Nov 302010
 

I can’t believe that it’s the last day of November! I know it’s cliche, but this year has really flown by. I have to admit that I am feeling rather grumpy this morning, so I need this gratitude challenge more than ever!

Day 27 – I have been spending a lot of my time preparing for our new baby. One thing I am especially grateful for is that my boys have such a big bedroom. We rearranged and cleaned and set up the crib and the room doesn’t even seem cramped!

This picture was taken standing in the doorway. You can’t even see the 2 large bookcases and chests from this angle.

Day 28 – I am grateful for the many beautiful hymns that we are privileged to sing at church. One of my favorites is O For A Closer Walk with God, by William Cowper. I’ve posted the lyrics before, but I’m going to share them again.

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

Return, O holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn
And drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate?er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Day 29 – I am thankful for our Thanksgiving turkey. I bought a large turkey (23 pounds) and served it to 11 people on Thanksgiving Day.  (We do eat a lot of side dishes, so no one eats a whole lot of turkey.) Since Thanksgiving, we’ve had several turkey sandwiches. Yesterday from the leftovers, I made 3 turkey pies (1 for dinner and 2 to freeze), froze meat for 2 additional casseroles, and broth for soup.  That’s a lot of meals for $9!!!

Day 30 – I am thankful for Brenda for hosting this meme. I am thankful for the Homeschool Crew and the blessing it has been in my life over the last 2 years. (I’m no longer reviewing very much for the Crew, but I do assist.) And I’m thankful for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for providing HSB, a job for me, and a terrific magazine to support homeschoolers everywhere!

Nov 262010
 

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day yesterday! I know I did. It was a good day spent with some of my husband’s family at our home.

Day 23 -I am thankful for my oldest daughter. She is growing up into such a sweet young lady. I’m happy that she wants to learn how to cook and that she happily takes care of so many household things for me.

Day 24 – I am thankful for kitchen appliances! What a blessing to have such time savers in the kitchen. Can you imagine having to keep a fire burning to do your cooking?

Day 25 – I am thankful for a very special sister-in-law. She is always so encouraging to me. And even though she loves to talk, she is also a fantastic listener!

Day 26 – I am thankful that I am NOT out shopping. I am not super fond of shopping under normal circumstances, but crazy traffic and large crowds would be too much stress for me.

Nov 222010
 

Ahem. Well, I think I’m getting worse and worse! Here are 4 things I’m thankful for:

Day 19 Freedom to homeschool–I can’t imagine what our lives would be like without homeschooling. My husband and I began seriously considering homeschooling when my oldest child was about 2. Praise God we can have control over our children’s education. I’m thankful that I live in a relatively easy state to homeschool in as well.

Day 20 Extra money during December–For the last couple of years my husband has been working on Saturday mornings in November and early December hand-scoring standardized tests for the school system where he works. They get paid per test, and because the rates of the company are so high for machine-scoring, they get paid quite well on an hourly basis (and it’s still actually cheaper than paying the company to machine score). We had heard that they weren’t going to be allowed to do it this year, but were thrilled to find out last week that he would have this extra income source after all.

Day 21 A day of rest–I am so thankful that God established a Sabbath day both for physical rest and a time to fully focus our hearts and minds on him.

Day 22 A short school/work week–As great as I think homeschooling is, I do appreciate a break. One more school day this week! Yahoo!

Nov 182010
 

Here I am again being grateful for 3 days at a time! For some reason I haven’t felt especially like blogging this week. I don’t know why exactly. I haven’t been particularly busy, just kind of blah feeling. I guess I need the gratitude challenge more than I realized!

Day 16 – November 16 was my birthday. And a very big one. (40th!!!!!) I was especially grateful for all the birthday wishes I received from friends: from people I knew long ago, those I know now, and friends I have never actually met! I love the internet!

Day 17 – I had my OB checkup and all was well. I have struggled with fear this pregnancy unlike any other, so I am always grateful for good checkups.

