Friday, September 12, 2014

Collage Friday - Beach Edition

Please don't forget to pray for my friend Danielle and if The Lord puts in your heart to donate, that is a plus!    You can donate on line at this Go Fund Me Site

The last 7 days have been so much fun. Can I just be honest here and tell you how much I love my life.  So blessed and humbled to be in it with you all.

Last Friday -  Kids Bowl Free Program!  We thought it was our last Friday to bowl free but we received another email with more coupons for this week - SCORE! 

Zachary was also at the doctors for what we thought was sand in his eye but apparently just some of his allergies acting up.

We had the alley to ourselves. Being homeschoolers this type of thing happens a lot.  We always say "this is how the rich people must live...renting out the place for themselves"

Tuesday morning - packed up the car and headed to The Jersey Shore for our annual beach time.  The children love it here so much and I love watching them enjoying all of God's handywork.  This time Bubby (my mom) came with us. Blessed to share one of our traditions with her.

The boardwalk was EMPTY which is how we LIKE it!  Some of the games, restaurants and ice cream were open and that's all we needed to round off our time. 

It would not be a beach vacation without a sand castle or maybe a sand fortress!  This time I was able to sneak in some history with my sandcastle building..hehe

The Hampton Inn, Neptune, NJ was an excellent choice for this year's visit. The hotel is so clean and the staff very attentive.   We spent some time in the lobby on one of the nights...having LEGO challenges and a hotel scavenger hunt. Always learning...even if they don't "see it". 

We are preparing our yard for fall.  Preparing for a new season in life as summer comes to an end soon.  Next weekend we are away again for my son's wedding! AHHHH HHH - yes screaming inside!  I am so proud of him and can't wait to watch him devote his life to his soon-to-be bride.

You can see the entire Bridal Luncheon that we hosted for Kerri. At Eye Candy Creative Studio

I am also proud to be a part of the Moms Mentor program with Graham Blanchard. If you are not familiar with them you should be!  Even if your children are "older" you can still benefit from their website and the wisdom of the mentor group.    My testimony is being featured and in case you were not aware of WHY I am even on this earth breathing the same air as you, you can find out at this post.

I hope you have a blessed weekend and that you find time to help someone that needs YOUR prayers and help.

Linking up to Homegrown Learners - Collage Friday


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Testimony - Moms Mentor

Being a Christian home educating mom is not an easy task some days.  I am sure others will agree with that statement.

  Today I am over at Graham Blanchard spilling all my secrets...

I invite you over to the Graham Blanchard blog to find out more about my testimony and why I am who I am today!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Collage Friday

Labor day came and went without huge excitement in our home.  We did make it to another minor league baseball game on Friday night.  The fireworks were beautiful as was the night! 

On Saturday my mom and I hosted a Bridal Luncheon for my soon-to-be Daughter-In-Law.  That was very special. 
(more on that party coming up next week!)

We are still on "summer break" in our home which means we are on a lighter schedule for school.  We got back to the beach this week with our other homeschooling friends and it was nice to have it empty. The children could run anywhere they wanted. There was no swimming as the lifeguards have all gone back to collage, but they could wade and gathering needed water for sand castles.

Misc happenings...

I found all these paperback books in the used book "for sale" section of our library. SCORE for 50 cents each!   We have been playing a lot of Scrabble Jr. with the girls also. 

I finally printed off some of the recipes I am pinning!  These are zucchini cookies with a vanilla icing. YUM!    The other pic is our "not back to homeschool picture".  LOL  Thanks to "Aunt Tina" for the sign a few years ago.

This weekend we are getting together with friends and finishing up our Kids Bowl Free time at the local alley.

Some other exciting news: The Fall issue of Polka Dot Balloon Magazine came out and I had two parties featured in this issue!

Enjoy your weekend and check out all the homeschoolers linking up at Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Collage Friday

It's been a fun filled week around here and summer, for us, is far from over... 

Field trip to the New Jersey Botanical gardens was a great time on Monday. The weather was perfect. The flowers were in bloom and the bees were busy pollinating everything!  (best of all - it was FREE!) 

The children could run and explore until they were too exhausted to take another step. We went with another homeschooling family which made it even more fun! 

I can't wait to go back in the spring and see these Crab Apple Trees all in bloom!

This beautiful specimen of a Black Rat Snake is living in our grass clippings compost pile. If you remember we found several of it's shed-ed skin earlier this summer. IT was finally nice to see who the wardrobe belonged to!  To find out more about these slithery creatures you can go HERE.

We were finally able to get to the Lake Beach this week. If you remember from last year's Summer Collage Friday's we went almost weekly!  This summer was just busy with other fun filled adventures.  

We are gearing up for our mid week trip to the New Jersey Shore (week after Labor Day) and the kids are so excited in anticipation for the big waves and sunny shores. 

This weekend:  I can't believe it's Labor Day this weekend...I planned no big parties 8(    Except for a small intimate Bridal Luncheon on Saturday for my future Daughter In Law!  Just a handful of family from our side to celebrate her before she becomes part of the family forever! 

I am sure we will have a bonfire and roast a few dozen marshmallows...maybe an outdoor movie if the weather is nice enough.   

As for school, we have been maintaining our spelling, reading and math...Science has been all outside. We start back with our full time regularly scheduled programming (lol) on October 6th.  

