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).

Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

DegasDegas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 {Part Two}

This is the second post for the Shower of Roses Blog Hop (Part One can be found here, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Scrapbooking Supplies, Crafts, Home, Toys, Fairies)

All of the same terms apply: Shipping will be media or priority (buyer’s choice) and will be figured when you’re done shopping. Payment is via venmo, paypal ($1 will be added to the total), or personal check (shipping will be delayed until check clears).

Here’s more!

Make Way for DucklingsPlanetPond lake River Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Make Way for Ducklings – cover shows wear; book in good to great condition $3
  2. The Big Book For Our Planet – has name or book plate mark inside cover, otherwise great condition $5
  3. Pond Lake River Sea – has name or book plate mark inside cover, otherwise great condition $5

GolemKit's Friendship Fun
I Felt Like I Was from Another PlanetWhy Do Birds Build Nests?Garfield's 7th Treasury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Golem – great condition $4
  2. Kit’s Friendship Fun – like new $5
  3. Fourth Grade Brain Teasers – good condition $2
  4. I Felt Like I Was From Another Planet – Great condition $4
  5. Why Do Birds Build Nests – like new $5
  6. Garfield’s 7th Treasury – good condition $2

A Nation TornThe Day Fort Sumter Was Fired OnKennedy AssassinatedAlways RememberIndian ChiefsTales From ShakespeareFairy Crafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. A Nation Torn – good condition, name on inside cover may have bled through cover $2
  2. The Day Fort Sumter Was Fired On – good condition, name on inside cover may have bled through cover $2
  3. Kennedy Assassinated – good condition, name on inside cover may have bled through cover $2
  4. Always Remember – good condition, name on inside cover may have bled through cover $2
  5. Indian Chiefs – good condition, name on inside cover may have bled through cover $2
  6. Tales From Shakespeare – well loved $2
  7. Fairy Crafts – like new condition $4

Harry Potter Half-Blood PrinceMy Guardian AngelToy Story 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – like new $$5
  2. My Guardian Angel – former library book $1
  3. Toy Story 2 – good condition $2

Art BookThe Love DareThe Christmas BoxWinning Him Without WordsCrossword Puzzles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Large Art Book – old and shows wear, prints are suitable for removing and framing, heavy $10
  2. The Love Dare – new condition, I have multiple copies $10 each
  3. The Christmas Box – new condition, I have multiple copies FREE – $4 to ship a book, or no cost to add to an order
  4. Winning Him Without Words – new condition $8
  5. Crossword Puzzles – $1 or free with any $25 purchase

 

VeggieTalesVeggieTalesVeggieTalesVeggieTalesKids Holiday Baking BookFlower Fairies Secret WorldHumpty Dumpty Board BookHumpty Dumpty Board BookHoot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draw Horses & PoniesCinderella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Pictures 1-4: VeggieTales books – condition varies from ok to great $3 each or all four for $10
  2. Kids’ Holiday Baking Book – this is an uncorrected proof, great condition $3
  3. Flower Fairies Secret World – great condition $5
  4. Humpty Dumpty Board Book – this book was printed upside down (see second photo), great condition $5
  5. Hoot – new condition $7
  6. I Can Draw Horses & Ponies – great condition $2
  7. Cinderella – great condition $2

 

Ok, this post is long enough! There will be at least two more posts… Whew! That’s a lot of stuff – I hope you find lots that you like! Clear my shelves and help me make a tuition payment please!!!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORY

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

Presidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Men of Greece, great condition $10

Famous Men of Greece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

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

IEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSIC & ARTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME ARTS

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!

Post #2

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Scrapbooking Supplies

Crafts

Home

Toys

Fairies

Where Have You Been All My Life?

Ok, so maybe “all my life” is a bit of exaggeration. Perhaps we can narrow it down to the last 10 years…

I am a mom. I have bad days. Put them together and I have Bad Mom Days. Do you?

No, this doesn’t mean I am a bad mom, it just means I have those moments where I could have made a better choice. You know those moments: we yell too loud, or too long, or we use words we wish hadn’t. Maybe we are over-protective; or under-protective. Maybe we step in when we should but out. The bottom line is that moms are human; and as humans we screw up sometimes.

For example…

There was a time when I made homemade tomato soup. And it was good! {If I do say so myself!} It was when we still celebrated Halloween and the recipe was called Soup with Goop. It had chunks of melting mozzarella in it. And there was also a pasta dish called Bats with Cobwebs, using bow tie pasta and shredded Parmesan cheese. The pasta was a hit; however the soup was not.

