Saturday, February 27, 2010

Things are about to get crazy around here!!

Well, change is on the horizon for the Fortner five!! I think we have sold our home and are ready to embark on a new and different journey, I must add that it was lead by God, He definitely listens when we call! For awhile now we have dreamed of downsizing the budget and making our financial load a little easier and less stressful, and since we have dedided to homeschool next year, we know we had to make some sacrifices and change things around here to make that happen. So, as things fall into place, we will just go where the good Lord leads us! Even though we have about 2 weeks to find a house and get moved with 3 boys, 1 dog and a cat!! Tomorrow we are going on a househunting marathon and hoping we find just the right fit for our family!! Then I can discuss the other changes that will occur after the move, woohoo, I am excited and ready for the change. Albeit sad a little, because I have always loved my home and this neighborhood, I have been raising my children here for the past 8 years, It is necessary to let it go to reach some goals as a mom that I have wanted for a long time!!!
This weekend I attended my first homeschool convention, very cool! I think I have got Jacks cirriculum all lined up for 6th grade!! I am going with Sonlight for history, reading and bible, SOS for language arts and science and Teaching Textbooks for math/algebra. I am excited and ready for this new venture and season of my life and motherhood!! Wish me luck!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Come and get it, this weeks menu!

After time and time again, while following my friend Laine's blog and envious of her organization and meal planning, I am compelled to try to start weekly meal planning for my family, unlike hers (8 children to plan for) I have a family of 5, so it should be rather simple right?? Well we will see if I can keep up:)

Monday: Homeade Goulash (one of Jacks favorites)
cottage cheese and applesauce
Tuesday: (workday) leftovers :) no fuss and easy for mom!
Wednesday: (Awana) Pork burgers, cheese potatoes and baked beans
Thursday: (workday) pizza night or carryout
Friday : (soccer game and homeschool convention) Breakfast for dinner (easy for daddy, since I will be at the convention)
Saturday: unknown at this time, maybe date night for mom and dad:)
Sunday:pasta bake and salad

Now**Lets see if I can get organized enough in this department to plan a month of meals! Lets not get ahead of ourselves, LOL!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

A time for Change............

I needed to update my blog and post but I am having a hard time trying to find a topic today!! I guess you could say writers block?? These last couple few weeks have gone fast and have had many changes: moms marriage, her moving and selling her house, Jeffry coming home from Haiti, my grandma's passing and Steve's new job. Other than that it has been fairly typical in the day in the life here! I am ready for winter to be over and spring to, its time for the seasons change too.
I can tell a change in my littlest Ben, he seems to be going through the terrible two's and he can be a real stinker at times, Marcus is still in that defiant mode right now, so they just feed off eachother and can really get themselves into a mess with mom!! Unfortunately that is something most kids go through to get to the next phase of childhood! But it seems more trying right now becase I have 2 going testing me at the same time!!
Steve has started a new job that works for his school schedule, so he works during the day and goes to school 3 nights a week. He really is enjoying this new venture, lets hope its a long term thing!
Well as a momma of 3 boys, 2 of which have worn me out already today, I am going to take a nap while they do!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Goodbye my sweet Grandma...till we meet again, I love you!

This week I lost my beloved grandma Daphne,she was 90 1/2yrs old. In the last 9 months I have lost both of my grandmothers.  My grandma Daphne was the best grandma anyone could have, I will miss her so much, I cannot even imagine my life without her here, my boys will  miss having their "meemaw" around. Jack is having a hard time and poor little Marcus wants to go up to heaven and "knock Jesus down" to get his meemaw back! Ben doesn't quite get it yet, I am sad he will prob not remember her. She left such a legacy, her dedication to God and her faith, family and community will live on through those who loved her and her memory will last forever in our hearts as we adjust to life with her gone, I guess I never really thought the day would come when I would have to say goodbye to her, and today was the day we buried her, I can honestly say that it has not sunk in yet. Even though I know she is in heaven tonight, dancing and praising with Jesus and her loved ones (that she truly missed) I am happy and rejoicing for her, she is no longer homesick, but home, where she is young and strong forever, where I will see her again and we will rejoice together for eternity.....I love you grandma, till we meet again!

It is is fall, the leaves are falling everywhere!!

It is is fall, the leaves are falling everywhere!!
Playing in the leaves a few years back

Fall FUn 09

Fall FUn 09
Brotherley Love!

Books I have recently read or reading

  • When You Come Home, by Nancy Cavin Pitts
  • Terri Blackstock's christian fiction
  • Any of the "Patchwork Mystery" series
  • Island of the Blue Dolphin
  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
  • Lisa Whelchel's "So You're Thinking about Homeschooling"
  • The Homeschooling Handbook