Friday, September 28, 2007

North & South - Movie Review

I am always on the lookout for a good clean wholesome movie. My weakness is period pieces. So when I heard of this movie "North & South" being compared to the 1995 A&E version of "Pride & Prejudice" I knew I needed to check it out. So this past birthday, I spent my BD money on the movie.

I was not disappointed. This takes place during the Industrial Revolution in London. When Margaret Hale's father can no longer in conscience agree with the church, he uproots his family from the home they love in the South, to a cold industrial town in the north where she catches the eye of mill owner John Thorton. There are four episodes about an hour each. It has wonderful acting and a satisfactory ending, oh and unlike P&P, minimal cleavage. Unlike me, you may not want to spend the $25 for it before viewing it, you shoud be able to get it through your local library's inter-library loan program. I give it 5 stars (out of 5). Since it has no rating, I would consider it PG.

**Movies I hope to reviewing soon

Masterpiece Theatre's Pollyanna
Miss Potter
The Sign of the Beaver (aka Keeping the Promise)
Flicka vs My Friend Flicka
Molly: An American Girl
Samantha: An American Girl

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thankful Thursday

We are thankful today for the beautiful weather that we have been having.
A wonderful, relaxing vacation at the New Jersey shore.
Being able to attend my nephew's wedding and seeing almost all of my family.
God is good all the time!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Slideshow from my Nephew's Wedding

United States Geography

This year for history we are studying the United States, to round out this study, we are also doing United States Geography, American Composers for Music and American Artists and Art for Art.

For geography rather than investing in a curriculum, I thought I would come up with my own. So I created a report page for each state:

Place Map of State Here

Mark the Capital City

Capital City:

State Nickname

Date Founded:

Date Entered the Union:

State Flower:

State Bird:

State Motto:

State Flag

The students put the name of the state he/she is studying on the top line. They cut out a blackline map of the state and mark the state capital on it. They find out information about the state either through the encyclopedia or online and answer the questions. They color in the state that they are studing in the miniature map of the United states. They then color the blackline flag that I printed out and glue it to the appropriate box. We also check out books out of the library for each state (if I prepare in advance). One series that I have found that I like for studying the American Colonies is the "Fact Finders: American Colonies" series.

I also printed out a full page size of the United States. Every time we study a state, we color it on our big map.

Here are some great links for information, blackline maps etc.:

EdHelper Theme Units

ABCteach Blackline State Maps

USA Quick Facts

About Geography

About Blackline State Maps

ABCteach State Flags

Enchanted Learning State Flags (Both color and blackline)

Full page size map of the USA

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday! - BEFORE

I started my tackle it Tuesday, yesterday because we had just returned from vacation the evening before and this is what my living room looked like (My house is a work in progress, so dont mind the unfinished walls):

I got most of the junk picked up and put away, now I need to finish it with a fall cleaning, since that needs to be done anyway.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday Meanderings/Menu Plan Monday

Continue daily readings in Acts & the POW study.

Clean up from unloading from vacation
Return books to the library
Get over this cold

House Blessing


Work on Character training, Attentiveness using Character Journal


My weeks worth of menus!

1. Chicken Cor Don Bleu, Baked Potato & Salad
2. Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, French Fries
3. Farmer's Breakfast Casserole
4. Cheesesteaks, Home Fries
5. Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad
6. Tacos

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I have returned!

I'm back from our quick trip to Kentucky to see my nephew married and then a week at Ocean City, NJ. It was a fun family time and relaxing. I have tons of pictures and a few videos (I learned how to do that function on my digital camera, so I will try and get those posted or at least linked to this week. In the meantime, here is one video for your enjoyment (or torture LOL)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thankful Thursday

"O Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good, for His mercy endureth forever" Psalm 107:1

I am thankful that I will be able to attend my oldest nephews wedding. We thought for a while there because of our circumstances that we would be unable to, but the Lord has provided for us. Thank you Lord!

Blogger Friend School

Assignment for week of September 10, 2007

A. Look at your “dream” place last week and using your creative juices and things in or around your home, CREATE a special place to blog. Most good writers have a location that is a comfort to them and makes their writing time enjoyable and productive. Share some quick ideas!

We are getting ready to go on a road trip and then when we return to go on vacation, so I wont have time to make my nook creative, I probably shouldnt even be blogging today, but since I need to eat lunch I will eat and blog at the same time. I am not a creative person nor do I have a laptop, so I can only blog where my computer is logged in, which is in the corner of the school room. I am a very practical person and since my home has been a constant construction & child zone since we moved in, I havent really decorated it (no wonder I have such a boring blog LOL). Some things I am able to view as I blog is the NGJ calendar which has pictures of happy families and some creative ideas. I also have a poster of a child dressed in the armor of God that I like to look at. I think for me neatness more than decor is an inspiration to me, while I live in a world of constant clutter (I declutter it moves back in with five children), I dont like clutter so for me having a clean desk would be more of an inspiration than a pretty pictures. When I do have a creative moment it is usually inspired from a walk in my garden or from something my children have done or said. I dont believe I have a gift for writing and what I do blog about comes from my life my suggestion is to live life...and (while I dont practice this) try to make your life experiences enjoyable for others to read.....a great example of this is the blog: Because I said so..

