For All the Homeschool Parents

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As per the new law the government is issuing ~ CPSIA, Hands of a Child is offering a substantial discount on Kit Packs for lapbooking in order to try and limit their profit loss.  Check out their post below:

January 12, 2009
Dear Valued Customers,
Due to the new CPSIA law In the Hands of a Child, for the time being, is discounting our Kit Pack inventory in order to lessen our possible loss in the event that an exemption is not granted.
While we are still praying for this situation to work out for all small businesses we feel that it is in our best interest to lessen our possible loss.  And what better way than to pass the savings on to you, our wonderful customers, who are praying with us through this difficult situation!!
Please help us clear our shelves and enjoy a 35% savings on all Kit Packs!!  Savings will be automatic!  Spread the word and help us empty the shelves!!
This sale will continue until our Kit Pack inventory has been exhausted, so purchases will be on a first-come-first-served basis. 
Once they are gone, they are gone! 
In the event the law is modified, In the Hands of a Child reserves the right to bring back Kit Packs in the future at full price without any discount, implied or expressed, during this sale. 
Cannot be combined with any other offer, special, discount, coupon or sale.
Super Member discount DOES NOT apply to this sale.
Tax and Shipping not included in calculating discount price. 
Not valid toward prior purchases. 
No rainchecks.

What It Takes to be No. 1

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Winning is not a sometime thing, it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second place twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s ok. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party, or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.

And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.



– Vincent Lombardi

When was the last time you were “exhausted on the field of battle” in the name of Christ?  Victorious in winning souls and proclaiming His truths?  Do what it takes to be number 1 in the eyes of the Lord today – not the eyes of man.

From Helen Keller


“Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.”               Helen Keller

Smart woman….very smart woman.

Something to think about:

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From p137 of C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy

“But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you anymore you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself.”

Food for thought…..very interesting quote….one that hit me right upside the head the first time I read it.

And, one that God has used to convict me of laziness (OUCH!) and procrastination over and over again!

New Year’s Goals….

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After reading the blog of a friend on MySpace, I decided to do this….here goes!

I am choosing NOT to have New Year’s Resolutions.  They’re too easy to break, forget, or ignore.  As a society, the definition of the word “resolution” has become so watered down, that New Year’s Resolutions offer nothing but disappointment to the ones who adhere to that tradition.

However, I do believe that the New Year is a great time to begin to make changes in our lives.  Although we can certainly do it anytime, the beginning of a year marks a new start, and therefore seems a perfect time to BEGIN!

With that said, here are my goals for the upcoming year:

1.  Spend more time playing with my children and my family

2.  Teach my children more about the character qualities I want them to have

3.  Spend more quiet time with my husband – he is home now, and our time together in the morning must be protected…its the perfect time to talk

4.  Read through the entire Bible this year!

5.  Spend more time in prayer – and more of that time praising rather than just asking

6.  Take better care of my health:  get control of my diabetes to a point that it becomes second-nature;  stick to my gluten-free/CELL program diet;  not beat myself up when I slip or make a mistake

7.  Exercise at least 3 times per week

8.  Write at least one ebook to offer through my blog

9.  Reach a goal of 1000 email subscribers to my blog!

10.  Get closer to becoming the wife/mother/friend/sister/daughter/cousin/aunt/PERSON God desires me to be

So, what about you?  What are YOUR goals this new year??

Leave a comment and let us know!

Something funny…at least I think it is…

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I thought I would throw something on here a little different….this is something I wrote one day for fun, just to write….it describes a desk I was using at the time…and I happen to think its pretty funny stuff, but, I could be a tad bit biased.


Well, my desk leaves something to be desired, that’s for sure. It is one of those plain white particle board things that you buy at Wal-Mart then spend hours putting together. And, it was used. It was in the trailer when we got it – since I didn’t have a desk, it was better than nothing.To the left are two shelves on top of one another. The bottom area is full of saw dust (from me drilling holes to make my wires go through the back) and dust bunnies (from me not cleaning….I feed them once a day at least, just to keep them healthy with glowing bunny coats). The tower of my computer is there, carefully guarding the dust bunnies, along with a CD case which holds all my personal computer CDs. The plug in cord from a set of headphones snakes its way up to the top of my desk from my tower since I didn’t realize that no external speakers meant no sound when I bought my computer.

