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In my life this week…

I learned about cars.  My Suburban to be precise.  Did you know that your radio could short out and give your husband fits trying to find out why?  Me either….  But I know it now…LOL .  Did you know that after ripping out the entire dashboard, the back light panels, and nearly the headliner, that you could find the short in the drivers side visor?  Me either…

Did you know that after you find the short  and need to drive the car, you can drive with out a dashboard, but only for a few days.  Why?  Because the car will die, and your husband will have to leave work and rescue you….  Then causing him to spend 2 more nights trying to figure out why the perfectly good, new alternator isn’t charging the battery.  You might even go and buy a new battery thinking that it is the problem…. but it isn’t.

Did you know that the little battery gauge on the dashboard (that hasn’t been in the car in over a week) has a teeny tiny resistor in it?  One that tells the alternator to turn on and charge the battery?  and that if you don’t have the dash on, it doesn’t do that and then your car will die and the battery will never be recharged?

Me either.  But I know now….  and feel so much smarter because of it. Oh, and my dashboard has been re-installed Smile

In our homeschool this week…

We have started our Pizza Hut Book it program.  I have set the goal for Hunter to read 600 minutes this month to earn his free pizza.  Really, I thought that this would be a near impossible goal for him.  I have to tape him to the chair to get him to read 20 minutes and even then he is writhing in agony over the mere thought of reading the written word.

Alas, something has clicked.  Maybe it is the Pizza…..  but in the last two weeks he has read 300 minutes.  I haven’t even need to tape him to anything.  It has been willing, excited, and he is enjoying it!  Yesterday alone he read for 100 minutes straight and finished a whole Magic Tree House book. He has never read a whole anything.  This my friends is amazing!

Tayler met a deaf guy on the bus she rides to College each day.  On Friday he flopped down next to her on the bus and asked for help with his math.  Funny how all the times Mom tried to teach sign language to them…no one was really interested.  Meet a real live deaf person….. and she is all gung-ho.  Hey, whatever it takes.  I am just glad she remembered enough signs to talk to him the first time Smile

We found out that one of the High Schools here in town sponsors “Deaf Night” throughout the year.  Deaf people from our community come to Starbucks or Dairy Queen or somewhere and help these High School kids learn.  Last night we went to the one at Starbucks so that Tayler could practice more.  She was shocked to find her bus buddy sitting there with a bunch of people.  I got to break out my rusty signing skills and meet him and others.  It was a really nice way to spend a couple of hours.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

one day at a time.  sometimes… one minute at a time.

Feeling overwhelmed?  go pray.  then come back and start fresh.

I am inspired by…

my kids.  The older two are just blossoming, and growing in their friendships and in their walk with God.   It makes my mommy heart happy.


 

My favorite thing this week was…

Jeremiah.  He says the best stuff!  “daddy?  I love you so much I love you.”  or “ Did you fix it daddy? You did?  You are the bestest daddy evah”   And my personal favorite of the week.  His daddy had been teasing him about being a silly boy and he seriously states “ Daddy, I am your son, and I wuv you.”

Things I’m working on…

Consistency.  I say this often, but if I do not keep it at the forefront of my mind, I am easily distracted! 

I’m reading…

I am not reading anything for entertainment at the moment…. but WE are reading Mr. Pipes and the Hymns of the Reformation, and The Princess and the Goblins.  (not as creepy as I thought)

I’m cooking…

Last weekend I made some zucchini bread and banana muffins.  I am thinking that this weekend will be more of the same.  With the cooler weather, I am back to baking Smile

Oh, and I found a cookbook that I love, hidden by the stile in my cupboard.  I am thinking some Mexican feasts will be in order in the next few weeks.

I’m grateful for…

My husband.  He works all day, then half the night to make sure we have a working car.  He is such a blessing to be married too.

I’m praying for…

My family.  That God will grant them wisdom and knowledge of Him.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

a little photo collage of some of the beauty God put in Mexico City, Mexico.

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See you next week!

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