Wisdom to Live By

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Friday, January 5, 2018

Reflections of 2017!!!

These years are getting faster and faster, and I can do nothing to stop it.  My kiddos are getting older, as are we, and there are so many blessings that I am grateful for this year.  As is tradition on this blog, these are my reflections of 2017 in pictures.  I hope you enjoy.


It's just me.

I Love You

My favorite person and my best friend.

Still Laughing

This guy is such an amazing dad and keeps us laughing a lot.  We have a lot of fun.

Winter Wonderland

We live in Florida.  What did you expect?


Another tradition on this blog seems to be adding a new baby every year or every other year. :D  Mr. Oliver made his appearance this year.


She loves, loves, loves her ballet friends.

I Was Inspired

I was inspired to remember to capture the little, everyday moments of my babies.

Spring Fever

When the weather warms up, it's time to get outside.

Travel or Vacation

Our trip to Sea World this past year.  What a blast!

Summer Days

What's a summer day without playing in the rain?

A Day in My Life

These are my life, Bible, Coffee, and Babies.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

All Smiles

This little guy right here is almost always smiling.  He's such a happy little man.

Autumn Harvest

We took out annual trip to the pumpkin patch.  I had a really hard time picking one picture for this. :P

Family or Home

Family in Georgia, and we were actually missing a lot of people that day. :D


Adding another member to our family is always a reason to celebrate!

Let's Do It Again

Holidays and vacations with family,  yes please!!!!

I Miss You

As always, missing our Addison Grace.  It's unbelievable to me that she would have been 5 this past year.


I loved this pic of the some of the kids huddled around one of our trees.  It was one of my favs for the year.

Dress Up

Apparently we don't get dressed up that often.  I had a hard time finding one. :D  This is from the military banquet in January, and I am VERY pregnant.


What with a new baby and our full year, this is as close to Macro as I got this year. :P


Our crazy Independence Day pic.......'Merica

My Favorite

These were definitely my favorites this year.  It's always so hard to narrow it down.  The second is my new niece Rylee.

Don't Ever Change

My love, my life, my best friend, don't every change!

Just Because..........So There!

Crazy snapchat fun with the kiddos.

Hopes and Dreams

God has entrusted me with these beautiful blessings.  I'm doing my best to make Him proud.

I hope you enjoyed our Reflections for 2017!!!!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

In Awe

I’ve never been much for writing. When I say that I mean, putting it out for the world.  There is a certain amount of vulnerability that I have always been unwilling to accept.  I’ve always liked it to stay locked away in the pages of my journal.  No one can judge.  God has called me to tell you this, so I will open the book and show you my heart.  Five years ago I started a journal called my Addison journal.  It was to be my healing journal.  A few days ago, I wrote in the last page.  As I was approaching the end, I had continued mixed emotions.  As I finished, I sat in awe.  It was the longest 2 minutes.  I stared at this book that I didn’t really want to start to begin with, and now it’s like an old friend.  God has brought me so far.  I survived my daughter’s death.  He carried me though, and now I am determined to live my life praising Him.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

August 2017 Menu Plan

Another month has come and gone and this one was quite full.  We already started school and this week we start week 2.  Still trying to figure our schedules out.  We're getting there.  Today went really well, and I'm hoping we can keep this momentum going.  The boys were at camp all week last week and we are super excited to have everybody back together.  Since we have started school, our FFF's are going to be based on places.  In August we are Eating our way around the USA.  So without further ado, here is our August Menu plan.  I hope you enjoy and it comes in handy for you.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Curriculum Choices 2017-2018 8th & 6th Grade

I meant to get this post to you earlier, but this week we started school again.  The first week is always a learning curve, especially if you have new curriculum.  I cannot believe I have 2 middle schoolers.  Bryson is a little nervous because as he is now in 8th grade, wait, let me take a minute for that to soak in.  I'm not sure how we got to this point.  I'm gonna go cry in a corner now.  Ok, Bryson is a little nervous because his workload has increased and he's not diggin it.  It's always a struggle continuing to teach not only concepts but time management skills and the responsibility of finishing assignments, even in the evening.  We're pretty blessed considering, when my children disappear to their room, it is not electronics that we find there head buried in, it's a book.  So to get to it.  Bryson is headed into 8th grade this year and this is what we have chosen for him.

