Monthly Archives: September 2014

Encouragement for Moms
~Words for Wednesday~
Monday Girl

        Ever want to call in sick ?!?

” A cheerful heart is good medicine” 
   Hope this makes you giggle today !



          Sick .

“I cannot go to school today,
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.

My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?

My leg is cut–my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke–

My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.

My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.

My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.

My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?

What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

~Shel Silverstein
Saturday Girl

Cozy Reading Dogs



     Story Time !
~Friday Favorites~

My Friday Favorite this week is story time.
Some of the sweetest memories with my children have been made while all curled up reading books together.

Can you remember your favorite childhood books?

My children all have theirs and can even still remember some of them word for word… we may have read ‘Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?‘  one or five thousand times.  🙂

Another way our family has enjoyed great story times is by listening to someone else read the story.  We would pile up on the couch with blankets and pillows and snacks, or in a fort built on somebody’s bed and enjoy the story together.   This is especially fun on a cold or rainy winter’s day.

Listening to a book being read aloud builds so many wonderful skills, and if you have a reluctant reader in the mix, this might be a way to help them appreciate all the joys of a good book without the frustration!

There are so many great audio books available for free (and to buy) !
These books are a great resource to use for history, for english, for science & nature study, for snuggle times, ok…you get it…for anytime!

Need a break?  The kids need a break?   Go on a nature walk & then come back in, get cozy with a cup of cocoa, and listen to a classic Thornton Burgess story.   LOVE this one!  🙂
Just to give you an idea of what’s out there,
here’s some of my favorites~
The Velveteen Rabbit‘  (audio)
The Velveteen Rabbit‘  (text to read along if you’d like)
Just So Stories‘   (audio)
Just So Stories‘  (text)
Aunt Jo’s Scrapbag

Longer Stories-
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Little Men‘  (Both boys & girls would love this story I think!  One of my favorites!)

Here’s a few picture books read aloud on YouTube for the littles~
The Rainbow Fish
Goodnight Moon
Go Dog, Go!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Are You My Mother
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?


~Words for Wednesday~

laugh everyday

“3 Things We Should All Do Everyday”

To me, there are three things we all should do every day.
We should do this every day of our lives.

Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day.

Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.

Number three is, you should have your emotions
moved to tears
could be happiness or joy.

But think about it.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.
That’s a heck of a day.

You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

~ Jim Valvano


Fun fall activities for families
Fun Fall Family Activities!

Fall is my Friday Favorite today.  🙂
The cooler weather, breezy and brisk;
the beautiful colors,  reds and rusts;
cozy sweaters, hot spiced ciders, and roaring bonfires, oh my!
It just makes me want to get outside.
The change of seasons seems to bring some kind of refreshment to the soul.

This Friday’s favorites are all fall…
**Note:  I think you can enjoy these ideas most anywhere in the country even if it’s
85* like it is today here in Texas.   Alas, I lit my pumpkin candle & sipped my pumpkin spice coffee while writing this post.   It is raining (BIG change), and  it’s 85* today.  That is a change from 105* at least.   It’s fall, y’all !    🙂

*Go on a nature walk !
Perfect way for everyone to take a break and breathe in the fall !

*100 Things to Do Before, During, or After a Nature Walk  from  Jimmie’s Collage

*Crafty Ideas
* Nature Walk Ideas:  Simple Play from Nurture Store  (all freebie ideas, no worries)
* Leaf Rubbings (with a great tip on how-to for any littles in your family too!)
from Word Play House
Pinecone Spiders  from Fireflies and Mudpies
Fall Walk Windchimes  from Fun Family Crafts

* Fall Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Fall Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt (for all ages!) from Starts at Eight
Digital Camera Fall Scavenger Hunt (free printable)  from Hearts and Trees
Fall Family Scavenger Hunt from the National Wildlife Federation
– SERIOUSLY amazing Family Scavenger Hunt  from My Open Country

**Didn’t find a scavenger hunt that was just right?  Here is the ULTIMATE LIST of scavenger hunts for any occasion !  Or for no occasion other than kids of all ages seem to LOVE scavenger hunts.  🙂     From My Joy Filled Life

* Nature Notebooking Ideas

– Simple Nature Journaling from The Homeschool Scientist
 Inspiration Everywhere uses magazine cutouts of birds & other wildlife sightings…
love this idea!
Assorted Fall “Nature Walk” Coloring Pages
Nature Walk Coloring and Drawing Page

Understanding in Nature Einstein Quote

“Don’t ever give up. 
Don’t ever give in. 

Don’t ever stop trying. 
Don’t ever sell out. 
And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,
pick yourself up, brush yourself off,
whisper a prayer,
and start where you left off.
But never, ever, ever give up.”
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

(noun)  steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

The word for today.
I know.
It isn’t exactly the most inspiring word ever.
Makes me feel tired just thinking about that word.

But we DO get tired sometimes.

