Scrapbooking Supplies

I know the Blog Hop is over, but I have a ton of things that need good homes. As we prepare to move and pay for tuition, it’s just time to let many things find their way to those who will love and/or use them. So this post is all about Scrapbooking; and I’ll add other things as I can, and just link all the posts.

Shipping on these is priority mail, based on weight and zip code. All boxes will be mailed from the east coast. All of the scrapbooking items are new unless noted otherwise. I am not a CM consultant; I just have way too much of this stuff.

Creative Memories Paper Carrying CaseCreative Memories Paper Carrying Case

Creative Memories Carrying Case – comes with six paper holders – three sections and shoulder strap – $15 – great condition, was used only to store paper, was not carried around.








Creative Memories Disney Album


Creative Memories Disney 8×8 album, new but no celophane $35








Creative Memories Specialty Album

Creative Memories 12×12 Specialty Album – new in box $60








Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day

Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day Page Kit – $2 each or both for $3





Creative Memories Short Story Card

Get Together, Short Story Card; One package of six that’s unopened and one package of five where one has been removed. Total of 11 cards for $5







Creative Memories Stick with One Contempo

Creative Memories Stick with One; Contempo – $3





Creative Memories Combination Pack – Baseball, $5








Creative Memories Combination Pack – Wilderness, $5








Creative Memories Combination Pack - Wilderness

Creative Memories Combination Pack – Wilderness, $3








Creative Memories Combination Pack - It's A Girl

Creative Memories Combination Pack – It’s A Girl, $3








Creative Memories Done With One - Halloween

Creative Memories Done With One – Halloween, $3





Creative Memories Color Wheel

Creative Memories Color Wheel – $2








Creative Memories Paper Pack - Raspberry Hearts

Creative Memories Paper Pack – Raspberry Hearts, $3








Creative Memories Paper Pack - Evergreen Gingham

Creative Memories Paper Pack – Evergreen Gingham, $3








Creative Memories Paper Pack - Dusty Rose

Creative Memories Paper Pack – Dusty Rose, $3








Creative Memories StencilCreative Memories StencilCreative Memories StencilCreative Memories Stencil











Creative Memories Stencils – I have three each of the White, Yellow, and Teal ones; and I have two of the blue one; $1 each






Creative Memories Fridge Frame


Creative Memories Fridge Frame – this was on a fridge at one point, $3








Creative Memories Ideas


Creative Memories Ideas – Tips, Ideas, Advice, etc. Lots of these, did not count, $3








Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book


Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book – Volume VII (7), $5, multiple copies








Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book

Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book – Volume IV (4), $5, multiple copies








Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book - Fast Formulas

Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book – Fast Formulas, $5, multiple copies








Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book - Start Smart

Creative Memories Page Layout & Design Idea Book – Start Smart, $5, multiple copies








Creative Memories Jumbo Great Lengths - Cabana Titles

Creative Memories Jumbo Great Lengths – Cabana Titles, $3





Creative Memories Magnet and Frame

Creative Memories Magnet and Frame – $1








Creative Memories Snap Pack - Fun in the Sun

Creative Memories Snap Pack – Fun in the Sun, $5








Creative Memories Mini File Folder

Creative Memories Mini File Folder – $2








Creative Memories Tin - Paper Corners

Creative Memories Tin – Paper Corners, $3








Creative Memories Tin - Stickers & Die Cuts

Creative Memories Tin – Stickers & Die Cuts, $3








Creative Memories Photo Mounting Paper Pack - Comfort

Creative Memories Photo Mounting Paper Pack – Comfort, $3, there are two of these





Creative Memories Finishing Touches - Title & Journaling Boxes

Creative Memories Finishing Touches – Title & Journaling Boxes, $3








Creative Memories Memory Keepers Club - Stationary Set

Creative Memories Memory Keepers Club – Stationary Set, $5





Creative Memories Mini Bag - Clear & Blue

Creative Memories Mini Bag – Clear & Blue, $1








Creative Memories Picfolio Minutes Album - Green

Creative Memories Picfolio Minutes Album – Green, $10





Creative Memories Power Sort Mini Box

Creative Memories Power Sort – Mini Box, $5





Creative Memories Starz Album

Creative Memories Starz Album – 8×8, $20, there are two of these








Creative Memories Titletopia

Creative Memories Titletopia – $3





I’ll be adding more posts soon. Thank you for helping my family move lighter and pay for tuition!

