Friday, July 26, 2013

Preschool-Homeschool?

I am SO excited!
Our son is 3 and will be 4 in December. I have no need to send my son to preschool and we have a desire to homeschool our son, so I have been wanting to take this year and do a little "preschool" if you will just to get Mommy and little Pumpkin into a routine so that it's not such a shock once we do need to start a structured schooling routine.
The other day on thepurposefulmom.com, she had a post about God's Little Explorer's Preschool Curriculum and their having a "sale" of sorts with a coupon code.
I had never heard of this curriculum before, but I went to motherhoodonadime.com and checked it out and it looked like a great way to get on a little routine, learn about God, and learn some preschool stuff all at the same time. A big plus for me was that there was daily lesson plans with some activity ideas to add on if I want to. A big plus for little Pumpkin is that the little papers are totally cute!
We have not started to use this yet, I literally just bought and downloaded it tonight. It was just so stinking cute and it appears to be exactly what I was looking for.
I simply wanted something that wasn't too expensive, something that had a lesson plan that kind of just set it all out for me and that told me what to do when and what goes together.
It originally costs $14 which is not too expensive in my books first off, but right now with the code you can get it for $10 until August 5th, I believe.
So if your looking for something cute and fun to do with your preschooler, I recommend you go check it out. There are also free pintable's at motherhoodondime.com, but you don't get the lesson plans and such to go along with it. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Confession time!

I feel as if I've been doing a terrible job with this blogging thing. You know why I feel that way? Because I have! I don't post nearly as often as I'd like and I do love to blog. I've been struggling with what content to include, whether I have enough post ideas to post as often as I'd truly like to, and just how personal I really want to get. I have been on an extreme emotional roller coaster ride the last couple of weeks and I'm flip flopping back and forth on whether I want to put everything out there on the world wide web or not. But through these trials are when I learn the greatest lessons that God has for me and those are the types of things I want to share. Along with practical tips, such as ways to save money, cleaning tips, recipes and such.
So, hopefully you'll be seeing a little more of me around here. I'm hoping to start posting once a week, just to get back into it and then I can go from there. Hopefully you'll get more than once a week more than not too, but we'll see.
Thank you to the trusty few who do still stick around to see what I have to say when I do finally say it!
 
 
 
Also, I'd love any thoughts and ideas on what you like/dislike about my blog. I'm ready to try to improve it immensely! Thanks!


Monday, July 8, 2013

What Ever Happened to Role Models?

When I was a young, new wife and mother; I didn't really think about how nice it would be to have "mentor" to model the way that a Christian wife, mother and person should conduct themselves.
Now as I a more "mature" wife and mother, I am realizing how that could completely change and impact our world.
Titus 2 is kind of the "road map" of how to mentor younger women. But you know what? I can't think of ONE SINGLE woman that I feel like truly lives out the Titus 2 role. Oh, don't get me wrong, I know plenty of good Christian women who do a great job of being a wife and mother. They even seem to be living a very Godly life, but when it gets right down to it there is always something that I realize doesn't quite line up.
 
