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Happy Birthday


Yesterday I got to start celebrating my birthday, one day early. My long-time girlfriends took me out for coffee Friday morning. Aren’t lifetime friends wonderful? I’ve known Cathy since college days, almost 30 years ago. I met Susan when I was newly married and I watched her 2 sons in the nursery, over 25 years ago. Rebecca and I met when we started homeschooling in the late 1990′s.

I wish I had a photo to share…but they might not like that because I had 2 conditions.

1. No Gifts
2. No makeup

In the afternoon, my parents dropped off some furniture and gave me a mini-cake. Finally, my sister, Jennifer, drove down from Ft Worth and spent the night.

This morning, Steve brought home hot Shipley’s donuts. If you’ve never had melt-in-your-mouth Shipleys, you haven’t had the best donut in the world – even better than Krispy Kreme & Dunkin Donuts.

Tonight my kids are fixing our dinner, including a triple chocolate cheesecake. I’ll post it on the blog tomorrow.

Besides writing this email, I am taking it easy…reading The Help (so I can watch the movie) and digital scrapbooking.

So you’re wondering about your gift???
I have a freebie on my blog (see below)

Valentine Day Math Word Problems

Actually, I’d like to turn the tables & see if you could give me a simple birthday gift today.

If the freebies/gifts or my new website/blog has been helpful to you, would you post a comment on one of my blog posts. I’ve recently shared my first free printable (Valentine Word Problems), as well as started a series on “love of learning”. I wanted to relate my blog posts to love & Valentine’s Day.

Choose a post that means something to you & post a comment.

Or, share that link with your friends on facebook, twitter, linked in or your own blog.

Thank you!

Talk to you tomorrow about our next Gift :-)


Have you moved with us?

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Just checking in to see if you have moved to our new blog

We would love for you to join us.  This week we are having a Blog Candy Contest…enter to win one of our 5 copies of “Keeping Kids Busy”.  Just post a comment here:

Later in the month, we’ll have other Blog Candy Contests & giveaways.  We’ll also be hosting a facebook or twitter party with some very special guests.

I also have some special articles on God’s mission for homeschool moms & love of learning (for Valentines Week)

C’mon…. join us!

It’s Here…

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I am so excited because our new website is finally here.

How To Homeschool My

Since last fall, we’ve been in the process of moving everything to this site.

14 Days of February Freebies

Join in on all the fun…14 Days of February Freebies, starting today (Wed, Feb 1) All you have to do to get all 14 Freebies is register on our home page. We will send you a daily email with that day’s freebie/gift from one of our homeschool partners.

83 Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day

Our first freebie is our brand new ebook, 83 Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day.

  • Top 10 Our Family Celebrates Valentines Day
  • History of Valentines Day & Homeschool Activities
  • Special Celebration Ideas
  • Valentine Cards
  • Crafts & Games
  • Valentines Day Around the World

Grab your copy on our new site.

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You can also enter to win our Blog Candy Contest.  Just post a comment on how you integrate your family passion into your homeschool.

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BTW…I will no longer be using this blog on a regular basis.  Instead I will be posting our upcoming articles & Blog Candy Contests on our new blog.  Take a look

How To Homeschool My Child BLOG

If you like what you see, please tell your friends about our new site.  You’ll find lots of blog buttons to post on fb or your blog

New Sir Cumference & Viking Map Book for you

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I have some good news…

Sir Cumference has a new book in its series & I wanted you to know.
The new book is Sir Cumference & The Viking Map.

Sir Cumference & The Viking Map

What’s it all about?

Xaxon Yellowbearyd was the fiercest Viking warrior of his time. Now a map to his hidden treasure lies in Radius’s and Per’s hands. Together the cousins must decode the strange numbered grid on the map-and figure out the secret of the Viking’s X and Y axes. As bungling bandits pursue them, Radius and Per use coordinate geometry in their quest for “treasure of the greatest measure”.

The Viking Map will be available in February, so I am taking pre-orders.  If you grab a copy in January, you can get 20% discount on Sir Cumference & The Viking Map, as well as any other Sir Cumference title.

Click here to grab Sir Cumference & The Viking Map

We will ship your order as soon as we get the new books in stock, probably mid-February

Other Math Story Books on sale this week…

Goal Setting for Moms: Easier Said, More Easily Done

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As you embark upon a new year, many of you will take some time for goal setting.  That’s a fantastic idea and exercise.  Goal setting is an open secret known by top-caliber athletes, successful businessmen and businesswomen, as well as high achievers. This definitely includes moms at home!  You have the most important job of raising the leaders of tomorrow, so be prepared by setting and achieving your goals – both for you and your children.

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The basics of setting goals give you focus as a Mom focus each day.  Goals also provide short-term and long-term motivation as you plan your day, week and month. The goals I set also help me organize my time and resources so I will stay focused.  This allows me time and resources to educate myself and share that new-found knowledge with my children.


You may be saying to yourself, why do I need to set any goals?  God will show me what to do each day and I rest in Him.  You have discovered a great truth as you rest in your faith and this is necessary as you follow God’s direction.  BUT, setting clearly defined short-term and long-term goals will enable you to measure your progress as you raise your children and grow in Christ.  As you achieve your goals, you will be motivated to follow God.

