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National Bird Day

By January 5, 2017 Bird Day, Children, Crafting, Homeschool

Every Month I try google Fun, Creative, National days to celebrate. These fun days, a couple times a month, breaks up our school routine just enough. It allows us to step away from all the things we normally do in a day and enjoy learning, with some fun extras.

January 5th is National Bird Day. According to the website, nationalbirdday.com, January 5th ends the Christmas Bird count. For 3 weeks Birders and the public go out and count as many birds as they can see. I made a list of ‘activities to do with the kids. Maybe you will find one you would like to do as well.

A Bird Word search. I looked up a bunch of different bird names, some we know and some we didn’t. I placed the letters of each bird name in an excel spreadsheet. I just filled in the blank cells with other random letters. I then just typed the bird names individually into a cell below all the letters. It was pretty simple to make.

We are going to watch a science video called Bird in the cage. It explains how your eyes only have 3 color receptors and how colors are processed. It looks neat and I think the kids will find in informative. You can find the video here: https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/bird-in-cage

We will be making pine cone bird feeders and also doing some bird watching ourselves. I have been saving toilet paper rolls so that we can make some binoculars. It will be a fun craft project to make before we head outside. Maybe we will even catch some birds coming to our feeders. We checked out a bird watching book from the library and we will try to identify the ones we can.

We will also be doing a hand print bird. I have used this craft for years working in early childhood education. Just paint their hand whatever color they want their bird to be and have them press it sideways on a light blue piece of construction paper. Then we will rip up some brown construction paper, grab some leaves from outside, and some small twigs and make a nest under the bird. It always turns out super cute. My oldest probably won’t enjoy this as much as my youngest two, but I will encourage her to participate.

The oldest two have to pick a bird that is endangered and write a paper one how and why it is endangered.

We will still do our regular schooling like math, history, and reading, but this breaks things up a little bit and gives us something new.

Will you do anything fun?

God’s Light Shine Upon You,

Danyelle

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52 Weeks: Ways to Relax

By January 4, 2017 52 Weeks, Children, Faith, Homeschool, Homestead

Every Wednesday here on the blog will be 52 Weeks. Every week I will post a different list. I love lists. I think it will be fun.

This first week is Ways to Relax. These are things I find helpful.

  1. Read a book.
  2. Take a hot bath.
  3. Read my Bible
  4. Snuggle.
  5. Watch a movie.
  6. Go for a walk.
  7. Color.
  8. Play a game.
  9. Enjoy the sunshine.
  10. Play with the kids
  11. Build a puzzle.
  12. Call my mom.
  13. Chat with a friend.
  14. Drink some hot cocoa.
  15. Listen to music.
  16. Make a craft.

These are all things I do to relax. What about you? Do you have a favorite way?

Be Blessed Today,

Danyelle

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January Goals

By January 3, 2017 Children, Crafting, Faith, Gardening, Heart Matters, Homeschool, Homestead

I know, I know, I have been posting a lot about resolutions and goals. It make seem a bit annoying and I am really sorry about that, but it is the start of a new year and a new month. I will start posting goals on the first of every monh so that y’all can hold me accountable and to let you know what I hope I will happen each month.

I have a list of 10 goals. These goals will challenge me, strengthen me, and hopefully not overwhelm me.

Goal 1: Drink a gallon or more of water each day. I have been really slacking in the water department lately. I can really notice a difference in my body when I am getting enough water.

Goal 2: Hit the gym at least 5 days a week. I used to be a runner. I loved every minute of running. I want to not only start running on the treadmill, but also get some other workouts in as well. I don’t need to lose weight, but I do want to tone and condition my body. After 4 kids and lots of life events, I just never had the energy before now. Starting Thrive and feeding my body premium nutrients I feel so much better!

Goal 3: Get to bed by 10pm every night. This one will be hard! I am a night owl. There is always so much I could be doing that my brain forgets to shut off. I really need to start getting to sleep on time so my mornings will go a lot smoother.

Goal 4: Use my Insta-Pot once a week. I bought it the day after Thanksgiving and I haven’t used it yet. There are some really good recipes that I would like to try.

Goal 5: Have our property cleared and map out the garden area. We are scheduled to have the logging company come sometime in the beginning of January. Once they have all the trees down and cleared, we will need to go through and clean up brush, twigs, and sticks. There is also a really big rock/boulder that we will try removing. I know about where the garden will go, but I still need to map it out exactly and figure out the crop rotation.

