Makes Me Merry Monday #1

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Quick-Fix Homeschool Mom Hair 

Happy Monday, friends!  I am stepping way, way, waaaaaay out of my little lesson plan-craft comfort zone to bring you this post today– about HAIR!  Don’t worry!  I’ll be snuggled back up in my usual, cozy homeschool post territory very soon!  :)

I don’t know about you, but I have a love – hate relationship with pony tails and clippies.  I love the convenience, hate the look.  I am usually scrambling around in the mornings to prepare for our school day, and I don’t have much time for hair-fixing!

My adorable (inside and out) friend told me about a blog with hair tutorial videos!  I love it!

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I can go days between washings and still have a pretty cute style in minutes!

So, I wanted to share the ‘quick-fix yet still cute’ hair love with you!

Some pointers….

1.  I have found it really helps to invest in a good, higher end hair spray.  It makes a difference!

2.  I love this dry shampoo!  I even use it when my hair is clean for added texture.  It is CHEAP!  :)


3.  In the videos, she suggests using Diane brand bobby pins.  You can get them from Amazon, and I really think they work better.

4.  Start with some texture in your hair.  I tease mine before I attempt any of the tutorials, and give it a good spray with dry shampoo.



5.  Keep practicing!  :)  After you get the hang of it, you can have your hair up and cute in less than 5 minutes!

There are tons of styles to choose from, and you will find one you love!

FInally, here is the link:

—->   The Small Things Blog Hair Tutorials   <—–

Go!  Grab your phone.  Go hang out in the bathroom.  Try it!  :)

Quick-fix hair makes me merry!

Merry Monday to you!

 Now… if I just had a quick fix for my gray natural platinum highlights!  ;)

Honey and Hebrew


The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul,

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

The rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb!

Psalm 19:7-10


We are embarking on a new journey in homeschool this year —  we are beginning to learn Hebrew!

We had a little picnic in the living room and tasted sweet honey,

but learning Hebrew is even sweeter!

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“And why so excited about learning the Hebrew alphabet?  Because it [is] the first step to hearing God speak, to studying the words which the Creator Himself has given on life, the universe, and everything.  What could be better?” –Kim McKay, Biblical Hebrew


Do you mind if I take a little detour here and ramble for a minute? …  This summer I did a Bible study on Proverbs 31 through Doorposts.  It was the first time ever that I had really studied the original language and meaning of a Bible passage.  I find my husband doing this quite often– looking at the Hebrew and Greek meanings of words in passages for a clearer understanding.  I looked up these words and couldn’t believe the things I’d been missing!

Here is a little example that might resonate with you mamas… Proverbs 31:12 says “She does him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.”  Pretty simple, right?  I’m not lying, check.  I’m not cheating, check.  I’m not struggling with addictions, check.  I’m not spending too much money, check.  I’m doing pretty good on the ‘no evil’ scale.  I’ve got that one; move on.  BUT WAIT, the Hebrew word that is translated as evil, ra’, the original language of the passage– doesn’t always mean that.  The Hebrew word that we translate as evil can mean unpleasant, disagreeable, sad, unhappy.  Yikes!  There are days that I am ‘evil’!  Do you see how that really changes the meaning?

“Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing your new bride through a veil.”

~Nachman Bialik

So, each day during my little Bible study, I would excitedly share my new-found knowledge of Hebrew with Charles.  He finally asked, “Why don’t you and the kids learn the Hebrew alphabet this year?”  Why not?  So, we are beginning small and just learning the alphabet.  It may take us all year; it may take us longer.  We’ve got all the time in the world.

We are slowly learning each letter, and I’m already amazed after learning just the first two!


Here is a very brief but interesting Hebrew lesson I’ve learned:

The second letter in the Hebrew alphabet (sort of like our B) is bet.  Its symbol is a house, and it looks like this:


It is the “bet” in all of the Beth-so-and-so names of the Bible that mean “House of ____”.

Bethlehem, House of Bread, the birthplace of Jesus

Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew, Peter, and Philip, House of Fishing :)

Bethany, Home of Dates

Bethesda, the Jerusalem healing pool, House of Steadfast Love

Jacob renamed the place of his vision Bethel, House of God

…and many more!  Isn’t that neat?!

“In the Hebrew language, we hear God speak… thus study directed toward learning this language might rightly be called a kind of worship.”  

