Friday, March 28, 2014

beliefs on children

Sometimes when people find out how many children we have, and that we are having another one, they ask the inevitable question: Are you going to have more?

I generally say yes, or we don't know, because depending on what point we are at (pregnant or not), we don't really know if we will have more.  We leave that in the hands of the Lord.

A good friend of mine explains it sooooo much better than I do.  If you want to read a longer explanation of what we believe about having children, go read her blog post over here.

Until next time... JenT

Friday, March 14, 2014

I Lost My Mind at the Smithsonian

My two oldest are at it a good way. :)

They have put their second book on Kindle.  You can find it here to purchase for only .99.  There will also be a few days you can get it for free.  I haven't set those up yet, but will post an update for when that happens.  If you haven't read their first one, find it here


They are working on the third one in the series and already have ideas for a fourth and fifth.  Be on the lookout for those coming later this year.  


Until next time...


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

spring cleaning 50% off sale!!!

 I am doing some spring cleaning on my etsy shop.

PLEASE, PLEASE stop by and find something to purchase.

Everything over $5 is 50% off!!!!  Use coupon code: SPRING14 in the checkout.

That's basically buy one get one free!

Some great skirts for spring and summer.  Don't miss out!! 

This sale will continue through March 25th (my birthday).

Until next time...


Sunday, March 9, 2014

then I said...

 My comment to what is going on with some of the Christian leaders and accusations being thrown their way.

"This is sad and pathetic.  I don't even pretend to know what really went on with those two men.  I'm just wondering when in the world Christians are going to stop attacking other Christians and make a stand against the world?  Christianity is growing weaker by the day because we're too busy fighting amongst ourselves.  Christianity is the only religion in the world with soooooo many factions!  It's unbelievable!  Why aren't we putting forth as much effort and condemnation against the evil of this world?  Why aren't we taking our fight to the streets to turn this world to righteousness and away from sin?  When are we going to stand together and fight for the cause of Christ?  Instead we spend our time throwing stones at the leaders because someone decided to make allegations of things that happened 20 plus years ago.  Instead we decide to persecute the leaders that go forth to make a difference in other people's lives.  We stand back and hide behind our own self-righteousness and pretend that our sin is whiter than theirs.  We condemn, ridicule, and judge when we have no leg to stand on.  We demand things we have no right demanding.  We blog and write and gossip, but do we lift them up in prayer?  Do we stop to think that maybe, just maybe they are not guilty of the crimes they are being accused of?  No, instead like the Pharisees of Jesus' day, we cry out "Crucify him, crucify him".  We take the word of someone we know nothing about.  Someone who would have gone unheard of in this lifetime except they accused a well-known leader of a heinous crime.  A well-known Christian leader.  Why are not the Muslim leaders accused of this?  Why not a Hindu priest?  Why not an atheist?  Because it is Christian persecution and we are too blind to see it for what it really is.  Until we can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that what is being said is truth, I think we need to keep our mouths shut and pray."

I don't even know if she will allow this comment to be posted on her blog since it wasn't very supportive of what she said, and her comments are moderated.  Here is the blog post

However, I'm just sick and tired of all the attacks and allegations that go on against Christians in leadership.  Sure they're not perfect, but neither are the ones throwing things out at them.

Until next time...


Thursday, March 6, 2014

local homeschool conference and chess

I love the fact that we are having a homeschool conference in my town.  I've lamented not being able to attend one in all the years I've been homeschooling.  There was always too much expense involved for the whole family to attend, or it was not a good time for me to be away from home.

So when I found out Appalachian Home Educators was holding a conference I got very excited.  I volunteered right away, then volunteered my two oldest girls. :)

Now more excitement for more than just me.  They are going to hold a chess tournament!!

 (When pieces go missing, improvise with Lego people).

My kids have been playing chess for several years now.  They started at a much younger age than I did.  When I was a teenager, a cousin of mine and I came across an old chess set at our great-grandmother's old house.  We asked if we could have it and that summer we taught ourselves how to play.  It's fun and educational!  lol  Of course I would have to say that.

Anyway, if you are planning on attending the conference, don't forget to sign up for the chess tournament.  I have 2 or 3 that plan to sign up.  There are two age categories; primary (5-9) and youth (10-18).  The only thing they need to know is how to play chess.  And if they don't know and are wanting to learn, now is a good time!  You have until June 24th to register.  Of course the earlier, the better price you pay.

The Appalachian Home Educators Conference is June 26th-28th, 2014.  Don't miss it!!!

Until next time...


Monday, March 3, 2014

and yet another birthday!

The most and closest birthdays occur between 19 Feb and 1 March (19 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar).

The last one was for our princess. :)  Well, all the girls are princesses, but she was the first one to really act like one. (The two oldest were more tomboyish than girly).

For her birthday, an Alpaca show just happened to be in town.  Since it was something we don't normally go to, we decided to check it out.

 I think these things are pretty neat.

 The stuff they make with their wool is pretty cool too.  We were able to touch the dyed wool and it was so soft you could hardly feel it!

 Love this sweater and another teal one in the middle of the rack.  Unfortunately, everything was really expensive.

Back to the birthday girl.

Yes, sometimes they like to help decorate their own birthday cake.

She is now 9.

*sigh*  My little babies are growing up!

Until next time...


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Duggar girls' book giveaway!

I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I heard about it.

The four oldest Duggar girls wrote a book called "Growing Up Duggar".  It is scheduled to be released in just a couple of days.

Meanwhile one of the bookstores that will be carrying the book is graciously giving a way 5 copies!  That's right, 5 copies!

If you want a chance to win a copy of this book, go here and enter the giveaway.  I know I am!

Until next time...


winner of skirt giveaway!

 The winner of the skirt giveaway from my etsy shop is........

...................... Kathleen W.!!!

Let me know which skirt you want and I will get it to you asap.

Thanks everyone for entering my giveaway.  Just for entering if you would like to purchase any of the items in my shop, LotsaBlessings, use coupon code THANKS14 and get free shipping anywhere in the U.S.

Thanks again!

Until next time...