Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Memories Giveaway

Aahhhh, nothing like the pure joy of your first giveaway! I have the great pleasure of giving away one edition of My Memories Digital Scarp-booking from http://www.mymemories.com/. I have never been very crafty or creative, but with all the great scrap booking ideas these ladies have, even I can look like a natural. They have very vintage looking pages, to bright and colorful. Anything you can possible imagine. They not only offer fantastic deals on kits but have TONS and TONS of free kits as well. Let's face it, who does not love to get something for free! I am I right ladies? 

The Low Down: 

 So here is the low down on the giveaway. I know its what you are all waiting for and wanting to know; HOW CAN I WIN! Well that's pretty simple. Just leave a reply to this post and tell me what product you love the most from My Memories and a winner will be chosen at random. How random? I will write each name of the person that comments on a sheet of paper and put them all in a hat and have one of my kiddos draw the lucky winner! That's random. If you do blog about this wonderful deal, please point people back to my blog.

Need some more incentive to enter?  OK, how about all these great themes they offer?
Here are just a few of the themes that you can choose from that MY Memories offer: 
Animals and Pets            Babies              Birthdays              Boys            Girls
Family                            Travel               Kids                     School         Sports
and so much more!

Plus, they have weekly specials, gift certificates that are perfect for the holidays or anytime of the year, dollar store, and a designers club for all you truly crafty individuals out there. If you are like me and are not very creative by nature, no worries, they even have tutorials to use each product and offer wonderful tech support, which I will admit I had to use :(  How fabulous is that! They really have though about everything.

Drakes pre school photo



All I can say is OOOHHHH, H OW CUTE! I hate buying school pics because they are so overpriced, but how can I turn this down? My son, of course, is the one smiling, but looking at his friend instead smiling. Kids, these are real pics and I love them. Always the character, always with some sort of cut, bruise, etc from way too much rough housing with other siblings, but real life pics. I don't think I have a pic of either of my boys were they are actually fully paying attention to the camera, unless they were goofing off and wanted to me to snap that photo. I'll take these pictures anyday of the week. I love my Drizzle Fizzle.

Halloween Party Food and Games Pre-K Style



Cheese Finger Foods!
This year I volunteered to be the room mom for my son's Pre-K Halloween Party. Luckily, I don't have to go at it alone, I got a wonderful co-partner, Kim,  to help out with decorations, getting the cake and pizza, etc. I did elect to take care of all the finger foods, games, set up and running the games (hopefully with her help as well!). After some research online I found a few wonderful little, creepy finger foods perfect for a Pre-K Halloween.
I got some fabulous recipes from Family Fun (http://familyfun.go.com) and also from All Recipes (http://allrecipes.com/)

How they finger foods came out



Finger foods Material
I really enjoy getting to do things like this for my son, or any of my kids for that matter. Just those little things that they can look back on and remember us doing together. I want them to know that I am active in their lives and care about what is going on with them and the things that are important to them. Even things like parties. Plus, I think it teaches them a valuable lesson on giving your time to help others and to have a servants heart. They each got to help me gather materials in the store, assemble them at home, package them up and will ultimately help me bring them to his daycare/school so other kids and their little brother can enjoy them. Surprisingly, they have not once gripped and have actually looked like they enjoyed helping me. Although I never mention or ask because I already know were that leads:) I ve been a mom for 16 years, give me some credit ;) 
eyeballs just before freezing
the eyes themselves

I took a few shots of what materials we gathered, what each of the food items looked like as we were putting them together and finished products.
The eyeballs took the longest, only because you have to freeze them for 3 hours first.The edible eyeballs I will have to add in in about 3 hours.
Forked Eyeballs

The Menu:

Forked Eyeballs

Edible Eyeball Treats

Cheese Finger Food

                               Green Punch 

 Here are the links for each recipe if you want to make your own!: 
http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/cheese-finger-food-685121/
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/green-punch/detail.aspx
http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/edible-eyeball-treats-685115/
http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/forked-eyeballs-784937/



