Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'm In :: Armchair Cybils

I have always loved reading children's books.  The color, playfulness, whimsy, rhyme... fun!

Just a few days ago I came across the Armchair Cybils at Hope Is The Word.   Honestly it was the eye catching graphic that grabbed my attention.   But,  as I started reading about what it really was, I knew I had to participate.  It would be a wonderful way for me to get to know authors and illustrators, and a fun way to share them with my kids.  One day I would like to put together a study on children's authors and illustrators.   This seems like the perfect first step.

Since this is my first year participating, I don't have all the details down yet. 

I will let Amy explain it.

"The Armchair Cybils challenge is a challenge hosted by yours truly at Hope Is the Word.  I thought it would be really fun to play along and read as many of the Cybils nominated titles as I can during the Cybils judging period, which runs from October 15 (or before, but this is the date the nominations are closed) until February 14, and I'd love for you to join me!  For more information about the Cybils, this post explains it better than I ever could."  Amy @ Hope Is The Word

Just read as many books as you can and write a blog post about each title, or you can do one post on all of them.  See, easy and fun!  Don't forget to link up at Hope Is The Word.

Even if you aren't a blogger, join the fun.  You can't go wrong reading great children's books.

Are you with me?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Line Upon Line Precept Upon Precept

I was taking pictures of my children yesterday at the park.  Annie wanted me to show her walking over the platforms.  As I was snapping away it reminded me of the verse above.  As I pondered the whole learning process I came up with a few thoughts...and of course I had to share them with you!

Liberty will be two in October.  She has such a determined spirit about her.  Sometimes determined to go the wrong way, but nonetheless.  She can feed herself, walk, talk, communicate with her brothers and sisters, play games, ride a tricycle, throw a get the idea.

We didn't buy any crazy, expensive curriculum.  There weren't any online courses or tutors.  She just learned.  As most children do.  It can be easy to complicate things.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Making Room For Margin :: Everyday

While reading one of my favorite blogs a few years ago, she addressed the importance of margin in our lives. Here is a short excerpt from that post. 

"Our family needs a lot of margin. Like margin on a page of a book~ we need blank space in our lives.

Have you ever purchased a book with little to no margin? I have. It was an old reprint that was taken from the original with no editing to its format. I never realized before how important margin could be.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pleasant Words

I don't know about you, but I like to be encouraged.  I like it when someone genuinely takes the time to stop and say "Hi."  Someone that remembers that last week you were having a rough time, and they just wanted to see if you made it through ok.

Or friends that thought of you when they went shopping, and they just brought you something they thought your children might need.  We have friends like that

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple Maple Breakfast Biscuits

Coming up with a delicious breakfast every morning can become a chore.  We could have cold cereal or oatmeal everyday, but honestly, I would get bored with that.

My oldest sons decided they would take matters into their own hands and make breakfast themselves.  My son Andrew came up with this recipe.  Wow, so good.  Warm, gooey and comforting.  This would also make a wonderful brunch or special occasion dish, too.  Maybe Christmas morning?

Apple Maple Breakfast Biscuits

For the biscuits:

1 tube of Grands Biscuits
cinnamon and sugar mixed
1 stick of melted butter

For the topping:

1 cups of rolled oats
1/2  tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick melted butter

2 apples peeled and cubed small
1/2 cup Maple syrup

Roll each biscuit in melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar.  Place biscuits in a greased casserole dish.  Sprinkle on the diced apple.

Stir topping ingredients together and sprinkle on the biscuits.  Then drizzle maple syrup over everything.

Bake 20 minutes or bottoms are a golden brown.  Serve warm.  Hot, crispy bacon and some orange juice would be a perfect addition.


What dishes does your family enjoy for special occasion and holidays?

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Does It Really Matter

Paper napkins. Vinyl tablecloths. Wrinkled pillow shams. A spot or two on my shirt.  I know I have been cleaning all day, but I could look worse.  Does it really matter?  I mean who cares if there are some wrinkles? I am a busy woman.  I have things to do, places to go, people to see...

Besides, nobody takes the time to do those things anymore.  My grandma used to have that frilly stuff, but it's not for me!

But, there used to be a little bit of pride, too.  People respected themselves, and others. Enough to care about appearance; of themselves, their homes and their families.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Four Walls Do Not Make A Home

Four Walls Do Not Make A Home
J.R. Miller

—though it is a palace filled with all the elegance's which wealth can buy! The home-life itself is more important than the house and its adornments. By the home-life, is meant the happy art of living together in tender love. We enter some homes, and they are full of sweetness—as fields of summer flowers are full of fragrance. All is order, beauty, gentleness and peace. We enter other homes, where we find jarring, selfishness, harshness and disorder. This difference is not accidental. They are influences at work in each home, which yield just the result we see in each. No home-life can ever be better than the life of those who make it.

Homes are the real schools in which men and women are trained