Ode To My Laptop!

April 29, 2006 at 6:10 pm (Uncategorized)

My laptop is in the laptop hospital…..Life is a struggle without it!!!  When it became ill and was taken to the hospital by ambulance there was no time to recover all my email and email addresses….The medical staff assures me that my laptop is too ill to be bothered with questions about email!  Thank God for HSB which is now my only means of communication with the outside world!!!! I am PRAYING that my laptop will be released with a full bill of good health very soon…  If you are trying to reach me please leave a comment on this entry.  I may be reduced to answering you with smoke signals.  My husband has repeatedly reminded that there are starving children in Africa who do not have 4 other computers in the house to turn to in such horrendous circumstances.  I do not really see where humor is appropriate in this situation, but apparently he does.  In memorial of happier days spent with my laptop I am reposting my poem, “If You Give A Homeschool Mom A Laptop”. (Yes, I realize I may be the only person on earth to have written a poem about their laptop.) If you would like to leave get well messages for my laptop, please do so in the comments…

If You Give A Homeschool Mom A Laptop

If you give a homeschool mom a laptop she is going to want to use it.

When she uses it she will want to organize lesson plans.

While working online she will come across a site to make felt board stories, which she will want to print.

While printing felt board stories she will see an ad for yahoo groups and want to join a local homeschool groups yahoo group.

If she joins the homeschooling yahoo group she will hear about many places She can get homeschooling resources.

While she is looking at homeschooling resources she will sign up for
the Sonlight e-newsletter which will lead her to the Sonlight forums.

While reading Sonlight forums she will see something about
Homeschoolblogger.com When she goes to Homeschoolblogger.com she will
want to start her own blog.

When she starts her own blog she will become addicted to reading other
Homeschoolers blogs.

While reading other homeschool blogs she will think of all her real life friends
who would love to blog, so she has to email each of them.

When she finishes emailing them she is going to need to check her email
frequently in case any of them need to email her with questions.

While chatting with her friends about homeschooling and blogging she
will realized she hasn’t emailed out the latest pictures of her
families homeschool adventures to family and friends.

After emailing friends and family pictures she will get a ton of emails in reply.

If you give a homeschool mom a laptop,
You better not expect anything else to get done!

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Please forgive me for any typos in this post.  It seems that my laptop is the only computer with the magic of spell-check!


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Spreading The Word on Homeschooling

April 29, 2006 at 10:37 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday our family visited the Laskeshore Learning Store  not far from us.  It was a great trip for me because Dad came along, so I got to really shop while he watched the little ones.  This is an amazing store and we were the only people there so one of the sales clerks was following me around chit chatting with me.  Every aisle we would go down I was saying “Oh, we have that.”  or “On, my kids just love this.”  Pretty soon I was asking her about something and she mentioned she didn't have kids yet.  Then she started asking me about homeschooling!  What fun it was to share a little bit of what we do with her and to answer her questions.  I imagine I was the only homeschooler she had ever talked to.  She kept mentioning how much fun I seemed to be having and how much my kids seemed to love learning.  (This was evident to her because of the growing amount of items they were gleefully placing in my basket!!)  It was fun to introduce someone to the wonderful world of homeschooling!  My world seems to become very homeschool focused and I tend to forget that a large amount of the population don't homeschool.  She was so curious and interested and I didn't have to feel like I was in some way putting her down because of her choices on how to educate her kids.  Who knows, maybe a seed has been planted and someday when she tells her homeschooling story it will start out with,  “One day I was working at Lakeshore Learning and this family came in…”  I hope I blessed her!

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The Inmates Are Running The Assylum!!!

April 29, 2006 at 10:25 am (Uncategorized)

Which do your pets prefer, clean clothes or dirty?

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Ours obviously prefer clean!  Notice how they completely ignore the basket of dirty laundry while snoozing in my nicely clean and folded baskets!

And whoever came up with that saying “They Fight Like Cats and Dogs?” 

