Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FORWARD!!!!

My soul aches for freshness.  I feel engulfed with trials and defeat. Oh, failures swirl in my mind over and over. I feel the broken spiritual bones crying for healing and strength. Dreams and Visions this past year that danced around my head as sugar plums puffed into thin air.

Before you think I am the MOST NEGATIVE DEPRESSING person in the world, I beg you to consider different. David wasn't always cheerful, Elijah, nor Peter.  These men as well as many more all battled, including Job, times of despair and depression. Lessons are learned for spiritual growth in these seasons. I was/am in that season.

Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Crushed in spirit)"

So, while I moan I know that God is NIGH.  I am ever thankful for that. I would be stuck in that pit of regret, failures, and mess without Him reaching for me and pulling me out.

This past year I felt as if I was in the Valley of Decision. Decision to hold on. To keep on. To move on. My family, our church, and my friends all have had valley moments. But in the valley there is hope because you can only go up from that point.

This year my ONE WORD is FORWARD. Inspired by Ann Voskamp's recent post on the New Year gave me that "Aha" moment. Every year since 2005 I have a word and scripture I reflect on yearly. This year I decided I wouldn't even go there. I didn't feel it. Didn't know. Tired of never going through. But one email gave me a little hope that I can move one.

This year I want to move FOWARD. I want to move out of the Valley. I want to Keep going!  I hear the song "Onward Christian Soldier" playing in my mind. I am moving FORWARD & ONWARD for a higher calling than myself.  I want to Glorify God!  Move Forward in Jesus!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

I is for Intimate


The gift of intimacy with God is the best gift ever. I am so thankful to know the Lord personally.  I have a maker, He formed my heart, and my life is in His Hands. He knows my name, He knows my every thought, He sees each tear that falls, and hears me when I call.
                             Replica of the Tree of Good and Evil at Creation Museum

That song is so beautiful.  He knows my name. It is true!  He knows our very amount of hair on our heads, He knows our thoughts, and our so-called "hidden" secrets that aren't at all really hidden. 

The most beautiful precious gift is the intimacy of being in His presence.  I love feeling the breezes on my face because I know it is Him.  I love the sound of nature because I know it is Him. I love the splendor of the night sky because I know its His taste of beauty. 

                                        Creation Museum Gardens of Beauty!

Lord may we embrace your desire to be intimate with us.

Blessings!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Letter G

I love turning words into acronyms. I'm not sure why but I love them.  September word is GIFTS. Today we are talking about the "G" in GIFTS.

G is for giving.  You have to do GIVING when it comes to GIFTS.  God gives good gifts. Numerous.....too many to count.  Big, small, and even super tiny.  A child's smile can be a gift on a rotten day. Precious snuggles can lighten your mood. The smells of yummy baked goods. The beautiful lit sky by millions of stars can be a show of God's handiwork.  Ohhhhh...that makes me feel like I have been given the best show.

I'm so blessed.  I have hands to hold, love to show, love received, and warm embraces. Most important I have the Love of Jesus flowing through my veins. His precious gift of sacrifice is the best gift I could have ever been given.

No rotten day can steal GIFTS of life unless you let it.  Joy flows from gifts! Hearts brighten and soften!

Bless you today!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Take Away The Dross

In my evening scripture reading in Proverbs this scripture leaped from the page, "Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer." ~Proverbs 25:4

Dross means unwanted material that is removed from a mineral to make it better. Shall I say scum that covers a beautiful vessel or item and blocks its real beauty.

In life we can miss hidden beauty because we look with eyes that sometimes focuses on the scum. You know.... issues, struggles, and problems.

It can be hard to see beauty in things when we look with cloudy eyes. We can look at this verse as a soul check. Is our heart and soul covered in the scum of life and worldliness? 

                                     Pictures of the gardens at the Creation Museum

When we moved into our home our sinks had hard and crusty mineral build up. It took forever it seemed to get that stuff off. It took a lot of soaking, scrubbing, and scouring to get that scum off. Sometimes it may take a lot of soaking in God's Presence, scrubbing and scouring in His Word to clean our cluttered hearts.

