Life Skills for Young Men book ready on Amazon!

Hey everyone, busy, busy week, isn’t it always. I guess the cooler weather down here makes it feel like “winter time” as my children say. In reality it is only 70:)  It means no lake swimming and less being outside because it is cooler:)  We have DEFINITELY acclimated to the southern temperatures.  It allows me to be inside and do work instead of being out in the sunshine:)

We have started school early just  because we aren’t doing anything else, so I have been working in between all of my household duties and getting this book finished for my son.

He wanted to start it at the beginning of the school year and I am thankful to be finished with it so that he could start.  He is on my cover and helped decide what sort of shot we were going to take.  I was thinking him out shoveling in the yard or raking, and he was like ,”Mom, why not have me holding my Bible sitting in the woods.  Isn’t that the most important part of being a man?”  Made my heart smile:)  So we did and I think it looks great!

This book covers 18 weeks of lessons, the same lessons that I will still be posting under the Life Skills for Young Men page. I will be posting every week until it is all finished. But for those of you that would like a hard copy of the same thing, you can purchase it from Amazon.  Click here to get it.

Hope you have a great rest of your day as you head into the weekend!!

Life Skills for Guys week 4-5

Hello everyone….I am happy to say that I have finished up the Life Skills for Guys course…so I will be posting multiple weeks together:)

This will allow you to print off ahead and be prepared:)

Here is week 3

Week 4

Be blessed as you help train our young boys up to be men of God.


Abundant life study week 3

Hello, hope your Tuesday is looking great!

I have week 3 of The Abundant Life Study–all about deepening your relationship with the Lord.  This week we focus on “faith” and what it truly means to live a life of faith.

Hope your enjoy!  Be blessed as we should be.

Click here for week 3


Planning our school year

Hello, I hope you all are having a great start to your week.  I have to admit, even though I had all my children’s school ready to go, I was still feeling a little anxiety about how it was going to all unfold.  Like how would we get chores done, meals made, schedule time for our extra classes, work with the two little ones for school, oh and just how was I going to make life work?

Last week, I had a day where I just took the entire day and got our life “somewhat scheduled.” I don’t believe in strict scheduling because when things go wrong, its very stressful. I do believe in having some sort of healthy structure to keep things moving smoothly.   So I put together some charts and schedules to help our life move in one positive direction this school year.

One of the first things that I did, was to take and schedule or write out each child’s school  requirements for each day.  I don’t mind how or when they do their papers but I wanted them to know what was required everyday.

This was for the 3rd grader, Autumn.  I printed it off and slid it in the front of her binder.  That way she can look and know what is required of her each day.  She is my child who wanted to “drop out” of first grade:)  We let her stop for a few months when we started and then picked back up after Christmas.  She is more my free spirited child.  I was very happy to see that she was excited to begin school.  She started the day I handed her the pile.  I am happy to say she has already completed one week of school!  She was part of my “stressing out”  just because I didn’t know how much time I was going to have to work with her.  I don’t mean it badly, just more anxious on how I was going to get everyone’s school done each day.  She did hers real quick and did great! 

I did the same for Jadyn. Then I handed her her set of binders and devotional. I said, “You don’t have to start until after Labor Day, but if you want to get ahead, you can.”  She took her stack and placed it in her room on her shelf.  She hasn’t wanted to start yet, maybe this week:)

As you can see, I have her wake up and get her morning routine finished.  Then begin her chores.Then start school.  I wrote what she has to do and about how long it will take to do each part.  I over figured so that it would give them plenty of time to get it done. 

I did the same for Brooklyn, she has her pile of books and has already finished one week of school! 

Brooklyn’s schedule is pretty much the same as Jadyn’s.  Just a list of what she has to do each morning. Very simple.  She should be completed around lunchtime each day.

