Friday, January 22, 2021

Oh, the Irony!

This poor blog has been so neglected lately!

December is a busy month no matter how you cut it.  Add in Covid times 5 people, and then a wedding and well, you get dead silence from me!  (If only my husband had had that too, haha)

I was down for almost three weeks, and here at the six week point I am still feeling run down and coughing.  I continue to spread the message, no matter how you feel or don't feel about the vaccination, mask policies, etc, Covid is NO JOKE!  Praise the Lord the rest of my family recovered quickly and I am now on my way.  We continue to pray nightly for those who have suffered greatly with this disease, whether through being sick or through the loss of those they love.  It is heartbreaking.

Most of you I know, have seen pictures of Ashton's wedding, but on the off chance you have not I will share with you with a few of my favorites! 

A final note...

As you do when you are stuck in bed for three weeks, I had A LOT of time to think and dream and plan.  When I was not asleep, of course.  One of the things I decided during that time was it is time to shut this blog down.  I originally started it to be able to share homeschool curriculum reviews with you.  I have done that since February 2012.  Since then, we have graduated three kiddos with only one left to go.  He will begin his freshman year in August and the need for new curriculum is in the past.  (As is the photo willing kid!)  I have two reviews left in the cue, so by the end of February we should be done.  

The irony?  My page view per day have been sky high the past four weeks!  Go figure!

I will have more to say about that closer to time, but in the meantime, know I have loved every minute of our shared space.  Saying goodbye will not be easy.

Oh, one more thing...  if you know how to transfer a blog into a book type product (for me personally) would you please let me know?  I have tried two sources but one would not let me edit anything out (like, signatures, linkys, etc) and one was gong to cost me $1600.00.  Who knew my ramblings were worth so much!  NOT!

Love you guys...more to come!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Covid and Following the Rules

By now you know there are no rules for Covid.  Ok, there are some rules, but they change every day depending on who you ask and what their opinion is.

Do this, don't do this! 


We have followed the rules and done what we were supposed to do-

  • Wear masks.  Not a fan, but we have worn them when we were supposed to.
  • Sanitize and wash hands.  Yep, all. the. time!
  • No large gatherings.  Nope, not one, including church since March which breaks my heart.
  • Don't eat out.  Check!  We have ordered in, done drive through, and eaten outside at a handful of places. 
  • Grocery pick up.  Another, yep. Walmart online and I have become great friends. 
  • Stay out of stores.  Except for a handful of time since March (Lowes and Home Depot with masks mostly)
  • Take your vitamins.  We do, all year round, regardless of Covid. Vitamins C and D are always a part of our lives, and zinc was added prior to getting sick.  Not to mention all the essential oils we diffuse and use.
  • Create your pod.  Did that too, only hanging out with a few sets of friends and our kids.

 And yes, we ALL have Covid.  Which we got from our kids.

Praise the Lord "mild" cases, but frankly, it has been a rough two weeks!

  • Two had mild "cold" symptoms.  Stuffiness and mild cough.
  • One has had mostly stuffiness and headaches.
  • One complained mostly if a sore throat.
  • One held on til the last and now has headaches, stuffiness, and exhaustion.
  • I am the one who got hit the hardest, go figure.  Temperature, aches, headache, stuffiness, and now loss of smell. 

Are we having fun yet?  And did I mention our oldest is getting married in 14 days? (Why yes, I am buying an outfit online since I can't shop, in case you were wondering!!! And yes I am quarantined until just two days prior to said wedding. ugh!!!)

Here's my takeaway on all this-


Do all the things you can do or feel like is right for your family to keep yourselves healthy, but know in the end you may still get sick.  

Covid is real and it is NOT fun!  While we are in the mild category, we have not had fun.  I cannot imagine being older or in poor health and having to deal with this.

People need to stop the shaming stuff.  I know the feeling out there is well, if you got sick you weren't careful enough.  Stop it!  Other than not seeing our kids, we were careful.  Hey, we wiped down groceries those first few months! ;)

2020 cannot end soon enough! 


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Before the Wrath Review

I love Bible history.  The older I get the more I love to study the mysteries of the Bible.  Some things are pretty straight forward and easy to understand.  But let's face it, some things are quite a mystery.

The end of times, for example.