LegoFan was about 5 at the time. He had not been diagnosed on the spectrum yet; and I had not yet leaned to pick my battles. And battle we did. He sat there and refused to eat any of this soup. I was bound and determined to make him eat it.

To this day, LegoFan refuses to eat soup of any kind.

I have berated myself for creating this aversion to soup. I’ve kicked myself for being insensitive. I have really beaten myself up over this for years.

But seriously. It’s time to let it go. Was it really my bad parenting moment that created this soup aversion in my son? Maybe, maybe not. Knowing what I now know about autism and sensory processing disorders, my ill-planned battle may have had very little to do with it. But I beat myself up anyway.

And that’s where the title of today’s post comes in. I’ve recently read this gem of a book by author and speaker Kathi Lipp called “i need some help here! – HOPE for When Your Kids Don’t Go according to Plan”

I am SO glad I read this book, but I have to admit that I wish it were in print before I made the Soup with Goop! Perhaps I would not have chosen to fight this battle. Or, perhaps, if I did fight it, I would not have beaten myself up over it for the past several years.

Ladies, we do that a lot. We beat ourselves up over these mistakes we make. Guess what? We’re going to keep making mistakes. If we beat ourselves up over each and every one, we’ll never make it to puberty, much less adulthood.

Kathi’s book offer hope and encouragement to all of us. But this isn’t your typical self-help book. I love that she includes stories from the trenches. I don’t know about you, but I feel just a little better about things when I know others are in the same boat I am.

Also included in this book are prayers ~ prayers for our children; and prayers for us as moms. Kathi skillfully uses scripture to help us on this journey; and to assist us in looking at ourselves through our Heavenly Father’s eyes.

In the immortal words of Larry the Cucumber: “I laughed. I cried. It moved me.”

Thank you, Kathi for freeing me from the Goop in my own Soup!

Here’s a little more about “i need some help here!”

It’s easy to feel worried and anxious as a parent. There are so many areas of your child’s life that can go wrong along the way. What’s a mom to do? In I Need Some Help Here! Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan, Kathi meets you in your moments of panic or despair with wit and wisdom. She offers the most powerful tools, from prayer to practical tips, for you and your child. The book covers all of the stages of your child’s life from toddler to young adult and tackles the most common issues that cause stress and anxiety, sharing:

  • Practical wisdom when your child makes poor choices
  • How to pray when your child is running away from God
  • Comforting words fore when your child feels left out
  • “been there” advice for when your child is different than other kids

Whether you are at the end of your rope, or simply need a little extra support as you walk the parenting road, you’ll cherish Kathi’s heart, humor and experience.

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp inspires thousands of women each year to take beneficial steps in their personal, marital and spiritual lives through purposeful living. With humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to live each facet of our lives with meaning.

Kathi is the author of ten books with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers. She has become well respected on the topics of marriage, children and self-purpose from a biblical perspective. She has four more books slated for release in the next two years.

She is a national speaker and is often featured on Focus on the Family, MOPS International, Crosswalk.com, and Nickelodeon TV’s Parent Connect as well as a number of other reputable organizations around the country. She was recently named “Best of Broadcast” on Focus on the Family.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not doing laundry, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

Kathi can be found on:

Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp

Twitter       https://twitter.com/kathilipp

Pinterest    http://www.pinterest.com/kathilipp/

 

* Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review – the opinions I have expressed are my own. The link to amazon is an affiliate link; any pennies earned by your purchase of this book through my link will assist me in taking care of my kids and keeping them home.

Get-To-Know Me Post

Kendra from Catholic All Year “tagged” her readers to answer several questions, so here goes…

1. Where do you live? And why do you live there?

I live in Maryland. I guess you could say I live here because of my parents. We were living in Connecticut, when my father retired from the Navy. He got another job that ended up transferring us to Maryland in 1982. I’ve been here ever since. I would actually like to move out of Maryland, but I am legally bound to stay for a while. As much as I would like to move, I do love all the history that is here; especially the Catholic history. We are also relatively close to both the mountains and the ocean; and we have some incredible farm lands. Despite its problems, Maryland is a beautiful state.

Fall GlorySunset on the Water

2. What are you currently watching and/or reading?

I am currently watching the NCAA March Madness Tournament – my brackets are busted, but I’d be happy with either UCONN or Florida winning. The kids and I have started watching the Dr. Who tv series and are through the first three seasons. As for reading, we are reading through the book of Leviticus as well as Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe.

