Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thankful Thursday

 Thankful for blooming flowers of summer...
.trying to get a picture of my front flowers....
I see something blue....
 There's my little blue flower!!

 Thankful for Black Eyed Susans starting to open up just in time for August
 Thankful along with my blooms come Monarch Butterflies galore!

 Thankful for old books I've had forever and never finished,
 only to pick up again and find just what I need for right now.
(for those of you who have the book, pg 215 is my inspiration for this week)
She talks about being friends with your children.
  To treat them no matter how young, as if they were your best friend.
My husband didn't get it.
Being the heart of the home, I get it.
She (Elizabeth Foss) is reminding us mothers we don't always need to nag our children,
or yell at them or snap at them or always think the negative when they are doing something 
that is bothering us.
At least that is what I got out of it.
To look at them as if they were your closest friend standing there.
How would you treat them?
Even through discipline, can't we do it with a little more love?
I know I can.
I know I'm much more patient with my friends than my children sometimes.
Reading it has helped me to remember to watch my tone with my kiddos and to just be more loving.
 Thankful I've got my order just about ready for our school year...
I might even make the free shipping this  year
(the deadline is July 31, I usually order mid August)
I'm not going to list everything we use and read, 
But as you can see here, we mostly use CHC, Seton and I order Voyages in English
and the Timberdoodle stuff is for fun stuff!
The reason I use Voyages in English is because it is hard.
It has a teacher's manual with daily lessons to go through with the kids,
and monthly papers are written, each month a theme.
I have a hard time just giving them a workbook page with one line of instructions on how to do it.
I need concrete teaching stuff.
(If anyone orders Saxon Math, you should know that Seton sells it for about $25 less than anywhere else)
 Thankful I happened to be in Wal-mart for their back to school sale on supplies!!
Last year, I missed it!
Markers- 74 cents
Crayons-25 cents
Tablets-20 cents
Glue-40 cents
Stock up time!!
 Thankful for leftover cereal bowls.
(Hey, I'm trying to be positive here, at least they ate the bananas that I sliced on top)
 Thankful for peanut butter cookies!!  
Well, the kiddos are thankful for these!!
 Thankful for cute, chubby, little, milky white, soft, baby cousins!!!!
We have seen 3 baby boys this past week and the kids all think it is a "sign".
 Thankful for messy, little cherry mouths
(Sam's Club has the best fruit, I tell you!)

Thankful for the beautiful deer that visit our yard....even though they ate my tomato plants!
Thankful Thursdays
A time to remember to be thankful
A pause in the week for praise,
thanksgiving and thinking positively
in addition to the normal daily praise
we need to give God.

9 comments:

  1. OH MAN..look at that poor tomato plant. We have an open garden and they eat my raspberries but leave everything else alone.

    What a great post Jamie. I love all the pics....especially that baby!!! CUTE OR WHAT! Kiss those cheeks. They grow so fast.

    Yum yum to cookies and fruit. Will try to hit school sales soon. And will try Sams again. Sometimes I just get in a rut and do what I know.

    I did make bars today. Didn't kill me. I am totally not a baker...or a cook. I would rather mow. I think has a lot to do with my upbringing. My mom never cooked with me. NOT once. So the cycle continues???? I need to make sure my kiddos do a little cooking.

    Thankful for an understanding friend like you. Miss ya!

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  2. What a lovely, lovely post! It made my day. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I always LOVE your Thankful Thursday posts, Jamie. They always make me smile, and brighten my day.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Blessings~

    (p.s.- email me when you get a chance - we really need to get together soon!!)

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  4. And thank you for the our children are our friends reminder! It's too easy to get stuck in a rut with our attitudes at times (at least for me it certainly is). And what a cute baby. :)

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  5. What a wonderful post today my friend. Great pictures, reports of savings and great advice on how we should respond to our God. I let myself stay way to busy today to get a thursday post. I sure got a lot out of reading yours and I am sure everyone else did too. Hope you and your sweet family have a marvelous weekend.

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  6. I love Elizabth Foss's book. It really is a wonderful help, isn't it? And it is so right, I think gentleness is homeschooling makes everyone happier. By treating them like friends really keeps that in perspective!

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  7. What beautiful flowers Jamie, especially that blue flower. Probably my favorite :)

    Those deer can be hard on plants, can't they? When we forget to spray flowers after a hard rain (the garden is fenced in), we pay dearly. Doesn't take much for them to mow those plants down.

    I just ordered over the weekend and received our first box today...woohoo! The free shipping came in handy, that's for sure.

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  8. I enjoyed this joyful post and all your thankful things:) I wonder if I still have time to catch the Walmart sale? Beautiful pictures too! God Bless your school planning:)

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  9. Hi Jamie, your blue flower is positively the prettiest flower in your garden! I agree that we can discipline our children using a more loving tone and attitude. When we start to see our behaviors in our children, then we know we need to work on being more loving!! You obviously had a blessed Thursday!

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