Tired of messes.
Tired of stresses.
Tired of “well doing” .
Or maybe just plain tired.    🙂

Take a few minutes.
Make yourself a steaming hot cup of tea, or take the time to steam some milk and make a beautiful latte.
Next, seek out a cookie.
Any cookie will do.  Really!  Eat a cookie.  Just do it.  You won’t be sorry!  It’s for medicinal reasons !
And then sit (do not stand at the counter, or the table, or fold a load of towels!!!).

Take a deep breath.
Breathe.  Deeply.   Repeat.

Now sip.
Sip while it’s actually still hot.  Don’t gulp in between math problems.  Enjoy the warmth all the way down to your tummy.

< Ignore the noise, the kids jumping on the couch, the dryer buzzer, and all the dog hair dust bunnies that you now notice floating across the living room since you’re actually sitting down-  close your eyes if you have to!!  It will all be there still in 30 minutes.  Unfortunate, but true.>

Remember to take the time (even in short bits) to be filled.
To breathe.
To remind yourself of what is good, what is true, what is lovely.
And fill your heart and mind with those things.

You will be surprised at the feeling of hope and new energy to keep going, I think.


“And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
~ Galatians 6:9


My Friday Favorite…

smile medicine cap !smile bagel

Smile Veggies

Sometimes it’s all in how you see things !

I see a bagel, some veggies, and a bottle cap… pretty dang exciting stuff.
What do you see ?  Do you see it now ?
Kinda funny actually.
Wonder how many of these little giggles I’ve missed out on! 

Some days we need a little creativity to
find the humor in life.
Is my bagel really grinning at me ?

Some days we need a little creativity to laugh.
I think that bottle cap just winked at me !
A good belly laugh or at least a chuckle can be right in our faces…… It is often simply all in the way we look at the little things. 

I have a Facebook friend who frequently posts pictures of these
smiles in hidden places from time to time.
She’s had her share of tough things to walk through in life,
but she chooses to look for and see, what is good  (and funny!)
about life!
She knows that these little smiles are reminders from God that she is never alone, and so she continues to look for them and share them as an encouragement to us all !

If you aren’t looking for them,
you might not even notice they’re there.

Hope you will look for and  find a hidden smile just for YOU today!

So, can I have 2 favorites today ?
I mean, it IS Friday after all.

It kind of ties in with creativity….
I really wanted to share it because it is such a great, creative  🙂 idea !!

Have you ever thought of making magnets out of magazine  (Click on link to see more!)  cut outs , or coloring books, or even old books
(gasp!  I know!) ?
You could make them for anything your child is interested in or learning about at the time…AG Dolls, working trucks, kinds of fall leaves or flowers, birds,  ABC’s, or cut outs of words for poetry making.
I think they’d be great on cookie sheets in the car and  on the fridge at home.
The ideas are endless !

Happy Friday y’all !




“I feel that there is nothing
more truly artistic
than to love people”
~Vincent Van Gogh

Some days it just takes some extra creativity doesn’t it ?  🙂
Need some “artistic”  ideas for a tough day?

10 Ways to Say  ‘I Love You!’
(The wipe-off note board is such a great idea!)
Creative Ways to Say ‘I Love You’
(This is geared toward adults, thus the alcohol suggestions.  There are some really cute ideas that would work for any age though!)
25 Ways to Make Your Child’s Birthday Special
(Why wait?  Pick a day & make it special ! )

And to all you mamas out there, I’d make you a cup of steaming tea & a warm scone and sit and chat about what’s happening in YOUR life for awhile if I could.
I would tell you that as one of you, I so appreciate all the little things you do each day to make your family happy & healthy and your home a sanctuary of peace!
Praying that someone encourages your soul today as you feed the people in your life!

Happy Wednesday !

Now try not to get the Friday song stuck on repeat in your head all day long.
🙂 You’re welcome.

Anyhow, for me Friday means the beginning of the weekend…Yahoo!
Hopefully sleeping in a little, a lazy Saturday morning in my pjs with coffee & Pinterest,  and since I’m here in Texas, it means Friday night football games !
All good reasons to celebrate the day.  🙂

So , I thought it might be fun to do a little something to celebrate Fridays here together too!
And since I have found so many amazing resources lately,
I thought I would pick one of my favorites each week to share.  One day when I know what I’m doing in Blog World,  we’ll celebrate with exciting give-aways and fabulous linky parties.  Until then, it is simply Friday Favorites 🙂
Without further ado…. this week’s favorite is:
Garden of Praise   and most specifically their
Art Appreciation Lessons  

What a fantastic resource!
They offer TONS of free materials including
Art Appreciation
100+ Biographies of Famous People
+ Music Activities and Lessons
Bible Lessons
+ and lots & lots more.

Hope you enjoy your Friday !

Becoming part of beauty
“We do not want 
Merely to see


We want to
become part
of it !”

(CS Lewis paraphrased)

Becoming part of beauty~

Kids are so very good at this.
They seem to naturally “get into” the fullness and beauty in life…literally !

They SEE it.  
They feel it between their toes.  
They just have to taste it and experience it with all their senses.

Kids are the best teachers sometimes.  🙂

Happy Wednesday everyone!