3. What kind of Catholic are you: cradle, or convert? (Or considering?)

I am a cradle Catholic. However, I don’t think I really had an appreciation for the faith until I started to teach my children. And this deepened even further when I went through my divorce.

4. Can you point to one moment or experience that made you a practicing Catholic? (Or want to be?)

In college, I was known as “the girl who went to church,” which was great, but I would party every weekend and wasn’t really living it. However, when I started teaching my children, we listened to Jeff Cavins’ Bible Timeline Adventure – I learned so much about the Catholic faith that I had either forgotten or never knew. It was at that time I decided to make a more conscious effort to raise my children to live out their faith, not just go to church.

5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Let’s see: a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of flat suede boots, and a pair of heeled boots that are falling apart. And there’s my Christmas Shoes.  Remember this song?

This has always been Diva’s favorite Christmas song. So a couple years ago, she went out and bought me a pair of glittery gold, sequined shoes so she could be like the boy in the song. The shoes didn’t fit and we went back to get a larger size. But they didn’t have a larger one. So we looked around together. She saw these rain/snow boots and had me try them on. We actually tried on two different pairs, but we got the pair that she (and I) liked the best…

Christmas Boots

I guess that means I have four pairs of shoes/boots.

6. Are you a good dancer?

Wow, I’m not sure about this one. If I was still in my 20s I’d answer a firm “Yes!” However, I haven’t danced for about 14 years. I’ve taken Swing dance lessons and I’d like to learn other kinds of dancing; but right now I have no dance partner. Alas, the answer to this question will have to wait.

7. Who usually drives, you or your husband?

Well, since I am a single mom, I have no choice. I’m the one and only driver in this family. If I was married, I would prefer that he do the driving and I do the passengering.

8. What’s your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

Christmas is my favorite! First, we keep Christ in Christmas. We love the music and the lights of the season. We love the giving. We love trees, train gardens, and Christmas villages.

We have participated in Holy Heroes Advent Adventure, done Jesse Trees, baked cookies for everyone we can think of, bought presents for under the Giving Tree, and more. It’s such a wondrous and wonderful time of year.

Jesse Tree

9. Which is correct? Left or right?

Toilet-Paper-Over-Under

The left. Definitely. I will change it if you put it the other way…

10. Do you have any scars?

I assume we are talking about visible scars here… And I have a few. I have one really big one from my two c-sections and subsequent hysterectomy. I have another one on the bottom of my foot from when I was a kid and went fishing. Barefoot. I slipped on a rock and sliced my foot. Then there was the time I fell off my bike and had the kickstand go into my calf. Sorry, no photos, next question…

11. What’s the most famous thing you’ve ever done?

Since Kendra broke the rules altered the number of things, I’m going to go rogue and list two here. First, when I was in high school, our marching unit was selected as Maryland’s sole representative to the Inaugural Parade of Ronald Reagan in 1985. It was too cold that year and the parade was cancelled. President Reagan arranged for all the parade participants to come to the arena in Landover, MD; and we all got to hear him speak. My one regret is that I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have.

GHS Silks

And my other claim to fame is being an extra on the show Homicide: Life on the Street. This show was filmed in Baltimore and I was blessed to be an extra on one episode where a priest or two were murdered. I got to be a mourner at the funeral. In fact, I had to tell the person in charge that a Catholic would genuflect before entering the pew. He told me I should add that then, but it ended up on the cutting room floor. I was in Season 6, and I think the episode was called Something Sacred.

Thanks, Kendra, for including all of us in your award! It was fun!

7 Quick Takes: My First Post

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I’ve been seeing these posts linked to Jen’s Conversion Diary for a while now, and one of my goals for 2014 was to start participating in more of these link-ups. Heck, my main goal was to give myself the proverbial kick-in-the-behind to start posting on a regular basis. So here we begin…

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The kids made it through most of the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. It was great to see them discover country names that they’d never heard of before. They compared flags and outfits. Ok, really only Diva made comments on the outfits. LegoFan could care less. I am looking forward to watching the events with them over the next several days.

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Today, we ended our school day early in order to attend one of the opening showings of The LEGO Movie. I’m not a movie reviewer and I probably don’t pay attention to some of the details I probably should, but I have to say that – for me – this movie was worth attending. Some of it was, of course, predictable. But I must say that I like the theme of working together as a team. Even now, I can still hear the theme song in my head: “Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.” But I think the best part of it was spending time having fun with my children and seeing them enjoying themselves.

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Another goal for myself this year was to improve my health. To that end, I decided to start taking Plexus Slim and Bio Cleanse in an effort to get healthier and lose weight. Tomorrow will be 30 days since I began and I get to weigh myself and take my measurements. But I have to say that I have already seen some great results in how I feel!

