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Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Memories: So, I was having a bad day...

Hey Everyone! I thought I'd start reposting some of my older posts on Mondays. Hope you enjoy! (From August 19, 2011)

A couple weeks ago I was having a really bad day. I have six boys (and just two girls) and sometimes the testosterone level just gets a little too high for my taste. Anyway, the two youngest boys seemed to be in super-duper hyperactive mode. They were bouncing around the house, loud, and not exactly following my list of things to do. I was getting quite stressed out when a couple of the older boys decided to "get into it." This is actually a rarity around here these days (thank goodness!) so when it happens, especially when I am already stressed, it really wears on me. It was just "one of those days."

On top of all of that, my oldest son's engine has recently died. Never fun. So, that evening he asked if he could use his dad's car or my van to go to church.  I told him he could, and he took the car. (The van is having its own issues since two cars collided in front of me, and then one of them crashed into me, at a four-way stop.)  Anyway, my son got to the church, drove into the parking lot, pulled into his space, and THUD! The bearing or something broke and the car was suddenly on the ground. I don't mean the tires, I mean, you know, the actual frame.  Okay, so now we were down to just my van and my other son's car. (We do have a fifth vehicle, but it's not exactly in road-worthy condition either.)

So, let's just say when I got the call from my son that evening, I was not exactly thrilled with the news. The day was nearly over and I was glad for it. And now this lovely news meant we had to survive with one less vehicle, and it had already been a bit of a challenge with my son's car broken down. Why this?

A little later a light bulb went off in my head. (And, mind you, it was not one of those new screwy mercury-laden ones that can contaminate your home. It was a good old thank-you-Thomas-Edison iridescent bulb.)  I realized that if my son's car had been running he'd have taken his own car and my husband would have taken his car to work the next day.  He drives nearly half an hour to work and at speeds up to 50 MPH.  It might very well have broken down while he was driving and caused an accident.  He and/or others could have been seriously hurt or worse.  Yet the timing was perfect when it broke down at the church.

So, here is what I learned: Sure, not all days are going to be perfect. Actually, none of them are.  Some days are going to bad, and some are going to be downright horrible. But how do you know that your bad day didn't keep you from having a horrible one that day, or the next, or at some other time in the future?  Once my little light bulb went off, I realized that maybe those broken down vehicles may have saved my husband's life.  Of course, maybe everything would have been okay had he taken his car in the morning, but either way, I know that God is Control.  And I wouldn't want it any other way.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

I'm Back and More Crazy than Ever! :)

Well, hello there! Is there anybody still out there? It's been a minute, but am finally going to get back into the swing of things, so I thought I would start by giving a quick family update. It's been eight years since I started blogging, and things have really changed!

It's crazy that every one of my children was still under 18 when I started out. Now five of them are (so-called) adults, and one is less than a year away! In 2008 I had all eight in school, from 12th grade down do kindergarten. Now I have only three in my homeschool, only two of which I actively school. I am actually less than five years from "retirement" now. I think when that day comes I'll have some sort of identity crisis. Until then, I just keep moving forward.

So here's an update on the kids:

Firstborn is now 25 and a front desk supervisor at a large hotel. He always wanted to be a doctor, got about halfway through school for bio-medical engineering, but just did not like the academic grind. Right now he is still trying to decide what he wants to do when he grows up, but I'm sure whatever he does, he'll succeed. He has a heart of gold, great communication skills, and looks great in a suit. He currently leads the young adults group at church, and just recently bought a very nice midnight blue Dodge Charger. Oh, and he now has a girlfriend as of last week! :)

Renaissance Man is 23 and is employed as tech support/web developer guy. Sorry, I don't know the right title.  He is also married! Yep, a little over two years ago he married a lovely young lady I'll call Mrs. Ren. No kids yet, but I'm trying to be patient. I'm not sure I'm really ready to be a grandma yet, anyway. :)

Mr. Personality is 22 and is over halfway through nursing school! God willing he will graduate in May. Right now he is working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local hospital. Never saw that coming. Still as hyper as always, I'm sure he brings lots of excitement to the hospital. LOL

Woggit is 20 and works at a local fast food place and is in the culinary arts program at the local college. His dream is to own a restaurant. He bought a truck this summer but it still working on getting his license. Not lot of time to practice driving these days! Hes still loves all things computer and is the most content person ever. He is the worst person ever to buy a gift for as he has everything he needs.