                                            The Games:______________________

Pin the Candy Corn on the Pumpkin

Pin the Heart on the Skeleton

Halloween Bingo


Frankenstein Races (think red light, green light)

Human, Human, Monster
                                                     (think duck, duck, goose)








The Extra Goodies:
1. What party is complete without some spiders? Figured we could use these as confetti to place on the table while they are eating!
2. Also, you HAVE to have a party bag, come on, kids practically expect these things. So included in our party bags are: a skeleton, spider rings, bat rings, vampire teeth, bat puzzle, Frankenstein and spider stamps, bubbles,
and a single piece of candy.




Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween & The Protestant Reformation

This weekend is much more than Halloween – it's Reformation day – a day that changed the whole way we experience the Bible. On October 31 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, criticizing church indulgence practices and sparking the Protestant Reformation. The events of the Reformation put the wheels in motion for Luther's translation of the Bible into the language of the people (instead of Latin) making it more accessible. This made a tremendous impact on the church, and ultimately the access to the Bible we have today. You can find out more about Martin Luther's life by going here http://www.luther.de/en/anschlag.html

"The 95 Theses

Die 95 Thesen

Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
  1. When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ``Repent'' (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
  2. This word cannot be understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, that is, confession and satisfaction, as administered by the clergy.
  3. Yet it does not mean solely inner repentance; such inner repentance is worthless unless it produces various outward mortification of the flesh.
  4. The penalty of sin remains as long as the hatred of self (that is, true inner repentance), namely till our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
  5. The pope neither desires nor is able to remit any penalties except those imposed by his own authority or that of the canons.
  6. The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring and showing that it has been remitted by God; or, to be sure, by remitting guilt in cases reserved to his judgment. If his right to grant remission in these cases were disregarded, the guilt would certainly remain unforgiven.
  7. God remits guilt to no one unless at the same time he humbles him in all things and makes him submissive to the vicar, the priest.
  8. The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and, according to the canons themselves, nothing should be imposed on the dying.
  9. Therefore the Holy Spirit through the pope is kind to us insofar as the pope in his decrees always makes exception of the article of death and of necessity.
  10. Those priests act ignorantly and wickedly who, in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penalties for purgatory.
  11. Those tares of changing the canonical penalty to the penalty of purgatory were evidently sown while the bishops slept (Mt 13:25).
  12. In former times canonical penalties were imposed, not after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition.
  13. The dying are freed by death from all penalties, are already dead as far as the canon laws are concerned, and have a right to be released from them.
  14. Imperfect piety or love on the part of the dying person necessarily brings with it great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater the fear.
  15. This fear or horror is sufficient in itself, to say nothing of other things, to constitute the penalty of purgatory, since it is very near to the horror of despair.
  16. Hell, purgatory, and heaven seem to differ the same as despair, fear, and assurance of salvation.
  17. It seems as though for the souls in purgatory fear should necessarily decrease and love increase.
  18. Furthermore, it does not seem proved, either by reason or by Scripture, that souls in purgatory are outside the state of merit, that is, unable to grow in love.
  19. Nor does it seem proved that souls in purgatory, at least not all of them, are certain and assured of their own salvation, even if we ourselves may be entirely certain of it.
  20. Therefore the pope, when he uses the words ``plenary remission of all penalties,'' does not actually mean ``all penalties,'' but only those imposed by himself.
  21. Thus those indulgence preachers are in error who say that a man is absolved from every penalty and saved by papal indulgences.
  22. As a matter of fact, the pope remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which, according to canon law, they should have paid in this life.
  23. If remission of all penalties whatsoever could be granted to anyone at all, certainly it would be granted only to the most perfect, that is, to very few.
  24. For this reason most people are necessarily deceived by that indiscriminate and high-sounding promise of release from penalty.
  25. That power which the pope has in general over purgatory corresponds to the power which any bishop or curate has in a particular way in his own diocese and parish.
