Monthly Archives: April 2017

Our Daily Blessings

 

1) Meeting Dave Stotts of “Drive Thru History”

Kids with Dave Stotts of "Drive Thru History"One of our favorite parts of the Homeschool Convention this year was getting to meet the masterminds behind one of our favorite T.V. shows, “Drive Thru History“.  We have been fans of the show for years and it was really neat to hear that they have a lot of cool stuff in the works and a few behind the scenes stories.

2) A Clean House

Being gone two weekends in a row it’s nice to be home and to be able to get caught up on some chores and laundry. We were also able to get a little bit of Spring Cleaning in as well. The house is pretty well put together and functioning since moving in in Novemeber now we have to tackle the yard… We have been making small amounts of progress in the past couple of weeks and it’s looking a lot better.

3) Strawberry Shortcake Donuts…

Strawberries covered in sugarWhile we were running some errands yesterday Dad wanted us to stop by the Farmer’s Market and pick up some strawberries. Our plan was to make some bisquits and have Stawberry Shortcake for dessert. Once we got home Mom got to thinking about using the glazed donuts that we bought on sale as the base. We didn’t get to try it last night as we had planned because we had a couple of errands to run after Dad got off work. So, we’re going to try it for dessert tonight. I’ll let you know what I think. However, Mom is right about a lot of life 99.999% of the time, so I’m guessing that it’s going to be really good.

What are some of the blessings that you have noticed from your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

 

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The Blessing of Homeschooling Part 2

This is the second of a two part series. You can read part 1 here

Sometimes when I look back at the five years I spent as a homeschooler I am ashamed. I am ashamed of my horrible attitude and the stress and anger that were present due to that attitude. There were multiple times that I did whatever I could to get out of doing anything productive during the day. I was hoping (and thinking) that if I made life miserable for everyone Mom and Dad would cave and send me back.

Kids standing with the godess Athena

This is from our trip to the Parthenon in Nashville, TN. We’re standing in front of the godess Athena.

But then I remember the good that came out of those five years. The deep Bible study that we were able to do on a daily basis. The field trips that we took where we were able to immerse oursleves in the history and have the place to ourselves for the day because the other kids were in school, declaring our birthdays as school holidays and my favorite was listening to the Little House series on audio book and camping out in the living room just becasue we could.

Kid's at Stone's River

In the rocks at Stone’s River Battlefield in Murfreeseboro, TN. We almost got a free tour because no one else was there at the time…

Almost 7 years after they told me I wouldn’t be attending public school I am EMENSLEY thankful that Mom and Dad stuck to their convictions and remained dedicated to God’s leading and thier children’s education. There is so much that I was blessed to be able to do simply becasue I was homeschooled. I’ve learned that there more good memories of homeschooling than there were bad.

Kids pretending to ride in wagon

Pretending to ride in a wagon at Stone’s River Battlefield, Murfreeseboro, TN…

I can choose to look at the negative attitude that I had those five years and the consequences that came because of it or I can learn the lessons and improve upon the future. God has continued to work the truth of Romans 8:28 into my life. The lessons that I learned from my time as a homeschooler continue to impact my life daily. He has really taken that time of challege and turned to something great as only He can do!

Kids cutting tape

A “Ribbon Cutting” ceremony to start the new school year…

“Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in Heaven.”
~Philppians 3:13-14

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Wednesday Wonders!(:

It’s Wednesday again ya’ll! It’s time to take a minute or two and look around you. Reflect over the last week and think about the wonders that God has shown you. He’s always there in the midst of your daily grind. Sometimes we just have to be still and remember His Word.

1) Beautiful Lighting

Cincinnati, OhioOn Saturday night we were walking back to our hotel room to get some dinner and I happened to look to my left and noticed this gorgeous light. I just had to get a picture. Although the sbuject matter isn’t spectular I love the lighting and am very happy that my really old, barley functioning phone mananged to get a good picture!(:

2) A Colorful Sunset

Sunset Beside Barn

Aside From the Dog smudges I really like this image…

Farm Country

I woke up on Sunday with a bit of a cold. Once we made it home and unloaded the van we crahsed for a couple of hours. It felt SO good to sleep in my own bed again…I woke up and was a bit grumpy so I really didn’t want to ride along to pick up Trinity but I didn’t want to stay home alone either. I decided to make the best of the ride and listen to my favorite new album.

I ended up being really glad that I went because if I had stayed home I would have missed this beautiful sunset. And as a bonus I got to see Trinity’s smiling face. She was SO happy to be going home with her people!

I hope that amid all the crazy in your life this week that you’re able to stop and be still and notice a few of the wonders that God has placed in your path. I’d love for you to share some of your wonders in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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The Blessing of Homeschooling Part 1

This was the view from our hotel room…

Sunday we got back from our last convention of 2017. This particular convention is one of the largest homeschool conventions in the country. Our family has had the blessing of attending the last seven years.

I still remember our first year. The convention happened to fall on the Spring Break of my seventh grade year. There were thousands of people in attendance and the vast majority of those people were homeschoolers. I remember walking around being mad at Mom and Dad because I had a pretty good idea that I would become one of those homeschoolers. To be honest at that point in my life I wasn’t really sure what homeschooling was. I didn’t know how much it would change my life until later.

