Deer Visitors (Wordless Wednesday)

Wordless Wednesday




Deer Visitors

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Photography


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Planning for the New School Year

Teacher Tuesday




Planning for the School Year


It’s that time of year!  It’s time to start thinking of classroom arrangements and *gasp!* LESSON PLANS!  This year to save money, I didn’t buy a planner, I created one for myself and personalized it so it would be best used for my classroom.

My planner is separated into

  • Circle Time
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Numbers
  • Language Arts (Literature/ Reader responses)
  • Language Development (Vocabulary, Spelling, and Writing)
  • Art/Music/Drama
  • Science/Social Studies

And then I left a space for notes

I do believe you can edit my categories to fit your needs.

 You can find my Lesson Planner here.

For long range planning (monthly themes) I also created a Long Range Planner that worked for me.  It is a blank template so maybe it will work for anyone else who would like it.

You can find my Long Range Planner here


I have not had the time to make myself a grade record book so I went searching online and I have to say (for home schoolers) is a great resource for grade recorders.  I chose to use her 10 Subject grade keeper.  I love it because you use one page for each student, you can keep grades for every subjects on that page and it is set up in a way where at a glance I can watch progress throughout the year, there isn’t any flipping pages to see if said student is doing better this semester as compared to last, it’s all on that one page for the THAT student.

If you would like to check out the Donna Yong Grade Recorder you can do that here

I hope this helps with your planning!

Share with me by commenting if there are any online resources that you love when planning for the next school year.

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Teacher Corner


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Crock Pot Venison Loin (Recipe)

Meal Plan


Cheesy Baked Tomatoes


crock pot venison loin




  • 1 lb Venison Loin
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/8 Cup Steak Sauce (I use A-1)
  • 1/8 Cup Oil (I use Canola Oil)
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Cajun Seasoning



  • In a large bowl mix the apple cider vinegar, water, steak sauce and oil. Set this aside
  • In another bowl mix onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and cajun seasoning.
  • Roll Venison Loin in liquid mixture and then rub down with spice mixtures.
  • Place Venison Loin in Crock pot, add liquid from liquid mixture and extra spices from dry rub
  • Set Crock pot on high for four hours




To make dinner even better I made a compound butter mixture of butter basil and garlic powder and let it rest in the refrigerator.  I mixed this in to both our mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.



In the end dinner tasted really good, but my daughter felt there was too much garlic in the potatoes and mixed veggies (something she normally eats a lot of); so if you have young children I would suggest going easy on the garlic powder in the butter compound.


This was dinner…..



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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Recipes


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All I Can Say is WOW!

I came across this video this week and this left me thinking “wow”.  The strength and skill this would take to complete and she makes it look effortless.


Kacy Catanzaro

American Ninja Warrior


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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Health and Fitness


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My Favorite of Tim Hawkins

Silly Saturday



Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife





Favorite Bible Verse





Hey There Delilah







Parenting Songs


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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Funny


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Learning to be Married

Family Friday


Often I feel much more qualified to talk about parenting than marriage here.  This November my husband and I will celebrate our second wedding anniversary.   I’ve been a parent since August 13th, 2009, I’ve only been a wife since November 10th, 2012.

But with everything, the longer you live it, the more your learn, the more confident you are.

I’m still figuring all this out.  I’m still trying to learn to balance work, and kids, time with my husband, housework, time to myself and time with my friends (the last two get sacrificed because I haven’t figured out the first four effectively).



This summer that I have had off work has been a great help in figuring out how to organize my cleaning so that it begins to look like I am actually cleaning the house.

I’m also learning that being a wife is more than being a house keeper, kid wrangler, and cook.


“Happily ever after is not a fairy (1)


Being a wife is about the choices I make, the mood I set for the household.  Not every day will be a good day.  Some days will be tense.  That is the nature of all relationships.  But when I make the choice to push through the tough times and set a good tone with my mood for the household, my children and husband will be calmer and happier.


