Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mod(esty) your jeans/slacks

Are you looking for a way to make your pants feel more modest and feminine? Why not try a wrap or sarong over it?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Gone Green, New Bed

I ultimate defiance of winter, I've gone green. I felt like my blog needed a lighter look to it. I hope when I get my borrowed computer that I'll be able to add some pictures, update links, etc.

Well, my dear hubby surprised me the other day by buying us a new bed. It's a Louis XIV style in dark wood. I love it because not only is it beautiful, but it sits high. I like high beds. I like to be able to see the floor under the bed and not have anything under it. I like having to hoist myself up into bed. Now I feel I have a real bed!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Movie Review, Book Recommendation, Computer News

Hubby took me out to dinner and a movie for our anniversary. We went to see Night at the Museum and let me tell you it's a good movie! It's entertaining and fun without being dirty, ridiculous or cheesy. There are some good points worth talking about after the movie, including how the dad gave up his "schemes" because his son mattered the most. Though divorced, the ex's actually get along and the ex-wife actually doesn't belittle him, but looks out for what's best for their family. Also, the whole museum concept makes learning history a bit more fun.

If you're looking for a gift for a young wife, a bride, or someone who's returned home from the workforce and needs help in the kitchen, I highly recommend the Taste of Home Cookbook. It's a 3-ring binder "Cadillac of Cookbooks" available through Reiman Publications. It is very easy to read, very well cataloged and goes through the basics easily and with pictures. It is also chock-full of easy, yet fancy recipes.

If all goes well, I hope to have a computer of my own by next week!!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Why I Want To Homeschool Reason #11

I was thinking back to my school days yesterday. I wondered why I was always lethargic, never really felt well, and could hardly make it through the day. It dawned on me that I was dehydrated for most of my life! I would have cereal in the morning, a juice box or milk for lunch and then nothing to drink until I got home. There wasn't enough time between classes to get a drink of water. Bottles weren't allowed in school and teachers didn't consider thirst to be an urgent enough issue to leave class for.

I don't want my children to go through 13 years of public school (14 if the law that makes pre-K mandatory goes through) dehydrated. I care about my children's health and well-being.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Wooden Anniversary, My Prayer Request

Today's my hubby and I's wooden anniversary (5 years)! I remember when I first got married, someone would ask me how I liked married life. I'd respond quite positively and they'd say, "Just wait a few years." Well, it's been more than a "few years" and I can honestly say that I am VERY happy! Married life agrees with hubby and I. :)

My February prayer request is for a revival of godly men in my church, especially taking up the reigns in leadership roles. Thankfully, in the past couple of years, this has been taking place. We've had godly families come in with strong men with leadership skills, and we've had husbands come in a get saved and become strong leaders. However, there is one untapped vein. Christian husbands who have backslidden and need to return. For this I pray and for the other unsaved husbands. There are far too many wives and mothers coming to church alone, or being the only one to bring the children.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Why I Want to Homeschool Reasons #9 and #10

I heard on the radio today that 21% of parents and 27% of students believe that spelling should not be taught in schools anymore because computers have spell-check. Now, how ridiculous is that!? Spelling is fundamentally important AND spell-check doesn't always catch errors. Also, we can't rely on technology for everything.

Frankly, I rarely use spell-check, which may be evident in my spelling on this blog. Yes, one never stops learning! ;)

I really believe that America's fight for education needs to back up and return to the basics and classical education. There are far too many general "extras" in public schools today...which leads me to my next reason.

I read in the paper that locally there was a big Math-a-thon type thing where students from all over the state competed in mathematics. 100 area homeschoolers attended and basically kicked rear. A local public school teacher involved tried to explain why the homeschoolers did so much better than public schoolers while at the same time trying to make homeschooling look like a bad idea. She said (paraphrased) that homeschoolers aren't as distracted as public schoolers by all the extras that public schools offer. However, public schoolers are at an advantage because they know how to cooperate and work in groups whereas homeschoolers can only work on problems individually. Ummmm.....EVERY homeschooler I know works very well in groups and actually surpasses in social skills over the average teenager today.