Keepers at Home: How's the laundry holding up?

How's The Laundry Holding Up?

This entire line of questioning could have already put you on the defensive . . . I know, it has put me on the defensive many times.  Just ask my dear, long-suffering husband!  Just the thought of laundry piling up in the hallway or waiting in baskets sends most normal housewives into a fit of depression or panic.  I do not even have to physically see the mess left in the wake of dirty laundry to begin a fit of anxiety, internally and externally.  I can just "know" it is there waiting for me to tackle it, and it has already ruined my day!  Strike that . . . I have already ALLOWED it to ruin my day!

From this point ladies, you can probably guess how it turns out.  A steady but rapid decline in positive attitude, perseverance and kindnesses.  All those wonderful Proverbs 31 attributes that I long to reflect in my daily life are thrown right out the window.  Right out the window and into the front yard (you know, where I'd like to throw the dirty laundry)!  Who profits from this fit?  How is anything made better by this line of questioning about my stupid laundry?  How am I supposed to thrive as a keeper at home, dutiful wife, loving friend and keep my children homeschooled properly?  Why am I seeking to accomplish all these actions by my own strength?

Ah-ha!  There is the jewel!  Not by my strength, but by His strength.  Not my will be accomplished today, but His will for me.  Not that I might receive the glory for a job well done, but that at the end of the day that I may lay it all at Jesus' feet to glorify Him!  God's grace is sufficient for us all.  We must first lay down our need to be in control of every detail in our homes and lives.  We must be willing to let His mercies renew themselves to us each and every morning.  

God is always there, waiting to renew, restore and give you enough grace for the entire day.  He gives enough for you to endure and accomplish in that day, and that day alone.  He does not give enough grace and strength for the next day or the day after, just today!  Let us then, accept His merciful grace for today and say:

"Yahweh, I embrace Your grace for me today.  I will follow the path You chose for me, with gladness in my heart.  You are piling bundles of grace for me to experience between my piles of laundry.  I  trust you Jesus to put more of You in me and take out what is left.  Let me accomplish, with a joyful attitude, what is necessary to give You glory, honor and praise!  Let my spirit be clean and unstained, and smelling sweet as the laundry coming off the clothesline.  In Jesus' name ~ Amen!"

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Mac Homeschool: Backyard Winter Olympics Games

BACKYARD Winter Olympics 2010

Let the games begin!  Last weekend we celebrated the spirit of the Winter Olympics with some fellow homeschool families.  I wanted to share some of the fun games and crafts that we participated in as we hosted our BACKYARD Winter Olympics Celebration.

The Scout & The Bug race the Marble Luge.
(I don't think she likes loosing.  What do you think?)

Big Daddy Mac created this Marble Luge run for the kids to race their marbles down hill.

The Bug competes in the Winter Clothes Relay Race.

This game was the favorite of all the kids.  They raced in two separate teams, relay style.  Waiting for them on the opposite side of the yard was a pile of winter clothing (coveralls, coats, hat, gloves & scarf).  Each child put on every piece of winter clothing, took it back off and then tagged the next person on their team to run and do the same.  It was very entertaining for the adults to watch!

The Squeaker & The Scout show off their torches and cookie medals.
(That's our living room reading lamp behind them, fashioned into an Olympic Torch!)

We took a simple pattern from Skip To My Lou to make these fun Olympic torches and Cookie medals. Look Here for the pattern.

We had a great time and it was a fun way to keep the kids engaged in the Olympic studies we had completed the week before.  Let us know how you and your family learned and celebrated the Winter Olympics 2010!

Happy Homeschooling!

FREE Family Fun! Lowe's Free Workshops

Lowe's Build & Grow Workshops

The project pictured above will be available on this Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at your participating Lowe's.  This is a Free craft workshop for you and your family.  You must go HERE to reserve your spot.  After you have reserved your spot, I also suggest calling the Lowe's location you plan on attending, to ensure that they will have the craft available.