                   He wants us to be a Vessel of FINER!

                                        Creation Museum Garden Pictures (2014)

My gift for the day is that God sees me as a vessel He loves and wants to use me to bring Him glory. I appreciate that He guides me to a Word that helps me remember to wipe away dross in my life to be FINER in HIM!




Monday, September 15, 2014

Gifts All Around


Gifts really are all around us. They greet us in the morning, reach for our attention all through the day, and even kiss us goodnight when it's time to hit the pillow. They swirl around our lives and a lot of the time I never notice.

Gifts of grace, mercy, love, laughter, sunshine, moon lit skies, snuggles, smells of babies, softness of blankets, whispers of I love You's, hands to hold, food to cook, money for bills, roof over the heads, fluffy dogs, candle glow, dew on the ground, blooming mums, fresh eggs, sounds of a dryer drying my clothes, smells of autumn, gentle nudges from The Lord, and HOPE that I will see my Jesus!


These gifts aren't huge, or even fancy to most. But theses gifts are what God shares with me to bring me long lasting joy. Materials fade and sometimes people disappoint or leave.  But you can always see the sun, grasp hope, breathe in creation, and find GRACE.

Thank you Lord for GIfTS of LIFE!

What gifts can you open today?


Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Word~Gifts

Inspired by Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, and many of her posts, I have gotten on the bandwagon to count the gifts in my life. Good and Bad. I have been enjoying her book. I know that it has been out a while. I actually have had it for a year and I would read a little and stop. Do it again and stop. I believe my heart wasn't ready for the pruning, and growth that is taking place. I wish it would have because I have wasted precious gifts and not thanked the Lord for the small things in life.  This led to me feeling discontent and grumpy because all I could see was yucky things and problems.

The thing is there will always be problems and yuckiness in our lives but to see the Lord in the midst of it quiets are hearts and helps us have a hope in HIM!

                                   Cozy Afternoon Blog Time.  Enjoying my Fall quilt!

I have star. I have begun to record my gifts daily. Some are simple, some are deep, some are funny, and some are very precious.
I have a journal that I record nightly before bed the things I am thankful for. Gifts surround our day. We have to tell our hearts to BE STILL and SEE them.

 
                                 My journal of recorded gifts awaits me everyday!

Right now I am enjoying soft music, grape kool-aid, the sounds of grasshoppers and birds as my window allows a soft breeze to flow through my room, and the comforts of a wonderful bed. I am blessed. Way blessed.

My Word for this Month is GIFTS!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Family Update...A New Season!

The last post was on my health and all things are easing up! I haven't been 100% dedicated to my plan but have done decent and noticed improvements when I eliminated certain foods.  But that isn't my main thing I want to share.

A couple of months ago our life took a turn and God opened a door for our family.  We will be attending and working at a small conservative Christian academy this fall. I haven't shared it because I know there will be naysayers in regards to me not homeschooling but I'm actually still teaching my little ones and my oldest is across the hall and we eat lunch together. I'm excited, nervous, and overwhelmed all in a package. I'll be teaching PreK to 1st grade. My middle child will come in there at times for review and she will have tutoring for dyslexia issues in the room next to me.

We have had so many personal situations that has happened since our move almost two years ago  when my husband was called to Pastor a rural church. God is opening doors and I see better days ahead which I'm thankful because the last few years have been good, bad, hard, and full of learning.

On we go to a new path......


Chrissy


Friday, July 11, 2014

Health Issues!!! What I am Doing?

We have had a pretty good summer so far. Birthdays, Weddings, Graduations, and showers are all under the belt.  Whew!  One of the biggest things we have done as a family that I have enjoyed is hiking. We have been hiking regular and we have seen some beautiful scenery and have enjoyed it so much. One thing it has done though was revealed to me how out of shape I have gotten. I have gained a lot of weight over the last few years. 



