10 for 10

I’ve got some exciting things to share today! I’ve been reading a blog for a while now and I enjoy her writing very much, but I do have a problem sharing her blog because she uses some language I don’t approve of in her writing. But many times she has some good insights and projects that I have found encouraging. Today I’d like to share one of those projects.

Many of us decided on some New Year’s resolutions. But many of us also didn’t follow through with them. Well I’ve found a goal setting idea that I think is wonderful. It’s called 10 for 10, which means 10 goals for 10 months. It’s from Chobani yogurt. What you do is make an obtainable goal for every month remaining in the year. Because March is over it would really be 9 for 9, but 10 for 10 sounds better. I guess we can set goals all the way through January. That would be 10 months. You can read about this project here.


So here are my goals:
April – Follow my “walking a 5k” training and walk my first 5k.
May – Walk my 2nd 5k and finish planting the garden.
June – Begin writing the math curriculum and begin raising rabbits.
July – Make menu plans every week and continue them.
August – Complete my “Little Women” and “Little House” curriculums for publication.
September – Complete math curriculum.
October – Decorate the house and yard for Fall.
November – Learn to make dressing and begin making homemade Christmas gifts.
December – Send Christmas cards out the first week in December.
January – take a class online.

So what do you think? I’d love to hear what your goals might be. Post a link to your own blog or just your goals in the comments section. Let’s encourage each other.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.

Blessings until next time!


Today is a slow, relaxed day at our house.  Tomorrow is Easter and I’m looking forward to church and then a nice lunch.  Jim is going to smoke a couple of chickens and we are baking a ham.  I’m going to make stuffed eggs, a green bean casserole, and some kind of potatoes.  I have always loved Easter.  Abby is too old for Easter egg hunting, but I’m still planning on having her and Jim a basket.  

Training Update:  Training has come to a crawl because of the weather.  I haven’t walked for days, but I have worked on the glider, but I don’t think its the same.  I’m still planning on walking the 5K on April 20th and May 11th.  I think I’ll be ready.  I can walk 2 miles without much trouble. I’m praying the weather will be better this next week, so I can get some great training in.

Our homeschool is going ok.  Abby is working on fractions, so much fun stuff.  We are reviewing common denominators and working on cross multiplying and changing mixed numbers into improper fractions.  Abby is doing pretty good at it.   We got two more postcards and we are sending ours out on Monday.  We got one from Nebraska, and one from Colorado.

We attend a homeschool co-op on Fridays and at our last co-op we had a guest, Mr. Moses from El Agave.  He came and showed us how to make “Chocolate Chimis”.  They were very rich and delicious.  I wish I had gotten a picture of the chocolate chimis.  But here are a couple of pictures of our guest and the children.  




We had a wonderful time making the chocolate chimis and eating them!!!

That night I made Chimichangas. After seeing Moses making his, I thought “I can do that”. And I did!! They were great. I even made chips out of the flour tortillas.

This past Tuesday night our homeschool group out of Tupelo had our annual Father/Daughter banquet. Abby looked so pretty with her new dress. She and Jim had a great time.


On a different note, my chickens are doing wonderfully. We have been getting 3 to 4 eggs a day. They are small to medium sized and a beautiful brown color. They taste great too. Here is a picture of some of the eggs we have been getting.


I now would like to get more chickens, but I’d have to enlarge the coop. I think if I could do that, I’d be able to get six more chickens. Then I could get at least a half dozen eggs a day. I also want to get some rabbits. Jaime said he could build me a nice rabbit pen. I’d love to breed some rabbits for sale and for food if necessary.

That’s what is happening here! But I do have a prayer request. I’m having some problems and I’m not sure how to do deal with it. So I know you will pray with me about this. Thanks so much for the prayers in advance. Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.



Promised picture


I promised a picture of our postcard map, so here it is. I printed the map from this website. We colored the water and land around the USA and then colored in the 4 states that we have received postcards from. I have hung the map up on the wall and we’ll add states as we receive postcards. We are hoping to get a postcard from every state. We are also exchanging one card a month internationally. We are waiting on a card from the UK. The girls are excited about it and so am I.

This was a short post, but I wanted to get the picture up.

Until next time, Blessings!

Training, homeschooling and our first egg!