Day 18 – Today I am grateful for the wonderful children’s program at our church. We use Kids4Truth and have for the last couple of years. We use the program a little differently than most churches and instead of meeting weekly on Wednesday or Sunday nights, we meet on Thursday afternoons. But we don’t meet every week. We do six-week sessions with breaks in between sessions. Today was our last week of the fall session, so I’m thankful for both Kids4Truth and the fact that it’s over for a while!

Nov 162010
 

OK, so maybe I’m not quite meeting this challenge in the way it was intended. I am supposed to think of something every day that I’m grateful for. But over the weekend, I was grateful to not spend much time on the computer, thus no posts from me! But I will still think of 3 things that I am grateful for to make up for my lack over the weekend.

Saturday – I am thankful for a relaxing day at home. I was also very happy that my Wolfpack won again! It’s tough being an N.C. State fan sometimes. (Or most of the time for the last decade or so….)

Sunday – I am thankful for my church. Just over 5 years ago, the Lord led us to leave the mega-church where we had been members for the five previous years. (My husband had actually been there his entire life with the exception of the 7 years we spent in Tennessee.) We were disturbed over the direction the church was moving. (It wasn’t really new, we just were convicted that it was not the way the Lord was leading us.) To make a long story short, we went from 6000+ member church to a church to with <100 members. It wasn’t the size that was important, but we found a church of like-minded believers who actually lived like they said they believed.

Today– I am grateful that I am beginning to see glimpses of maturity emerging in my children. I think I’m going to like them as adults 🙂 Child rearing is the toughest job I’ve ever done. I’ve failed so many times, and I have a tendency to wallow in my failures. I have to remember this is a LONG-TERM job. I like instant gratification. I’m very goal oriented so correcting the same thing in my children day after day after day can be discouraging. So I’m thankful for those windows of encouragement!

And I actually didn’t get this posted on the 15th. So more gratitude to come today!

Nov 102010
 

Today I am thankful for books: real, solid, hold them in your hands, books. Not that I don’t appreciate technology, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to enjoy reading from an e-reader the same way that I do a book. This year I’ve set a goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. I haven’t done an update post recently, but the goal is definitely within reach (I’m almost finished with book #42!)

I can’t say that all the books I’ve read have been deep or meaningful, but there have been some challenging books. Lately though I’ve been in escape reading mode, and I’ve read a lot of mysteries. I recently discovered a new (to me) author, Donna Andrews. I’m almost done with the 11th book in her Meg Langslow Mystery series! These books are what I would classify as cozy mysteries. They are not violent. (Well, as much as a murder mystery isn’t violent. What I mean is there are not descriptions of gore.) They are not scary. I read in bed so I can’t read anything that will keep me awake or give me nightmares!

I also hope to finish reading The Portrait of a Lady before the end of the year. It has taken me a LONG time to get through this book. I’m reading through the classics as listed in The Well Educated Mind. At the rate I’m going, this will be a life-long project! Also currently on my nightstand is The Kneeling Christian and The Jesus You Can’t Ignore.

Note: All links to Christianbook.com are affiliate links. I am also grateful for the very small amount of money I earn from these links.

Nov 082010
 

Well, here I am doing 2 days at once again. I did spend time yesterday thinking about what I was going to post, but I never did post it.

I’m thankful first to God for my salvation. I take it for granted way too often. It is simply incredible to think that God would reach down and save a sinner like me. To think that He chose to save anyone is really amazing when you stop to think about it.

And today I am thankful for my on-line friends who nominated this blog for the Homeschool Blog Awards. I am really honored and touched to have been nominated.

Nov 062010
 

Today was a day I’d been looking forward to. It was our annual Ladies Soup Luncheon at church.

This year I got to decorate for the event (along with another lady), and we had a great time doing it. It was a small event, the church is small anyway, but there were a lot of ladies who could not make it.

But it made for a meaningful time of fellowship. The pastor’s wife challenged us to “bear one another’s burdens”, after which we shared our burdens. There were more than a few tears shed.

Today I am thankful for Godly women who will bear my burdens with me:  both those who are older and have walked the road before me, and those who are walking with me along the road.