Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Legacy of Love and Faith


This year I've had to bid farewell to the last of my grandparents - my father's mother and father. While I'm sad to see them go, I know that I will one day see them again in my eternal home in Heaven, where they are already rejoicing together. This knowledge brings me both peace and joy.

My grandparents celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary just a few months before my grandfather passed away this past March. How amazing is that? 75 years of love and faithfulness, which included three children, my grandfather's service in World War II, the path to my grandfather's recovery after his stroke, and the countless misadventures that my granddaddy always managed to have. He was stubborn and quite a handful, but my grandmother loved him deeply, just as he loved her. 

Once my grandfather was gone, my grandmother was lost without him. He was truly the light of her life and her best friend. She thrived on the act of taking care of him. It was how she showed love. She served, whether it be through her delicious cooking or through her prayers for her family. She was a strong woman; saying goodbye to her this week was hard, yet we smile at the precious memories that will sustain us as the years go by.

They leave me with big shoes to fill. A marriage like theirs doesn't come along every day. It doesn't just happen. It takes work. It requires endurance. It needs faith. It calls for sacrifice. My grandparents are examples of all of that. Their faith is a testimony to the love and goodness of God. Throughout their lives - in times of joy and sorrow - they clung faithfully to the Father. I am inspired to walk in faith as they did. My grandfather said many things while he was alive, but two things that I will always remember and strive to live in light of are the following:

"If you want to know how much God has blessed me, just go outside and look at the stars at night. That's how many blessings God has given me."

"I know the reason that I made it back safely from the war. It's because Lucille [my grandmother] was on her knees every day praying for me."

This is their legacy. I have been blessed.





Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Fire"


“Fire”

Dark days and even darker nights,
Tired of being in this fight.

Falling, crashing, and hitting the floor,
Yet rising to do battle once more.

From deep within me arises a song,
The darkness will not have victory for long.

I have power that cannot be contained,
I turn a small spark into a fiery flame.

I burn brightly, and I leave my mark,
Unforgettable, I am a shining star.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beginning of the School Year: 2017-2018


It's hard to believe that another summer break has come and gone, and yet here we are two weeks into our school year already. Things have gone well so far. Other than the usual difficulties that arise as the children and I readjust to waking early, things are going quite smoothly overall. This year is also a bit challenging for me as a homeschooling parent, as I am now teaching two high schoolers. My youngest child is attending our local public elementary school, which has an excellent special needs program, and she has a fabulous teacher.

I am often asked what program I use to teach my children at home. I always laugh when I get asked this question because I am definitely an eclectic homeschooler. I use varying companies and methods with each of my children, depending on individual learning styles and preferences. Some children are visual learners, while others are auditory or kinesthetic learners. Tailoring curriculum to fit my children's needs is one of the advantages that homeschooling offers. For this year's lineup, here is what we are using:

Ninth Grade

Saxon Algebra I
Sonlight Core 100 (U.S. History & Geography)
Literature (Taking at homeschool co-op)
Analytical Grammar
Biology
Greek
Catholic Theology
Physical Education (various sources)
Photography (Taking at homeschool co-op)

Eleventh Grade

Math U See Geometry (She has already completed Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.)
History and Philosophy of the Western World
SAT and ACT Grammar Workbook
Spanish
Chemistry
Literature
Foundations in Personal Finance (Taking at homeschool co-op)
Photography (Taking at homeschool co-op)

Fourth Grade

Attending the local public elementary school; in a special needs classroom.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Beauty Giveaway Winner: Five Fun Fridays Series


Congratulations to Lorna! She is the randomly selected winner of the beauty giveaway. I really enjoyed this blogging series. Be on the lookout for another series soon! Happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Frozen Silence


“Frozen Silence”

Did you see the leaves
As they fell from the tree?
Did you notice the frost
As it settled and covered the city?

Did you feel the wind
As it blew hard and cold?
Did you hear the secrets whispered
As a new season unfolded?

Did you hear my cry
As I slipped further away?
Did you heed my call
When my thoughts began to decay?

Do you feel secure
In your sheltered little world?
So high above me
Yet one step and you, too, are submerged.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Five Fun Fridays: Week Five (My Secrets)

It's hard to believe we've reached the final Friday of this series, yet here we are! I hope you've had as much fun as I have. This week I promised to dish out some of my secrets. So, without further hesitation, here we go.

