Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Welcome Baby Remy

Remy Christian Sexton
February 25, 2008
12:36 p.m.
8 pounds 8 ounces
21 1/2 inches long
Praise the Lord!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Not Forgotten

No, I have not forgotten that I have a blog. But, I have been pretty sick since Monday with flu/cold stuff and now my 21 month old and my husband have the flu. It is really going around right now! I do have a bit of exciting news to even out the sickness report. If all goes well I am going to be induced on Monday! I am very excited :0) I would appreciate your prayers that my family will make a speedy recovery from all their ailments and that my body will be favorable so that we can meet this little boy on Monday. I can hardly wait!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Mother Teresa on Love

A friend of mine shared this quote with me:

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. My daughters, what are these drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things of daily life: Faithfulness, punctuality, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of listening, of speaking, and of acting. These are the true drops of love. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. -Mother Teresa

Friday, February 08, 2008

Homeschooling Stuff

I am not supposing that everyone should want to homeschool. However, we are going to start out that way and so I have picked over lots of books while trying to decide how to proceed. I have a few book suggestions that have been particularly helpful:

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
I mentioned this a few posts ago so I won't say any more about it.

Homeschooling Methods
This one was really great. It is a compilation of essays by some of the top voices in homeschooling today. Each one tells you why they think their approach is worth considering. This was an easy read and helped me sort through all the different ways to approach homeschooling.

The Three R's
This book is very thin and gets right to the point. It covers Math, Reading, and Language Arts and tells you how to teach your child these basics using what you have. I recommend this book even if you are going to buy some other curriculum to follow. It points out many ways to work teaching into normal life.

The Well-Trained Mind
I am not going to follow this exact plan, but there was a lot of helpful info in this book. It is definitely worth a look, especially if you are drawn to the classical method.

Home Learning Year by Year
I like this book because it gives you a very detailed list of what your child should learn each year. Of course you can move things around, but it is helpful to have a place to check back and see if you are on track. Rebecca Rupp (the author) has written some really great books about homeschooling and I like her approach a lot. But, just a small warning...she is not a Christian and it comes out quite vividly when she is recommending science curriculum.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Laughing Out Loud

A few posts ago I was supposed to put a link to something that made me laugh out loud. Sadly, I could not think of a thing! But, Jeremy forwarded this to me and I laughed hard. I hope you do too.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


We use to check out movies before we watch them. It has three categories: Sex, Violence, and Profanity. In each category they give the movie a 1-10 rating based on how much content is in the movie. Then below the number it gives a play by play of exactly what the content is. Wherever you draw the line for what you will accept in a movie, this website will help you avoid unwanted surprises. There are pop up adds that can be annoying, but you can be a member for $12 per year and you won't have the pop ups. Lastly, this site is much easier to use than other similar sites because you don't have to read a long review or read the details if you don't want to. You can just look at the number rating in each category and if that number is borderline for you then you can skim the details and see if you are comfortable with what is in the movie. Quick, easy, and very helpful!

Monday, February 04, 2008

We are worshipers

This is a very thoughtful post on the BH blog. It states that even though we humans are refered to as homo sapians (thinking man), what we really are, acording to the Scriptures, is homo adorans (worshipping man). The writer ties this to our children's education and talks about the importance of training them to worship. I also recommend the series that she quotes from by James Jordan. It can be found here.

Quote from Femina

Here is the link to the full post, but I really loved this part:

You know that wonderful story about the widow making bread with the last of her oil for Elijah? I was realizing that if I hold back on what I give my kids because I feel like there won’t be enough to go around (I am not talking about love or affection, just energy!), then there usually isn’t. But if I start out the morning pouring, the oil just keeps coming all day long. I don’t know if you have experienced this, but the days when you just try to “manage” the kids turn into the most exhausting, wretched days for everyone. On the other hand, if you get up in the morning with a “let’s make play-dough” attitude, everything seems to go better.

One of the lovely things about the story of the widow is that the miracle does not happen until you start to pour in faith. If you just sit in your bedroom waiting to feel full, it is just not going to happen. This kind of jug only fills while it is pouring, and there really will be enough to go around!

I got tagged

I got tagged by my friend Jennifer and so here goes...

1. Are you rooting for the Patriots or Giants?

The Giants. Ok I know it is a little late to be saying that, but really...I had no opinion and my husband nearly always roots for the underdog. So I went with him on this and it went well!

2. Seven choices of vacation. Pick one:
a. Beach house, white sand, great waves
b. Condo in the mountains; view of snowy peaks
c. Nice hotel in New York City with tickets to the latest Broadway show
d. Tour of historic sites and museums in Greece and Italy
e. Bed and breakfast with time for antiquing
f. Home–sleeping in, hanging out, and doing stuff you don’t usually have time to do
g. I prefer not to take vacations.

I would have to say D. I want to go to Europe really bad! But, A comes in at a close second because I LOVE the beach.

3. Coffee drinker? If no, why? If yes, sugar, cream, or neither?

Just barely. I love cold coffee drinks from Starbucks, but if it is regular hot coffee I have to have about 1/4 cup flavored creamer mixed in!

4. What’s the last book you read (or are you in the middle of reading)?

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy. I am loving this book. It has some really helpful questions for you to answer that make you think through your philosophy of education. I feel like I have a better grasp of what I want my kids to know and be by the time they are done with their schooling. This book made me think long term and see where we are headed. I think I want to rethink the questions it asks every year or two. It also points out limitations that need to be considered: time and budget. With an infant, 1 1/2 year old, 3 year old, and 5 year old I need to be realistic about the amount of time I can devote to planning and doing "grand" things. I need to focus on the most important things and do those well and then see what else we can fit in.

5. You’re at the grocery store, waiting in the check-out line with a cart full of stuff. You glance over your shoulder for a moment, wondering whether you should have picked up an extra package of waffles. When you turn around, you notice that a lady has cut in line in front of you. Your eyes meet. She glowers and starts to put her items on the belt. You:
a. Grumble to yourself but don’t say anything out loud. You dislike scenes.
b. Say, “Excuse me, ma’am, but I was next in line.” That’s about as far as you’d take it, though.
c. March over to the belt, push her items onto the floor, and tell her that she and her cream of mushroom soup can go get in line like everybody else.
d. Grab your cell phone and snap a picture of the lady, thinking “Yes! I’ve got something good to blog about!”

I would probably do A. However, I have been taking my three little boys to the grocery store with me lately. I have Aiden and Alex in the cart, Rily on my back in the Ergo, and the added bonus of my large pregnant belly...people usually are quite helpful! I think it would take a really mean person to cut in front of me!

6. Please share two or three links of things that made you laugh. Out loud. A blog post, a cartoon, a YouTube clip–whatever.

I can't think of a thing! I know that is so sad, but I have some things I need to so I don't even have time to find something funny. Oh well...