Have a happy FREE crafting day!


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Our Daily Bread: God Who Are You? Bible Study


Greetings fellow sisters in Christ,

Today I wanted to share with you all, how God is moving in my heart as I join in an Online Bible study with the ladies from At The Well: Titus 2.  Before I begin, watch this video clip from comedian Tim Hawkins.

Now, you have to admit, that was funny but I'm just not sure that he really gets the idea of "hedge of protection".  In our Bible study this week, we have begun to reflect on the names of God and what they mean in our daily lives.  Yahweh, is the most sacred name of God.  The meaning is "I Am, the One who Is, the self-existent One".  The Hebrew meaning is translated in our current Bibles as "LORD" (all caps), when you see this spelling you know that the actual translation is Yahweh. (Click HERE to here Jenifer explain, Very Interesting).  The name Yahweh, reflects the true nature of an almighty, ever faithful God!

"And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.  He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people." Exodus 13:21 & 22 NKJV

When the children of Israel left Egypt, God was with them.  He protected them and moved with them.  He sent constant protection and provision for His people.  Exodus 14 shows a vivid illustration of how Yahweh turned a potentially deadly situation the Israelites were facing, to ultimately show His glory and almighty Hand.  He showed, once again, He is always in control and He is the faithful One.  In this account of the Israelites fleeing into the wilderness, we see that God turned the heart of the Egyptians, then turned and delivered His people to the other side of the Red Sea on dry land, then destroying Pharaoh and his army . . . just in time, I might add! 

Why does God wait?  Why does it always seem to be just in the nick of time?  My beloved sister, God is always on time.  Yahweh's glory and might will be evident in your life through every circumstance that He brings you through, or safes you from.  His faithfulness to protect and ultimately deliver His children produces knowledge of His greatness and glory to others and produces fear of the LORD and belief in the One that He has sent, Jesus Christ, in His children. (Exodus 14:30-31)

As we come to the final thoughts in this session of Jenifer's Bible study, I wanted to share a thought that she gives us in Session 2: Day 2.  "Moses came to realize how utterly important it was for the LORD to always be with him.  In Exodus 33, Moses said to the LORD, 'I'm not going anywhere unless You go with me.  Your Presence must go with me."  Jenifer paraphrased Exodus 33 to help us reflect on how we are moving throughout our days.  Do you ask God to go with you?  Will you refuse to go anywhere that His Presence will not go?  Why would we want to go anywhere or do anything without the almighty, faithful, merciful, compassionate and loving Yahweh?

I submit ladies, that we go forward, like the Israelites, with the Pillar and Fire going before us!  The LORD was in the pillar of cloud and He set the pillar to guide and to stand between the Israelites and their enemies.  Let Yahweh guide us all today and let us only go where He is leading us.  At the end of the day, I promise, He will show Himself faithful and true as your God!


* Join in the discussion and leave your comments below.  I would love to hear how God is moving in your life.  I would love to pray along side of you for Yahweh to be your protector and deliverer. *

Have you started Jenifer's study: God Who Are You and What Can You Do For Me?  It's not to late!  Go by At The Well and join in this study of God's mighty Word!

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Wacky Science: Mac-Cyber Science Fair! Are YOU Ready?


This week on Wacky Science, we will be encouraging our readers to head on over to the Mac-Cyber Science Fair and register for the Science Fair today!  You can register directly from the information page by emailing Mrs. Mac.  Once you have completed the registration, you will receive a Cyber Fair Information Packet via email.  This will give you all the instructions and guidelines for helping your child to complete their project and have it posted by the deadline (March 3, 2010).  Go HERE to register.

Be on the look-out this weekend for the SPONSORS & PRIZE page that will be added to the Mac-Cyber Science Fair.  We have lots of great things planned to reward our budding Scientists!
Sorry Parents!  I could not resist!

