A Mother Speaks Out: Children For Sale – Guest Post by Alyson Williams

A Mother Speaks Out: Children For Sale – Guest Post by Alyson Williams.

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Joy Dare

  1. Thankful that my tummy isn’t hurting.                                    January 1st, 2013
  2. Thankful that I’m feeling better; 2 rounds of fevers was rough.
  3. Thankful that my children are happily playing because they are all feeling better.
  4. Thankful that I get to stay home when I’m sick and cuddle my kids until we all get better.
  5. Thankful for time at the park with dear friends.                  January 4th, 2013
  6. Thankful that my husband is home.
  7. Thankful that we did indeed get our Costco shop in today! We needed it!
  8. Thankful that we are truly getting better (my doctor said so on Wednesday); I cannot wait to leave this sickness to a fading memory.
  9. Thankful that I am a part of a wonderful group of encouraging women who truly live out what it is to be like Christ.
  10. Thankful for God’s peace in such a tumultuous world.
  11. Thankful for God’s goodness. He gives us soooo much. I literally have always had (as far as I can remember) everything I have ever needed in every moment of my life.
  12. Thankful that God has not let me get everything I ever wanted. He has kept me and directed me and hedged me in at times to prove himself in me.
  13. Thankful that God has worked in me to change me and grow my character. The greatest blessing is to not feel so much guilt over being me. I’m growing in character, I’m changing, all because of His mercy and grace.
  14. Thankful that my children are asleep.                                      January 5th, 2013
  15. Thankful for school starting tomorrow. I love homeschooling!!
  16. Thankful to have time to spend together. I love my family! I love my husband!
  17. Thankful that I will be taking a break from leading Bible Study so I can focus on making time for my husband again. I like leading Bible Study, but when the busy-ness sets in some things were out of balance.
  18. Thankful that I have more time to practice keeping things in the proper order.
  19. Thankful that my husband helps get the house back in order when he is off. When we all got sick at the same time for so long things just got out of hand. It’s nice to have it relatively back in order.
  20. Thankful I can cook in my kitchen and walk around the house without getting hurt.
  21. Thankful that my husband does the vacuuming!
  22. Thankful for (home)school starting again.                            January 8th, 2013
  23. Thankful that my husband is back on days so he is home at dinnertime. I love being able to sit down together once a day.
  24. Thankful that Kaitlin was able to focus and get her school done on time today. It’s only the second day of being back on schedule!
  25. Thankful that though my neck hurts I know what I have to do to get back to pain free days. The stretches make me slow down, but don’t we all just need to slow down a bit anyways?
  26. Thankful that my husband has a job.
  27. Thankful that he is an honest, hard worker and that God has been answering my prayers to give him favor with his bosses and those he works with.
  28. Thankful that PE time with MCHSG was so much fun!!
  29. Thankful that Kaitlin took it upon herself to help get the kitchen ready for dinner. She cleared and washed the table, emptied the dishwasher and straightened up some things.
  30. Thankful that the weather has been soooo beautiful.         January 9th, 2013                   ~ I let the kids ride their bikes today. Not too cold, not too hot. Blue sky. Perfect. Yesterday too.
  31. Thankful that my dear husband is off tomorrow.
  32. Thankful again that my tummy feels better tonight.
  33. Thankful that I am not itchy… at the moment.
  34. Thankful that I am not itchy… because I was earlier.         January 14th, 2013
  35. Thankful that it is 2013. A new year. A new beginning.
  36. Thankful that Yeshua is my righteousness.
  37. Thankful for His ever abundant mercy. I seem to be reminded daily of my need for a Savior.
  38. Thankful that Heidi loves school. She can’t wait to do more, and asks repeatedly if she can do more school.
  39. Thankful that my girls like to write on kidsblog. Now they ask to write!
  40. Thankful that Jacob is willing to start his learning to read adventure, and he is doing amazing!
  41. Thankful that Heidi is almost done with Learning to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I can’t wait to treat her to ice cream when she is done! So much fun to bless their socks off when they do such a good job.
  42. Thankful that all my children are doing really well with their studies.
  43. Thankful that tomorrow is Saturday,                                 February 1st, 2013                     a day of rest.
  44. Thankful that my children are such a blessing to me in so many ways. Playing with each other. Teaching each other. Their eagerness to wake up and cook breakfast in the morning. Surely it was God who blessed me with such wonderful souls.
  45. Thankful that we have begun memorizing Psalm 119. It has already been helping me to keep my mind stayed on the Lord and turning my feet to do what is right. I so want to honor Him, and when His word is in my heart it is so much easier.
  46. Thankful that today was so beautiful at the park. It was so nice to see so many wonderful ladies show up and all the children enjoying each others company.
  47. Thankful for a break from the grind of schoolwork       February 18th, 2013                     when life has gotten behind.
  48. Thankful for the reprieve to catch up on projects that just need that finishing touch.
  49. Thankful that I finally got my sauerkraut made after many months of not managing to get around to it.
  50. Thankful that God has surrounded me with kind and understanding people. In everything. Everywhere I turn. The ladies in my homeschool group. The man who teaches our PE class. My husband. Even my children.
  51. Thankful for the Word of God. God is so good to give us his Word.
  52. Thankful for my children that make me laugh.
  53. Thankful for God’s discipline in my life to help me grow. My life is so much better now than it was before I learned to follow him with my whole heart. I am his. He is mine. I am redeemed. He is my righteousness.
  54. Thankful that when I can’t God can.
  55. Thankful that Art Class is fun.                                           February 26th, 2013
  56. Thankful that PE with the homeschool group kids was fun. It was sooo fun!!
  57. Thankful that we have a slow day tomorrow because I must have hurt my ankle at PE.
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Sisters, Let us Stop Hating One Another

