Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wildwood Cottage Collection from Pier 1 Imports

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I've always loved browsing around at all of the beautiful things at Pier 1 Imports. My husband and I have bought bedroom furniture, couches, and some home decor throughout our 20 years of marriage.

I really like this elegant, yet rustic, fall decor from Pier 1 Imports' Wildwood Cottage Collection. A wildwood cottage sounds like a place I'd want to go for a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving feast!

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Literacy Musing Mondays July 17-21 {Last Week as Co-host}

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Last Post Announcement

Hello everyone. I want to let you know that this will be my last week as a Literacy Musing Mondays co-host. I've enjoyed reading your posts each week and getting to know some of you through your blogs. :)

I've made the difficult decision to not renew my Bluehost services, so I will no longer be able to blog on this WordPress account. I blogged for 10 years with Blogger before making the switch almost a year ago, but I'm not sure if I will continue blogging with my old Blogspot account or not.

Truthfully, I haven't been able to keep up with the techy part of WordPress. It's basically sucked the joy out of blogging. :( I just can't justify the energy and expense when I'm not getting much in return.

Like I told Mary, I'm definitely feeling sad and a little stuck in limbo right now. I'm not sure where to go from here. However, I know I can trust the Lord to guide me as He promises He will.

Literacy Musing Mondays July 10-15 {College Orientation}

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A few days ago, this happened.

We drove to Flagstaff and dropped off our oldest child for New Student Orientation. Wow.

We enjoyed cooler temps, lots of green, and walking around the pretty Northern Arizona University campus.

While I can't yet wrap my mind around the fact that Thomas the Tank Engine has been so quickly replaced with all things political science, I am one proud mama! Proud that my son earned an incredible scholarship, proud that he's already earned 3 credits due to his SAT English scores, and proud that he's ready to take on life!

For those of you who have already experienced this phase of life, give me your best tips on being a GREAT parent of a college kid. :)  

He Speaks to Me: Preparing to Hear From God {Book Review}

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Longing to Hear God's Voice

Have you ever been desperate to hear from God?

Do you long to be a sheep who hears her Shepherd's voice?

Of course we can pick up our Bibles any time we want and "hear" what God has to say to us. And it's absolutely wonderful. We can "hear" on a daily basis how he loves us, how we can love Him, and how we can love others.

But sometimes I long for more. Do you?

Literacy Musing Mondays July 3-8 {4th Traditions}

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Celebrating July 4th

When I think of July 4th, I think of freedom, fireworks, and fun food. My favorite thing about all holidays are the traditions they inspire. We don't have a lot for this particular holiday, but we do have a couple.

Literacy Musing Mondays June 26-July 1 {Too Hot}

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I'm not sure what the weather's like where you live, but the recent temps in AZ have been too hot for even me. I'm not very fond of super cold weather, but consecutive 115° (and above some days) temperatures wearies the soul.

Many of the leaves on my backyard trees and plants are literally burning to a crisp.

I had to pick all of the apples off of my baby Santa Anna.

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They were starting to bake right on the tree.

As the blazing hot days drag on, I keep reminding myself that sweating is better than shivering!

What about you? Would you rather deal with the hot extreme or the cold extreme?

Literacy Musing Mondays June 19-24 {Guest Post}

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Welcome back to the #LMMLinkup. We are so honored to have a guest poster this week: Megan Weyebacher. I hope you enjoy her post that narrates how she came to love reading and the books that inspire and shape her world.

   

Over the last year,  memories buried as deep as the Titanic surfaced to my frontal lobe and I wondered why. The memories were of me when I was a child, in elementary school. I remember living in such a small town that I could walk its distance in just a short time.

One place I went frequently was the small library. The memory went on further to the many times I ran my fingers across the spines of my vertical friends, until I found what I was looking for.

Literacy Musing Mondays June 12-17 {Things I Love About Summer}

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I don't know about you, but it seems like I read more in the summer! I know it's not technically summer yet. But it sure feels like it where I live. Supposedly this time next week temps will reach 112°. Yikes!