~Martin Luther

And if we’re going to learn the alphabet of the Old Testament, why not learn the language of the New as well?  We are also, SLOWLY, learning the Greek alphabet.   You’d think the kids would get a bit confused, because we are, after all, in our 3rd year of Latin, but their young brains are doing better than mine!  :)

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I chose the books that I did because I am not ready to “learn” Greek or speak Hebrew, but want a gentle, slow introduction to the alphabets.  Here are links for the resources we are using that you can click if you’d like to read more:

Biblical Hebrew, A Homeschool Primer

A Greek Alphabetarion & A Greek Hupogammon 

And this book is one that I have to KEEP my kids from doing too much of:


Greek Alphabet Code Cracker

The kids are studying the Greek alphabet and translating words in order to get clues that help  solve a mystery!

I am really enjoying this new little journey in our homeschool this year.  I never thought that in my mid-thirties I’d be studying 3 languages all new to me!

I look at this introduction to Hebrew and Greek as a little stepping stone on the path of fostering  a love and a deeper understanding for God’s Holy Word that will go with my children for the rest of their lives!

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a nice reward for learning Hebrew or Scripture… Bit-O-Honey

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”  Psalm 119:103

I would love to share all of our curriculum soon.  :)


 A Little Blog Housekeeping

1.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read my posts.  I know time is limited and precious.  I thank you for using a bit of yours to visit me here.  :)  I am also most grateful for the comments and encouragement I receive from moms.  You have shared so many ideas with me, and I always look forward to hearing from you.

2.  I know it is a lot of trouble to get a post notice in your email or reader and then have to click over here to read it.  :(  I am really weird about sending pictures of my family straight to strangers’ computers.  Yes, it is nearly the same as strangers clicking over to my blog and seeing pictures– I told you, I’m weird. ;)  But when I haven’t actually sent them, it seems more like the pictures are still mine.  :)

3.  I am thinking about starting a new series of short posts on Mondays called “Makes Me Merry Monday” but certainly don’t want to flood anyone’s email accounts!  If it seems like a lot of new posts lately, it’s just because this is a “homeschool blog” and we are getting started with a new homeschool year.   The posts on Mondays will be short and sweet– just a way for me to share simple things that make life easier in home or school… little products, recipes, links I love, etc.  The number of posts you are getting will slow down.  :)  {And lets face it, the Monday posts may not even last!  This is actually the third series I’ve attempted here!  Ha!  Remember Fix it Fast Friday, anyone?  Probably not… it only lasted for 2 Fridays!}  :-/

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4.  The Bible study that I’ve mentioned several times and enjoyed so much can be found here on the Doorposts blog.  {This link takes you to day 1 of the study.}   This was going to be one of my “Makes Me Merry Monday” posts, but I’d rather tell you about it now!  :)

Thank you for reading, friends.  :)  You make me merry!

Goodbye Summer…

goodbye summer

Oh, Summer, where did you go?

Things I’ll remember…

Red-faced, sweaty kids.  Mosquitoes.  Fun trips.  Loving our beautiful yard.  Watching the kids ride bikes around and around and around our driveway.  Hearing our baby’s heartbeat.  Being thankful for this family and the blessing of staying home with these precious kiddos.  

Realizing that these days probably make up the best years of my life.

lots and lots of bike rides

lots and lots of bike rides

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One twin can read to the other :)

One twin can read to the other :)


a weekend trip to Nashville… delicious Southern breakfast… fried green tomato pimento cheese biscuit

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A visit to the Parthenon in Nashville was a perfect complement to our Ancient Greece studies!

party for mom

These kids are always having fun together! This was a special “mom party” they threw for me!


a Fourth of July trip to a family cemetery

Leven tombstonemy Leven sees another “Levin”

I spent time this summer doing an amazing study of Proverbs 31 through the folks at Doorposts.

I spent time this summer doing an amazing study of Proverbs 31 through the folks at Doorposts.

I kept reminders in my kitchen all summer.

I kept reminders in my kitchen all summer.

We waited and waited and waited some more for rain.  Here is Catherine singing the doxology when we finally felt drops!

We waited and waited and waited some more for rain. Here is Catherine singing the doxology when we finally felt drops!

Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD!

a stop at the space center on our way to the beach

a stop at the space center on our way to the beach

I'll always remember that this is the summer that little sister surpassed big brother in height.  He's taken really well.