Here is a great resource for getting you Elementary student started on their project:

Elementary Science Fair Planning Guide HERE

Please contact Mrs. Mac or make a comment below if you have any questions regarding the Mac-Cyber Science Fair.

*Help us get the word out!* Follow this link to help spread the word & enter the Homeschool Giveaway! HERE 

See You at the Fair!


Mac Homeschool: Week-at-a-Chance

There's a slim chance that it will go exactly as planned . . . but, then again, maybe not.  
It's O.K., I'm over it!!!

This week we have a ton of fun planned in with our regular homeschool schedule.  You can read about or basic Spring curriculum plans Here.

Here is the official Mac Homeschool Week-at-a-Chance for February 15th - February 20th, 2010:

In addition to our basic lesson plans we will be adding some special unit studies & a family-fun event this week.

President's Day Unit Study, Here is another link for more great President's Unit Studies http://www.easyfunschool.com/IndexPresidentUnits.html
Watched an awesome biography American Experience: John and Abigail Adams
George Washington Color by Number Here

Winter Olympics Unit Study - Here are some links that I have used to build the kids Notebooking unit study for Friday:
We are playing Winter Olympics Bingo & doing a couple of crafts from this site http://holidays.kaboose.com/Olympics.html
Enchanted learning has some great printables http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html
Free Unit study for the Winter Olympics Here 

We are celebrating the Olympics by hosting a Backyard Winter Olympics party with some of our closest Homeschooling pals!  We have invited a small group of homeschool friends and church members over to roast hot dogs and have fun with some of these Winter Olympics activities:

Winter Clothing Relay Races
Bobsled Racing - I will post this later.  A pattern to make a bobsled out of Popsicle sticks. The athlete who puts it together quickest, according to the directions, Wins!
Driveway Hockey
Marble Downhill Luge - Hubby is making a wooden track that the kids can race there marbles on.

Hope everyone has a blessed and fruitful homescooling week!

Menu Plan Monday: Frugal Lady Feeds 4 for $55

Feeds 4 $55 Menu Plan
This is the official Feeds for 4 menu plan.  This week you can feed your family of four for just $55 using this example of a menu plan.  You can also find many more great menus and recipes at the Orgjunkie.com (see link below).

B = Breakfast, S = Snack, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Monday -
B: Oatmeal Pancakes w/Peanut Butter
S: Apple w/ Iced Water
L: Stew w/ crackers
D: Pasta w/stir fry veggies, garlic bread

Tuesday -
B: Cereal, Toast, turkey bacon
S: Granola Bar w/ Iced Water
L: Stir fry veggies, whole wheat couscous, slice of turkey
D: Swedish meatballs, green beans, buttered noodles, salad

Wednesday -
B: Banana Muffins & fruit salad
S: Rice Cake snacks with hot tea
L: Fish Filet Sandwhich w/ carrot sticks & raw broccoli & ranch
D: Beans & wild rice

Thursday -
B: Baked oatmeal w/ bananas
S: Snickerdoodles with Milk
L: Tukey BLT Sandwich, Carrot Sticks, Apples
D: Chicken & Scalloped potatoes casserole, salad, garlic bread sticks

Friday -
B: Biscuits w/ Gravy & turkey sausage
S: Hot veggie dip & corn chips
L: Leftovers
D: Meatball Subs w/carrot sticks & ranch

Saturday -
B: Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, toast, hashbrowns & sliced tomatoes
S: Celery w/ Peanut butter with Milk
L: *Back Yard Olympics* Cooking hot dogs with homeschool friends
D: Pizza night (Sausage & Olive Pizza)

Sunday -
B: Baked Oatmeal w/peanut butter toash
L: Chili w/ Beans & cornbread
D: Chicken quesadillas rice & re-fried beans
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Bible Study: God Who Are You? Session 2 Monday's Discussion

God . . . who are You & what can You do for me?
Getting to know the Almighty God

Greetings sisters in Christ!

