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I love the Lord as much as a broken person can; love and loved by my husband; blessed by 5 amazing little people who have helped me to learn much about me; grateful to serve even more as God gives them to me; blessed every day to be a home school teacher; college student; I hope to change the world by loving as many people as possible, because there is nothing greater than loving another.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Daniele's essay.

I had to do an essay on Dance (a subject that I chose) for my "Critical Thinking" Online Course. I had to make a summary of what the essay was, and this is it.
 
I chose my topic because I wanted to show my true passion. What dance means to me is pretty explanatory in my essay, but a summary would be that I love dance and it means the world to me.
 
 
I love dance because it is both entertaining and educational! My love for dance is everlasting because it truly fascinates me. Dance can be entertaining through choreography, styles and dancer personalities.  A person can learn a lot about music, culture and history from dance.
There are different choreographers that have different preferences for designing their routines. Choreography is just a big word for dance moves put together. There are a handful of different styles of dance for example: Tango, Contemporary and Hip Hop just to name a few. When you are dancing you portray different personalities that go with the story behind the dancing. If one could portray being a nerd, or even a lonely soul trying to find love. The different personalities the dancers portray can capture the attention of the audience, increasing entertainment value.
Each routine of dance involves a piece of music, which introduces all different genres of music. The history of dance represents background and heritage. For example Krump represents African American culture. Just as Contemporary has its own background, representing serenity and peace, but sometimes heartbreak.
I will always love dance. As for entertainment value, well what can I say? Dance is beyond entertaining, it’s extraordinary! If one keeps true to the backgrounds, heritage and ethnicity of dance one will always find dance educational.
*Daniele Gilbert*

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Things that don't really matter anymore

As an industrious, type A woman. I like to look for the best. I have also traditionally leaned old fashioned, homemade, and natural, natural, natural, because I thought these things were the best. This year though, I have come to the conclusion that there are some methods of convenience that are quite alright with me. In my youth, I would have frowned upon or turned up my nose at such frival, but now, I am grateful as they allow me more free time to enjoy my children, serve at church, or spend some time for me. Here's a list of formerly tabou, but now my "friends" of daily living.
  1. paper plates...actually prefer styrofoam b/c I can rinse them and they are more durable (Yes, I know they are not environmentally friendly; however I have relieved myself of guilt b/c of the cloth diapers I used with all five children. Please don't try and burst my rationalized bubble)
  2. store bought, top shelf bread...for years I baked my own, then felt guilty for not baking my own. I would only buy the cheap stuff; however, there are so many top shelf brands now that produce healthy and relatively inexpensive bread, that I am quite alright buying a solid loaf. (I am aware I can make it for very cheap, but the time, energy, and pressure to get it done costs more than my 12-grain from Publix)
  3. jarred spaghetti sauce w/ ...gasp...frozen meatballs...yeah, yeah I used to only make homemade. That was great when the kids were little and I didn't teach so much, go to a zillion practices, and take my own classes. Now the 15 min. spaghetti dinner is PRICELESS and costs less than my personal red sauce recipe.
  4. (Don't read this T.R.) Frozen lasagna. Stouffer's can't touch me for taste, but it gets the job done and it requres ZERO preparation on my part. That's like a BOGO sale (buy one get one, just in case you don't know). Wal-mart brand is actually very inexpensive compared to Stouffer's and does the job with enchiladas, lasagna and ziti. Kids are happy with that and...
  5. Salad in a bag...we still add veggies, but the BOGO beats chopping lettuce. I add some baby greens (no cutting required) and we eat a salad at every meal.
  6. Canned beans...cheap enough, tasty, and EASY.
  7. Paper towels...only b/c my mom buys them for me. They are my favorite supply. Great for cleaning up the things you really don't want to touch, or will cause flashbacks the next time you see the rag that picked them up. GROSS!
  8. 7eleven cheeseburgers....they are surprisingly good, even if not calorie friendly.
  9. sweet tea...the nectar of God ;)
  10. Turkey bacon...really inexpensive, less fat, and tasty enough for me!
  11. Bisquick...pancakes and biscuits on the fly!
You see, seasons do change and right now, convenience is good enough. We are still healthy. We never go without eating. My budget is in tact and most importantly, my mind is at rest b/c I'm not spending an exorbitant amount of time in the kitchen, which works best for my current schedule.
There are some out there thinking, poor kids. She's letting them eat all that preserve filled blah blah blah blah. Yeah, I am. And we're okay. My kids are healthy, strong, and growing well. We eat more fruits and veggies than just about anyone we know and no, they're not entirely organic. But you know what, we are doing great and all of this works for us.
Something else valuable I've learned....what works best in my house is BEST in my house. Your mileage always varies and that's hunky dory with me :)
Love to my friends,

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bittersweet

It's been a bittersweet season. I'm starting a list.  I'll probably add to it.

