Friday, March 21, 2008

Working on my photo blog

Well, if it's not enough for me to keep up one blog...I'm trying to keep up two. And, I haven't been doing too great at keeping up either! :) Sorry, folks...contrary to popular belief, us homeschool moms DO have a life! (so many jean jumpers to little time!) :) Anyhow, I tried updating my photo blog a bit today. I'll keep working on it and getting everything on there I need to.

All's good here. Overall, we had a good day. Started out doing school, then the neighbor boys showed up to play. (they are off for TWO weeks for spring break!) So, we played most of the rest of the day. The kids did come back in and finish English later in the afternoon. Shane decided to take the kids to Dairy Queen when he got home. I opted not to go for fear of bowing to the god (little "g") of the blizzard, who-by the way-hates my back side! :) (or loves it, whichever way you look at it) So, Nehi and I stayed home and ate a 2-point ice cream bar. It was good! Then, I worked out later to burn if off, since I am following the Core program this week. (basically, fruits, veggies, lean meats, and ww pasta) Why can't carbs be better for you? They are just so doggone good! Kids are in bed, Shane is laughing hysterically at something he's watching on his laptop, and I'm in here trying to catch you all up on our lives!

Well, I got my "Desperate Housewives Passionate for God" book the other day. Look forward to reading it. I'm sure you'll hear more from it soon. My friend, Cari-who comes over on Tuesdays, and I are going through "The Excellent Wife" by Martha Peace together. I did this study before I was married, and was even convicted then. It's been good this second time around, too. So much to learn. So many areas to grow in. Thank God for his grace!
By the way...yes, that is my son in a dress. But, it was my dress when I was a little girl, and he does look pretty cute in it! I know he will grow up with "issues." But, like my friend Kathleen said to me once (and she has six kids-she should know!), "If you don't give your children a reason to go to therapy when they are older, you haven't done your job as a mother." Truly, it's a motto I try to live by! :)
Okay, I'm gonna go pop some popcorn and have a diet soda. Yes, I know it's 11:00pm, but it's 94% FF popcorn. Hardly a splurge! :)

A little Easter Humor

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ode To Manwich

So, today we were reading our chapter in "Leading Little Ones To God." It's a great book for the kids that I highly recommend. We use it in our Bible time, reading it one chapter a day. In each chapter, there are words to a hymn. I rarely recognize the hymns, but Shane always makes up his own tune to sing to the girls. They always get a kick out of that. Well, this morning, I decided to sing the words of the unknown-to-me-hymn to the tune of "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee." I was singing and Myra said, "Hey, I know that song." Then, she began to sing, "Manwich, Manwich, we adore thee..." :) Gave me a good laugh! Maybe we need to start singing more hymns? :)

Monday, March 17, 2008

I Love My Sister...

We had a rough day a couple weeks ago with loving each other here at The McGrath Homeschool. One of us was having trouble with selfishness, the other with our words, so we did a little project! :)


I was reading a new post at a friend's blog this morning. She's been reading a book by Voddie Baucham and posted this quote from the book. It really ministered to me. I want my home to be this way, and I know I have oh so far to go.....

"Our homes must be rife with the aroma of love. Those who visit us should notice immediately that they have left the world of self-serving, egocentric narcissism and have entered a safe harbor where people value and esteem others above themselves. Outsiders should enter our homes and never want to leave. Our neighbors should find excuses to visit us just to get another whiff of the fragrant aroma of love. The brokenhearted should long to be near us. The downtrodden and the abused should seek us out. Families on the brink of disaster should point to us and say, "Why can't our home be like that?"


When I was pregnant with Nehemiah, I struggled with car-sickness more than normal, and was always chewing mint gum to help. My kids caught on to this, and began to mysteriously have "car-sickness" every time they rode in the car, so they could have gum!

This morning Lizzie was sitting at the kitchen table working on her math and asked for a piece of gum. I told her "no" and she said, "but, mom, I'm homesick!" :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My husband has talent!

So, my husband goes to Seattle, and he gets me this wonderful gift! Yes, Nunzilla was a gift for me, his wife of almost eleven years. Girls, I am a lucky woman! He and Andrew made this wonderful video, and it's just so amazing, I had to share! :) I'm so proud...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Good Article On Homeschooling

Here's a good article on homeschooling and the California decision by our good friend, Brad Mills, who currently lives in California.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Day In The Life...Photos...Baby Boy!

Day In The Life...Photos...Chores!

Now, you have to admit that it takes talent to make your bed this way! :)

Yes, folks this is my laundry bin...and I have three...and they always look like this! I am never caught up. Laundry is the bain of my existence! (okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but I really always have so much laundry to do). There, I've confessed.

Day In The Life..Photos...Fingernail Painting!

Well, it's a cold, snowy day here in Kentucky. We are supposed to get up to 6 inches of snow...I'll believe it when I see it! It's never as bad as they say here. I'd say we have less than in inch now. Anyhow, thought it would give me some time to finish posting my pictures from our "day in the life" series...yes, it's a series now! :) Hope you all are warm and dry and comfy in your pjs like we all are here. I'm still trying to get the kids to get some math done, but that's going rather slowly! :)

An 18 inch miracle

I found this story off of Amy's Humble Musings blog. A 28 inch woman gave birth to an 18 inch baby. I didn't cry til the end, when her husband started talking. Life is beautiful!