Monday, October 20, 2014

A Thankful Rock...... Say What?

So this happened.....




We found this book at Michael's and since we have like ALL Mercer Mayer's "Little Critter" books and have LOVED reading them ever since our oldest was teeny-tiny, we just had to grab this new one. Fast forward to about a week later, I finally got around to reading it to our kids, and it made me sooooo happy! What a fabulous book and perfect for this season. Yes, I am getting a little too excited over a kiddie book, but it's just that great. You have to find this simple little book that speaks volumes on thankfulness!

And then this happened...........

We headed down to the creek and each collected our favorite stone and then....... we did this...........



When you read the book, you'll understand the rock thing. These are our thankful rocks, and that's all I'm going to say about that because you just have to read the book for yourself.... really, you just have to  read the book! Promise me you'll read this book to your kids, big and little, and remind yourselves of how important it is to be grateful each and every day!





It'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! And we all need some warm and fuzzy right?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sumptuous Cheese Tortellini Soup


This soup is truly sumptuous! Fall signals soup and stew weather at our house. This has been a chilly, rainy week and soup is the perfect dreary day meal. I look forward to soup weather because I love one pot meals, don't you? Easy to make, easy to clean! We ALL love easy, right?? This soup takes almost no time at all to prepare, which I REALLY love! I first saw this recipe a while back on one of my favorite blogs "Life In Grace". Follow this link over to Edie's blog for her original recipe post. I've followed her blog for years and if you don't regularly read her posts, get on over there and start reading y'all! She seriously knows her way around a kitchen which is why I regularly steal borrow her recipes.




Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Lg. Onion Chopped
2 Carrots Chopped
3 Celery Stalks Chopped
3 Cloves Of Garlic Diced
2 1/2 Boxes Chicken Stock {10 Cups}
1 Bag Fresh Spinach
1 Lg. Bag Or 2 Small Bags Of Fresh Cheese Tortellini {sold in dairy section} 
1 28 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Tbsp. Honey







  • Saute the onions, celery and carrots in olive oil for 5-7 min or until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the diced garlic and sauté another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, tortellini, tomatoes, spinach, vinegar and honey.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is tender.

  • Serve with warm Italian bread and top with fresh grated Parmesan  if desired! Enjoy!




    Try this fabulous recipe this weekend or 'pin it' for another day! You can thank me later! 


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    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Fear = Good {More On Unschooling}

    If you've chosen to school your children at home, you know that there is always a gnawing fear involved. Are you doing this thing right? Are you messing your kids up beyond repair?  Blah, blah, blah. I know, it's a crazy fear! Even if you've graduated a child from your homeschool and you're still schooling your others, that fear is still there every day. I don't think it ever vanishes until all your littles have graduated and they are all grown up and you are pleased with the choices they've made. Only then can you breathe a sigh of relief that, well, maybe you did it all o.k. MAYBE!



    Here's my thoughts on the subject, and remember please, that I'm no all knowing guru or anything, but this is just my two cents, K? I believe that fear is good. We have cared enough to take on a HUGE responsibility of not only having our children but keeping them with us and educating them as well. We have put our own needs to the side and followed God's call to school our children at home. We have not handed off this responsibility to anyone else, but heeded God's call upon our own lives. When we REALLY BELIEVE that we are doing God's will, how can we possibly be messing up our children? We are following God's call for our lives- that's huge! Own It! 



    Unschooling is just taking that call one step further. Unschooling means that each and every day we believe through faith that God will lead us and our children and grow us in the way that He sees fit. It is stepping out in faith each day and believing that God Himself will show up and lead. Does that mean that we all sit in the living room all day waiting to hear from God? Of course not. But it does mean that as the parent, I actively seek God's presence every day and plan accordingly. It means that I try to stay in tune with my children and listen for God to tell me what they need by their actions and behaviors.



    Our life isn't perfect over here by any means. My kids bicker and argue just like yours. We don't sing kumbaya in the car on the way to the grocery store {although, that would be really nice}, but what we do is try to pay attention to one another's subtle cues and explore those daily. I believe that God wants us to hear Him in the most unassuming of places, in our own children perhaps.


    Unschooling can be really scary, and that's a good thing. Fear = Good. Now repeat that three times! Fear keeps you on your toes! If you know in your heart that you are following God's call in the lives of your children, you're not messing them up. Have faith that you are growing them and educating them God's way! Promise me that you'll have faith. 

    Promise.

    Did you promise yet?


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