Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Our Newest Cast Member

I am very late on this introduction so I apologize!

As we know from previous exploits, the one tender ache in the hearts of the Mishmash children is our profound lack of anything furry and four-legged in our home.

All of our kids have wanted a pet... so badly! There have been actual tears shed. Big, ginormous crocodile tears for this cruel insensitivity on the part of the Mishmash Parents.

Two of the children accept the fact that we do not have a pet and carry on with their existence-- as difficult as it is, ahem.

However, one child, of course it would be the prayer warrior of the family, has never wanted anything more than a pet and has been praying, earnestly, for one-- for a very long time.

I'm talking years.

The Captain and I thought about it a few times.

"Should we?"

"I don't know. What do you think?"

We've always prayed about it and we always had a check in our spirits.

No peace. No pet.

That is until this month.

Miss Brigitta turned eleven this month and invariably the conversation turned to,
"What should we get her for her birthday?"

What does she want?

What does she always want? A pet.

Okay, let's pray about it.

hee hee... giggle.. guess what?

This time, we had peace.

So now we have-- a pet!!!!

Long story cut dramatically and sporadically, if I do say so myself, short.

Here he is... Mr. Darren (named after a character in our movie):

I had to tease you a little!
Look how cute he is inside her binder bin :)

Alright, are you ready? Are you sure?

Okay, here is his cute little face...


The Captain and I used to have ferrets before we had children. We think they are the perfect pet.

They are litter box trained, you can bathe them at home and do their other cares easily (nails, ear cleaning, etc...), they don't bark, they don't need to be "walked" outside-- just some play time inside and they sleep for 12-14 hours a day.


Isn't he cute?? Okay, maybe you're not a fan. That's okay... I'll still love ya.

The most important part is that Miss Brigitta understands in a deep way the power of prayer and that God's timing is always the best timing. Oh, and that, yea, we have a pet!!!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Everlasting Light

I woke up feeling a little, um, *blehck* today.

It was overcast this morning and I was tired. Since I have had such a vitamin D deficiency in the past, the gray day was making me think about the dreary Oregon winter that lay ahead and it made me even more tired.

I came downstairs and noticed the Kitchen Journal out.

The Captain and I keep a notebook in the kitchen cabinet and we write each other notes and keep in touch with things we think about when the other isn't at home.

He has a very busy job so I don't usually call him during the day and he knows we're pretty busy here at home and will only call at lunchtime, if at all.

So, I noticed the Kitchen Journal was out and written in there was a note that "a doc he works with wrote a book and would I please read it and tell him what I think of it."

Sure, no prob!

Well, I looked at the book and it was on depression.

Here I am already feeling wiped out and bummed about the sun going bye-bye and now I gotta read a book about depression.

It was little.

I read it.

It was good in that I understood how depression "works" physically speaking a little better now.

But I have to tell you, I was even more bummed out after reading about people feeling depressed.

I didn't know what to do because I certainly didn't want to go through my day feeling like that.
I've been a mommy long enough to know that it's "the mommy" that sets the tone for the rest of the home.

If I showed up to our day in that condition and it would spread like wild fire.

So I sent myself back to my room and I grabbed my One Year Bible.

Thankfully I was so out of it I didn't know what day it was because I ended up reading the passages for September 30th instead of today, the 29th.

The Old Testament portion was from the Book of Isaiah and I was so... in awe of what I read I had to stop reading and start singing portions of it. I made it into a little song that I didn't want to stop singing.

The verses that held me were Isaiah 60:18-20

Violence shall no more be heard in thy land,
wasting nor destruction within thy borders;
but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation,
and thy gates Praise.

The sun shall be no more thy light by day;
neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee:
but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

Thy sun shall no more go down;
neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:
for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light,

and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

I remembered that, very soon, I won't have to worry about cloudy days. The sun will no longer be my source of light. No more shadows and things unseen. No reduced visibility.

No fog. No haze. No glare.

Instead, we will live in His perfect light... His everlasting light.

I started to sing about this everlasting light and soon I was singing about His walls of Salvation and going through gates of Praise.

That led to singing about Jesus being the Light of the World.

It wasn't long before I realized I didn't feel tired any more.

My heart felt lighter, my shoulders finally relaxed and dropped from their "up at my ears" position. I was excited to start school with the kids.

It struck me why the Lord commands us to sing Praise to Him.

When we sing to Him, about Him, for Him-- we stop thinking about ourselves, our emotions, our circumstances. We are reminded that His grace is sufficient for us and that He is worthy, oh so worthy of praise.

But the thing that hit me the most was that when I do all the Word commands,
I am blessed.

I am blessed because He loves me (and you) that much. He designed us for Himself and then shows us how to come near and provided His Son to insure that we never have to be apart from Him--ever.


Dear Lord, Thank You for being our Everlasting Light that dispels every darkness. Thank You for providing strong walls of Salvation built with Your blood that we may come into Your presence through beautiful gates of Praise.

Thank You that you are coming soon to bring peace and healing to our broken land and our broken bodies.
Bless my brothers and sister in You Jesus and keep us watching, waiting and preparing for Your return.