I had hit an all time low this summer. I had these great plans made for the summer and because of my health I have had to watch it pass by. I have had some enjoyment but I had to really force myself to do things with my kids and for our home due to me feeling awful.

I went to the Dr and discovered I was only a couple points from a transfusion and my anemia was real bad. I also have high cholesterol.  The worse news was my youngest son Kyle had been having chest pains and shortness of breath. The Dr discovered he has a irregular heartbeat that is very irregular and we need to see a Ped Cardiologist. She wouldn't approve his physical for any physical activity or sports.


You try telling a 7 year old he can't run. It was a hard day yesterday to say the least. But a good one in a way because it woke me up. I had this fog around me from feeling so bad.  Last year I had went gluten free and cleaned up my diet for a bit and felt great. It didn't last long because I got swept away in eating junky again and now my body is wrecking havoc.

I have treated my body like a trash can. I am like Oscar the Grouch stuck in the can. Yesterday, revealed to me the seriousness of taking care of our bodies. I never bought soda. VERY RARE. But in the last week along we went through 2 cases. I started to have heart palpitations.  Kyle had been drinking lots of soda.

NO MORE.  Today...I woke up fresh and anew. I prayed God to give me direction and I believe He will help us.  Hannah and Ethan were slightly overweight, acne, and early blooming. I know it stems from what we put in our bodies.



I will be posting more on our lifestyle changes here so my focus may go in a different direction. Laughing Out Loud, I really don't have a focus here. I rarely blog anymore. Partly, because I always felt bad and had no motivation.

So...I took some steps yesterday after the DR visit. I headed to the health food store and spoke to a consultant.  I had been tested last summer for wheat and gluten and found I had a allergy to wheat and intolerance to gluten. So, she helped me get a regimen of supplements to help me get out of the fog so I could begin to focus on taking care of myself and my family. I can't take care of them if I am couch bound with pain and tiredness.

I purchased a detox kit (steps to clean my gut), Vit B12 ( I was depleted), Iron(anemia), Fish Oil (Cholesterol), Vit D ( because I needed it and to aid with depression), Probiotic (aid in gut health).

I started last night.  I got up early this morning and have drank tons of water, lemon water, took all my supplements, ate a total gluten free diet today, took a morning walk, and had a wonderful prayer and bible time. I feel refreshed.  I have a looooonnnnggg road ahead but I took the first step and that is the hardest.

Love you all,
Chrissy T

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday Baby Boy!



Dear Kyle,

I am so thankful God blessed us with you. You are a such a wonderful little man.  I admire your perservance through some things you dealt with at a young age. Some may say you are a high strung but I say your passionate. I love your spunk even if it challenges me. I know God is going to use it to benefit His kingdom. You are super smart. You have a wonderful sense of humor. You are sensitive, honest, and funny to the max. You treasure your dad with the highest regard. You snuggle with me everyday and I love your hugs. I love how you twirl the front of your hair when your relaxed. I love your innocence. You are going to do great things in the Lord. I am excited to see your future. Happy Birthday, little man.

Love,
Mama

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Fun- June Family Fun-Hiking

We have been having some fun this summer.  I have been trying hard to be intentional to have a summer filled with fun, but also order. It is so easy to become mushy brained and lazy in the summer.  I know...I know...its SUMMER!  But I can only take so much of laziness and mushiness and then it turns into stinky tudes. So....I have made a plan for our summer. Using Pinterest I planned certain things for certain days. But don't worry I also planned lots of free down time as well.



Monday-Make It Day

Tuesday- Trip Day

Wednesday- Work Day (volunteer, random acts of kindness)

Thursday- Think N Chill Day (play games, research, extra reading)

Friday- Free Day and Family Night (I run errands on this day and I also plan to do some scrapbooking)

Saturday- Family Fun Day Time Activity

Sunday- Sabbath

So...I planned out how many weeks we have until school starts and marked off church camps and such and then figured out how many trips to plan, things to make, ideas for volunteer work and then planned it out accordingly.

