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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 30

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 30
A DREAM FOR THE FUTURE BEYOND THE NEXT YEAR

As I think ahead to my life only 5 years from now, I see something that is very different and frightening.  I will no longer have any children at home.  I will no longer be a home school mom.  That's a tough one!  Being a mom has been my breath for the past 24 years.....it will be very hard to move beyond that.  I know, I will always BE a mom, but as the children grow, move out, move on....my role changes drastically.  This is a change that I am very slowly adjusting to.  It is a painful one.  Many women have done it and lived through it, I expect I will too!

So what are my "plans" when that day comes?  Well, I am very much looking forward to grandchildren :)  I expect that will be a most wonderful experience!

I have also been considering going back to school and getting my degree in Education.  Not so that I can go out and get a job, but so that I can be an advocate for home schoolers.  Here in VT where I live a degree would be necessary to do what I have in mind.  That is also a very scary idea :)  I'm not so sure I could be successful....but I think I should really give it a try.  I've been considering this for a while now, but haven't looked into it.....I have 5 years, guess I'd better get started :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 29



30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 29
HOPES, PLANS, DREAMS FOR THE NEXT 365 DAYS


I don't dare anticipate anything for the next year.  Life has a way of sending surprises.  I've learned not to rely on  my expectations.  It is a hard lesson to learn. I've still got a long way to go.  I have to just stand with my hands open and accept whatever God sends my way, knowing that He will walk me through it all......good and what I would consider not so good :) 


30 Days About ME-Day 28

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 28
WHAT'S IN MY PURSE

I just recently purchased a larger purse as my other one was bulging :)
Here is what is currently in my purse:
  • coupons
  • calendar
  • gum
  • verse pack
  • GPS
  • glasses
  • wallet 
  • credit cards
  • several grocery cards
  • cash
  • granola bar
  • lipstick
  • homemade chapstick from www.glines-lost-arts.com
  • receipts
  • lottery ticket
  • picture of family
  • key
  • directions to party I am attending tonight
  • tweezers
  • sewing kit
  • sanitary napkin
  • vitamins
  • a special yellow rock my son gave me
  • hand sanitizer
  • mirror
  • telephone card
  • library card
  • several business cards
  • cell phone
  • camera
  • several store cards
  • health insurance cards
  • earrings
  • license
  • check book & register
  • automatic car door opener

Saturday, November 27, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 27

30 DAYS ABOUT ME
DAY 27
MY WORST HABIT

In my opinion, and that's all that matters here :), my worst habit is laziness.   I love to just lie in bed in the morning and veg-out.  I can do this for hours and sometimes do.  I am NOT a morning person at all, so the longer I can prolong getting out of bed, I do.  This makes for a hectic day as I've wasted time doing nothing but thinking, which sometimes gets me in trouble!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 25




Today I am going to step aside and NOT make it all about me.  ;)


I read this today and decided to share it here.  This is what I am most thankful for on this day of Thanksgiving.




Jesus was born crucified. Whenever he became conscious of who he was, he also became conscious of what he had to do. The cross-shaped shadow could always be seen. And the screams of hell’s imprisoned could always be heard.

This explains the resoluteness in the words, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” (John 10:17-18)
The cross explains …
Why he told the Pharisees that the “goal” of his life would be fulfilled only on the third day after his death. (Luke 13:32)
It adds gravity to his prophecies, “I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:15) *
This is why the ropes used to tie his hands and the soldiers used to lead him to the cross were unnecessary. They were incidental. Had they not been there, had there been no trial, no Pilate and no crowd, the very same crucifixion would have occurred. Had Jesus been forced to nail himself to the cross, he would have done it. For it was not the soldiers who killed him, nor the screams of the mob: It was his devotion to us.
So call it what you wish: An act of grace. A plan of redemption. A martyr’s sacrifice. But whatever you call it, don’t call it an accident. It was anything but that.
From the newly released 
God Came Near: Deluxe Edition
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1987) Max Lucado

On a side note:  Imagine if we had 364 days of Thanksgiving and only one day for complaining....instead of the other way around.....think about it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 24

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 24
WHERE I LIVE


Go all the way to the end of the northeastern United States and take a right!  That's where you will find me :)  

I live on the border of Canada and New Hampshire in the state of Vermont.  I am less than 2 miles from Canada and 17 miles from New Hampshire.  

