Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Garden Bounty

So the four oldest kids have been gone for a week now. I am not cooking as much as usual and all the stuff going on at the house has had me neglecting the garden.  It seems to be doing pretty good all by itself, huh?  Those zucchini are GARGANUOUS!!!!  I am thinking about trying some zucchini salsa recipes.

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, was established in 1899 to commemorate the battle of Vicksburg and protect the ground upon which it was fought.  The main part of the park runs along the boundaries of the city of Vicksburg and includes the majority of the original battlefield.

Kevin and I toured the park the day after we dropped off the kids to their dad.  It was very interesting. (Extremely HOT and HUMID, but interesting.)  Here's some photos of our whirlwind tour!  We are hoping to take all six of the kids there when we pick the oldest four up.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Okay I know this is an odd post but who cares!
I used the facilities at the Vicksburg National Military Park
and this was just too cute to not share!  
What a clever name for a company!

(Just in case you can't read it -- Hiney Hiders!!!!!)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Stone Mountain

My four oldest kids are visiting their dad in Atlanta for six weeks this summer. The boys got to climb Stone mountain today!  My grandparents lived there when I was growing up and we visited often so our family and all our cousins OFTEN had races to see who could get to the top first!  I had that mountain memorized.

One of the highlights of my youth was when our church youth group took a Lynx trip to South Carolina and we stopped to climb this mountain!  FOND memories of great times and GREAT friends!  Here's a picture of our trip back then:

I am so glad my kids have had the opportunity to see this, even if I wasn't able to share it with them.  For more information of Stone Mountain visit here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Spouses' Prayer for Each Other

Lord Jesus,

Grant that I and my spouse may have a true
and understanding love for each other.
Grant that we may both
be filled with faith and trust.
Give us the grace to live
with each other in peace and harmony.
May we always bear with one another's weaknesses
and grow from each other's strengths.
help us to forgive one another's failings
and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness
and the spirit of placing the well-being
of one another ahead of self.

May the love that brought us together
grow and mature with each passing year.
Bring us both ever closer to You
through our love for each other.
Let our love grow to perfection.

A prayer from Belief Net

Saturday, June 5, 2010

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life
by Huma Gruaz and Mark Rosenweig
Alpaytac Inc

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review just in the nick of time. I have five children at home and my stepdaughter visits with us for the summer. I received this book the week before her visit and used it to get my eight year old daughter to clean up her room for her step-sister’s visit!

How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life teaches kids the importance of cleaning. This is the story of Sam, an ordinary kid who is complete unorganized and suffering the consequences of a messy room. Sam is in jeopardy of losing his best friend if he cannot find a very special item he borrowed from her. He decides it is time to clean up his life a little. The story and colorful pictures kept the attention of all my younger children from cover to cover.

The step-by-step guide, "Secrets of Cleanland," at the end of the story is a valuable resource. It includes organization tips, easy-to-remember rhymes to help make cleaning fun and a certificate at the end of the book to encourage the child to continue living a more organized life. Thank you Huma Gruaz.

Publisher's Synopsis:

Recommended for ages 2 to 92, tales of Cleanland will capture the attention of both kids and adults in How Cleaning My Room Changed My Life. This new book teaches children how an organized room comes with many life lessons through a heartwarming story of a little boy with very messy habits. The book also includes a step-by-step guide to teaching the basics of tidying-up and staying organized and how these habits will make a difference in anyone s life. 

I received a free copy from the publisher for my honest review.