Other sale posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5, Crafts, Home, Toys, Fairies

2016 Curriculum Blog Hop {Part 5}

Now it’s time for other media for you to peruse! This is Part 5 of the Shower of Roses Curriculum Blog Hop for 2016. Check out my previous posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4Scrapbooking Supplies, Crafts, Home, Toys, Fairies.

Same terms: Shipping is buyer’s choice of media or priority; and will be calculated based on weight and zip code when you’re done filling your box. Payment is venmo, paypal ($1 will be added to the total), or personal check (shipping will be delayed until check clears).

CDsCDsCDsDVDsShirley TempleVeggieTalesVeggieTalesDVDsDVDsDVDsDVDsDVDsVHSGone With the WindCleopatraStar WarsVHS



























Cheri Gregory Marriage CDMilkshake CDsHoly Heroes CDs



























































  1. Four Christmas CDs $2 each
  2. Gary Lamb CDs (set of 5) $10
  3. Celtic Love CDs (based off Titanic music) $5 for all three
  4. DVDs – Pagemaster and Mario $2 each
  5. Shirley Temple – One DVD and boxed set of three VHS tapes $5 for all
  6. VeggieTales VHS – 18 tapes (see both photos for all titles), one tape has no box, boxes have seen better days, $10 for all 18 tapes
  7. Classics DVD – Great Expectations, Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, $2 each or all three for $5
  8. Journey of Faith & Star Wars DVD – $2 each
  9. Smithsonian Chronicles – $1 & Black Swan DVDs – $2 (Family Classics DVD is SOLD)
  10. Phineas & Ferb, Legend of the Guardians, Bionicle DVDs – $2 each
  11. Milkshake (Grammy nominated children’s band), Bionicle DVDs – $2 (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is SOLD)
  12. Miscellaneous VHS tapes with shows taped to them – $1 for all of them
  13. Gone With the Wind Boxed Set – $5
  14. Cleopatra Boxed Set – $5
  15. Star Wars Boxed Set – $10
  16. VHS: Dances with Wolves (plastic still on), Good Morning Vietnam, Field of Dreams, Bible Stories – $1 each
  17. Cheri Gregory Marriage CD – never used $2
  18. Milkshake CDs – Grammy nominated children’s band, Happy Songs (not original case), Self-titled Milkshake (not original case), Great Day $2 each or all for $5
  19. Holy Heroes Altar Gang – He’s Coming, We’ve Been Wronged (not original case), Man to Mangia $4 each or all three for $10

I think this is everything – for now! Once again, I truly appreciate you taking the time to look at all I have to offer; and considering making a purchase to add to your collection and to help me take care of my children’s tuition.

2016 Curriculum Blog Hop {Part 4}

Back again with some more books for you to peruse! This is Part 4 of the Shower of Roses Curriculum Blog Hop for 2016. Check out my previous posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 5Scrapbooking Supplies, Crafts, Home, Toys, Fairies.

Same terms: Shipping is buyer’s choice of media or priority; and will be calculated based on weight and zip code when you’re done filling your box. Payment is venmo, paypal ($1 will be added to the total), or personal check (shipping will be delayed until check clears).







Set of Highlights magazines from the 70s – $6 and issue or $50 for the set

Bible HistorySt. Joseph Catechism









Bible History – Fair condition $2

St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism – fair condition $2



Folk Tales






Set of Folk Tales – good condition, $2 each or all three for $5

Klutz Spiral DrawKlutz Spiral DrawKlutz Spiral Draw
















Klutz Spiral Draw – has all drawing pieces, but the pens are dried up so they’re not included (can use any pen with a tip that can be inserted into the disks). A few pages have been doodled; most have not (see second & third pictures) $8












Degas book – small size, good condition, has inscription (see second photo) $2

Winnie-the-Pooh SetWinnie-the-Pooh Set









Winnie-the-Pooh set – good condition for their age, set of four(4) books, probably early 70s, but not sure; $10

Nancy DrewNancy DrewNancy DrewNancy DrewNancy DrewNancy DrewNancy DrewNancy DrewNancy Drew

































Vintage Nancy Drew Books – Set of the first 10 titles in the series, see photos for conditions and copyright dates (some in the 30s!), great condition! $150

Vintage Sesame Street Books






Vintage Sesame Street Books – Set of 5 from 1970. Pretty good condition for their age $50 for all five(5)


Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my posts and consider what you’d like to add to your collection. Once again, every purchase goes directly toward helping this single mama pay high school tuition. We appreciate everyone who helps us on this journey!