We are continuing this week with our 10 week Bible Study series from Jenifer at By His Grace Ministry called God . . . who are You and what can You do for me?  Our second session begins today via a blog discussion post from Titus 2 At The Well.  You can begin anytime, so please join in on this study.  

This study is designed to join sisters in Christ, where ever they are, to learn more about God and to grow in our relationship with Him.  I have just completed the first week and have been blessed by how the Lord is communicating to me and how He is moving in my life.  Please join us today.  Here is how you can join in:

1.  Visit Titus 2 HERE join this week's Bible study.
2.  Download your FREE study guide from Jennifer.  You will find the current week's study guide, just below her video posts on Monday.
3.  Complete your daily study session (in your study guide) and then come back to this blog and we will continue or daily discussions by posting comments on this blog.
4.  I will be posting each day, reflecting on the discussion question and the study session from each day.  Please join me as we grow with Him.
5.  Return to Titus 2 each Monday to be led in the studying of God's Holy Word with Jenifer at By His Grace Ministry.

Today's discussion question: (you can answer 1 or both, that's up to you)

1. What does it mean to you to know that you are precious in God's sight?
2. Can you think of a time in your life when you've experienced, firsthand, the LORD's faithfulness? Share your thoughts.

As a wife, mother, daughter and friend, I don't believe that there is a day that goes by that God's faithfulness is not evident in my life!  His faithfulness is essential to just be able to get me through my days, most of the time.  As a women, I believe at one time or another, we have all battled with feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt.  These were major issues for me in the past, that were battled daily in the forms of depression, worry and anxiety.  Oh, to be able to give the Lord back all those wasted times, moments and years!  I can't turn back time, so that is where His grace and loving faithfulness met me!

The moment that I realized that God loves me enough to send His only Son for me, even if I were the only one who needed saving, was one of the most precious times in my life.  I could no longer feel unworthy, for He made me worthy through Christ.  I could no longer worry or feel anxious, for He has given me a spirit of courage, love and of a sound mind.   His love and protection is surrounding me constantly.  I can always go forward knowing that His hedge of protection is about me and my family, and that whatever life may bring my way, there is nothing that He does not understand nor anything that He hasn't Himself endured for my sake!  Wow, that is awesome!  Thank you Jesus!

Have a blessed and beautiful week in the Lord's service.  Hope to see you "At the Well".


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Mac Homeschool: Friday Freebie


We have been studying all things fancy, fabulous and FRENCH!  Can you tell I have a 6 year old little girl that reads too much Fancy Nancy?

I made these French Flashcards to help her learn some common words we use in the family.  We review them together along with her other French Flashcards (I'll post some of those soon), each day in her Work boxes.  I would love to share them with you and your homeschooler.  Feel free to print them out and pass them along!

French Family Flashcards

Happy & blessed homeschooling to you all!


Keepers at Home: Thought

“We are not created as wonderful wives. We must learn daily, over and over, how to rid ourselves of the world and to fill ourselves with the Word. Though we try, we will never be accomplished, and must always strive to fight off the world’s enticements.”
- Jacque Dixon

Pinching Pennies: Bye-Bye Debit Card & Giveaway!

*This Giveaway is CLOSED*
The prize remains unclaimed, no participation. . . oh, well, I'll use the goodies!!!
Say "Bye-Bye" to Your Debit Card

The bank takes much more than you realize when you use your ATM and Debit Card on a frequent basis.  They mask and disguise it with "convenience" but ultimately you will always pay the $$$.  Here are some quick and simple steps to save some $$$ by taking it back from the bank.

