My Monday Morning Random Mind (and multitudes)

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Since My Girl had an overnight last night, I am left with a free morning. Of course the first thing I did was make a To Do List… after walking the dog. The list includes the bunny cage which currently needs changing. This one fact may possibly spare you from an exceedingly long, rambling post…probably not (gag). The fact that I lost my camera battery, so have no really cool, Rhode Island pictures to share could also make this a short post. Or the fact that I have not done one of these posts in a while. It’s just me, here with you, on this lovely Monday morning. I am feeling wildly free to share my randoms today, especially since most mornings have been dedicated to routine and Homeschool. I have been spending less time on the computer, and have had to be extra savvy in my writing/blogging schedule, and most days I miss link-ups I love, status updates on Facebook, and reading my favorite blogs regularly. We have been figuring out our own New Normal. Um…not sure how normal it is, but it’s somewhere between a roller coaster ride and a zip-line on any given day. Hanging in and writing along the journey, naturally!  
Multitudes of Randoms:
#501- This weekend, I woke up to an early morning text and was whisked off to breakfast at Phil’s Main Street Grille with my BFF. There is nothing like the blessing of coffee and breakfast with a girlfriend, yes? What a treat. 
#502- I also got some Barnes & Noble time in Sunday night after dropping My Girl off for overnight. So, there I sat with a stack of 13 lovely journals and a half dozen random books. I sipped coffee, wrote in my own, ready to be laid to rest  journal; I actually wrote a poem about the journals that were stacked on the table before me…as well as random thoughts-because that’s what WE journal writers do, right? We write. On and on and on. There is no greater joy to me than being surrounded by books, with pen and journal in hand (No, I don’t have a laptop!). Serious BLISS. Oh, so a few books that I perused: The Circle Maker, My Prayer Book, Royal Britain, On Writing Well, a really cool Bible that I cannot remember but wish I could, and a few others. I could spend hours in the bookstore or library. I could live in one of those places. 
#503- How about this miracle: We made it through three weeks of Homeschooling! Whoohoo…Um, yeah just 33 more to go! Hoping to share a post about what I’m learning on the journey this week.
Prayers welcome and graciously accepted. 
#504- In October there is a wonderful crazy time for Bloggers hosted at The Nesting Place where each blogger shares a challenge, journey or endeavor to write about for 31 days. Well this year, I have decided to post 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness. Trust me, I need this as much as you do – can we journey together?  I pray this will bless you and get you moving- from where you are to a balanced perspective and a realistic approach toward moving more. Um, and right now I am right there in Bloggy Sedentary land needing to get off my duff a bit more. I was blessed beyond words when Barbie had a special button made for my sharing of this with all of you. So thankful. You can see it on my Facebook page and I will be sharing it here this week in the post announcement!

#505- Praying again with my fellow moms for our first Moms in Prayer gathering this September.
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!

#506- SUNFLOWERS! The sunflowers are shooting up tall in our little bird feeding area and I am overjoyed in their appearance and abundance! I promise I will share pictures of these beauties as soon as my new camera batteries arrive.

#507- impromptu visit to a local neighbor’s B&B. A lovely place to visit if you come to Little Rhody and want to stay at a local Inn in Narragansett. She Home Schooled back before it was common and shared a whole lot of her thoughts with me and showed me around her lovely Inn on one of my “live like a local tourist” mornings. #everydayadventureswithdawn

#508- Love this Rhode Island Classical radio station. My preference for music is Classical, Jazz and music without words…so important to my ability to hear the still small voice. My favorite surround sound is sweet silence.

On that note, I have to say the bunny cage smell is now unbearable and I wrote thirtysomething items on my To Do List. I best leave this post and get onto the #509-513+ blessing (help me see them that way, Lord…)  that will make up the majority of my day: laundry, dishes, vacuuming, Homeschool planning, bunny cage cleaning etc. etc. etc.

BUT this is how I really feel…

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1st Day of Homeschool Pictures (Yes We Have Our Pajamas, We Have Our Pajamas Today!)