Princess, 18, is also at the local college taking photography classes. She is both a photographer and a musician. She plays guitar, bass, and sings. Right now she and her brother, Dode, are recording an album! She also works as a cashier/server at a local tourist attraction. She loves having a job. Every day it seems something comes for her in the mail. :)

Dode is 17 and my first fully academic child. Hallelujah! It's about time! He is a very good student and works very hard to get all of his schoolwork done in a timely manner. He has a very full plate this year and is doing Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Physics. Yes, he's a math nerd. Thankfully he understands it and has a fabulous co-op teacher who is literally heaven sent. He is still rockin' the drums, but now he is also learning guitar. As I said above, he and his sisters and making an album. Can't wait to hear it!

Bear is 15. She is my sweetheart. She loves all things girly like nail polish, doing her hair, baking cakes from scratch, and giant teddy bears. Then she goes out and mows the lawn or skateboards. Of course he favorite thing in the world is animals, especially dogs. She wants to be a veterinary assistant or maybe even a vet.

Aber is 13. This is significant because that means I have no "children." Nope, all teens or young adults. It's kinda sad, but I digress. Baber has been a challenge. He just now is reading on his own! I knew it would happen, but I admit I was getting a little worried about when it was going to happen. He is definitely like his dad in that he is much more interested in hands-on things than he is academics. Like his dad, he's super smart. He might not test well, but he will win at life I am sure. He's my baby and I sure do love him. He is now taller than me even though I clearly told him that was not allowed.

My husband, Sane Man, is still working as an engineer and teaching a weekly Bible study for men.

Well, that's about it. Oh, and there's me. Well, I'm pretty much doing the same old thing. I teach, I cook, I shop, I clean. Most days it doesn't look I've made any progress with any of it. I just keep going though. What else can I do? LOL

I do hope my readers are still out there somewhere and will read what I write. I love comments, so I'd love to hear from you. Stay tuned for more reviews, stories, and whatever else comes to my crazy mind. I'm sure I'll have lots to talk about. Never a dull moment here in the Crazy House!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Music from Jamie Grace!





If you listen to contemporary Christian music at all, you've likely heard of Jamie Grace. She's had a lot of radio play, she's been on the Winter Jam Tour more than once, and she's all over social media. I've even seen her on a video screen at KMart! She's the one who sings "Do Life Big," "Beautiful Day," and "Hold Me," to name a few. It's been a while since she's put out a new album, and she's working on it, but she has released a new single entitled "Party Like a Princess."

"Party Like a Princess" is a song all about finding your true identity in Christ as opposed to finding it in an "earthly prince." We girls (of all ages) are all princesses because God our father is the king! How about if I just give you a few lines of the lyrics:


When I walked into the party
Everybody just stopped
Even the DJ wasn't ready
To see me without a boy
Who isn't ready to be king
So tell me why would I be chasing him
To be his queen

Don't you know who my daddy is?

Or you could just watch it yourself here!




Sure, it's mostly aimed at young girls, but a catchy tune is a catchy tune, right? The message is a good one, and one we don't hear often enough. I might be an old married lady with eight kids, but I can still party like a princess. I know who my daddy is! 



Buy it here on iTunes!  https://itun.es/us/Farcgb


Connect with Jamie on social media!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jamiegraceh
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jamiegraceh
Facebook: http://facebook.com/jamiegraceh
Periscope: https://periscope.tv/jamiegraceh
Snapchat: thejamiegrace
Musical.ly: @jamiegraceh

Send some good old-fashioned snail mail fan mail!

Team Jamie Grace

3300 Hamilton Mill Rd Ste. 102-134
Buford, Georgia 30519
415-494-7223
team@jamiegrace.com



Monday, November 28, 2016

Special Announcement!

Schoolhouse Review Crew


Hello Everyone!

I'm just popping on here to tell you the news! I am, once again, going to be reviewing for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Review Crew! In other words, I'll be getting homeschool curricula and other products to use in my home so that I can pass on my thoughts to you.

