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Dawn
I'm a homeschooling mom of 4 boys ~ 18, 13, 11 and just born 5/26/13!
Interests: My interests include my family, my faith, home education, nature study, reading, journaling, planners, baking, crafts ... and coffee!
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Thank you all for these wonderful comments. I have finally put up post #2 ... and I address the "when" aspect of the extra housecleaning chores. Thanks so much for all your thoughts and support! :)
I actually remembered this month *before* I said anything! A rarity for me. :)
LOVED the DA finale, Penny! So sad it's done until next January though ... NOt so bad here this week - and there are some 50s in the forecast for next week! :) Be well, my friend!
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(Part Two) Happy Tuesday Wednesday Thursday, my friends! (It's taken me so long to finish this post, I have to keep changing my greeting, lol.) Well, here at long last is the second part of my Housekeeping Calendar post! I'm... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at By Sun and Candlelight
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Hello, my friends ~ and Happy Sunday! I thought it would be fun to share pictures of the corners I clean as I dig into my new housekeeping calendar. So for instance, I took these pictures last Thursday. On Thursdays,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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Thank you all so very much for these thoughtful and encouraging comments! I am always so happy and grateful to discover that my ramblings make sense in some way with folks. I hope I am always upfront about the fact that I am just working through things myself and sharing my thoughts and discoveries ... I appreciate suggestions and shared stories very much! Blessings, all!
Arlene, I have their books and absolutely LOVE them! I first set up an index card system a la SHE's many years ago. This system I'm setting up now is similar but I'm not following all their rules. And I've shied away from re-reading because I think it will distract me from what I've laid out and entice me to overly complicate things. I am very easily distracted, lol!
Lol, Amy - no magical fairy powers!! (If only, right?) But I do try to keep my head up even knowing I will never ever get it perfect or even close to perfect ... just trying and doing my best keeps me going and brings me (and hopefully my family) joy ... Blessings!
Sarah, thank you so very much for these kind words! I do love life and am so grateful for the blessings God has been so good to grant me. I am humbled to have people here reading my thoughts and finding them worthy/entertaining/encouraging! I am eternally thankful that I am able to devote my days to caring for my family and home. I guess that's why I write so much about it - it's my whole life! :) Blessings to you, Sarah! :)
Hi Tonia, thanks so much for leaving a comment. :) I try to use natural cleaning supplies as much as possible and usually this means for us, buying products made by companies like 7th Generation and Nature's Promise, etc. I love the idea of making my own products using simple ingredients like baking soda and vinegar etc. and adding essential oils ... my problem has been that Earlybird is (or has been) extremely sensitive to scents. And since essential oils are quite fragrant I've limited my use of them. But the thing is - cleaning with "fragrance free" products is kind of boring, lol! And it doesn't leave things smelling fresh. Like, I always used FF and dye free laundry detergent but when you have a bunch of boys, their clothes just don't smell clean after washing. So I recently purchased 7th generation detergent with a "fresh scent" and it's just a light lemon fragrance. Lovely on the clothes and so far doesn't seem to bother EB. This has given me the "courage" to try more scented things - like essential oils. I would love to do a post about EO's because it is something that many people are doing and/or curious about. I will start a draft!! Blessings to you, Tonia! :)
Thank you all, so much! I am so glad to have Earlybird's appt. over and that it went well. He really loves his neurologist and for the most part looks forward to the appt. but there are a lot of little things that come up that give him anxiety and create friction for him (and us). For instance, when the nurse comes out to bring him back for vitals - he balks. As in, struggles and yells, "No!" We have to assure him that she is a friend of Dr. Peter and that he (Dr. Peter) will be joining us soon. Then, to get his vitals is a challenge - he gets on the scale, but won't do the blood pressure cuff. ("NO shots!" he's saying, rather loudly, with mounting panic.) My dad saved the day by suggesting the nurse take his BP first - so EB could watch and see it was ok. The visit is filled with little panic/flight moments, but he's come a long way. I feel like we're walking a fine line until we're back in the van on the way home! But it was a really good day for EB. As we left he was hugging his doctor and thanking him profusely and claiming "This was the best!" Lol. So we obviously concentrate on the positives and try work through the challenges as best we can. Thanks again for all your kind words and support! :)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on TGIF at By Sun and Candlelight
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(Part One) Hello, my friends! Today I'd like to share with you a project I've been working on for the past few weeks: creating a new housekeeping calendar. I'm still ironing out a few details, but I am quite eager... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Thank you, all! A week later and we're expecting another storm - albeit some snow and some rain ... and while tomorrow's milder temps sound good the melting will be a bit scary! I hope you all take care and enjoy your weekend!
