Stitchin', Schoolin' and Stuff

Random musings and down right silly fodder from one extremely disorganized southern gal... no accounting for taste. Homeschooling Mom of 4 and VERY proud of it!

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

~Happy New Year!~

Heres to a better year in 2007! 2006 was okay up until this last month. We ate blackeyed peas at my parents tonight and she commented that she hopes they bring her luck next year as they didn't do a very good job this last year.

We are all still trying to deal with my brother's absence. It is very heartbreaking. We miss you, Aaron.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Our angel...

Little D just got up. He came into the livingroom all bleary eyed and said to me - "Mommy, I saw Uncle Aaron with his big pretty wings and he is at Mya's house (my Mom)". It took everything I had not to cry. I can't wait to tell my Mom when I talk to her. Out of the mouths of babes.

Friday, December 15, 2006


He was a son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a nephew, a cousin and a friend. He was the light of our lives. He was always smiling and always so laid back. He never met a stranger. He was loved... he is loved. He will be missed forever. He is my brother and he left us on Tuesday. This isn't goodbye, Aaron, I will see you again.

Rest in Peace, "Raaron Aaron", I love you.
November 24, 1977 - December 12, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

Menu Plan Monday

This is from Organizing Junkie

Monday - Meatloaf & Rice
Tuesday - Soup & Sandwiches
Wednesday - Pineapple Chicken
Thursday - Out to Eat
Friday - Sausage, Red Beans & Rice with Cornbread
Saturday - Pork Chops
Sunday - Russian Chicken

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Puppy Love...

We live in a fairly good sized apartment complex. Since my boys are homeschooled, I encourage them to play outside with the kids that live around us. Next door is a man and a woman who have 3 children. It is a his, hers and theirs situation. The oldest child is a girl (his)- she is 11 and in 5th grade. She is taller and bigger than my 12 year old and is, from what I can tell, a tomboy. She is a really sweet little girl. She comes over quite a bit. In fact, her brother and sister never come over even though the brother is close in age to my oldest. Anyway, my 12 year old seemed to be the one she was really hanging with and now he talks about her all the time. When his Dad was here last week, I guess he mentioned her. ExDh ask me all about her telling me that T said they are "buddies" which is better than just friends. ExDh thought that was a little strange and told me I should probably talk to him. So, I did. I ask what "buddies" meant and he told me that she told him that since she tells him her deepest secrets (I don't remember having those at 11 - lol) they are "buddies". He said he isn't sure what that means other than they are best friends. I ask if they were like boyfriend/girlfriend and he told me he didn't know. Tonight while we were eating dinner T mentioned her again and Big D said "You SURE do talk about her a lot." T just shrugged. Then D says "have you kissed her?" T didn't blush and didn't skip a beat before answering No. I said he better NOT be kissing her and he said "but you do it" D and I looked at each other and I said "When? Tell me when?" By this time everyone was laughing and T told me that he sees us kiss every night before bed. Oldest DS spoke up and said "Yeah but that is like she kisses US!" LOL You can tell the level of romance at MY house. ;o)

I am not sure what to make of this new situation. I have wondered a little why the parents don't seem concerned that she is over here so much. I did tell them previously that I didn't mind her coming over so I guess that must be why. I just wonder if she talks as much about him as he does about her. I don't think I am ready for this phase. ~sigh~

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ornament Finish

I usually shy away from anything that requires finishing because I am not very good at it. But, this year, I decided to try my hand with perforated paper. I am in an ornament exchange for people who had babies in Sept 2000 so I have know these gals awhile. Hopefully, my partner will like this but if not, I am sending a bought ornie too - just in case. LOL

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The days without my boys...

Matthew 19:13-15
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." And he laid his hands on them and went away.

I am often curious about the reaction I get from people when the children say they are homeschooled. Usually, people wonder and comment on being with my children all of the time and whether I am in need of a "break" from them. When thinking of the verses in Matthew, I wonder if perhaps the disciples were trying to keep the children away so that they would not bother or disrupt Jesus. I find it comforting to know that in his eyes they are no bother. His love is big enough for all. As a mother and as a Christian trying my best to be more like him, I cherish the time I have with my children. I am sad when they are away and even in my most trying times, I step back. He gave me these children as a gift and he never takes a "break" from me no matter how difficult I may be at times. I am thankful for his love and thankful for my children.

Tomorrow my older boys come home after having spent 3 days with their Dad. I have missed them so much and have spent most of the time thinking of them. Even with only half of my kiddos gone, the emptyness is evident. We all miss them and I can't wait to have them home. I can only imagine that He misses all of his children as well and can't wait for us to come home.

Monday, December 04, 2006

It's official!

I have decided that I am, for a fact, a homeschooling Mom! When did I come to this decision, what thing pushed me over, what could possibly have made me think that YES, we are a homeschooling family??? I think it may have been this morning, while during my dry off and dress for the day, my son was on the other side of the locked bathroom door not being able to wait for me to come out. What were we discussing that couldn't wait? Why, the contradictions in Charlemagne's life, of course! Ahhh, isn't life grand?? ;o)