  26. The pope does very well when he grants remission to souls in purgatory, not by the power of the keys, which he does not have, but by way of intercession for them.
  27. They preach only human doctrines who say that as soon as the money clinks into the money chest, the soul flies out of purgatory.
  28. It is certain that when money clinks in the money chest, greed and avarice can be increased; but when the church intercedes, the result is in the hands of God alone.
  29. Who knows whether all souls in purgatory wish to be redeemed, since we have exceptions in St. Severinus and St. Paschal, as related in a legend.
  30. No one is sure of the integrity of his own contrition, much less of having received plenary remission.
  31. The man who actually buys indulgences is as rare as he who is really penitent; indeed, he is exceedingly rare.
  32. Those who believe that they can be certain of their salvation because they have indulgence letters will be eternally damned, together with their teachers.
  33. Men must especially be on guard against those who say that the pope's pardons are that inestimable gift of God by which man is reconciled to him.
  34. For the graces of indulgences are concerned only with the penalties of sacramental satisfaction established by man.
  35. They who teach that contrition is not necessary on the part of those who intend to buy souls out of purgatory or to buy confessional privileges preach unchristian doctrine.
  36. Any truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without indulgence letters.
  37. Any true Christian, whether living or dead, participates in all the blessings of Christ and the church; and this is granted him by God, even without indulgence letters.
  38. Nevertheless, papal remission and blessing are by no means to be disregarded, for they are, as I have said (Thesis 6), the proclamation of the divine remission.
  39. It is very difficult, even for the most learned theologians, at one and the same time to commend to the people the bounty of indulgences and the need of true contrition.
  40. A Christian who is truly contrite seeks and loves to pay penalties for his sins; the bounty of indulgences, however, relaxes penalties and causes men to hate them -- at least it furnishes occasion for hating them.
  41. Papal indulgences must be preached with caution, lest people erroneously think that they are preferable to other good works of love.
  42. Christians are to be taught that the pope does not intend that the buying of indulgences should in any way be compared with works of mercy.
  43. Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better deed than he who buys indulgences.
  44. Because love grows by works of love, man thereby becomes better. Man does not, however, become better by means of indulgences but is merely freed from penalties.
  45. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a needy man and passes him by, yet gives his money for indulgences, does not buy papal indulgences but God's wrath.
  46. Christians are to be taught that, unless they have more than they need, they must reserve enough for their family needs and by no means squander it on indulgences.
  47. Christians are to be taught that they buying of indulgences is a matter of free choice, not commanded.
  48. Christians are to be taught that the pope, in granting indulgences, needs and thus desires their devout prayer more than their money.
  49. Christians are to be taught that papal indulgences are useful only if they do not put their trust in them, but very harmful if they lose their fear of God because of them.
  50. Christians are to be taught that if the pope knew the exactions of the indulgence preachers, he would rather that the basilica of St. Peter were burned to ashes than built up with the skin, flesh, and bones of his sheep.
  51. Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgences cajole money.
  52. It is vain to trust in salvation by indulgence letters, even though the indulgence commissary, or even the pope, were to offer his soul as security.
  53. They are the enemies of Christ and the pope who forbid altogether the preaching of the Word of God in some churches in order that indulgences may be preached in others.
  54. Injury is done to the Word of God when, in the same sermon, an equal or larger amount of time is devoted to indulgences than to the Word.
  55. It is certainly the pope's sentiment that if indulgences, which are a very insignificant thing, are celebrated with one bell, one procession, and one ceremony, then the gospel, which is the very greatest thing, should be preached with a hundred bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.
  56. The true treasures of the church, out of which the pope distributes indulgences, are not sufficiently discussed or known among the people of Christ.
  57. That indulgences are not temporal treasures is certainly clear, for many indulgence sellers do not distribute them freely but only gather them.
  58. Nor are they the merits of Christ and the saints, for, even without the pope, the latter always work grace for the inner man, and the cross, death, and hell for the outer man.
  59. St. Lawrence said that the poor of the church were the treasures of the church, but he spoke according to the usage of the word in his own time.
