Happy 8th Birthday Princess!

>> Thursday, December 27, 2012

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8 years ago today I was in the hospital waiting for our beautiful baby girl to be born! The time has flown by, and we couldn't be more proud of our beautiful girl!! We love you SO much princess!!!


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How do you cope when tragedy strikes?

>> Friday, December 14, 2012

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Ok, Ok...I know this is my third post in one day, and I know that that is a BIG blogging no no...especially after being on a blogging hiatus for over a month, but I felt God pushing me to write this, and really, who am I to argue???

What do you do when tragedy strikes?

How do you react?  

How do you cope?  

We are ALL different, and this is no more apparent than in the way that we deal with a tragedy.  Do you sit around, GLUED to the TV or do you try to ignore it...maybe you are somewhere in between.

Today's tragedy in CT has pushed many of us to find out how we cope, whether we wanted to know or not...I am SO blessed to be a Christian, and to be able to fall back on God, and know that he is in charge.  My heart goes out to those effected personally by the tragedy, as well as those watching at home who are effected.  The latter of those groups are the ones I would like to talk to in this post...

It is VERY important while watching and reading the news to remember your boundaries...What can you handle?  It is SO easy to be sucked into news footage, feeling sometimes almost like it is your duty to watch and share in the countries heartbreak.  Let me tell you right now, while you may share in the country's heartbreak, you do NOT have to focus your day on it...It is so easy to cross the boundary to obsessing without even realizing it...

I have never shared this, but feel the need to now...My wakeup call for this very fact came on 9/11.  I like most of the country, sat glued to the TV, watching the second plane hit, watching the towers fall, mourning with our nation.  When I wasn't watching the TV that day, I was listening to the radio...my day and week were consumed by the tragedy...As time went by, the news was less and less on the subject, life resumed, and while we never forgot 9/11, time heals us...

Here is the thing....had I been "normal", that would have been the end of it, but looking back, it was far from the end.  Even though I was not personally effected by 9/11, by looking back, I know that I entered a small state of paranoia and depression.  In addition to my mild depression, I also became paranoid about the area we live in, the fact that we have multiple military bases in the area, as well as having shipbuilding, AND a port, all make this area prime targets...I became complacent to the fact that if another attack were to happen, it would probably be on our area...It wasn't only that though....I also became paranoid with my personal health...crying myself to sleep multiple nights when I noticed ANYTHING off about my body....elevated heart rate, pain in my head, etc...I was worried I may not make it through the night...(looking back most, if not all of the things that worried me were probably brought on my stress/anxiety)

The point is not to bring back 9/11, or to add stress to anyone local that reads my blog.  The point is this...knowing myself, when something like this happens, I know not to run to the TV or stalk the news sites.  I know that by reading snippets from news sites, and friends posts, I get the news I need, I still mourn with my country, but without causing myself grief that may push me to cross that invisible line.

All that to say this...When something like this happens, be sure to step back and assess how you are handling things...It's ok to turn the channel, close that tab, etc...If later you want to go back to it, that's fine, but do so with a mindset that you won't let yourself get pulled over the edge.  Make yourself be self aware.

No one will think any less of you because you didn't see every newscast, read every heartbreaking account, etc.

You know yourself better than ANYONE else, 
do what's right for YOU!  

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...and for a quick announcement...

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Have you heard of SchoolhouseTeachers.com?

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As a homeschooling mom, I am ALWAYS on the lookout for resources to help out with scheduling, curriculum, or just something different to throw into our homeschool day to break up the "norm".  Enter an AWESOME site I was recently introduced to...
SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a site that fits the bill in every way!  First off, it is brought to us by the awesome people behind The Old Schoolhouse Magazine...(Which btw I have been immensely enjoying since I found the handy dandy iphone/ipad app)

When I was asked to review SchoolhouseTeachers.com, I honestly didn't know what to expect.  I am a brand new member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, this was our first review, and honestly I hadn't ever heard of the site.  When I logged in for the first time, I was blown away with the plethora of resources!  I mean seriously y'all, there is a LOT of great things, for EVERY age, and all jammed into a nice website for a small price!   
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I thought that since there is SO much packed into SchoolhouseTeachers.com, I would highlight some of my favorite things that we have been/will be enjoying!

First thing that caught my eye in exploring the website were the printable planners.  Seriously y'all, if you have met me, you KNOW that I need all the help I can get in the organization department.  When I say that I was excited to find a printable planner, don't get me wrong...these are NOT your basic humdrum planners!  SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers customizable planners for the general homeschool, special needs homeschooling, PLUS offering planners for Primary, Intermediate, and High School Levels

The next thing that I was drawn to is checking out the math resources.  I think (or maybe I would just like to believe I am in good company) that every homeschool/homeschool mom has one area where they need extra help planning or teaching.  Mine is math...I don't know what it is, but when it comes to choosing a math curriculum, I freeze...I have researched many of them, and can't make up my mind in the end, therefore we end up doing our own thing.  I also think that math is one of those things that walk a fine line of approaching with a fun perspective, and coming across dry and boring...again, maybe I am alone in this assessment.  When checking out the math portion of the site, I was greeted by Dr. Peter Price.  When I was listening to his introduction, I was thrilled with his friendly and easy demeanor...AND he is an Aussie...that fact alone made my kids want to watch him!  LOL  I was impressed by his approach to teaching math, and although it is still pretty early in our using his sheets, the kids have been doing well.  (His math starts with grade 1, but it is something that I am able to sit down with Bubba and work through with him.)

Ok, ok, I know this review is heading to the long side, but seriously there is a LOT to go over...I am only going to tell you about one more thing that I am VERY excited about on the site, and from there it is up to you to go check out the site for yourself!

The third thing that I wanted to highlight, is something that we have yet to utilize, but I CAN'T WAIT to get started with (hopefully) sometime next year!  One thing that our homeschool has been COMPLETELY lacking in is music...now let me say, this is no fault of my kids wanting to take music lesons, however, if you have checked into music lessons, you know where I am going with this...if not, just wait til you do....music lessons are EXPENSIVE!!!  My kiddos have REALLY been wanting to start lessons, but unfortunately, they are something that our budget just can't swing...and honestly probably won't be able to for a LONG time.  When I was looking around the site, I almost squealed out loud when I saw that there are GUITAR LESSONS!!!  How cool is that!?!?!  I am really looking forward to surprising the kiddos with starting the guitar, and yes, I totally plan to be doing it right along with them!!  ;)
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Seriously, there is SO much more to the site than I have been able to highlight here.  (For example, I didn't even get to touch the fact that there is a new lapbook every month!)  Also, I know that my focus is on the elementary aspects of the site, but there are even more things available for Middle and High school levels!

To make things even better, right now SchoolhouseTeachers.com is offering special pricing!!  If you join today, you get your first month of SchoolhouseTeachers.com for only $1!!  After your first month, the price is only $5.95/month.  That, in my opinion, is very much worth it.  If before joining,  you look around the site and know it is something you will use throughout the year, there is special pricing for that too!!  You can sign up for a 1 year membership and only pay $49 for the whole year!  To make the pot even sweeter, those who choose the 1 year membership will also receive the 2013 annual print book AND your choice of the Winter Cranberry or Chocolate Mint tote for free!!   

Check out the site, and be sure to let me know what you think!  What are your favorite sections of the site??  I hope y'all enjoy it as much as we are!!  

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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