Beginning January 5th and continuing for four Mondays, we will be joining some friends to blog about our homeschooling experiences, our curriculum and more! We participated last year and had a blast, so we are looking forward to this next round! January is a great time to tweak your school plans and the Virtual Curriculum Fair is just the place to get some new ideas and encouragement from fellow homeschooling moms. I hope you will join us.
Playing With Words- The Language Arts
Discovering Patterns- Math, Logic and Science
Exploring Our World- Social Studies and more Science
Seeking Beauty- The Arts and everything that brings beauty to our world!
Also coming January 2nd, the blog will have a whole new look! Can't wait to see what you think!
My second daughter turned 17 on Sunday. Before we had her we were very serious parents. Then God gave us our Riley, and life has not been the same. She makes us laugh constantly. Put her with her sister and they can entertain you for hours. She wakes up a Disney Princess and goes to bed a Disney Princess. (Which is why she is wearing a Santa hat with a tiara!) She will quote entire scenes of movies, sing whole musicals and crack you up with her one liners. I love this girl! I know the Lord has amazing things in store for her...if I ever let her leave me. ;)
We also celebrated my oldest this weekend, who finished her last college class on Friday night at 11:15. I know what time it was because I stayed up and watched her write her last paper - on sin! (She is a Bible major) She duel credited her senior year of high school, attended college for 1 1/2 years and the came home to live and finish her last two semesters online. She is an accomplished seamstress and is working to build her business. My heart swells with pride when I think about all she has accomplished, but more than that, I stand at awe at the work the Lord has done in her life.
And then there is this guy. The littles call him plus one. They are nice like that. Morgan was baptized at our church this weekend. It thrilled our hearts to be able to witness such a special occasion and to have his family there as well.
And then there is my mom. She arrived on Tuesday and is staying until January. I am ever thankful that through the years she has been willing to travel many miles to be with us and help where needed. Sometimes, just an extra pair of hands is a bigger blessing than you can imagine.
(You were right mom, no picture. Sorry!)
With our house feeling a bit empty these days, it is nice to have people we love join us to celebrate.
I love doing giveaways for you all! It is so much fun to get an email from a winner and hear their excitement. Makes my day!
It is even more exciting when I can give away something that is from a personal friend.
Let me introduce you to a new Etsy store- Whimsy Home Creations, owned by a sweet friend of mine, Angela. I met Angela when we lived in Virginia and she immediately became like a sister to me. Hey, she likes essential oils, sewing, crafting, and fresh milk, eggs and meat. We just might have been separated at birth. Plus she says "ya'll" too and does not look at me funny when I talk southern. True friend, indeed!
But, let's get back to crafting! She is one amazing crafter. I have been blessed with a few of her projects and they are treasured keepsakes. Lucky for you, she is now selling some of her creations in her new Etsy store that will have its grand opening on Monday. (Until then you can take a peek while she continues to fill the shelves!)
My favorite so far are the Crochet Star Ornaments (set of three- $12.00). I LOVE these! They look so pretty on the tree- see?
They remind me of a cozy, homespun Christmas in the mountains. Oh, and don't forget the snow of course.
Second favorite- the dishclothes! I have been using these since Virginia and was excited to get a few new ones. I have washed them over and over again for years now and they have held up beautifully! Not only do I use mine in the kitchen, but also to remove my makeup at night and for washcloths for my boys. (set of 2 for $8.00)
Be on the lookout for baby washclothes, baby blankets and more. I know that Angela will be happy to work with you on custom orders as well, if you have a specific color scheme in mind.
Just in time for Christmas, you can win a set of three star ornaments- just enter the rafflecopter below.