  60. Without want of consideration we say that the keys of the church, given by the merits of Christ, are that treasure.
  61. For it is clear that the pope's power is of itself sufficient for the remission of penalties and cases reserved by himself.
  62. The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God.
  63. But this treasure is naturally most odious, for it makes the first to be last (Mt. 20:16).
  64. On the other hand, the treasure of indulgences is naturally most acceptable, for it makes the last to be first.
  65. Therefore the treasures of the gospel are nets with which one formerly fished for men of wealth.
  66. The treasures of indulgences are nets with which one now fishes for the wealth of men.
  67. The indulgences which the demagogues acclaim as the greatest graces are actually understood to be such only insofar as they promote gain.
  68. They are nevertheless in truth the most insignificant graces when compared with the grace of God and the piety of the cross.
  69. Bishops and curates are bound to admit the commissaries of papal indulgences with all reverence.
  70. But they are much more bound to strain their eyes and ears lest these men preach their own dreams instead of what the pope has commissioned.
  71. Let him who speaks against the truth concerning papal indulgences be anathema and accursed.
  72. But let him who guards against the lust and license of the indulgence preachers be blessed.
  73. Just as the pope justly thunders against those who by any means whatever contrive harm to the sale of indulgences.
  74. Much more does he intend to thunder against those who use indulgences as a pretext to contrive harm to holy love and truth.
  75. To consider papal indulgences so great that they could absolve a man even if he had done the impossible and had violated the mother of God is madness.
  76. We say on the contrary that papal indulgences cannot remove the very least of venial sins as far as guilt is concerned.
  77. To say that even St. Peter if he were now pope, could not grant greater graces is blasphemy against St. Peter and the pope.
  78. We say on the contrary that even the present pope, or any pope whatsoever, has greater graces at his disposal, that is, the gospel, spiritual powers, gifts of healing, etc., as it is written. (1 Co 12[:28])
  79. To say that the cross emblazoned with the papal coat of arms, and set up by the indulgence preachers is equal in worth to the cross of Christ is blasphemy.
  80. The bishops, curates, and theologians who permit such talk to be spread among the people will have to answer for this.
  81. This unbridled preaching of indulgences makes it difficult even for learned men to rescue the reverence which is due the pope from slander or from the shrewd questions of the laity.
  82. Such as: ``Why does not the pope empty purgatory for the sake of holy love and the dire need of the souls that are there if he redeems an infinite number of souls for the sake of miserable money with which to build a church?'' The former reason would be most just; the latter is most trivial.
  83. Again, ``Why are funeral and anniversary masses for the dead continued and why does he not return or permit the withdrawal of the endowments founded for them, since it is wrong to pray for the redeemed?''
  84. Again, ``What is this new piety of God and the pope that for a consideration of money they permit a man who is impious and their enemy to buy out of purgatory the pious soul of a friend of God and do not rather, beca use of the need of that pious and beloved soul, free it for pure love's sake?''
  85. Again, ``Why are the penitential canons, long since abrogated and dead in actual fact and through disuse, now satisfied by the granting of indulgences as though they were still alive and in force?''
  86. Again, ``Why does not the pope, whose wealth is today greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build this one basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?''
  87. Again, ``What does the pope remit or grant to those who by perfect contrition already have a right to full remission and blessings?''
  88. Again, ``What greater blessing could come to the church than if the pope were to bestow these remissions and blessings on every believer a hundred times a day, as he now does but once?''
  89. ``Since the pope seeks the salvation of souls rather than money by his indulgences, why does he suspend the indulgences and pardons previously granted when they have equal efficacy?''
  90. To repress these very sharp arguments of the laity by force alone, and not to resolve them by giving reasons, is to expose the church and the pope to the ridicule of their enemies and to make Christians unhappy.
  91. If, therefore, indulgences were preached according to the spirit and intention of the pope, all these doubts would be readily resolved. Indeed, they would not exist.
  92. Away, then, with all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, ``Peace, peace,'' and there is no peace! (Jer 6:14)
  93. Blessed be all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, ``Cross, cross,'' and there is no cross!
  94. Christians should be exhorted to be diligent in following Christ, their Head, through penalties, death and hell.
  95. And thus be confident of entering into heaven through many tribulations rather than through the false security of peace (Acts 14:22)."