Photo by Garry Wilmore 2006


Monday, September 28, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today, Monday September 28th, 2009...

Outside my window... it is very dark! We have a busy day tomorrow and I thought I would do my daybook entry while waiting for the dryer to finish.

I am thinking... about how amazing God is and that He can and does work spectacular things in our lives once we make up our minds to stay out of the way!

I am thankful for... eyes that see, ears that hear, a heart that beats and the Lord that created me.

I am wearing... jammie bottoms with hot-air ballons on them and a white tank.

I am reading... actually re-reading Hinds Feet on High Places. It's been a few years.

I'm also reading The Singapore Math Home Instructor's Manual I borrowed from Kim.
FYI-- Reading a math book before bed makes for weird dreams. Just sayin'.

I am hoping... that I can explain rules of divisibility to Brigitta tomorrow in a way that she can understand.

I am creating... should be creating the wedding invites. I finally got the last of the info I need and now it's a matter of printing. I had hoped to do this last week but alas, they are still sitting and waiting to be done.

I am praying... for strength and stamina for myself and Leisl. This sinus thing we've had is sucking the energy right out of us.

Around the house... The laundry is already half finished for the week and I did manage to clean off the kitchen counters this weekend. There is still lots to do with assessing everyones clothes for Fall and Winter and things I'd like to re-organize.

From the kitchen... I did in fact clean my oven last week so yea for me!
Monday we are having pot roast and salad. I'm at a loss for what else to cook these days :(

We just had tacos. If you have any good ideas for dinner this week leave them in the comments! I'm desperate for ideas right now :)

One of my favorite things...discovering there are rules of divisibility to help learn factors!

Oh my. I only knew about the rules for 2, 5 and 10. I didn't know they had rules for the rest of the numbers.

A few plans for the rest of the week... Nothing out of the ordinary... at least I don't think so!

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...

My daughter took this and there is just something about it that appeals to me.

Have a wonderful week everyone and please, leave me any dinner suggestions you have! :)


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Composer Posters

Abby over at Peace. Love. Jesus. posted her Weekly Highlights and referenced some free printable composer posters.

Um, love 'em!

The site not only had 8 1/2 by 11 posters to print but also composer cards that would be great to make into flashcards.

The site is called Layton Music and your can get your own

composer poster


composer cards

Here is what the cards look like--

Thank you Layton Music and thank you Abby for sharing your find!

Now how awesome is that?!


Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...

I've become my mother after all!

Nana, as we all know, gets her words a little mixed up sometimes.
American phrases and sayings in a cute Filipino mouth come out, uh... interesting.

Well today (and of course in front of my daughter) I was trying to say either

1) Let's get this ball rolling


2) Let's get this show on the road

sigh... but what I said was...

Let's get this ball on the road!

Of course, Leisl was delighted.

"Mom, did you just say, "Ball on the road?!"

I was busted.

What could I do except admit that yes, I am my mother's daughter :)


Saturday, September 26, 2009

While The Cat's Away The Mouse Will... Build Stuff?

Nana is out of town for two weeks so Papa is enjoying having time to play with the new "toy" he received for his birthday...

a bandsaw!

Sah-weet! Hopefully, he'll make the violin rack I designed... hint, hint, hint :)

Happy Birthday Papa! We love you :)

And yes we miss Nana too.

Everyone is helping to get all those "reproducing dishes" done (hee hee).

Brigitta helped fill Nana's little size 5 shoes-- she made Adobo for dinner the other night.

I must say, I think she is trying to steal Nana's job-- it was very, very good!


Friday, September 25, 2009

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Friday September 25th

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The Mcklinky is now open for you to share what you've been up to all week.

I don't know about you guys, but we were BUSY this week.

Yikes! If we're this busy on Week 2, I can't imagine what we'll be like when we're doing all subjects.

I'm so glad we're having fun and learning tons. It does make the time much more enjoyable :)

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Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Week 2 RtR

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Week 2: MFW--Rome to Reformation

I'm still trying to figure out the best way to organize these posts...
by subject? by child/grade?

As a reader, how would you like to see it presented?
What would be the most helpful?
Any comments on this would be very helpful to me and much, much appreciated :)

For this week, I think I'll do it by subject and see how it goes.


We are still learning how the bible (as we know it) came to be using the book,
"How the Bible Came to Us."

This week we read overviews of Old and New Testament histories and learned about the origins of writing. It was a nice review. The kids are eager to learn more of the origins and also to start our memory verses next week.


This week we learned about the life of Julius Caesar, Cicero, the beginnings of Octavius (who later became Augustus Caesar) as well as Roman Cities and Homes.

One of the suggestions MFW has is enlarging & photocopying the pictures of characters from the Augustus Caesar's World book and having the kids color each character as they are introduced during our reading.

It's worked out great and keeps our little guy listening closely.

