21 February 2015

More patterns, more sites to share

I just love how FB sharing shows more things that I want to make and lifetime would never be enough. But I know that I will probably make some of these things at some point.

10 Truths about Prayer Shawls

Patterns:
Moogly Blog Butterfly Links
Mermaid Lapghan I have 3 girls, I am sure at some point they will all want one.
Moogly Blog Curtains - there is one that I really want to make.
84 Beautiful Free Crochet Pattern Links
10 Free Crochet Patterns for Cats - I need to make some baskets/beds for my cats.
Cat Cave - I have the yarn, just need to make about 5 or 6! I only have 3 cats, but I have to put them in every room. This is from Lion Brand, so sign in before you click link.
2 square afghan - It calls itself an afghan, but it is 2 joined squares and you go around until you get to size you want.
Baby Booties - frog like look
Kaleidoscope Mandala


Recipes:
Easter Bunny Racer - Going to make these with the kids for Easter!
Starbucks Lemon Loaf
Crock Pot Cashew Chicken


Books:
9 Books To Drop Everything and Read  (some are a re-read).


Day Trips (or Field Trips)
14 Best KY Day Trips


Fractions:
Fraction War

Science:
Making a Simple Weather Barometer with a balloon, a jar, tape and a straw


16 February 2015

Free Museums and Halls of Fame

This is from OHVA, it is a list of museums that are free.

09 February 2015

Why Go If You are Going to Run Out as Fast as Possible at the End

Yesterday, my family went to a Roman Catholic Church for services. This is partially because my husband is still very much a Roman Catholic, but he feels going to church any church is good. I grew up Roman Catholic, also, and changed to Lutheran. So as our children were growing up we went to the Lutheran Church. When the girls were in their younger years, a woman at the church accused my oldest of taking full toilet paper rolls and stuffing them in the box for used sanitary napkins. Knowing my child, I defended her and after that I kept my children very close to me. The problem continued and the woman who made the accusation, never apologized to me or my daughter. Then as they got older, they just wanted to be part of the group, but two older girls (only a year and two older than her) started treating her like a baby and dragging her back to me. I got tired of their condenscending attitude and told them they needed to leave her alone as they are not in charge of her and I had already given her permission to go and do something. Then these behaviors continued, treating her horribly. Treating her sisters horribly. Finally, I had had enough and my kids were not wanting to go to that church. Since we were going alone any more, I told my husband we needed to find a new church. He stated we had to stay in Lebanon for church, so we did. We started searching all the churches, looking for a good fit. We found that at Heritage Baptist Church. It is a good fit for the kids. We went by ourselves to the church and participated when we could in different things. But after my husband's mother passed away, he wanted to go back to the Lutheran Church. It still was not good, for the girls. I was feeling sad going there. The sermons were not very good and I just didn't want to go either. I love many of the people, I just didn't enjoy being there. Eventually, I convinced him that we didn't want to be there. He could go, but we were going somewhere else. He and I agreed, one week we would go where the girls wanted and one week where he wanted. He wanted to go to Roman Catholic Churches.

This brings us to yesterday. We went to a Roman Catholic Church and just as we see every time we have gone, people are in such a hurry to get away from the church that they are willing to run down people trying to come to church. They cannot get out of the church fast enough. I timed the leaving of the people, it is a big church with two floors of pews, and it only took 2 minutes for the church to empty and people to run away to their cars. Then begins the great how fast can I get home, store, etc. Really, folks! You cannot take time to slow down and enjoy all the God has given? You cannot take time to slow down enjoy the people who have come to join in the celebration? If you can't, then why did you bother to come to church at all? Why waste the gas, the time and effort to come to church?

I tell my kids, sit down and wait. We don't want to run out and get into that mess. We take our time and we enjoy the beauty of the church. We take our time and think about what was said during the service. In the event, that we couldn't understand what was said, we reflect on the readings. But we slow down on Sunday. It is a time for thanking God for all that He has given.

05 February 2015

Research sites for Kids

I realized that there are some really good sites for kids to use for research. One I found when I was at the library with the kids. It is called Teen Zone at WCLibrary. It is a really good site that we used recently for a daughter's research paper.

The other sites came from K12 when she had to research a person for a paper for History.

ASK Kids - I am not a fan of Ask.com because it seems every time I get on it or we use it, we get a virus.
GoGooligans - Yahoo Kids
US National Archives
US Library of Congress
Academy of Achievement
Our Documents
EyeWitness to History
History Central
Grolier Online Encyclopedia

Don't Rush

I was watching a little of the 700 Club one morning while I was putting away clothes and getting a shower. My husband had turned on the news and fallen asleep and this followed the news. It is a pretty good show. It has some inspirational stories, but this morning, I was shocked that there was a woman saying that women should hurry up and get married and have children while they are in their 20's as that is when their eggs are the best and they will have the best children. This didn't sit well with me as I didn't find and marry my husband until I was 33. I didn't start having babies until I was 34. Granted I lost 2 babies before the birth of my first girl, but the girls were beautiful and they are very smart. My girls are my joy. But I think what is the most important, if I had married someone I met in my 20's, it would not have been the man I was to spend the rest of my life with. God has someone in mind for all of us, but when we rush to get into a relationship with the wrong person, that relationship doesn't always work. I look at the relationships of some I know who got married in their 20's and had children. Not all of these relationships worked. The men were not very nice and they were mean to their wives and didn't cherish the beautiful children they brought into the world. I don't think women should be scared into getting married fast, just so they can have children while they are in their 20's. I feel that people should ask God to help them find the person they are to be with for the rest of their lives. If God says, "Wait," then wait, because He has someone great out there for you.