For the Love of Shoe Pajamas… I Miss Mama

It’s past midnight here…

which means it’s August 19th…

the day my mama was born…

and all week I’ve been really struggling with missing her…

almost like the loss is even more fresh than when it happened.

Grief is a funny thing. …

so what’s with the shot of these cool pajama bottoms??
These were mama’s. She wore them often.

Now I do.

I wish I could see her sitting around the house in them again.

I wish I could hug her… hold her…kiss her goodnight and tell her again that I’m so glad she’s my mama.

She was too young. And it’s not fair.

And yet… it is reality.

And we endure a lifetime adjusting without her. ♡

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A Really Crappy Post

​This is a crappy post…

I’m not exactly sure why I took a photo of this but I did.

 It seems our dear dog, Suzie (our Aussie/Shih Tzu mix), has a hidden talent.

She expresses herself artistically and uses what we fondly call “The Poop Deck” as her canvas. 

We discovered her recent creation today… a delicately sculpted poopman  (like a snowman, but far more disgusting). 

 I have now shared it with the world.
 Do you think it will sell?

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Intentional Productivity

Today we have temperatures in the high 90’s and a heat advisory… so I’m aiming to spend this time doing things that will help me to be more productive in all areas of life… a time of brain dumping, intentional goal setting, planning, creating, and more.

 

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Colorful journals, pens, & my Elwood the unicorn mug make me happy & help the creative juices flow!

Here are two of my favorite references regarding how to be more productive:

7 Simple Steps to Getting Things Done

10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

 

What are some of your favorite resources and tips?

 

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Enjoy the journey… but it’s never too late

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First Childhood Break

This past weekend we experienced the first childhood “break” in our family when our youngest (age 12) broke her toe in the swimming pool.
After a couple of hours in the ER (and her first x-ray), we left with taped toes and an unfashionable shoe.

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She has been such a trooper!🙂
Being the first child to break a bone in the family, she merited a reward…

so we gave her one…

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The 1st child to break a bone award goes to…

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So far, we’ve been able to keep the “owies” at bay using this blend…
owieblend

 

4 to 6 weeks of taped toes and crutches.
What a champ!

 

YeHoVaH Rapha (my Healer) – “I am YHVH Who heals you.” – Shemoth (Exodus) 15:26
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Shavuot… Feast of Weeks

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With Shavuot/Pentecost upon us, I wanted to share a few Scripture verses
and some links I’ve come across over the past few years.

We have only been observing/celebrating Shavuot/Pentecost a handful of years
and we are still learning SO much! It has been, and continues to be, such a joy!

I am continually amazed by Father’s Appointed Times/Feast Days!

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Shavuot means ‘weeks’ in Hebrew. It is The Feast of Weeks.
7 weeks (49 completed days), counted from the day after the weekly Sabbath Day
after beginning The Feast of Unleavened Bread.

In Scripture it is a feast of harvest.
It is, also, the celebration of the giving of the written Torah, by YHVH at Mount Sinai.

It is, also, the time known as Pentecost. Pentecost means “fiftieth” in Greek.

It is when the promise of the giving of the Set-Apart Spirit was fulfilled.

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Some of the Scriptures referring to Shavuot…

and the Festival of the Harvest, the first-fruits of your labours which you have sown in the field; and the Festival of the Ingathering at the outgoing of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field” – Exodus 23:16

And perform the Festival of Weeks for yourself, of the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year” – Exodus 34:22

And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.
Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to YHVH.” – Leviticus 23:15-17 {and to verse 21}

And on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to YHVH
at your Festival of Weeks, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
– Numbers 28:26

And you shall perform the Festival of Weeks to YHVH your Elohim, according to the voluntary offering from your hand, which you give as YHVH your Elohim blesses you.
And you shall rejoice before YHVH your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter,
and your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are in your midst,
at the place where YHVH your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell.” – Deuteronomy 16:10-11

And when the Day of the Festival of Weeks had come, they were all with one mind in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from the heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Set-apart Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them to speak.” – Acts 2:1-4

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A few links expounding on Shavuot:
{as with anything, read with discernment and prove all things according to Scripture}
Shavuot – Pentecost – Feast of Weeks {PDF file}
(article from Hoshana Rabbah site)

Shavuot – “Feast of Weeks”
(a little more ‘simplified’ article at Restoring the Way)

What is Shavuot?
(online article at Judaism site, Chabad.com)
Activities and Coloring:

Shavuot coloring pages

Crafts, Recipes, & Coloring pages

Shavuot Recipes and Crafts

Shavuot Lapbook/Lapfolder

My Shavuot Pinterest Board

 

And what’s a celebration without music?!

