Time to Start Writing Again


So for the past several months I have basically been taking a break from blogging.  We have been enjoying an extended Christmas vacation and getting some things done around our home.  Once I began the break, starting back to a consistent writing schedule has been a challenge.  It is not the easiest thing in the world to resume habits once a break has begun.

It is hard to decided what to write about or how to organize my thoughts. I know once I get back into writing, it will be much easier to continue.  The bottom line is I need to spend time planning and organizing a plan for my blogs and writing.  I also need to build in time to spend time on COMPEL and the training provided there.  I love this resource and find it extremly useful to my writing endeavors.

I need to create by writing.  I know this for certain.  It is just a matter of deciding to focus on writing and not get distracted by life.  I have numerous books and blogs I follow along with other resources to help me develop my writing.  I just need to decide to utilize them.

Deciding what to write about for each blog post sometimes comes easier than other times.  So how are things going where you are?  I would love to hear from you.

Not Being Very Consistent

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It has been a while since I have posted.  Time has just gotten away from me.  I felt like other things needed to take priority over my blogs.  But now it is time to get back to writing.  So this post will hopefully get me back into the swing of writing consistently.  I am privileged to be part of the Home School Review Crew this year.  I am really looking forward to trying out new curriculum choices and sharing with my reads on one of my other blogs Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy on WordPress.

I am really excited about one of our first review assignments regarding a Creative Writing program.  I plan on participating with my children, so some of the activities may wind up here on the blog.

I also plan to spend some time this weekend creating a plan for the next few months of what I want to blog about.  I know I plan on participating in the Blogging A to Z challenge as well as Camp NaNoWriMo in April, so I will be sharing my thoughts and ideas regarding both of those activities here.

I also look forward to sharing thoughts about books I am reading personally as well.  I love to read and have bookcases full to illustrate the point.  So that is just a little about what is going on in our world.  I would love to hear what is going on in your world.

31 Days of Scriptures of Joy – Day 2


Today is day 2 of my Scriptures of Joy Series for the Write31 Days series.  Today I want to look at Psalm 126:5.



When I read this verse, the first thing that comes to mind is Laura Story’s song, “Blessings”.  Because sometimes our greatest disappointments and trials bring us the most joy although it may take some time to recognize.

May your day be blessed.  I would love to hear from you.



Day 3 Freedom Blog Challenge – My Perfect Day


Today is day 3 of my participation in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Freedom Plan blog challenge.  For me, my perfect day would begin with waking up in my husband’s arms.  We would enjoy some quiet time together before getting up to face the day.  He would make me chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast along with the perfect cup of coffee.  Once we finished breakfast, we would get ready and head out somewhere fun for the day.  Ideally, we would either be in Williamsburg, Virginia so we could spend the day at Busch Gardens, where we went on our honeymoon.  When we arrive at the park, we would park in the preferred parking area so we are close to the gate.  Upon entering the park, we would have the perfect picture taken.  Then we would get a cup of coffee and begin planning our day.

The day would revolve around all the shows the park provides.  Lunch would be in Germany so we could enjoy Octoberfest.  Then dinner would be in Italy.  Throughout the day, we would enjoy tasty treats, refreshments, and rides.  We would visit the stores and make some purchases.  The day at the park would end with fireworks.  Once we leave the park, we would go to the restaurant we went to on our honeymoon.  Finally, we would head back to our hotel and call it a day.

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Finding My Focus – 10 Day Freedom

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So I decided to participate in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Freedom Blog Challenge.  Today is day 1 and I am examining what challenges I am facing currently.  Right now I have two major challenges.  The first challenge is time.  I am a wife, mother, Homeschool teacher for our three youngest children plus I am the Family Readiness Group leader for our Army Reserve unit.  We also are involved in our local church and online Bible studies, which takes time.  It is very hard to keep up with all these things, housework, cooking, and laundry.  So I try to do my best to devote time to my blog, but it is often what I sacrifice.  People take priority over things in my opinion.

The second challenge I have is a lack of funds to invest in my blog.  I have lots of ideas of what I would like to do with my blog, but most of those ideas cost money. I know monetizing my blog is something I need to do, but the first challenge of time makes coming up with a plan for that a challenge.

Several times I have thought I should really pursue monetizing my blog, but it just has not happened yet.

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20 Years ago Today

13528123_910655249080671_2644836525209392490_oTwenty years ago today, our oldest son was born.  This child has kept me on my toes, made me laugh and made me glad I am a mom.  Through the years, he has entertained our family.  On Friday, June 28, 1996, Dennis and I arrived at the hospital around 6:30 am for our scheduled induction.  He was born at around 5:40 that evening.  He was a dream baby in some ways.  He truly is a blessing directly from God to our family.  Oh and it would not be fair to talk about Jacob’s birth without mentioning my birthing coach – Dennis’ sister-in-law Lisa.  She was truly amazing at all the births (she coached me for all four).   I am not sure I could have gotten through the labor and delivery without her.  Stay tuned in October, when all three others were born to read about their lives.

However, this grape ape would only fall asleep some nights by his dad holding Jacob with his head in Dad’s had and the rest of him laying supported by Daddy’s arm.  From one end of our single wide mobile home to the other end of the home Dennis would constantly walk bouncing Jacob the entire time.  The two had/have an incredible bond.

Two weeks to the day after he was born, he lived through his first hurricane.  A few months later, he lived through his second.

This baby became a toddler who loved to be with his daddy.  One day, Daddy took him to the garden to dig potatoes.  However, I think all he really did was throw dirt over himself.

Then our second son came along.  The two were inseparable, and quite good at being instigators.  At the tender ages of about four and two, these two were able to put our minivan in gear (Jacob steered) and Joseph was down on the floor board pushing the pedals.  Somehow the two managed to get the van in gear and drive it into our fence (a much better outcome than  what could have happened – them driving the van into our mobile home.

The young boy grew and started school.  On his first day, I took him and picked him up (along with his siblings).  My young son looked at me that afternoon and told me, he did not want me to take him and pick him up; instead he wanted to ride the school bus.

He continued to grow.  When he entered fourth grade, he started Cub Scouts.  The following year we were forced into a situation that resulted in us homeschooling Jacob that year and then bringing all four children home the following year.    He really came into his own through homeschooling.

Then he crossed over into Boy Scouts and just sort of took things as they came.  In November 2008, we moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania.  Right before we moved, his brother crossed to Boy Scouts.  Joseph had drive and determination, which helped motivate Jacob.

Soon the two were picking up each new rank at the same time.  After all, as the song goes, “Anything you can do, I can do better.”  This was their philosophy.  Although I believe Jacob was less competitive than Joseph by nature.  He just was not about to let Joseph outshine him.

He also became a Young Marine and did a fairly good job at that.

In July of 2012, both boys reached the rank of Eagle Scout.  They had their boards of review the same night.  So technically they achieved Eagle the same date.  We did a combined Eagle ceremony for them, which was a tremendous success.  We had an amazing turnout.  My inlaws drove to PA, with two of Dennis’ aunts to celebrate with us.  My father-in-law even cooked a hog for everyone.   The aunts and my mother-in-law helped with cooking everything else.  It was a wonderful day, although slightly bittersweet – since we had just moved a couple of weeks earlier from western PA to central PA.  We came back just for the Eagle ceremony.

Today, we are in Texas and Jacob is starting his work as a Youth Pastor and will be pursuing college classes starting in the fall.  I love him dearly.

So I just wanted to share a little with you.  I have to say life is never boring with my JacobP.  He is a true joy that God has blessed me to call son.