the pages you want and use them to create a personalized planner/organizer.

I had so much fun going through old pictures to find just the right ones to decorate the planner with.  It’s amazing how fast our kids grow up and it was a nice reminder to take some time to just hang out with them.  While I hope you’ll use some of the pages with my handsome boys on them, I also included pages with blanks instead of pictures so you can add your own little ones to your planner.

The holidays are such a precious season.  I hope this planner will help you stay organized so you can spend more time with your family.  Check it out today!

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Welcome!

How long have I been planning to get this blog up and running?  Longer than I care to admit!  I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know us a bit. 

As I write this, I’m watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with Jonathan.  We’re starting our marathon of Harry Potter movies before we go and see the final installment next week.  Bo and Esbon are at Camp Pioneer having a grand old time in the out of doors.  It’s been pretty quiet around here without them.

I enjoy watching the Harry Potter movies in sequence and seeing these young actors grow up in the space of a few hours.  It’s a good reminder of how fast time flies as our kids are growing up, and that we should remember to pause in our busy days to enjoy them as often as we can.  I also look at the characters at each stage and wonder, could Bo have done that when he was 11?  He’s only twelve, so I don’t get too far into the movies on that theme, but it’s fun to think about, all the same.

So this week I’m enjoying some one on one time with Jonathan.  We won’t be going out much, as funds are pretty tight, but we have lots of fun projects planned.  Jonathan is learning how to sew and we’ll be working on that quite a bit.  I’ll post some pictures of his new shorts and other things we’re making after we finish.

Then we have the library summer reading program to keep current with, and our Harry Potter marathon.  We’ll probably go to the park and hang out with the cousins at my sister’s house.  Unfortunately, as I said, time flies and the week will be over far too quickly. 

I’ll get a second week one on one with Jonathan in August when I go to camp with him at Adventure Cove.  I’ll have to find something to do with Bo.  He’s not interested in much other than video games and Scouting at the moment, so I don’t know what that will be.  I’m sure we can come up with something though.

Well, I’d better get back to the movie.  I hope you’re enjoying your summer and thanks for stopping by!

 

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