I also have set up a structure to make sure they have a balance of things we feel are needed everyday and also free time.



We all have been sleeping in, staying up late, veggie outing, and lazyin.  I think we have had a good balance of that and now we are going to be a little more structured but with plenty of time through the week and day to have LAZIN.  Smiles!



We went hiking today and had a great time. But I am tired. I enjoyed seeing my children smile and laugh. Embracing nature and loving God's handiwork is such a wonderful experience.

 They played in creeks and streams.  We finished up with a picnic and on the way home we treated ourselves with snow cones.  YUMMMM!  My favorite is Blue Raspberry. We hiked 4 hours today. I can honestly say I am TIRED!   Below is a natural bridge out of sandstone. 

 Illinois is known for wildflowers and prairie terrain. I love the wildflowers here and when I am low..... just a drive in the country to soak up some rural beauty and wildflowers always refreshes my spirit. Along with prayer and praise music of course *Wink*

We had a lovely day and I am looking forward to our summer plans.  I am also prepared that life happens so I expect interruptions and flexibility! 

Thanks for popping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Where to go from here?

I often think of this little place and wonder what to do with it.  Delete it?  Keep it and post when I can? Change directions?  I just don't know. Time and lack of words is my two reasons for not being consistent here. I feel like I am always pouring out and by the end of the day I have nothing else to pour out. I started this blog to share tips, advice, and to encourage. Then I changed to more a journal, and then a homeschool record, and then back to a whatever blog.

There have been so many benefits from writing a blog and reading others blogs. There are also cons of course.

I am in prayer about this place.  Thanks for anyone who is still out there reading this.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Going With The Flow

Hello friends! It's been a bit since I've shared my heart here at Eclectic Heart! Life has been a roller coaster ride of Faith for us! I'm thankful that there is a bench where I've been able to rest while I'm in this amusement park of life.  We have been trying to school, work ministry, grow in The Lord, manage other areas and it has been so hard to make this blog a priority. I often contemplate to let it go. I keep saying that part of blogging when my kids were younger was just a season and blogging isn't in my season anymore. But there is always this little nagging that will not let me let it go!

Blogging use to be one of my favorite hobbies. I loved writing, reading, and meeting so many great like minded people in the blogosphere. But it has become a rarity for me to do any of that. Today, I just wanted to share my thoughts and let you all know we are good and plugging away!

I hope you all are well! Love you all!

Chrissy

Saturday, March 1, 2014

What is Humility?

Jesus washing feet of man


This is one meaning of humility and words related to it........
  1. modesty or respectfulness: the quality of being modest or respectful
  2. synonyms: self-effacement · unpretentiousness · humbleness · modesty · meekness
 
Jesus was a beautiful portrait of humility.  He chose to dwell among us in a state of lowliness when he could have been treated as royalty. The fact of the matter... He is the KING OF KINGS. He showed us that even though we are Daughters and Sons of a King we are to keep humble, meek, and modest.
 
 
I have a habit of being critical at times. I am just being honest. I don't mean to but it does happen and I felt a nudge that it was time to remind myself of humility and grace. Humility TO ME is being meek, soft, and gentle. Thinking more highly of others even when they don't do things they way I think they should. I need to remind myself that as the Lord works in my life to prune out the bad, He is working in others. I am a natural encourager and I love to make people feel good. I guess you can say it is one of my gifts. But with that at times I can also be negative. Not to them but in my heart I can question why people act so rude, why they live that way, and I struggle to have compassion on those that continue to wallow in pity.
 
Humble - humble, bible, grass, beautiful, flowers, scriptures, bible verses, holy spirit, god, jesus
 
 
One of my goals in March is......If I Haven't Got Anything Nice to Say I AM NOT Saying it at ALL.  One of those Golden Rules!
 
How does this have anything to do with Humility?  Tune in next week for a deeper dive as I March into March searching Humility.
 
