But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.
2 Corinthians 8:7

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Word

In the past few days I have noticed a trend in the blogosphere:  choosing a word for the year.  I have seen such inspired things as Quiet, Love, Joy, etc.  And the inspired ways those words were brought to the authors.  And so I sit here and wonder what my word for a whole year would be.

Did I mention that I find it very hard to focus and follow through on things?  Perhaps that should be my word: Focus.  Or maybe: Diligence.

And then I think of what my husband would choose for me: Organized.  

What other voices in my life might choose: Peace, Respect, Honor...

But what does that One Voice speak into my existence?  What does He say about this year, about me?

Favored.  Renewed.  Beloved.  Redeemed.  Healed.  Strengthened.  Graced. 

And in this moment I realize that I don't have one word to define my life this year.  I have THE Word.

One Word.  

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Boys in the Coop

Well our first foray into homesteading, having ducks for eggs, is ending in failure.  Apparently, you can pick four ducks and have them all be male when they mature!  What are the chances?

Although they are handsome, they do not lay eggs.

Male ducks are only good for the roasting pan.  But what do you do when you have become attached to your dinner?!

I think we will try again in spring with new ducklings.  

This whole endeavor is not a total failure.  We have learned a lot about ducks!  And we proved to ourselves that we can become homesteaders.  Our kids love being duck owners, and I must confess, so do I.

A New Year

New Year's Goals:

Write one blog post a month {this shouldn't be too hard}
Take lots more pictures {I can't believe I took so little last year -- especially since I have a great camera to use!}
Read three books a month: one for me, one for homeschooling and one for homesteading {Last year I didn't read as much as I should have.}
Do one fun thing for homeschooling each month. {It doesn't have to be anything major, just something fun.}
Stay organized! {This will be an on-going battle!}
Try one new homesteading/ homemaking thing a month {This month will be kefir!}

And since no one reads my blog anymore, because I am such an infrequent poster, this list is really just for me. :)

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day One!

Today we embark on year three of homeschooling!  As you can see I am now teaching three different grades {we only keep track of the grades because our state mandates this}!  

We are super excited as you can see from the faces in the photo. :)

And we got a little silly...

We're having fun on day one!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


{September 6}

Safeway :  Spent $65.78
Coupon/ card savings: $55.12
Percentage of savings: 46%

{September 12}
Safeway: Spent $75.06
Coupon/ card savings: $33.06
Percentage of savings: 33%
(This day I got really sick at the grocery store so it was a miracle I saved anything!)


Last night I went to a free couponing seminar at the local community college.  The event was sponsored by our local newspaper {which makes sense since the coupons come from the paper!}.  Anyway, it was the kick in the pants I needed to get back into couponing.  

A couple of years back {before I started up daycare and my husband was the only one bringing in income} we really had to reevaluate all expenditures.  Groceries were our biggest money drain.  So I set out to figure out how to lower the spending in this category.  Enter couponing!

My early adventures were encouraging but not anything noteworthy.  And then I discovered that my local store would take competitor's coupons too!  Oh happy day!  After that I was saving $60-$80 a grocery run!  It was so much fun!

And then the fateful day when corporate headquarters of said neighborhood store decided to stop accepting competitor's coupons.  I almost stopped shopping at that store in protest.  So I continued to use coupons and sadly was only saving $10-$15 a trip.

When I began my in-home daycare I found myself with no time left to coupon and so it went by the wayside.

Well, after hearing a new technique and becoming remotivated last night, I am ready to dive back into the blissful world of couponing.

I most likely will not become the next extreme couponer.  That's not my goal anyway, my goal is to save my family money so that we can save for a trip to Mexico to visit our family down there.

As this blog is my journal of sorts, I intend to keep track of my savings for each shopping trip.  My goal is lower our groceries by $50 a month in the next month.  Currently we are spending approximately $650 per month on groceries.

Can I do it?  You'll have to come back and see my updates! ;)