Things I love about summer:

Cherries. I love to eat lots of cherries. I anticipate their arrival every year.

The Mystery of History Volume 2 Resources: Fourth Quarter

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The Mystery of History

My 6th grader and 9th grader are both reading The Mystery of History Volume II this year. I absolutely love The Mystery of History curriculum and am trying to add in more extracurricular resources this time around since these two are older now. In this particular book in the series, there are only 28 weeks of scheduled lessons, so that means we have 2 weeks per quarter to focus on extras. We choose to spend the last 2 weeks of each quarter on extras.

Resources

Because I no longer have children in elementary grades, these resources are targeted toward middle and high schoolers. My goal for extras is to find fun and interesting resources that are somewhat enjoyable, not ones that conjure up total mental drudgery. 🙂

We didn't get to all of The Mystery of History Volume 2 Resources: Fourth Quarter, and really the list could go on forever. However, here are a few resources from the web and the library that we sorted through.

Literacy Musing Mondays May 15-20

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If you're married, how many anniversaries have you celebrated?

My Answer: On May 10th, my husband and I celebrated a major marriage milestone - 20 years! I don't think either one of us were prepared for how difficult the journey would be. But, over the years I've learned to enjoy the good times and persevere through the bad times. I always go back to the Christina Rossetti quote that I recorded so long ago in my wedding album. We're one, and with God we can journey on!

I'd love to know your answers! Please share in the comments. :)

Literacy Musing Mondays May 8-14 {Mother's Day Gift}

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I love this quote. I love being a mom, but I know I fall short. My kids may see the good, but, unfortunately, they see the bad, too. I hope that they will always hold a special place in their hearts for my dedication to reading the Bible to them and making them memorize Scripture. :) It's one thing I know I've done right!

I found this quote in a wonderful book that I've read a few times and have on my bookshelf in my room. Moms Who Changed the World by Lindsey O'Connor is such a gem. Lindsey tells the stories of many moms who ended up raising children who impacted the world - children such as Moses, George Washington, Augustine, John & Charles Wesley, Amy Carmichael, and more.

Historical Christian Fiction Book List

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 Books are my tv.

To take a break during the day or to unwind at night, I love traveling back in time by book to when women wore dresses instead of tank tops and characters rode in carriages instead of cars. Curling up with a lighthearted story is the perfect way to end the day and help my busy mind release the cares of the world. It's a nightly routine, actually, and I truly don't know what to do with myself when I run out of books!

 I hate to admit it, but in my highschool days, I started reading historical romance novels. Secular ones. :( Thankfully, I was still a teenager when I was introduced to my first Christian historical fiction romance novel. I don't even remember how I came across it, but I've never looked back.

Literacy Musing Mondays May 1-6 {Can You Read Too Much?}

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Photo Gift Idea for a Sponsored Child

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I can run out of things to say or pictures to include when writing my family's sponsored child. So, I love fresh, new ideas every now and then.

With all the lovely, trendy wall art out there featuring states, countries, maps, etc., I came up with the idea to create something similar to send to our sponsored child who lives in Kenya. I'm most familiar with using PicMonkey, so that's the avenue I chose to make the photo gift featuring Kenya, our child's home country, and Arizona, my family's home state.

Literacy Musing Mondays April 24-29 {Favorite Fiction}

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Literacy Musing Mondays April 17-22 {Choosing to SEE}

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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration yesterday. :)

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Should Christians Use the Word Easter?

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Should Christians Use the Word Easter?

The subject of origin always seems to come up anytime there's a holiday that Christians celebrate or take part in.

So what about Easter?

I've heard that the very word itself is of pagan origin.

Is it true? Does it even matter?

If it is true, should Christians use the word Easter when referring to the celebration of the Resurrection?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Literacy Musing Mondays April 10-15

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Wishing everyone a very blessed Easter week as we celebrate our risen Savior! What are your plans for Easter Sunday?

My answer: First, we always start off by worshiping with others at our home church. Then, we head over to my mom's house to gather with family, eat yummy food, and play fun games.

I'd love to know your answers! Please share in the comments. :)

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