Do you or have you ever struggled and focused on Humility?  Please share!
 
Blessings,
Chrissy
 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Tick Tock...Tick Tock

Have you ever felt that time was flying right before your eyes? I am sure you have.  Lord, knows I question how can I get it all done, and seriously we are already in March?!  I actually spoke to him about that this morning. I feel like time is always slipping through my fingers. There are so many things that I feel I have kept putting off over and over and I always say, "I am starting on Monday!"  Smiles!

Somewhere over the last few years due to many different personal issues our time has been wasted and not used as wisely as I would desire.  I have come to my breaking point and it is TIME to stop staying in the same ole RUT! 

Today, at one of my Inspiring Places I visit I noticed this Post Title and immediately clicked on it and I am so glad I did. Check out this, Mother: Guardian of Time.

This ministered to me in so many ways and I am sure it will you too.  March is tomorrow. Another month is passing, and a new one beginning. March will pass and then comes April.  My goal this month is not have wasted time. I want to accomplish what the Lord expects for me and what he plans for me to do.

What have you been avoiding, procrastinating, and putting on the back burner over and over?  I have several things. I challenge us to choose our time wisely this month and to March Into March with vigor and diligence.

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Recap

Since it has been several weeks since blogging I thought I would do a monthly recap. We ended January with a great bang on the homeschool front and we have really slacked in February. Cabin FEVER! That is all I can say. February is always a month that is hard on me. I am not for sure why, but as long as I have homeschooled it has been the bump in the road month.

I talked with you all how I wanted to do a word study on GLORY. January was on JOY and I loved it so much.  I have a had a hard time this month being as in depth. But I did study it and I think that because of this I have cut many things out of my life because I felt it really wasn't bringing Him glory.

March is around the corner and it really feels as if February just began. I am not really sure how to handle this time flying. LOL!

Here are some pictures of what has been going on here at our Eclectic Home.

                   Homeschool Project Fair. We did it on Chinese New Year.



                                                  Learning the Word!

The little ones are doing a Upward Basketball. It has been such a great experience.

We have had Valentine parties, lots of church events, a visit with nana, learning about Eagles., skate days, and friend play dates.

I hope to be more disciplined and organized these next few weeks.  I plan to really lock in starting in March. I have few things I want to make sure we have covered.

Blessings,
Chrissy

Friday, January 31, 2014

What Joy I Gained

Most of you know I was on a quest to dig deep in finding JOY in the WINTER months. I have had a really good January.  For the first time in so many years I was able to cling to the words I surrounded myself with and embrace JOY. Even when things wasn't always joyful this month I had built a foundation in the Word of God that helped me remain joyous in tough moments.



I found that true JOY for me is really embracing life. The good and bad. The blah and exciting. True JOY is being thankful in all situations. Embracing the outpouring of God and the time spiritual droughts.



I also feel by surrounding myself with the things that uplift me has created JOY in our home. I know that TRUE JOY is when you are in the presence of JESUS.  Having a fairly consistent routine in His Word, Prayer, and Studying has created the most JOY.



I have enjoyed finding scriptures, quotes, and poems about JOY. I have had a wonderful time training myself to stop and smell the roses. To be in the moment and fully engaged.


As January comes to an end I will hopefully embrace my experience I have had studying and mediating on JOY. I want it to carry through my life in all that I do.

February leads me to a study a word that seems a little hard to me to find its meaning and place in my life. For some reason this Word has highlighted in the Word to me. When I hear worship songs that have this Word in it the word magnifies in sound.  I am going to see where the Lord leads me in discovering the place and the meaning of GLORY!

Glory is my Word Study for February!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homeschool Recap~Late Better Than Never (Week 3 Winter Term)

This is a little late but we have been so busy enjoying life it has been hard to make the time to get on here. Week 4 is already on its way and almost halfway through. 

