Weekly Wrap Up~December 18th

>> Saturday, December 18, 2010

On The Heart and Mind:

I am thinking ...what is on my heart and mind. Hmmmm my thoughts are thinking of the things I need to do. We are hosting meals before family leave on trips. I am hosting the big family dinner. I have been asked by friends if I got all my shopping done. Well, I have been quiet but I don't play up Christmas any more. I do believe in the miracle of Christ's birth but I don't feel comfortable to celebrate it the way most do. I prefer to celebrate Hanukkah and know that Jesus is the true light of the world and our Savior. But I will be hosting the big family dinner as usual but that is it. We are going to be busy bees getting ready for the New Years celebration. We have a games night with all kinds of food and fun. We are really looking forward to that.

On The Home Front:

We are going to be doing a lot of cleaning and prepping for the family get to-gethers. I need to still make more rose hip syrup.(recipe HERE) The picture is of Noah picking from the rose hip bush. I didn't get any done this last week because it was still raining too much. It has turned cold again and I should be able to pick them. It has been getting down to -8C* which I think is 20F* and that will make picking them easier than in rain.

Learning and Life:

I plan to keep reading to the boys from Proverbs and our Canadian historical novel during our winter break. Plus, I want the boys to keep reading to me from their books that they read a loud from.

My Craft Corner:

I have been trying to bust my yarn stash and making things that are useful for our family. For example the red squares are felted hot pads that I just LOVE. ( those are crocheted) Or I can make and give to those who are in real need of a hat or scarf to keep warm this winter. Plus, I am working hard at finishing UFO's ( un finished objects). I have a pair of fingerless gloves that I just need to finish a thumb hole on. I have started the sleeves on my Shalom cardigan and then I just need to sew in the ends and sew the button on. ((yipppeee)) Now on the bottom left is a triangle scarf I am knitting and next to the fingerless gloves is a headband I need to finish. And ....then I hope to one day get back to my hexagons for Essie and Philip's laptop blanket.

Being Frugal:

I have discovered a really neat site called " America's Cheapest Family". I thought I would pass this onto you all. *grin*

In The Kitchen:

There will be a lot of cookies and candies being made in getting ready for New Year's Eve games night. I will be making in the next week or two... ginger bread snowflake cookies, short bread cookies, sugar cookies, Mama Mia's date fudge, Grandma's fudge, milk chocolate fudge, and mint choc. fudge, after dinner mints, and homemade marshmallows, and maybe some thumb print cookies. I know that sounds like a lot but thank goodness my boys will hopefully help. ((hopeful thinking))

On The Healthy Side:

I am sooooooooo glad to say that I can report that my back is out of pain. (((HAPPY DANCE)))

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 for fun times with my family. And a two week period that I hope to get some lesson plans done. ((hopeful thinking))

If you would like to join me in this meme, just write up your weekly summery , using mine or your own catogories. Then sign the Mr. Linky below I'd love to ready your Weekly Wrap Up summaries too. I hope to post mine each Saturday. This meme is a great way to be encouraged and encourage others in our journey of homeschooling.


Katia December 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

Wonderful to read your quick update my sweet friend. Sooooo happy to hear your back is back to normal. Praise the Lord.
I hear you on Christmas; we are having friends who have no family in town for dinner that day.
I can't wait to see the results of your yarn work, especially the Shalom sweater.

Annie Kate December 18, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

I agree with you completely.

We normally do presents early in December for Sinter Klaas, but since Miss 17 was not home we didn't this year. Now everything feels all wrong!

I refuse to exchange presents on Christmas day, so we'll be doing it closer to the new year. The only thing I like about this set up is that we can take advantage of boxing day sales...but I'd rather be planning schoolwork that week! ;)

I love your definition of UFO's. We have so many of them...!

Wonderful news about your back. Keep on taking good care of yourself!


Annie Kate

Christine December 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

Mary, first of all, Hi! I think I took your back pain... I'm still recovering, but am in quite a bit of pain. Ugh. But the Lord has allowed this in my life.

Your week sounds like a good one. I can't believe you're getting rain and we have all this snow!

Happy weekend to you, dearie!


Jimi Ann December 18, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

Hi Mary. It's Sat. night and I just saw your meme -- but next week I definitely want to participate. I did a weekly wrap-up a few weeks ago, and thought it would be a nice way to reflect on my week. I'm also happy to get to know you. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, etc. OK? We don't do a big Christmas either. I don't think my children have ever even been in a mall! We ordered one small present for each of the children, to come in the mail. And it's enough! Blessings to you and your family...

Phyllis December 18, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

I just found your blog. It seems we have a few things in common. I have been married for 20 years as well and am raising four boys (but I have one girl in addition as well, but she has graduated.) We are mostly Mason-style homeschoolers.

Illinois Lori December 18, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

Mary Girl, I am so glad your back is better! PTL with you, dearest!

The rest of my commment is coming to you in a P.M. shortly :-)

Love you,

Anonymous December 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Sounds like lots of fun craft projects. I'm getting ready to start a crocheted blanket for my niece and nephew. That should be fun. Hope you get all your baking done. :)


Jenn4him December 20, 2010 at 5:20 AM  

Sorry I am so late getting here! I thank you for linking me as well. My computer time was limited this weekend. :-) Great job on striving to finish all those projects. That would be the hardest part.

morningstar December 20, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

I love the photo. So beautiful! A lovely boundy of projects. The felted potholders are really lovely.
You will have to share more on your holiday celebration. We don't do a big Christmas ( gift part) but we do celebrate all month long. We are big on Advent and the birth of Jesus. We try to focus on giving to others. Its easier now that the kids are older.

Anonymous December 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

Loved reading your update and so glad that your back is feeling better. We did less Christmas this year and more Hanukkah, but are trying to find a balance somehow to keep the Savior's birth as a reminder of His precious gift. I love how we are all learning together.

Anonymous December 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM  

Just like Tamara, this is where my heart is leaning towards.

Less worldly celebration, more Jesus in our December.

Hannukah is something I have not done, but I do believe in what it is.

Praying that you will continue to get better from your back..

Thank you for sharing,


PS: I have a great deal of rose hips...since I have 5 rose bushes around the cottage. Right now, I am nursing a truly bad cold, so it will have to wait until tomorrow to do this. It has yet to snow here, so the rose-hips are fine so far.

KarenW December 28, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

I haven't been here in forever. Your boys have grown so much! What great pictures of them. It's good to catch up with you. I hope you had a great Christmas!

Antoinette December 29, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

Thanks for coming by and saying hi. I am glad that we can stay connected, even if you've moved to a new neighborhood!:)
I always love reading about what your up to.

Kidcraze January 1, 2011 at 10:30 AM  

Just stopped by to check on you. You always have so many good things going on. I am going to have to try making some rose hip syrup.
We scaled back on Christmas considerably this year. Taking baby steps toward not doing much at all.

So good to see what you are up to. I'm glad you are still blogging :)


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