Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We made it into the finals of the Kenn Kington "ISMS" contest. We are competing with four other finalists for the grand prize which is an all expense paid trip to Atlanta for the live filming to Kenn's brand new DVD.
Would you take 2 seconds and visit this website and vote for Deanna Germany's "ISM"?
Also, would you invite some friends to go and visit the website and vote too?
The race is REALLY close. I think the refresh button on the boy's computer is going to break because they keep checking to see what the scores are!
Thanks so much for helping us with this fun contest!
Monday, September 28, 2009
When I got home, all three of my guys were outside. Big Guy and Little Guy ran up to the car, threw the car door open and grabbed me up into a big bear hug and said, "Mom, we are so glad you are home. We missed you today."
There is just no place like home.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Our new brain game is Pentago.
The object of the game is to create five marbles in a row anywhere across the board. Wow... that sounds simple. But wait! There is a twist -- literally -- because as part of your move you will twist one of the quadrants. Trust me. What they say about Pentago is very true. It is easy to learn . Fun to play. Tough to master!
Another game which has challenged all of us is Stare Jr!
I would love to play this game with someone who is in law enforcement or is trained to recognize details because that is what this game is all about. You are given a card and given 30 seconds to stare at it. When your time is up you are asked a series of questions about what was on the picture. Boy, you really start to question your memory at that point.
Now if you believe good things come in small packages, you really need to invest in Logic Links!
We have also subscribed to a website called Five Minute Mystery. It is only $9.95 for a year. If you have someone who loves puzzles this would make a great virtual "stocking stuffer".
Each day you visit the site for a new mystery. Read each mystery carefully and select which clues either incriminate or exonerate each suspect. Earn points for finding all of the clues. Select the guilty suspect from the list once you've found all of the clues. Submit your clues and suspect decision to earn points. The more difficult the case, the more points you'll earn. The solutions are released the day after each mystery is published. The educational benefits to this website are priceless, but the boys don't think about that because it is so much fun.
Well, that is all for now. Hope you guys have a great weekend. Don't lose your voice screaming for your favorite football team!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My boys are smart. I wasn't worried about that. However, with all the unnecessary junk that Big Guy has had to deal with at school the past few years, he had lost his love of learning. That was truly at the top of my prayer list as we started this adventure.
One of my initial worries was that I was going to have a hard time getting the boys to transition from summer into school since they didn't have to get up and go anywhere. Why did I worry about that? The only person who has had that trouble is ME! The boys are up and going as early as 6:00 in the morning sitting and working on their morning work. Big Guy has gotten in the habit of making my coffee to help entice me out of the bed. Please, boys, let me sleep to 7:00!!!
They LOVE this advantage of homeschooling. I print their lesson plan for the week on Sunday night. Below is an example of one day so far for both of them:
Morning Work: Factmonster Word Quiz/Analogy/Spelling Bee
History: Review Chapter 9 for Chapter Test/Volcano Project Due (Studying Napoleon & Nicholas I))
Science: Lesson 25: Uranus
Math: Timez Attack
With their eldest son nearly to the age when he will be drafted into military service, Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to immigrate to America, the land of liberty, with their three sons and Reinhardt's adopted brother, Eli. But when tragedy strikes during the voyage, Lillian and Eli are forced into an agreement neither desires.
Determined to fulfill his obligation to Reinhardt, Eli plans to see Lillian and her sons safely settled on their Kansas homestead--and he's equally determined that the boys will be reared in the Mennonite faith. What he doesn't expect is his growing affection for Lillian--and the deep desire to be part of a family.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Fields Of Grace, go HERE
Review: Wouldn't we go to any lengths for our children? To protect them? To give them the best life possible? What if that "length" included moving to an entirely new country. I couldn't help think about my own boys as I read this wonderful book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Although written in fiction style, it is a historically accurate account of this family.
My heart was broken as they made the ocean trip and faced the loss of not one, but two family members. I questioned my own level of faith as I "walked" this journey with them as they built their new home in Kansas.
There are a lot of Amish/Mennonite style books being written right now. A lot of them seem to have very similar story lines; however, you will be pleasantly surprised that this is not "typical".
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she's allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves-most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she's one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom.
Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit's end. Nothing he's done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa's adolescent rebellion isn't helping matters. As Daniel's hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear.