My training is going well. I started this past Thursday and I’ve walked almost everyday. One thing I have learned is that the training schedule looks easy ON PAPER, but doing it is totally different. The first day was easy, I walked for 15 min. Easy peazy!! The next day Jim and I walked a mile and a half. We decided to walk together and mark out a 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile and a mile. I had a contraption with a wheel on the end that would count the feet. The thing worked great until we got past the first 1/4 mile, then it kept locking up. I would have to stop and either go backwards or bang it on the ground. So I’m not real sure how accurate our measurements are. But we got to the 1/2 mile and put down the first stake. Then we trudged on the the 3/4 mile and I was just about done, but Jim pushed me on. At the 1 mile mark, we were about 200 feet from the bridge that goes over the river. So we put the stake down and walked on to the river. It was so beautiful! We stayed there for a couple of minutes and looked at the water and the creek that goes into the river right there. But now we had to walk back. I knew I’d never make, so we called my mom and she had my dad come and meet us at the road that we crossed just after we put down the 1/2 mile stake. I think we walked 1 1/2 miles in all. Yesterday my mom and I walked to the 1/2 mile mark and back. Like I said my training is going pretty good. Today I’m planning on doing the exercise glider for at least 15 min.

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I’m not sure if I have explained about the place where we walk. We live right next to where there used to be railroad tracks. There is now a walking track, where the railroad tracks used to be. Its paved and very nice. The bridge I talked about is very high over the river and about a mile from the house. We had rode bikes down there months ago, the bridge “floor” had been rebuilt, but there was no rails. I couldn’t go across because it made me so dizzy without the rails. Now there are rails and it is so pretty. We walked on the bridge and Jim has even decided we need to put a Geocache there. So as soon as the trail is officially opened, we are going to do that. If you don’t know what geocaching is check out this website: Geocaching.

Homeschooling is going pretty good also. Abby and I signed up for a postcard swap. The rule is you can swap with five families a month. So we got with five families and exchanged addresses. We have received four of the five postcards. We got cards from West Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, and Alaska. We are still waiting on one from England. We have decided to do it again this next month and we are going to try and get a postcard from every state. I’ve even printed out a map of the US on four sheets of paper, so it is pretty big. We are going to mark each state as we get a postcard from it. I’ll make a picture of the map as soon as I get it up. I just printed it today.
Here are the four we have received:

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They are from left to right: Hawaii, Texas, Alaska, and West Virginia.

Abby is doing good, but we are still struggling with multiplication facts, and long division. I know it just takes practice, but its tedious. She is still writing like crazy. Her assignment this week is to write a fairy tale. She told me she had a great idea, and was already writing away.

We were all excited yesterday, we got our first egg from the chickens! It was kind of small, but we were still really excited. In fact we were all shouting, and mom took a picture of it. I know we are easily entertained.

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Until next time!

Training to walk a 5K.

I’ve decided that I’m going to begin training to walk a 5K. I’m doing this to help me reach my weight loss goals. I know a 5K seems extreme, but I think by going by a training schedule I can do this. And of course, I’m only walking NOT running it. I don’t think I’ll be running anywhere, unless of course something really big is after me. But I can walk. I’m going to use Hal Hidgon’s 5K for Walkers. The training will take 8 weeks, so I should be ready to walk a 5K by May 12th. I did start today, but I’m officially starting the training on Monday, March 18, 2013. I’ve found a 2K fun run here in Tupelo on May 11th, so I’m going to do that one. There is another one, a 5K in Columbus, that I could also do. I’ll post which one I’ll be going to. I’d love for some of my friends to walk with me! That would be so great! So if anyone is interested, let me know.

So today I did walk for 15 min. I made it fine, no passing out or anything. Abby rode her bike while I walked. I don’t feel like I’ll have trouble until I have to walk for 30 min. Let me know if anyone is going to do this also.

Here is a picture of the walking schedule.

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I had to make my own schedule because the one on the website would not print out. So if you would like this copy, let me know.

God Bless!

Normal Life!?!

Since we have been home from Nashville, life has gotten back to normal.  Whatever that means.  This past Sunday, Jim, Abby and I went to the Hayseed Cowboy Church.  Jim shared his adventures in Peru and showed many pictures.  It was so fun to watch his enthusiasm and compassion for the people of Peru.

