Monday, June 26, 2017

Grace For Today

2 Corinthians 12:9King James Version (KJV) 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For six years and twenty-two days I have known that I was ill.  Many days I think that I only realize the symptoms. I have good days and I have better days. For three years and eleven months I have been walking. My gait is not always smooth but it has been worse.
Then there are days like today where I sail through and suddenly I just have to sit or rest and remember that sometimes I just have to slow down wait until I am functional again.
From the time I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I have asked that people pray:
#1 that I would be healed
#2 that I would have grace
#3 that I wouldn't become bitter
I have purposed to live aware and not afraid.
I don't know how I will be tomorrow or even next week. For a couple of hours today I felt that I was slipping into an "episode" but now I am at peace and looking forward to tomorrow in hope of another good day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

From My Porch

Here is the view from my porch tonight. It is a lovely 81°. The sun is slowly setting. 
My lazy cat is napping so he will be ready for his hunt tonight. I know he hunts at night because in the morning there will be part of a mouse caught from the night before.
I came out to read and write but I had to move out of the rocker because a hummingbird kept whizzing by my face. I moved and he left. I don't understand this game but he tries to play it a lot.
I text my neighbor and mentioned she might join me on the porch for tea. My porch is my favorite room. An old friend came by Monday got out of her car and said don't worry about your house let's sit on the porch and visit.
We all need to get back to porch visiting.
Thanks for sharing a visit on my porch.

Finishing My Bullet Journal

I used to be a scrapbooker--life got busy.

I have always been a list maker.  And a planner.  I prefer paper planners.  And I have tried and successfully used several.  I have used the classy and sufficient Filofax. I have been through a few Plum Paper Planners and enjoyed each one of them.   My favorite homeschooling planner is the A Plan in Place Planner --hands down.  

I am nearing the end of my Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook. Last fall I got into bullet journaling.  And indeed that is the best book for it. Why am I returning to a planner?  I need the monthly calendar and the weekly to keep me on track with my household.

I truly love the detail of a bullet journal so I will probably get another Leuchtturm notebook and I will include task lists, project notes and Common Place musings :-) 

Here are a few of my bullet journal pages
 Daily Tasks

Another trial tasks page
Common bullet journal set up

Index page

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Oil Study

For a couple of years I have had an interest in essential oils and I have collected quite a few.  So far I have only used them to scent homemade cleaners.  But I have decided to get serious--no, I don't plan to get involved in a multi-level sales adventure, however, I am not opposed to purchasing from you if you do sell and educate :-)

So, this book arrived today:  Essential Oils of the Bible.  I am only a few hours into it and in love!  The book has so many recipes and scientific facts behind the usages.

Studying essential oils is my summer self-improvement project!  For me this is a fun read--often I read a lot but it usually has to so with the guys homeschooling.

Please  leave me a comment and share your favorite oil and how you use it!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Friend Mail

I have heard of people who received fan mail...and it piles up.  The person who sent it they would not know. They may hire someone to reply to the fans.
Friend mail...touches the heart of the recipient. Even if the mail is sent from someone in their distant past.
Friend mail is way different than a notice that someone wants to "friend" you.
Take time to send a note today through the mail. It is like hug.
What to say in the note?
**reference a memory with them. You don't have to recount the whole story.
**share a simple event from your day
**tell the title of a book you are reading
**cut an article from the paper or a magazine
(Or print off an article on line you think they might enjoy)

A couple of years ago I wrote a letter to an elderly man, who had been one of my teachers over 20 years ago in college...and he wrote back!  In fact he wrote back twice before I ever responded to his letter!  He wrote me until he died several months later.  Was I his favorite student? No, probably not... that doesn't matter. I was definitely one of his favorite in the last few months. Why? Because I let him know that I remembered him and he was important. I am so glad that we had correspondence before he passed.

Take time to let someone know that they are not forgotten. A short note may be just the hug they need today.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Homemade Spray Starch

I am drawn to simplicity and purity.  July 4th will be 4 year anniversary of my personal commitment to changing my diet and lifestyle to improve my health.  I do give the credit to God for the improvement of my condition. I wholeheartedly believe that He lead me to the knowledge of what changes I needed to make and the grace to carry through. I continue to study ways to improve my heath and for the last several months I have tried to avoid toxins even not food related. 

 My latest venture is starch for ironing. I had already begun to use non aresol starch.  And wondered if I could make my own... so this is what I finally got to suit me:

1 1/2 cup hot water
(Not boiling)
1 1/4  T corn starch

Stir in the starch while water simmers. When corn starch is dissolved pour into glass spray bottle. Add 1/4 cup of water. Then add +/- 5 drops of lavender essential oil.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


I love books.
I love to read.
Yeah, usually I have more than one book going at a time.
I love to talk about books.

