A Game of Tag, Anyone?

I’ve been sick the past couple of days, but I think I’ll take a break from being pitiful. -D

Jolene (my blogging buddy) tagged me over the weekend. Since I enjoy a quick game of tag, here goes:


Here are six unspectacular things about me:

1. Fall is my favorite season. The crisp air and changing leaves often bring a smile to my face and a special warmth to my heart.

2. My favorite colors are 4 of the primary colors…red, blue, purple, and green. (These are pretty much what I wear.)

3. Even though I suppose I know better, on occasion I’ve been known to say “y’all” and “ain’t.” (Well, I probably say them more than occasionally. I’m o.k. with it though…I am from the south, you know. ;-) )

4. I like to participate in many forms of art…singing, writing, photography, etc. I love the thought of capturing something beautiful to share with others.

5. The sight of a furry, baby animal still brings a smile to my face and makes me say, “A-w-w…” I just can’t seem to help myself!

6. Nowadays, I choose comfort over appearance when it comes to clothing. If it’s not comfortable, I’m probably not going to wear it. (Yep, plain t-shirts, blue jeans, and sneakers…every day but Sunday.)


Meme terms & conditions:

1. link the person who tagged you
2. mention the rules on your blog
3. list 6 unspectacular things about you
4. tag 6 other bloggers


O.k., now I tag the following:

Carol, Tracy, Barb, Jendi, Gina, and Lori

A Monday Meme

I found this meme at Gina’s site and decided to join in the fun! I discovered it on Monday and started it that night, but I’m finishing it up today.

Gina says to “tag yourself if you want to play!” So here goes:

  1. What was I doing 10 years ago? I was in my second year of marriage. My husband and I were living in a 1 bedroom apartment and were starting to look at houses. I was just getting ready to change jobs also (from one county to another county…public school system). I was also hoping and praying to pay off some debt and start having some babies in 2-3 years!
  2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? –(1)Pick up my 9 yr. old niece, run a couple of errands (pick up med., go to store, pick up film, etc.), and take kids to the library; –(2)Work on budgeting, fixing up bills, subtracting checks, etc.; –(3)Household chores (piles of laundry, dishes, cleaning up, cooking dinner, etc.); –(4)Work on paper-work (Program Application for Classical Conversations for homeschooling next year…9 pages altogether, Dentist new patient information…4 pages, calendar stuff, and planning for summer and next school year; –(5)Catch up on blog, emails, etc.
  3. Snacks I enjoy: Popcorn, peanuts, and yogurt (…Well, o.k., I used to REALLY enjoy chocolate snacks, but not so much any more…I mean I would of course enjoy them if I let myself have them. Well, that is I would enjoy just about anything chocolate until I felt guilty afterward!! ) )
  4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire: To be honest…I really haven’t given this much thought before. I would just be SO EXCITED and happy to get all our debt paid off (old college loans, credit cards, and consolidation loans). So, if I suddenly became a billionaire, I would promptly pay off all our debts (including our house payment) and be DEBT-FREE!! Immediately, I would call and tell my husband to quit his job too (and we could start some kind of home business and some sort of ministry). I would also help out my family members and friends. I would give to my church, World Missions, orphanages, pet shelters, etc. I would also want to take some family vacations, do some traveling, and go visit all our different relatives in different towns and states. Finally, I would set up some AWESOME college funds for the kiddos!! ) **P.S. Oh, and I would also have all our carpet torn out and replaced with hard-wood floors! Then, I would hire a maid!! ) Oh, and perhaps I would hire a chef and personal trainer too!! (You know, while I’m dreaming, I might as well make it really good!!)
  5. Places I have lived: I grew up and lived in the same house my entire childhood. Since then, I’ve still stayed mostly in N.C. (I’ve lived in at least 4 different towns/cities in N.C.) I also lived in Panama City Beach, Florida for one summer.
  6. Jobs I have had: **See prior post…“13 Jobs I’ve Had.”

Where Is That?…

…it was just here…I know it was! It’s like it grew legs and ran away. No, it sprouted wings and flew away! Do you know the feeling? Well, I guess this post will show just how disorganized and scattered I can be at times, but for some reason, I can’t resist! Besides, I’m sure some of you out there can relate, and those who can’t…try not to gloat too much!

So…my Thursday 13 for this week is:

Edition #11

13 Items I Frequently Lose (and spend a lot of time looking for!):

1. Tape (No matter how many tape dispensers I keep on hand, I can never seem to find tape when I need it! Can anyone relate?!)

