Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

i'm back, i'm refreshed


I did it! I spent the day getting all my 2008 photos into an album. I spent the day resting, socializing..eating, ugh. Now I will start getting ready for my 2009 photos. I just like to have them in an album then maybe one day I will scrapbook, but not for now. This is my favorite way to do it, by going off, away from home so I can get it done quickly with no interruptions. Dad gets to bond with the kids. It all works out real well.
Friday we (meaning me, my hubby, my mom and my granny) went up to see the college my son was visiting over night at their weekend open house. We toured the grounds and had dinner with him. Here they spent time visiting classes, playing sports, worshiping, eating and more. He even ran into some other students he knew. This campus is small, the teaching is excellent, the faculty get to know the students personally and access to the cafeteria and all it's food, is included with room and board 24/7! The 24 hour cereal bar is a teenage boy's dream come true. It is a really nice place. We are excited that he was accepted and will continue to pray for God's direction and perfect plan for our son.
Blessings to you all.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

thinking of the garden


I have been thinking about the garden a little. Not starting, although I would like to plant a few seeds and will put it on my list for this weekend. Here is what I am thinking.






pumpkins.............always
gourds..................friend giving us seeds
sweet potatoes.....i would like to grow organic ones, just try it this year
potatoes.............. these are so cheap but very high in pesticides and fun so it's on
tomatoes............. always
sweet peppers.....try again
popcorn..............that was quite fun and I have some seeds leftover
lettuces variety...of coarse
spinach..............so good
butt. squash......mmmm...last well in basement
broccoli.............hoping for better results this year
zinnias...............my fave
asparagus..........will it keep coming?

I sure hope I can manage this. I will not stress though. If it can be worked in , then great. I want grow and cook those cancer killing foods!!
What are you growing this year?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

what we are speaks so much louder....


Our children are going to learn more by living with us day in and day out than they will by reading about ratios and proportions. What we are—the ideas that rule our lives, the attitudes that rule our hearts, the actions and words that stem from those attitudes—will have a bigger impact on them than what they learn about some historical figure.

Once again Charlotte gently reminded us that the atmosphere of our homes makes up one-third of our children's education. What we are speaks so much louder than what we do or plan to do.

I want my children to be "hourly the better" for spending their days with me. It's a tall order that can be accomplished only with much prayer. Let's renew our commitment to put forth the effort—daily—of living devotedly, acting lovingly, thinking correctly, and speaking kindly before our children.


I tool this from a Simply Charlotte Mason email newsletter. I just thought it was very good. I have been very convicted of late and regrouping on this 'attitude' in the home. It is easy to lose track a bit, especially when you are weary from stress in your life. Thankfully we have a God who's grace is daily renewed.

Monday, March 8, 2010

what am I making Monday


Well, my boys made it home from camping in caves over the weekend. B held back a little from the more in depth, messy, tiring activities, but came home raving over the food they ate while they were there. Let's just say they ate many pancakes which I believe is a staple at every scout camp out. He is taking prednisone these 5 days which you may already know can cause extreme hunger cravings. Well, last night as B was drifting off to sleep he asked if I could please make more pancakes, so I promised my precious, sleepy, hungry little boy that I would.
I made these buckwheat pancakes. B was a little worried at first that they wouldn't taste good. He could see the darker look to the flour. They are all used to me making altered versions of pancakes. I have just never settle for the white flour boxed kind. Not pointing any fingers, it's just true. Anyway, I have been trying for some time to eat more variety of grains and decrease our gluten intake, not go gluten free, mind you. I am on a mission to use more cancer healing food on a daily bases. This is nothing new for me, I have had a heart for wholesome cooking since I became a mom, but I have regrouped my efforts more toward cancer curing here at this cancer fighting home.
According to Nourishing Traditions, Buckwheat is a fairly neglected grain, falling under the non-gluten variety, valuable for it's high content of cancer preventing nitrilosides.
After loading it with organic butter (only bought due to sale and coupon) and good priced real maple syrup, I let out my breath when I heard B report that they were quite good! Next, I am hoping to order some buckwheat groats for the freezer so I can grind them into flour and pre-make large amounts of pancakes and waffles for my freezer using my Bosch mixer. For now, I bought a buckwheat pre-mix from Bob's Red Mill. I need a little simplicity some days and I know you all know what I mean there.
I hope to share some more here with you soon. Tell me what you are doing to eat more wholesome? My friend Stacy is making yogurt which I plan to try very soon!

Side note:
I have to tell you all that B sat down after eating two of these and made a very important observation; he said that he noticed how my pancakes made him feel more 'filled' after only two verses the 5 he had to eat while camping. This was a good opportunity to teach regarding white flours, filling whole foods and blood sugar spikes!

Friday, March 5, 2010

countdown to a cure....2 left!


I am so excited to report a productive visit to Iowa City for a regularly scheduled clinic day! His counts were up real high. I think I forgot to post here on last months just because we were admitted and things happened so fast. We held an increase in his chemo from last month, which is why his counts were soaring this time. Therefore, he has to have his chemo dosage increased now. He still isn't at 100% dosage for weight. I am glad he is high for his upcoming camping trip with dad and the boy scouts. I will relax more now knowing this, since the meds he received and will take over the next few days, may make him tire easily, sore or uncomfortable.
Torturously, he has asked me not to tell him the count down days...can you believe it..:) He wants to be surprised. I will try but it will be so hard! I want to shout it out to the heavens and all the earth every time I think about being done with this retched treatment.
Praying you rejoice with me and thanks for your cyber prayers.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I'M 40!!


What else can I say? I have so much to be thankful for.

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Why MAGNANIMOUS?

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.