Monday, March 18, 2013

Menu Plan, March 18-24

We had an absolutely beautiful day on Saturday. It was sunny and about 70 degrees out the bulk of the day. It was a short but lovely taste of Spring. Today it's back to freezing rain...but I know Spring is right around the corner and my Florida-raised self can't *wait* for some more sunshine.

I'm really looking forward to a week mostly at home. Unless something changes, I think I'll only be gone for part of one day this week (besides Sunday). I don't know about y'all, but having children has totally turned me into a homebody. I used to try to get out every chance I could, but these days? A quiet day at home is usually my cup of tea. :)

Here's what I have on the menu:

Breakfasts: oatmeal, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and/or fruit; baked oatmeal (for Saturday and we'll have the leftovers on Sunday)

Rice and beans (with toppings), salad
Steak tacos, fruit salad
Sausage, bean, and greens soup (from he Everything Beans Book); grilled cheese
BBQ Meatballs, mashed potatoes, salad
Italian roast beef over pasta, salad
Sourdough pizza, salad
Dinner at the farm

What are y'all fixing this week?

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Katie's Fourth Birthday Letter

Dear Katie,

I know I say this every year, but I just can't believe another year of being your mama has come and gone. If three seemed like a "big girl" age to me, how much more four does! Though we're planning to home school you, in just one short year, most of your peers will have already started going to school--that thought is so incredible to me! It still just doesn't seem like it's been that long since I first laid eyes on you.

Three was probably our most challenging year thus far as your parents. As your intellectual abilities have grown, your very strong will has showed itself in ways we'd rather it not. We know that as your grow and mature and come to genuine faith in Christ your strong will will be an asset to you and to Christ's Kingdom. So for now, we do our best to train you and pray that the Lord will bless our efforts with the outcome we so desire.

Strong-willed though you are, you add so much joy and sweetness (and all things pink and girly) to our lives. You love to spend time with mommy and daddy, and I think Benjamin is your best friend. You two play so well together, which is such a blessing to me--and has definitely made it easier for me to adjust to life with three little ones. You also love to help with Joshua and hold him. He loves the attention he gets from you and Benjamin.

Typical of little girls your age, you are totally into all things girly and princess. You spend a good chunk of your play time everyday twirling around the house in your princess costume, playing tea party and dolls. Benjamin is usually your willing prince, but sometimes he protests. You love wearing skirts and dresses and have also decided of your own accord that pants are for boys.

Thanks, I think, in large part to your Aunt Hannah's influence, you love art. She gave you an art set for your birthday and you make lovely creations every day. Mrs. Raymond [our pastor's wife] has also done an art class with you and you lovelovelove going to that. In another display of your artsiness, you gave yourself not one, but two haircuts this year (on the same day). Thankfully Miss Laura was able to make it presentable!

You are getting old enough that you don't always love doing chores anymore, but we are working with you to be diligent even when you don't love what you're doing. You are learning to pick up your toys, and you are good at helping empty the dishwasher. You also have a growing fascination with cooking and I'm looking forward to teaching you more in the kitchen over the coming months.

I love watching you learn. Your vocabulary grows daily and you're doing great working your way through the children's catechism. Your witty comments give us a daily dose of humor. I think you'll be learning how to read soon, and I'm looking forward to starting you with Kindergarten curriculum once you are a good reader. As the days go by, you seem to be absorbing more and more of what we teach you about the Scriptures and I'm so thankful our efforts seem to be paying off.

More than anything else I wish for you, it is my daily prayer that God will grant you repentance and faith early in life and that you will grow up serving Him faithfully all your days.

My sweet little girl, I am so thankful the Lord gave you to us. You add so much to our lives and I love you so much.

Happy birthday, Katie Lee!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Goals for 2013: March Update

March already. What?!

I made some progress on my goals in February, but not as much as I was hoping to on some of them. It was a busy month--the children--all three of them--got sick for a whole week which definitely threw my groove off. Honestly, though? It was partly lack of discipline and I intend to turn that around in the coming weeks, by God's grace.

Here's where I was at the end of February:
::Read through the Bible I am 8 days behind
::Memorize Psalm 119 I have memorized through verse 20; was hoping to be at verse 30 this month
::Lose my remaining baby weight plus 14 pounds by the end of OctoberI started with 30 pounds to go. After February, I have 22 pounds left. I have been doing Weight Watchers Online and exercising three times a week with Postnatal Boot Camp.
::Upload/organize photos each month and make a family photo book at the end of the year No progress to report here
::Go through 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life each quarter Haven't done this yet--need to start this week!
::Complete Family Herbalist Course, begin Certified Holistic Wellness Professional course I made progress here.
::Launch my new website (more soon!) I have content ready and am waiting on parts of the design, which I may not have until April.
::Have bi-monthly at-home "dates" with Ben Only one in February.
::Have a monthly "business meeting" with Ben Missed it this month
::Enter the Trinity Foundation essay contestNothing here yet.
::Start Kindergarten with Katie "School time" still consists of catechism and the Bible song. I think I've picked out a phonics curriculum--just need to order it.
::Get through Question 75 with Katie in the catechism We have made some progress here.
::Teach Benjamin 10 catechism questions. He is on Question 3
::Work with Katie and Benjamin to learn one chore each quarter. I changed this from one new chore each month for Katie to one quarterly for each of them. We weren't consistent enough here in February and I'm hoping they'll have toy pick-up down by the end of this month. 

I guess some progress is better than none--here's hoping for a better month this month. :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Goals for This Week

It's a goal 

Slowly but surely, by making weekly goals I've been chipping away at my goals for this year. I do so much better with them when I post them here for the whole world to see--as I learned in February when I was away from my blog. ;)

Here are my goals for this week:

::Read 14 days of my Bible reading plan (two days per day to catch up)
::Memorize Psalm 119:21-28
::Do Postnatal Boot Camp three times (I'm finishing up Week 7 and starting Week 8!)
::Begin 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life

::Have our March business meeting

::Sing Books of the Bible song and review catechism daily

::Do tidy-up with the children daily
::Take at least one photo

::Finish up Units 17 and 18 of Family Herbalist Course

::Write next week's posts for Covenant Homemaking

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Menu Plan, March 10-16

I'm back! A little later than I initially planned because of some time we were able to spend with my parents this past week. What a blessing it was! I was sorry to see them head out today.

I always feel like I'm "re-entering" real life after my mama goes home because I get used to having her help with my everyday tasks while she's around. Here's hoping the week goes smoothly!

Here's what we're planning to eat this week:

Breakfasts (all served with yogurt and/or fruit):
Scrambled eggs with sourdough toast or breakfast potatoes
Baked Oatmeal

Dinners (all served with salad):
Leftover Potato Soup (with sausage-seasoned beef instead of ham)
Roasted chicken drumsticks, baked sweet potatoes, green beans
Chicken Broccoli Rice casserole
BBQ Meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans
Rice and beans with all the "fixings" (homemade salsa, sour cream, sauteed onions, etc.)
Sourdough pizza
Fellowship meal at church (I'm thinking I'll bring chili)

What are y'all making this week? If you need some inspiration, be sure to head over to OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday.