Friday, April 20, 2012

Arriving Late To The Party (UBP 2012)

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

I'm late to the party, sad to say.  This is my third year participating, and I'm sad that I am just now joining up this time around.  However, it's not my party, so I won't cry.  Moving along... my blog has mostly been reviews for the past year, but that's not what I started out doing, and not what I want my blog to focus on.  I'm taking advantage of this to get back to where I want to be!  Meanwhile, here are a few things about myself I thought I'd share with you: 

  • I believe God.  I don't just believe in God.  I have read the promises in His Word, and have experienced the work of His Hand in my life.  Our family has gone through some hardships and trials in the past couple of years, but we have come through them all with God's help.  The end results may not have been what we wanted at the time (we did lose our house), but looking back now, it is obvious (at least to us), how God has used these situations to bring about His Will in our lives.  We are now on a path back into ministry in a church we love.  Not as lay people, as we thought last year, but as pastors - a position we walked away from 10 years ago.  God has moved in unbelievable ways in the life of our family to bring us full circle, back to where He had us and wanted us originally.  I'm eager to get going, but know that we must wait on His timing.
  • I joined Weight Watchers this week.  I have gained weight due to being pregnant or nursing for the past 4 years, poor eating habits, and a very low thyroid (which was originally over-active), making it harder for my body to let go of the extra weight.  Imagine my dismay when I went online, plugged in my stats, and was told I am obese.  I knew that I am heavier than I should be and wanted to be, but I did not think I was that big.  I'm only a size 16.   Anyhow, I have been following the plan since Tuesday night, and I don't know what's going on, but I am totally craving fruits and veggies.  I also find that even though I know there are goodies in the house (cookies, cupcakes, chocolate), I am tempted by them a lot less when I know that I can have them if I choose to.  I feel better in just a couple of days, even if I haven't lost any weight (I'm not weighing myself at home, so I don't know).  As a bonus, I met a fellow homeschooler at the meeting!
  • I just ate a red banana.  Speaking of fruit, I was on a produce buying spree last night, and saw some red bananas.  I like trying new foods, so I got some.  I have to say, I like the flavor, but the texture is a little different than a yellow banana, and I'm not sure I'm crazy about that.  I like firm bananas, and this one was not-so-much.
  • I'm a homeschooler.  My kids are watching a science experiment DVD as I type this, playing with food coloring, milk, dish soap, eggs, matches, and jars.  Yes, I'm supervising them, and, at 12 and 11, I think they're ok with the matches.  As a homeschooler, I have a pretty good handle on what my kids are capable of.  We like doing hands-on activities and learning through real-life situations.  However, we are not "unschoolers".  My kids do book work, also.  I like to think that we are a good mix of the best of both worlds here - unschooling and more traditional book work.
  • I'm a procrastinator, amongst other things.  That is one reason I am posting this on the last day of the Ultimate Blog Party.  I realized it was going on a few days ago, but it's taken me that long to get around to writing this up.  This is not a good trait, and I'm trying to work on it.   Other things I am:  a member of TOS Homeschool Crew, a brand new digi-scrapper (as well as veteran paper scrapper), a seamstress, and a gardener.  As well as a perfectionist and lazy.
Well, now you know a bit more about me.  I hope you'll look around some and visit me again!  If you've gotten this far and are interested in what you see, please make sure to "like" my Facebook page, follow me on Google Friend Connect or Linky Followers, and subscribe to me by email.  There are handy-dandy buttons for all these things up there to the right.  Thanks for visiting!!!


Kendra said...

I was on the Homeschool Crew when they first started it, and it was a lot more work than I understood that it was going to be! My blog got swallowed up w/reviews that year too. I got to see some great products, but I discovered I don't really want to do quite that much reviewing. ;)

Truly Rich Mom aka Teacher Mama Tina said...

Thanks for dropping by, Jen! :) It's good to know I'm not the only latecomer to the UBP#12! LOL! :) I was also sad to be late, but at least we still made it right? :) Love your blog! And I am AMAZED at how you are able to homeschool all your kids! :) God bless always!

Jenn said...

Hi Jen! I'm a fellow Jenn, homeschooler & baby loss mom. I'm so sorry you also know the pain of missing a child. I too have since had a "rainbow baby". Life is full of ups and downs but by God's grace, we get through each day. Look forward to getting to know you better. :)