This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, April 13, 2007

Psalm 84

For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD Almighty!

2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.

3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty;
listen to me, O God of Jacob.

9 Look upon our shield, O God;
look with favor on your anointed one.

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

12 O LORD Almighty,
blessed is the man who trusts in you

Favorite Ingredients Friday--Macaroni & Cheese Pie

Macaroni & Cheese Pie

Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 35 min
Makes: 6 servings

1 pkg. (14 oz.) Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
2 cups small broccoli florets
4 eggs
6 oz. turkey ham chopped
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack Cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Spray pie plate with cooking spray.
Cook pasta in boiling water until tender, adding broccoli during last 2 min. of cooking time; drain.
Beat eggs in bowl.
Stir in Cheese Sauce and ham until well blended.
Pour egg mixture over pasta; stir to combine.
Spoon into prepared pie plate.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake 30 min. or until set and golden brown.

For more wonderful recipes to spice up your meals visit Overwhelmed With Joy's Favorite Ingredient Friday

I will be on the road in a few hours so I will be visiting everyone a little later than usual. Blessings for a beautiful weekend.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday

Videos that work for Homeschoolers.

The Best of the Electric Company and Schoolhouse Rock have been excellent videos to supplement our homeschooling. The boys really love these and ask for more. I always get drawn in and the boys are always amazed and amused that Mom can sing/recite almost all of the skits and lyrics. Premiering in the early 70s (Electric Company in 1971 and Schoolhouse Rock in 1973) they are what I grew up on and loved. While not quite older than dirt (a title reserved for me) they are from an era that was just a bit more, well…not today. They, sadly don’t make television like this any more.

Old-fashioned? Maybe, but these two DVDs work for us. For more Works for Me Wednesdays go visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer, the best tips of bloggers are found there.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Growing Up

Dear Boo,

When you went to bed last night, I kissed you and tucked you in. You giggled and laughed and tried to make the day last just a few minutes longer. You never want the day to end. You always want a little more fun.

You are the child who told me, “I don’t want to grow up, Mommy! I want to stay a little boy.” You are my Peter Pan. You’ve fought growing every step of the way. Don’t want to potty train, don’t want to tie shoes, don’t want to read, don’t want to…everything has had to wait until you were ready, until it was your idea. When something became “your idea” then we had to Run! Fast! To get to where you wanted to be. NOW!

But who is this child who got out of your bed today? He has your tousled hair and your so full brown eyes. His face looks like yours will when you grow up.

Wait, it is you.

Did I blink again? How do you do that trick? You turn into someone new every now and then. We go along and I have your features memorized, I know your mannerisms and quirks. Just when I know you so well, you change. You get “older” and bigger, and don’t need Mommy quite so much.

I know that is how God planned it. I know His way is best. But I just want to freeze a few more minutes while you fit on my lap. I want to bury my nose in your hair that smells like sunshine, squish you tight and a smooch on your cheek. You need a tickle too.

What’s that? Oh, you need to get off, get up, run and play. Alright, I think I will just sit here and watch and memorize this “new you” for a while.

I am going to send this post to Michelle at Scribbit for her April Write Away Contest.

Edited finally to add--this post received an honorable mention in Michelle's Contest.

Wordless Wednesday

He was my Beau.

Awards? Here?


Okay if someone nominated me for the FlyLady Failure award I would understand. But these two?


How cool…

I have been nominated for the Best Encourager at the Homeschool Blog Awards. There are some really encouraging bloggers there so I am just blessed to be nominated. How wonderful. This year (only four months into it)has been quite the rollercoaster for me, so that was just a wonderful thing. And while this maybe sounds sappy or something…If one person gets one thing out of my blog my time is worthwhile here. I am blessed all over the internet by bloggers, but had never hoped I might return the favor.

My friend Debbi has been nominated for Live-What-You-Believe Homeschool Blog . I have to tell you she really does live her faith on her blog. Deb has been a help to me just by living her faith and sharing with me both blogside and behind the scenes.

Denise over at Let’s Play Math has also been nominated for Best Nitty-Gritty Homeschool Blog…Denise is one of the smartest people. I love her math ideas. I have to mathy kind of boys and she has some awesome ideas.

Also, DeeDee at It Could’ve Been Worse was nominated for two awards Funniest Homeschool Blog & Best New (in 2006) Homeschool Blog —this woman is so funny. I have read her blog and laughed so hard I cried. And I learned the hard way to not drink coffee while reading, because this laptop is old and doesn’t need a caffeine baptism.

A Dusty Frame was nominated for Best Homeschool Mom Blog. She is homeschooling during some of the toughest times I have known a homeschooler to go through. And yet she praises.