I was told not to tell anyone what I really did for Spring Break that year because Mom and Dad were only considering homeschooling at that point and they didn’t want me telling anyone in case it didn’t work out. Little did I know that a few short months later Mom and Dad would sit us down and tell us that we wouldn’t be attending public school that Fall. That was June 2010. I had no idea the difference homeschooling would make in my life both Spiritually and professionally. All I could see at the time was that Mom and Dad were totally ruining my non-existent social life and any chance I had of marrying my high school sweetheart (who was non-existent at the time…)

About 5 1/2 months after that announcement I would commit my life to Jesus Christ in baptism. I didn’t understand what God was beginning in my life then and how much my life would change as a result of my new relationship with God and my parents’ conviction to homeschool. Even seven years later, I don’t understand all that God is doing in my life. But I’m learning each and every day. Learning that the way Jesus sees me is so vastly different from how the world sees me. I’m learning just how much he loves me and that He is exactly who He says He is.

Being homeschooled those five years brought me a sense of freedom and joy. That’s why I started this blog. I want to share with you the lessons that I have learned and hope to continue learning about the great and loving God that we serve.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!

Hey Y’all! I hope that you’ve had a good week. This week has been really busy but good all the same. Let’s dive right on into some of this week’s blessings.

1) The stink bug NOT crawling on my face

Yes, you read that correctly. On Sunday night we sang the final song and were dismissed. Seconds later there’s a gentleman sitting behind me that calls my name. I turn around and he tells me to SLOWLY take my hat off. As I do so he informs me that there was a stink bug hanging out on my hat most of the service!! How embarrassing is that!?! He said that he kept waiting on the bug to make his way around to my face just to see how composed I would be. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be very composed if that happened. So, I’m very thankful that he stayed on the back of my hat and out of sight until we killed him. At least everyone got a good laugh! Have you had anything similar happen to you? If so, I’d love for you to tell me about it in the comments below!

2) Being able to enjoy the nice weather

Ironically it’s raining really heavily as I write this, but the rest of the week was filled with gorgeous weather. I was able to sit on the swing a couple of times this week and just be. I even got in some bonding time with Trinity! (: Evidently she likes swings. One of the things that amazes me living out in the country is the amount of dandelions. They are EVERYWHERE. Which is not so good for my allergies. But at least they’re bright and cheery. I loved having the windows open again and just letting the cool breeze blow through the house. There’s a couple of spots throughout the house where you can just stand and you get to feel the wonderful breeze just blow over you. Trust me, it feels so good! (:

3) Fresh Baked CookiesFresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies I decided to bake some cookies for our upcoming trip. One of our favorites is chocolate chip. After a few years of trying to make them like my Great Grandma I think I have finally succeeded!! We have found that we like them better with the mini chocolate chips–it seems to spread the chocolate out if you have mini chips as opposed to the larger ones. Almost every bite contains chocolate. (: What is your favorite kind of cookie? I’d love for you to tell me in the comments below! I love trying new recipes!

What are some of the daily blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Have a great weekend! (:

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Being a Mary in a Martha World…

“…Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken from her.”

~Luke 10:41b-42

Suitcase Packed for a Trip

Four people for two days…My Mom is a master packer!(:

So, I’ve spent the last two weeks in travel mode. We’ve been packing, shopping, cleaning, and baking. We got back Sunday afternoon and jumped right back into unpacking so that we can repack, bake, shop and clean again.

I remember late last week really wanting to do it all. Making sure that the house was spotless upon our return, zero laundry remained to be washed and all the baking was done to perfection.

Let me be the first to tell you that about half of what I wanted to accomplish actually got done. There were a couple loads of laundry that needed done and my bed wasn’t made when we left. I have the tendency to become Martha. I want to be able to do it all. But the truth is I’m human and I can’t do everything.

Last week and even as we begin this week I feel my Martha tendency screaming to be heard. While the Mary side of me reminds me that yes there is work to be done but I must remember to keep God first.

When life gets busy, chaotic or stressful I find myself moving God to the back burner. I need to remember to resist the Devil in this area.

When life does get busy, chaotic or stressful that’s when I need God the most.

That’s when He can shine brighter guiding me down the right path. How can I expect God to help me through these times if I don’t seek His guidance and wisdom?

Life is all about choices. We decide what time to get out of bed in the morning, what to eat and when and what we do with our time. We can choose to honor God or dishonor Him with our actions. We choose the place that God has in our lives–the amount of influence that we let Him have daily.

As we go through the ups and downs of life let’s remember to keep God first. The world tells us we should be on hyper drive doing it all perfectly; but I encourage you to think about what you can let go. How you can become Mary in this Martha world.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Wednesday Wonders!(:

Happy Wednesday Ya’ll! The weather in southern Ohio is fabulous! The windows are opened, the birds are chirping and the sun has been playing hide and seek all day! Here’s some of the wonders from this past week.