  • Use only your own bank's ATM machines when you wish to withdraw money and get cash and you will avoid some fees that really add up.  Most banks (including your own bank) will charge you $2 per transaction.  If you get cash up to three times per week, you will save $6. (+ $24 in your pocket)
  • Stay above the minimum balance required in your checking account to avoid monthly charges.  If your balance has grown, make sure your fees reflect that.  Banks often waive or lower a fat checking account's maintenance charge. (+ $10 in your pocket)
  • Open a savings account with no ATM card access. When you get your paycheck, sock away $15 a week. (+ $60 in your pocket)
  • Paying bills via on-line banking can save you up to $3.75 for checks and $4.95 for postage. (+ $8.70 in your pocket)
YOU'LL SAVE: $102.70

These few things can help empower you to be the frugal homemaker that you never knew you could be!

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Here it is as promised the Penny Pinchers Giveaway!
The Frugal Lady Bag Includes:
Full Size Products
& More!
Just a lot that a frugal girl would want!

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Giveaway ends Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Winner will be chosen Monday, March 1, 2010 12:00 pm CST using Random.org

Happy frugal living!

Mac-Cyber Science Fair Giveaway!!!

Congrats to our new subscriber joeandbridge you were lucky # 13

True Random Number Generator  13

HELP US spread the news about our upcoming MAC-CYBER SCIENCE FAIR 2010 and enter to win the  great Homeschool Pack pictured below!

The Homeschool Pack includes:
4 His Kids Craft Kits
1 Set of Word Family Flashcards
1 Flat Stanley Book
3 Non-Fiction Books
1 Kids Cookbook
1 Hands-on Clock
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*This contest is open until February 28th, 2010 6:00 pm CST*
The winner will be chosen using Random.org
The winner will be posted on this blog Monday March 1, 2010

* Be sure to go to the Mac-Cyber Science Fair Registration page to enter the Science Fair *


Wacky Science: Join Mac-Cyber Science Fair!


Let's get ready for the Science Fair!

The Scout has been readying for the Science Fair next month, although we aren't even sure that our co-op will be sponsoring a Science Fair this year.  He is still gun-hoe about Science and making a project.  Scientific Solution: we issue a challenge to our readers, Join us for our Mac-Cyber Science Fair 2010!  

Here is how it will work:

1.  Spread the word out there in "cyber-land" that we will be having a homeschool Cyber Science Fair.  The actual Science Fair judging dates will be held online March 5th.  Judging will take place during the day with the Science Fair winners announced Saturday, March 6th, 2010 & prizes forthcoming!

2.  All homeschoolers will need to be registered online by March 1, 2010 in order to receive their Science Fair information packet.  Parents: (1)You must at least have email capability, but if you found us online, that shouldn't be a problem.  (2)You must also have a digital camera in order to post pictures.  (3)Your child must also be a student between the ages of 8 - 18 years of age, actively homeschooling.

REGISTER HERE: Send an email with your child's nickname or first name only; Age; School Grade; Science Fair Project topic; and your email contact information.  You will then receive your participant packet with instructions & guidelines.

3.  We will be posting links to our Cyber Projects through a posting thread (with Mr. Linky) on this blog. Each participant can post their Science Fair Project for judging via their own blog (or parent's blog).  No blog, no problem - Make a comment below and we will make arrangements to have your project posted. All projects must be posted via Mr. Linky for judging by March 3rd, 2010 by 6:00 pm CST to qualify.

4. WE WILL HAVE FUN WHILE LEARNING!!!  Be sure to get started looking for a great project.  Subscribe to this blog so you won't miss the Cyber Fair Link-Up Post, nor any of the fun prizes we will be giving away during the MAC-CYBER SCIENCE FAIR!

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Here are some great spots on the web for helping you prepare your Science Projects.  Have fun & make sure to check-in later to stay in the loop on MAC-CYBER SCIENCE FAIR News!

Science Fair Central: From Discovery Education
How To Impress Science Fair Judges
Make a Splash at the Science Fair: From PBS Kids
Science Fairs: From the Cyber Bee
Super Science Fair projects
All Science Fair projects: Find your project
Lots More Science Projects here
Creationism Science Fair ideas
Come back and show of your Science Fair projects!
Heather Mac