Week 3 in our Winter Term went well. We are a little more relaxed in the winter.  I try to find ways to keep us learning but in a fun way due to the yucky coldness and being closed inside. One of the highlights of the week was a Bird Workshop at our local Nature Center (CACHE RIVER WETLAND CENTER) and we had a great time. We learned about Winter Birds, feed, and other neat facts. We made nesting boxes and a bird feeder. Afterwards, we explored the Nature Center. It was super cold but we had a good time.







Ethan loves history and that child would do nothing but history if I allowed it.

Ethan is learning how the government formed. He is studying amendments and rights.
 
 
 The smaller ones and I have been plugging away at the 3 R's and reading books on winter and snow. They made snowflakes one day while I read a loud. I love the cozy feeling it brings our home. 
 
 
 We already are plugging away in our 4th Week and we are learning about the Chinese New Year. Our homeschool group is doing a Project Night.  The theme is Special Days, Holy Days, and Holidays. We chose the Chinese New Year. I know that it is full of other things most would like to protect their children from but I believe teaching your children about other cultures and their beliefs helps us realize there is a real need for prayers and help.  This helps us reach out to the world by knowing how to pray for them, and to teach our children the trials missionaries have to face where they are sent.

Have a blessed week.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Homeschool Weekly Recap (Week 2 Winter Term)

This week was a slow week. We kept up with the basics but pretty much did a lot of reading fun besides doing our history and science. Hey...it's the luxury of homeschool.  We are kind of focusing on snowy, winter, and nature theme books.

 
 I thought I'd share some of the great reads we have been enjoying. Some of these are super and some are okay.  I will share the Title and the Author's last name. I found all these at our local library. But I am sure you can check out the book on amazon to make sure it is something you would like to read to the kids.


Our Winter Books (January)

The Snow Angel (Boone)  *Excellent*
Snow Ponies-Cockcroft
Dream Snow-Carle
The Biggest, Best Snowman-Cuyler *Excellent*
The Three Snow Bears-Bret *Cute*
Akiak-Blake
Here Comes Jack Frost-Kohara *Cute*
The Snowman Storybook-Briggs *Cute*

We are also doing a lot of Aesop Fables and Winter Nature reads. Our Read Aloud is The Snow Queen.  I am not sure if we will continue this. We may replace it.  I have my reasons.

What is going on in the upcoming weeks:

Planning, Prepping, and Learning about the Chinese New Year.  Our homeschool group is doing a project night on Special Days, Holy Days, and Holidays. My kids were interested in this so we are going to be working on it.

I plan to do a Winter Unit Study with the younger ones. I already got some great books for this. I am excited to get started. Just not excited for all the printing. UGH!

I am beginning my research for next year's curriculum and trying to become more knowledgeable about how to do HIGH SCHOOL!  AHHHHHH!!!

Our field trip this week is on Saturday. There is a nature center close by and they are hosting a Educational Winter Bird Class. So, we are going to that tomorrow. I am looking forward to it. I am a lover of birds. My kids love them too. My mother instilled them a love for birds when they were young and so we all have a natural heartbeat for these creatures.

Matter fact most of our home has a form of bird in it somewhere as well as my mom. My mom is a owl lover and I am a sucker for any little decorative piece with a bird on it. I love sparrows, cardinals, owls, and hummingbirds.

Lastly, I would like to share a great read that encouraged me as a homeschool mama. You should check it out here.


Blessings,
Chrissy





Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happenings In the Eclectic Kitchen (Whole Food Experiments)

This week we tried a couple of Whole Food Recipes. We are rating these for us to start a recipe book and only keep the keepers. It is simply rated on our liking, did I have to force us to finish it, or was it amazing.

Rate Scale: 1-2- NOT A KEEPER, 3- Maybe but I may do some tweaking, 4-5- WILL GO IN BOOK! In other words it is a good, healthy, and whole food recipe.