My little town has a summer population of 300+.  While during the winter it narrows down to about 120!  My town has a post office, country store and gas station, too.  There is even  a Fairpoint building 2 miles from our house so I can get high speed internet!  (Boy, am I glad for that)

I have lived here for 26 years.  All those years has been in a log cabin of one size or another.  My current house is quite large.  It is 3 stories with 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, dining, living room, den and "game" room.  Unfortunately, the size of the family is getting smaller, so the house seems empty  unlike when I lived in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabin with 7 people for 7 years!  Those were the days ;)

Well, I have a lot of room, so come for a visit.....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Secret Science Team Kit review/giveaway


WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

PENNY W

HAVE A GREAT LEARNING ADVENTURE!

OUR GROUP OF "MAD" SCIENTISTS


As a home school mom I am always on the lookout for new things to energize our schooling time.  I know I get bored with the same 'ole thing all the time.  I was excited when I came across Ectropy Science and their Secret Science Team kits. 
Science has never been my strong subject.  Every time, YES every time, we tried to do an experiment, it would fail.  Fail miserably.  I'd have to explain to the kids that this is what was supposed to happen and this is why according to scientific laws.  Finally we figured out if I never touched anything, then the experiment would work!


I am interested to see what will happen with this Secret Science Team Mission Kit I was sent to review. Maybe if I keep my distance all will be fine.


When the package was delivered the mail woman said, "wow, you're receiving  top secret packages now!"
Nothing like a top secret package to get the neighborhood talking!

Contents of the "top secret" package:  storyline sheet, case file instruction booklet, data recording sheet, test tubes with caps and test tube rack, plastic beaker, chromatography paper, pH paper, test liquids and other reagents.
 

After looking  over the contents, reading the assignment and getting a "feel" for what was involved, I decided to have a 'Science party'.  I invited 4 other families to join us to complete this Science Kit.  
We had 13 children, ages 4 - 16.  

Our assignment was to find out who has stolen Dharma and Pippa's red bicycle.  From Ectropy website: "The girls think they have a lead in the case when they see the boy next door with a new blue bike that looks alot like theirs and find a rag soaked with a red liquid in the neighbor's trash."  After performing 3 experiments, the students were asked to come to a conclusion.  When a conclusion is reached the student has to sign into the Secret Science Team website to find if their conclusion is correct.


I set up 8 stations and divided the children into 8 "teams".  Because of the age difference I put an older student with a younger one.



We began by reading the assignment.  Then moving onto the first experiment.  Here are the children "experimenting and reasoning"





The students worked intensely to figure out who stole the bike.  Each "team" successfully completed the 3 experiments to come up with the correct answer.

This Science Kit was very enjoyable.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow.  We worked through the first experiment together then the students worked on their own.  Each experiment explains the science behind the process.  This kit is more than just science experiments.  It is a science experience. It teaches children how to use science and develop analytical reasoning.  Definitely a fun way to learn about science!  

I feel the best age for this kit is  8-12 year old students because they enjoyed it the most. The instructions are clear enough for them to work on their own with little supervision.  The younger children needed a lot of direction and the older ones felt it was a bit "lame".  

The only drawback I found was there was not enough test liquids and other reagents.  With 8 stations, there were only 2 sets of test liquids and reagents. The students had to wait until another team was finished with the liquids.  I would recommend at least 4 sets of liquids.  

I highly recommend these kits!  We had a wonderful time together experimenting and using our reasoning skills to solve the case!

Ectropy Science has generously offered one of my readers a single mission kit.  Add a little fun into your science class!  OR just have a bit of fun with the kids!

To enter you MUST:
Be a follower of this blog and visit Ectropy Science to check out what else they have to offer and comment about what you find there.

EXTRA ENTRIES:
1.  Follow For One Another on networked blogs
2.  Follow For One Another on Twitter
3.  Like Ectropy Science on Facebook
4.  Visit Ectropy Science blog and comment that For One Another sent you
5.  Blog about this giveaway and leave link

A random winner will be drawn on December 6, 2010.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond with address.  If no response, an alternative winner will be chosen.