2016 Curriculum Blog Hop {Part 3}

Back again with some more books for you to peruse! This is Part 3 of the Shower of Roses Curriculum Blog Hop for 2016. Check out my previous posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, and Part 5Scrapbooking Supplies, Crafts, Home, Toys, Fairies.

Same terms: Shipping is buyer’s choice of media or priority; and will be calculated based on weight and zip code when you’re done filling your box. Payment is venmo, paypal ($1 will be added to the total), or personal check (shipping will be delayed until check clears).

All of the following books are $1 each; or 6 for $5. There is a $5 minimum order please. I am happy to combine with anything on any of my other 2016 posts.

Please assume all books have been read; and their condition may range from ok to great.

Multiple BooksMultiple BooksI SurvivedDouble Diamond Dude RanchFlat StanleyKids Silliest RiddlesScience PuzzlesHoe To Eat Fried WormsTrouble RiverCritical Thinking PuzzlesKaleidoscopes
















Missing LinkHorse SenseWorld's Dumbest CrooksAngels' Wings










King Athur






























Don’t forget to check out all my other posts (linked at the top) for more treasures as I clear my shelves. Your purchase will help this single mama be able to afford a tuition payment – we thank you for supporting us!

2016 Curriculum Blog Hop {Shower of Roses}

It’s time for Jessica’s annual Curriculum Blog Hop. Feel free to hop on over there to see all the other posts, after checking out all the items I have to offer this year.

This post will be rather long this year as this was my last year of homeschooling – long enough for multiple posts! It’s a bitter sweet ending to this chapter in our lives. I had intended to continue through high school, but circumstances made it so that it was better for them to attend two of the Catholic Schools in the area. So, now I just need to sell everything to put a dent in the tuition. As a single mom, this is a huge undertaking. To that end I hope you will all help me clear my shelves and be able to afford some of this tuition. Thank you!

All items will be priced and described with each photo. Prices will NOT include shipping as I want to be fair with pricing in the event multiple items are requested. Please comment with your list of books and I will email you (not shown publicly) for your zip code and to arrange a shipping price. Shipping can be priority or media mail.

Payment can be via paypal ($1 added), venmo, or personal check (shipping will be delayed until your check clears).

Now, let’s get to this extensive list!


Math-U-See Algebra 1 Teacher Manual and DVD $25 for the set (used condition, DVDs work fine, little to no writing in the book)
Math-U-See Algebra 1






Math-U-See Geometry: Teacher Manual, Student Book, DVD, Test Book $50 for the set (used condition, DVDs work fine, little to no writing in the book)

Math-U-See Geometry






Creating Line Designs $3 (used, but no writing inside)

Line Designs










Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition Textbook $50, Full Course on DVD $50, Tests & Solutions CD-Rom $10 (no case) – or $100 for all three (book is in pretty good condition – no highlighting or major writing; both disks work just fine)

Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

Apologia Exploring creation with Biology Disks











Connecting with History, Volume 1 (2005) (you can have the binder, or choose not to have it to reduce the weight, just let me know) $20

Connecting with History Volume 1









Connecting with History, Volume 2 (2009) $20

Connecting with History Volume 2









Connecting with History, Individual Unit $2

Connecting with History









Atlas of the Bible $2

Atlas of the Bible









Around the World in 180 Days $20

Around the World in 180 Days









Look It Up Book of Presidents $5











Famous Men of Greece, great condition $10

Famous Men of Greece










All About Spelling, Level 7 (used, most forms from student pack included – no progress sheet) $30

All About Spelling Level 7






IEW Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis, Teacher Manual $15

Windows to the World









IEW Teaching Writing CD $5











Writing Without Fear Disk $10

Writing Without Fear









Practical Assessments for Literature Based Reading Classrooms $3

Practical Assessments









Reading & Language Arts for the Middle Grades $5

Reading & Language arts









Prince Caspian Study Guide Disk $10

Prince Caspian CD









Indian in the Cupboard Guide $2

Indian in the Cupboard









Newspaper Reporters $2

Newspaper Reporters









The Art of Teaching Writing $

Art of Teaching Writing










Prima Latina Disk $5

Prima Latina






BJU Spanish 1 (NOT Catholic, but don’t think there’s anything anti-Catholic in these Spanish books); four piece set: Text – teacher and student; Activities manual – teacher and student; excellent condition $60 for all four books