Songs:

Rejoicing in the giving of the Torah…

I Love Torah

Oh, How I Love Your Torah

The Ten Commandments

 

Rejoicing in the Set-Apart Spirit,
Who writes Torah in our hearts…

Calling for a Flood

Joel 2

Empty Me

Bo, Ruach Elohim {Come, Spirit of Elohim}

Chag Sameach Shavuot!
{Joyous Festival of Shavuot!}

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10 Steps to Successful Homeschooling

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I was recently visiting some of my old blogs and perusing past posts and I came across this post that I wrote (years ago). I originally wrote it for a homeschool newsletter I had started, then posted it on my blog, and it was later featured at Home School Enrichment’s Online Magazine. I had completely forgotten all about it!

I wanted to share it again. And though I would probably tweak it just a little more, certainly the unfading principles still apply.
What do you think?

10 Steps to Successful Homeschooling

#1 ~ Seek God
Pray! Continually be in prayer and utterly rely upon the grace of God.

Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

…let us go speedily to pray before the YHVH (LORD), and to seek the YHVH (LORD) of hosts…” ~ Zechariah 8:21

#2 ~ Study God’s Word
Daily be in His Word.

…that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily…” ~ Acts 17:11

#3 ~ Scriptural Perspective
Keep a focused vision on our purpose in homeschooling.

And these words,which I command thee this day,shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:6,7

#4 ~ Spiritual Growth
Continue to “…grow in (favour) grace, and in the knowledge of our Master (Lord) and Saviour Y’shua Messiah (Jesus Christ)…” ~ 2 Peter 3:18

and diligently promote our children’s spiritual growth.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6

#5 ~ Surrender
Surrender our homeschooling endeavors to YHVH (the LORD) and find strength in HIM.

Commit thy way unto YHVH (the LORD); trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” ~ Psalm 37:5

YHVH (The LORD) is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.” ~ Psalm 28:7

#6 ~ ‘Schedule’
Have some kind of routine, schedule,or sequence of events(or, at least, a ‘skeleton’ of one). This helps to give direction and accountability to how we use our time.
Redeeming the time…” ~ Ephesians 5:16

#7 ~ Season our Surroundings
An atmosphere of love, respect, and grace makes teaching and learning more effective.

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,forbearing one another in love;” ~ Ephesians 4:2

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” ~ Hebrews 10:24

#8 ~ Self-examination
It is important for parents to model being surrendered (to our Creator and purpose), good character traits, disciplined habits, and enthusiasm for learning.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5

For even hereunto were ye called: because Messiah (Christ) also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:” ~ 1 Peter 2:21

#9 ~ Support
Be willing to seek help. When we are discouraged or unmotivated, Admit to (humble) ourselves and talk to someone who can encourage us. They’ve been there too!

Two are better than one…” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9

#10 ~ Smile 🙂
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…” ~ Proverbs 15:13

Our children are a precious gift (Psalm 127)and educating them at home is a blessed privilege! Enjoy them!! And have faith in future fruit.

Give her of the fruit of her hands: and let her own works praise her in the gates.” ~ Proverbs 31:31

~ written by Christina Kubik ©September 2004

 

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Know Yourself

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“… the mistakes we make in life, the sins that we commit, are not born in a vacuum. They stem from deep roots, so if we are to confess and make a real change in our lives, it’s not just verbal platitudes that are required, but genuine soul-searching. … if we really want to elevate ourselves, if we really want to be transformed and become better, more spiritual individuals, we have to go through this process honestly, without rationalizations, as painful as it may be. We must focus not only on the sin just committed, but must ask ourselves, What led me astray? How is it that I have become so lost? Once we come to grips with that concept and discover the answer, it will become easier for us to uproot the negativity from our hearts and to embark upon a new course. That’s what teshuvah (repentance) is all about. To be sure, this is not a simple path. Most of us are quick to see the faults in others but are slow to recognize them in ourselves. How often does it happen that when we read a book or hear a message, we say, “That’s just for my sister, brother, friend, etc…” and it never occurs to us that the message was meant for us. So, know yourself.”

 

Search me, O El, and know my heart; Try me, and know my thoughts;
And see if an idolatrous way is in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
– Tehillim/Psalm 139:23-24

 

source: Torah for Your Table, Rabbi Yisroel Jungreis
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