Rockin' Out Guitar Dude's acceptance into the Early College Program is SWEET. Having to register him in the local high school in order to reap the benefits is BITTER. It's the first time in his life he is not a home schooled student. (Sniff, sniff).

Marriage separation: bitter. No daily tension: sweet.

Struggling with the 15yo: bitter; enrolling him in dual enrollment at SPC this summer: sweet.

Speeding up my personal college class progression: bitter; getting my AA in two weeks: SWEET.

My baby turning ten in May: bittersweet

Selling all my lower grammar material: bittersweet.

More to come.....

Monday, January 2, 2012

A New Season for the lot of us -- lots of new seasonS really OR Where we are after 2011

Well, you may have noticed some pictures are gone from the sidebar. Yup, the Green family is no longer a part of Gilbert Academy, but will forever remain in my heart. I will miss referencing the Little League, as much as The Ax Man will miss The Ant in his daily play. I believe seasons change and my life has brought forward the courage my "adopted daughter" needed to move forward. Neccesity being the "mother of invention" if you know what I mean. Her boys are in descent schools and off to Head Start for the A-bomb. They will continue in my daily prayers. Love doesn't move on, it endures forever. Having their family here stretched me and taught me more that I could have ever taught them. Most of all, I got a test drive in having an adult child. I am grateful for every day, every test, every smile, every moment. May God's speed drive this family towards greatness. May the seeds planted bloom into historic oaks in their spirits. I praise God for the opportunity and honor to serve Him through them. I'll miss you guys. I already do.
As for me, my marriage is in a separation. The first time in 16+ years I have been apart from my husband in this way. This is the first proclamation of that. I'm sick and scared and praying fervently that we will reunite. Please pray for our reconciliation and healing.We both have things to fix. We both need God's grace to get through this. I will be in school full time starting January 9, 2012. 4 classes will test my character in many ways, as I continue on the home schooling journey and work to serve my community. Tough times ahead, but freedom on the horizon when my goals are met, my marriage is healed, and I get past this short term of business. Sometimes, life is harder than other times. This is but a season. This is but a season. This is but a season.
Rockin' Out Guitar Dude will begin classes at the local 4-year university. 1/2 time with me and 1/2 time there. He's excited. Me, too. I am feeling the heart tug as my baby boy is C.l.e.a.r.l.y a young man who doesn't really need his momma much. I thought I was ready, but my heart is crying out for him. I truly understand the sage counsel of "enjoy every moment" because when they pass, they are gone forever and I miss the boy who lived down the hall and has moved into his own room, affectionately called, "The Dorm." I am, though, SO PROUD. While he will remain imperfect, he is one heck of a good boy..um young man...and he makes me look better than I am. I thank God for him. I am a blessed momma.
Bard is in the do-or-die period of school. Something about 14 year old boys gravitates toward lazy. I am pleased to report he is moving past that, so we have a semester to determine when he will follow his brothers footsteps and head to college himself. I look forward to this, but am happy to have some deeper time with this one. If he could see the potential in him that I see; see what God has in store for him; it would be a life changer for the both of us. I am proud of him, too. He just doesn't understand how being in the box can be a good thing. That's a great prayer for him...to appreciate the box. He has joined his brother on the local high school track team. I see great things in store for him, there. It takes a special kind of diligence to run so far for so long. GOD'S SPEED PACKERS!
Lil' Mother is fabulous as always. Growing up too fast for my tastes, she looks like a 16-18 year old and she's only 13. She's tender and beautful and I thank God for her. She continues to do "her" diligently in school and has thrived in sports this year. She and her sister joined the local Christian schools soccer team and are working toward playing softball there, too. She is a fine young lady who is strong in her faith and has taken to sleeping in a bit...it's that 14 thing, I suppose ;)
Darling yet Diva....the name explains it all. This girl wants to be "big" so badly. She is on her way physically, but her body is well behind her attitude. Guuuurrrrllll (roll your neck when you say it). Yeah, she's me all over and ya'll know how painful that can be. She is giving, compassionate, beautiful, and loves being with her friends. This one keeps me on my knees. So much power in that little body, I pray it is ALWAYS used for God's glory.
The Ax Man is starting to grow up....PRAISE GOD! I admit, he's my spoiled baby. Totally my fault. He's 9.5 and regulary acts 7, but the signs of maturity are peaking through the cracks and he is doing very well in school. Seeing that "click" in school indicates the rest is on the way. He is content to play baseball and build legos all day, fitting in school to his good pleasure. He is bored like crazy since the demise of the Little League, but it has been good for him. He appreciates (albeit too late) what he had and it has humbled my spoiled little boy. He's gonna be alright. He still snuggles and begs to sleep with me, which I do not allow, but sure wish I could. Instead, we snuggle on the couch throughout the day. He's a sweet little boy under the tough exterior. That's to be expected, I suppose, as the baby of five dear children.
So, that's been our year. School, more school, higher education, loss, gain, joy and pain. Through it all, Christ remains Christ and that is always enough at the end of the road. May your 2012 be spirit filled. Much love, Blogland friends. Much love. He blesses me, lifts me, loves me over and over and over again.