Whether you believe in one timetable or another (pre-tribulation, post- tribulation, etc.) is not really important.  The important issue is the need for Christ's return.

In the new documentary, Before the Wrath, Bible scholars investigate and explore the parallels between a Galilean wedding timeline and the coming of Christ timeline. This one hour and twenty four minute film will get you thinking about many things, but the most important being that our preparation for His return is far more important than the actual date.  So contrary to our modern way of thinking, which desires to KNOW upcoming dates ahead of time, this film's creators try to show the listener how the Galileans would have understood the importance of the timeline of the return of Christ by comparing it to their culturally relevant weddings.

Examples of this would be drinking of wine by the bride and then the groom as also seen by Jesus and his disciples in the New Testament, the groom leaving to prepare a house for the bride and no one knowing when he would return except his father, and the bride preparing for his return while she waits.  Sound familiar?

Before the Wrath is narrated by Kevin Sorbo and features-

  • Jack Hibbs - Theologist and host of “Real Life” on SiriusXM 
  • Amir Tsarfati - Founder and President of Behold Israel 
  • Jan Markell - Founder of Olive Tree Ministries 
  • JD Farag - Theologist and Eschatologist
  • Scott McConnell - Exec. Director of Lifeway Research 
  • Jay McCarl - Ancient Middle Eastern Anthropologis
  • Lizette Dillinger - Qualitative Director of LifeWay Research

"Bible scholars continue to debate the timing of the Rapture, but why is such a mysterious event prophesied to happen in the first place? Is there a deeper understanding surrounding this occurrence that we've lost over the millennia that those living in the first-century clearly understood? Newly rediscovered ancient anthropological evidence from the time of Christ finally reveals unprecedented findings that could prove the upcoming Rapture is not only real to a skeptical world but sheds new light on how and why this event must take place. Regardless of your Tribulation Period views, "Before the Wrath" will captivate believers and non-believers alike; revealing new depths of theological understanding regarding what Jesus revealed to the ancient Galileans about the end of the world in ways you could never have imagined."

The discussion of prophecy in the Bible may divide people if we are not careful, but will pull us together if we remember the purpose of it is to remind us that "God is God!"  If you are interested in seeing this documentary, I have one code to give away to one of my readers.  Just leave me a comment and tell me how I can reach you and we will choose a random winner on Monday!

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Mission Complete

 I wish I could find a picture of what was originally in this space before we pulled it out.  The previous owners has put down a concrete shower insert and then built a counter top around TWO plastic utility sinks.  The whole thing was then "finished off" by stapling a grass mat skirting around it.Yep, it was  attractive.  NOT!  And while it had water attached to it, the drain in the shower insert led to nothing except the carpet underneath.  It was crazy! 

When we bought the house we were not exactly sure what we would do to finish off the space, but we KNEW the current set up had to go.  After a lot of dreaming we decided to do a mini kitchen and eating/game area that can accommodate guests or a live in renter.

Knowing the work needed was beyond our skill level, we hired an awesome local company, The Guild Brothers, to do the project for us.  They have been patient with my crazy whims and changes, and we have been so pleased with their dedication and work!

Once the cabinets were set, Clarke did install the beadboard/ship-lap on the back himself.

Friday, November 27, 2020

The Man Space

I have a love hate relationship with garages.  On the one hand, they need to be functional and hold all the STUFF.  On the other hand, I want them to look lovely and like they came out of a magazine.

Guess which side of the coin my husband falls on?

Holding all the stuff.  And trust me when I say, he has All. The. Stuff!

But poor guy has been so busy helping me with inside projects that he had put off his stuff projects "til later."

Well later finally came, at least for one project he had been eager to do. (In my defense, it is hard to get too much work done in the garage and you live in Arizona.)

Pegboard!  Clarke is a tool guy and now that he has a bit more free time than the Air Force afforded him, he is starting to amass some pretty cool tools and gadgets.  Hence all the projects he has done for me.  While we hope to add a workshop for him at some point, the third bay of our garage will have to suffice for now.


A work in progress but we are slowly getting there!

He added the pegboard, did a bit of rearranging and is happily adding things as time will permit.  It's a work in progress, but at least it is finally in progress!  Ask me how many screws and nails and such we have sorted in the past three weeks!