Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

Last Thursday of August, another month has zoomed by. It's the first week of school so we are adjusting. It's been harder for me than I thought it would. The days go by so fast and then it's time to pick up Caleb.  The evenings have not been stressful, he's had minimal homework and we work to get things ready for next day (clothes out, lunch made, etc).   I love the days with Titus and am enjoying his smiles.  And I was thankful we made it through a grocery shopping trip of just me and him this week. It's such a huge adjustment for me without Caleb here. He helped so much, and it just feels so different to try to figure out stuff. We will adjust I know.

This week I'm thankful for...
~ my husband making Rice Krispy treats for me. And we got to have lunch this week. Oh and a big one is his out of town meeting was cancelled for next week.

~ hearing my boy's stories about 6th grade. He's figuring out his schedule and new teachers and liking it so far.

~ holding my baby boy when he falls asleep and hearing him in his bed when he wakes up with sweet noises. Then when I pick him up and he smiles so big, it just makes me happy!

~ planning and figuring out meals for this week. It has helped so much to have Caleb's lunch made the night before. I've had a break from doing that for the last several months. I try to pack enough variety to fill him up, but he's always hungry when he gets home!  I miss having his help with supper, but we are keeping it easy for now so I don't have to worry with preparations. Hooray for the crock pot!

~ answers of prayer for a friend's dad who has been in ICU with blood clots in his lungs.

~ doing a family lesson time using ideas from the Seeds Family Worship blog. This week's verse is Ephesians 2:8. It's been great for me to read this and think about these words and focus on the gift we have been given.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

This is the last week of our summer.  It's been a good week, and I've thoroughly enjoyed my boys.  

~ memories shared with my husband of our time at ACU.

~ the wonderful help my big boy has been this summer. Oh how I'm going to miss him and his help!

~ noises and talking of my baby boy.  Some days he gets pretty loud. It's so cute!

~ sharing the candlelight devotion tradition together as a family.  This is a wonderful tradition ACU has every year for incoming freshmen.  Alumni, professors, and current students line both sides of the sidewalks to the amphitheater, each one holding a lit candle. The incoming freshman walk through the line of people as everyone sings praises. Then when they are all seated, their candles are lit too. It is beautiful to hear the singing and to see the lights.

~ cooler temperatures.  After those 100 degree days it is nice to have some cooler days!

~ having a prayer walk organized in our community for the upcoming school year. It was so neat to see the principals, teachers, and families joining together to pray.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Submarines, Secrets and A Daring Rescue

About the book: 
A Revolutionary War action-thriller filled with spies and heroes, targeted to boys and girls 8-12. In this second book in the American Revolutionary War Adventure series, twins Ambrose and John Clark find themselves volunteering for another mission to help the newly forming United States of America. Inspired by their success in delivering a secret message to General George Washington himself, the boys step up to help transport much-needed gunpowder to the patriots and end up in an even more dangerous situation, manning one of the first submarines and then, later, attempting a prison break to rescue their older brother, Berty.

Written by Robert Skead with the help of his father, the main character is based on their ancestor who fought in the American Revolution as part of the Connecticut militia. Though historical fiction, the events that occurred with George Washington in New Jersey regarding the war effort are true.

My thoughts:
My son (age 10) enjoys historical fiction books, and I thought this book would be great for him.  He read it very quickly when I received it in the mail, and then I read it myself.  I thought this was a good book to share a piece of history with children.  It was interesting and held the reader's attention. This is a book about war so there was battles and such included.  It also included the beating of a prisoner.

This is the second in a series so there was parts of the first story included in this book.  At the back of the book is a glossary, a set of questions, a list of historical characters, and historical letters related to the book.

My son said it was an okay book for historical fiction, and he would have liked more facts about the Turtle.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

Summer is nearing a close for us.  We have next week off and then school starting the following Monday.

This past week since last Thankful Thursday has been filled with celebrating our boy's 11th birthday. We had a family party at our house on Saturday.  Caleb picks a theme every year for his party.  This year the theme was outdoors/hunting/fishing.  I'll have to hopefully sometime do a post with the cake and cute decorations and food related to the theme.  Tuesday night we surprised him by going to play putt putt.  He'd mentioned he would like to do this for his birthday so we surprised him and went in the evening when it wasn't quite so hot out.  Yesterday was his actual birthday. We had our traditional family fun day with Caleb picking where we eat and some activities to do. He had Academy gift cards so he wanted to look there. We went bowling also, and he and Daddy drove go carts.  It was a fun day together!