Where there is no vision, the people perish
Proverbs 29:18

God says it Himself…without a vision (or goal) you will perish.  You need goals to reach.  Goals in the spiritual, emotional, physical & relationship realm.

Don’t you feel great when you cross something off your list?
I sure do!

It’s the same way with goals.  As you complete short-term goals, you begin to see accomplishment that leads to the actual realization of your final goals.

Do you ever go through the day, feeling like you’re not sure what else needs to be done or feeling like you wasted your day away?  Goals eliminate that feeling of a long and pointless grind.

What Is Your One Word For 2012?

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I’ve thought about this for awhile and am having a hard time coming up with just “one” word to sum up my 2012 new years resolution.  I keep trying to decide between Faith & Focus.  My friend, Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, suggested I hyphenate those words as faith-focus. So, I’m going with “faith-focus” for 2012.

Why Faith – Focus?

God has truly challenged me to grow in my faith these past few months.  I feel as though the last several years have not been very deep in faith.  Since my gift is service, I have found ways to serve those around me.  I know this is part of growing, but I really want to deepen my relationship with Him.

I just finished reading Lou Holtz’ biography. (For those of you who are not sports enthusiasts, like myself, Holtz is one of the most winning coaches in college football).  Holtz shared that his wife spent an hour a day in prayer.  I remember spending more time in prayer when I was single and am challenged to do so again.  So, I am publicly stating that I want to grow my faith by spending more time in prayer with my Lord.

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Another lesson I learned from Lou Holtz is about prayer.  Lou & his wife prayed before accepting a new coaching position (and he moved alot in his career – 11 moves in 43 years).  He mentions this throughout his book.  When he was released from University of Arkansas, he was asked to visit Minnesota the very next day.  Minnesota offered him the head coaching position.  When he returned to the hotel with his wife and kids, they could not decide if this was the right move.  So, Lou told everyone to go & pray for 30 mintues.  They would come back together in 30 minutes and  make a decision at that time.  In their family meeting they all came together with peace that God wanted them to move to Minnesota.  What an example of prayer.

Not only do I need to grow in my faith, I need to stay focused on what’s most important.  I can talk all day long about priorities and organization.  I can even make daily lists and get LOTS accomplished.  However, many times I wonder if I’m accomplishing the right things.

Back in October I listed 3 goals I wanted to accomplish by February.  I posted those goals next to stay focused.  I have so many ideas in my head that I want to accomplish, so I can get sidetracked.  The other activities are good, but not always the best.  Posting those goals in a place I saw it everyday reminded me of what is important.

I’ll let you know that I am right on track to finish my 3 goals.  Two are already done & the last one will be finished this month.

This week, I’ll be posting my 3 goals for 2012 next to my desk.  I will see them every day.  I might even post them in the kitchen because I spend lots of time in the kitchen.

How will I decide what my 3 goals will be?

I’ll be sharing some ideas on goal setting over the next few days.  In the meantime, I will start with “prayer”.  I will be praying all week to decide exactly what direction God wants me to go in 2012 viagra generique sildenafil.  I’ll post those goals next to my desk and I will continue to pray for God’s guidance on a daily basis.

Having said that, I am not so rigid that I might not make a change this summer…if & only if I pray about it.  I want to stay in tune with Him this year… Faith – Focus for 2012

How about you?  

What is your word for 2012?

Post a comment.  I will randomly choose one to receive my ebook, Let’s Get Organized.  You have until Friday, Jan 6 to leave your word for 2012.  Once you leave your comment, enter again by clicking FB like or tweeting.  Just use the buttons above this post to fb or tweet.

Celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday

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Theodore Roosevelt is one of my presidential heroes.  My favorite biography is Carry A Big Stick, by George Grant.  Why is this one of my favs?  Dr. Grant tells Roosevelt’s life story.  Then he describes character qualities of Roosevelt.  In each chapter about a character quality, you’ll discover more stories from TR’s life that show that character.

Here are a few ways your child can celebrate TR.

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Tuesday Tips: For Smart Homes

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Create & Learn suggests 6 things every smart home needs.  Of course, I would assume homeschool families already have these. to use with a variety of homeschool activities

Does your home?

1.  Dictionary

2.  Table for jigsaw puzzles – This assumes you have jigsaw puzzles

3.  Brain Boosting Library – What’s this?  crossword puzzles, mazes, brain teasers, Sudoku.  My kids loved Mind Benders

4.  Domino Set – Learn to play dominos or use them to create knock ‘em down courses.

5.  Special reading spot – Pillows in a corner will do.

6.  World map – Post it on your wall.  Use it to mark places you travel or places in your books.

Fire Safety Week

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Today starts Fire Safety Week.  Be sure you children know what to do in case of a home fire.  Here are some other activities you might incorporate this year.

Fire Safety Week

Thursday Activity: October Fall Leaves

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Have fun with the leaves falling around you.  October is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoor, as well as the fall leaves.  Enjoy a few ideas I found from Family Fun

• Walk a leafy labyrinth. When leaves cover the lawn, rake a twisting pathway through them. Copy a classic maze for extra credit. Read the rest…

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