Weekly Wrap Up

>> Saturday, December 11, 2010

On The Heart and Mind:

Have you ever had a book that you had to read slowly and to digest what it was saying. I have been doing just that this week. The book is " The Prayer That Changes Everything...The Hidden Power of Praising". There has been things that I have been disappointed in in my current life and I am learning how to praise the Lord and not dwell on it. And to let myself not be discouraged and TRUST in the Lord in everything. The book I am also reading... " Those Who Trust in the Lord Will Not Be Disappointed" by Peggy Ruth is working along side the other book. The verse this book zones in on is Romans 9:33 ..." Just as it is written, behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence, and He who believes ( trusts) in Him will not be disappointed. I am learning to not just look at my current situations and learn to trust that the Lord is in control. ( which He is.... if I acknowledge it or not) And IF I keep trusting Him and His leadings in all things then I will not be disappointed. I have to seek His face and trust and obey.

On The Home Front:

Well, this week I have continued to plug away at making rose hip syrup around teaching lessons, feeding my family and keeping up with the house. I still have some more to make this week. It is a somewhat slow process and I am trying to make enough for at least Luke and I for on year. If I can make extra for the rest of the family...bonus. Luke and I are allergic to a lot of fruits and can't take vit. C vitamins from the store. It is a bit more challenging to pick the rose hips the last week because it has been raining. I hope to pick more on this coming week.

Learning and Life:

We are plugging away at our writing lessons and I am feeling very encouraged at how the boys are doing. I am trying to get Luke to feel comfortable in reading out loud from the Bible so I am having him read aloud to me a chapter a day from the gospel of Luke. I am really enjoying this time together. Also, I am having Noah read from the Little House On The Prairie books to build his fluency and Nic is reading Mike Mulligan and His Steam Engine to me. One thing that we are learning a ton from and really enjoying quite a bit is reading a loud a double page (each school day) from " Unlocking The Mysteries of Creation".

Then for Bible study we are reading a chapter a day from Proverbs and discussing it. I highly recommend doing that with your family. Lots of things to take about from it.

My Craft Corner:

In this department it has been dormant. I have been busy with lessons and making the rose hip syrup. And my back has been out so I haven't been stitching. I am hoping to start again this week end sense I have been feeling better after my chiropractor appointments this week.

Being Frugal:

When I went in on Friday for my second chiropractor appointment I had time to burn while I waited between coming in on the bus and my appointment time. I went to the Sally Ann and I was very happy to find what I was looking for. I was on the hunt for gloves ( for me) and snow pants for my two youngest boys. It was a success and now the boys won't be wet and cold while playing in the snow.

In The Kitchen:
This week we made a lot of fried foods for Hanukkah ( which I almost never do). We made french fries, cake doughnuts, latkas. On Friday when I had a long day in town I pre made pizzas so when we got home I only had to pop it in the oven and bake. Ohhh that was a GOOD idea. I will have to remember that for the future. I am looking into pre making some dinners and freeze them for when we need a easy dinner. That sounds so good to me right now.

On The Healthy Side:

I am learning how to take better care of my back and trying to apply the stretches and exercises that I was given by my chiropractor. I am really hoping to get a DVD player so I can get back to walking away the pounds with Leslie Sansone soon.

On My Night Stand:
  • " The Prayer That Changes Everything...The Hidden Power of Praising" by Stormie Ortaman
  • " Those Who Trust in the Lord Will Not Be Disappointed" by Peggy Ruth

A Time To Be Thankful:

I am thankful that the Lord put it on my friends heart (and the Lord confirmed it by pressing it on her husbands heart too) to drive me to the chiropractor this week. Otherwise I would have put off going in and would have still been in great pain. What a amazing loving God we have.


Carol December 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

Hi Mary. I love your weekly wrapup. Thanks for sending me an email.


Jenn4him December 11, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

Oh Mary! My library has this book. I will get it today as we were just leaving for there! Good thing I came by your blog first. :-) And, I can see as usual how you are blessing your family in many ways. (((hugs)))

Christine December 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM  

Mary, I sympathize with your back pain; I've had it, too, off and on over the years. I hope it feels better soon!

Love the easy dinner idea. I have to get back to that, too.


Anonymous December 11, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

It all sounds so nice. Sorry you haven't been able to do your workout dvd. I think I'm doing the one you were doing, Leslie Sansone's Bootcamp workout. It's pretty hard, but I like it. Hope your back is feeling better soon. :)


Anonymous December 12, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

What a lovely week! Your rose hip syrup sounds wonderful :)

I'm not sure if this will help you, but I did change my US Resident to US mailing address before anyone signed up :) I don't mean to leave anyone out but this is VERY heavy shipment with the huge tablecloth and the candles.

I hope that you'll be able to join us and use a family member's address here in the US.


Tina December 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

Mary the photo is lovely!
Glad you found what you needed in town. I have been to the thrift store a few tiems this week to accomplish my list and hopefully we can do with what we found. Remaking old things new.I love the books you mentioned and as you know I read and reread them and like you slowly digested them. I am glad you are finding them useful during this season. Still not feeling well but trying to catch up with everyone. HUGs and Blessings.

Illinois Lori December 12, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your sweet greetings on my cbox and your prayers this week, they have helped! :-)

This rosehips syrup sounds interesting, I'm looking forward to the post w/the recipe. Do you pick them frozen off your rose bushes? (*You mentioned picking them, and it sounded like you did it recently, that's why I wondered.)

REading aloud IS very different than reading silently, so you are doing a good thing having them practice it. Take notice if someone skips "little" words like "the", "it", "and", etc...words that you can't create a picture image of (you can "picture" a horse, a gate, the grass, or colors...you can "picture" words like "green", "red", "blue", etc., but what "picture" comes to mind when you have the word, "the" or "and"???) Especially if the child who struggles to read aloud and skips such little words also struggles with spelling and is very artistic and visual, that's a tip-off to dyslexic tendencies. It's a strength in many areas, but makes teaching more interesting!

PTL you got to the dr for your back, and I pray that it continues to feel better.

Lord willing, I'll be at the knitting needles soon! I have yarn photos in my WWU...hint hint!

Love you, Mary-Girl!
PS: LOVE that opening photo!

Annie Kate December 13, 2010 at 4:17 AM  

I'm glad you have a good chiropractor and that your back is feeling better.

We don't have many rose-hips yet, but I've been planting rosa rugosa bushes and we should soon have enough to use all winter. I hate depending on the stores for vitamin C.

Have a great week!

Annie Kate

Katia December 15, 2010 at 5:29 AM  

I am so glad you went to the chiropractor. it does help a lot. I am going to mine today.
You know I don't believe i ever had rose hip syrup. I can't get rose hips around here, but will look for it at my health food store.

Dawn December 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM  

YAY! I found you... I could not ger your blog to load. Anyway, I moved my blog to blogspot too. It is www.my4sweetums.blogspot.com.

Kidcraze December 17, 2010 at 5:25 AM  

Gorgeous photo!

I hope your back is feeling much better now.
It sounds like you have lots of good things going on in your homeschool right now :)

Have a great weekend!

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