Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blogging Prompts

Jane has inspired me. I have the epitome of blogger's block, and maybe having some prompts will help me to get started again. These come from the Homeschool Mother's Journal. Thanks, Jane!

In my life this week… This week? As in, beginning with Sunday? Or in the past seven days? We got home Saturday night from a trip of many miles, and Sunday we turned right around and went to spend Father's Day with my inlaws. So that means this week I am tackling Mount Washmore and trying to get back into the routine of making supper. (There's always waffles, right?) Emily and Betz are enjoying their second year at the one room schoolhouse. Amy is working three mom's helper jobs this week, and Alison will be back to work at Culvers. With all of our traveling this summer, as well as Alie's students being on vacation, the violin lessons (and hence, her income) are not very consistent. I can TOTALLY see why some music teachers require a contract, as well as payment a month in advance. 
Ignore the truck.  That's an anachronism!

In our homeschool this week… Wow. Homeschool? We haven't done any of that in a while, not officially. We do need to take the useless-but-required-by-law standardized tests. And even though we aren't finished with last year's school, I need to start thinking seriously about the coming school year. I would love to have someone come to my home, someone who thinks just like I do about school, and put it all together for me. It would be scripted, so I would know just what to do and say, and when! Or else we could just completely unschool. (You know I have been saying that for twelve years.) One would think that a mom who has been homeschooling for twelve or more years would have it all figured out by now. 

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… One of my favorite homeschooling resources for the little kids was Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. There are no phonics involved, which may not be a good thing, but your child can be reading real words, and even sentences, in just a very few lessons. This was a huge confidence-builder for my girls when they were small.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Oh good. This is the fun part. We spent all last week in Detroit and Chicago. The Detroit part was a preachers' meeting and that was awesome.  We heard good preaching, got encouraged and challenged, and saw some of our favorite people.
The McFohnsons.  A hybrid group made up of Johnsons, Forts, and a McCoy.
 On our way there and back we stayed overnight with our missionary friends in Chicago, the Ed Fort family. Their son now being our personal auto mechanic, we had some necessary maintenance and repairs done on the old van. We foolishly did not give our girls a curfew, and they failed miserably the test of going to bed on their own at a decent hour. :) We love this family! They have a most interesting work going on in Chicago. How many people do you know who can identify Assyrians, Hmongs, Pakistanis, Croatians, Chinese, Burmese, and many other nationalities on sight? Have you ever walked into a Muslim mosque to witness to the imam? or into a Buddhist temple to tell the priest about the God who loves him? Me neither. But these folks have.
If you know of a reasonably priced Chicago storefront that would be suitable for a church meeting place, do leave a comment here. The Forts and their church are in need of a permanent church home.
My favorite thing this week was… hmm.  So many good things happened this week.  My favorite was seeing a beautiful Catholic Filipino lady receive Jesus Christ as her own Savior. Praise God!
My kiddos' favorite thing this week was… without a doubt, spending all hours and hundreds of miles with the Fort kids, as well as singing and doing Bible studies with them.

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago.  What a crazy city!

Things I’m working on… laundry and more laundry. Also, I am working on being more diligent about keeping up my home. You'll be happy to know that I mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors yesterday for the first time since 199_... No, just kidding. Certainly I must have done that in this decade? The funny thing is, someone commented just recently about my "immaculate" house. She must have been visually impaired. I want people to feel welcome and comfortable in my home. I don't want them to be afraid to touch anything.
I’m cooking… well, not cooking, but this is worth sharing. We have been making yogurt drops for a sweet, cool little refreshment.  Get an 8 oz container of Greek yogurt and empty it into a zip-lock sandwich bag. Cut off a bottom corner and squeeze little blops of yogurt onto a cookie sheet and freeze. After a couple of hours, use a spatula to scrape them into a freezer container. They are so good! One or two drops are enough to satisfy a sweet craving! My favorite so far is lemon, but today we are trying blueberry.
I’m grateful for… the promises of God.  

Psalm 9:10, And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.  

Jesus never fails. He is not a man; he is God. He is faithful and true. He will answer.

I’m praying for… my daughter.

I rewarded my kids this week by… oh dear, I don't think I have rewarded them.  But I did treat Betz and Emily to a pretzel at Annie's yesterday.  Does that count?

Something I am ogling or have my eye on… for Amy's sake, this skirt at Kohls.  I won't put out $65 for it, or even $25.  I'm waiting for it to go on the 80% off clearance rack, with a 30% off coupon!
Chaps Striped A-Line Maxi Skirt
A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…  

And that's all for today.  I'm looking forward to renewing some bloggy friendships. Hope you're all having a great summer!


  1. YEAAAA! You posted! What a fine post at that! Love The McFohnsons! Fun photos and update my friend!

  2. Great prompts, especially since they prompted you to write! You have been up to lots of good!

  3. Sounds like you had a great week. Being that I used to live in Illinois and visited Chicago a lot, I loved the photos of there. Makes me miss it. And I love the idea of yogurt drops. We are going to have to try that. :)

    1. We were thinking some pudding drops might be even better. :) That's our next experiment.

    2. They ARE even better! They are like miniature Fudgcicles! So smooth and creamy and delicious!

  4. Thanks for the update, it's wonderful and yet beautiful to see the family. I know The Lord continues to bless you folks. The family picture was nice especially under one of our founding fathers.

    It's nice to see you via the computer, we wish we had the money and time to surprise you folks one day, I'm sure you both understand. The girls are getting so big it's amazing how much Emily has grown along with the rest of the gang...lol

  5. My kids LOVE it when we get with like minded families. It's not only hard for them to get to bed, but for us moms as well. I LOVE the picture with the Faith quote. Isn't that just the perfect picture of what God does for us on a daily basis?


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