A good day!

A good day!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Birthday...

to my husband...He is 35 today! I am making him a peach crisp with a maple cream sauce. :)

I will cook his birthday dinner Saturday. He has a meeting for Haiti tonight. He leaves next month.

Here is a thought for today. It's for all you wives.

When we allow God to shape us into the woman our husband needs rather than the woman we think we should be, we live out our purpose and bring glory to God. ~Darlene Schacht

I have to ask myself, do I bring glory to God by being the wife *I* think I should be, or do I bring glory to Him by being the wife *my husband* needs. It's a difficult thing to die to self. You may feel like you are sacrificing too much by becoming what he needs, like you lose a part of yourself. You may very well lose part of yourself to become what He intended you to be, but that's ok! No easy, but ok. We are to look to the interests of others and not of ourselves. In doing so, we glorify God and isn't that what it's all about?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Eeee...more changes!

I am loving school so far...except for that scary 1400 word research paper I have to do lol. I have a week to finish each module and so far it takes me 3 days. I'm ok with that. It lets me have time to do things around the house still. :) It helps that I have most all day to dedicate to school, so I finish faster. I have gotten all A's on my exams so far. :)

Today is Hunter's last day of public school. We (Hunter and us) have decided to continue to homeschool. He has gotten A's and B's so far, but it has become quite a bit more difficult to concentrate in the noisy, uncontrolled atmosphere. He learns much better at home and has a lot more opportunities available. He will be doing Civil Air Patrol, also. He will be taking college level courses for some of his classes this year and then next year, he will be able to take some that count for college credit. We are glad about that. He is glad to be coming back to Cornerstone Academy (our homeschool name) and be in his element again.

I met the teachers he had in school last night and one said she wanted his email so she could get tech support for her computer in class lol...oh my. Another one said we were doing the right thing taking him out and he said he is better off at home. That was his biology teacher. Great guy. He also helped me with a resource to get dissection kits :) Actually, all his teacher (except one) said we were doing the right thing with continuing to homeschool. They said they basically are babysitting a class of over 30 kids and it is really hard to get things taught. Homeschool is truly a "No Child Left Behind" entity. :)

Fall is gearing up and the garden is winding down. I have A LOT of tomatoes to harvest still and some peppers and herbs. My husband is going to help tomorrow get the garden put to bed. I better get going and get some things done around here. I will probably do some more reading later. I just can't put my school books down very long ;)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

School starts tomorrow!

Oh my goodness...I think I'm nervous. :|

This completely new to me as I did nursing school in a brick and mortar building. This is online and full-time. I am praying that I will be able to do well. I know God is in this so I shouldn't be too nervous. :)

I will update with how things are going when I can. Pray for me :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


We have decided that Hunter will return to homeschooling after this semester is over (around Dec21). Unless he decides he wants to stay and he loves it, that's the plan. There is just too much distraction, poor teaching, potential danger, etc. We all have decided to look at these next few months as a mission trip. He will be on the mission field for about 3 mos in a public school. He is journaling his experience and some lessons have already been learned.
Once he returns to homeschooling, he will be taking some college level classes through MIT and Carnegie Mellon although he will not get college credit for them. These are free open classes. I am so thankful for programs like that! :)
I start school Monday. It will probably be really overwhelming at first since I am going full time and have 4 classes this semester. It will be a challenge no doubt and I pray the Lord allows me to remained focused and disciplined. :)

Here is a picture that Hunter took the other day when we were going hiking. He caught me pondering, which is something I do often ;)

His photography learning will count as part of his Fine Arts for homeschool. He is glad for that. :)

I pray you all are well. I apologize in advance if my writing gets sporadic. I'm not the best writer in the first place and now that life is getting ready to explode with hecticness (is that a word lol), I may not have a lot of time to spare for blogging. I will try my best though :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Starved Rock. I did it! Pic heavy

 There were LOTS of stairs!

 This was my MORE STAIRS look. :)

 What Hunter did on the way up :)

 This was an outlook called "Lovers Leap" We of course had to cover up the "leap" :)

 I love him so much!

 Our friends, Thad and Jenny.

 Ryan climbing up a crazy part.

 Hunter's look when asked if he was going to try...

 He did...

 There were lots of roots on the trails

 Climbing up part of a small canyon.

 Ryan "holding" up a tree with Thad on it. He is SO strong that man of mine! :)

 Rye and Hunter

 Mi amor!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Starved Rock

is where we're headed today. I am so excited! I don't know if there will be any waterfalls due to the lack of rain this year, but I am glad to still hike through God's beautiful creation. :)

I will post pics when I get a chance. Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

What a wonderful thing...

to be so in love...For my husband and I, it gets better with every passing year. I cannot wait to grow old with him...oh wait, we are doing that now lol. I hope we get to be married for at least 65 yrs.

A good marriage doesn't come easy. It takes work and it takes being intentional. My husband does this by attending a small group called Family Shepherding where he gets to talk with other men and encourage one another to lead their family in a godly way.

He also does sweet things. Yesterday he sneakily went and got a Scentsy warmer that I have been wanting. It was quite a surprise and I loved his thoughtfulness.

For me, it takes being intentional, also. Such as not getting upset when he has to work late, or forgets to do something I have asked him (a lot) to do. It's being gracious when he snaps because he has had a hard, long day. It takes me being soft and loving. It's fixing his favorite foods, special treats, rubbing his shoulders, being tender. And always being available.

It also takes forgiveness. Marriage needs to be full of it. :) Without forgiveness, bitterness brews. Bitterness leads to awful things that should never be allowed to grow in a marriage.

My husband and I have been together now for 18 yrs. Married almost 16. It's been quite a journey. One that I would take over and over with him. I love him so much...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Are great :)  Yesterday my son turned 15! I can't believe how fast time goes by. It seems just like yesterday we brought that 8 lb 7 oz baby boy home. He is becoming quite the young man. I made him a Tardis birthday cake (Dr. Who). It came out goofy looking, but it was made with love lol.

My husband's is coming up at the end of the month. He will be 35 this year. We have been together since he was 16. :) So we have been together longer than we have been apart. :)

I start school in 2 weeks. Can't wait! I am ready. :)

Have a blessed day all!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Giving Him the morning...

I find myself failing to give him the first fruits of the day. I have to be VERY intentional in doing so. It saddens me when I forget to read my bible, devotion, pray etc first thing. I am working on this...

We have been working with a couple whose marriage is falling apart. Last night, the husband accepted Christ at our home! It was such an honor that God allowed us to be a part of that. :)

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