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Titus 2:3
 
There are plenty of women who are reverent in the church setting, but are they in their homes and daily lives? And how many women do you know that at church they would NEVER say something bad about another person, but as soon as they get home would have NO problem calling up their best friend to talk about the latest gossip? I think most older women in the church have a  good handle on the addicted to wine thing, but even on that note I bet you'd be surprised how many do have a problem with the bottle. There are also plenty of women who can teach what is good and right by the Bible's standards, but do they truly live it out in the day to day life? I've seen plenty of older women urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, but do they model this behavior so that younger women have an example of just how to do that? Perhaps I'm wrong but self control goes much farther than not eating that second helping of dessert at supper and being pure doesn't just mean keeping yourself for marriage. Don't even get me started on how being busy at home is now looked at as a weakness, I mean who ever encourages staying at home anymore? I will agree that most women are kind, but I have my doubts that they are kind to their families to the point that the Bible is trying to reach here. I also will not argue that older women in the church would not say to be subject to your husband, but I know of FAR to many of those same women who manipulate their husbands at home to some degree or another. The end of this verse says "So that no one will malign the word of God." The meaning of malign is evil in nature or effect. To me that means that if we don't continuously strive to live these things out we are being evil. And I dare say that there are far, far too many women in the church who feel as if they are doing a fine job of being a woman of God, but KNOWING what to do and DOING it are two completely different things.
My husband and I often talk about how there are no older people that we feel are good role models. The lines of right and wrong have gotten so distorted and in todays world, Christians often KNOW what the Bible says and how the Bible says we should act, but then they don't truly live it out. I know we are all human and can't get it all right all the time, but there is just never a time that I can say this person ALWAYS (and I mean tries their best to always) handles the different situations that come at them in a Godly manner. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Traveling with small children-Now that I feel somewhat qualified to share my "tips"

My husband's family lives some 1,400 miles away. Last week we packed up our car, loaded three kids into their car seats and set out to conquer the 22 hour drive!
To say I was nervous about taking a 22 hour road trip with three children ages 3 and under is a bit of an understatement. If it were just our son, I would have expected it to be a breeze. He is after all, at three years old, a veteran of this travel thing! But we were also taking our short attention spanned, 3 year old foster daughter and our just starting to walk, 1 year old foster daughter. So for weeks in advance I worried and stewed over how terribly bad this was going to be.
To prepare, I packed up plenty of snacks (animal crackers for the older ones and cheerios and puffs for the little one). I also packed a little bag for our Pumpkin filled with his combine (his grandma and grandpa had just started harvesting wheat the day before we left), his semi truck, and his tractor and trailer. For Missy, I filled a little bag with her baby doll and bottle, a couple little ponies, and a couple barbies. I then also brought along out mini and normal size magna doodles (these by the way were a BIG hit!). For Little Miss, I just brought some random baby toys and some touch and feel books. We also have a DVD player in our car and our friend let us borrow a couple movies for the road (new-to-us movies to keep us really interested!).
The trip there went so unbelievably well. Pumpkin has never been allowed to watch much TV, so anytime he gets to watch a movie he is GLUED. So this is always a good way to pass time with him. But Missy, has a short attention span as I mentioned above and every time we'd say we were gonna watch a movie, she was excited but within 5 minutes was done! This greatly concerned a certain Momma, but she either played with her barbies or baby QUIETLY for the entire movie!!! YIPEE! To say I was surprised is the understatement of the year!
My husband and I discussed how it seems that children do live up to your expectations and in our home we do expect them to behave, listen and follow directions; not that they do this all the time but it sure seemed to hold out on our journey!
I also packed a small blanket for each of them and a small pillow for the big kids because we drive the whole 22 hours at once and drive through the night. This seemed to help them be able to transition into bedtime because we reclined their car seats and pulled out the blankets and pillows after we stopped to go potty for the night and it was just a help with the transition to night-night time!
The one main hiccup with our trip was that Little Miss (who had NO teeth) started getting her first tooth on the drive there. She was fussier than normal and thank goodness I had brought the tylenol and teething gel to help with her pain.
The way home was much the same, they did very well although I felt they were a little more rambunctious, but I feel that was due to the fact that our generally structured schedule was a little less structured while we were away. (we did stick to nap times and bed times as best we could) Little Miss, also had a cold on the way home so once again she was fussier than normal, but nothing that we could not handle.
Another tip for traveling with small children: I brought the big kids each a water bottle and whenever they would ask me for a drink, I would give them their water bottle. I would only let them have about 3 or 4 swigs and then I'd take it back. This was just to make sure that they weren't drinking a whole bottle of water at once. This worked very well, because other than stopping to go potty for bedtime; I think we only had to make a special stop to go potty one time the whole trip. Other than that, they always made it until we stopped for gas, which is when we also get food.