Welcome 2012

Oh, friends. It's been a full year. I have witnessed new marriage and broken marriage. Life and death. New babies and children sent to heaven before their parents. Personal triumphs and epic failures. The changing of lifes seasons that brought tears of joy and sorrow. Through it all, one thing remains constant: Jesus is Lord and I am blessed.
While blogging time is limited, I had to drop in and share this song because It couldn't be closer to the truth.
I pray that each of you can say the same as you strive for the just the right prescription in 2012. Love to you all. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Week in Review 8/29/11--9/2/11 Grammar School Highlights version ;)

Just thought I'd share one thing from each subject this week for brevity and something new :)
Grammar school science continued with our flight study. Here are some narrations. My Ker did his best narration yet! This weeks lesson came from Apologia's/Fulbright's Flying Creature of the Fifth Day.

AtG: Birds run and flap their wings to take off. Birds use their wings to steer. They can also use their turns to do sharp turns. Birds flap their wings really fast and keep them straight out to glide. Birds go around and around when soaring.

The Ant:
       Some birds, when they take off, they run a little bit and then jump and start flapping their wings. Hawks don’t go on the ground that much, so they go on a cliff or tree branch and jump off, flap their wings and take off. They need air pressure to take off, so when they go to fly, they face where the air is coming it hits their wings and uses the shape of the airfoil.
          When a bird is flying, it uses its wings to steer, but when it goes to make a sharp turn, it uses its tail like a rudder. It can flap one wing faster than the other one and it can tilt.
          Birds flap their wings to get up in the air. Gliding is when they flap their wings, then stop flapping to save energy. Soaring is when heat waves (thermals) come up and lift the bird, carrying it through the air; birds don’t have to flap. 

Ax Man:
When the bird takes off it faces the wind because it wants to use air pressure for lift. Some birds are faster at take off because they have to be careful of predators. Some birds, like swans, have to run around the pond to create air pressure. Smaller birds, since they’re not as heavy, can jump up and go flying into the air. Hawks usually don’t land on the ground, so they go on tree branches and jump into the air because they’re so high.
          Birds steer by tilting side to side. They use their tail like a rudder for sharp turns. Sometimes, they flap one wing faster than the other to turn a certain way.
          Birds glide because they flap their wings hard and take a break by keeping their wings straight out, using a little energy. Soaring is when birds use the heat waves (thermals) to move around. Vultures, when they’re circling around are on heat waves and are looking for food. The difference between soaring and gliding is when they’re soaring, they’re riding on thermals and when they’re gliding, they use flapping as their power. 
Here are some pictures from our flyer fun.  




Art was brief this week, as there was a lot of copywork, so we will continue with a "master piece" next week.

The Phonics Road brought more spelling words, adverbs, and more prepositions, with the usual dictation and sentence parsing. The boys are really doing a great job of remembering all they've learned and are writing so much in science and history. I LOVE, love, love, oh yes, love PR! I also showed my kiddos how Robert Fulton was mentioned in my American Government text book. They thought it was pretty cool that good ole Bob, who is an amazing boy in their story, was studied in a college class.

History carried on with WWI. We did lots of outlining this week, as we read through
Where the Poppies Grow, DK EyewitnessBooks Presidents, Key Battles of World War I.  
The boys did a great job mapping and giving me great details to the story. They did quite well on their "tests" this week, too.

We're working on mental math with the Ant, still making 5's and practicing addition with AtG, and loads of division for Ax Man.

Great news for the boys, co-op is ON and since we'll have a second car soon, we'll be enjoying much theatre, PE, park day, and all together good times. I look forward to some little kid fun!




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