I did the same for Evan and placed his books in his bedroom.  He is going to be doing two years of school in one year’s time.  I told him to work Monday through Friday and through most of the “breaks” that we take and he will probably finish up mid summer.  Depending upon how many breaks he takes.  He is motivated as he wants to get ahead and get finished.  I gave him a bunch of teen devotionals that I like to have my boys read.  Great books by Bob Schultz.

  • Created for Work
  • Boyhood and Beyond
  • Practical Happiness
  • I kissed dating goodbye–by Joshua Harris

These are excellent resources, spend the money and buy these for your boys.  Great life lessons and wisdom from a man:) Each book has around 30 simple readings. I think he will be able to do one per month.

Then I had to plan out my next biggest “stress” of the day……making sure to get all the younger sets morning routine done:)  I decided to go back to simple mark off charts.  I printed them out and placed them on the refrigerator.  This way they can do their chart and mark off the day on their own.

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As you can see from the PDF I made a simple chart for each of the children. I don’t have them get dressed, because we will stay in our pajamas unless we are going somewhere each day.  They will—-I get dressed each day:)  My main focus is to get everyone’s teeth brushed.  Then the three have simple chores that they help with each day.  It will help me from reminding everyone, “Did you get………..this done…….or that…….?”  Eliminates me asking so much:)

I also did our new chore schedule for the school year. I went back to one of my original ways of scheduling and aimed to do a major task each day. Monday is mainly laundry, Tuesday, easier cleaning day, Wednesday is our baking day, Thursday is my office day, Friday is cleaning day and errand day.

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I broke up our day into having just the minimum done before school. I like clean floors and dishes put away before we begin our day.  Then after everyone does their school and they need a break, I give them a few chores to do each afternoon.  This way we aren’t trying to get a bunch of chores done before school and stressing out or not getting them finished at all.  It will work.

I then placed extra copies in my binder.  I printed off about two months worth of the younger ones mark off charts.  I slid them in my binder and paperclipped them together. I also made a few index cards of things that I need to get done each week, but I just don’t know how often because it varies every week.  Dusting, windex, and towels fold.  This will be good to hand out to the children that might need a few extra chores that day.  I do have on Tuesday for myself to Windex and Dust, but if I can’t get to that each week, I made a card that I can have someone else help with.

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On Fridays we are going to do “bigger house cleaning.” I broke up our home into different areas and will focus on an area each week of the month.  On Fridays, I will pull this page out and leave a highlighter by it.  Each child can choose a different job to do and then when it is finished mark it off.  This prevents the questions asked over and over of “Who did this?”:)  I printed off a few copies to place in my binder with a paper clip.  I will pull these out each Friday or Saturday if we have to get out the door for something.  This will ensure that our home gets cleaned properly each month.  It also helps for if someone is not home to help, there is no figuring out who is going to do the extra chores. We will just all work together.

This has helped me greatly in figuring out how I was going to make everything work out.  We did start some school last week, I started two in first grade and that has helped me figure out how much time I need for them.  I figured it would be good to get going in the morning and then around 10:30 I will meet with the older ones and we will start our Bible reading together.  That will probably take almost 1/2 hour to 1 hour. Then it will be lunch time. We will eat and clean up and then start our Science together.  After that, anyone needing to finish up school can do so, complete their chores and then they will be free to do whatever they want.

I suggest that if you are stressing out about how you are going to figure it all out and get the day done, like me, take the time today and get some sort of plan ready for how you will work things out for your days.  I knew what my stress areas were—scheduling and chores—and I planned and broke everything up into manageable schedules.  Pinpoint the areas of stress—then work a manageable plan out.  Try and implement your days before your “official” start day of school.

This week we will probably do school each day. We only have one week left for the lake before it closes, but with the hurricane season upon us, we get rain and cooler weather.  I hope we get a few afternoons of sunshine so we can swim, but if not we will definitely head to our park for scooter riding and playing.

I hope you have a blessed Monday, sit today and do some planning out for your school year–if you haven’t already!  Be blessed!


