Thursday, October 29, 2009
I'm not sure if I'd change anything, other than possibly skip getting my B.S.. It hasn't helped me too much and I now have an almost-$200-payment a month for practically the rest of my life (yuck).
I might have gotten married sooner. I don't think my parents thought I knew what I was doing when I got engaged just before my 20th birthday and married when I was 21.5-years-old. I did. Now they know, too.
I would have moved heaven and hell before getting pregnant to create an at-home-business so that I could be home with my baby girl. But really, who knows if that would have worked out, anyway?
In all, I think that this last year has aged me more than it should have. I feel like an old lady trapped in the body of a 25-year-old. It has been the best darn year I've ever had (with the birth of my daughter only 2 days after my own birthday!), but it's also been the hardest. I have struggled with more depression than I think I ever have (or at least a different type of depression), been more tired, and felt like I'm trying so hard but accomplishing so little (will my house ever be clean again?!).
Like I said though, this has also been the best year of my life. I never knew how much I would LOVE being a mama until I had that little girl. How blessed I am! I have been filled with more love, adoration, and desire that I ever knew was possible.
So here I am, 25-years-old. Today isn't really special in an of itself. I probably won't eat any cake, and maybe won't even get a present today (my husband's sick, my family is busy, and my daughter is just too young)...but that's okay, because I am alive, have a beautiful family, and an entire life ahead of me. What will the future bring?
Here's what I hope it brings for me:
- more babies (or baby)
- having my own business
- travel, travel, travel with my family!
- go on a vacation with JUST my husband to some warm place with water
- debt-free financial security (hopefully even with a little extra spending money included!)
- big veggie and flower gardens
- fighting fires and cutting cars
- sleeping through the night again
Life is such a precious gift. Let's not waste it!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
November 2- Look for Circles Day and Deviled Egg Day
November 3- Housewife’s Day and Sandwich Day
November 6- Marooned without a Compass Day and Saxophone Day
November 7- Book Lover’s Day
November 8- Cook Something Bold Day and Dunce Day
November 9- Chaos Never Dies Day
November 10- Forget-Me-Not-Day
November 11- Veteran’s Day
November 12- Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
November 13- World Kindness Day & National Indian Pudding Day & Sadie Hawkins Day
November 14- Operating Room Nurse Day
November 15- Clean Your Refrigerator Day and America Recycles Day
November 16- Button Day and Have a Party with Your Bear Day
November 17- Electronic Greeting Card Day & Homemade Bread Day & Take a Hike Day
November 19- Great American Smokeout & Have a Bad Day Day
November 20- Beautiful Day and Universal Children’s Day and Absurdity Day
November 21- World Hello Day and National Adoption Day
November 22- Go For a Ride Day and Eat a Cranberry Day and National Cashew Day
November 25- National Parfait Day
November 26- Thanksgiving Day
November 27- You’re Welcome Day
November 28- Red Planet Day and Make Your Own Head Day
November 29- Square Dance Day
November 30- Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day
1st week of November: Chemistry Week
3rd week of November: Game and Puzzle Week
and Peanut Butter Lovers Month?!
Friday, October 23, 2009
How did you tell your family that you were pregnant?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Did you know that…
- In the 33 years since Congress passed that nation’s chemical regulatory law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TCSA), the Environmental Protection Agency has required testing on just 200 of the more than 80,000 chemical compounds developed for products used in the home.
- Under the current law, the EPA does not have the authority to demand the information it needs to evaluate a chemical’s risk, and neither manufacturers nor the EPA are required to prove a chemical’s safety as a condition of use.
- 1.25 million kids younger than six are unintentionally poisoned in the home each year by things like cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning substances, pain relievers and cough and cold medicines (American Association of Poison Control Centers)
- Studies show that nearly 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants have been found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns (EWG).
How you can help… It’s easy, visit http://www.millionbabycrawl.com/ and create a crawler that represents why you want chemical reform! As an extra incentive (and thank you), Seventh Generation will be giving away a Living Home Starter Kit to one of my readers who creates a crawler! The Living Home Starter Kit is valued at $50.00 and includes:
Ruby Grapefruit & Herb Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner
Green Mandarin & Leaf All-Purpose Cleaner
Emerald Cypress & Fir All-Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Natural Citrus Scent Shower Cleaner
Emerald Cypress & Fir Tub & Tile Cleaner
One Roll of Recycled Paper Towels
…and a Seventh Generation Tote to haul all your new stuff!
Once you've made your crawler, report back to me here and let me know these two things:
1) what the name of your crawler is and 2) one fact about this issue that you found to be compelling.
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Monday, October 19, 2009
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Friday, October 16, 2009
- stressed out dealing with situations at work involving my rights as a working and pumping mama
- busy trying to get all of my work at work caught up and organized for a future big event that I hope happens soon so that I can tell you about it *praying*
- trying unsuccessfully to not stress out at home because I can't keep up with all of the house and baby work while working 5-6 days a week
- trying unsuccessfully to not stress out about money situations...it's difficult to make ends meet when your regular job pays you $11,000.00 less a year than the "average for your position in your area" according to online sources; and you're still left with school loan payments and a car payment (plus the usual stuff)...why'd we go to school again?
Yeah, I'm a real person after all. I'd love to say that I always find time to do the things I want to (in this case, Blog), but the truth is that sometimes I just don't get to it. Having the Internet only at work really limits online activity, too. *sigh* My resolution is to post as MANY times as I can today, provide you with some awesome giveaways, and write down the information that you've been asking for! With that said, I must get busy...Feel free to leave some war stories from your own life! Sometimes, commiserating makes one feel better.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
2) Choose your method of madness: i.e. what textbooks and curriculum's will you be using? One should really begin to think about this and explore options well before the beginning of the school year. I would suggest the following: 1) Order a paper homeschooling catalogue from http://www.christianbook.com/ or go online where you can see a variety of different options all in the same place. 2) Find other HS families in your area and ask them what they use (churches, libraries, and the Internet are great ways to find local groups). 3) Attend a used curriculum fair. There's a 2-day one about 20-minutes from where I live now and it's a huge event! Larger cities usually hold them annually.
3) Submit a quarterly report to the school district. It should include the child's name, address, dates for beginning and ending the quarter, and the child's grade level. List each subject by name, and then include highlights of what you've done as well as a letter grade. For example:
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/ Find out about laws, regulations, and resources by STATE in the US
http://donnayoung.org/index.htm Schooling and education ideas and resources
http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/default.aspx Reviews of almost every home school curriculum out there!
http://www.christianbook.com/homeschool Allows you to view and purchase different curriculum's (note: though owned by a "Christian" company, the educational materials provided are not necessarily "Christian")