B. Once you have created that special place…SHARE A PICTURE of where you blog. Remember to be creative! {I REALLY look forward to seeing this creativity. Some of you last week shared some really neat imaginitative posts and I know that this will be a challenge!}

Not very inspiring I know (and I the top isnt very neat either. :( )

C. Share a verse this week that is upon your heart!

Deuteronomy 12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest [that which is] good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

I know my past few wordless wednesdays have been the baby or kittens, but they are just to cute to resist, so here are a couple more and I will try to post something different next time.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday!

Today I am takcling a corner in my kitchen that has been building up as a hot spot for a few months now.

Here is my before picture:

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I moved the canning stuff down to the basement onto a plastic shelving unit that was in another part of the kitchen. I moved the lego boxes that I had on it to the side of the dresser where the boys had easy access to them. I moved the crates to the other side of the dresser where the canning jar boxes were, still need to find a good spot for it. I wiped down the top and the front of the dresser. I moved the bread box from another part of the kitchen to here. We still need to finish painting the kitchen (hence the two tone) and hopefully now it will be easier for my husband to get to. Its not perfect, but greatly improved. Oh & note the two beautiful jars of cherry pie filling that I canned a couple of months ago...I had four but we used two. :)

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Monday Meanderings/Menu Plan Monday

MON - Acts 13
TUE - Acts 14
WED - Acts 15
THU - Acts 16
FRI - Acts 17
SAT - Acts 18

I am also going to be ambitious and start the Power of Motherhood study this week!

Pack for our trip to Kentucky and for the shore for when we return from KY.
Do the usual library returns and pickup
Cut back on the carbs again, now that my birthday is over!

House Blessing


Work on Character training, Humility using Character Journal


My weeks worth of menus!

1. Chicken Cor Don Bleu and Corn Dogs (dont ask)
2. Breakfast
3. Fried Chicken
4. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
5. ???? Pizza maybe?????

Due to vacation plans, I wont need to plan for Friday and Saturday. After vacation, I really want to start "cooking" healthy again!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Sometimes It's the Little Things - a testimony of God's Provision

As a faithful Father, God is always looking at the little details in my life!

Last night, I was having my ice cream craving after all, I hadnt had any ice cream since Monday. ;)
So after the children were in bed, Nathanael and I hopped in the van to go to the store. I prayed that God would show me which store to go to. I got behind someone who was driving like they didnt know where they were going, so I prayed "Lord, please show me which store has Breyers for the lowest price, if I am to go to Giant, please have this car turn right, if I am to go to Redner's please have it go straight" So the car went straight and I went right to Redner's. There they had Breyers 2/$5 wahoo....but wait, no mint chocolate chip (my favorite). :( Well, Turkey Hill's Philadelphia Style is just as good lets see how much it also was 2/$5....Thank you Jesus. Now He know I didn't NEED the ice cream, just wanted it, but he blessed my desires anyway.

I have always told people that children dont cost as much as you think, if God provides you with a baby he also provides for the care of it. I rarely have to buy clothes for my children (and I have five). When my youngest turned 3, I gave away 9/10's of my baby stuff and clothes sized 0-2T. So when I found out I was pregnant with Nathanael, I realized I didnt have much. I knew my sister still had her crib, so I could count on that. At my shower all the big money items were purchased (as well as some of the little items, plus gift cards for what I needed). Nathanael is just starting to outgrow his 0-3 months clothes, and only has a few outfits in the 3/6 month size. My husband got a job clearing out an apartment from a fire. The stuff on the floor was in great shape, but from a couple of feet up it was really bad. He brought home bins of clothes (looks like they were in storage) and in them were baby boy clothes sized 0-2T. I wasnt even starting to be concerned about what the baby needed clothes wise and God has provided for the next two years (plus I will be saving clothes from my older boys now too for Nathanael).

God is good all the time!

Hay Creek Festival

If you noticed I didnt blog yesterday, it was because we were having to much fun at the Hay Creek Festival at Joanna Furnace.

From their website: "MORGANTOWN, PA - Travel back in time and relive 18th and 19th century life at historic Joanna Furnace Iron Plantation. Feel the cool air of the shaded groves, hear the sound of the steam Engine’s whistle, smell the homemade kettle soups cooking in the open fires and watch the Early American craftsmen demonstrate their skills of a time past. Nestled in the groves along Route 10 three miles north of Morgantown, Joanna Furnace was once a cold blast, single stack, Charcoal-fired iron furnace, producing early America’s iron until 1898."

We had a great time watching the glass blower, chair caning, woodcarving, the huge saw mill, blacksmith, (Last year we also saw the potter working on his wheel and the cider mill press, but we missed those demonstrations this year).