Thursday, October 27, 2011

North Texas Kids Photo Contest

I entered my kids in the North Texas Kids Halloween Photo contest. Wish them luck!https://www.facebook.com/#!/northtexaskids

My Confession



Do you ever feel like you are just not doing enough for your kids education? That somehow you are leaving them behind in the dust and that all other kids are getting a more meaningful, enlightened education that you are providing for your kids? This is my biggest fear. This is my first year to home-educate my kids and I feel that I am simply not doing enough so I pile on more work, than I feel I am overdoing it or there are not enough hours in the day to complete the work. I know this will sound insane to all you moms who have been home-schooling for years, but I simply did not think it was going to be THIS hard. Challenging yes, pulling teeth and hair out daily, no. I did my research for state laws and luckily I live in Texas and we are pretty simple here:

"Homeschools must be conducted in a bona fide manner, using a written curriculum consisting of reading, spelling, grammar, math and a course in good citizenship; no other requirements apply."

So I went out and I researched tons and tons of curriculum....my gosh there is a lot out there to choose from. Ok before I say all of this, keep in mind I started to research curriculum during the last school year when my daughter and son were going through a horrible time in public school. They were being bullied, they tried to expel my kids for bringing their Bible to read during free period, my son got vicious rumors spread through the school that he was having relations with a girl he was talking to about God and so on...VERY bad year. This was the year that broke the camels back. So I went to a home-school fair and wound up leaving with way, way too much. I loved the Total Language Plus Program, AWOA, Saxon Math, LOF Math, Building Christian English by Cathy Duffy, Mystery of History, Super Charged Science by Aurora, and a few more...I know overkill. Sadly I have been cramming ALL of this down my kids throats daily and expecting EXCELLENT grades, penmanship, grammar, etc....I found out quickly that the public school was not teaching them the things I felt they should know by now. My kids have no sense of sentence structure, complete thoughts, paragraph writing...and wow note taking was a joke. Now I feel I have to make up for their lack of knowledge all at what time. Sadly my kids made straight A's all through public school and I was so proud of them. They were commended on TAKS tests etc. Now I am left wondering what did they teach them?I am overly frustrated.  OK, this is NOT a rant on the PS system at all, so let me continue....

I work FT out of the home, I am a married, single mother (honoring marriage vows, but do not live together, praying for reconciliation) and I home-school at night. Those are the basics. My youngest son just turned 5 and luckily goes to a private christian daycare/school during the day. My 16 year old goes to High School. My step-son now lives with his mother, so its only my daughter I home-educate and my 5 year old. I really struggle with setting a schedule with my kids.Here is my dilemma: at first, I would give no work at all during the day and when I got home we would do everything together. They both LOVED this, but it kept me up till close to midnight every night and exhausted and accomplishing nothing I needed to do. I literally worked, schooled, cooked dinner when they were reading something, laundry and all else kept till weekend, but by then I was like a walking zombie. Since then I have tried to schedule book work during the day for English, Math, Science, Reading, Spelling and Note Taking, Foreign Language,Devotion and when I get home go over it and try to teach the next lesson. The problem here is she complains I give too much work to do while I am gone and then we argue over work to do when I get home, or she has not completed it and then I feel pushed behind and not on task. With my 5 year old, he spent all day at daycare and does not want to do school work at night. He wants his Wii and his dog and everything else under the son, so if I am luckily I get 30-45 minutes of work time in with him before he melts down.