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2015 on On this Loverly Day ... at By Sun and Candlelight
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to this post, but THANK YOU, all - for these wonderful suggestions! Last week was a bit topsy-turvy here so I feel like we're just "getting our Lent on" this week. :) I am looking forward to making out my meal plan for next week (when I feel I can breathe again!) with this lovely comments thread for reference! I hope you all enjoy your weekend and truly know how much I appreciate your time and thought when you stop by to read and comment ... Blessings to all!
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2015 on Lenten Meal Planning at By Sun and Candlelight
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My friends, I am checking in quickly just to say hi and let you know, I am still here! All is fine - I'm just not finding the time I'd like to post this week. Firstly, Bill was quite sick... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Good Monday morning, my friends! We have bright sunshine here and bitterly cold temps - but no snow at the moment! At least not in the air ... on the ground is a whole other story! But it's a good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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❤ Wishing you all a very Happy St. Valentine's Day! I hope you all have a nice weekend - we'll do our best here! We are, however, expecting another big snowstorm tonight ... a BLIZZARD in fact, bringing another 12+... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
Thank you, all, so very much! I am honored by your kind words and the time you took out of your busy days to share them. So happy to know there are others like me who enjoy spending time and thought on this aspect of our lives! :)
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2015 on Every Day Has a Story ... at By Sun and Candlelight
Denise, I think it might be A Pocketful of Pinecones - LOVELY book! http://www.amazon.com/Pocketful-Pinecones-Nature-Learning-Culture/dp/1889209031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423834974&sr=1-1&keywords=pocketful+of+pinecones
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2015 on Every Day Has a Story ... at By Sun and Candlelight
Mary, I think you might mean A Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola? http://www.amazon.com/Pocketful-Pinecones-Nature-Learning-Culture/dp/1889209031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423834974&sr=1-1&keywords=pocketful+of+pinecones Thank you, as always for your lovely words and helpful links! I am particularly looking forward to trying some of those crockpot breakfasts! :)
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2015 on Every Day Has a Story ... at By Sun and Candlelight
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Good Friday morning, my friends! Some of you saw this picture on my Facebook page last night, but I'm sharing it here, too ... because it just makes me so happy to see Lenten specials in my grocery store circular!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Shirley Ann, I have read Pocket Full of Pinecones and enjoyed it SO much! I haven't read it in years though ... and come to think of it, I haven't seen my copy since the move! Hmmm. I never read Lessons from Blackberry Inn but will check it out! Thank you for the recs and the kind words! :)
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Every Day Has a Story ... at By Sun and Candlelight
Penny, first of all, I am so very sorry to hear about your little hedgie. (((hugs))) to you and your family. Also, sending healing thoughts and prayers that you get well soon! (You don't owe me a thing - I know what is in your heart <3) Thanks, as always, for your kind encouragement ... but please do feel better soon! (Oh! And we use the Peapod Service from Stop & Shop - haven't in a while though, and want to get back to it because I just am not enjoying getting out to shop these days. Eats up too much time and it's SO cold!) :)
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Every Day Has a Story ... at By Sun and Candlelight
Those are adorable, Mary!! Thank you for the link! :) And we have been to Stowe, but never to the Trapp Family Lodge. I remember reading about it in Victoria magazine a time or two and it looked so lovely! Blessings, my friend!
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on A Wintry Weekend ... at By Sun and Candlelight
Thank you, ladies, for your kind comments - and commiserating! :) We are in a merciless weather pattern at the moment ... flurries today but another Noreaster on Sat-Sun, bringing over a foot of snow. And I hear talk of an ice storm next week! Ah well ... it is February, after all! :)
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on A Wintry Weekend ... at By Sun and Candlelight