*****PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER!!!!

*Thanks to Ectropy Science for sponsoring this giveaway. I received a complimentary kit to review.  I was not obligated to post a positive review, but it was easy to do :) 






Soap Nuts WINNER




CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO 

MARY 
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ENJOY YOUR  SOAP NUTS!

*Mary has been contacted via email....awaiting confirmation :)

30 Days About ME-Day 23


30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 23
A YOUTUBE VIDEO



Monday, November 22, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 22

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 22
A WEBSITE

There would be a problem if I didn't chose this website to send you to:


It is still under construction!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Downloadable Kids Games.com Review & Giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO HOLLY AND HER SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS FOR BEING CHOSEN THE WINNER OF THIS GIVEAWAY!






For several years now we have been having  a family New Years Eve party.  We invite a couple of our best friends and their families to join us.  There is a wide age range of kids.  Usually ages 6 - 24 (hey, my child will always be my child no matter how old, lol)   We always try to do something fun with the kids.  Our first year doing this we had a pinata.   The last couple of years we've done various types of gingerbread houses.  This year I wanted something different.  

While I was searching for something fun yet unique to do with the kids I  came across a comprehensive kids game site called downloadablekidsgames.com.

I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed with the choices.  From all kinds of scavenger hunts to a crime scene investigation game to mystery games to.....well, I think you just need to head on over to www.downloadablekidsgames.com and see for yourself. :)

Susan at Haley Productions sent me via email attachment the game  Operation Catch Me If You Can Mystery Game/Scavenger Hunt.  The premise of the game is simple: the kids are attending a party of some sort. Once they’ve arrived and settled in they’ll be given 2 projects to complete (one is arts and crafts based; the other is a performance). After they finish these projects, things will take a surprising turn and they’ll be called upon to solve a mystery by putting together and/or finding clues that will lead them to a thief and a stolen item.  There's also a photo challenge using disposable cameras so the kids can capture the fun they're having.
I received this game within minutes of contacting her. 

My download included:
  1. The game itself (of course)
  2. Organizer guidelines, step by step instructions and supply list.  This guide offers adaptations you can make to the game to best suit your needs.  They even provide  a “culprit quiz” so you can easily design clues leading to whodunit (one of the kids attending the party; you or one of your helpers will be the thief).
  3. Team name badges
  4. Team ID table tents
  5. Award certificates
  6. Thank you notes
  7. Invitation

After looking over all these pages, I am quite impressed!  This is complete.  There are step by step instructions on how to implement a successful game night.  There is a pre-party to do list and a supply list.  If you can read, you can facilitate this game.  It's all there for you.

I am excited to put this into action.  It's going to be hard to wait until New Years Eve, but I will.....what a great night this is going to be.  Many memories will be made.  I can hear the kids years from now saying, "Remember the New Years Eve when we did that scavenger hunt/whodunit game?  What a blast we had!!!"

I was going to wait to write my review on this until AFTER we actually used it...BUT then I thought that others may want to have some fun for their kids on New Years Eve, too!

Susan has offered to sponsor a giveaway of a game of your choice from www.downloadablekidsgames.com 

Here's how to enter:

You MUST be a follower of For One Another via GFC or Networked blogs  AND comment which kids game on www.downloadablekidsgames.com appeals to you the most and why you think your kids would love it. 
****PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN 

Seeing that this is a game review, I've decided to make this giveaway a contest. The winner will be chosen on December 10, 2010 by Susan Haley of Haley Productions and myself based on your comment.  Winner will receive the game they commented about.

30 Days About ME-Day 20

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 20
A HOBBY OF MINE

Contemplating this question I realize that I've had many different hobbies over the years.  But which of those has stayed with me?  Mostly, reading.  I love to read, but purely for pleasure.  I don't have the time I used to but give me a good book and I won't put it down until it is finished.  That can sometimes get me into trouble :)

I remember several years ago visiting my old elementary school.  One of my teachers was still there teaching.  What she remembered about me was curling up in the corner and reading.  
Now my favorite place to read in the bathtub or sun bathing.  