If you missed my post this week about my friend, Danielle and her need for prayers, please click over and read it. 

I hope you have a chance to enjoy the holiday weekend. 

Until next week - Be Blessed! 

Linking up over at Homegrown Learners for Collage Friday!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reaching Out and Lifting Up

Psalm 107:19-21

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

This picture of Daneille and her daughter taken at my daughter's 7th birthday.

When I was 15 years old (let's just say many moons ago), I was given the news by my father that I had two years to live.  (insert GULP)

The "C" word was now a part of my family, my life, my then short future, my FOREVER (how every long that may be).  

Fast forward, many moons later, and as you can see I am still here (by the Grace of God)  typing this blog post, reaching out to my faithful followers. 

Ever wonder WHY you were put on this Earth? 

When you are faced with only a few weeks, months or short years to live, it goes through your mind, believe me.   I am confident that my life was saved so I can help others in times of need and I try to live by that every single day.  Even if it's just sending a happy email to someone who needs a smile, a gift card to a friend who needs a pick me up, a hand written note, meal support, a shoulder to cry on or cash to fill their pantry. 

Over the last 10 months, I have been faithful to a friend in need.  The "C" word is a part of her life too.  

It is with a heavy heart that I share her story...

She Needs Your Prayers

Her initial protocol was only 6 months of chemotherapy and then the sit and wait game to make sure the drugs wiped it all out.  We were making plans, over a glass of wine, where we were going to go to celebrate the ending of this chapter. 

Sadly, that was not to be.  Not only has it not left her body, but it's spreading.  Her future looks like this...clinical drug trials, hospitals, long commutes, more chemotherapy and a Stem Cell Bone Marrow Transplant then the sit and wait game, again. 

She is married and has 1 daughter.  They live on one income, as many of us do. They sacrifice because of it, as many of us do.  However, MOST of us will not face this extraordinary challenge, mentally - physically - emotionally or financially. 

I am reaching out to you and lifting her up to Our Lord today and every day until she is declared cured and the chapter is closed. 

If you find it in your heart, I ask  beg you to please add her to your prayer list and share her story with everyone and anyone. 

In addition, if you feel you can donate any amount of money, I have set up a Go Fund Me account that you can go to. FUND ME ACCOUNT  you can use a credit card to donate or if that does not work for you, you can send a check, please email me for my address (mnewell0293 (at) gmail (dot) com. 

Thanking you all in advance for sharing this post, praying for Daneille and her family, the doctors, nurses and all involved in her care and for donating. 

Until next time - be blessed ~

Friday, August 22, 2014

Collage Friday - Summer Fun

So happy that Mary is back with Homegrown Learners - Collage Friday!  

We have had a busy summer and it's not over yet!  We don't start back with our new grade levels until October 1st. We still have a week at the Jersey shore coming up and my older son get's married in a month!  More fun!

The children and I have been trying to start the school day with a mile and a half bike ride around our neighborhood. 

Exploring a pond near by.  It's been a great way to start the day! 

A lot of nature studies happening over the summer. Being a cooler summer here in New York, we have been able to stay outside without the heat of the day sending us back in to the air conditioner! 

Our deck garden update:  1 tomato, 4 peas and a sunflower...not enough to live on, but thankful never-the-less.  

Think I am going to leave the gardening to the experts next year - a lot of work and money for not a lot of return. 

Some fun with mushrooms!  Check out THIS post for a fun video on what one of these beauties does!

Having friends with gardens has been a blessing to our pantry.  Baking, freezing and eating all the yummy veggies. Preparing like a chipmunk for the winter months. 

My husband and I just returned from a three day trip to the Catskill Mountains. We went two years ago and it did not disappoint again.  Relaxing, boating, reconnecting.  Our 11th year wedding anniversary is tomorrow and I am excited to see what more is in store for us over the next 11 years!

Some of our real fun nature finds this summer.....

The tiniest frog - just thought he was soo cute! 

Large Fisher Spider - beautiful! 

Some on our roses and happy about it!

Coolest spider web I have ever seen. I could not fit the entire thing in the picture as it was HUGE.  Just looking at the dedication it took for this spider to finish this, makes my jaw drop!

How has your summer been? Back to school yet? 

Think about adding some arts and crafts to your curriculum this year?  

You can check out Kiwi Crate for FREE right now. We love them! 

Enjoy the weekend and be blessed!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hiking the Glen - Family Field Trip

We recently took a trip to the Fingers Lakes Region of New York. About 3 hours from us.  It's our new tradition to camp up there during the August NASCAR race. Hiking at the Watkins Glen State Park is a MUST when you go there.  We hiked about 4 miles around the park, staying on the trails. 

The landscape is breathtaking.  The children loved every step of the hike and stopping at little rest stops along the paths, made it easy. 

If you remember on our last hike, I was photographing all the mushrooms I found. This hike I was all about the wild flowers. 

Map reading, checking out the fresh mountain water and learning every step of the way!

So many waterfalls in this park, I lost track.  

At the end of the trail (just about 2 miles in) there is a playground and bathrooms. (no bathrooms along the way)  Nice area to stop and snack, take a break before the hike back! 

We found this beautiful web along the trail and the children and I were in awe of the detail work that the owner achieved!

My advice if you want to hike this glen....comfortable shoes (they will get wet), water to drink, some sort of snack (there are garbage pails along the path), and a camera. 

Until next time - be blessed!

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