8th Grade:

Typing: Typing.com
P.E.: Family Time Fitness and He also works out with James occasionally
Music: Theory Time and Bass Guitar Lessons with Dad

He also participates in some of my sewing and cooking lessons (FFF helps :P).

Gavin is headed into 6th grade this year.  He is always trying to keep up with Bryson.  This is actually why he is only 2 grades behind.  When we first started Kindergarten, he found it too simple so we bumped him up a year, and I'm glad we did because his test scores last year were already high school level in some subjects.  This is what he will be doing this year.

6th Grade:

Bible: Bible Study Guide for All Ages
Typing: Typing.com
P.E.: Family Time Fitness
Greek: Elementary Greek, Koine for Beginners
Music: Theory Time and Electric Guitar Lessons with Dad
Lego Education
Art: Lifepac Art

He is also participating in sewing and cooking lessons.  I think I've covered it all.  Please let me know if you have any questions or just let me know what you guys are doing.  I'd love to hear.  All for now.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Curriculum Choices 2017-2018 Pre-K & 3rd Grade

Time gets away from you doesn't it.  I feel like we just started last school year and now we're getting ready to start a new one.  Sometimes my heart is heavy with the thought that my babies are growing up.  Ok, I'm done crying.  This is going to be a series of posts so that it is not crazy long considering we have a lot of homeschooling kiddos.  Our first day of school this year will be on July 17.  We like to start early and have lots of breaks in the school year.  It's always so much better to be able to stop school and pick up and go when daddy is on vacation.  You could almost say that we homeschool year round with about a month and a half around June and July.  This year Luby will be starting Pre-K work.  Technically she is only 3, but she has shown serious interest in doing what everyone else is doing and knows all of her letters, most of her numbers and has asked if she can read so we're gonna jump on that enthusiasm.

For Pre-K, after homeschooling all these kiddos I actually wrote my own Pre-K curriculum so I don't buy anything.  Lots of reading together, fun activities and repetition and games.  I absolutely love Letter Factory: Leap Frog and Talking Words Factory: Leap Frog and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  I've used it with all of my kiddos.

My Pess (although she says she's getting to old to be called that) is going to be in 3rd grade this year. (tear rolling)  Isn't she beautiful.

This is what we have chosen for curriculum this year.
History & Geography: Our American Heritage
P.E.: Working out with Mom and Family Time Fitness
Pess also wants to start typing with the boys, but I'm not sure if we're going to add that this year.  Some other things that she will be doing one day a week are:
Cooking Lessons
Sewing Lessons
Music Lessons: she has piano lessons and violin lessons
She has also asked me if she can learn to crochet like me, but I'm not quite sure we're ready for that yet. :P  I think I've covered it all, and now that I've typed it all out, I'm exhausted and I'm not sure I want to start the school year 😅  Luckily for me, I'm blessed with a little girl who loves school and has already started a little of school on her own. Don't hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.  I'll be posting our school schedule as soon as it's finalized.  We always start with a draft schedule and try it out the first week to see if it works for our family.  Thanks for holding on this long.  All for now.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2017 Menu

Writing can be quite the struggle in this house.  From homeschooling to managing the home to running the shop, I have to squeeze writing in in the morning after my quiet time with God.  We're in a very busy season with lots of babies and it's beautiful and sometimes hard, but I wouldn't want it any other way.  Sometimes it's hard not to feel alone in this walk, just me and the hubby because most of our friends that are our age stopped having babies a while ago.  So I realize I'm a few days behind, but I wanted to share our menu for July.  I have a menu set in place for the month, but there are times when things get moved around or we will be out of town.  My menu is more guidance and suggestions than concrete set in stone.  Please please ask me any questions.  All for now.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2017 Monthly Menu

Here we are in June.  Time has gotten away from me this month.  I know I haven't posted like I would have liked, but when 6 children call, you answer :P.  I wanted to hop on and give you my menu for June.  Please let me know if you have any questions and let me know how your May went.  All for now.