Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Carissa asked to start archery lessons, so I signed her up in June. I actually signed up the three boys too. They all enjoy it. Nathan and Carissa are doing well with it that the instructor mentioned they should be in the tournament this winter.

Shane and Jarrett have asked to buy their own arrows and bows to shoot at home.

Our exchange student even got a chance to shoot. Yes, we are hosting an exchange student from Spain for a month. Teenagers are basically the same in the U.S. and Spain, except for a few things. In Spain it is legal to drink alcohol at 18. Teenagers have way more freedom there. They go to disco's and stay out all hours of the night and this is normal and accepted. Teenagers take public transportation everywhere. There is a small amount of parent supervision. They eat dinner at around 8 or 9pm. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day and it is eaten around 2pm. Most families have only 1 child because of the cost of living there. 

Maria (exchange student) said only the rich people in Spain learn archery.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Night Pictures

Brian took these awesome pictures from our backyard. They are beautiful.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Congratulations Carissa

We are very proud of Carissa's achievements this year.  At her closing ceremony, she was given the The President's Award for Educational Achievement. Her tutor/teacher applied for this award. She had to give a recommendation in order to receive it. 

Anyway, we are preparing her high school transcripts and course descriptions. I thought I was keeping good records of everything but I was wrong. I am using the Total Transcript Solution from The  She will start applying to colleges in September. This is hard to fathom. Where has the time gone. She was just born yesterday.

 Here is the letter she received.

Here is the pin she received.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Adoption Love Story

This is such a touching story. Warning: You will shed some tears, while you are watching the video.

Go here.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Finding Treasure

 I found these gems at a garage sale. Where I live, it is very popular to go to garage sales. You can find really nice things for very little money.
 I paid a quarter for this tea cup.

 I paid a dollar for this dish and a quarter for the item below.

 The plate set was one dollar for a set of four.
 I paid three dollars for this beautiful plate. 

 I paid five dollars for this rocking chair. I bought this rocking chair, the patio set, and desk from a retired school teacher. All the items are in excellent condition. I paid ten dollars a piece for the patio set and the desk.
This will be Shane's desk. He likes having his own space to do school work. I wanted him to have his own space now that he will be in 7th grade. I wanted to maybe paint the desk but Shane does not want me to do anything to it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Reading History

I really enjoy history. I cannot believe that it took me this long to finally read this book. I've had this book for about 11 years and have never opened it once. I learned some interesting facts about Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Mark Anthony, Cleopatra, Herod, Hermann, Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras, Aristotle, and the family tree of rulers up to Nero. Nero was the great great grandson of Augustus Caesar and Mark Antony. The first 5 emperors of Rome were descendants of Julius Caesar. Nero was the last of the family's emperors. This books is perfect for a child to read because of its bite size information. Now, on with the next book in the series.

Yes, I am a book collector, but I don't collect just any book. I have some books in my collection that are from the mid 1800's and early 1900's. Some of them are classic books. A few of them don't have a copyright date.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Get Another Opinion

I believe I told you that in January the doctor told me that I had a Dermoid cyst on my left ovary and my left fallopian tube was enlarged. The doctor recommended that I have surgery to remove them both. I asked the doctor many questions, but I left the appointment knowing I would pursue a 2nd opinion.

I finally met with the doctor a few weeks ago to get my 2nd opinion. The doctor looked at the ultrasound records from October 2015. The doctor said that there is no need for surgery because there is nothing wrong with my ovary. I was like, "what did you say." How and why did the other doctor say surgery? Anyway, we both decided it would be best to get another ultrasound to see how everything looks at the present time. This past Thursday I received the results. Everything is normal, so no need for surgery.

It is extremely important to receive a 2nd or 3rd opinion before you have any kind of medical procedure. Doctors are human and can make mistakes. It makes me wonder how many people have had needless operations just because they did not get a 2nd opinion.

I am so thankful for the people who have prayed for me. I know this whole experience made me open and study the bible more. I praise God for giving us his holy word to help us in our time of need. It is true God will never leave us nor forsake us.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clean and Dirty Produce

I have been reading a book called The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram  There is some excellent info it in too. I found the following info in the book:

The Environmental Working Group (a non-profit organization) puts out a yearly report. This report list the top clean and dirty produce of residues and toxins. The top clean foods that you can eat that are conventionally grown. This means that they are safe to consume as non-organic foods.

Avocados, Asparagus, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangoes, Onions, Papayas, Pineapple, Sweet corn, Sweet peas (frozen), and Honey Dew melon

Here are the foods that are loaded with residues and toxins.

Apples, Celery, Cherry tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Tomatoes, Cherries, Spinach, Strawberries, and Sweet bell peppers. 

Our family has been trying to eat as much organic foods as possible. We have been on this road for about 18 years or more. I know eating healthy has been beneficial for our family. We have not always ate 100 percent organic through out the years. We have had to juggle with a food budget. Eating healthy is not cheap, but it is achievable.

Our children rarely get sick. In fact, our oldest child (almost 18 years old) has only taken antibiotic once, and that was when she was 6 months old. Our 2nd oldest child has never taken any antibiotics. Our 12 and 9 year old children have only had antibiotics once so far in their childhood. We take supplements and probiotics. None of our children have had strep throat. I believe their health has been from prayer and healthy eating. We eat the rainbow (every color of fruits and vegetables) in our house. We started introducing these foods to our children at a very early age.

I have been listening to some great info at the Food Revolution Summit this week. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

More Teaching on Healing

I have been listening to Keith Moore about healing. He was part of the Kenneth Hagin's ministry. Here is the link here. It is a 20 part series, but I have only listened up to part 5. He has said many good things about healing.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Last Few Weeks of Classical Conversations

 Shane doing an art project in class.

Shane diagrammed this sentence in his Essentials of the English Language class. Shane really enjoys grammar and has done an outstanding job in mastering it. He will finish with his grammar studies next week. He has met the English grammar requirements and will not need to do any other grammar in middle school or high school. I might do some reinforcement lessons but he will review English grammar while he learns Latin and other foreign languages.

We are fast approaching the last weeks of Classical Conversations this year. I have seen academic growth in all my children.

Carissa has done an outstanding job and has demonstrated how rhetorical she has become. She continues to receive high remarks from her tutor. Her workload this year has been tremendous. I have been told by many people that her school workload is equivalent to a student obtaining a masters degree from college. These remarks are from parents that have a masters degree. Anyway, she does not want to do Classical Conversations next year, so we are looking at other options for her schooling. She really only needs four credits to graduate when she begins her senior year. She needs a math credit, an elective credit, a credit in physical education, and a half credit in personal finance, and a half credit in health education to be able to graduate. She plans to have a lite class schedule her senior year. She also wants to take human anatomy, ancient history, and ancient literature, even though she does not need the credits. She will continue her piano instruction. French is the language she wants to study next school year.

Nathan has done amazing with his studies. He is a hands on learner. He is learning speech and debate. He had his first debate in class last week. He has kept up with reading 23 literature books this year. We are proud of him for keeping up with his studies. We are looking into something different for him next year. He will not be doing Classical Conversations for his sophomore year of studies. I think the workload is not for him. He will be taking science and computer classes next year as well as other classes. He has a strong interest in science and computers. We want to get him into a vocational/tech school as soon as we can. I am excited to see what career path he will decide.

Shane and Jarrett will be doing Classical Conversations next year. Shane will be starting 7th grade and Jarrett will be in 4th grade.