First, I must apologize. I feel like a total noob! It's going to take me a bit to get fully back into the swing of things. Please bear with me. :) I'll also be back to writing about crazy family stories, homeschool advice, and who knows what else. I loved my years on the crew. I met so many great people and was introduced to so many great products, some of which I am still using!

I am also working on getting my Facebook and Twitter accounts back up to speed, and getting a brand new Instagram account set up. I will be everywhere!

I hope you will joining me on this new old adventure. I am looking forward to it!

Friday, July 24, 2015

REMINDER!!! Free Discovery Education Streaming Plus this Summer!!!

Reposting this just in case you forgot to check it out!  :)




I just found out about something from Home & School Mosaics that sounds like a great deal. Home School Buyers Co-op is offering a service called Discovery Education Streaming Plus this summer (June 1 - August 31, 2015) for free. This service usually costs $375 for a one year subscription. I will definitely be checking this out.  

Here's a bit of info explaining what exactly this is:

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive, educational digital streaming service that has over 12,300 full length educational videos, plus tons of other educational content including games, interactives, images and more.   So, homeschoolers can have their kids engaged with educational content all summer long at no cost! 


Discovery Education Streaming Plus features:
  • Thousands of full-length videos from scores of producers, segmented into tens of thousands of content-specific clips tied directly to state and national standards.
  • Supplemental resources such as Assignment Builder, Quiz Center, Writing Prompt Generator, lesson plans, and more
  • Fast and accurate search functionality and dynamic navigation menus
  • The ability to customize and personalize lessons to different subjects, grades, and learning styles
  • Comprehensive K-12 curriculum coverage in six core subject areas.
  • Thousands of images
  • Membership in the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Interactive self-paced training
  • Exclusive Discovery programming such as Frozen PlanetHuman PlanetLIFEInto the UniverseMythbusters, and Curiosity
  • Video series from trusted content providers such as BBC Worldwide, CBS News, Channel 4, Discovery Studios, Scholastic, TV Ontario, and Westin Woods
  • Hundreds of games, skill builders, and body atlas interactives
  • Thousands of self-paced math tutorials spanning concepts from basic addition to calculus
  • Thousands of audio files including podcasts, classic literature audiobooks, children's literature audiobooks from Scholastic, and numerous supplemental study aids for auditory learners

Read testimonials from other homeschoolers here.

Try is for yourself here!

I hope this helps keep your kids busy this summer.  Have a wonderful summer vacation!

Happy Streaming!

Crazy Mom







Monday, June 1, 2015

FREE SUBSCRIPTION to HSBC Discovery!!!!






I just found out about something from Home & School Mosaics that sounds like a great deal. Home School Buyers Co-op is offering a service called Discovery Education Streaming Plus this summer (June 1 - August 31, 2015) for free. This service usually costs $375 for a one year subscription. I will definitely be checking this out.  

Here's a bit of info explaining what exactly this is:

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive, educational digital streaming service that has over 12,300 full length educational videos, plus tons of other educational content including games, interactives, images and more.   So, homeschoolers can have their kids engaged with educational content all summer long at no cost! 


Discovery Education Streaming Plus features:
  • Thousands of full-length videos from scores of producers, segmented into tens of thousands of content-specific clips tied directly to state and national standards.
  • Supplemental resources such as Assignment Builder, Quiz Center, Writing Prompt Generator, lesson plans, and more
  • Fast and accurate search functionality and dynamic navigation menus
  • The ability to customize and personalize lessons to different subjects, grades, and learning styles
  • Comprehensive K-12 curriculum coverage in six core subject areas.
  • Thousands of images
  • Membership in the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Interactive self-paced training
  • Exclusive Discovery programming such as Frozen PlanetHuman PlanetLIFEInto the UniverseMythbusters, and Curiosity
  • Video series from trusted content providers such as BBC Worldwide, CBS News, Channel 4, Discovery Studios, Scholastic, TV Ontario, and Westin Woods
  • Hundreds of games, skill builders, and body atlas interactives
  • Thousands of self-paced math tutorials spanning concepts from basic addition to calculus
  • Thousands of audio files including podcasts, classic literature audiobooks, children's literature audiobooks from Scholastic, and numerous supplemental study aids for auditory learners

Read testimonials from other homeschoolers here.

