Before I get into what's coming on the blog, I first want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being a part of this community.
For a blogger, I am quite sporadic in my posts and will begin projects with high hopes that tend to fall by the wayside. What can I say? Having seven children and three dogs just gets pretty busy. ;)
But I love the opportunities I get to connect with you and share resources with you, so I continue to try and walk out these projects.
July 11th, we celebrated 1 year since we brought our Ghanaian daughters home. Their transformation, both physical and emotional, has been nothing short of a miracle.
They are thriving in ways I couldn't have imagined.
You can see in the pictures below how much they've changed, in both ways, really. The first picture, from 2013, was the first time we met them. The middle picture was last year when we went to pick them up from Ghana. The final picture was taken at the beginning of July 2015.
They are blossoming!
In the spring we brought home a new dog. Our third. He was a birthday gift for my son who turned 8. His name is Wrinkles and he's all pug.
He is truly a companion dog and has been a joyful addition to our family.
A week ago I decided to cut my very long hair. After 7 years, it was time for a change. Seven years, seven inches.
I don't regret it one bit and couldn't be happier with the results. Much easier to manage and doesn't feel like dead weight.
I'm excited about finishing and updating some old projects and about the new projects coming through the pipeline.
I started creating prayer calendars last year and offering them to my subscribers as a freebie. Unfortunately, life got busy and I couldn't keep up with creating them each month. Looking back, I should have had them completed before offering them, but...you live and learn.
So, my goal is to complete the months that are left, and freshen up the old calendars to be up to date. I plan to re-release them as a subscriber freebie no later than December. I know that feels so far away, but trust me, it isn't!
A few years ago I created a cleaning schedule to help me break my cleaning tasks down into manageable parts. I will be updating that schedule and re-releasing it as well. You can continue to download the original schedule here.
Please note and understand, I do not work outside the home and I am not a single mom, so trying to meet the needs of those roles within this cleaning schedule is not a possibility for me. I've had several people ask, "What about moms who work outside the home?" or "What about single moms?". I am neither, and because I have not filled those shoes, I simply cannot create a schedule that would fill that need.
Moms in the Word
Last year I began what started as a weekly blog hop for moms (or women) who desired to dig into God's Word more. As a homeschooling mom to seven who also works from home, my time with God was seriously waning and I didn't like it. I needed accountability.
To that, I say yes. Because I don't blame anyone one bit for not being on Facebook. Lately it's been a war zone. But, I want to be one of the one's who helps spread the truth and the gospel, so I remain there.
Moms in the Word is meant to be a daily desire. I wasn't sure how to mesh it into a weekly email. But then I thought -- I recently began something on my blog called Daily Dose. Although, it hasn't been put up daily, I am carving out space for that because I think it's important. I certainly can utilize that to send out short, daily emails of Moms in the Word tidbits we are learning.
I'll call it, "Daily Dose of Moms in the Word", but keep it at "Daily Dose" for short. :)
Though we've taken a couple months off of reading in the book club, we are set to begin again in September. Right now we are still in the process of choosing our next book. If you would like to be a part of that process, I invite you to join the Facebook group here.
There is a thread started (pinned to the top) where members are encouraged to share a title they are interested in reading. We will then do a drawing from the titles and read the winning draw. So far, the suggestions all sound wonderful!
If you are not on Facebook, feel free to reply to this or leave a comment with your book suggestion. You can also sign up here to receive weekly emails exclusively from the book club. No blog posts or Daily Doses will come from signing up for the book club. Only book club emails.
If you want to subscribe to blog posts or the Daily Dose (or both), you can do that here: Subscribe.
Ultimate Homeschool Guide Series
As we head into a new homeschool year, I am excited to share a series with you beginning August 3rd.
I've been homeschooling for 10 years and I've learned so much. I would love nothing more than to pass on what I've learned (and am still learning), to you.
I homeschool my seven children, ages 5-13, boys and girls, biological and adopted.
Topics will include: ideas for preparing and planning your year, choosing curriculum, encouragement, how self-training can benefit you, making the most of your homeschool days, laying a solid foundation for your homeschool and family life, and more.
If there is anything you'd like me to cover that's not in this list, please feel free to leave it in the comments, or reply if you're reading this in your email.
If you're not connected with me on Facebook, I'd love to meet you there. At the end of last year, I switched Facebook accounts from Joyful Mothering to "Christin Slade". If you have not yet moved over, you can do so here.
The community over there is pretty engaged and I'd love you to be a part of it, too.
Whew! Well, I think that's it for now. I am very encouraged about the future (despite it's bleak appearance) and look forward to walking through it with you.