Problems:
#1: Record Keeping,  Planning and Scheduling
I use to use just a written out daily planner to schedule and record everything, then I found  SkedTracker (http://www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/HomeSchool/displayLogin.do) to use and for record keeping and recently found Homeschool Tracker Plus (http://www.homeschooltracker.com/tracker_plus.aspx?), but its very confusing to me, to try and integrate too. So I am trying very hard to simplify and make life easier, but not very successfully. Plus, we don't have a printer at home which makes life challenging. I have to use the library or work when allowed. I am hoping to figure out how to upload blank assignments that we can use later on.

#2: Work Load 
 Trying to find the balance between what my kids want to learn, what I feel they need to know and trying to unschool myself from what the public school says they need to know. I want my kids to be strong in faith, languages, spelling ,math,  biology and sciences..outside of that I could care less if they know about history, wars, geography, diagramming sentences, etc. I want to teach them real life skills, but not really sure how to implement it into school work. My kids are learning internet navigation skills, office programs, and small business set up already. I just don't know how to get away from straight text book learning and into real life learning without skipping out on essentials they will need when they go to college. My daughter wants to be a chef, a AC repair tech or an animal rescuer. My son, a fireman or wrestler...for today.  How do I prepare them without using regular curriculum and still make sure they are getting the best education they deserve?

#3: Time
Who doesn't have this issue? I tried to set my work hour from 8:30 -3,but quickly realized that financially, that was not going to work at all. So I switched to 8:30-4 daily...this is still hard, but it gives me that extra hour to grab my son from daycare and be home by 5. Get the Wii going, start dinner and look over my daughters school work while dinner is cooking (sometimes). Hopefully by 6 dinner is done and we have eaten, sometimes its more like 6:30, then I try and let the kids play together for about an hour,since they have not seen each other all day and really love spending time together. By 7-7:30 we are sitting down for school work on most days. We start with Bible lesson (most impt in my book) then we go to math (my daughters favorite), then off to English and History and Science. Then we tackle AWOA. When we are lucky we are done by 11:30pm and I clean up and go to bed or download any TV shows I missed the day before that I want to watch first.  This obviously is not working. Any suggestions would be tremendously helpful here..

 
I thought my answer to this was to use a online learning system that would take away the stress for me, but I learned that hard way that was a no go too.  2 years ago I pulled my kids out of school and we did K12, it was a love/hate relationship. Loved the books, the resources, hated all the time restraints, paperwork, a lot of responsibility on the parent, etc. During the summer I got Time4 Learning  to try out, I thought my daughter loved it, but really did not want only computer work, but wanted me to teach her with real books. Go figure. So I am guessing the online in a no go. She wants self paced, free will learning...I am too much of a control freak to let that happen. I have to have structure, plans and daily agendas. Shes a free thinker, fly by the seat of your pants type...see my problem. She wants time limits to do work, but never accomplishes it than gets frustrated, but she doesn't accomplish it because she goofs off during the work time because no one is there. Vicious cycle, I know. I thought about a babysitter, but they are so expensive. I am lost at what to do. I took out PS as an option, so I don't even consider it. I knew this was going to be a challenge, but I also know God will provide. Right now I am leaning on Him and His wisdom to get me through this process. Knowing in time things will work themselves out and I will get my flow with all of this. It's only been 3 months of schooling and we all trying so what will be will be.






HOME EDUCATOR'S RESOURCE SALE

A friend of mine told me about this sale today, so I thought I would pass it along for all to take advantage. Happy Hunting! 

HOME EDUCATOR'S RESOURCE

410 E. CHURCH STREET LEWISVILLE, TX 75057
972-956-8320

Open: 10:00 to 3:00pm M-Sat
This Weekends Sale:
(October 28th, 29th and 31st: Monday)

BUY 2, Used Items
20% off

BUY 3, Used Items
30% off

BUY 4 or more Used Items
40% off

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Amazing God! Amazing Love of Animals!


 Someone sent this to me in my email and it touched my heart, so I thought I would share it with all of you.


Amazing God! Amazing Love of Animals!


