Monday, December 31, 2007




Click here for meme guidelines. My Heart of the Matter Online Meme entries:

How I Got Started Homeschooling
Things My Child Taught Me During Homeschool Lessons

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Click here for the guidlines of this meme. My WFMW posts (click for post):

Conquering the Sock Chaos

The Sock

Homemade Laundry Soap (though I never got around to submitting this to WFMW, I'm putting it on my page - because it is an easy, money-saving tip.)

Many things that don't work for me!

Spend $ to Save $ and Time

Tryst Journal (Prayer Journal) and other journals

Green Bags - yes, they work!

Mom, I'm bored!

Book Display

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Photobucket New Year's Eve Day

Mike spent the a.m. reading Jamin's book, *The King of the Reid*. He's pushing to finish editing it this week.

All the girls (minus Stacia) went out to lunch with my friend, Debbie. Her boys stayed at the house to visit with my boys.

Josiah and Jamin went to work.

Mike went to work. Yes, he is OFF but there were things that HAD to be done.

All the girls (Mom-Stacia) went to Walmart to buy this and that.

Krista made hats for Nolan and Arielle.

I tried my first recipe from the Sue Gregg cookbooks. "Cheese Scallop Potatoes" and they were good. There were none left. Next time, however, I add some garlic, more onion, and some Italian spices. ::snort::

I received a call about a new natural foods co-op. We'll be ordering through Rainbow Foods/United Foods. I began the process of checking through their catalog to see which of our old favorites are available.

Zander is obsessing over an Chipmunk movie that Krista bought us for birthday season (Nov-Feb).

We rang in the New Year.

We played Twister.


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Arielle bugged Bre by reading the comics on her pjs.
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Mom did something on the computer.
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We all watched *The Nativity Story*, which we rented from netflix, and it was 2008 as the movie ended. Mike hadn't seen this one yet as it released last year. He says it isn't real popular in the Middle East.

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Photobucket Personal Books Read in 2007

My goal was one a month - I suceeded! I'm glad. I haven't read for pleasure for years.

Stranded - Lorena McCourtney
101 Signs of Design - Ken Ham
Yada Yada Get's Decked Out - Neta Jackson
The 12 Desserts of Christmas - Joanne Fluke
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - A. M. Smith
The Spiritual Power of a Mother - Michael P. Farris
On the Run - Ivy Malone Mys - Lorena McCourtney
Brave Hearts; Unlocking the Courage to Love with Abandon - Sharon Hersh
The Ministry of Motherhood - Sally Clarkson
In Plain Sight - Lorena McCourtney
The Potluck Club Takes the Cake - Linda Shephred & Eva Marie Everson
Invisible - Ivy Malone Mystery - Lorena McCourtney
The Potluck Club - Trouble's Brewing - Linda Shepherd & Eva Marie Everson
The Potluck Club - Linda Shephred & Eva Marie Everson
Line of Duty - Terri Blackstock
Trial by Fire - Terri Blackstock
Depression Era Recipes - Patricia R. Wagner
The Relaxed Home School - Mary Hood
Reading Made Easy - Valerie Bendt
Word of Honor - Terri Blackstock
Shadow of Doubt - Terri Blackstock
Private Justice - Terri Blackstock
Holy Ghost Corner (A Novel) - Michele Andrea Bowen
A Man Called Blessed - Ted Dekker & Bill Bright
Blessed Child - Ted Dekker & Bill Bright
Bye, Bye, Black Sheep - Ayelet Waldman
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling - Neta Jackson
I'll Hold You In Heaven - Jack Hayford
The Cradle Robbers - Ayelet Waldman
Confessions of an Organized Homemaker - Deniece Schofield
Key Lime Pie Murder - Joanne Fluke
Miserly Moms - Jonni - McCoy
The Alpine Scandal - Mary Daheim
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Michael Van Dyke
Murder Plays House - Ayelet Waldman
Blue Shoes and Happiness - AMS
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - AMS
The Full Cupboard of Life - AMS
The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith
The 7 Pillars of Health - Don Colbert, MD
Saving the Fragments - Isabella Leitner
Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith
Baby Catcher - Peggy Vincent
Death Gets a Time Out - Ayelet Waldman
The Big Nap - Ayelet Waldman
A Play Date with Death - Ayelet Waldman
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught - Neta Jackson
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough - Neta Jackson
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real - Neta Jackson
Nicholas & Alexandra - Robert Massie
The Yada Yada Prayer Group - Neta Jackson
Fragments of Isabella: A Memoir of Auschwitz - Isabella Leitner
Teaching the Trivium - Harvey & Laurie Bluedorn
Tears of the Giraffe - Alexander McCall Smith
Midwives - Chris Bohjalian
The Age of Opportunity - Paul Tripp
The King of Reid - Jamin G
Yada, Yada Prayer Group Gets Down - Neta Jackson
Nursery Crimes - Ayelet Waldman
Curves - Gary Heavin & Carol Colman
A Life in Secrets - Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII - Sarah Helm
The Eat- Clean Diet - Tosca Rena
Fracesca's Kitchen - Peter Pezzelli
The Bible Cure for Thyroid Disorders - Don Colbert M.D.
Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit - Teri Maxwell
Stolen Lives - Malika Oufkir
Freedom - Malika Oufkir
The Thyroid Diet - Mary Shomon
Who Really Cares - Arthur C. Brooks

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Family Read Alouds in 2007



I'd like to see more in 2008!

