Thursday, August 13, 2015

It's official ... I'm a lousy blogger

... and a terrible FOOTBALL mama!
 Yes, that's right ... I did say FOOTBALL

 Our 15 year old son is now on the public high school freshman football team having never played football in his young life. So I'm breaking my recording breaking blogging break to share my heart with you.

Here's 10 things I know so far:

  1. When they say 'early morning conditioning' they really mean EARLY.
  2. OxyClean is my new bestie. Oh the laundry! Oh the smells! I even broke down and bought an air freshener for our van. Yes. It IS that bad.
  3. Playing sports for 'free' at a public school ... because homeschoolers in Ohio are now allowed to participate in all extra-curricular activities without attending classes ... well ... it's really NOT free.
  4. I'm packing lunches. Except for occasional field trips, I've never had to pack lunches. NEVER for several days in succession. I've really missed out. Well, not really.
  5. Speaking of lunches, our grocery budget is taking a hard hit. Even with
    frequent quantitative feeding, our son lost 6 pounds the first week of two-a-days. The coaches want him because he is BIG so this is NOT a good thing. I'm trying to up his calories to make up for all he is burning, but wow - it's harder than I thought.
  6. Two-a-days. Heard of them? I remember nodding my head in agreement when a friend talked about two-a-day's with a deer-in-the-headlights kind of look. I need to apologize to her. I NEVER should have nodded my head as though I had ANY clue what that was all about. Now I'm the one with the deer-in-the-headlights look. 
  7. Bruising. Do you know how hard it is to see your son covered in bruises that other people's boys have inflicted on him? I'm not a violent woman ... but I could be. I really could. 
  8. I AM going to need an extra box of Miss L'Oreal 5AM this month. Just the truth right there.
  9. Also, there is no hope for any pretty fingernails in my immediate future, despite the vitamins that I am faithfully taking to make them stronger. They are stronger - and I know this because it's getting harder to chew them to nubbins. Maybe I need a vitamin for my teeth?
  10. This season of FOOTBALL has already had PROFOUND affect on my prayer life. I know that my walk with the Lord will be deepened as I struggle with my worry and fear. I know that no matter what, God is good. He is faithful, His Word is TRUTH ... and this boy ... our boy ... is HIS. God's plans for him are GOOD. His track record in bringing us through deep valleys is impeccable - He is our strength and our joy. 
  11. BONUS: My son went to bed and then popped back out here to stand beside me as I pound away at the keyboard. He humbly shared with me 5 very positive compliments that his coach gave him this afternoon while they were repairing his broken helmet together. He's got so much to learn, so much catching up to do. I am so so thankful for a coach who took the time to build him up in that way. Our guy has an auditory memory which means the coaches are being quoted pretty much verbatim on a regular basis here. So far everything I've heard has made me realize how hard these men are working to not only impart knowledge and to strengthen physical skill, but also to build character. 

He's a character all right! 

Thanks so much for dropping by to read my ramblings. 
I just needed to get this down while my heart was full. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

bounce ... bounce ... bounce ...

bounce ...

well - that's the sound of me totally dropping the ball on the 

and knowing me, as much as I want to get back to it and keep on {gathering}, it's going to be hard.
I'm super busy with homeschool and my little alterations business has suddenly picked up with lots of deadlines. Basketball season is about to start in earnest ... so if I don't get back to writing on my blog, at least I made it 1/2 way! 

Life is so full right now and I need my rest more then I need to write, but I've loved it so far, and it's reminded me that in a less busy season of life, 
I will write again!

Bye for now,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 15 {inspiration}

tap tap tap ... is this thing still on?

Oh hello there!
You're back!
The 31 Day Writing Challenge continues!

I'm so grateful for my amazingly smart {and beautiful} 
daughter tonight ...

You see, I left this post until tonight and when I went to sit down to finish it I realized I had given all and had nothing left for my blog. Nothing. 
Not one single idea to finish my post.

{late night, not nearly enough sleep,cooking ahead for the family, 'blessing baking' - Stroyteller's term for what goes out the door from our kitchen,
running errands, dinner on the run, parent night at AWANA, hugs and fellowship, farm fresh eggs to remember, the long drive home with me at the wheel,and unpacking groceries}

I was bemoaning that fact when I sat down to shut off the computer and admit defeat when our sweet Dreamer piped up, 'Just do a post on gathering {inspiration}.'

Didn't I tell you she was a smart one? 


gathering {inspiration}

{the short list}

Julie at Brave Writer wrote this post that {inspired} me to make a fresh start with my reluctant writer! It's not too late after all!

Brenda writes from the heart at Coffee Tea Books & Me and this weekend she reminded me of something so important in her post Why Bother?  She {inspired} my to look around my home and garden and soak in some of the unexpected beauty there. 

I had not heard of the term 'capsule wardrobe' until I stumbled on this post on Un-Fancy, but I think I am {inspired} to give it a try! Of course I don't have a $1000 budget for clothes for myself for one season, but I can take the principles to the thrift store! 

I was about to give away a bunch of my unused mason jars when I saw this post at fellow 31 Day Writing challenge blogger Home Is What You Make It and was {inspired}to hang on to them for just a bit longer! 