A newest hobby is blogging.  I am really enjoying it.  It does take up a lot of my time.  I am still working on the time management of it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Free items from Dave Ramsey with purchase

AMAZING SALE FOR DAVE RAMSEY BOOKS & CD'S


Okay, here's the deal...
Go HERE and add these items to your cart:

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$10 = Buy 1 Personal Finance Software CD-Rom on Sale
$10 = Buy 1 High Performance Achievement CD
$14.95 = Buy 1 More Than Enough book
$63.95 = Subtotal
Add these promotional codes during checkout
Budget (- $10 for Software)  is now FREE
BONUS49 (-$10 for Audio CD)  is now FREE
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$29 = Updated Subtotal + $4.95 for shipping.

I did this and it really does work.  Amazing deals.  Add these items to your shopping list
You can't go wrong!

**I saw this at Frugal Invitation

30 Days About ME-Day 19

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 19
A TALENT OF MINE

The first thing that came to mind when I read today's topic was sarcasm!  
Not really a talent, just a bad habit. :(

Seriously, I can't think of any area where I am really "talented".  I've tried many things, but nothing really has been a passion.  

30 Days About ME-Day 18

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 18
MY WEDDING

I was married on May 29,1982 at the age of 19.  

My first date with my future husband was May 29, 1981.  

My wedding was a traditional inexpensive one that was common in my circle of friends.  It was at a church with the reception in the church basement, put on by the women of the church.  I can't really say there was anything extraordinary about it.  Honestly, I didn't know that I could have had other options.  I just did what was expected, what was done then.  I remember asking if we could write our own vows and receiving a resounding "NO".  It just wasn't done.   
If I were to be married today, my day would be very different......


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

30 Days About ME-Day 17

30 DAYS ABOUT ME

DAY 17
AN ART PIECE




This piece of art is hanging in my living room.  It is done in pastels.

Do you recognize the artist?



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Flowerz In Her Hair Review & Giveaway


Has this ever happened to you?  You see a cute little baby and say, "Isn't he cute?"  And the he was a SHE!  I've learned to look closely at the clothing, but still sometimes I still can't tell. 
Well, Flowerz In Her Hair has a solution to this problem.  Amy at Flowerz In Her Hair makes beautiful, great quality bows,  headbands, clippies, beanies and much more!  Not only for that beautiful little girl who wasn't born with a head of hair, but for your little sweetheart with a head full!  

The packaging is very cute yet stylish. 

I love the interchangeable headband idea.  You can switch around to match any outfit.  These headbands stay in place!  They are a one-size fits all as they are very stretchable. 

The website is enjoyable and easy to navigate.  The front page gives a slide show of some very adorable little girls wearing many of the items available.  If you can't find just the right item you need, Amy offers custom work, whether it be a wedding, family photo or any special occasion.
  
You'll also notice she has school spirit items.  And be sure to take a look at the lovely bracelets.  There's a lot going on at Flowerz In Her Hair.

I would definitely recommend Flowerz In Her Hair to anyone looking to buy quality hair accessories for the girl in their life!  
The prices are affordable considering the beautiful handmade items you'll receive. 
Every order you get a FREE clip holder plus FREE standard shipping on every order over $10 everyday!

Amy is offering one For One Another follower a $20 gift code to Flowerz In Her Hair to pick whatever suits your fancy

Mandatory Entry:  Must be a follower of For One Another AND Visit Flowerz In Her Hair and tell me an item you'd love to have.

Additional Entries:
2.  Comment on their Facebook page, leave link
3.  Follow For One Another via networked blogs
4.  Follow Flowerz In Her Hair via Twitter
5. Follow For One Another on Twitter

PLEASE LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT INFO WITH EACH ENTRY



Winner will be drawn via random.org on November 30, 2010 and will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received this prize will go into my "unclaimed prize box" to be given away to a faithful follower at my discretion.

*Many thanks to Amy from Flowerz in Her Hair for sponsoring this giveaway.  I received a sample for review purposes only.   All opinions expressed are my own