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Goodbye for Now

December 17, 2009

I know I said I would blog again after Christmas, but this break has helped me realize that I need to say good-bye to Charity Grace for now.  I really love blogging and I know I will miss it, but at this point there is no way to fit it in.  I’m cleaning out my bloglines and limiting facebook also.  We are all well, but with sevearal littles, my children need my time right now.  I may be back one day!

Taking a Break

December 3, 2009

Taking a blog break till after Christmas.  As much as I love blogging, Charity Grace is just not fitting into my schedule right now.  Check back after the new year!  Have a wonderful Christmas!

Coming Up for Air

November 19, 2009

~::my home management binder, which is pretty to look at but doesn’t seem to be doing much for me these days!::~

Just popping in on this busy busy day, during a busy busy week.  I’m struggling to juggle my many responsibilities as a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, and friend.  Feeling pressured, pushed, hurried from morning till night.  I wonder…Is it just this season of life, or am I disorganized?  I don’t think I overcommit myself.  Blogging and blog reading are a guilty pleasure, done on the fly or in tiny snatches of time when I’m snuggling the littlest one or eating a snack.  I wonder how other people do it who seem so productive.  It’s hard for me to even find minutes to upload photos to send grandparents.  I dream of writing letters and doing extra “fun” school projects, but most days I feel happy to complete our basic curriculum.  Trying not to compare myself to others.

Normally I’m not so personal here, but I figured I’d throw out the reasons blogging is so sporadic–as if I owe anyone an explanation.  Don’t get my wrong, this isn’t a complaint.  I LOVE my life and wouldn’t change it.  Each responsibility is because of some great joy, like having a wonderful husband or each of my sweet children.  It would just be nice to have a few more hours in each day to do all that needs to be done, like cleaning or laundry! 🙂

So tell me…What are your favorite organizing tips?  How do you make the most of your hours?

Happy Veteran’s Day!

November 12, 2009

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Happy Veteran’s Day.  Thanks to all who have served, from the bottom of my heart.

I Miss Blogging

November 6, 2009

Just popping in to say…I have really  missed blogging over the past couple weeks…And blogging substantially over the last months…Hope to have my act together again soon!

Saturday Evening Blog Post

October 4, 2009

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This month I’m participating in Elizabeth Esther’s Saturday Evening Blog post.

TSEBP is a monthly carnival which invites bloggers to share a favorite post of theirs from the last month.

I’m linking to my post The Old House, where I shared pictures about a 100 year old home we rented for a few months.  Bottom line: It’s my favorite thing I’ve posted in recent history!  Go to Elizabeth Esther’s to see more lovely posts!

Taking a Short Break

September 6, 2009

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I’m taking a few days away from the computer to enjoy my family.  See you soon!

Raw Whole Milk Is Satisfying

August 12, 2009

boys milking goat vintage

I wish I had something really scientific of profound to share today for Real Food Wednesday, but instead it’s more of a personal observation.  Last week we were unable to connect with the farmer who provides us with raw goat’s milk, so we ran out.  I could tell such a difference in how I felt, mainly in my food cravings and hunger.  Raw, whole milk keeps me going and going without feeling sleepy or lightheaded.  Add grass fed beef or real eggs and butter (unfortunately not pastured/grass fed for me…yet…) and I truck along for many hours.  During our milk-less week, I constantly craved sweets and carbs and felt hungry soon after eating.  Yesterday we got milk again and I am back to feeling satisfied after I eat.  The cravings are gone.

Growing up, we did drink raw milk, but our fear of fat caused us to invest in a (very expensive) cream separater so we could drink it skim.  I wonder if I could have avoided hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, and weight gain if I had consumed more whole milk, eggs, and healthy meat (all available in abundance) instead of the bread, pasta, desserts, and other high-carb foods that I ate most of the time.  Hmmmm…

For more Real Food Wednesday, go to Cheeseslave!

Trouble in Amish Paradise

July 17, 2009

amish buggy

I found this documentary (originally linked by Little Jenny Wren) fascinating.  It tells the story of two Amish families who begin to read the Bible for themselves and what happens to them as a result.

This is especially interesting to me because of the way I grew up.  My mom had an intense fascination with and admiration of “plain people”—the Amish and Mennonites.  Both my parents valued simplicity and hard work, characteristics that would have no doubt been part of our lives no matter what.  But there was also a sense of wanting the utopian lifestyle that’s portrayed by those who tell about the Amish.  My mom incorporated a lot of that lifestyle into our upbringing.  We wore homemade cotton dresses with aprons, used a Mennonite school curriculum, and had a lot of Amish and Mennonite pen pals.  On one hand there were some very nice things about it (skills learned, for example), but the downside is that it was quite isolating since we were not in a community that shared this way of living.

At one point we did indeed spend a few years in a group that had some similar external markers, but as one might expect, conformity comes with a high price—extreme authoritarianism.

Ultimately, as we matured, we children found fulfillment in the same things Ephraim and Jesse (the guys in the movie) did.  Although there are things to admire about various lifestyles…churches, historical eras, whatever… fulfillment ultimately came from a personal relationship with Jesus.  Check the movie out.  It’s very interesting, no matter what your spiritual persuasion.

Happy Homemaker

June 18, 2009

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I have always loved my job as a homemaker, but weeks like this especially drive home just how blessed I am to be able to stay home.  The kids and I have needed to be gone for the greater portion of the day each day, and life is a whirlwind.  Even the hours that I’m home revolve around getting ready to leave again the next day.  With the exception of a few moments at the supper table, our time together has greatly suffered, and Billy and I have hardly had a moment together either.  As the week goes on, I find that we fall into a rhythm, but it’s not really a healthy one.  Today I even broke down and drank a big ole coffee just to keep me alert through the morning, something I have never believed in doing.  (I’ve always thought that stimulants like caffeine just mask the body’s cry for needed rest, eventually resulting in a greatly depleted system.)

I know that some wives and moms need to work outside the home, so this is in no way a criticism of them, but for me, I think it would be hard to hold the family together if my most energetic hours were spent elsewhere.  Even when I am home all the time, I feel very frustrated at all I’m not getting done, but during weeks like these, I am almost completely unproductive, especially in the area of relationships.  I’ll be happy when we get back to our normal rhythm next week…Laundry, dishes, meals, and time together.