Goal 6: Promote Thrive. There are 2 reasons for this. One is because I love the way Thrive has given me more energy, better mental clarity, and just overall better health. The second reason is to supplement my husbands income a little.

Goal 7: Do at least 2 sewing projects. It has been a while since I have gotten behind my sewing machine. I miss it. It is a way for me to release my creative expressions. Watch the blog because the 2 projects I have in mind will probably end up being blog tutorials.

Goal 8: Take one night each week to do a mini date with each of my children. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I just really want to make more intentional time for each of them individually. We spend time with our children a lot and we do stuff with them often. I just want to be a little more intentional about it.

Goal 9: Do a service projects with the kids. I do not have this one figured out yet. I just know that I want to teach my children to serve others and I enjoy serving as well. I really want to start doing 1 service projects each month.

Goal 10: Read 4 Books. The plan is to read one a week, but in all reality I will probably skip around. I got all these books off Amazon.

  1. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
  2. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  3. The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson
  4. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space War by Margot Lee Shetterly

I really hope y’all will keep me accountable.

What goals do you have? What would you like to see happen this month?

Have a very blessed day,

Danyelle

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Resolutions

By January 2, 2017 Children, Faith, Holidays, Homestead

The new year always brings New Year Resolutions. Yesterday I posted about the faith and relationship goals I have with God. I started my New Year with that because it is by far the most important part of my life. If my relationship with God is not constantly being worked on, nothing else in this life can come together either.

I did want to share some personal and family goals we have for 2017 though. If I write them down I have something to track! Y’all can help hold me accountable too!

  1. Get to the gym at least 5 days a week.
  2. Meal Plan.
  3. Eat healthier.
  4. Read a book a week!
  5. Get our Homestead off the grown.
  6. Spend more time together as a couple.
  7. Spend more one on one time with each of our kids.
  8. Spend more time as a family
  9. Go on one family vacation.
  10. Budget better and save money.
  11. Worry Less.
  12. Laugh more.
  13. Make time for hobbies
  14. Promote Thrive so that I can help with income.
  15. Find other ways to help supplement income.
  16. Participate in more random acts of kindness.

My goal for 2017 is to just become a more well rounded person. I don’ need the gym to lose weight, but to just get in shape. Meal plan helps us to not eat out so much and in turn helps us eat healthier. Reading allows me to have some down time. It may be a book that helps me grow in certain aspects of life or just something I want to read for fun. Our homestead ideas are on paper and seeing them off the ground will help us to become more self sufficient, which helps us save money. Spending more time together as a couple, a family, and individually with our kids with strengthen our family bonds and help our children to understand how truly important they are to us. It will also teach them to put their future marriages first. I want to be able to supplement my husbands income this year and I will be using my Thrive and other talents I have to try to make that happen.

Most of all, I want this to be the year where God is in control, putting all things through him first.

What are some of your New Year Resolutions? What would you like to see happen in 2017?

May God’s light shine upon you today!

Danyelle

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Heart Matters: God, Me, and the New Year

By January 1, 2017 Faith, Heart Matters, Homestead

Happy New Years! 2016 is gone and we are welcoming 2017. 2016 brought trial, rough patches, and some major growth. Things are changing for my family and I am a firm believer that it starts with our relationship with God.

In July of 2016 I decided to be baptized as an adult. I was at a point in my life that I needed to reaffirm and recommit my life to God. I knew He was the leader of my life and I was finally ready to step past myself and allow Him to do the work.

It was in the days, weeks, and months after that day things started changing. I was able to stress less, worry less, and feel more. He started with some of my deepest, most hurtful events in my past. He started healing the hurts of my soul. He gave me a new sense of purpose. He gave me a new love for myself and for those around me.

You see, as I started seeing myself as God sees me, I was able to let go of so much.

A new year often brings us to think about the year ahead. It has us setting goals, dreaming, and planning. God has plans for us in this new year too. I plan on taking time with God every day as I listen, reflect, and pray for His plan for me!

I want to commit to following him even more this year. Less of me and more of Him.

I have done the First 5 app on my phone every morning for a really long time. I have other devotionals that I like as well. This year I really want to go more into depth through the books of the bible. One of the resources I am going to use is called the “BE” Series by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe.

The first book is called “BE Basic”. It has commentary on Genesis 1-11. I am very excited about this. I have read the Bible, but there are times it gets tough. The names are different and sometimes hard to pronounce. I sometimes just need help understanding. I think this commentary will go well with my study through the bible. I bought it on amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Basic-Genesis-1-11-Believing-Commentary/dp/1434766357/ref=pd_sim_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GC9G38CWE7G3A8V1ACN7

This is the one I bought.

I will continue to go to our small group study because I think it is super important to fellowship with other believers. I will continue to attend church on Sunday because receiving the message in cooperate worship is also important.

We are also going to try to do a better job at growing our family relationship with God, by doing family devotions more often. Our nights get busy, everyone is home, supper has to be made, and kids want to go play with friends. I have to admit that we are not that great at doing devotions when we are all sitting at the table. I really want to make this a time of family and God. I don’t want to rush through supper so that we can just move on to the next thing. Growing deeper together in God will make us a stronger family.

I want to encourage a deeper relationship between God and my older children. They each have personal devotions that have barely been used. This coming year I will encourage them to spend some quite time each day reading their devotions and praying and finding their own relationship with God.

I want God to change me. I want God to work through me. I want this year to be a year of God. I want God to change our family and work through us. I want God to be evident in everything we do this year.

What are your relationship goals with God this year?

Have a blessed day and a very Happy New Year!

Danyelle

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Busy. Am I Not Always?

By December 12, 2016 Children, Happy Birthday, Homeschool, Homestead, Modeling

As a mom of four children, a wife, friend, daughter, teacher, and homemaker my life is busy every day. We always have something going on in this house! I used to go crazy with all the busy, lately I have learned to enjoy it. I have learned to embrace the busy because my children won’t be little forever. This past weekend and the coming week are no different.

Here is what went down this weekend:

Our 6 year old daughter had an audition over the weekend. She pours her heart and soul into acting and modeling, so to say she was excited is an understatement. We went to the audition Saturday afternoon. It was only thirty minutes away and we didn’t have to drive through Atlanta traffic! The people running the audition are a talent management company looking to hire for some upcoming projects they have in the works, but they were also looking for talent they might want to sign and manage. We went so that our daughter could audition for a commercial. We had no idea that they would ask her to audition to be one of those talents they wanted to sign. It was very apparent to them quite quickly that she has raw skills and a drive for this industry. There were three portions of this audition; runway, print, and acting. She strutted her stuff on the runway like a pro. She took some amazing photographs. She delivered her monologue like she has done it a hundred times. They loved her. Plan and simple. 2,500 kids and teens were submitted to this audition to fill the various roles they needed. 62 kids and teens were actually given the chance to audition. Only four kids/teens were signed on as talent that they want to manage. Our daughter was one of those four. She was excited. We were excited. Everyone was excited. I mean to go from one in 2,500 to 1 in 4, well that’s just plain amazing. Her dad had to take her back on Sunday so that we could get the rundown on what happens next and sign papers.

Also this weekend we had a Cub Scout Christmas party. Our poor boy is the only boy in our house. He really enjoys his Cub Scout time. He loves the friendships he has made with other boys his age.

Here is what is going down this week:

  1. We are getting ready to go back to Michigan for Christmas with our families! This means cleaning house, catching up on laundry, packing six people and the dog, along with making sure we have all the necessaries for the car.
  2. On Wednesday our son will be turning 9! Such an exciting time. I need to make it special in the midst of all the super crazy stuff we have going. He just wants me to stop and recognize it is his special day. It is so hard to be born so close to Christmas and even harder when the whole family is getting ready for a week long trip.
  3. A service project with church. On Saturday morning before we leave for MI, we will be helping spread Christmas to those that weren’t able to provide Christmas for their children. This will be our first year helping with the project. I am so thankful that our church offers so many opportunities to get involved in the community. I am also extremely thankful that they involve the children of our church too. We love being able to do service projects as a family.

What did you do this weekend? What are your plans for this coming week?

I really hope that you are preparing your heart for the Christmas season and that you will be able to spend some time with loved ones.

Have a very blessed day,

Danyelle

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The World We Live In

By December 8, 2016 Children, Faith, Heart Matters, Homeschool, Homestead

Every time I scroll through my Facebook feed or turn on the news, I see evil. Shootings, robberies, arson, Amber Alerts and so much more. This world we live in is full of bad things. So what do you do?

