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

Monday, August 12, 2013

10 Months in Heaven

Today, I buried myself in my kiddos.  We were constantly busy all day.  I thought a lot about my baby girl today.  Addison would have been 10 months old yesterday.  With her birth and death day right around the corner, there are so many emotions running through me, especially since we are due with Hannah 2 weeks before her death day (roughly).  I find myself constantly running to God for strength and He is always faithful to give it with an amazing peace.  I stumbled upon a journal entry from Feb. 2012, just a few months before the doctors dropped the bomb last year.  It's amazing how God was preparing me and I didn't realize it at the time.  It was about examining our relationship with God and our commitment to Him.  We are challenged to give our lives to God.  In our walk with God there is always a challenge, a time of testing, usually following a high point.  It is in those moments that we see what we're really made of.  It's so easy to say "Not what I will, but what You will" (Mark 14:36) when things are going great.  God says in the midst of this testing, "I am here.  It is far bigger than you can see at this moment.  Just hang on."  What blows my mind is that this is before we knew anything was wrong with Addison.  And you know what, He was there and He still is.  I'm reminded everyday with my 3 little rascals and this little one kicking like crazy as her day is fast approaching that God takes away but God gives.  Abundantly and exceeding gives us such wonderful gifts and is always there to carry us through the days when we're worn, even before the day begins.  I miss my Addison and I will always have my bad days, but I know that she is not hurting or in pain.  And one day I will see her again.  All for now.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Awesome First Week! (Homeschooling Success)

Our first week back was a complete success, especially considering that we had a doctor's appointment, a birthday and we are limited on our classroom setup.  Here are some pics of our classroom.  The walls are quite bare because we are probably going to be moving in just a few short months and I didn't see a need to put ALL of our charts, graphs, maps and timelines back on the wall.

It looks so empty without all of our stuff on the walls.  Crazy!  We had a few complaints jumping back in, but we knew that was coming.  Here are a few more shots of our first week back.  I hope you enjoy.

I'll have some updates soon on homeschooling, where we are 10 months later and pregnancy (Baby #5).  All for now.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Curriculum For Sale *SOLD*

As I was preparing our school room (somewhat) and getting ready for the new year, I was also going through curriculum that we will not be using again.  It was great, but just not for us.  So I'm offering it to all of you homeschoolers out there.  I have the Heritage Studies 2 by BJU Press.  It's a great History/Social Studies curriculum for 2nd grade.  It's in excellent condition.  It includes the Teacher's Edition with Lessons, text book for student, subject sampler CD, and tests for each chapter.  Don't forget the pass this on to all who homeschool and might be interested.  $15.00.


All for now.