I am a SAHM and I homeschool my children. I know that I needs God’s grace just as much as my sister who works and sends her children to public school. Do I believe this is better? Yes. Should I put my convictions on your back? No. Everyone stands or falls by there own convictions. More over, everyone’s learning curve is different. God brought me to this place where I am today. He has a different path planned for my sister. He loves us both and will accomplish in us what he desires in his time.

Sarah from A Quiet Home makes a really good point. Read it and see.

Blessings,

April

Sisters, Let us Stop Hating One Another.

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rainbow rice

rainbow rice.

Click the link and check it out. All of my flowers enjoy this one (9yrs to 2yrs).

I dump out the large tote that normally stores balls and put Jacob inside with a small tub of colored rice and other play paraphernalia in front of him. When he’s done I have to brush him off before he gets out and dump the rice from the tote back into the small tub.

My other flowers play with their own small tub on a large cookie sheet and are pretty good about keeping their mess contained.

Blessings,

April

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dinosaur water bin

dinosaur water bin.

Still trying to figure out this reblogging thing. lol

Click the link and check it out. This is Jacob’s FAVORITE! He likes it so much I just keep a small tub with rocks on it to drag out. I put a towel down in the kitchen. He grabs some dinosaurs and other choice animals and is entertained for about a 1/2 hour, and it;s easy to clean up.

Blessings,

April

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ice-age bin

brenesflowers:

I have used so many ideas from happy hooligans. We are totally doing this today!! Besides getting in the pool (if that’s available) I can’t think of a better way to make it through another Arizona summer!

Blessings,

April

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Ok, I’m so excited to share this activity with you, Mamas, because not only is this one free, and super-simple to pull together, it’s going to keep your little ones busy for a good, long time!

It’s funny how we ended up doing this today: back in the fall, I filled a plastic container with water, tossed in a few small toys and random objects (buttons, shoe laces etc), and popped it in the freezer, thinking we’d have fun with it on a warm fall day.  Well, the temps must have dropped, either that or I just kept forgetting about it because we never did get around to using it.

Every month or so, I’d run across that container of ice while rummaging through the freezer, and the other day I realized we’d better do something with it before I close my daycare’s doors for summer!

This morning I placed…

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Green Bananas & Sauerkraut

A while back, a long while back mind you, when I lived in Louisiana, I went to a Puerto Rican wedding with my mom. At the reception they served all native Puerto Rican food (such delicious food). I had never had boiled green bananas, but I loved them.

Recently we bought some organic bananas from a farmers market that refused to ripen. I thought I just bought regular bananas. Ha! So they are sitting here day after day waiting to be eaten. So finally I decided to stop waiting for them to ripen and I boiled a couple today. Peeled them, sliced them, put them in a bowl, covered them with watered, salted it and microwaved them for two minutes.

And then I promptly forgot about them and took care of other things.

So later I came back to the kitchen to eat something, hum, what do I feel like eating. Something quick. Veggie Straws and some of my homemade sauerkraut (or cultured vegetables). Yum! Oh, yeah the bananas! Haha! Well boiled bananas taste pretty much like potatoes, so next on the menu… I had to try it with my sauerkraut! Delicious I tell you!

So a new take on an old fave. No more mash potatoes and sauerkraut; I’m buying green bananas!

Blessings,

April

P.S. My favorite videos to see how to make your own cultured vegetables is from The Renegade Health Show found here http://youtu.be/usAn2QM78WQ and here http://youtu.be/ScdLmZZOVjw because I find it more convenient to pack them into jars. I also use the starter culture pack too which can be purchased from different vendors on the web.

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