Here are their sheets so far along with some notebooking on Julius Caesar:

Kurt 3rd grade

Brigitta's 5th grade

Leisl's 7th grade

I didn't think I would use them (and didn't at all last year) but I must say I'm kinda diggin' using the internet links from the three Usborne Internet-Linked books we're using this year (Ancient World, Roman Empire and The First Encyclopedia of the Human Body).
Being able to get the graphics has been nice for notebook pages and displays on the windows, etc...

Our Latin roots words for this week were: tres= three and quattour= four


The younger two are still learning about the human body. We've been having so much fun!
No experiments this week but lots of notebooking as we studied the basic parts of the brain.

Kurt 2nd grade

Instead of having him draw everything, since I enlarge and photocopy so he can trace the picture, I allow him to cut out the words and make labels.

I really pick and choose how much writing he does because of his ocular motor dysfunction.
The amount of visual demand is so significant this school year that I want him to be challenged while not being frustrated.

Brigitta's 5th grade

Leisl has two experiments to do and will do them on Friday or Saturday.
She is still a little sick so we haven't pushed it.

The Saxon math with DIVE CD has been awesome so far.
She loves it and so do I.

Brigitta is plugging along in Singapore 4A and I'll need to write a whole post about Kurt and his math. Thinking about it just makes me cry (happy tears).

Random pics...

This is Brigitta working on English.

And here is Kurt mesmerized by something...

Ah! Maestro Max from Music Ace.
It's our Music Theory program.
We love that dude.

So far this week only he has listened to our assigned music lesson on the Story and Music of Haydn. Mainly because we listened to it on the way to eye therapy and back.
Hopefully the girls can get their listening in during a shower or something!

We haven't formally started Rosetta Stone foreign language this year and Brigitta has expressed continued interest in switching languages from Hebrew to Filipino (Tagalong). So while we're praying about that significant chunk o' change, Nana got her some books that teach basic words and she is loving it!

Here is a peek at one of her books.

Alright so that is most of our week.

Is it too much information?

I mean I use the word "Highlights" and I think this may be a bit overboard.

Should I just pick one of each "thing" to show or is it helpful to see each level of work?

Obviously, I don't have this all figured out and would appreciate your input!

I can't wait to see what y'all have been up to.

Have a great Friday/weekend :)


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Around Town

I have several post ideas rolling around the inside of my head but I can't seem to get handle on my time this week to actually sit down and write any of it.

I'm so glad everyone else is on the ball.

Here is some stuff that blessed me for one reason or another...

• With All Our Hearts- Learning Patience at Home

• Views from the Farmstead- Got Figs?

• The Stationary Place- Paper Clothes

• Exemplify Online- The Best Accessory

Hopefully I'll get my act together soon :P


Monday, September 21, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today, Monday September 21th, 2009...

Outside my window... the sun is rising and looks like it will be a beautiful day here. Oh yikes I just checked the weather widget in my dashboard-- 93 ˙... oh well so much for sweater weather :)

I am thinking... about church last night... the power of the blood of Jesus. In our bodies, if a part is denied blood that part begins to die. In the Body of Christ, it's His blood that gives and sustains our life.

It's true personally too so I guess my thoughts are... is there any areas of my life that I haven't recognized as being covered by the Blood and I am free to walk in victory?

But also the properties of blood, the platelets, when we are cut/injured, it's the blood that clots and begins healing and it is the Blood of Jesus that mends and heals us.

I am thankful for... being much healthier than last week. I'm sad the hubby caught it but I am grateful only one of us was sick at one time. We can take care of each other :)

I am wearing... red, floral flannel jammies currently. I'm waiting until the bread comes out of the oven before showering.

I am reading... actually re-reading Hinds Feet on High Places. It's been a few years.

I am hoping... to get my to do list shrunk down considerably. It seems to be growing instead of disappearing!

I am creating... should be creating the wedding invites. I finally got the last of the info I need and now it's a matter of printing. I am hoping I can do that before Wednesday.

I am praying... for my kids and the children of my friends. I'm also praying for the movie to be finished soon and that it would give God glory.

Around the house... hmmm, well let's see, we are in Week 2 of school and we have "home school house" in a very pronounced way. I am hoping, since I'm feeling much better this week, that we can get things straightened up.

From the learning rooms... Julius Caesar! Plus learning more about how the bible came to be.

From the kitchen... I need to clean my oven! I'm typing it here so I don't forget. :D

One of my favorite things...honey crisp apples straight from the orchard... yum!

A few plans for the rest of the week... the usual plus Wednesday is Papa's Birthday!
Happy Birthday Papa!!

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...

My baby girl is eleven... and almost as tall as I am. Time seems to be moving faster these days.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mishmash Family Science: "Breakthrough: Cell Membranes and Osmosis

We had one little science activity leftover from last week that The Captain really wanted to do.

I think he is excited to be "back" in school too.

He read to them the section on cell membrane permeability called,
"Breakthrough--How Materials Enter and Exit A Cell" from this book--

He explained a little--

Then drew a little--

He made sure they understood--

And finally we did a little activity to demonstrate the principles they just learned.

Short, sweet and effective.
It was perfect for a quiet moment tonight after church and before bed.

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