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Married twenty-three years to my wonderful husband and best friend. We have 3 "home-grown" kids, 1 hand-picked by God from Africa and 1 very hyper-active dog. Our life is blessed. We are a close knit family with strong Christian beliefs. And just recently we have bought ourselves a farm. Do we know what we are doing? Nope. Come along with us on our journey…you might have a great laugh or two.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy 11th Birthday My Beautiful Girl...



Today my daughter celebrated her 11th birthday. She was such a trooper to wait until dinner tonight (when Daddy came home) to open her presents. She adored all her presents and loved her cake. Happy Birthday my beautiful girl....




This past week she wrote a poem for school that was titled "I AM". It is one of my favorite grammar assignments that the kids have to do. I just love reading what they write and I am sure after reading hers you'll be able to tell what she will be when she grows up. With her permission, this is her poem...




I AM

I am an animal lover who likes books.
I wonder what will happen in the future.
I hear the wind whispering.
I see trees like they're alive.
I want to help out people.
I am an animal lover who likes books.


I pretend to be a vet.
I feel glad when I help.
I touch silky dog fur.
I worry about lonely animals.
I cry when I see them.
I am an animal lover who likes books.

I understand that no one's perfect.
I say "let's help animals!"
I dream about pets I'll have in the future.
I try to be a good learner.
I know I will go to Heaven.
I am an animal lover who likes books.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chorepacks...


I recently read a book that is changing the way our house functions. It was called "Managers of Their Chores" by Steven and Teri Maxwell. I'm not one to push a book on someone, but I will tell you that if you have children...you need to read this book. The entire concept of this book is, of course, about chores which is nothing new. But it's the approach the book takes on that's intriguing.

Since we homeschool we are here in the house during the day (when we are not out and about going places), but on average we are here most all day. With that in mind, we can mess up a house something fierce and fast. At the end of most days, I found myself picking up, wiping up and cleaning up most of the messes. The kids would help when I asked them to, but I got to thinking "why was I the one doing all the work?" Thus the need for the book.

The approach of the book is to set aside or "schedule" a part of each day and assign chores for each child to do. It explains that it's easier for some children to do chores in 30 minute segments. We set up "morning chores" for 30 minutes every morning and "afternoon chores" for 30 minutes every afternoon. Their morning chores consist of 5 simple chores that are always the same (1. get dressed, 2. put PJs away, 3. make bed) and so forth. And 1 chore that rotates each day of the week (such as Mon. - bring down laundry/sort, Tues. - polish certain furniture, Wed. - vacuum bedroom) and so forth.

Afternoon chores have only two chores. One that never rotates and the second one does (just as the morning routine does). Now you might be asking me how in the world do you remember who does what. This is the really cool part. Each child "wears" what is called a chorepack during the 30 minutes of chores. They go from card to card doing whatever your card tells you to do. When you are done with that chore put it to the back of the stack and go on to the next one. It's like wearing their own personal chore list with them at all times.

Now when it's time for chores, I simply tell the kids "go get on your chorepacks" and the work begins. It has been so very helpful to me just to not have to remind the kids to do certain things and to have the extra help with other things. Granted they still are kids so you can't be too terribly picky about the job they are doing - there is a limit to what they can do. But at least I know that I am teaching them life skills 30 minutes at a time.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Still here...

Yep folks...we're still here. I took a little break from "blogging" for a while (basically for the summer). It just seemed to be easier to focus on what is at hand right now...and that is my family. We've been very busy with swimming, gymnastics, science camps and a couple of minor surgeries for our little one. So basically our days have been filled with getting wet, flipping and flopping, sitting in waiting rooms, dissecting something, all the while throwing in a little crankiness here and there from a little one who is about tired of surgeries.

With a break in the wet weather we've been having lately, yesterday I was able to take the kids to our big state fair here. My husband "volunteered" to stay home with the baby so we could be at our own pace. With a grin on his face we waved goodbye to Dad and took on the MASSIVE amount of crowds, absolutely no parking spaces, grease-filled air and all the "not-so-safe" rides you could ever want. By the end of the day we dragged ourselves back home to a Dad (who was still smiling) as we told him of our stories of stinky baby animals, wall to wall people and an amusement park ride that was probably first in service in 1901. Yep, it was a fun day had by all!