Linking with Wordless Wednesday and iHomeschool Network’s Not Back to School Hop

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We Are Works In Progress (Our Creativity Center/Main Homeschool Room)

Welcome to our Homeschool Room for the 8th grade. This room serves as a general Creativity Center. Home Office. Scrapbook Room. Blogging Station. You name it and it probably happens here. All kinds of good stuff happens in this room. FYI, it never stays this neat. I mean really, creativity is a messy process. But, I am aiming to organize our paperwork from child to adult this year so here’s hoping! We are also preparing to paint this room this month and am looking forward to seeing the color transformation. I will post a follow up when it is finished. Here are a few pics of where we are starting. We spend a lot of time reading together on the Living Room Couch as well. We are not rigid, but it is nice to have a place for everything and everything in a place. Trust me, it is the returning everything to the one place we are working on! Meanwhile consider these to be “Before” Pictures. We are works in progress, as is our Homeschooling Journey! Well, we start school this coming week (September 2-6) and look forward to seeing God’s good and perfect will unfold as we walk by faith in Him. One day at a time. 

This is the left side of the closet where most of the formal curriculum is stored (at this time- see us in a month or two). 
I can be a little obsessive with pens, and pencils.
Actually all writing utensils.
At least my Hubby and Daughter say so. Hmf. 

Still organizing and decluttering the craft supplies.  

Teacher’s Desk, Blog Writing Spot and of course Student Computer Lab.
Although my Girl does have her own laptop and we do love the Library. 

This World Map is actually going on the wall once we have painted. 
But glad we have room on the desk as well.


Here are a few of the Post Paint Wall Accessories.  

Happy September and Happy New School Year! 
Linking with iHomeschool  for the School Room Week-a few weeks late, but better late than never.

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NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible (Book Review)

As a new Homeschooling mom I was excited to have the opportunity to review the Home-school Mom’s Bible (NIV). Zondervan has partnered with Alpha Omega Publications to make this devotional Bible available specifically for Homeschooling moms. This particular Bible features devotions written by Janet Tatman, a veteran homeschooling mom who is copywriter for AOP’s homeschool division. There are 365 devotions which are geared toward encouraging, inspiring  and energizing Homeschool Moms to meet there calling.

At first glance this Bible’s size and layout are pleasing to me. I like the way the devotions do not interrupt the flow of scripture, they lay out on their own page and are placed throughout, in an orderly manner, including a page prompt for the next devotional reading. The layout itself is uncluttered, straightforward and crisp. Black, white and grey are the color scheme within and two columns of a reasonably sized font are inviting to the readers eye.

All in all this Bible has a clean look which beckons for me to highlight freely as needed. Which reminds me of another important point, if you, like me, like to write in your Bible- the pages are not too thin that marking is a problem. Although I prefer colored pencils to prevent bleed through, I appreciate a somewhat thicker page for my markings, and the pages are good for me. I tend to be rough so durability anyway I can get it is helpful. I need my Bible to be able to take a licking and keep on…well you get the point! As for the devotions, they can be read topically or in order and are dated. I have looked over some of the content and look forward to reading them throughout the upcoming school year-knowing God will use them at just the right time. Although I chose the NIV, there is also a King James Version available.

I am still debating whether I want to start using this Bible for September at the start of our Homeschool year or wait for the new year, but either way this Bible would make a thoughtful gift to any Homeschool mom you are looking to encourage or bless. This would make a great Christmas Gift in my opinion-right in time for the new year.

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Our Sonlight Big Box Day (A Glimpse into Our Homeschool Plans 2013)

Well, our curriculum arrived while we were vacationing in Maine this year.
It sat and waited for us to celebrate it’s arrival. It had to wait for just the right time… Finally, on a Monday morning we tore into that box first thing. We are using Core W from Sonlight. My daughter is especially looking forward to her Rosetta Stone French lessons. 
Here is our 8th Grade Plan with a bit more detail. 
Counting my multitudes with Ann
458. A box full of goodies, in the form of books!
459. September and the return of routine and hopes for a new school year.
460. My mom making it possible for us to get this curriculum- Yay and Thanks, Mom!
461. Hope in God and not curriculum…but grateful for a good start this year.
462. my hubby’s hard work around the house and yard and how it blesses.
463. our sweet, small church
464. Peace within despite a whole lot of opposition from without
465. Hooray, the Home school room’s floor is no longer an unintentional obstacle course!
467. Knowing that it’s all about taking things one day at a time…and giving thanks. For all. 
The hard and the easy, good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant, lovely and unlovely. 
Yes, that.
468. Learning to love, really love, with His love…which is not manipulative, exploitative, rude or even possible without His supernatural empowerment.
469. Learning to forgive more.
470. Leaning on prayer more. Even more.

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