Monday, October 31, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

I'm so proud, I actually stuck to my menu plan to a "tee" this past week. We had plenty of leftovers for hot lunches with a sandwich here and there. I stayed under budget for my groceries, so things are looking up in our house! Here's hoping for another great week.

Monday- Sherry chicken and mushrooms over thin spaghetti with steamed broccoli

Tuesday- Lime marinated chicken, black bean salad, Mexican rice

Wednesday- Organic Smoked Sausage, hashbrown with chopped veggies and salad

Thursday- Family night, out to eat

 Friday- Parmasean pork chops, smashed potatoes, green beans

Saturday- Leftovers

Sunday- Cincinnatii Chili with salad and rolls

Extras- Apple Pie, granola bars, freezer smoothies

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Peek into our homeschooling...

I've been wanting to post about what our homeschool days look like so I can have a record for future use and to remember and cherish these days. When we adopted our daughter, she was to start kindergarten just a few months later. I knew that I wasn't ready to let her go yet and we needed some bonding time. Homeschooling seemed like a natural fit since I taught PreK- 2nd for several years.

This year for first grade we tried a classical university model school and we loved it. I became even more convinced that we made the right decision two years ago to educate classically rather than literature based or unit based. After about a month at the school we found that Angie needed to be at home and work at her own speed. We're so thankful that things have worked out like they did. We are taking it year by year.

Here's our current curriculum:

Classical Conversations- We attend every Friday and work on memorization throughout the week. Examples of our memorization is skip counting, history pegs, science facts, Biblical timeline, *Latin, grammar and geography. Oh and art and music! :)

Bible- Christian Liberty Press Studying God's Word Book B ( This is learning the catechism and Biblical truths)

Math- Saxon 1 (We love Saxon and our daughter is flying through this! I have already ordered Saxon 2)

Phonics- Explode the Code (Loving it!)

Grammar- First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind

Narration and Copy Work- Writing with Ease Workbook 1

Reading- Christian Liberty Press Phonics readers

Science Support- Answers in Genesis, The Human Body (It follows along well with CC)

Handwriting- Memoria Press Cursive

So far we have completed The Box Car Children and Heidi for our read alouds.
Most days we focus mainly on Math, Reading, Phonics and Memorization work. The other subjects fill in the days as time allows.

*Latin is always a key element in classical education. We are in the grammar stage and children in this stage can soak up raw facts and languages like crazy. We pray God would use the learning of Latin to be a springboard for other languages later on to help the spread of the gospel and allow further study of great works in the logic stage.

By no means do I have all this figured out, but I have been BLOWN AWAY by what our little girl can learn and retain. We are excited that she is being filled with wisdom from a Christian worldview so she can rightly engage our culture as she grows up.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Yum, oh, Yum! This soup was declared the best soup I ever made last night at dinner. There were seconds served up and leftovers tucked away for lunches. My chaplain wife friend Jill gave me the recipe and I think she had tweaked it some and then I tweaked it a little too.

Mexican Chicken Soup

4 cups shredded chicken

1 carton chicken stock

15 oz. can tomato sauce

taco seasoning (I make my own)

2 cans pinto beans

2 cans black beans

1 jar medium pace picante sauce

Throw it all together and let simmer for an hour or put it in the crockpot all day long. Serve with cheese quesadillas and apple slices for a well balanced meal.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

All About My Heart for Home

Welcome to My Heart for Home!

I am a happily married wife and first time momma to our little girl we adopted two years ago. We are in the process of adopting a sibling set and we're waiting on the exact ones God has for us. ( We received two phone calls about children just yesterday, so it won't be long now! :) ) My husband is an Army Chaplain and we LOVE the ministry God has called us to. He has recently taught Dave Ramsey at work and it opened our eyes to an area of sanctification that we have never thought about before with our finances.

Some weekly writings on my blog are healthful menu plans with links each monday, updates on what we do during our homeschool week, thoughts on being an Army wife, and what the Lord is teaching us through our next adoption.

I recently came back from a sabbatical of blogging so there's not a more perfect time to stop by and visit. Hope you enjoy!

Go visit Courtney over at Women Living Well and see some more blogs! Some of these ladies are right where God has called me to be and I think you will find them encouraging.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

We are finally getting into cooler weather around here and I L-O-V-E it! Cold weather means soups, pies and comfort food. Here's our menu for this week...

Monday- (company over) Lasagna, Amazing rolls, steamed broccoli and salad

Tuesday- Chicken Tortilla Soup (recipe coming this week), cheese quesadillas

Wednesday- Baked Chicken, roasted veggies, spinach salad with strawberries and walnuts

Thursday- Eat out family night or leftovers

Friday- Teriyaki grilled chicken, rice and stir fry veggies

Saturday- Hamburgers with veggies and dip

Sunday- leftovers

Extras: Pancake and sausage muffins, Pumpkin rolls for taking to neighbors and inviting them to church

Head on over to Org Junkie to see more tasty menus!
Photo Credit

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Artwork and Christmas Ideas

My little girl loves art. She is really quite talented, but then again, we are gushing first time parents.

Most recently, I picked up this book at the library and our daughter has been hard at work creating all kinds of little thumbprint animals. Here are some of her latest...

I mean, how cute are those?! ( I hope you can see them. I have a love hate relationship with my smart phone.) Wouldn't they make perfect Christmas gifts? I was thinking of making personalized note cards with little thumbprint people to represent family members. I might even send some out as our Christmas cards.

I hope to find some more frugal Christmas gift ideas. I will be sure to post them when I do. Do you have any?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My daughter received fish and a fish tank from her grandparents for her birthday. {Sigh}

These little fish have died and been replaced a plethora of times. Just last week my husband made the what seems like weekly run to the pet store to replenish our tank. I was exhausted from a busy week and adored the fact that I didn't have to go and carry that bag full of water, feeling the little creatures dart to and fro against my hand.

It seems that one detail was missed in the fish buying transaction and we somehow had a coed swim party going on in the tank. Of course, we didn't discover this until an hour after my husband left for a week long business trip.

My daughter witnessed a live fish birth and shortly after she witnessed it's fate in the large tank. This prompted crying and begging for me to save the other babies. I, of course, spent the rest of the night as a mid wife to one very pregnant fish.

Oh the things we do for our kids. I sure hope she remembers this when she's sixteen.
 (It's hard to photograph those little things! Excuse the iphone quality.)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

I love posting my menus on the blog. It's a great way to look back when I need some new ideas and gives me creativity on my "blah" weeks. We have a relatively busy week but I am going to try really hard to stay on our schedule in order to come in under my grocery budget. I have my eye on a large buy in the next few months and want to have some extra cash saved up.

Monday- (Company Over) Cajun Chicken Pasta with rolls, salad and apple pie and ice cream

Tuesday- (Chaplain's Wive's Coffee, I'm hosting) Pasta Fagioli Soup with salad

Wednesday- Tilapia with rice and asparagus, fruit salad

Thursday- (Adoption meeting) Sandwiches, chips and freezer smoothies

Friday- (Camping!) Grilled Fajitas, smores

Saturday- Eat out

Sunday- Beef Daube (see photo) over egg noodles, salad

Go over to Org Junkie to see some more yummy menus!

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's been a year?!

I truly cannot believe that it has been a year since I took a break from blogging. A year? Really?! Doesn't it seem like just a few weeks ago.

One year means my baby is a year older.

One year means another deployment behind us.

One year means I am no longer a first year homeschooling mom.

One year means my once small puppy is now a large dog.

One year means it's time for another adoption...

I hope you will join me in seeing what the next year holds for our family. I'm excited to share what's on my heart, in my kitchen and on my mind.