Trying Once Again!

We have had a crazy year! I started a new business and I’m loving it! I sometimes get discouraged, but all in all I do love my business! I am now a Senior Consultant with Thirty-One Gifts. I started it mainly because I love the bags, but there is so much more to it! I love the sisterhood that goes along with it also. I’ve made some great friends through Thirty-One, not just locally but all of the U.S.

We are still homeschooling, but I am not tutoring anyone. Abby and I both felt we didn’t need to do that distraction. Plus on Mondays, she had classes all day. She is taking an art class, a writing class and will start going to Jr. Civitan’s soon. As a family, we are not traveling as much, but that was another reason for me not to tutor.

Abby has had some health problems in the past year and she just had two surgical procedures don’t last month. She is recovering well though.

I am going to really try and post regularly. I will post a schedule tomorrow to let you know what I’ll be posting about each day. I hope you will come back!


March AND April Monthly activities

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I am just so far behind!! So today I’m going to post both March and April activities, so I’ll be ahead for a change.

March Activities

March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ birthday
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
March 20, 2014 – Spring begins

Study Dr. Seuss’ life
Read Dr. Seuss books – especially “Hurrah for Diffendoffer Day”, Dr. Seuss’ last book.
Eat green eggs and ham

truffula tree craft 4
Make Truffula Trees pencils – The Country Chic Cottage has over 40 crafts to celebrate Dr. Seuss.

Study the life of St. Patrick and Ireland
Sing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” or listen to it.

Make a Luck of the Irish mobile

Make Rainbow Pudding Treats – Recipe

Mom It Forward has 16 St. Patrick’s Day crafts

**Make toothpick and tissue paper mini-kites for the Season’s Tree.

Make a sled kite.

Make wind chimes. Remember March is the windy month.

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My new life.

I’m starting a new life! I know that sounds drastic, but it’s true. I’m determined to lose weight and to get healthy. I’m tired of taking multiple (4) shots a day and not being able to move without hurting. SO I’m doing something about it. Here is my plan:

I’m exercising. I’ve committed myself to do this for a year and I’ve signed up at “Give it 100”, but I’ve changed it to 365 days. I’m doing some kind of exercise everyday. Some days are very active and some days are a little less, but I’m doing something everyday.

I’ve also decided to do some “little” things to help me along. I’m taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I’m parking at the far end of parking lots and walking. I know these seem like silly things, but it’s getting me moving more.

I’ve started dieting. I’ve been off sugar and dairy products for a while, but now I’m also eliminating wheat from my diet as well. I’m practically going gluten free. I’m also counting carbs. The plan set forth by my nutritionist is 45 grams per meal and 15 grams for snacks.

I’m writing this post to help me be accountable. I’ll try and update on my progress every week. You can also follow me on Give it 100

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I’d also covet your prayers.


Give it 100 Challenge

Ok guys, I’ve accepted a challenge from a friend. The challenge is to do “something” for 100 days and to make a video everyday to keep accountability. So my commitment is to lose weight and exercise for 100 days. I’m going to make my video to tell what exercise I’ve done that day. You can follow me here: Give it 100

I’d like to extend the challenge. So if you would like to take the challenge let me know by commenting so I can follow you.

God Bless you.

Great webpost!

I just read a really good web post about why one family homeschools their children. I thought it was good enough to pass along. Hope you enjoy.







Abby’s Mission Trips

My youngest daughter has felt the call to missions and is very committed to spreading the Gospel of Christ.  I am so proud of her! In the past year she has been on a couple of domestic mission trips with our church. She will be going on another just before Thanksgiving to Nashville, TN.
To help see what missions are all about and to get her some experience, we will be going on a couple of mission trips in the near future.  Jim, Abby and I are going to Colombia, South American at the end of January with Operation Christmas Child and then in April, Jim and Abby will be going to India.  India is where Abby feels the Lord is calling her to go, so this trip is very important.  For this trip we have to raise her travel money which will be $3,000.  We have decided to do some fundraising for this soon.  Our first attempt at fundraising is that I have set up an account with  Her webpage is  If you would like to donate go and check out the page.

We are looking into a couple of other fundraising options to accomplish this goal as well.  Abby will be selling Thomas Street Coffee which is a ministry of American Family Association.  Their webpage is:  If you would like to make an order and help Abby in her fundraising goal please contact me at:  This is a great ministry!  The coffee isn’t bad either.  Try the Jamaican Me Crazy.

We will also be sending out letters to family and friends to let everyone know about our upcoming trips and about Abby’s heart for Christ.

Thanks and God bless!


Menu Plan Monday


Monday – Spaghetti w/ garlic bread

Tuesday – Chicken Supreme over rice

Wednesday – Dinner @ church

Thursday – Shepherd’s pie

Friday – Grilled porkchops w/ baked potatoes

Saturday – Hamburgers & Hotdogs w/ chips

Sunday – Taco Soup

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