I’ll always remember that this is the summer that little sister surpassed big brother in height. He’s taken it really well.

another stop in Chattanooga… We rode the incline railway to the top of Lookout Mountain.  Yes, I shed tears.  :(

another stop in Chattanooga… We rode the incline railway to the top of Lookout Mountain. Yes, I shed tears. :(


at the top!

at the top!







We had ocean kayaks during our beach trip.  Leven had a blast!

We had ocean kayaks during our beach trip. Leven had a blast!

The kids played and laughed and played and laughed all day!

The kids played and laughed and played and laughed all day!

in the water


We serve an awesome God!

our driveway

As much asI HATED to leave the beach, I do so love coming home and driving up this driveway.

c's cookies

My Catherine is just 8, but it sure doesn’t seem like it. She’s been making us cookies this summer all by herself. Her specialty is peanut butter!


bday picnic

Look at all these twins. Charles’ and I are truly blessed! :) We have the most precious god-children, and were so thankful to see them grow and be a part of their lives over the past year! This is their first birthday!

I got to see THE SWEETEST face ever.

I got to see THE SWEETEST face ever.

It was a great summer, and I’m looking forward to a fabulous fall!

Here’s to lots of memories!

Happy First Day of Fall!  

Lessons in Humility

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This is a short and sweet post… just to share with you a neat little story about a flute.

But first I’d like to tell you– we’ve been working on the character quality of humility at my house this week.  We’ve used a curriculum that I mentioned before, and I love it!  It’s called Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue, and it’s available for immediate download HERE.   Each week (or two), we learn all about a new character quality– it’s definition, a corresponding Bible verse, activities, prayers, and 3 “I wills.”  Here’s a peek at this week’s main page.

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We learned that humility is not taking credit for what God and others have done for me.

We usually try to make up hand motions to go with the week’s “I wills…” and here’s Jack showing his hand motions this week.

I will…

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The curriculum suggested that I act out the Bible verse for this week…

james 4-6

humility verse jack

Finally, here is the flute story!  :)

I’d love to share this with you in hopes that your children might benefit from it as much as mine did…

       Imagine that you are at a symphony and a world-premier flautist has taken center stage.  People have traveled from all over to hear him bring his flute to life.  That evening the audience is not disappointed.  When the final note is played, the crowd jumps to its feet in a standing ovation.

         Then something strange happens.  The flute jumps out of the man’s hands and begins bowing and blowing kisses to the audience.  “Thank you!  Thank you!” it chimes. 

          The audience laughs uproariously at this spectacle.  They know the truth:  A flute is just the instrument.  It is the person breathing life into it who deserves the credit.

Don’t you love that picture?  :)

And the author continues…

        We can explain to our children that it is just as silly to brag when we do something great.  It is God who has given us the abilities and gifts to succeed.  We should enjoy them, but give God the praise.

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy the flute story as much as we did!  It is from this super neat book…

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Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel  

 Well, there you have it.  Short and sweet… I think.  ;)

Here is a related post with an activity I did with my kiddos to teach them “the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”  You can also find copy work for “humility” and other character qualities HERE.


P.S…. I don’t think that’s a flute in my picture up there, is it?  :-/

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

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Oh, ya’ll!  Have you noticed the yummy, pumpkin-y, fall deliciousness at the store lately???

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And Krispy Kreme…


One of my favorite fall snacks is candy corn with peanuts!  YU-UM!  Salty and sweet… it’s like a candy corn flavored Payday bar!  This snack mix has the great salty-sweet flavors of candy corn and peanuts– spiced up a bit with white chocolate, raisins, peanut buttery goodness– AND pumpkin spice marshmallows!   Yes, I know it’s not very good for you!  ;)  It is a treat!  It’s such a fun kid snack… but I like it, too!

pumpkin spice ingred

We got a big bowl and dumped in ingredients to our liking.  We used:

  • dry roasted peanuts
  • candy corn
  • golden raisins
  • white chocolate chips
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy Corn M&M’s
  • Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows  (You’ll want to get an extra bag of these… I like to nibble on a few with my coffee in the mornings!)

It makes a ton, so plan to share!  :)

We’ve been making this snack mix every fall for a few years now.  When we did our Pumpkin Party unit our first year of home schooling, we found this recipe.  It inspired us to make our own version!

You might also want to check out…


Blessing Mix treat bags… each part of the snack has a meaning and tells about Thanksgiving!  Fun!

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!  {ALMOST}