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10 Random Things About Me

April 29, 2006 at 2:17 am (Uncategorized)

JenIG is having a contest for the DVD 50 Greatest Kid Concoctions and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on her blog saying 10 random things about yourself.  Here is what popped in my head about me…

1. I have a bone spur on my right foot! ouch!!
2. I have lost 8 pounds recently!
3. I nursed my 3 children a total of 6 1/2 years.
4. My cousin married my husbands brother.
5. I worked for ABC Television in Hollywood before I had kids.
6. My dh and I got to go to the Academy Awards Rehersal once.
7. In January we missed an all expense paid cruise to the Caribbean to attend the funeral of my cousin mentioned in #4. (I miss her.)
8. I always wanted a BIG family. God gave me 3 kids and that took 15 years!
9. I HATED school.
10. I love my husband. We met when we were 16, married at 24 and are now 41….

Random yes, but true none the less! 

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The Dog Ate My Homework!

April 28, 2006 at 10:25 am (Uncategorized)

Okay, I think I have found the
homeschool equivalent of “The Dog Ate My Homework”.  I have Bible
Study on Thursday mornings and my husband stays home with the
kids.  Wednesday night I told my 11 year old son before bed to
make sure he got his Math done while I was at Bible Study. We had an
end of year party for our History Co-op as soon as I got home.  On
the way to the party I asked my son if he got his Math done.  He
said “Mom, I had a slight problem.  The baby peed on my
Math!”  LOL!  Apparently Dad thought it would be okay for the
2 year old to air out a bit and he went in and got on his older
brothers bed “au natural” and managed to….Well, you know the rest of
the story!  LOL  So the next time you hear “The dog ate my
homework.”  I hope you smile and remember the homeschool version
of the saying! 

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the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We
know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We
share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets,
family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”

— Author: Clara Ortega

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April 27, 2006 at 10:51 pm (Uncategorized)

I have a 2 bumper stickers on my Mini Van.  One which I already blogged about says:

 “My Daddy Is In Love With My Teacher” 

The other says:


  I just came across  this post 
that has everything you could ever want to know about teaching verbs
and it reminded me of my bumper sticker.  Some days it is easy for
me to have faith and some days it is good for me to go out and take a
look at my bumper sticker to be reminded…..Faith IS a verb!

Or in the immortal words of the song that is swimming in my head…

“I'm a verb, I'm a verb, I'm an action word, just put me where the action is cause I'm an action word!!”

(Please someone tell me where that song is from???)

I have been thinking  a lot about faith latley. I truly believe God is working on this issue with me in my unwillingness to be happy where He has currently planted me.  In my head I do want to follow His will!!!!  My heart
is just having a hard time not arguing, not questioning and not
submitting to His will!  I want to learn whatever it is He has to
teach me, but honestly it has more to do with not wanting to suffer the
heartache I am currently going through than really wanting to accept
where he has placed me…I am hoping that this in itself is a huge
step.  Wanting to submit.  I know it is not enough.  I
want to have at least the faith of a mustard seed so that it can grow
in me and I can get past this time of being stuck in my walk with the

“Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you can move mountains.” Matthew 17:20

Dear God,
Help me to put my faith in YOU!  Help me to submit my will to
YOU!  Help me to learn the  lessons YOU want me to learn and
to put my faith into action for YOU!

I did an image search for the saying
“Bloom Where You Are Planted”
and this picture came up.
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What a beautiful reminder of what God wants to do for me!

All this soul searching because of seeing a post on verbs!  Don't you just LOVE blogging!

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April 27, 2006 at 12:17 pm (Uncategorized)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder….


One of our favorite stories is called
“My Mother Is The Most Beautiful
Woman In The World!”
By: Becky Reyher.

It is a storybook left over from my childhood days.  I remember my mom  reading it to me
In it a young Russian girl falls asleep in the fields while her Mother
is working and becomes lost.  As darkness begins to fall she
stumbles into a clearing where other workers discover her.  She is
so distraught from being lost she can barely speak.  The workers
trying to help her ask her name and her parents names. 
“Finally because her longing for her Mother was so great, she sobbed out:” “My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world!” 