If you would like to read the first chapter of One Imperfect Christmas, go HERE
Watch the trailer:
I was trying to get LK to say "Roll Tide". She is such a little mockingbird and will say just about anything, but you can imagine how it sounded with this star crammed in her mouth. She had the boys in stitches!
Of course, not to be outdone, MM started imitating Little Guy waving his arm around while saying Roll Tide. After that anytime he said "Roll Tide" she would wave her hand around. I'm telling you these babies know a good team when they hear or see it!
MM has been trying to teach Little Guy where his nose is for weeks now but he keeps forgetting. He must because he keeps asking, "Where is my nose?" and she keeps having to show him. Silly cousin!
LK has lost patience trying to teach the boys about such stuff and decided that she will move on to bigger and better things like refining her skills as a GRITS (girl raised in the south). What better way to do that than reading the latest issue of the "Mississippi" magazine?
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I had big expectations for this event since the PP&K competitions at Big Guy's schools were always so well organized and planned. However, I was a little disappointed. I have to say I was also a little surprised because this is not the norm for the City of Ridgeland and especially not for our Parks and Rec. However, using a really bad pun, they really dropped the ball on this event.
Little Guy before the PP&K competition. All the advertisement said that the event started at 9:00. That meant Little Guy wanted to be there at 8:45. When we got there no one else was there. When they did show up they said that the event didn't start until 10:00. Registration started at 9:00. Hmmmm....
The fact they both loved the movie was obvious as they barely moved the entire three hours.
Little Guy came out to the living room and I asked him what he thought about the movie and he said...
Friday, September 18, 2009
Last Saturday night we threw a little party for my BFF, Shane. Her husband and I coordinated it and fortunately we were able to pull it off without blowing it. She was truly surprised. Whew!
I think the only reason we pulled it off is because we planned it a week early.
We hosted the party at Olga's Restaurant. If you have never had dinner there.... go! The food was absolutely delicious. Olga and Yuriy, the Russian restaurant owners, have created a menu that is a beautiful marriage of Russian and southern cuisine.
Stuffed mushrooms, quesadillas, ribeye with crawfish cream sauce, tiramisu.... oh heavens!
Olga's is even open for lunch from 11am - 2pm which means you don't have to settle for a cold sandwich.
It also means that the next date day for Hubs and I..... I know where we are going!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
"Forgiveness is a way of setting yourself free of the bondage put on you by others."
Don't you just love this quote? Me too. Gems like this were found all through this book which meant I eventually got a pencil and kept it with me while reading.
Lydia has had a life that no one would envy. Her father gave her away to marriage in a business transaction when she was only fifteen. Nearly every member of her new "family" despise her in every way possible. An unforeseen accident take the lives of both her father and husband at the same time and because of the terms of their will leave her sole heir of the family business.
Did I love this book? Definitely. It is Tracie Peterson. She doesn't write anything but good books, but I truly loved all the little gems that were found throughout the book.
When she flees to hopefully find peace with her aunt in Alaska, she realizes that God is not as far away as she thought. Unfortunately, her "family" isn't finished tormenting her. Their torment will either cement her newly found faith or further isolate her from God.
Newly widowed Lydia Sellers discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband's fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves.
Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt. Lydia's arrival in Sitka, however, brings two things she didn't expect.
One is the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklund, the handsome owner of the sawmill. Second is the discovery that she is pregnant with her dead husband's child. What will this mean for her budding relationship with Kjell? And what lengths will her stepchildren go to reclaim their father's fortune? Lydia soon finds her life--and that of her child's--on the line.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Dawn's Prelude, go HERE
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I LOVE Christmas. However, I don't love it when things get all hectic and crazy. Generally I try to get all of my Christmas shopping and Christmas cards done before Thanksgiving arrives. That helps, but it doesn't take away all the stress.
I stumbled across a wonderful website last year that I fell in love it and this year I wanted to share it with you!
It is appropriately named after today - "100 Days To Christmas"
Every day the website gives you all types of ways to plan and prepare for Christmas: party planning, meal planning, gift giving ideas, and even little words of inspiration and encouragement!
It may be a little too early for you to think about planning for Christmas, but whenever you decide to start I pray that you will always keep Christ the center of your celebration.
you won't find it under a tree."
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I need all your help by going to this website and clicking the "star" beside my name to vote for my "ISM"!