BJU Spanish 1

BJU Spanish 1

BJU Spanish 1BJU Spanish 1


















Emphasis Art $10

Emphasis Art






Biographies Wagner and Verdi; like new condition, $10 each or both for $18

Composer Biographies






Art Books: Multi-cultural Art Book and Classical Kids $7 each or both for $10

Art Books









Talking with Artists $5

Talking with Artists










Plants Grown Up and Polished Cornerstones $25 each or both for $40

Polished CornerstonesPlants Grown Up









Lessons in Responsibility for Boys and Lessons in Responsibility for Girls $12 each or both for $20

Lessons in Responsibility for BoysLessons in Responsibility for Girls









Managers of Their Homes; some of the sheets have been used to make a schedule, but many remain to make multiple schedules $10

Managers of Their Homes










This post has grown too long! However, I have many more items to list. I’ll be back with a couple more posts; and I will link to them here, once they are up. Items can be combined from the posts and I’ll be happy to wait until I get everything listed so you can see all of it. Thank you!

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Scrapbooking Supplies





I Am A Rebel

I am divorced.

And although I am the one who filed the paperwork, it wasn’t my choice.

And, I know this goes against popular thinking, but I was an abused wife who didn’t want the divorce.

Yes, that revelation is a tough pill to swallow personally, but it’s also tough to admit. I’ve always been shy, but living in an abusive marriage took away any bravery that I may have had. (Let me just state up front that the majority of my abuse wasn’t physical.) My daily life was filled with words and experiences designed to let me know that I wasn’t good enough; that I was less than acceptable.

I learned that nothing I did was good enough, so I had to try harder to be perfect. Maybe then the words would soften and I would be good enough for him.

I learned that I had to try harder to make him, and subsequently others, like me so I could please them. Maybe then the affairs and pornography would stop.

I learned that I had to try harder to get everything done that he wanted done. I started making lists of everything I did during the day so he would know I wasn’t lazy. Maybe then I’d be performing better so he wouldn’t be so embarrassed and maybe take me out, involve me with his co-workers, or let me invite people over.

Then I learned that trying harder to be perfect didn’t help. Neither did trying to please him or performing better. So I learned something else: procrastination. If none of these things helped anyway, why even try? I was going to get yelled at and called names anyway, why try?

My kids were going to hear me called names and put down regardless of what everyone did all day. They were going to see me in tears no matter what. So…




All of my years of trying harder to be what someone else wanted, which was unreasonable and unattainable, made me fall victim to several bullies. The first and foremost bully was my ex-husband. And it took a long time to re-learn that I was a valued and loved Child of God and that I was not the “things’ he told me I was.

But while that bully was one over which I have absolutely no control, the other bullies are ones I used myself. They were tools, and I use that word loosely, handed to me by the enemy to knock me down to a point where I would ultimately give up and not live out the life with which I have been blessed.

Now some may look at my life and ask, “How is your life blessed?” And from the outside they may have a point…

  • I’m a single mom.
  • I take care of two kids, one with special needs.
  • I homeschool my kids and their father rarely sees them, so I’m rarely alone.
  • Since I homeschool, I don’t have a full-time job, which means I don’t have full-time income.
  • I work four direct sales companies from home, so when I’m not teaching, I’m usually working in some capacity.
  • I’m living in someone’s living room. On. A. Couch.
  • It’s next to impossible to find an affordable place to rent in a safe area.
  • It’s almost impossible to to get a mortgage; again an affordable in a safe area.
  • There is no money, no extras.

So HOW is my life blessed? My God, through various people, helped me escape that abusive life and find the hope and love that was there all along. I have a family member who is willing to help. I have my kids! I get to watch them grow up; educate them; make sure my son gets everything he needs; show them what bravery looks like.

And here lies another blessing: friends! I have never really had friends. Like I mentioned earlier, I am relatively shy. I had a few friends growing up, but being a military family, I never had time to allow those friendships to become solid. But since my divorce, God has showered me with friendships with some amazing women – some I’ve met and some I haven’t. But I know that several of these women, even those I haven’t met, support me, pray for me, love me. I can’t believe that I am finally learning what friendship is in my 40s! This is one of the best blessings lately.