2. Scissors (I finally found one central place to put the several pairs of scissors, and I’ve pretty much learned to put them back. However, in the middle of using a pair, I still tend to lose them a lot…you know, the whole sprouting wings thing and disappearing act!)

3. Ruler (I think we now have at least 6-8 rulers in the house, yet no one can seem to readily locate a ruler when they need one!)

4. Brush, comb, hair barrettes, hair ties, spray conditioner, and spray detangler (Can’t imagine why I have so many bad hair days?!)

5. Socks (S-h-h, don’t tell anyone, but my socks don’t always match exactly!)

6. Umbrella (I’ve quit carrying one; I only do rain-jackets with hoods now.)

7. Wipes (With small kids around, I just cannot tell you how inconvenient it is to not have a wipe handy when ya need one!)

8. Tissues (Results in situation much like #7 alluded to above!)

9. Gloves (Who needs ’em anyway…I think I’ve just about given these up too! Luckily, I live in the south!)

10. Sunglasses (I have improved with finding these since I’ve gotten two or three pairs at the dollar store, and I keep a pair in my vehicle.)

11. Pen (O.k., I don’t know how many 10 packs of pens I have purchased at the dollar store. I could have a hundred pens around here and not be able to find one when I need it most…like to take down an important message! What I usually will find instead is an unsharpened pencil or a broken crayon! )

12. Keys (I’ve started putting my house key and vehicle key in my pockets–one in each pocket of my jeans. This works out pretty good until I leave them in my pockets at night and spend the next morning going through pocket after pocket!)

13. Cell Phone (This is another item that must grow legs and run off some where. It just never seems to stay where I leave it…it’s very unruly!)


–One item I can usually find is my Bible, and that’s a good thing…’cause it’s my “road map!”


**Update: P.S. O.k., I just have to mention this…Mom, when you read this post, I know what you’ll be thinking! >>“That ‘girl’ is just like her father!”>>

What, can I say…we have to manage with the cards we are dealt, right?! Hee, hee, hee!


**Other TT editions include:

Edition #1: Thirteen Reasons For Homeschooling

Edition #2: Thirteen Reasons I Love My Dog

Edition #3: Thirteen Jobs I’ve Had

Edition #4: Thirteen Things That Make Me Smile

Edition #5: Thirteen Tidbits About The Author

Edition #6: Thirteen of My Favorite Songs & Artists

Edition #7: 13 Names for God

Edition #8: 13 Heroes

-Edition #9: 13 Weight Busters

-Edition#10: Thirteen Scriptures


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Homeschooling Stuff…

O.k., I’m a little behind on this meme, so I’m making an effort in this post to catch up a little.

At The Heart of the Matter, there have been themes from the last couple of weeks in which I did have things to add. In fact, I had even written them down, but just never had time to post them. Anyway, since I had something to contribute for both of these themes, and I think they’re both concerning important homeschooling issues, here goes:

From April 18th–“The Things My Child Taught Me…”

The kids have taught me:

  • that it’s not about me, but about them!
  • to model the behavior I want–be an example (don’t be slothful, procrastinating, impatient, cranky, etc.)
  • to take school time seriously and to make it a priority
  • that “school is ALWAYS in session!” The kids are constantly learning and are always watching!
  • __________________________________________________

    From April 25th–“Habits of a Happy Homeschooler”:

    The following is a list of habits, which I find are important for my family and me:

    1. Every morning, it is best if I have my time with the Lord first thing. I like to (at least) read Our Daily Bread devotional, the Bible selection, and pray before we start our day and our homeschooling time.

    2. I make general plans and schedules, while also “planning” to be FLEXIBLE!!

    3. I try to keep each student’s main supplies, workbooks, and materials in one place.

    4. I try not to answer the phone during school time.

    5. I try to sit down with the kids and focus just on school-work for the given amount of time.

    6. When the kids or I start to get frustrated, I often stop and pray with the kids.


    **I also believe that it is very important to not let myself be led by my feelings. I try to guard against giving into despair, self-pity, feelings of inadequacy, etc. When I start to get down, I review my reasons for homeschooling. I also pray, read my Bible, seek God, and seek Godly counsel and wisdom. Furthermore, I go to “seasoned” homeschooling moms for encouragement and guidance.


    O.k., now this week’s theme is “Favorite Books.” Unfortunately, it is getting late, so I will have to continue this in a day or so!

    Until next time, “Blessings and Happy Homeschooling!

    “Tag–I’m It!”

    I’ve been tagged by my blogging friend Carol for the following meme:

    The Rules:

    1. Post these rules on your blog.

    2. Write six random things about yourself.

    3. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.

    4. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

    5. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.