Candace at His Mercy Is New {inspired} me with this post to be more intention in praying the Scripture for our family. She has some great free resources too! 

Leave a link - I'd love to read about what is inspiring you! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 14 {encouragement}

Welcome back to Day 14 

This evening I am off to gather {encouragement}

God has blessed me with this wonderful group of homeschooling mama's who love the Lord and seek Him in doing this crazy thing we call home education.
These women are such a joy and blessing to my heart - their friendship is genuine.

We share, we encourage - we pray for one another!
We meet together once a month and laugh and talk - and sometimes there are a few tears too, but it helps so much to realize that we are NOT alone in our joys and struggles. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, 
even as also ye do.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 13 {thanks}

Happy {Canadian} Thanksgiving
and welcome to Day 13

gathering {thanks}


1. to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to.

2. Usually, thanksa grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit.

Our Sweet Gum tree - so pretty!

Many of you know that I am a Canadian gal, 
transplanted by marriage to the USA!
Many of my friends ask why Canada has Thanksgiving 
so much earlier than the USA.
I usually answer one of the following reasons 
- you can decide for yourself which one is true!

1. Canadians know better than to crowd their holidays into a one month space of time! Less stress!
2. The growing season is shorter so the harvest is earlier so the food is ready to enjoy! 
3. Canadians simply have more to be thankful for.
4. Families want to get together for Thanksgiving before they are snowed in for the winter. 
5. Canadian Thanksgiving pre-dates the U.S. celebration so why is the U.S. Thanksgiving so late?

Friends also ask me what Canadians eat for Thanksgiving and I tell them 'Anything but Green Bean Casserole!' Ha! I had never heard of the stuff until I married an American ... and I still think it's terrible! 
I know there are many who love it, but you'll never win me over!

Usually we celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgiving, so that means we've celebrated 45 Thanksgivings! That's a lot of thankfulness. 
This year Mum and Dad were supposed to come down, but sickness, business and the little matter of delayed passports ruined their plans.

gathering {thanks}
it's the easiest way to brighten my day!

(remember that repetition is God's volume control) 
Do you think we should gather {thanks}? 

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: 
because his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 118:29
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: 
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 119:62  
At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee 
because of thy righteous judgments.
Psalm 122:4
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
Psalm 136:1
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good:
 for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 140:13
Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: 
the upright shall dwell in thy presence.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 12 {memories}

I'm so very glad you've stopped by to see what I'm gathering today for the 31 Day Writing Challenge!

Today I am simply gathering {memories}

You see, 23 years ago today I married the man that God hand picked for me! 
I feel so very blessed to share this life, with all of it's ups and downs, with my steady Historian. 

On days like today I like to look back at all of the times that God has shown us His love and faithfulness, all of the peace He's flooded us with, all of the joy He's given us, and all of the mercy He's so graciously lavished on us. I look forward to all He has in store for us - whether one day or 10,000 because I know God is faithful ... and my Historian is following Him.


I hope today you will take some time to gather {memories} that make you smile! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Day 11 {clutter}

Welcome back to Day 11 of the 31 Day Writing Challenge! I'll keep this short and sweet! I promise.

I've spent the day gathering {clutter} and I am quite ready to climb into my the sweet freshness of my flannel sheets. I've felt all day like I've worked so hard and accomplished nothing - even if the garbage can is filled with the dust bunnies I chased down and rounded up! 



1. to fill or litter with things in a disorderly manner.


2. a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter.

I often feel so out of sorts when our home is messy and cluttered and I do try to keep a certain standard of clean, but when I deep clean a room it's always astounding how much I can get rid of without missing any of it. I've left things in a mess too long and so it will probably take the rest of the week month to finish what I've started, but it feels good to have some areas more orderly and clean. 

Years ago I read a quote from Dr. James Dobson that said a home should be clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy. 
Our home is quite obviously very happy! 

One of the reasons there are so many blogs, businesses, books and videos centered around de-cluttering is because we have way too much stuff, and we become enslaved by it. It's a burden to have more than we need - it must be stored and maintained - and it takes up space. I read some minimalist blogs and I'm intrigued by the freedom they find in having very few possessions. It's interesting that we have a societal norm for clutter and cleanliness - we put limits on what is acceptable and what is beyond. Compulsive hoarders are labelled with anxiety disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder but minimalist often receive the same types of labels. 

Our struggle with clutter might well be a spiritual issue. God is a God of order - not chaos. Since we are made in His image, we too crave some order. Rites, rituals, traditions - they all appeal because we like order, routine, predictability - to some degree or another. Also we often give in to the pressure to have more, often equating having nice things, well cared for and clean with prosperity and happiness. I know that when I am hanging on to things that I really do not need and will not use that I am not fully trusting God to provide for our needs in His good time. I strive to find a balance between looking well to the needs of our household and trusting that He who clothes the lilies will care for me.

So today I gathered {clutter} and Monday it will make it's way to the donation box. Though I am tired and achy from all the hard work - I am happy to have at least a few hot spots checked off my list. If you are wanting to tackle clutter with a friend Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam is doing a 31 Day Clutter Countdown. I'm sure she'd be happy to have you join in!