Try is for yourself here!

I hope this helps keep your kids busy this summer.  Have a wonderful summer vacation!

Happy Streaming!

Crazy Mom








Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review: Living on HIs Income: Remembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife


Back when I was doing a lot of reviews, I made friends with some of the other reviewers.  There were hundreds of us over the years, but only a few stood out to me, and though we've never met "in real life," we've remained friends to this day.  One of these ladies is a woman named Mrs.Sharon White. (She gladly wears the Mrs. title!) who writes a blog called The Legacy of Home.

What stood out about Mrs. White was how different she was (and is!) from most women today. She is an "old-fashioned" housewife, and loves it!!!  She loves to cook and clean for her family, and she does it without complaint. Now, I am an "old-fashioned" housewife, too, but I've much to learn in the cooking, cleaning, and no complaining department. Reading Mrs. White's books is like having that wonderful friend who actually models what I would like to be. One of her books is Living on His Income: Remembrances and Advice for The Christian Housewife.  

Now, I understand that not all women today are full-time homemakers for various reasons. Living on His Income is not for those women. For some it may not apply, and for some it might even seem like a joke. I am not writing this review to start any "Mommy Wars." We all have our thoughts and opinions on that and are hopefully doing what we feel is best for our families. This book is for those few of us who still stay home full time (or want to) and must live on our husband's income.

Now, if you're looking details on how to cut coupons or make homemade laundry soap, this is not the book. (Though it include a list of resources.) This is a book you might want to have around for a lovely pick-me-up when money is tight, the kids are sick, or you're just having a bad day.  It is a collection of short articles that are meant to inspire you to continue to love and serve your family. Here is what it says on the back cover:

 "Teaching on the Christian home is needed more now than ever for housewives. . . Here you will find brief examples of 5 housewives over 3 generations from Mrs. White's family. This includes her mother-in-law and grandmother. . . There are also 9 short chapters of advice and encouragement. These cover such topics as standard of living, the content wife, being dependent on him, and the house account. . . Practical resources are recommended at the end of the book. . . You will be inspired to continue on as a cheerful housewife, knowing your work is just as important as the mission field."

If you are a housewife, like me, I hope you will consider picking up this little book.  I'm sure you will find Mrs. White and her advice as lovely as I do!


Recap:

The product: Living on His Income: Remembrances and Advice for The Christian Housewife

Where to get it: Amazon.com

The pros: Written by one of the loveliest people on earth!  Very encouraging to those of us who are stay at home wives and mothers.

The cons: You will hate this book if you are a feminist!  :)  Also, it's more of a book to encourage us in our chosen role, than it is a "how to" book if that's what you are looking for.

The bottom line:  This paperback book it $6.99 plus S&H (Free if you have Prime or spend over $35 on Prime eligible purchases)


Rating*:  Home Run! (Yes, I understand not many women these days would even want to read a book like this, but for the demographic it's written for, it is wonderful!)

*Rating Scale

Home Run!  This product is totally awesome, and I'd recommend it to anyone!

Triple!  This product is great, and I think almost anyone would like it.

Double! This product is good, and it would probably work for some people, but not everyone.

Single!  This is an okay product that some people might like, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people.

Strike Out!  This is not a good product, and I could not, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone. 


Happy reading!  :)

Crazy Mom

"Disclosure of Material Connection: Mrs. White is a friend.  She sent me a copy of this book, and I agreed to write a review about it on my blog.  Other than that, I received no money or other type of compensation for this review.  It might be a bit biased, I'll admit, because I just love her!!!  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New Review!!! Wizzy Gizmo: Who Created Everything?

Last week something happened that hasn't happened in quite some time around here; I got a review item in the mail! It was audio drama on CD (now also available as a download) called Who Created Everything? From the Book of Genesis: Chapter One from Wizzy Gizmo!