Our meals for the week

Good morning, I hope your having a wonderful week. I have been working on scheduling our school day out, working on more writing, and just being a busy mom:)  Trying to be proficient in keeping up with my posts….I did get pictures for the entire week!!  That is an accomplishment, especially if you know how busy meal times are around here.

This is what I made for the week……………….

Remember how my friend and I had gotten a hold of a case of these pizza crusts?  Well this was the last little bit of them that I had in my freezer.  I am trying to be diligent in using up what I have so that nothing gets lost or wasted.  We made these on Sunday.  It is an easy meal for a day when we are just chilling and relaxing.  I opened up a can of spaghetti sauce, added cheese, meats, and some onions.  The younger ones like the macaroni and cheese pizza—that we do with alfredo sauce, cheddar cheese, and leftover mac and cheese.  I topped theirs with bacon bits too–because we had some.

We also made the dessert pizzas that they love.  I had leftover strawberry sauce—from waffles—that you will see we made this week, so I poured that on the cooked crust and sprinkled it with powdered sugar.  I did a cinnamon and sugar mixture over melted butter.  Then the favorite—-peanut butter spread on bottom, topped with marshmallows and chocolate chips.  Then broiled.  It is yummy!

Our next meal was a chinese—steak meal:)  Hmmm, different right??!!?  Well I had some New York strip steaks that the guys liked so I grilled those.  Then I made Chinese dinner for everyone else.  This was all packaged—a treat!  I bought egg rolls, potstickers–Aldi’s has these now, and some stir fry vegetables. I made a pan of rice to go under it. 

This is what the plates looked like for the younger ones.  I did put a few small pieces of steak on their plates, some like it, some didn’t. 

Then I made a big pot of beef stroganoff.  This is easy and we enjoy it. I have made it a bunch of different ways, depending upon what I have. This day I used ground beef.  You can click here for recipe.

Aldi’s had these hamburgers and we decided to try them.  They were way less price than the ones I usually buy at Sams Club and just as good. 

Another easy meal—hamburgers on the grill with baked beans.  I also had a watermelon that I served this with.

This was my meal most nights.  I had my pita bread, topped it with Feta cheese, sliced cucumbers, and this night I had found a jar of this slaw stuff that my friend Danielle had given to me.  It is like a carrot slaw, I guess I would describe it–very good.  Then I steamed some broccoli, cauliflower, carrot frozen vegetables and topped it with a little soy sauce and sesame seed oil.  Easy, quick, and filling.

It was Stephens “real birthday” this week, so we took these treats to church. 

Another night we made sloppy joes and macaroni and cheese.  This was where I had the leftover macaroni from.  For our family I can use 2 lbs of ground beef and 2 cans of sloppy joe sauce.  The macaroni recipe is on the link–instead of Velveeta cheese, I used some nacho cheese that I had frozen from a large can of cheese sauce.

Then it was taco…someday:)  Another easy meal for a hot, busy summer week:)

I made a pan of taco rice.

For our tacos we use

  • ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning
  • refried beans
  • lettuce
  • salsa
  • cheese
  • sour cream

Spaghetti was one of our last meals. This was made in the crockpot with bagged meatballs and our sauce.  Topped over noodles.

   Since I had made too many noodles and I had some leftover chinese vegetables, I decided to make this lo mein noodle.  It was very good.  Aldi’s has these various bottles of marinades and dressings.  We got General Tso, an Asian sweet and sour, a Teriyaki one, and a Hoison sauce.  All very good for inexpensive.  This meal will definitely be something we make again as everyone liked it.

I served all our meals with whatever we had on hand, whether it be some watermelon, some fresh cut up vegetables, or canned vegetables and fruit.  This isn’t the beginning of our month for menu foods so I don’ t have as much fresh things as I did in the beginning. Thank goodness watermelon will stay fresh for a long time.  We can even leave ours on the counter and it will stay good.  I also get that bagged lettuce sticks from Sams Club and that seems to last for weeks in our refrigerator.

I hope this helps someone out with meal planning for the week!  Have a blessed rest of your day.