A few weeks ago, I mentioned that my mom had surgery. Well, she's been in the hospital for 3 weeks now, and she went through a pretty tough time. . .my goodness was it tough!

But praise be to God that He is healing her and she is doing much better. . .just in time for her birthday!! Today, for the first time in weeks, she was able to eat!  She had breakfast . . .a few bites each of scrambled eggs and hasbrowns, one bite of toast. Earlier this week, she was able to drink water and clear liquids. So, she is definitely on the mend. Thank You, Lord!

If things continue to progress as they are, she should be able to come home in the next week or so.
Thank you so much, my dear sisters and friends for your prayers and the concern you've expressed.
Our God is a Healer!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! I LOVE YOU, SO!!!


My goodness! I don't know about you all, my dear friends, but where I am, it is just downright, scorching hot. The temperatures are 103 degrees or higher--and that is in the shade. . .which of course puts the heat index at 115-120!! The normal high temps are usually around 88 degrees or so.

I'm struggling to go get the mail or the newspaper without coming back in the house just drenched. My poor kids aren't getting to spend that much needed time to run and play outside. And even my little furry friends (our dogs) have been limited to 5 minute bouts--no more than 10--to go outside before they're called back in.

So, with all of that said, I am so thankful for the air conditioner. I know that may sound silly to some, but I am so thankful. Normally, Husband and I try to keep costs low by using fans to cool the most frequented areas of our home. But this week, the fans just weren't getting the job done.

I know that I can survive without the air conditioner. Actually, in some ways it can be considered a luxury, but it is one simple pleasure that I am truly grateful for.

Stay cool!

Ohhh, It's Too Hot!!

by on Saturday, July 23, 2011
My goodness! I don't know about you all, my dear friends, but where I am, it is just downright, scorching hot. The temperatures are...

No Idle Bread


May we as believers make ourselves available to God, to be used for His purpose.

You gave me my hands to reach out to man, to show him Your love and  Your perfect plan.
You gave me my ears, I can hear Your voice so clear. I can hear the cries of sinners, but can I wipe away their tears?

You gave me my voice to speak to speak Your Words, to sing all Your praises to those who never heard. But with my eyes I see a need for more availability. I see hearts that have been broken, so many people to be free.

Lord, I'm available to You. My will I give to You. I'll do what You say do. Use me, Lord, to show someone the way. And enable me to say, "my storage is empty and I am available to You!"

Now I'm giving back to You all the tools You gave to me--my hands, my ears, my voice, my eyes--so You can use them as You please. I have emptied out my cup so that You can fill it up. Now I'm free and I just want to be more available to You!

Lord, I'm available to You. My will I give to You. I'll do what You say do. Use me, Lord, to show someone the way. And enable me to say, "my storage is empty and I am available to You!"

Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)

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The above article was such a blessing to me!! A friend of mine posted it on Facebook and it was just what I needed to read. I hope you all read it and are blessed by it as well.

Motherhood is such a sacred calling and a HUGE blessing. I praise God for helping my perspective to develop and mature over the years. When I look back to where He's brought me from. . . thank You, Jesus!
Welcome to our first year of homeschooling!!!

We are starting this journey as first-generation homeschoolers. My husband and I are excited about the possibilities and opportunities that a home education can offer our children. Our children are also excited about the coming school year. They are full of ideas and plans for our school and I am so pleased that they are taking an active role in our school.

I am grateful to God that He showed us a different plan for our family--that sending our children to school each day is not our only option as parents. It is our prayer that God would fashion us into the homeschooling family He'd like us to be, and that when it's all said and done, our children will have been educated in a manner that brings glory to God.
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My husband has been working diligently this summer to create a place for school. He's been in the process of converting a former work shed into our school room. This "stand-alone" room is just off of our laundry room, and was complete with electrical, phone, and insulation. However, my husband has always wanted to renovate it and convert it into something else but we weren't sure what. Since making the decision to homeschool, and because we are limited on extra storage space in our home, he found the motivation he needed to go ahead and convert the space. Here are a few pictures of the progress thus far.

BEFORE. . . .