If you are friends with hubs and I you know that we refer to our responsibilities as you/we, me/we, and we/we responsibilities. We first heard of this concept from Kenn Kington. The way he explained this cracked us up and was so on target that it just stuck and instantly became part of our marriage.
(Have I mentioned that I need you to go to this website and click the "star" next to my "ISM"?)
If you have never heard an "ISM", I have included a YouTube video of Kenn talking about how ISMS originated.
After you finish watching, would you mind going to this website and voting for my ISM? I really appreciate it!!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Because of how smart she is, she was asked to teach a class at a local college which means we scored some babysitting time with her twins.... MY NIECES!!
It has been so fun! It has also been a great experience for the boys. They are amazed at what sponges the girls are. They have already learned so much about what 9 months old are capable of doing and learning.
The girls love to be outside. My BIL brings the girl's strollers so we take them for a walk around the neighborhood every time they are here. The boys wanted to take a different path every time but I pointed out the importance of taking the same path. I gave them assignments of naming things as we walked around the streets: cars, mailbox, flags, etc... The girls are such mockingbirds that I know at some point they will begin to mock these things back to the boys.
They also love when we take them into the backyard to play. They don't love, however, the neighbor's loud barking puppy.
Our outdoor quilt has lots of squares so the girls can spend a lot of time pointing as we name colors.
LK is very fascinated with Big Guy's glasses. She is constantly saying "Oooooh!" and getting up in his face to look at them.
Nieces are just special packages sent from heaven, aren't they!!! And I am lucky enough to have THREE!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I write Christian fiction with a few giggles, quite a bit of sass, and lots of crazy. My novels include the Katie Parker Production series and So Not Happening. I would also like to take credit for Twilight , but somewhere I think I read you’re not supposed to lie.
When I’m not typing my heart out (or checking email), I teach at a super-sized high school in Arkansas.
My students are constantly telling me how my teaching changes their lives and turned them away from drugs, gangs, and C-SPAN.
Okay, that’s not exactly true.
Since my current job leaves me with very little free time, I believe in spending my spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits such as:
-updating my status on Facebook
-catching Will Ferrell on YouTube and
-writing my name in the dust on my furniture
I’d love to hear about you, so drop me a note. Or check me out on Facebook.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The only thing scarier than living on the edge is stepping off it.
Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.
Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town full of bad memories, painful secrets, and people Maggie left far behind . . . for a reason.
Forced to stay longer than she intended, Maggie finds her family a complete mess, including the niece her sister has abandoned. Ten-year-old Riley is struggling in school and out of control at home. The only person who can really handle the pint-sized troublemaker is Conner, the local vet and Ivy's most eligible bachelor. But Conner and Maggie keep butting heads--he's suspicious of her and, well, she doesn't rely on anyone but herself.
As Maggie humorously fumbles her way from one mishap to another, she realizes she's going to need to ask for help from the one person who scares her the most.
To save one little girl--and herself--can Maggie let go of her fears and just trust God?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Just Between You And Me, go HERE
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We gave Little Guy this cookbook for his birthday. He loves Food Network and loves Paula Deen. He also LOVES to cook.
Since he received the cookbook he has been cooking like crazy. He makes grocery lists and begs us to let him try new things that he has thought up.
Last night I had to work and he asked if he could cook supper. I told him that there was a banana nut muffin mix in the cabinet that I hoped he would make so we would have those for breakfast.
Do you know what his response was?
"Mom, real chefs do not make food from a mix. They cook from scratch."
He acted insulted that I had asked him to open a box to make those muffins.
Yes, my blogger buddies, we've created a food cooking monster!!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn't it be great to walk out?
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.
Can you imagine your life without fear?
Fear is such a weird emotion. I know that God put it in our lives to help us cope with certain situations. I mean we need fear to help us know to run when we see a snake. Fear is handy when in the path of a dangerous situation. However, how many times do we find ourselves in those situations? Fear is one of those emotions that we pull out and use when we don't even need it.
I had an relationship with fear from an early age. I was afraid of the dark. I developed what could be considered an Olympic sport in jumping from my bed to the wall to turn on the light without my feet touching the floor. As I grew, so did my fears.
I love Lucado's analogy of running a magnet over your heart and extracting those fears out. However, more than that, I love how Max has written a book that shows how God gave us the ability to live fearless in His presence and filled with faith.