We also finally finished the chicken coop and got my chickens.  Jim and I went on Saturday and picked them up.  Abby and Jaime have decided we needed to name them.  So their names are: Nugget, Salad, Sandwich, Dumpling, KFC and Popeye.  They are all hens so I didn’t like Popeye.  But they thought it was funny. I can’t really tell them apart except for two of them.  Here are a couple of pictures of the chicken coop and the chickens.

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My son made the coop for me. We are afraid the nests are too small for the chickens, so we might have to make them bigger. I love that we can just open up the top of the nesting boxes to get the eggs. He also made the door on the side to allow me to clean the coop out.

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These chickens are Rhode Island Reds. They are supposed to be great layers! Here’s hoping.

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Abby has claimed this chicken as her own. It is the ugliest of them all and she has named her KFC. I’m not sure why she likes this one so much, except it will allow her to pick her up.

Monday night we had our monthly Keepers at Home club meeting. I had the lesson this month so we made Albums out of paper bags. Here are couple of pictures of Abby’s album.

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This is her cover. She decided her album would be about her and her family.

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She got some old and new pictures to show her family and herself. I think she did a great job!

We usually have around 10 or 12 girls, but all the classes were short. It was probably because it’s Spring Break. The girls really enjoyed making the albums and did a great job. I forgot about taking pictures until the very end, so I only got pictures of the last two girls.

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School is going well so far this week. We are studying birds in Science using Apologia “Flying Creatures”. So yesterday we did an experiement to show the force birds feel when using their wings and tail feathers to slow down and stop. Here are a couple of pictures of the girls doing the experiment.

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We had a lot of fun running around outside. I thought I took a picture of Abby also, but it turned out as a video of about 2 seconds.

I guess that’s all for my “normal life”, I’m just not sure how truly normal it is.

Our last day at NRB

Well today was our last day at the NRB Convention. It has been a good convention, but I am pooped! I am not accustomed to being on my feet and walking so much. Both my feet were swollen last night and tonight. I think most of it has been because it is a lot of concrete.

This morning Jim, Abby and I went to a breakfast with people from Ron Hutchcraft ministries. I hope I got the spelling right. I think the meeting went well. They asked Jim to tell all about AFA and AFR. It was very informative for me just as much for them.

I went on to the booth and worked until noon. Angie and I work well together. I was surprised to find out that she has authored an article in the AFA Journal. She has another coming out in May. The article in May is about an extreme couponer. Look for it, it sounds like it is going to be very interesting.

For lunch, we met up with some of the people that were on the Peru trip with Jim. There was a long wait at the restaurant, so Jim couldn’t stay. Abby and I did stay and I’m so glad we did. It was fun to hear more about the trip from another person’s point of view. It was also fun to make new friends. Roxie and Jerry Koon will be friends for a long time to come.

I went to the booth after lunch and stayed until closing. Angie and I packed up everything and Jim came down and took it up to the suite. I was able to talk to a Christian Jew by the name of Jeffery D. Miller. He is a full-time Messianic Jewish evangelist. I’m hoping he will be able to come to the Tupelo area to speak. He was so gracious to speak to me even tho everyone was packing up. I’ve been thinking about something I talked about in a previous post. The statement was about showing our love through our deeds not just in words. I think one way we can show our love for Israel is to teach our children to love Israel. I think one way to do that is to teach them about the Jewish customs. Mr. Miller and I are going to keep in touch and he is going to help me learn about many of the celebrations in Jewish custom. I’m so looking forward to it.

Tonight we had planned on taking Abby to the Irish pub, but it was closed for a private party, so we went to the Mexican restaurant again. It was good, but I ate way too much.

Tomorrow we will leave to go home Jim says we will not be getting up early, so we get to sleep in. Yay!

I’m ready to go home. It’s always good to go home after a trip. Home is definitely where my heart is! Although being able to travel with both Jim and Abby is a great experience. Our next trip is in April, but Abby will not be going with us. We will be going to Asheville, NC to The Cove. I can’t remember the event, but looking forward to going and worshipping, studying and praising my Father in heaven.

I have a prayer request tonight. Please pray for the Smith family. Buddy Smith is AFA’s Executive Vice-president and his father died today. Mr. Smith had been ill, but losing a parent is a hard thing no matter what. So may our Lord touch each one in that family tonight and give them peace

Love and Blessings.

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