Chair Caning

This was the prefect field trip for our American History studies this year.


One of the children's activities were experiencing what it would be like at an archeological dig. Here is Abigail piecing together a broken cup.

Emily is carefully picking at some clay to see if she could find something (she did, there was an old coin inside)
For the younger ones, they had a box full of corn with things hidden in it:

They also had rubbings (different plates with Joanna Furnace pictures on it, take a plain sheet of paper place over the plate and rub the image on the paper with a crayon) and a stamp hunt (8 different stamps, if you collect them all you get a prize at the end)

We had a lot of fun.

Saturday Psalm & Praise

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Our Camping Trip

This weekend we went to Locust Lake for our semiannual camping trip. We usually go to Promised Land State Park, but sends our friends who we usually camp with had soccer games on Saturday, we chose a campground near the soccer games, but an hour and 45 minutes from our home. We had lots of fun walking around the lake, swimming in the lake and chatting by the campfire. The baby and I spent the night at my sister (she only lived a half hour from the campsite). Here are some pictures from our trip:

Emily with a pretzel in her mouth!

Abigail, all set to go fishing!

My sister, Nathanael & her husband (front)(my dh & Zach back)

Dh & Zach, nephew & Ben

Slow Cook Thursday

Swiss Chicken Casserole

6 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
6 slices Swiss cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
2 cups stuffing mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

Lightly grease crockpot or spray with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts in pot. Top with cheese. Combine soup and milk, stirring well. Spoon over cheese; sprinkle with stuffing mix. Drizzle melted butter over stuffing mix.

Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 4 to 6 hours.Serves 6.

Thankful Thursday

"O Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good, for His mercy endureth forever" Psalm 107:1

I am thankful for God's creation which we able to enjoy this weekend when we went camping!

I am thankful for my sister who helped to make my birthday special on Tuesday with her brownies, apple crisp and cookout lunch (and who drove me crazy by keep singing "Happy Birthday to you" LOL)

I am thankful for the health for which my family and I have enjoyed, sometimes it is so easy to take it for granted.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Blogger Friend School

Assignment for Week of September 3.

A. I was first introduced to blogging when my dh and I were visiting with his family at the shore. There his niece was blogging on her laptop, I had never heard of it before and thought it was "strange" that people would want to put stuff up for perfect strangers (as well as friends) to read. A couple of years later (2003), a friend I had met online through a yahoo group started blogging and in order to read her blog, you needed to be a registered reader, so I registered for a Xanga account. I tried blogging a couple of times, but didnt really continue. It wasnt until December, 2005 that I really got into blogging. I signed up for a account and then a account. I started getting comments on my blog and visiting others blogs and leaving comments and it was so much fun getting to know people who had things in common with yourself, but lived all over the country.....and I have not stopped blogging since (Except for a few months when I did not have internet service).

B. As far as a dream place to blog, probably where I do, right here at home where I am most comfortable. I like to visit different place, but I am definitely a homebody! All my other places I would either be to busy doing other things or just thinking to blog!

C. I usually blog in the morning before school, afternoon between lunch and quiet time, or in the evening after my children have gone to bed.

D. My favorite beverage besides spring water is freshly squeezed lemonade in the summer with stevia or a cup of hot licorice & peppermint tea in the wintertime!

E. My favorite fiction book is Pride & Prejudice. Non-fiction - the Bible

F. My favorite dessert (thats a toughy) is brownies and Breyers mint chocolate chip ice cream....(and then there is blueberry pie, apple crisp, peach cobbler and watermelon)

G. A scripture that has been an inspiration to my spiritual growth is Philippians 4:8, reminding what I need to be thinking about. Another is Micah 6:8

Another Contest

HSKubes is having a giveaway:

The Prizes are:
A set of colored pencils

A set of drawing pencils with eraser
A personal size pencil sharpener
A spiralbound sketch book
A set of pretty notecards
A homeschool bumper sticker
A free year subscription to Birds and Blooms magazine

The Giveaway ends Saturday, Sept. 8th at 10pm.
A winner will be selected on Monday!

Be sure to go to her blog and look at the details to enter this contest


There are several contests going on so I would thought I would cover them in one post.

1) Aligirl is having a contest in honor of her blogging for two years. The prize is a 1 year subscription to The Old Schoolhouse magazine. (I hope I win ;) )

2) My daughter Emily is having a drawing in which she is giving away a copy of the "Boxcar Children: Blue Bay Mystery". She has two copies so she is giving one away. Her blog is only viewable by registered users of or so if you are not a registered user, but still would like to enter, blog about her contest and leave a comment on my blog.

3) Felicia is also having a contest, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment about why you like to blog and you will be entered to win a record book for moms.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I'm Back

Sorry I havent blogged lately, we have been camping for Labor Day weekend. Today is my birthday so I wont be online much, I will update more tomorrow!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Saturday Psalm & Praise

Blessed be your name
by Matt Redman

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, Blessed be your name