1) This picture of the moon

As I’ve mentioned I love to photograph the moon. One night last week I was able to get this picture!

Moon surrounded by clouds and trees

2) The Woodpecker

One day last week Mom suddenly noticed a woodpecker pecking near the beaver dam. She ran out with my camera and grabbed a few shots. This one is cropped slightly so that you can really see the detail. He’s quite a cute little bird! I love that even with the crop the bird is still so clear–I’m sort of sad that I didn’t think to take this picture!

Woodpecker

3) The Lilacs in the middle of the brush pile

I’ve told ya’ll before that the front yard near the driveway is filled with brush. But, Mom noticed that there were lilacs growing in the midst of the brush. I thought that it was neat that in the middle of the mess there’s these beautiful lilacs! It reminds me how our lives can be such a “mess” and then there’s the beautiful parts where God begins to work in us. The lilacs in the middle of the mess of our lives if you will.

Lilacs growing in brush

What Wonders have you noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings

Happy Friday Ya’ll! I hope that your week was filled with lots of good things amid the mundane and busy. Here’s a few blessings from the past week.

1) A blessing for the birds

Burnt Bread for the BirdsEarlier this week I was making toast for breakfast. I put the toast in the oven with the broiler on high. I then proceeded to get distracted getting a couple of things for mom so that she would know what to pick up at the store when she went later that day. As we were talking about upcoming plans that we had I suddenly remembered that I had toast in the oven. I walk into the kitchen and the bunner is smoking. So I open the oven to find that the toast is completely black on one side and soft and sticky on the other. So, we took the burnt toast and broke it up and threw it in the yard for the birds to munch on. Hopefully they eat it unlike the really burnt microwave popcorn…

2) Trinity having friends to play with

Dog Using a Seat Belt

Dog Smiling in Car

Look how happy she is…(:

Trinity gets so excited to go play with her friends…I’m thankful that we have friends that let us play with their dogs…It’s one of her favorite parts of the day!

3) Windows open

Book Blowing Open in the WindYesterday was a beautful day! The sun was shining and the wind was blowing. We ended up getting a little warm and opted to open all the windows. We have 20 some windows in the entire house. Let me tell you that the house felt AMAZING when all the windows were open and a slight breeze was blowing through. It was such a blessing to have a cool breeze blowing through the house. I look foward to having the windows open more throughout the year.

What are some blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share some in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Are You Thirsty?

“…If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” ~John 7:37b

Water Running in front of flowersI don’t know if ya’ll have noticed or not but I talk a lot about staying hydrated. i find that if I don’t drink enough water during the day I start to feel really cruddy.

About a year-ish ago I was exercising about an hour a day and not drinking nearly enough water. As a result I began to feel light headed and dizzy. When I discussed these feelings with Mom we came to the conclusion that I was really dehydrated. Thankfully I was able to catch this before it got way out of hand. Since then I have become really aware of when I do or don’t drink enough water.

This got me thinking about our Spriritual water intake. Jesus describes His Word as both bread and water (John 6:35). Bread and water are the basics of what need to live. Jesus provides that for us. He says that man should not live by bread alone but by every word that He speaks (Matthew 4:4).

Imagine how you would feel if you didn’t eat or drink anything for an entire day. I don’t think I would feel very good. I imagiine that I would feel sick and tired; irritable and grumpy. We can try really hard to eat right, exercise, and stay hydrated physically; but if we don’t spend any time with God during the day we will still feel cruddy. We may not know why immediately, but if we take the time to really think through our day I believe that we will realize that we are dehydrated and starving ourselves spiritually.

We need to remember that in the middle of this crazy life the only way that we can stay grounded is by staying in His Word. Just because we are in the Word daily doesn’t mean that the storms won’t come. Staying in the Word means that when the storms do come we have a steady anchor; deeply knowing the God we serve and being secure in His love and plans for our lives.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Wednesday Wonders!(:

Happy Wednesday ya’ll! I hope that you have had a good start to the week. Ours has been busy but exciting… Let’s dive into some of the wonders that I have noticed this week.

1) Hail

Hail on a deckLast week we had some Spring storms blow through the area. We looked outside and the deck was speckled with hail. Bradley went out and grabbed a handful to bring in so we could examine it (Somebody say “Science Experiment”?).  I was surprized as I expected little balls of ice. Instead it was little cylinders of ice. It reminded me of those fancy refrigerators that have the built in ice machines. They seemed to be perfect uniform shapes too!

2) Slow Motion Fire Pictures

FireWe had another fire outside. This time I noticed that as Daddy and Bradley threw wood on the fire there was a shower of sparks. I decided to attempt photograpghing it. And it worked. A little manipulation of the camera settings allowed me to be able to slightly drag the shutter and black out the background so that the fire looked like smooth lines.

3) The pretty moon

Full Moon framed by trees and barnI don’t know what it is but I love sunrises, sunsets, and the moon. It never gets old… The other night i noticed that we had a full moon with a nice blue sky. I love the way that the barn and trees seem to frame the moon.

I hope that ya’ll have had a great week! What are some of the wonders that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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