One of the men exclaims “Now we have something to go on.

order of the village leader all the beautiful women are brought to the
little girl.  Each of course is very pleased that they have been
selected to be in this group!  But, of course none of them are the
girls mother.  Everyone tried to imagine who they could have
then a breathless, excited woman came puffing up to
the crowd.  Her face was big and broad, and her body
even larger Her eyes were pale little slits between a great lump
of a nose.  The mouth was almost toothless.”

Upon seeing her mother the young girl runs to her and they fall into each others arms.  “All of the villagers smiled thankfully”  the little girl declares “See I told you my mother was the most beautiful woman in the world!” 
The group of villagers agreed with the little girl as the
leader of the village reminds everyone the girl has proved
the well known Russian proverb “We do not love people because they are beautiful, but they seem beautiful to us because we love them.”


amazed how often my kids tell me I am beautiful!  (Because,
believe me I know there are much more physically attractive women
around!)  My daughter especially tells me on  regular basis
how beautiful I am!  What a gift!  A few days ago I said
something about how much better I would look if I could lose some weight
My daughter promptly informed me that she wouldn't like the way I
looked if I was too thin!  I love that girl!!  My older son
is complimentary too.  If I ever comment on 
looking nice he will always say “Well you look great too
Mom!”  Even if I'm dressed in my P.J.'s and covered in baby

So what makes me beautiful to my children?  I hope it is this….

  • They know that I love them, no matter what!
  • They know I will always be here for them.
  • They know that they are hugely impotant to me.
  • They know that I enjoy them and would rather be with them than anywhere else.
  • They know that we have fun together.  I can laugh at them, with them and at myself! 
  • They know that I care about their education enough to teach them myself!
  • They know I frequently do things for them I really don't want to do.
  • They know that I love their Father and that we work together to have a happy home.
  • They know that I love the Lord and want them to love Him too!

Below is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her “beauty tips.” It was read at her funeral years later.

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For attractive lips, speak words of kindness…

For lovely eyes, seekout the good in people.
For a slim figure , share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone…

    —Audrey Hepburn—

Dear God,

May I always seek to be beautiful in your eyes and live in the confidence that when I follow and honor You others will not be able to miss the beauty that comes from within me.  Amen

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Thank you to Trish for forwarding the Audrey Hepburn poem to the Blubber Bloggers!

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Usborne Books

April 26, 2006 at 10:43 am (Uncategorized)

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Our family has been enjoying Usborne books since 1996 when I purchased “There's A Mouse About The House!” 
Now 10 years later my 2 younger kids (ages 2 & 5) are still
enjoying that book! What is so special about this book?  Well,
it's interactive.  The little mouse you see in the front cover
come out and goes through slits throughout the book as you read the
story.  I'm sure our mouse has traveled through that book a
thousand times!  The best thing about it is I love reading it
almost as much as the kids.  It wasn't long after that “A Squirrels Tale”  arrived at our house.  This book is loved and read at least as much at “There's A Mouse About The House!” 

Then in 2001 we started using Sonlight Curriculum
One of the many things we love about Sonlight is that they include a
lot of Usborne books in their curriculum.  Some of our favorites
have been The Living World Encyclopedia, World History & The Book of Knowledge.

Most recently we have been using a few of the Internet Linked Usborne books.  This has been a rich addition to my 11 year olds  homeschooling.  We started with The Mysteries and Marvels of  Science  and then we did a study on Shakespeare using The Usborne World of Shakespeare.  Currently he is going through The Internet-Linked Complete Book of Microscopes
If you are not familiar with the concept of Internet-Linked books here
is what makes them so special.  For each topic covered in the book
you can visit the Usborne Quicklinks Website
and type in your page number to check out links that relate to the
pages you just read.   This has been a great thing for my
oldest son this year.  He has been able to  get online in a
safe environment and learn how to do research. Recently I posted about
the  Shakespeare Lapbook he created using The Usborne World of Shakespeare.    If you would like to read my post on The Internet-Linked Book of Shakespeare click here.

