Friday, January 26, 2018

A Whole New World.

It's that season, at least that was the excuse that I was telling myself as Sister became sick and wasn't seeming to get better. I was at a loss. I didn't want to run her to the doctor, especially with the flu being at an all time high, for it to be a virus that needed to just run it's course. She was drinking plenty of water and still eating. I just oiled her up and made sure that she was sleeping. 

She slept well. Except that my independent girl was now ending up in my bed every night. I didn't understand what was going on. And so, 2 nights ago, when I was awaken at 3am with Sister crawling into my bed again, I began to really pray. I pleaded with the Lord to give her healing and me wisdom (James 1:5) as to what to do for my girl. I just didn't have a peace about going to the doctor yet. 

The next morning, or later that morning since sleep never came, I knew what I needed to do! Daddy T and I loaded all the kiddos up and went to the chiropractor. I believe that a good adjustment will help bodies be able to better fight sickness. Then, I made a decision that I never dreamed that I would make, I took my whole family to a naturalist doctor. 

Now, I know the whole crunchy term should imply that, but if I am honest, this process of becoming crunchy still had its limits for me. This was one of them. See, I believe in doctors and antibiotics, when needed, I also believe in all- natural when able. A naturalistic seemed extreme to me. I am so thankful for my time in prayer that morning as the Lord was able to prepare me for the series of events that were about to unfold.

The doctor was AMAZING! She was patient, kind and really listened to me! She saw us all quickly and commented on the overall health of our family. However, there were a few concerns: food allergies. 

I already cut out artificial dyes and MSG. Lately, I have been avoiding dairy like the plague because it makes me fell awful. However, nothing but lots of prayer and processing could prepare me for the news: 
Sister is allergic to: wheat, corn, dairy and sugar! 

This explained so much. Here I was feeding my daughter the very stuff that was making her sick to begin with: yogurt, sandwiches, granola bars, etc. Stuff that I believed was healthy, and for most is, but it was making her ill. I was in complete shock! What now?

A whole new world has been handed to me. I am researching and digging trying to learn. I have decided to take you along with me on this journey. I feel like this is where the blog originated, learning to be more crunchy, and that is exactly where we are now. 

So, I invite you to join me, learn new recipes with me, share your favorites, and pray together as we navigate this world of shopping and cooking for our families! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It's Been Awhile

It has been awhile since I have written. Writer's block is a very real thing. I have sat down several times over the past few months with many different ideas flowing through my brain. I would type out about 3/4 of a post, get interrupted by someone or something, and completely lose my train of thought. I miss writing. I miss getting my thoughts out and sharing our homeschool journey. The problem is the block is very real right now. 
So, I thought that I would try a list, hoping that maybe that would get my juices flowing. Below is a list of things that have happened over the last several months that I have tried (and failed) to share with you:

1. We started Classical Conversations. 
We love our community! I originally looked into CC because we needed some way to stream line our learning. With three different kiddos in three different grades, I was overwhelmed. CC did just that. We now only have reading and math separately. The kiddos are really thriving and adore their tutors and friends!
            -A side note: Popper started Essentials. There is a love/hate relationship with it right now. He loves diagramming sentences and he is a pro at memorizing charts, however he struggles with writing, so that makes the IEW portion a little more frustrating for him.

2. We are still very much a Charlotte Mason family. 
CC has become a guide for our weeks. We take the subjects and find great living books to read along side them. It has helped keep me accountable and give me some kind of guideline to follow. 
           -We are learning so much about key people in American history. I am even reclaiming my education. I have learned so much along side my kids.

3. Our Thanksgiving and Christmas season was busy! 
We had plenty to eat and lots of friends and family time. The kiddos were in a play at our church for Christmas and did a fantastic job! We scaled waaaay back on Christmas this year and really tried to turn our focus to Jesus. It was by far the best year yet for our family.

4. I picked my word for 2018. 
2017 was a year of extreme growth for me. It was hard, but good. Simplicity really was challenging as it affected every aspect of my life. However, there was a point in the year where the simplicity of Who Jesus is and what He did for me really sank in to me in a new, real way!
This year my word is PEACE! 
Psalm 34:14 (AMP) says "Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!"
My peace has always been in regards to my circumstances. I think this year is going to teach me that my peace should come from Jesus! 

I am excited for 2018! I can't wait to see what the Lord is going to do in and through me. Hopefully, after this post, I will be able to write again and start sharing with you our school days again. 😊

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Say What!?.....

How many moms hate markers as much as I do? I get so tired of throwing them away only days after I buy them because my sweet kiddos forget to recap them or they don't get the cap on all the way, and they dry out! I have told Daddy T for years that someone needs to create markers that don't dry out. To which, he would laugh and wish me 'good luck with that.' 

However, someone over at The Pencil Grip, Inc. must have heard me! You guys!!! They have just created their new Magik Stix!

These amazing, washable markers do not dry out for 7 days even with the cap left completely off!!! I might have squealed a little when I read that! The best part, they guarantee that they won't dry out for 7 whole days! Add to it that they are odorless and non-toxic, these quickly made their way to my wishlist for Christmas! 

Magik Stix are available on Amazon in both 12 and 24 counts! Sister will be thrilled Christmas morning when she opens her brand new markers, because, thanks to The Pencil Grip, Inc., I can now say 'YES!'

You can get yours too! Just head on over to Amazon and check them out! Enjoy you guys! I hope that these bring as much joy to your home as they will to mine!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc., #3- A Review

If you have read my blog for very long at all, you know that we LOVE The Pencil Grip, Inc. You also know that one of our favorite products is their Kwik Stix. You can imagine our delight when we were chosen to review their Thin Stix Creativity Pack.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack

For those of you not familiar with Kwik Stix, these are solid tempura paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds! My kiddos say they have the same feel to them as glue sticks. The Thin Stix Creativity Pack comes with 12 assorted colors, 6 neon colors, and six metallic colors. The kiddos were so excited to be able to try the neon and metallic colors. They have not been able to use those before!

Of course we always want to make a beautiful masterpiece when we get to try new colors of Kwik Stix! This time was not different. The kiddos took full advantage of the neon colors while creating their pictures! Sister said it made her sun and grass so much brighter! 

Look at all the concentration! The Kiddos definitely get their artistic side from Daddy T. The all love to color, draw and paint! They love getting to paint more often!

The final products are beautiful! I love that they get to create and I don't have a ton of clean-up afterwards. And since Kwik Stix dry quickly, I can hang them up immediately without worrying about ruining them or the paint dripping. This creates a definite win-win in our house. 

This time around we wanted to try something new. The kiddos wanted to paint pumpkins, and since I am spoiled to no clean-up, I thought it would be a great time to see how Kwik Stix did on other surfaces:

The kiddos loved getting to try something new! They were curious how well the paints would work on the pumpkins as well. They were so creative. Brother Bear took full advantage of the metallic colors. His cute little pumpkin below later had gold headphones and silver sun-glasses! I love getting to watch them create!

Kwik Stix worked great on the pumpkins! I have to admit, I was shocked. I knew that Kwik Stix were amazing and worked on paper, cardboard, wood, and canvas, but who would have thought that they would be perfect for painting pumpkins!?! I was so grateful, yet again, that I could allow them to paint without all the stress and mess! 

Kwik Stix have been a game changer in our home! We all have deemed them our favorite product! We love getting the opportunity to share them with you! If you haven't tried them yet, you should, they are fabulous! I think these would be a great Christmas present for any child in your life! 

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