Johnny Appleseed Fun!

This week we will be adding a unit to our normal homeschool studies.
We’re going to be talking and learning about Johnny Appleseed. There is so much to learn about this wonderful man, and so must history. Here are a few books that we have read and will be using in our study.

This specific book os a beautiful book of oil paintings, and it tells a story through poetry. We picked this up at the Library and were able to get the Audio version. SUPER BOOK!

Also, we’ll be doing some activities this week. Tomorrow will be an adorable Apple Craft. It is made from a paper bag and some other materials. Very easy.

Here is where you can find it:

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/applecrafts/ss/pbapple.htm

Also here is a recipie for Spiced Apple Chips that we will be attempting this week ☺

Here is where you can find it:

http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1810,155177-242204,00.html

Enjoy Friends!

My New Read!

Okay friends, so I am so excited! I have been wanting to read this book
“Educating The Whole-hearted Child”. It is by Clay and Sally Clarkson, whom are tremendous writers and have so much to offer us as families as a whole.
I am going to be reading this book, and I hope you will too.If you dive into this book like I’m going to, let me know your thoughts! Happy Reading!!

If you’re interested, check it out here:
http://t.co/sz5z78F

Picking the right "FRUIT"

Are you living intentionally? Is there purpose in what you do everyday? Do your actions and words match up? These are questions that I ask myself often.
We have a long running joke about my Mother’s ability to yell and deal with us in a loud frustrated manner. Next the phone rings and you hear from the other room very sweetly “Hello, how may I help you”? Even though it’s funny, it’s true! It’s true of my actions as well. I believe most of us as Mothers deal with this situation more than we realize!
I find myself reminded often while getting angry with my children. When I discipline am I using respectful words? Or am I just angry? Would I talk to my nieghbor that way? Maybe I care to much about what people think of me to act that way in public. Then why don’t I care what my children think? Hasn’t God giving us these children to raise and mold before HIM.
Okay, enough questioning myself. Really though, what is the message we are sending to our children? Let’s live intentionally! With meaning, purpose and value!
Teach your children how to love and respect through our own lives and example. Be aware, be ready, and be equiped with scripture and prayer. When we have the WORD embedded in our hearts and minds, we can be ready for the battles that seek to conquer us. Pray for self control! Pray for kindness! Be reminded of the Fruits of the Spirit we should seek to live out(Galatians 5:22-23). Let’s live intentionally!
Make sure you pick the right “Fruit”, and live it out. Be blessed today ladies!

Fall Crafts!

The last few days in our home have included fall crafts and goodies.
Here are just a couple of the wonderful activities we’ve been up to.

This where you can find this adorable edible
“Pilgrim Hat” recipie!

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/marshmallow-pilgrim-hats-682463

The next item is found at
My kids really enjoyed making this cute scarecrow!

http://crafts.kaboose.com/paper-plate-scarecrow.html

If hope this Fall season bring much fun to your home as it has ours.

The Quilt of Life

Throughout our lives we as Mothers are pulled in so many directions, and play so many different roles. Like a rag quilt we fray, we look aged at times. With lack of sleep, often bad eating habits, and no time for exersize, we are destined to be impatient or short with those we love in our lives. So many different squares in our quilt, so many
parts to play. Yet if our souls aren’t filled by God’s word daily, and our physical selves aren’t exersized the squares of our quilt with remain many, but lack quality and the vibrant shades of color that they are destined to have. Be reminded that God made you with a very special purpose. Whatever that purpose may be, no amount of anti-aging products, or make-up can cover what’s in your heart and mind. Feed your heart and mind with good things, Godly things and most of all HIS word. Days can be rough, fraying you to your last thread. Allow each square of your life’s quilt to have purpose and value. You are someone, and you are valued!

Glazed Apple Bread

This is one of my favorite breads to make in the Fall!!!! Enjoy!

1/2 cup canola
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups sifted unbleached flour ( I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup white)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup raisins
2 Large apples finely chopped ( use good baking apples)
1/2 cup walnuts ( I use pecans, I like them much better)

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons melted butter

Combine oil,sugar, and sugar, and vanilla. Cream until light and fluffy.
Sift together flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.Add milk, raisins, apples,nuts and dry ingredients to mixtureand stir only until flour is dampened. Bake in well-greased loaf pan and bake at 350F. Cool, remove from pan. Combine glaze ingredients, mix well and pour over loaf. Let glaze set before wrapping loaf tightly. Best if made day prior to serving.

I love it! I hope you do to!!!!!Enjoy!

Birthday’s and discipline!

The excitement of birthday celebrations are in the air. Fall and winter are a big birthday time for our family. Full of fun, gifts and more love than ever. Unfortunatley, what does one do when a child’s birthday rolls around, and there are discipline issues. As a mother I want nothing but my child’s birthday to be full of wonderful memories and fun times. There are those occasional times that my children
suffer from the “attitude” symptoms that stem from being…well…a kid! After all the fun and prep time of streamers, presents and smiles,I hate having to discipline my child in the midst of it all. But one must! It’s nessesary, but difficult! I think and hope that it will create more contentment and appreciation in time for their next birthday. As for moms, you can’t take it persoanlly. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in preparation and expect a specific outcome. Don’t let one difficult moment ruin your hopes for a great birthday!