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This week starts a busy season for us. LegoFan begins a group for children with Anxiety Disorder. It’s an experimental group, and if successful, the results will be used for training others in how to treat Anxiety Disorder. It could prove to be a very positive experience for both him and I.

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Diva will also be starting a group this week. She is really looking forward to this, and has been for quite some time. Her group is for siblings of those on the Autism Spectrum. She will get to meet with some other girls who also have brothers on the Spectrum, and it will be led my two women who also have brothers on the Spectrum. I am so happy that she finally has the opportunity to learn some strategies for dealing with all that ASD has brought into our lives, and that she will get to be with other girls who are also experiencing similar things.

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Wow, for my first Quick Takes post, it sure took a long time to write! But I must confess that Downton Abbey was on in the background, and I was a bit distracted. However, I look forward to participating again, perhaps with less distraction.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

* Links to Plexus will take you to my business page, where I hope to make a little money to help keep my babies home with me. It’s one of the ways, I, as a single mom, can earn a living so I can continue to homeschool them. I thank you for your support.

Moving – Finally!

My blog has a new home. Over the next few nights I will be transferring all of the content from here to the new domain. What is it, you ask? http://mamacre8s.com

I do not know if those of you who subscribe to emails will also be transferred, but I think you have to stop by and subscribe to the new blog. Please do!

Looking forward to your visits and comments at our new home – Thanks!

Pursuit of Proverbs 31 Backwards Blog Tour – Don’t Compare Yourself

I have a special treat today! Amy Bayliss stopped by on her month-long blog tour celebrating her new ebook: The Pursuit of Proverbs 31: A timeless, biblical study of the modern Christian woman.

Comparing ourselves to others is really a dangerous place to be. We never consider the things of God when we do this. The fact that we have different circumstances, experiences, gifts and talents all play a large role in the lives of us and others. We cannot waste precious time and energy comparing.

Many of us are fascinated with, and at the same time terrified of, the
woman in Proverbs 31. This woman was a wife, mother, manufacturer,
importer, merchant, manager, realtor, farmer, seamstress, upholsterer, and
the list goes on and on. She is intimidating to say the least. I’ll admit I’ve
snarked at her under my breath on more than one occasion.
We still try to be like her though, don’t we? And when we fall short we
don’t want to face it. Instead, we try to hide behind strength and facades of
perfection. But, there is always the One who can see right through us. He
sees our hearts and our intentions. He knows what the neighbors would
have never guessed; we don’t have it all together.

I, too, thought I was conquering this short snippet of time called life. At
one point, I worked my fingers raw cleaning my home and crafting items
I had no interest in. I memorized Scripture so that I could quote it at the
next Bible study. I kept my hair in a trendy, but easy to manage, style and I
spent lots of money on fashionable clothing so I could look nice at church
functions. I smiled and laughed even on some of the worst days of my life.
I didn’t allow myself to be vulnerable or to break. I was more than superwoman.
I was super Christian woman. I can do all things, right?

Yet, even in the midst of wearing the superwoman cape I echoed the questions
that have plagued the hearts and minds of so many:

  • Why can’t I get it right?
  • How can I find more time to get it all done?
  • Why isn’t God helping me?

Aren’t those the kind of thoughts and emotions we go through? Life brings
us obstacles and we make it our responsibility to conquer them.

This is the result of comparing oneself to the Proverbs 31 woman.

If you’ve ever wanted to tear the 31st chapter of Proverbs out of your bible this book is for you. She is a wife, mom, business owner, seamstress, she serves the needy, speaks life and wisdom, and seems to be quite the major overachiever, perfectionist type. Except that…she’s not. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyFB3I7ud4&w=560&h=315] Come along and journey with Amy and take a look at the real woman of Proverbs 31. She isn’t as perfect as she seems. In fact, I think she is a lot like you and me. If you want the Kindle version, get it here: Pursuit of Proverbs 31. You can also download the free Kindle app on your PC, iPad, iPhone, or many other devices. For the downloadable, printable PDF version, get it here: Pursuit of Proverbs 31

Amy Bayliss

Amy is a small town Cajun girl living life in the big city. She and her husband Ryan have four children, all boys, ranging in age from toddler to teen! Amy is a full-time blogger and WP designer at My Southern Media. You can visit her at her personal blog, Cajun Joie de Vivre or you can follow her ramblings on Twitter and keep up with her mischief on Facebook.