We are raising four amazing children in this world. They are innocent. They are sweet, for the most part. They see the world as kind, good, and lovely. Do I expose them to the world they really live in? Do I shattered their perception of what the world is really like? Do I continue to shelter their eyes and ears from the evil that exists in this world so that they can remain pure, innocent, loving beings?

Parenting is hard work all by itself. Raising children in the world we live in right now brings a whole new set of challenges. We are careful about what the kids watch on tv or in movies. We have open conversations with our children about anything they want to question. My kids are not completely naive. They do know bad things exists in this world. They have experience hurt and pain caused by others. They know people can do bad things. They know that we are all sinners and that we all make mistakes sometimes. They know that there has to be consequences, sometimes small and sometimes big for the choices that you make. They also know how to forgive and love.

There are so many questions I ask myself every day. Parenting is hard. Making the best choices for our children is hard. Do I sign them up for a self defense class? Do I never let them out of my sight?

We choose to raise our children in the knowledge of the Lord. To love your enemy. To love all those around you. To be kind, generous, and forgiving. We choose to have open and honest conversations. We choose to lead by example. We choose to be parents that do everything we can to help them, love them, and teach them.

Some people choose to criticize our choice to homeschool. To keep our children a little more sheltered. And I am okay with that. They may criticize our family choice. I choose to follow God’s plan for my family.

How do you keep your kids protected? What are you doing as a parent in today’s world.

I hope you have a safe and blessed day,

Danyelle

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The Thoughts that Consume

By December 7, 2016 Faith, Heart Matters, Homestead

Yesterday was a day of thinking. I have no idea what came over me, but all these thoughts came flooding through me all day long. It was like I couldn’t shut off my brain. It was overwhelming at times. Emotional at others. It was sometimes hard to process and yet made me joyful.

Instead of trying to push all these thoughts away. Instead of getting stressed and upset that I had so many things filling my head I just let it happen. I rode the ebb and flow of the thoughts.

You see, its the end of the year. That time you start looking back at the year that is about to be finished and you think to yourself, Did I do the year right? What were my successes? What were my failures? You think about the things you’ve done that year, the things you wanted to do? I thought about all the things I wanted to do and yet somehow didn’t have time for. It was just a day for reflection.

The one thought that stuck out to me most yesterday was this; “Don’t get so caught up in looking at those around you and wanting what they have the you skewer your own view of things you have to be thankful for.”

We live in a world where everyone wants to “keep up with the Jones’s”. We live in a time where anything we want is right at our finger tips. We live in a place where we are never satisfied and always looking for the next best thing.

I have fallen into this trap myself. We are all human. We make mistakes.

I say dream, plan, better your life. I say set goals and keep working to reach your potential. Yet, you need to remember, you are already surrounded with things to be thankful for. You are surrounded by people and things that you are blessed to have in your life. You need to remain in the present and enjoy the life you are given today. Dreams are something to strive for, but don’t focus so much on the future that you forget today. Don’t focus so hard on that plan for the future that you miss out on the family you are blessed with today.

We don’t know what tomorrow brings. Your plan, your dreams, your ambitions; they are all great. We should all strive to reach our fullest potential, but not at the expense of living in the moment and thanking God for all that we are blessed with in the moment.

What are some of your dreams or goals?

Have an amazing day,

Danyelle

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What’s for lunch?

By December 6, 2016 Children, Faith, Homeschool, Homestead

Once breakfast is over at our house, the kids soon begin to ask, “What’s for lunch?”

It is an every day occurrence that has the same results.

Having all four kids home every day homeschooling brings a whole new challenge to lunch to time. They need to eat, but what? Do I cook this big extravagant meal? Do we just do a quick sandwich? They are home during the day so I should be able to make them an amazing meal right?

I have WAY to often let lunch time stress me out. I would feel like because we are all home they needed this big, healthy meal. I also didn’t want to spend hours cooking lunch because that would mean our school day took just that much longer. I also didn’t want to just throw sandwiches at them day after day, because you know, sandwiches get boring. So here is our lunch time fix.

At night I cook extra of whatever we are having for supper. So easy.

On the counter I lay out three leftovers to choose from. Plus, I do lay out the bread, peanut butter, and Nutella for sandwiches. They may pick from the leftovers or they may choose a sandwich.

