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It's been a while

Well, it's been quite some time since I have been here again.  I always seem to have some many great ideas and/or intentions but then life gets busy, and the blog seems like it is the first to go.

Life continues to be a roller coaster ride but I am fairly okay. I hope to come back and get back into this again soon.

We are getting ready to gear up for school time again and all that goes with that which, includes, us joining a homeschooling group! Yay! We have needed that really badly last year and I hope that will work out good for us.

Anyway, I hope to share those adventures with you along the way.

Joys of Homeschooling & Update

There is absolutely nothing like the joys of watching a child you love with all your heart slowly take on new concepts and tackle them.  Watching the light in their eyes when they finally "get it".  Or, for me, hearing them read, knowing it was your blessings that YOU were the one who had the privilege  of teaching them that!  Truly it's joyful.

This year we have made several changes. We started out with My Father's World Adventures, which we used as a spine to guide us.  Initially we followed it to the teeth but found it too restricting. I enjoy teaching secondary subjects in a delight driven way. The boys are currently fascinated with horses... we will step outside the curriculum and do a unit study on that instead.

We switched gears around January and began focusing more primaritly on core subjects. It's been rewarding. I have seen my young reader blossom into more and more skillful ability, and watched my youngest child pick up phonetic concepts like a pro!  Their both finished their math and phonic curricula early!

I am now enjoying a short season of planning. I have decided to continue with MFW
Adventures, still adding delight driven interests and still placing primary focus on the core subjects.  Mason is moving to Math-U-See Alpha, and Zander is moving into Math-U-See beta.  He is picking up those concepts very quickly so we may fly through it. Only time will tell.

We are also continuing with Click n kids for computer phonics and reading, and Explode the Code books for hand-on, worksheet instruction.

I have found though, that I sometimes need more pages in MUS than they offer, or a different way to show concepts and teach. Because of that, I have also added Mammoth Math and have also created new worksheets that will work with any math curriculum!  It will go along with the basic concepts in MUS books, but can be used anywhere.  As I create the series, I will post them to share. :)  Supplement MUS or any other math curriculum for free! 

Life curves update

Howdy blogger friends!

I have a secret to share. I had intended of completely moving this blog over into a wordpress format of my own. I was busily working on a template and importing older
posts over when I discovered, the hard way, why it isn't always a great idea to use the same technology everyone else uses.  I was hacked. Big time hacked. They inserted malware java-scripting into everything on my hosted cloud. My business was hacked and so torn apart with their errant coding that I have had to pull it all.   (sigh)

It took days but I was able to get pictures off and the important things. But the business end of things is gone. I will have to go back and do that all over again. It's predominately because I was using WP, and there was an update I missed. Some security loophole allowed them access and it was all she wrote; the fat lady sang and it was time to go home.

Soooo, that leads me back here. I am going to take this as a sign that I need to stick with blogger for a while.  Maybe I will go with something lesser known later down the road as I like the customization and file sharing that goes with WP, but we will have to see.

I guess I will just hang out here for just a spell longer. Besides, I am still riding the curves that life throws my way, so why not? :)

CurrClick Fun!

sooo excited! Currclick is doing their annual Easter egg hunt! Freebies galore!!
I am off to enjoy!  Have fun too! 

Book Nook: As One Devil to Another

If you enjoyed the Screwtape letters book from CS Lewis, you are bound to love One Devil to Another!

In the tradition of the screw-tape letters, a demon Scardagger corresponds to a minor demon, Slashreap, directing him in the ways to lead his assigned woman astray.  The book takes us though the struggles of temptations, human nature, and the journey we all take spiritually, trying to follow in the Lord's will rather than the human flesh.

Personally, I found this book insightful. Rather than having the traditional lecture and informational setting, this book brings the struggles and temptations to life in a more personal, profound way. I found many times as I read along the correspondence those epiphanous, "ah ha" moments really connected for me.

Sometimes the text would drag in some places but overall, I found "One Devil to Another" to be a great book.

disclosure; I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. However, my opinions are my own and are not at all swayed by provision from the publisher.
As One Devil to Another

Coming back

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I have posted.  I took an unintentional hiatus from blogging after the storm of the divorce raged through.  I am on the other side of the melee for the most part, and I am slowly returning to the things I love.

I am in process of revamping and relaunching my blog as a launch pad to healing and to do things I find joy in doing.  I will also be sharing with you some of the storm that I weathered.

My goals are to uplift other Christian mothers who may have found their life fell apart, sharing my journey in the Lord, homeschooling reviews, book reviews, give-aways, recipes, and pinterest journies!

So, look back here soon and re-subscribe if I lost you, we are about to jump into life curves part 2; Underneath the Autumn sky.

Life curves is right

Wow. So many emotions that I have right now, what to convey and how to say it exactly? I'd love for this post to be one of those amazing inspirational posts that clearly outline God's will in all things and share the Hope that I have in Him however, I don't really know how to do that exactly. So I will just do my best to share.

On March 5th, 2012 my world was shattered when my husband called me from California and demanded a divorce. Two weeks later I found out he was having an adulterous affair and had been since before his trip out here in December.  It tore my heart and my world in two.  After all I had given, relocating 2200 miles away to be closer to HIS family, relocating FOR him and doing what my husband had wanted for our family, trusting him, and patiently waiting for the his final relocation, and it was over and the betrayal took my breath away.

It's been a journey into the depths of Hell and I am not even remotely through it yet.  Even my sister's passing at a 29, in my own home, has not been able to light a candle to this pain. Nothing I have ever been through compares. NOTHING.(and I have been through a LOT in this life of mine.)

After all is said and done, it is clear that my husband is very confused and doesn't really know what he wants but it is also clear that he will not let go of the relationship with his mistress, and that he holds some view points that are extremely contrary to reconciliation. I won't go into details but I can say that after 16 years together, I felt peace and very much lead by the Lord to let it go and trust in the Will of the Lord. After endless prayer and supplication, last month I gave into my husband's wishes and filed for divorce. I scarcely believe I am here, and this is happening.

I did want to say, this journey has been revealing. God's word has been a light unto my feet. I firmly believe that God's will is that man's heart does not harden, does not turn from Him, and that, should we be obedient and faithful, our rewards will be reaped in our families. However, we have free will and with that, the ability to fall away.  My husband has fallen away in a major way and broken the covenant of the marriage vow.

I was always firmly vested that marriage should be forever. That, as a Christian, you must do all that you can to ensure the relationship works. For better and for worse.   What I learned is that a marriage is a two way street. BOTH partners need to be vested, interested, and active in it's renewal and it's growth. My husband has been checked out for years apparently (yet another thing I didn't know until all this came to pass). It wouldn't have mattered if I were the picture of perfection, he wouldn't have seen it, because he didn't WANT to see it. Why? I cannot say. I honestly don't know.  .
But it is what it is, and I have to protect myself and my children from the sin, from the sadness, and the overall brokenness that this has brought forth upon my family. Yes, now we are a family of three, but God has been there all along, and He will continue to be.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power[a] is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart rejoices,
and I praise Him with my song.

I have Jesus to walk me though it and to strengthen me. I am completely weakened and so I am strong in Christ's powerful grace.

For now,I will leave you with what's been my guiding light these days...

Jeremiah 29:11-14

New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b]

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