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband taking off a day of work in the middle of the week to have our traditional family day on Caleb's birthday.

~ being Caleb's Mom and the blessing he is to me and our family.  I'm proud of him.

~ Titus doing so well on our busy day Wednesday.  I wasn't sure how it would work with being out so long. We thawed some milk I'd pumped for bottles, and he was in a good mood all day.

~ seeing our family for the party.

~ air conditioning on hot days. I'm sure I say this often, but I don't want to take it for granted that we have working A/C in our home and vehicles.  It is typical Texas in August.  I saw an article about some local organizations needing fans to give the elderly which reminded me that everyone does not have a cool place on the hot days.

~ slowly getting rid of some things.  We have several areas we need to go through (garage, sheds, closet, etc.). It is a slow process but we make progress a little at a time.  It's nice to get rid of stuff we don't need.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It's August in Texas which means it is hot!  So I am extra thankful for our cool house and vehicles today.  I do not know how people work daily out in the heat.  I'm glad I do not have to do that!

This week I am thankful for...

~ going to a funding announcement in support of my husband this week for a project he worked on.

~ the talents and abilities of my big boy.  He is quite the artist.  He did a painting this week of a landscape scene he thought of.  He did a good job with it.  He thinks he may enter it in the fair.

~ our baby boy sleeping longer stretches.  I get up and check him when he sleeps longer. He slept 9:30--6:45 one night this week.  He has been rolling into the edge of the bed and that wakes him up usually.  I enjoy those times together in the night though when I get up and feed him. I know I will miss that when he no longer eats in the night.

~ my memories of my first pregnancy and miscarriage and how that changed me.  August 6 was my first due date.  I learned so much from that loss and am thankful for those 10 weeks I had with that baby.

~ a sweet magnet I found on my fridge from my Mom.  My Mom had placed it there when she was here, and I didn't see it until the next morning.  It was so sweet and made my day!

~ good check-ups at the doctor and dentist this week for Caleb plus getting those over with before school begins.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It's been a busy day but fun. My Mom came to take Caleb birthday shopping, and Titus and I met them for lunch. Then Titus and I went to Kohl's. I had a $15 off coupon plus 20% off. I found a couple things for myself and a suit for Titus with a gift card I had for him.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ time with my husband eating and talking. It seems time goes so fast, and the days are over before we know it. I've been glad for the moments we've had to talk and be together. Our schedule sure has changed in the last three months!  We are getting used to it though, and I'm thankful for our marriage and our bond.

~ my big boy making supper for us. He made biscuit pizza bake and corn on the cob. He made Daddy some banana pudding for dessert too. He cleaned up too.

~ our baby boy trying to move around. Really?  We thought he was doing this on accident, but as we watch him we can see him using his legs to push himself across his blanket on the floor.

~ our enjoyable relaxing time away last week. I hope we can return to the little cabin, it was so peaceful.

~ buying school supplies. I love shopping for school supplies and have a stash in a box in our office that I keep stocked of things we use often. I love buying extras to donate too when they are on sale this time of year.

~ all the people at our church who love on our baby boy. He went to his cradle roll Sunday morning class a couple of weeks ago for the first time, and those ladies were so sweet and loving to him. I know he will love it and learn so much from them. Everyone at the church just loves him!

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It's a hot Thursday here in Texas!  There is so much bad news and negativity everywhere you look. Take time to focus on your blessings instead of the negativity.

What are you thankful for?

Here's my list....

~ having a husband who supports me and helps me.

~ my big boy have fun out fishing. He was so excited to go, and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of his and entire and one of his catches!

~ seeing our baby boy learn new things. It seemed like a switch was flipped, and he just started rolling over to his belly Saturday. It's so cute. He does it pretty much all the time now. Also he's cute grabbing at his toys I hung on his car seat.

~ air conditioning in the heat along with cold water.

~ fresh squash, tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe we've bought and been given. That's one of my favorite parts of summer!

~ friends who call randomly to check on me.

Have a day of blessings!