Forgot my address!

How many lessons, how many drills, how many trial runs have I done with my kids? What is your address? What number do you call in an emergency? Countless I am sure!

Two nights ago my husband woke me up from a sound sleep, “I am having chest pains and I think I am going to pass out.” Then he did pass out! I leaped from the bed and grabbed the phone to call 911. So my mind is trying to process all of this through a daze of sleepiness.

The lady on the other end says, “What is your address?” Blank, my mind was blank. I could remember my street name, but the house number…Gone! Then I remembered on the inside of my pantry cabinet door was a list of important phone numbers for the kids to use and at the top of the list….My Address!!!

My husband as spent 2 days in the hospital and no one can tell us why this happened. We need to follow up with a few doctors on some things that were borderline but WE ARE HOME.

In my husband’s words, “We spent a lot of money, No answers, Move on.

In my words, “You better never do that to me again!”

Thank you for your prayers.

Gather Together, Give Thanks and Eat Pie!!

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Butterscotch, Chocolate Peanut butter and Pecan Pie

Pie Making the Thanksgiving family tradition.

Every year my mom picks up my 4 children on Tuesday night. Then bright and early on Thanksgiving Eve pie making begins. Everyone has a job and everyone’s favorite pie is made, which means 6 different homemade pies are needed to be cooked.

I always find myself at home alone. I think I am left out because of my first Thanksgiving dinner I cooked. Let me set the scene. It was Thanksgiving of 1996, my first-born was 10 months old, and I the new wife and mother was attempting my first made from scratch meal.

I planned for weeks, got up bright and early to start the process.  About 2 hours in I was finishing up the cranberries. Now never in my life had I done fresh cranberries, but my husband promised me Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without them. Since I had no clue what they should taste like, I summoned my husband to the kitchen to taste them.

He loaded his spoon up and down the hatch went the cranberry sauce. His face twisted, turned and he spat back the cranberry sauce. Which immediately he followed with “OH something is wrong.”

After drinking down a large glass of water, we discovered I had grabbed the salt instead of the sugar! That means I just cooked cranberries with 2 cups of salt! It also meant the pumpkin pie in the oven would quickly find a new home in the compost pile.

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Final Salute

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He was a volunteer fireman for 55 years, worked at the 911 Call Center for 18 years, and was Chief Emeritus. He lived his life serving his community and loving his neighbor.

On September 2, 2011,when my father-in-law passed away the fire department mourned his passing. The family was moved by the support of the brotherhood. I can still hear the sounding of the fire whistle that was sounded for him in honor of his service.

 

Thank you Pop-Pop, the grandchildren miss you.
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Decorating with WonderMaps

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Todays’ project: Missionary Maps

Our family is currently supporting different missionaries in some far off lands. This project will help us learn where they are serving and remember their pray requests.

From WonderMaps I printed out maps of China, Turkey, India and Delaware. (Ok, Delaware is not a far off land, but I think our first mission field is our home.) I purchased some 5X7 pieces of wood and an 8X10 piece of wood from the craft section. I painted the edges silver (this is a nice color for my kitchen) then I cropped the maps and mod podged them to the 5X7 wood frames. I add some stickers for more visual appeal.

I painted the 8X10 wood frame with chalk board paint. This is the one I will use to write down current prayer requests. Then I hung the matching set on my kitchen wall.

What about you? How will you use maps this year?

Stacey Lane

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Breakfast Board

Breakfast board

Every once in awhile I stumble on a new idea that really gets me excited! Have you heard about Breakfast Boards? After observing that in the morning my children will read anything laying on the kitchen table (including the cereal box multiple times) the idea behind the breakfast board really took off for me.The Breakfast Board concept is simple: it is a way of presenting information in a visually appealing manner. Pull it out daily for the kids to look at over breakfast and then store it away.My middle son knows that in the morning- as part of his breakfast chores – he is to set up the board on the table. As my kids eat, they read the board. Then after breakfast it is folded up and put away for another day.

They read anyway at breakfast – now they are reading and memorizing information that I choose in advance. So far this has been a fabulous and simple addition to our morning routine.

Here is how I made mine.

Materials needed:

  • Display board
  • Page protectors
  • Index cards
  • Card stock
  • Envelopes
  • Maps, vocabulary words, spelling lists, math facts, history facts, this day in history, any multiple of information
  • Markers and stickers

I would suggest choosing a theme for your board.  I chose “American History” and “Things my Kids Need to Remember.”

On my “American History” panel I put:

  • Map of the U.S.A
  • Map of the world
  • Explorers info and challenge cards
  • List of states and capitals.
  • U. S Presidents and their terms

On my “Things my Kids Need to Remember” panel I put:

  • Current weeks spelling words
  • List of Prepositions
  • Math facts (usually one addition and one multiplication)
  • Calendar with this day in history facts

Now I used red and blue card stock to back some of my different lists.  I used page protectors to slide in things that will change like the calendar and maps.  I cut up a page protector into 4 pieces and taped them closed except one end.  Then it is just about the right size to slide in an index card.  On the index cards I wrote the math facts I wanted them to work on.

My goal is to update it once a month with new information.

Happy Homeschooling,

Stacey Lane

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