Is this year really over?

Wow, I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by.  It seems like it just started.  I always think in January and February the year is going by so slowly, but then all of a sudden December is here!  We had a fun filled year this year.
In January, we went to the North Carolina Outer Banks.   We visited the aquarium and the Wright Brothers Memorial.  It was a little chilly and my oldest got car sick, but we had a fun day.

We also visited our state’s capitol in January.

February, my oldest son turned 10 years old the day after Valentine’s Day!

It started getting warmer outside in March and we celebrated my youngest daughter’s first birthday!  The daffodils bloom in March and are so pretty,

In April we visited the park and the boys dug for some fossils.  In May and June, we went strawberry and blueberry picking.

The rest of the summer months were filled with a trip to the beach, celebrating my youngest son’s 9th birthday, a trip to the Marble’s Museum in Raleigh, and a trip to Fort Macon to start off the school year.

The fall months came and we were able to go on a camping trip and to the NC Zoo for my oldest daughter’s 7th birthday.

In November, we celebrated Veteran’s Day by going to a parade in our town.

And now, this year is over and we will start new adventures in 2013.  The kids will all turn one year older.  We will visit many different places.  We will make new memories.  Happy New Year!

Take a look at how other crew members remembered 2012!


What if...

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My Pastor

My Pastor was diagnosed with cancer over 3 years ago.  We as a church were devastated to hear the news and began to be in constant prayer for our leader.  He went through surgery to remove the cancer and also went through radiation and chemo.  He was doing great.  After a while, he even started preaching again.  He hardly took any time off and the deacons had to make him take a vacation.  He loved his church so much.

Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with MDS (leukemia).  He traveled to MD Anderson in Houston, TX after the Dr.'s told him here in NC there was nothing that could be done to help him.  The doctors in Houston told him they would be willing to give him a bone marrow transplant.  He had to wait until a donor was found and they actually found two donors!  The bone marrow transplant was to take place on November 21.

On November 4, my Pastor preached a wonderful message to his church family.  He had faith that God would heal him and he would be able to finish his ministry strong.

On November 21, the transplant was done and now it was a time of waiting to see if it would take.  He became very ill on December 1 and was in a medical coma for over a week.  He woke up on December 10 and everyone had hope and we just knew he would get better.  God had different plans.  Pastor became very ill again on December 12 and his family (that were not there with him) were called.  He was able to communicate with his family when they got there on Friday.  They spent the entire day on Saturday just praising God and praying he would remain here on earth.  Again, God had different plans.  Today, December 17, my pastor went Home to be with his Lord and Savior.

He was a great man of God and will be missed.  But, it is only temporary.  We know we will see him again some day.  His message on November 4th did come true- he received the ultimate healing and his ministry did finish strong.


SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review



Have you heard about SchoolhouseTeachers.com yet?  It is a website developed by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  There is so much great stuff packed into this site!


My favorite feature on the site is the list of dailies.  Some of the activities listed here are grammar, math, spelling, games, and so much more. I especially love the spelling lists for the younger grades.  My 2nd grade daughter loved how the spelling lists were set up.  It was easy for her to learn the words by the end of the week.  
There is even a monthly menu provided in this section.  Here are some of the yummy recipes for this month: Homemade hot chocolate, buckeyes, cranberry fluff, and ham and pineapple dish.  I am looking forward to trying out some of these recipes for the holidays!

My second favorite feature on this site are the Schoolhouse Planners.  With a paid subscription to the site, you will have access to five different planners!  You can save (to your computer) and print what you need.  

I also really love the Library section.  It is filled with crafts, homemaking, archives, and games.  I know I will be using this section a lot in the coming months.

Last, but certainly not least, there is an abundance of different subjects listed for each grade starting with Pre-K and going all the way to high school.   Subjects like art, literature, and French for the Pre-K/Elementary age.  Chemistry, mock trial, and classic-based writing for middle school.  And for the high school student, economics, film making, and worldviews.

Take a look at the samples page to see all of the wonderful things this site has to offer.

The cost to subscribe to SchoolhouseTeachers.com is only $1.00 for your first month and $5.95 each month after that!  It is very affordable for how much information and resources you are getting.

Take a look at what other crew members have to say about SchoolhouseTeachers.com by clicking the banner below.


Disclaimer: The product featured in this review was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  There are affiliate links in the post.


30 Days of Thanks- Days 28-30

As I close out the month, I am thankful for the blessings God has allowed into my life.  He has given me a great church family and great friends.

Coming up next week- My first TOS Homeschool Crew Review!!



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