If you'd be so kind as to allow me to digress for just a moment, I did want to let you know that I am doing this review for a site called Homeschool Mosaics which is thee place to go for homeschool information and encouragement.  I'd suggest you check it out.  Well, after you read my review.  :)

Anyway, I had never heard of Wizzy Gizmo before, and didn't know quite to expect. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be too impressed.  It seems like a lot of people out there who put out of homeschool resources have wonderful hearts and amazing ideas, but are just a few (or a lot) of dollars shy of an adequate production budget. Now, I have no idea what was spent to make this CD, but is sounds very professional to me. (Mind you, I'm just a mom, and not some sort of audio drama producer, but chances are so are you! LOL)

The CD is about a young boy who is new to the town of  Sunnyville. He soon makes some new friends who introduce him to Professor Wizzy Giszmo, or Whiz, who has basically invented a machine called Gizmovision that makes books come to life. Of course, what better book to try first that the Bible? So they kids get to experience the very first days of creation!

I popped the CD into my laptop drive, called my little guy Baber (11) over, and we had ourselves a listen.  I do have to admit that Baber wasn't totally enthralled with the CD, but I feel that is more due to the fact that he is getting older and is definitely more of a visual and hands-on kinda guy. If he is going to be in the kitchen making lunch, the very first thing he does is shut off the radio. He didn't want to shut off the CD, though, and was content to sit and listen with me. That's saying something. He said he liked the story, but would like to have had video along with the audio. However, I would think that younger kids, especially kids who enjoy listening to stories, would love it.  Like I said, it's very well done. The acting was good, the songs catchy, and the sound effects very well done but not over done. It was funny without being too silly.

Oh! I should mention one more thing that really impressed me. The creators are careful to make sure the characters have positive attitudes. This is so refreshing. I get so tired of all the disrespectful attitudes that are so prevalent in much of our modern media.  Here's what they have to say:

"We make sure the characters in our stories do not make it a practice to display unwholesome attitudes, language or actions. We avoid slang and keep things family friendly and appropriate for all ages."

I am so thrilled that in this day and age there are still people out there who are putting out quality biblical resources that are fun and wholesome without undermining biblical truths.  I think most Christian families with young children would thoroughly enjoy listening to Who Created Everything. Also, check out the website for lots more fun and entertaining biblical resources from Wizzy Gizmo!


Recap:

The product: Wizzy Gizmo's Who Created Everything? From the Book of Genesis: Chapter One

Where to get it: https://www.wizzygizmo.com/

The pros: For children who enjoy audio books, I think this would make a fun Bible study tool! It would also make for a great way to settle them down for a quiet time, or as part of a bedtime routine.

The cons: Honestly, there really are no cons that I can think of for a Christian family who enjoys listening to Bible stories.  Perhaps if you aren't comfortable with more modern music, or use a particular version of the Bible.

The bottom line:  CD; $14.99 + S&H (Free shipping when you order either $25 of more, or any three items) or download: $9.99

Social media links:


Rating*:  Triple!

*Rating Scale

Home Run!  This product is totally awesome, and I'd recommend it to anyone!

Triple!  This product is great, and I think almost anyone would like it.

Double! This product is good, and it would probably work for some people, but not everyone.

Single!  This is an okay product that some people might like, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people.

Strike Out!  This is not a good product, and I could not, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone. 


Happy listening!  :)

Crazy Mom

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I bought and paid for this product myself, have no connection to Family Dollar other than the fact that I shop there, and have received no compensation for this review.  I just liked it so much, I thought I'd let you know."

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Running Behind! Yikes!

How is your cleaning going?  I feel like I am SO behind!  These "little bite-sized projects" are taking up all of my time!  I guess you could say I've finished the bookshelves and junk drawer.  However, there are still a bunch of things I have to find a place for. I have an extra large storage bin in my dining room that is FULL. This is where I've been putting all the homeless things for "later." I did clean off my dresser top today and  hope to get to the closet.  I keep finding other things to add to the list.  It never ends....

Well, no time to blog, I have to get back to work!

Read the original post here.

Happy Cleaning!!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

a glimpse of our life: Cleaning out and organizing

A while back a blogging friend of mine, Jennifer, challenged me to do another cleaning challenge. We'd done one a year or so ago, but wouldn't ya know, we both needed to do it again. After reading her post, it sounds to me that she is doing a fantastic job.  Go Jennifer!!!

Check out Jennifers post about cleaning out her office!!!
a glimpse of our life: Cleaning out and organizing

Here's my original post. 

Won't you join us???

Happy Reading, Cleaning, and Organizing!!!
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