Jotham's Journey
Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis
1/2 of Peter Pan in Scarlet - Geraldine McCaughrean
Rackety Tam - Audio - Road Trip
Hank the Cowdogs - Audio - Road Trip
Flight of the Fugitives: Gladys Aylward - Dave & Neta Jackson
Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Corrie Ten Boom: Keeper of the Angel's Den - Janet and Geoff Benge
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Photobucket Jared’s 14th Birthday...

No, it wasn’t today. His birthday will be on the 4th. The girls are leaving on the 3rd. The older two boys will be working 12 hour days beginning tomorrow….so TODAY was the day to celebrate Jared’s birthday. He was excited to have everyone around. Usually folks are flying out on his birthday.

The day began with Krista, Dad and I driving to Midland. 5 ½ hours later, about 28 road killed deer sightings and we were back home with Mom.

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Then we headed to “the Game”. I’ve noted the games are in need of repair and not being repaired.


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Jamin's first try EVER netted a stuffed mouse, which he gave to Stacia.
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Then he nabbed a frog, which he gave to Stacia. Mike went and won a stuffed snowman, which he gave to Stacia. ::snort::
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Sister Stomp!
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Gifts are always fun

Leather Bible cover from the younger girls, Jeans (no photo) from the younger guys
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Gift card to the theater from Bre (love that wrapping)
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Strong’s concordance/Vines from G’ma and G’pa
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Running vest with reflective tape and WEIGHTS from older boys
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Krista gave all the kids a gift as she’ll not be here for their birthdays…two DVD’s and boxes of fiddle faddle.
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We gave Jared a boring looking book on apologetics and 15 DVD’s on apologetics/worldview/ defending the faith by Dr. Greg Bahnsen. He heard about these at World View Academy.
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Mike made another famous ice cream cake.
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Look at the smoke! Magic candles are an old joke around here….
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But one we love.
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The day ended with a rousing game of Phase 10 (Krista won), and the viewing of the "Alvin" DVD Krista purchased.
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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Photobucket Saturated Saturday

Saturday dawned. Mom is still in LA. Jamin and Josiah had to work. We’ve decided to celebrate Jared’s birthday tomorrow as it is the last day before the girls leave that the boys will not be working 12+ hour days.

The girls and I braved the crazed after-Christmas crowds in search of perfect birthday loot for Jared.

Mike and Dad took the younger boys to a local school to play with their new flying toys.



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Krista made manicotti for dinner. YUMM!

Mike told us at dinner that there was to be a historic football game on TV tonight. We have a small set that sometimes gets a local channel. We decided to see what the reception would be like. I suggested the big screen. No one seemed to think it would work well, or be worth the hassle, but they tried it. Jared snapped together the big screen (material found on ebay, frame built by Mike), Mike got out the projector and the antenna we use to get reception of any sort. He hooked the antenna into the VCR and we had wonderful reception on that one station – the station which happened to show the historic football game. If we didn’t always have to have an eye on the resale value of our home, we would do as Gilda’s husband did. We would mount a projector on one side of the room and find a way to hang the screen somewhere so that we didn’t have to prop it on chairs – but this works. ::snort::

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I began to make football treats. I made air popped popcorn – healthy. I made chocolate covered peanuts – sliding. I added peanut butter and popcorn and made chocolate covered popcorn – unhealthy. I concluded football is bad for your health. (Jamin tells me this is a fallacy of some sort – any guesses which sort?)

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Arielle began to experiment with Nolan’s new set of snap circuits from Home Science Tools. She made a bulb light up. This caused Nolan to be a bit interested in his gift. ::snort:: Next she had a moving fan. Eventually, it flew across the table, which caused more interest. THEN she adjusted things and it played “Happy Birthday”. Mike joined (after the historic football game) and they created a flashing, noisy police siren.

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Krista studied for Master’s Commission.
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Later I found Bre and Arielle at the computers.
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Jamin and Krista found a new background for his blog, and *I* figured out how to get it installed. This opened a new world of possibilities. These backgrounds allow one to continue to use blogger’s “add an element” feature when installed. BUT the site is NOT one that anyone should visit alone. Accountability is a good thing. We’ve recently realized with the older kids pushing into the cyber world that we need to revisit our household rules on cyber usage.


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