The boys were so excited about it and it definitely gave them something fun to look forward to on that first morning. Can you believe all the special stuff she packed into that box? Thanks, Sheri, for always doing something special for your boys! I love this tradition so much that I hope to do it again next year.
The corners of our dining room have now been transformed into learning spots for the boys. They both have their own desks and all the supplies they need to study. We have thoughts and plans to turn our hobby shop into a classroom, but for right now we are doing well in the dining room.
Here is Little Guy on his first day of school. His first day's assignments are on his Expo board behind him. Since then I have gotten more organized and print out their assignments a week at a time, but when we first started I was writing it out every night.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Betrayed by the man she longed to marry, Hope Westcott is about to be auctioned off as a slave to the highest bidder on an island in the Caribbean . After enduring a difficult childhood in an unloving home, Hope?s search for love and self-worth have led her down a very dangerous path. All she ever wanted was to find true love and open an orphanage where she could raise children with all the love she never experienced as a child.? But how can a woman with a sordid past ever hope to run an orphanage, let alone attract the love of an honorable man?
Determined to overcome the shame of his mother?s past, Nathaniel Mason worked for many years to build his own fleet of merchant ships in an effort to finally acquire the respect of Charles Towne society. Ignoring the call of God on his life to become a preacher, he forges ahead with his plans for success at a distant port in the Caribbean , when he sees a young lady he knows from Charles Towne being sold as a slave. In an effort to save Hope, he is forced to sell one of his two ships, only to discover that her predicament was caused by her own bad behavior. Angry and determined to rid himself of her as soon as possible, Nathaniel embarks on a journey that will change the course of his life.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Blue Enchantress, go HERE
View The Book Trailer:
Book Review: The Blue Enchantress is book two in the Charles Towne Belles series. The first book, The Red Siren, was wonderful so I was really excited to see this one of the review list.
This book is about a young woman who is ironically named Hope. She finds herself on the auction block being sold as a slave. She stands there knowing that her hope of one day owning an orphanage where she can show homeless children the love she never had was going up in smoke.
A young man walks by who recognizes her and decides to purchase her to rescue her from what is doomed to be a horrific life. Putting the two of them together is like oil and water. They are forced to face what they are trying to run from in each of their lives. Like holding up a mirror in front of each of their faces.
The question is will they be able to put their past behind them to find a new future?
I am just LOVING this series!!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Praise the Lord for long weekends. We are doing a lot of vegging which has worked out fine since I have been knocked flat with a major fibro flare. Thank the Lord these major flares don't come along very often.
We didn't necessarily plan to spend the entire weekend at home, but I am lucky to have guys who can make the best of any situation. They did what they always do and spoiled me rotten by cooking all the meals. We also had a just piling on the couches and enjoying the the opening weekend of SEC football. MSU won. Alabama won. Not a bad way to start the weekend!
I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Little Guy turned 8 and, because of the fact that he still had a cast on his arm, we didn't make big plans for a party. We weren't sure what the surgeon would say -- cast off or on, any restrictions, or whatever. So he asked if we could just invite his best friend over to spend the night. I asked if he would be interested in inviting his family for supper along with cake and ice cream. We decided that we would make it a simple celebration.
I am so lucky that neither of my boys are very much into "themes". When I asked Little Guy how he wanted to decorate he said he really didn't care. He just said "fun". So I told him that I thought I could accomplish that.
Here is out on the front porch with the big sign that we have had for about five years. We hang it for every birthday the boys have. It is worth the entire $3 I spent on it. Ha!
For supper, we just grilled lots of yummy vegetables....
And used simple items we had around the house to decorate the table...
However, the big item was the cake. The birthday cake is supposed to be the big centerpiece right? Well, Little Guy wanted a chocolate cake with my homemade fudge icing. I made two layers and put them out to cool. When I came back I flipped the first layer on the cake plate and iced it. When I flipped the second layer on top it literally broke into chunks. I don't know if it was still warm or what, but it was a disaster. Big Guy looked at me and said, "What are you going to do?"
I had my hands full of cake trying to think fast. I told him to grab my trifle bowl and a knife. We cut that cake up into chunks and layered into the trifle bowl and drizzled it with the fudge icing. Then we put candles on top. We named it....