1 What time did you get up this morning? I woke up around 7:30 this morning.
2. What is your favorite wine? White - Pinot Grigio; Red - Cabernet Sauvignon
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Guardians of the Galaxy 2
4. What is your favorite TV show? The Walking Dead, The Office, Forensic Files, Once Upon A Time, Impractical Jokers
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Washington State
6. What did you have for breakfast today? Smoothie (ketogenic and vegan)
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican
8. What foods do you dislike? Beets
9. Favorite Place to Eat? Local favorites, not the standard chain restaurants
10. Favorite salad dressing? Homemade dairy free ranch
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Dodge Caravan (And, yes, I rock that minivan!)
12. What are your favorite clothes? Yoga pants
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Ireland
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 empty
15. Where would you want to retire? Washington State
16. Favorite time of day? Mid-morning
17. Where were you born? Jackson, MS
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football.
22. Bird watcher? Yes. Watching birds is peaceful and calming for me.
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Neither. I don't like waking up too early, and I don't enjoy staying up too late. I like mid-mornings, so I suppose you could call me a mid-morning person.
24. Do you have any pets? Yes, one dog.
25. Do you have any children? Yes, four.
26. What did you want to be when you were little? A singer. (Sadly, my voice had other plans.)
27. What is your best childhood memory? Playing with my younger sister, Christmas, church
28. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog, but cats are cool, too.
29. Are you married? Yes. This December will make 20 years. ❤️
30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes.
31. Secret talent? Yes. I can recite the alphabet backwards.
32. Any pet peeves? Arrogance, racism, sexism, basically people who think they're better than other people, unsolicited advice, platitudes
33. Favorite Pizza Topping? spinach, mushrooms, black olives
34. Favorite Flower? Roses, because I always hope to get some on Valentine's Day.
35. Favorite song? "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen
36. Favorite movie? Grease
37. Celebrity Crush? Jason Momoa, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Henry Cavill, Adam Levine
38. From whom did you get your last email? Etsy
39. Which store would you choose to max out your card? Ulta
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Yes, every day. I'm keeping some secrets, though, so I'm not answering this one any further.
41. Like your job? Usually.
42. Broccoli? Yes, especially sauteed in coconut oil and seasoned with garlic, pink sea salt, and pepper.
43. What was your favorite vacation? Hawaii
44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My family.
45. What are you listening to right now? The Twilight Movie Soundtrack
46. What is your favorite color? Green
47. How many tattoos do you have? Five
48. How many piercings? Three: both ears, daith
49. Favorite book? To Kill A Mockingbird
50. Coffee drinker? Decaf

So, there you have it! Those are some of my hidden secrets. Is there anything else you'd like to know? Just ask in the comments. I'd also love to see your answers to these questions. Let me know if you decide to do a "Top Secret" post on your blog. Now, on to the final week of the giveaway. It will end one week from today - on Friday, August 4. Want to see what's included in this giveaway? Head on over to the other posts in this series and check out all the wonderful items that are included. For your chance to win, do one or any combination of the following:


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Review


So, I attended an online It Works! Party a couple of weeks ago. I was chosen as the winner of a wrap! Lucky me. I was so excited! I also received a few samples, which I will be trying and reviewing later. (Be on the lookout for those posts.) Now, back to the wrap. I tried it this morning, and here are my results. (I can't believe I'm posting pics of my stomach online. Yikes!)
This is my before pic.

Here I am wearing the wrap.




And here I am after 45 minutes of wrap wearing.


As you can see, the wrap really does work. I am quite satisfied with this product. This was my first experience, and it was a good one. The directions state that you should wear the wrap a minimum of 45 min and up to 8 hours; however, it should be worn no longer than 45 min if it is your first time in order to test your skin's sensitivity.  I had no reaction to the wrap; I only experienced a tingling while wearing it, but it was not uncomfortable. The frequency of use is one Ultimate Body Applicator every 72 hours. 

If you're interested in trying this or other It Works! Products, contact Katrina on Instagram or through her website



A Legacy of Love and Faith

This year I've had to bid farewell to the last of my grandparents - my father's mother and father. While I'm sad to see the...