Oh, for such love as this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Here a female mate is injured and the condition is soon fatal. She was

hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.


 
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Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.  

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 When he again returned with food, he was shocked to find her dead.

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 He tried to move her ... a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

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Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,

He cries with adoring love.

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 He stood beside her, saddened of her death. Finally aware she would never return to him, he stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.

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Millions of people cried after seeing these photos in America , Europe, Australia , and even India .
The photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France .  All copies of that edition were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals don't have brains or feelings?

You have just witnessed Love and Sorrow felt by God's creatures. The Bible says God knows when a sparrow falls. How much more He cares for us...     


Live simply, love generously, care deeply and speak kindly.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yesterland Farms

The handsome little man in the wrestling shirt and that beautiful, unhappy girl in the orange shirt, those are mine!
Rubber Duck Race
picking the perfect pumpkin
duck races

dress a scarecrow   

Well today we did our first trip with our home-school co-op, First Class Forney-Terrell, to the Yesterland Farms in Canton, TX. They had tons of things to do and we had loads of fun. The kids got to pick there own pumpkin, and so did mom. Drizzle decorated his like a football and Princess did a cross on hers. We took a very bumpy "hayride." We were actually a little disappointed with the hayride because it was more of a train ride than a hayride, but it was enjoyable. We spent some time at the yesterdland zoo and the kids pet horse's, rabbits,  ducks, etc. What kid doesn't love zoos? I think all the kids favorite thing was the Rubber Duck Race. Although, they did appear to have a pretty fabulous time at the sac races too, but lets face it,who doesn't love a good sac race? I know I do. The kids got to learn all about pumpkin harvesting and growing by watching a movie in Giant Tipi Theatre. They got to play Dress a Scarecrow and race boys against girls. Not sure who won, but it was

Finding the perfect pumpkin
fun to cheer them all on and watch em go crazy. The kids also got to take on a giant slide and so did momma ;) Of course, I only went down it for the kids sake (wink, wink). There were also tons of rides we got to do, such as Santa's Runaway Roller Coaster, a Ferris Wheel and the like. If you get the chance to go out to Yesterland, I highly recommend it.

Here Are Some Other  Things to Do!

decorating
Get Lost in the Corn Maze (didn't get to do this, but when we go this weekend we will!)
Shinny up a Rock Wall (wished we could have done this, but it was not set up)
Shoot Pumpkin Launcher (cant wait to do this)
Fire the Corn Cannon
Mine for Gemstones (my daughter is anticipating this one)
Cheer at Pig Races (come on its pigs...racing...you know you love it)
Play in Mini-Western Ghost Town
Toss Horse Shooz (we do this at home)
Ride ‘em Ponies
Face Painting

zoo

YesterLand Amazement Park

Santa’s Runaway Sleigh Coaster
Ferris Wheel
Tubs of Fun
Kiddie Swingers
Chubby Choppers
Ride the Rattler
Canoe the Rapids
Barrel O’Monkeys Train
Fire Trucks
Red Baron Airplanes
Merry-Go-Round
Ferris Wheel
Spinning Apple














Monday, October 24, 2011

Our Halloween Pumpkins


Momma's Pumpkin
We love carving Halloween Pumpkins and in fact have a folder on our desktop dedicated to different designs for pumpkins. Were slightly obsessive about it. This is my Vampire Owl, scary hu? We have 4 more to come, so I'll update when we get them all cut out and ready for your viewing pleasure! I would love to see your pumpkins too!
Drizzle's Scary Monster Pumpkin
Ok here are the other two that I made...The bottom one is the Jolly Roger, it's my daughters and the top one is A Scary Monster Pumpkin, its my youngest son's. So there are our Halloween pumpkins for 2011!
Princess's Pumpkin, the Jolly Roger

Just wanted to share how adorable my Drizzle Fizzle is in his little Mario outfit for Halloween! Couldn't help it :)
The Final Product! After several costumes, we get to the winner, Mario

Drizzle and his Daddy trying on his costume

Both Pumpkins together