Further down on the counter I will lay out two choices for a dairy. This is usually yogurt or cheese sticks. Next to that I will add veggies and fruits that they can choose from. Usually two of each kind. After that comes what we call the “fun snack”. The fun snack is usually peanut butter crackers, granola bar, or cookies.

It is so easy. It takes me a total of ten minutes to set everything out. They love the fact that they get to pick what they want. I love that they get to pick what they want, because it means less whining and complaining. It also cuts down on things being thrown away because they choose things that they will actually eat.

Are you struggling with lunch time in your home? Try this. Just make a little extra food while your preparing supper each night. Put it in a container and throw it in the fridge.

Let me know what if you try it and what you think.

Have a blessed day,

Danyelle

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Rain, Rain, and more Rain

By December 5, 2016 Faith, Heart Matters, Rain

Georgia has been in a pretty severe drought for the past few months. I am sure you have heard of the wildfires that have hit our state and the states surrounding us. The loss in Gaitlingburg, Tennessee is huge. Everything has been super, super dry. There are burn bans and water restrictions. However,

It is currently raining. It has been raining on and off since Friday evening and according to the Weather Channel app on my phone it looks like it may rain on and off until Tuesday. Praise the Lord for some rain, right?

Here is the thing, I know we need rain and lots of it. I know that our state and others need as much rain as we can get. I truly do praise the Lord for the rain we have been given. I also pray the Lord brings me through the rain.

I have suffered from depression for many years. The winters in Michigan would help push my depression into a deeper state, because it was dark and cold. Seasonal depression on top of regular depression is not my idea of a good time.

While my depression over the last year has begun to get a lot better, having dark and dreary days for multiple days in a row is hard. The kids get sick of being cooped up inside, they start fighting or misbehaving. The weather is perfect for just snuggling under a warm blanket and watching a movie. It is so hard to find motivation. At least it is for me.

Depression is hard. It can take over your life. I let it take over mine on more than one occasion. This time I’m trying to make it different. So that if I feel myself slipping that way I have some action steps to take. I hope maybe some of these actions steps will help you too.

  1. Call/text a friend. I have a few friends on my list that I know I can call. I can tell them I am struggling and they will talk with me, walk with me, pray with me. I put this first on the list because it is part of my nature to try to handle things on my own. I hate asking for help. I hate people seeing me struggle. I feel like it makes me look weak, but guess what? My friends don’t care, they don’t see me any different than they would any other day of the week. They love me. They want the best for me. They want to walk every road with me. Who can you think of that might want to walk this road with you? Give them a call or a text, ask them if they will be your go to person. Don’t try to walk this road alone. It’s hard and you have people out there that love you so much that they want to be by your side during the tough moments too.
  2. Read my Bible and Pray. Usually I just open it up. God shows me exactly where I need to go and what I need to hear. Digging into God’s Word through depression and seeing through his Word how much he loves us and cares about is a blessing! When we live in a world where sometimes love is conditional, we see through God’s Word that his love is unconditional. He doesn’t care what state you are in, He wants to love you right where you are at! Also laying your heart before the Lord in prayer is an amazing feeling. I have yelled, screamed, cried and laughed through prayer during some of my darkest times of depression. One of the darkest times in my life was after we found that our youngest daughter was blind and the doctors didn’t know if my sweet, innocent baby girl would ever be able to see. Some of the prayers I prayed during that time were an ugly, crying mess. Questioning God and his abilities to take care of me and my family. He did. The key? Remember to listen to him. Let Him speak back to you. Let him show you the ways in which you need to go.
  3. Laughter. Find a good book, movie, or person to make you laugh. Laughter changes the mood. It changes the way you brain directs things. It changes your outlook, even if just for a little while.
  4. Surround yourself with people. Do not try to hide or keep to yourself, your feelings of depression. I have been there. It’s a not so great place to be.
  5. Get yourself medical advice. See a counselor, your primary care physician, or therapist. They can take care of you. I have been to counseling sessions on and off over the course of the past 10 years. I have been put on antidepressants. No shame! It was what I needed to get through some of those hardest seasons of depression.

I hope if you are struggling you will seek out some friends and a doctor. I hope you will know that you are loved unconditionally by the one who was sent to the Earth to save us. My hope is that you will not feel alone. I hope that you may find a thing or two on my list that will help you get through this season.

Have a very blessed day,

Danyelle

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