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Monday, September 15, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate at Krispy Kreme Donuts...

Talk Like a Pirate at Krispy Kreme Donuts...

It is that time of year folks! It is Pirate month, which mean free donuts at Krispy Kreme if you talk or dress like a pirate! Check out Krispy Kreme on Facebook to find out the rules. Last year we dressed like a pirate and got three dozen donuts for FREE! It was definitely a pretty sweet family night!







 
Hope you have a sweet time dressing like a pirate this Friday:) Share your pics on instagram and tag me. I'd love to know I am not the only one dressing like a pirate for free donuts. haha!

 
XO Danielle
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You Are His Greatest Masterpiece...

No four words have hit home like they did this weekend. On Sunday we stayed home from church. After a day of swimming on Saturday, my two little red heads woke up to sore legs and upset tummies. I think they had a bit too much fun and junk food at the pool on Saturday (they had an Aunt and Uncle spoiling them nonstop. The kids loved it!) They were feeling a bit under the weather, so we all stayed home from church. I have had Moms Night Out checked out from Netflix for the past few weeks, but have not yet had the time to watch it. I decided Sunday was the perfect day to watch it. Hubby was entertaining the kids, so I took a little bit of "me" time and popped in the DVD. I am so glad that I did. As I watched the movie I was immediately drawn in. It was funny, inspiring, and something I could greatly relate to as a busy, sometimes stressed out Mommy.

You are His Greatest Masterpiece...

Throughout the movie the main character, Allyson, is learning to let go and to be happy with the here and now. This is something I know us Mamas struggle with.... or at least I do. Life can be crazy, hectic, and sometimes quite stressful. Sometimes words and thoughts, can hurt us and bring us down. Whether they come from others or from ourselves (we are our own worst critics), they are there and they can affect us. We must always remember that we are not perfect. Not a single person on this Earth is. We all make mistakes and we all fall short. The amazing thing is though, that we can become better each day than we were the day before. If we allow the Lord to mold us and work through us we will achieve the greatness He has in store for us. He has a personalized plan for every single one of us. We are His Greatest Masterpiece, created in His image.

You are His Greatest Masterpiece...

Picture a lump of clay. At first that lump has very little shape and definition. Some may even say it is ugly and not great to look at, but things start to change when you bring in an artist. The artist can take that boring lump of clay and mold it into something spectacular. That is what the Lord can do in our lives. Without Him we are the lump of clay, with very little definition. With Christ and our Father in Heaven, we are molded into the amazing human beings He know we can become.

You are His Greatest Masterpiece...

The Lord has greatness in store for each and everyone of us. It may not be fame or fortune, but greatness nonetheless. There is beauty and greatness in the little things we do each day. God does not make mistakes. Right where you are today is where you are suppose to be. Through Him we can become so much better than we ever thought we could.

Motherhood does not have to be something we endure, but something we flourish at. With the Lord's help, we can be enough. We are enough to Him always. Our Savior is there with outstretch arms, always waiting for us to come unto Him.

You are His Greatest Masterpiece...

If you are a stressed out Mama today, know that God is with you. If you are a stressed out wife, know that God is with you. If you are a stressed out woman, know that God is with you. No matter your situation, know it can get better. We can be happy. We need to believe in ourselves and KNOW that we are enough. We are enough because God has said so.

As mothers and woman, we tend to build up the "super woman" image in our mind. Never forget that she does not exist. Satan has created her in our minds, so we feel bad about ourselves. Those dishes in the sink, the cluttered kitchen  table, or the fact that your kids just ate cereal for dinner the third night in a row does not matter to the Lord. What matters to Him is our heart. Are we loving on our children? Are we teaching them God's word? Are we searching to bring truth and happiness into our family's lives? Being a Mom is the most important thing you will do in this life. Never forget that. You are amazing. You are truly one of God's Greatest Masterpieces. He loves you and you matter to Him more than you will ever know. I pray for you all today and know you are in my heart and in my prayers. God bless!

XO Danielle

P.S.
These pictures are from our fun swimming this weekend:)

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Homeschool Diaries: Reader's Question - How to pick a faith based curriculum

Friday, September 12, 2014

Homeschool Diaries: The Mysterious Rising Water Experiment

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As we started our new school year, I challenged myself to be a bit more outgoing and to stretch myself through our homeschooling. Last year was so hard for me. I did just enough, so I could get their schooling done, but I didn't feel like we truly got to have time to explore and learn hands on....mostly because I wasn't up to it at the time. Thankfully my children are very forgiving and have been giving their mama time to grieve. They give the best hugs and are always such a great support to me. They have learned from the best (their Dad).

With a new school year approaching I started to look into possibly joining a co-op. Thankfully, Facebook helped me find one. It has been so fun meeting new people and seeing my children learn and grow with so many new friends. It also turned out that the sweet lady who ran the co-op was a reader of this blog! Seriously! It was such neat experience when she told me. It made this Mama's heart very happy:)

This past week we invited some friends from our co-op over for a bit of science fun. My friend Jen and I both came up with some experiments that the kids could do that dealt with water. The kids had a blast! One of my favorites was the mysterious rising water experiment. The children loved this one! They were able to get hands on, lighting the candle and covering it with a glass jar. I found this experiment over at Ten Kids and a Dog. I have been bookmarking all the fun experiments Joann does with her kids. So many great homeschool ideas! You could also do a science themed family night!

Homeschool Diaries: The Mysterious Rising Water Experiment

I did not use a kit, like Joann did. I used items I had around my house. This experiment cost me 50 cents. I didn't have a candle, so I ran to Wal-Mart the morning of the experiment, so we would have one. I ended up getting a few to keep in our school stuff. I have big plans for many experiments in our future. This one was too fun!

Homeschool Diaries: The Mysterious Rising Water Experiment

Ready to try the experiment yourself? 

 The Mysterious Rising Water Experiment 

Items Needed:

1 cup water
food coloring
pie tin
candle
glass jar

Directions:

Pour 1 cup of water into a pie tin. Use your food coloring to color the water. The kids decided on blue and green to color the water. The more you can let little hands help the better. It keeps them focused and engaged with the task at hand. It allows them to fully experience it! The kids were great at taking turns and sharing! Next you need to put your candle in the middle of the pie plate in the water.  Light the candle. I let Keagan help with this part, since he is a bit older. He loved the responsibility. Place the jar over the candle. The candle heats the air in the beaker. When the candle goes out, the air begins to cool, causing a difference in the air pressure, forcing air out of the jar and causing a vacuum making the water fill the jar.
This was one that the kids asked to do a few times. We let each child have a turn covering the  candle with the jar. After we were done with our experiments, Keagan went back and did this one a few more times. He thought it was too cool! I definitely recommend this one. Try it out with your littles. They'll love it! 

XO Danielle
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