    6 Random Things About Me…..

    1. My daddy got me my first little guitar when I was about 5 yrs. old. Shortly thereafter, I stood up (with it in hand) on the edge of the bathtub, jumped down, and broke the neck clean off! (Dad decided I wasn’t quite ready for guitar lessons….)

    2. When I was little I said “Tar, Tar” for “guitar” and “floufer” for “flower.”

    3. I’ve always said if I could be any animal, I would be a wild horse.

    4. My mom tells the story of how she once smelled something strange coming from the dryer. She soon discovered that I had found a unique hiding place for my peanut butter sandwich. (Mom was not amused.)

    5. I have a very distinctive, hearty, boisterous laugh–some call it a “HEE HAW.” (If you’ve ever heard it, you know what I’m talking about!) That’s o.k. by me, though. I love when I’m able to relax enough to LAUGH like I mean it, and I encourage everyone to do the same!

    6. One of the first songs I sang as a solo in church was called “He’s Still Working On Me.” (Well, folks, that song still “rings true,” and I’m thankful that He’s not done with me yet!!)


    That was fun! Thanks, Carol! Now, let’s see….who can I get to join in the fun? How ’bout the following:







    Thankful Thursday (4/17)

    What I’m Thankful For This Week (4/17):

    “One day down and one to go”… (Sarah had the CAT testing today. We arrived before 8:00 am and left at about 1:00 pm! Thankfully, everything seemed to go really well on this first day of testing in English, Grammar, and Science. Sarah will have another 4 hours of testing tomorrow, in which she will take Spelling, Math, and Social Studies.)

    HIS Radio (Christian Radio Online)I am so thrilled that I found this the other day, because my radio in the kitchen has never been able to “pick up” any local Christian radio station. It truly has been such a blessing to me to have the Christian online radio playing while I cook, wash dishes, do laundry, etc.

    Blog visits, comments, “traffic,” etc.–I’m thankful for the extra comments and traffic I’ve received today, and I’m grateful for the wonderful response I’ve received in just over a year of blogging. To God Be The Glory!! This was something I had never set out to do or even knew anything about a little over a year ago. My hubby just suggested the idea to me one day and explained and showed me a little bit, and I’ve been blogging ever since. (Oh yeah, by the way, thanks to you too, Honey!)

    Other Christian mothers–I’m so fortunate to have contact with other Christian moms from my homeschool group, “Bloggy Land,” church, etc. There are many wonderful examples out there of whom I have obtained Godly wisdom, guidance, advice, tips, ideas, inspiration, encouragement, etc.

    My Family–I don’t want to ever take them for granted, so they’re officially on my thankful list every week!

    My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ–I don’t want to ever take Him for granted either or His sacrifice for us all! Therefore, He’s officially on my thankful list every week, as well!

    My “New” van–I know I listed this a couple of weeks ago, without much further explanation. However, this time, I will list several reasons for my extreme exuberance and gratitude!

    • It has excellent air-conditioning (which I’ve been without for a couple of summers). Today, the temperature got up to about 80, and I was very thankful for the refreshing coolant system!
    • This van has working windows!… -D
    • …and working windshield wipers!
    • …and the head-liner is intact!
    • ALL THISand it’s “perdy” too!!!!


    I’m blessed folks, truly blessed…so much to be thankful for. (Is my life perfect?…of course not…but yep, it’s a blessed one, alright.) I don’t want to take anything for granted! I just love Thankful Thursdays, because it makes me set aside time to reflect on all the blessings of the week!

    God Bless you all, and please don’t forget to thank Him! -D


    **For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

    Thursday 13 (#6)

    Edition # 6

    Thirteen of My Favorite Songs and Artists:

    1. East to West by Casting Crowns

    2. Thank You by 33 Miles

    3. Bring The Rain by Mercyme; also Word of God Speak and God With Us

    4. Mountains by Lonestar ; also My Front Porch Looking In

    5. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

    6. You’re Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins

    7. Remember When by Alan Jackson

    8. Standing Outside The Fire by Garth Brooks; also We Shall Be Free

    9. Blessed Be The Name of the Lord by Vineyard Music

    10. Cherished Hymns like: The Old Rugged Cross, In The Garden, My Jesus I Love Thee, Have Thine Own Way, It Is Well With My Soul, etc.

    11. Long Black Train by Josh Turner

    12. Our Great God by Todd Agnew

    13. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin


    **Note: There are SOOOO many other great songs out there, that I just love. This list barely “scratches the surface!” The ones listed above are some that quickly came to mind that I have really enjoyed listening to lately.


    Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

    The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!