Two of the ladies I have had a chance only to ‘meet’ online have written a book on this very subject. And they blessed me with the opportunity to be a part of their Braver Living Rebellion. That’s right. I’m a rebel.

Rebel Princess

Yep, I AM A REBEL! I can kick Performancism, People-Pleasing, Perfectionism, and Procrastination to the curb! Buh-Bye!

The Cure for the "Perfect" Life

Sometimes we get so entrenched in our stinkin’ thinkin’ that it’s hard to find a way out. Sometimes it’s hard to know that there is a way out. Cheri Gregory and Kathi Lipp have teamed up to start the Braver Living Rebellion for those of us who are stuck with one or more of these P-Bullies. And honestly, Ladies, I don’t know a single woman who is not encumbered by at least one. Let’s be honest… it’s time to get rid of them!

So where to begin? How about a free chapter to get you started? Then you can purchase your own copy at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, CBD, or Family Christian.

I am grateful to Kathi and Cheri for their honesty in this book, for their friendship (even if we’ve never met face-to-face), for the opportunity to realize that I am brave, for allowing me to be a rebel, and for truly showing me that:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Phil 4:13)


From “The Cure for the “Perfect” Life”:

Are you crumbling under the burden of perfection?

You know the expectations are unreasonable–even unreachable.

And when everyone else seems more together than you, where do you turn for help?

Meet Kathi, a disguised perfectionist always looking to put everyone else’s needs above her own, and Cheri, a formerly confused and exhausted poster girl for playing it safe.  They’ve struggled just like you–and found the cure. With unabashed empathy and humor, they invite you to take part in their rebellion against perfection. Step-by-step they’ll teach you how to challenge and change unhealthy beliefs. As they free you from always seeking more or needing the approval of others, you’ll discover a new, braver way of living. At last, you’ll exchange outdated views of who you should be for a clearer vision of who you are in Christ. 

The truth is you don’t have to be perfect.

You just have to be brave enough to read this book.

I received a free copy of this book. My post and endorsement are completely my own. Some of the links are affiliate links so when you purchase I may receive a small amount, but your price will not change.

Homeschool Used Book Sale

It’s that time of year again – time to sell last year’s books and buy next year’s books! And every year I am reminded of that Staples commercial where the dad is taking the kids back-to-school shopping and they use the song called “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I always loved that one! But as a homeschooler, my kids don’t go back-to-school.

I still love this time of year. I love new plans, new books, and new supplies.  And I truly enjoy being able to pass on the books the kids used so that another family can use them too. So here are the books I have to offer today…

Than you to Jessica at Shower of Roses for hosting this blog hop!

{Terms: All books are used unless otherwise noted and may have stray marks in them. Shipping will be based on weight and zip code and will be calculated after I know which books you would like. Shipping can be either priority or media mail – your choice. Please leave a comment with the titles & shipping method you want and your zip code. Comments are moderated so zip codes will be deleted.}

  • Faith & Life – Our Life with Jesus – Level 3 – $5 
  • Faith & Life Book 3
  • Singapore Math Teacher’s Guide 6B – US Edition – $5 Singapore Math 6B Teacher
  • Around the World in 80 Days – paperback $1 Around the World in 80 Days
  • Artistic Pursuits – Grades 4-6, Book Two – $30 
  • Extra IEW Binder – contains instructions, notes, guidelines for parent/teacher – $15 IEW Structure & Style Binder
  • Successful College Writing, 4th Edition, includes 2009 MLA & 2010 APA Updates, Kathleen T. McWhorter – $20 Successful College Writing, 4th Edition
  • Building Foundations for Communication & Building Speech, Seventh Edition, Sheldon Metcalfe (some water marks on first several pages, cover shows a lot of wear) – $8 Building Foundations for Communication & Building A Speech
  • BJU Press Biology With Laboratory Exercises, Book A and Book B (I found one page of highlighting while thumbing through; about a third to a half of the exercises have the answers written in pencil and I can try to erase them, but can’t guarantee it’ll be perfect) – $20 for both books BJU Biology


Thanks for looking, please forward this post to anyone looking for homeschool books. I will mark each title as pending or sold as comments come in. Totals will be rounded to even dollar amounts and I would prefer payment via paypal.