Heavenly Homemakers Crispy Treats

Family Rating: 4

These were yummy but I felt a little to peanut buttery. I think I will cut the peanut butter back. To me they are nothing like a crispy treat but more like a granola bar taste. I am sure it is how I made them and not in result to the Awesome Heavenly Homemaker!

Here is the link to the Crispy Treat recipe.



Whole Wheat Pancakes by Fifteen Spatualas

Family Rating: 5 plus

These were the best pancakes I have ever ate. You couldn't tell at all they were whole wheat.  My kids looooooved them. This is a keeper. I will say..... these aren't the easy box mix and add water pancakes. It does take some time and effort. But if you have time you can cook up extra and freeze to be a time saver.

Recipe link here. Totally worth the effort!!!!!!!




French Toast Roll Ups

Family Rating- 5 Plus

Another Big Hit. Easy, quick and special breakfast!!!!

8 slices of 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Cream Cheese
Chopped Strawberries

2 eggs (Cage Free)
REAL butter (1 to 2 tablespoons)
1/3 cup of sugar substitute ( I use sucanat)
1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon

Slice Crust of bread off. Spread (room temp) cream cheese on bread slices and put berries on one end and roll up.

You will beat eggs and melted butter.  Put sugar substitute and cinnamon on a plate. After rolling the bread up you coat with eggs, then roll in cinnamon mixture and place in frying pan on medium heat. Cook as you would french toast. Serve with maple syrup.  Yummy.

This was a great Saturday breakfast.

Lastly, I tried to make homemade fruit roll ups and while I am sure that it is healthier it isn't cost efficient in my book. The oven was on for hours on end. I could have used a dehydrator but most recipes said it could take a day.

A DAY!!! Not something we are that interested in.  My kids never eat roll ups! I thought it would be a fun neat snack to try but not worth the time and effort. We will skip roll up's in the box and homemade. Unless, I can find a better recipe and it is cost efficient. You have to consider the time, and wasted electricity to make some gummy fruit snacks. Smiles!

Thought I'd share what has been going on in our kitchen. Check out the links! You will love these sites.

Blessings,
Chrissy


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Joy Lesson #2 (Get Out)


There is something that always refreshes me about a good old walk. I will be honest it takes me a bit to really do it, but once I do I always feel refreshed. I was blessed with a warmer than usual (for this time of year) weather this past weekend. So, I decided to hit the outdoors with the kids for a Nature Walk. I love nature walks. I love enjoying the things God created. I am never disappointed or bored when I really take the time to enjoy the outdoors.

 
It is Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory, Full of Glory, Full of Glory.  It is Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory.....!! I already put that tune in your head from that old awesome song. Smiles!!!



It also is so much fun when I get to hang out with this young man!



 Joy Lesson #2, Get Out!  Even as I type right now there is big snowflakes flowing, and whirling down. Step out on the front porch and enjoy God's beauty!  Breathe in fresh air. Your mood will lighten I promise. Find Joy in small things. Those are the things that usually bring long lasting JOY!
 
 
Blessings!!



Friday, January 10, 2014

Homeschool Week Recap (1st Week of Winter Term)

After a long Holiday Break from school I was very excited to get back to normalcy. We kind of had a slow approach this week but accomplished what I wanted. The little ones are learning about seas and oceans. They created their own fish and under the sea picture. We did a neat science experiment on how temperature affects ocean currents. Ethan wrote an amazing British Mystery for language arts. He is a child after my own heart. Most of my friends know I swoon over English EVERYTHING. From movies, decor, the landscaping, and the rich culture. We finally got out this week and went skating with fellow homeschool friends.

We are also reading some amazing books on Snow, Ice, and all things related. The library was packed full of good winter reads.

As a read aloud we are reading, Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen. It has been a smooth week after a long break.








I am still enriching myself with JOY. I am recording scriptures that relate to JOY daily. I try to add to the JOY Scripture book daily a new scripture. I also read them in the morning. This has set a great tune to my day.


I hope all you had a great week rather you were homeschooling, working, or serving.

Blessings,
Chrissy