The top shelf holds lots of junk – packets of label paper, graph paper, photo CDs, blank CDs, and my trusty stapler. Actually, the stapler isn’t all that trusty – it never staples the left side completely. It must be in cahoots with the dust bunnies. Behind the stapler and blank CDs are three software programs the girls got for Christmas – Alex has tried to play hers once, but they keep shutting off in the middle of the game, so I assume that the dust bunnies have worked up some master plan to crash my system. It seems they are off to a good start. On that shelf I also have the 5-page East Texas phone book.  I also have a solitary spiral notebook, one of hundreds I have bought for who knows what reason. Another pad of graph paper (what am I? A math nerd??), some cute printer paper, a purple metal ruler, an ugly pen, and an open pack of Sharpies.

Above the shelves sits my cheap DELL printer – currently out of commission since it is nearly out of black ink. It is on, but I don’t know why….no paper, no ink. Next to the printer is where the worst cordless phone EVER resides – the battery in this phone lasts all of about 20 minutes. Maybe it’s mad because it too, is covered in those dusty little rodents. In front of the printer is my newest purchase of spiral notebooks – 5 blue ones to be exact. I bought them because a book said to. No really, I’m reading a, well, two actually, books about writing a novel and one of them said – “be sure to have at least 5 notebooks – I prefer the spiral bound type,” so, of course, I ran out to get them right away. And the blue, well, it’s my favorite color. Had I gotten red, John may have thought they were his Valentine’s gift.

It seems the dust bunnies are everywhere! On my desk in front of me, I have my mouse (not related to the dust bunnies – they fight like the Hatfields and McCoys), a half-full glass of milk (always the optimist), and lots of other stuff. It’s a given that my rodent covered monitor lives here. Currently residing there are a few radical groups of rebellious staples from the untrusty stapler. These happen to be red ones. They were John’s last Valentine’s gift.

If you were here you would also notice that I have a copy of How to Write, & Sell your First Novel by Oscar Collier with Frances Spatz Leighton. (Told you I was reading.) But, there’s more…a booklet of Pass-Along Promises sits between the monitor and my book. Atop the desk are also a folded $2 bill, a hinge paper clip, 2 coasters (one holding my milk), my current month’s budget sheet (more like a doomsday report), my digital camera, a box of Aleve Cold & Sinus, a box of Tylenol Sinus, 3 debit cards (one is no longer active), a steno notebook, and a flea comb for cats.

I haven’t even begun to tell you about the keyboard tray…..


So, ummm….still want to read this blog?  LOL! 


PS – I have a new desk that my honey built for me, now!


Another bit of poetry…

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I thought I would go ahead and share this one also….I wrote this after my beloved father-in-law passed away suddenly in October of 2006.  I placed this poem, along with a photo of John, Sr., on a large ceramic tile and gave one to his wife, and my husband’s two siblings.  This poem still makes me a little teary-eyed when I read it….he was a wonderful person.

Johnny Mac

We don’t know why you were taken so early from our gaze.

We only know we’ll see you again at the end of our own days.

In the meantime though, we’ll hold on tight

To all the memories that time can’t erase from our minds.

So many people loved you so very much,

It’s hard to find someone whose life you didn’t touch.

You were always the first person we would call

When our cars or trucks needed an overhaul!

But while we worked, we would always talk

Of childhood and gardens, and walking the walk.

When anyone met you, they could plainly see

That you were exactly the person you claimed to be.

Never a fake, never a fraud,

What was seen by all was not a facade.

From four-wheelers to dirt bikes, to wrenches and corn,

An unfamiliar hat, you never have worn.

The happiest times we can remember,

Seem to be found with your grandkids in December.

No, Christmas won’t be the same without you here,

It’ll have something missing each and every year.

Your laughter and smile are the things we will miss

And at the coming holidays I’m sure we’ll reminisce.

Maybe about the time you got a Chia head for a gift,

Or all the times you picked up your children’s hearts to give them a lift.

It seemed that in every situation, you knew just what to do,

And at night in our prayers, we thank God for you

God promises that in Heaven no sorrows will remain,

And He promises that very soon He will come again.

So, with that promise we can be sure,

That even though we love you, Jesus loves you even more.


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