Answer Me This #2

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter!

Answer Me This

1. What did you and your family wear to Mass on Easter Sunday?

I wore a pink blouse and black slacks, LegoFan wore his new green shirt and tie, and Diva wore a beautiful long, pastel dress with pretty pink flowers on it. She also added some pearl-colored sandals with chunky crystals on them – her new faves!

2. Easter Bunny: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

We never really focused on the bunny and always kept that casual. The kids figured that one out long before they began to question Santa. And we never had any photos taken at the mall. The costumes are never good and they really creep me out! But they still like egg hunts and a few surprises Easter morning; and so I oblige, with pleasure.

3. Do you prefer to celebrate holidays at your own house or at someone else’s house?

I’d prefer to celebrate at my own house – if I had one.

First, I enjoy entertaining. I enjoy having people over and creating a warm, family environment. But a very close second has to do with all LegoFan’s allergies and anxieties. It’s just better for me to have control over the food and lack of furry animals. It’s better for him if he’s in a setting where he’s familiar and comfortable.

4. What is your favorite kind of candy?

Is this a trick question? I think it’s impossible to come up with just one. I’ve always loved Brach’s Jelly Beans – not the Jelly Bird Eggs, not the Spiced Jelly Beans – just the plain ole, regular, original, Jelly Beans. But I really, really, don’t like the black ones and the red ones. Can we get bags made without those two flavors, please?

And then there’s the chocolate… M&Ms, Mounds Bars, York Peppermint Patties… I’m getting hungry!

Lastly, I love the eggs: mint, raspberry, marshmallow, and nougat. Love. Love. Love!

5. Do you like video games?

No. I don’t understand them. I can’t seem to play them. Much to LegoFan’s utter disappointment. He loves them: Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, anything LEGO. I just don’t see the fascination. But he’s good at them. So we have the Wii U in the house, the kids play the games, and I try to understand.

6. Do you speak another language?

I took three years of French in high school. I learned a little Italian when I went to Rome for World Youth Day 2000. And I tried to teach my kids a little Latin. So I guess the actual answer to this question is no. I can say and read a few words in several languages, but I cannot speak any of them other than English. And sometimes I question that ability!

Now join us over at Catholic All Year and play along!

Faith in Practice

I was blessed with the opportunity to model faith for my children today; and to teach them how to put their faith into practice as well.

We had to go to LegoFan’s Anxiety Disorder Group this afternoon. I had very little money in my account and needed gasoline in order to make it to the group. I left a little early and put $5 in the tank, and this should have brought up my available mileage up to about 35 miles. Knowing I didn’t have much more money and that it was only about 10 miles to the doctor’s, I set out.

However, I didn’t notice that my available miles never changed. When I got back in the car to return home, my available miles read 8. I’ll be honest that my initial reaction was one of a little panic because I thought I somehow didn’t get the gasoline I paid for. But I took some deep breaths – learned that from Anxiety Disorder Group – and started to pray. There were more miles between me and home than there were in my tank, with no gas stations in between.

LegoFan started to get very worried and was counting down the miles for me from the backseat – isn’t he helpful? Diva began to ask what would happen if we ran out of gas? Did I mention that it was cold and raining? I calmly told them how we would handle it if the car ran out of gas, and then I suggested that everyone pray.

I told them that Jesus could get us home. That we needed to have faith. I began to remember how long the oil lasted for the Israelites. I began to repeat to myself that I had faith and that I knew that Jesus would bring us home.

At each major milestone, we gave thanks. We made it around the Beltway – Praise God! We made it to the next stop light – Praise God! We made it to the final stop light before home, at which intersection there was a gas station – Praise God! The light was red, so I pulled out my phone and checked the balance on my account. I had $6.99 left. I was able to pull into the gas station and put $6 in the tank. We had made it.

But when I pulled out of the gas station, the available miles still read zero. I began to play with the buttons and eventually the available miles came around again, and it was 68 miles, more miles than should have been added when I put the $6 in the tank…

God is good – All the time! All the time – God is good!

Today was a great lesson in faith; and in modeling that faith for my children. Not only do I thank God for making it to the gas station, but I thank God for the opportunity (and ability!) to show my children where to turn in such situations. Thank you, Jesus!