Go vote for Deb, Denise, DeeDee, and A Dusty Frame. And if you want to vote for me, I won’t argue, but I still am kind of surprised. Voting ends Friday.

Also yesterday I was blessed to find that Amy had passed on the Thinking Blogger Award to Me. I was so surprised and touched. Amy's such an encourager. The rules are as follows:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.
My thinking bloggers are Deb at Deb on the Run, Denise at Let’s Play Math , Liza at Liza’s Eyeview, Deborah at The Rose Bee and Shannon & Chili’s brainchild Blogging Basics 101—they certainly were thinking when they created that.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Recent Cards

I have managed to sneak in a little more card making lately and thought I'd toss some photos up. The first set the one on the left is new, the one on the right has been in my finished box for a while. The card on the left with the large stars doesn't photograph as well as I would like to show that the stars are raised a little for dimension. As I am posting this I have come up with about three variations which I might get a chance to work on tonight...maybe. But sometimes when something gets left alone for a while I don't get re-inspired. Sharing is a wonderful way to increase creativity.
I had more fun with thes than anything I've done recently. Again, since their conception I have come up with new ideas to make them just a little more...well...more.
I have been struggling with some arthritis and carpal tunnel lately and have not been able to crochet. My card making has benefitted from this, but I miss my yarn. Hoping to get back to that soon.
Have a wonderful day!

Book Review--Spring Reading Thing

Healing ADD, the Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. was on my list of non-fiction books for the Spring Reading Thing hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days

What were my motivations for reading this book? Personal issues, family issues, home and extended, friends with issues (I will definitely be recommending this book), acquaintance issues (possibly to help in understanding) and short time spent as an overnight counselor in a residential facility for abused and mentally ill children.

Before reading the book, I feel my thoughts on ADD were very stereotypical and influenced by popular cultural beliefs. The book challenged these thoughts with data and documentation compiled for well over twenty years. While Dr. Amen is not the only researcher dealing with this subject, I found his approach to be well thought out, well researched and above all compassionate. Healing ADD was definitely a worthwhile and well written read.

Dr. Amen, a psychologist, looks at the whole person and tries to get a complete picture and knowledge of al the contributing factors of people who are being evaluated for ADD. He takes into account family history, physiology, both biological and traumatic events, psychology, environmental influences, such as abuse, self-medication and substance abuse. He divides ADD into six sub-categories and explains them and also other possible diagnosis that mimic ADD.

The book is easy for a lay-person to relate to, the language is not too technical, examples and case studies are combined with images and photographs that allow a reader to feel educated rather than spoken down too. While I was not able to “read” the photos of the brain scans, it was easy to see the marked differences between “good” and bad scans and get the gist of what was desirable and what was problem causing.

My admitted bias before I began reading the book was against any type of medicating for ADD. Because Dr. Amen has such a well balanced approach to diagnosing and treating ADD, I find that now I can understand benefits of medication if combined with a holistic approach to treating someone with ADD. He recommends medication combined with diet, exercise, training, and therapy. He speaks about treating a patient’s family along with the patient. He offers many practical tools to learn for ADD people to use out in real life.

I was surprised by his approach, that he wanted to explore the whole of a patient’s situation before putting them on medication. I appreciated that his was not a one size fits all approach. I was surprised by his view on discipline—that any well thought out, well planned discipline would be effective if there was a good relationship between parent and child. I was impressed with his admitting that sometimes even with the best of care that some patients just don’t respond and sadly the outcome isn’t positive for everyone.

The only thing more I would have appreciated in this book was I wish it was not secular, but I do understand why it is. I would like to read something that takes this approach and incorporates faith also. The difficulty I could immediately see is that all faiths (including Christian) do not share the same views of how faith participates in healing any medical condition, let alone ADD. From a Christian’s perspective, I know many Christians fear medication for not just ADD, but for any type of psychological issue. I think a Christian or a believer of any faith would be well served in finding a physician of their own faith, who could relate to their beliefs, for real treatment and care.

The only problem I can see with the book, that in no way is the author’s fault is that readers may be tempted to self-diagnosed and self medicate.

Healing ADD, by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. was a worthwhile and recommended read.

Menu Plan Monday

I know this week will fly by because we will be back to homeschool group one day and we are traveling on Friday. Since winter decided to send a postcard I feel like savory flavors this week.

Monday—meatloaf and scalloped potatoes
Tuesday—Broccoli beef stir-fry, with stir-fry rice
Wednesday—Pizza sandwiches, with dipping sauce and salad
Thursday—Goulash and doo-doo bread.
Friday—on the road, have a great weekend!!

Visit Laura at her blog, I'm an Organizing Junkie, where many creative cooks share their menus.