Today I want to share my must reads. I could suggest so many books. But these are the ones that I am so sure of that often I gift these! {I am a believer in gifting what I love!}

Christian Experience



{these books are my reference!}


There are many, many more books that I love... but these are the top ten that I always have to ask others who are passionate about similar interests to mine if they have read.

I do read by Kindle--but all these are worthy of owning and worthy prominent display in my home.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sneaky Math

Math review does no always have to be formal!
A great game of dominoes is a super math exercise  I love to pull out the double 15 set.  It is a wonderful tool for sharpening those quick addition facts. And the ultimate math muscles at the end when it is time to add up the big scores!

Another quick way to sneak in some math is to have the player to figure out the mixed number of the domino if you look at it as a fraction.

Have a great summer!  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Elizabethtown Historic Walking Tour

Today is Kentucky's 225th birthday! We celebrated by doing a tour of our town! Local actors told the story of our town. 
This walking tour is every Thursday evening starting on the first Thursday of June and running until mid September.
The tour starts in front of Vibe Coffee Shop at 7PM. Stories come to life on the sidewalks and gives a whole new appreciation to our downtown.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I Am Back Fitbit!

About a month ago I got busy. I was doing some good things. But I let my exercise slip. And each day I didn't make the effort to get back on track I noticed the effects.

A few few days ago a friend contacted me and encouraged me to get back on track. The first day I didn't make it... nor the second. But yesterday I made my step goal! It was the first time since April 7!  The friend and I live several hours apart--but walking with fitbit allows us to "walk together", watch each others progress, and send encouraging notes!

I am going to try again today!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Patton Museum of Leadership

Another day of exploring our community!  Today we got 1year visitor passes to Fort Knox and toured the Patton Museum. The museum was so interesting and inspiring.

This quote rang truth in my heart.  I feel it should be every leaders motto.

And yes...tanks!!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Book Review: The Life Giving Home

I was wanting a read that would inspire me as a mom. This summer has already been so busy. And I know that May will soon fade into August. I have been de-cluttering, cleaning, organizing, trying to work down my "fix-it" list. But about a week ago I had an urge to be refreshed and inspired.  I asked a few mom friends for a book suggestion. Thinking that someone would know of a great devotional. But that suggestion never came.  One evening I was shopping on Amazon and looking at a book-- for a whole other purpose and this book came up in the "others also bought" list! SO I CLICKED BUY

The book arrived--and I was consumed! My heart was alive! I am constantly remembering small things that my family has enjoyed in the past. I have stopped to take time to do the small things that the boys want to do.

This time of refreshing can only be summed up in a quote I read once:  

"Try to create the HOME you would want to live in."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Family Fun Cafe & Ice Cream

On our journey to see what is around us we ventured out to Family Fun Cafe and Ice Cream
in Radcliffe, Kentucky.  My husband said this was not a one time deal-- WE ARE PATRONS!!!  That means we enjoyed it so much that they will be seeing us a lot!
The ice cream is wonderful!  And the atmosphere is so friendly!  And relaxing!
**There are NO screens-- except for cell phones in pockets :-)
**Plenty of tables and benches as well as a counter of GAMES--the kind that you actually play with other LIVE people sitting across from you!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Swope Yesteryear Car Museum

Today I took the guys to Swope's Yesteryear Car Museum. I am pretty sure we will not be taking a vacation this year. Next year we have big plans! But starting this summer I am trying to make sure that they see all the neat things here in our town! Swope's was the perfect place to start! When in Elizabeth town Kentucky don't miss it!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017-2018 Curriculum

Smith Classical Academy is on summer break!

However organizing and planning is in full force!

8th grade will be Abeka video {as a trial year to see if we want to take this route for high school.

6th grade:

Harcourt Spelling 6
Rod & Staff English 6
Mystery of History Vol.I
Saxon 7/6
Bob Jones Reading 6
Apologia Anatomy and Physiology(Sem. 2)
Apologia Zoology 3 (Sem. 1)

Fourth Grade:

Bob Jones Reading 4 (ordered)
Apologia Chemistry and Physics (elementary)
Rod and Staff English 4
Harcourt Spelling 4
Rod and Staff Penmanship
Mystery of History Volume 1
Saxon 5/4

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


We are out of school for the summer and I am preparing for the new year. As I come across things I meant to share during school I will try to share now!
I have a wipe off grid poster. Across I letter A-J and down I number 1-10.
One player:
* I give out math facts/history questions
*a correct answer gets two "shots" (guesses) to find my battle ship.
*I graph my ships on a piece of graph paper
*game is complete when all of my ships are sunk.
*ship sizes are traditional: 5,4,3,3,2

Two Player:
Rules are same as above. Each player gets their own "hit" and "miss" color.
Happy Summer!!

Ciao! And Chow!