Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Daily Temperature Oct 13 2015


Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

I don't know where this pic came from. If anyone knows I will be glad to credit it.

Christmas... gifts, dinner, traditions, decorations.
All the things I would love to be awesome at...
but am not.
72 Days till Christmas.... AHHHH!

Around the House



A brat husky looking for a hand out!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Always Look Up

 Always Look Up... it's hard. Every time we look up something pulls us back.
"Mom, can I go to my friends?"
"Oh, look at the messy house."
"Boy a night out sounds good."
So then we try to find "up" in the little things. And that's good too. Because the person calling
"Mom" is just chock full of "up".
But the thing is we were never promised that we'd find perfection in this life.
So we keep trying.
I am learning more, and using my creative side to work it all out. I started a journal.

 We started in Genesis in our class. The first bible verses are the ones we are supposed to be memorizing. Which kind of takes away from what some would say is perfect in journaling but then we've already discussed that concept - perfect... it just does not "fit" in real life. 

As usual, I wondered, can I possibly make more work for myself? And of course the answer is always YES. I do feel justified though, after all the changes I've made have added to my happiness, helped my understanding of Gods Word, and have given me a multitude of ideas on how to pass it all on to the kids.

I'm all for using what we already have, thus, I found a recipe box that was just holding some cards and not much more and decided it would do nicely. I've seen this idea on a few different blogs and wanted to give it a try, what I was waiting for was the money to do it all pretty and fancy like the ones I saw. Yeah, I have 5 kids still at home, 2 of which are teens. Money, fancy, pretty... they seemed less important then becoming the person God would like me to me. SO... the ugly metal box, a crucifix glued on, some sharpies and some file tabs cut out of old larger file folders became my new prayer box.

JMJ - for those of you unfamiliar stands for Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Who better to put right on the front? The Holy family, to help me focus on making my family a little more Holy. 

Daily, AM, PM, Intentions, Odd, Even, Weekly, and numbered tabs for Monthly.  The numbered tabs will be mostly used for memory work for the kids and I.

First card in there ties with my theme of the Holy Family. Thank you Pope Frances!

I don't know why but flat spots for the rosary beads just didn't seem right. I used some Mod Podge dimensional magic to make them seem more like beads. This pic is while it was wet... The Mod Podge dried clear.

Other things I have already placed in the box - SO FAR:

The prayer to the Holy Family.
Prayer to end Abortion. 
A Homeschool mom's checklist, which includes a prayer for my family as a whole.

AM and PM:
Each of these holds the morning/evening prayer. Simple. 
Self explanatory. The requests from others I have come across or get from friends go here. 

Odd and Even
Memory work will go here.
Monday - Sunday:
I put one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit AND what it actually gives you. I went to a wonderful talk at our parish about the new order of the sacraments. I LOVE the new ordering, but it's a process, it took me a while to fully understand. While at the meeting we learned about the gifts and I'm so thankful I was open to listening because it just makes so much more sense that we give this to our kids at an earlier age. Putting those gifts and meanings in our prayer box will (hopefully) help solidify them in our lives.

Also, I put a card in on each day that will focus on one of my children and one on my husband. That way I can focus on each one of them specifically.

Numbered tabs:
A special card for holidays, or birthdays, etc. Memory work will go here as well. - When we get good at it.

Not to complicated. Fairly empty for now. Prayers will be added daily I'm sure. So many things we should memorize and really absorb. So much... and this system is really flexible, which is why I love it. We can use it for so many things.

Here are some other places to look for examples:
The Littlest Way

Friday, October 9, 2015

Daily Temperature

Paying attention to the little things so that I may see the bigger picture more clearly. 

 Thanking God For:
* God Smacks
* Always having 'enough'

* Self-awareness
* More

From my journal:
God, Father, concerning your Holy word - Help me to Learn it, so that I might Teach it. Help me to Know it, so that I might LIVE it.

Our read aloud this month will be The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Listening to:

In The Kitchen:
I have decided it's time for a few changes.
1. Cold weather recipes 
2. Crock-pot Tuesdays and Thursdays (Religious ed classes those days)
3. I need a kitchen routine. 

Thanking Jenny at The Littlest Way for the idea for the format of this page.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Brother, A Sister, and a Gun

Once upon a time there was a brother, who was a competitive rifle shooter.
The one in the middle there... that's him.
The brother had a beautiful .22 rifle. Yes, he's holding it here.
Then in the spirit of making it his, he painted it.
Black, and put some gold stickers on it too. ARMY of course.
But then he went to West Point. And the rifle was lonely.
So the brother gave it to the sister. See her? Isn't she a beauty? 
Like her brother, she is a competitive rifle shooter too.
And in the grand ol' tradition of making things "ours", she decided to add 
her signature color. Purple. On the grip.
Keeping the old, because she loves her brother, and the fact that he passed it down to her.
But also adding the new, to show her own style too.
And that is the story of why I have a picture of the girl, holding a purple block of wood on our fb pages.

Finding ~Me~

Over a year! Goodness. So much has happened but I'll summarize:

*Kidd graduated, Kidd got married, Kidd and new bride moved to OK.

*GI Joe was turned down by the Army (food allergies - they suck, the Army (in this case) AND food allergies. But he found his calling and he graduated, started at Fire Academy, volunteers at the Fire department and is doing some pretty awesome things.

*I started "Thriving". No I don't mean just the general type of thriving but Thriving by Le-Vel and just WOW! Nutrition in, junk out, weight dropping, no more back aches and discomforts, no more needing naps all the time, no more sleeping at my keyboard. I feel like I'm human again. oh and 40lbs gone... Yes, I am thriving and THRIVING!

  *Because I am Thriving I am moving, I can think more clearly, I am happier, I have been camping with hubby, drove to OK to see the kids, and I started Catholic Biblical Collage! 4 years of studying Gods Word and my faith.

*I feel like I can start blogging again. If for no other reason then to share stories with my family and friends and I am really really going to focus on being an encouragement to others.  It won't be organized, or packaged sweetly, but it will be honest, hopefully funny, as I said encouraging, a little enlightening, sharing and most of all FUN!

There is the summary - doesn't seem like much right there on the screen like that but believe me... It has been incredible! What a journey in a year. God has blessed us abundantly.