“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It



Our wedding day was a busy day.  By 7 pm I was a soup for brains worthless heap of human flesh. If you were to ask me a question (my husband did) it was met with a blank, I’m no longer home, look.

The wedding wasn’t the end of the work.  It was the start.  It’s not a natural thing to consider others all the time, but that is what marriage is.  There may be things I want to do or buy but I have to stop and consider what everyone else in the household needs.  What is going on with other’s schedules, and decide accordingly.  It is no longer about me, it is about us, and our “us” started out as a family of three with number four planning his appearance quickly there after.

I am thankful that God brought my husband into my life.  When it happened is seemed like the worst timing, but the long distance relationship at the beginning taught us something that many couples struggle with for years, being able to communicate effectively. Communication was all we really had.

Marriage isn’t easy, but if you’re willing to put in the work, adjust your attitude from “me” to “we”, you can have the fairy tail, and you won’t even need to wear a corset – well unless you’re into that sort of thing.






Comment and share with me what you have learned in marriage!

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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Family Fun, Marriage


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Christians Being Real

Bible Thought Thursday





a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

It is a word often used to describe Christians.  It is the reason many claim to not attend church. Many say Christians act like they believe they are better than others; as if they are without sin.

The big problem is that Christians are not being real.  We talk about the need to admit our sins and accept salvation, and then we hide behind a facade of perfection.  Our pride takes over and we hide our struggles from others (including our church family).  Even during the best times in our lives we still have struggles, challenges and temptations.

A Christian is not sinless

They are just forgiven

Life doesn’t become perfect after we seek God’s forgiveness

We still live in a fallen and sinful world with pain and struggles.

To sit in church each week and pretend life is perfect and then go home and be short and impatient with your family because of stress or other concerns and holding it all in is wrong.

First, the church is not a building but the body of believers.  God calls us to fellowship together to support and encourage one another, to join in praise of our LORD and Savior.

Second, hiding our struggles, claiming we are fine and acting out of stress instead of love does not reflect Christ.  We are called as Christians to be imitators of Christ. So that the world may see the love of God.




Two qualities that defined Jesus were compassion and vulnerability.


John 8:2-11

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”


“A woman caught in adultery” — How did they know?  Most likely she supported herself through prostitution.  Everyone knew, no one spoke of it.  She was the perfect scapegoat to trap Jesus with.  Adultery is a sin, a sin punishable by death through stoning. She is brought to the feet of Jesus.  The religious leaders question Jesus… How will he respond… Can they trap him? Can they accuse of him of being a heretic?

Jesus does not courtesy them with a response.  Instead he begins to write in the sand. Many speculate he is writing the names of religious leaders and town officials who have used this woman’s services and therefore are guilty of the same sin.

And the crowd began to walk away, leaving Jesus standing their and the woman at his feet.  He asks the woman if there is anyone left to condemn her, she replied, “no”.  And then he told her that he did not condemn her either.

This isn’t saying that Jesus thought she wasn’t guilty, he knew she was. But her life (which is coming death would save) was more important than her guilt.


This is probably the most difficult for us to practice, but Jesus understood the need for transparency.


Matthew 26:38-42

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”


Jesus knew that he would die soon. He knew it was something he couldn’t avoid, and that it was God’s will.  He saw the big picture, what his death would mean for past, present and future generations,  Yet he was so stressed that he sweat blood (Hematohidrosis). I’m not sure if Jesus feared death, but the coming events brought severe stress, and before God he shared this, and asked if there was any way other than death for God’s will to be fulfilled.


Jesus was vulnerable, open and honest about his struggles. We need to show being a Christian is not about perfection, but about honest obedience to God’s will and the struggles that come with this calling.  We need to be compassionate more than judgmental, vulnerable more than proud.  If we can do this, then we can show the world, Christians and Non-Christians alike, the true character of God.




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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Devotionals


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