So after all these all these years I recently started thinking maybe I
should check into becoming a distributor.  I just happened to
check into it this month and found they are offering a free kit to get started
I figure what do I have to lose?  So I hope to have a lot of fun
with this here on my blog.  I plan to have contests for free books
and discounts.  Who knows what I will come up with?  As long
as I can remember it has been a dream of mine to own a bookstore, so
today my dream came true!  Click here to visit my bookstore! 

If you would like to host an e-show to earn free books for your homeschool click here

If you would like to host an e-fair to earn money for your homeschool
group send me an email at <a

If you would like to open your own bookstore for FREE click here for details.
(Don't delay because the FREE deal ends April 28th!)

“I cannot live without books.”
–Thomas Jefferson–

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All About Me Lapbook

April 25, 2006 at 10:27 am (Uncategorized)

My 5 year old daughter and I just finished her 2nd lapbook.  This one the topic was All About Me. 

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We started out with 1 red folder which I did not trifold.  We just used it as-is.  (I don't know if that makes it a notebook instead of a lapbook, but to make my life easier I'm calling it a lapbook.)  On the front she used stickers to write out All About Me, her name and decorated with a butterfly she traced, colored and cut out.  Inside on the left hand flap I sewed 6 ziploc bags onto cardstock and we gluesticked the cardstock to the folder.  Inside the flaps we used Make Your Own Book printouts from this site.  These little book sheets fit perfectly in our ziplocs and they are designed to draw a picture at the top and  write along the bottom.  She wrote and illustrated the following:

I like to be nice
I have 2 brothers
This is my Mom and Dad
This is my dog Elvis
These are my cats Natomas and Pearl
My favorite food is turkey
I like Ballet
I like to go to Church
I like to go to the Theater

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On the right hand side of the folder I sewed four 81/2 X 11 sheet protectors directly to the file folder.  The sheets we used on this side I got from 3FoldChord.  She posted about a lapbook she and her son made and was gracious enough to email me the file so we could use it too!  If you would like her to email the file to you visit her blog and leave her a comment requesting it. On these sheet we have:

A cover page with her picture
What Makes Me Happy
What Makes Me Sad
What Makes Me Curious
What Makes Me Mad
Now and Then Information
A drawing she did
My Family Tree

For the “What Makes Me…” ones we took pictures of her making the appropriate expressions!  (This was 3FoldChords great idea!)  This was her favorite part! LOL 

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For Now and Then Information the sheet has weight, height, eye color, hair color, siblings, address, price of bread & milk, Preident, VP, and we added Price of gas.  (Which shockingly has gone up $1.13 per gallon in her short 5 years!!!)  At the bottom I made notes for her about being born at home and getting to go see Vice President Cheney speak the day before the last election.

For the family tree I just had her tell me all the names of our relatives.  Grandma's, Aunts Uncles, Siblings, Cousins, etc.  We just glued them on randomly.  It would be nice to make an actually family tree chart if she was older. 

In all the empty spots she traced around her hand and made little lift flaps.  In these she put info like I am 5, I like Ballet & I like dogs.

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The final thing we did was write one thing she liked for each letter in her name.  For example if her name were Sam (Which it isn't)  we would have done the following:

S oup
A apples and Ants (She wrote that one becuase she has an A!)
M oney

So that is what we did in a nut shell!  (Or should I say in a file folder!  LOL)

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Having A Ball!

April 24, 2006 at 10:12 am (Uncategorized)

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My son and I are
going to start learning the State Capitals this week.  I picked up
this beach ball for .99 cents at the .99 Cent Store.  Then I
printed out a list of all 50 States with their Capitals
I used a Sharpie Marker to write all 50 State and their Capitals on the
ball, spreading them out evenly.  To play we will start by tossing
the ball back and forth and saying whatever State and Capital lands
under our left hand.  Once we feel we are getting to know them we
will start quizzing each other by tossing it back and forth and saying
only the State our left hand lands on.  Then the other person will
have to say the Capital. 

Tomorrow I am going back to
the .99 Cent Store to get more beach balls….I think I will make a
ball to help memorize Bible Verses and one to do simple addition with
my daughter.

Sounds like a ball to me! 

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