7 Quick Takes #2

— 1 —

Confession. Reconciliation. Penance. Good things happen there. Especially when you ask God to help you make a good, honest confession. Something enters your mind that you hadn’t considered mentioning. Apparently God had something to tell me.

God nudged me this afternoon; and, believe it or not, this post is part of it.


— 2 —

Psalm 41: 10-14 ~ (10) Even the friend who had my trust, who shared my table, has scorned me. (11) But you, Lord, have mercy and raise me up that I may repay them as they deserve. (12) By this I know you are pleased with me, that my enemy no longer jeers at me. (13) For my integrity you have supported me and let me stand in your presence forever. (14) Blessed be the Lord, God of Israel, from all eternity and forever. Amen. Amen.

Someone whom I trusted hurt me. A lot. This someone still jeers at me. A lot.

When I first read this, I looked at verse 11 and thought it sounded a lot like revenge. However, perhaps it means something a little different. Perhaps it is more about my attitude and outlook. When the Lord has mercy on me and raises me up, that in itself is the repayment this person deserves, in that I am not controlled by that person’s hurts and jeers.

I think there is a secular saying about this: Living well is the best revenge. I don’t wish revenge on this person; however, I do wish to live well. And it is by God’s grace and mercy, as well as my integrity, that I shall.

Decoupage Cross

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Legofan saw his pediatrician this week, who was pleased with how well he is doing. He warned me to expect growth of approximately four inches over the next year. Ummm… can we do that all in the summer time so that the length of his pants doesn’t matter??? He’s already coming close to looking me in the eye. How bad does a 40-something year old woman look in these?

High Heel Boot from

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One of the things I’ve been doing for LegoFan is giving him Plexus Slim and ProBio5

I actually signed up with the company so I could get the products at wholesale. The ProBio5 is a probiotic, which many doctors suggest for kids on the spectrum. The Slim was actually designed for diabetics, but has improved the lives of many by helping them get off various medications.*

*(Standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I cannot diagnose, prescribe, or treat anything. If you are interested in these products, not only will I make a commission, but I would suggest you talk to your doctor before using them. I am only sharing our experiences with them.)

LegoFan has shown some incredible improvements after using these two. In general, he has become more compliant and less argumentative. He has allowed himself to step out of his comfort zone and actually talk to people. And his art has improved! He used to rush through art and barely follow the directions. Now he takes his time and actually puts details into his creations. I love these positive changes we are seeing!


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Diva has been amazing me with her creativity and sewing ability. She watched a video about how to sew one of the Mario characters out of felt. This video came with a template and she set out to make it. Ever since then, she has been designing her own patterns! She has made Captain Toad, Waccas (your guess is as good as mine!), Benny the 80s Spacesuit Guy and a Micromanager from the LEGO Movie, and the Unknown (don’t ask me which one) from Pokemon. Most recently, she has designed a princess doll, but she’s not finished with this yet, so I don’t have any pictures. This girl is amazing!

LEGO Movie Benny
Sew - Captain Toad
Sew - Micromanager
Sew - Waccas

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For me, I am loving that spring is finally here! Despite allergies, I am enjoying having the door open in the house, and the windows down as we drive. Flowers and trees are starting to bloom, and even parts of the city are starting to look pretty.

Flower Up Close


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April is the month for Autism. Given that LegoFan is on the spectrum, and I run four different businesses, I decided to team up with some other vendors to do a fundraiser for an amazing group called Pathfinders for Autism.

LegoFan has benefited directly from their services, and we just love the ladies associated with Pathfinders! To that end, I am donating a percentage of my profits from all of my businesses to Pathfinders this month! So, if you are in the market for…

Hair Jewelry from Lilla Rose

Hair Jewelry from Lilla Rose

Personalized Jewelry from Origami Owl

Personalized Jewelry from Origami Owl

Health & Wellness products from Plexus

Health & Wellness products from Plexus

Essential Oils from Young Living

Essential Oils from Young Living

… please click on the photos and they will take you to my sites. You can order directly from there, and then come back and post your order number in the comments (I can delete order numbers so they don’t stay on the blog). That way I can track things and make my donations accordingly.

* Just in case I wasn’t clear, the links will take you to my websites, where I will make a commission off each sale. In this case, your purchases will not only help me keep my kids home, but they will also help a worthwhile organization, Pathfinders for Autism. Thank you for helping us!

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