Old door and windows

Insulation and new electrical wiring

Dry wall to be hung


AFTER . . .(kind of)
New door

New windows up

Husband showing me the new walls!


Kids excited because now they get to help Daddy paint!
So, as you can see, a little more work needs to be done, but we've come a long way. We pray that God would use our family for His service and that He will give us what we need to have a successful school year. As we learn the ways that homeschooling fits our family, it is my hope that chronicling our journey on this blog will encourage other families in the ways they educate their children.

A New Journey

by on Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Welcome to our first year of homeschooling!!! We are starting this journey as first-generation homeschoolers. My husband and I are excited...

No Idle Bread


Today is my son's birthday. He is officially 4 years old and boy, is he proud!

I am thankful for my son, my live-in super hero, protector against all enemies, real or imagined. He is such a source of joy and laughter in our lives and we are so grateful for him. I must say that each day of having him as my son is a complete adventure.

You see, after having 2 daughters, I became used to all things girly and had an automatic, built-in understanding of the all the female quirks of a young lady in the making. But oh, to have a boy! It has been a SUPER fun learning experience. It's amazing to see how God created this little boy--just so intrinsically "manly" yet my "baby" at the same time, with glimpses of how he'll be when he's a grown-up man. Simply fascinating!

So on to the music part, right?! Here is our family singing happy birthday to our brand new 4 year old!

My Husband's "lovely" singing voice! LOL
He does it all the time to make us all laugh.

Wanting to hold her hand, as she has held mine.
Wishing I was there to wipe her tears away, as she's done for me.
Wanting to brush her hair back, just like she did for me.
Wishing I could touch her face and pray over her, the same way she prays for me.
Wanting to shoulder the pain she's in, the way I know she'd do for me. . .without hesitation.

It's hard when you're miles and miles apart from a loved one who's not at their best. . .
Even harder when that loved one is your mom. . . my mom, Mommy.

She'll be okay. As with anything, it could always be worse (so thankful!). Her prognosis is good, it'll just take time and God has been so faithful. . .
But still, don't we as humans just want to jump in and become superheroes and make everything "perfect" in our own way, in our own timing?
I knew the surgery was coming up, and I just didn't think I would react this way. . .I want to fix it. My mom is not the "sickly" type, and I didn't realize how big a soft spot there would be in my heart. How can I fix it?

But, the sweet, Holy Spirit is here, gently nudging me, "Stacie, Stacie! You are not in control, you are not in control. You love your mother, but you are not in control." Thank You, Lord. You are in control, please have Your way during this time.

For all of you who feel inclined, please pray for my mom, for recovery and for healing; our family greatly appreciates it.

Wanting to hold her hand. . .

by on Friday, July 08, 2011
Wanting to hold her hand, as she has held mine. Wishing I was there to wipe her tears away, as she's done for me. Wanting to brush he...


Griffin Sharpe is the twelve-year old son of a minister. He has the God-given ability to notice everything about the people he meets, the places he's been, and the things he's seen, even down to the tiniest of details. Griffin is sure that God has a plan for him and he prays that he can use his talents for good.

Griffin hopes to do some good when his parents send him to England to visit his uncle for the entire summer. He's never met his uncle before and is excited to find out that he shares the same address as the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Could his uncle be the great Sherlock Holmes?

Griffin finds that his uncle, a small-time struggling detective, lives in the apartment below Sherlock Holmes. And to make matters worse, Griffin's uncle is less than pleased at his arrival. While trying to figure out how to make the best of the long summer ahead, Griffin happens upon a strange and mysterious case. Griffin's faith in God is unwavering, but his uncle is skeptical. Will the mysterious case bring the two of them together?
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This children's book is targeted for ages 9-12. My 8 year-old daughter and I both read this book and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a wholesome read for children who are ready to tackle a good novel. I was pleased with the story line and it was well-written. There's mystery and suspense, action and adventure, however the main character is unashamedly a Christian and is outspoken about his faith. That is encouraging to me, as a mom, to find interesting books that speak to my children about their faith in God. I thought it was a great book and would definitely recommend it.


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