As she looked through the mist across the lake, she thought she saw a glimpse of her first love. It was night of the anniversary of the first time she met him. As her thoughts drifted back to that night 50 years ago her granddaughter sat on a nearby swing watching a smile come across her weathered face.
On that night, her thoughts were already consumed with thoughts of her now deceased husband. They had shared many happy days and nights out by the lake in the cabin she now calls home. She had been telling her granddaughter stories about her courtship with her first love. She talked about the long, summer nights of sitting in the small row boat as her beau rowed them across the small lake.
She told her granddaughter how this handsome young man captured her heart so many years ago and how he had to leave for the war across the Atlantic shortly after they met. She held in her hands the letters neatly wrapped by a red ribbon, as she tearfully told her how they exchanged letters for three long years, before he came back home to her, never knowing if he would ever come home alive.
She reminisced about their engagement soon after he came home from the war. She lovingly described their first little house. The house that was full of love of two young adults who longed to be parents. And she laughingly remembered the days of having more mouths to feed than rooms in that tiny house.
She showed pictures of the house that he built for her and their growing family. And she talked about their children frolicking in the very lake they sat beside on this misty night. Her granddaughter could almost see the ghost of her grandfather whom she had never met. She knew that surely he must never be far from his one and only love. She strained her eyes for just a glimpse of this man who made her grandmother smile.
As the time grew later and the mist grew thicker, she knew it was almost time to retire for the night, but then she looked at the smile across her grandmother’s face and knew that they would sit by lake for a while longer. Maybe she would see the ghost of her grandfather before the night was over.
This is a short story in response to a contest sponsored on Scribbit’s Blog.
Happy Birthday to my daughter, Ashley! Today she is 18 years old. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday she was born, and now she is old enough to vote in the Presidential Election! She is a beautiful girl inside and out. And I am very proud of her. We will spend some time celebrating her life today.
Recently my homeschool group has started a healthy homeschool moms group. It has been a lot of fun! For some reason, I have not made exercise a priority in my schedule. And for the past 3 weeks, I have exercised several days a week. Since we are on a tight budget right now, along with the rest of America, I am finding creative ways to exercise. I have been walking at a walking track at a local elementary school. And on inclement weather days, I am utilizing our mini-trampoline. I am also incorporating a healthier, low-fat menu into my life, along with drinking a lot of water each day.
What are you doing to be a healthy homeschool mom?
I will leave the contest open until next Monday night (October 13) at 10:00 pm EST. At that time, I will pick a random number from the number of entries. The contest is open to residents of the United States. I am sorry that I cannot send this internationally at this time. If you are from another country and can have me send the DVD’s to a US address, you are welcome to enter. I have had some bad experiences lately with custom’s tarriffs.
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This week I want to share with you a little trick we have implemented to cut down our electric bill each month. This is a simple thing that many of you may already do, but it has been a proven tactic for us to bring down another bill in our budget. So I had to share it.
We have started using our clothes line on a daily basis! And, in order for our clothes to get that fluffy smell and feel, we do put them into the dryer for about 10 minutes with a dryer sheet. We have noticed a $40 drop in our electric bill from this change in our routine.
Now, I can justify why we have mostly relied on our dryer to do most of the drying over the years. But we are trying to make conscious decisions to reduce out monthly cash outlay. And this was an area that we could tweak our system.
With a family of 8, we do between 2 to 4 loads per day. On bedding day, we can do as many as 7 loads. So we do a significant amount of laundry. When you switch from using your dryer for 50 minutes to dry a load to 10 minutes, you can see that we are saving quite a bit on our energy use.
Of course, we use the dryer as needed on rainy days. But, fortunately, we have had a lot of warm, sunny days.
Let’s talk about taking care of the teacher today, shall we? Many homeschool moms whom I come into contact with are very family-focused. I think it comes in the job description of a homeschool mom.
What do you to take care of yourself? I know that I am so good at putting my husband, children, and others before myself that I neglect my needs. So I am purposing to do better for myself and my health.
What are the key items that I need to do to be healthy spiritually and physically?
- Read my Bible daily and pray without ceasing - Get an adequate amount of sleep at night - Drink plenty of water daily - Exercise - Eat a balanced diet - Take my daily medications and vitamins
Now, I can tell you that I fail miserably a lot of days, but it is my goal to accomplish these things on a daily basis. This also models good choices for my children, too.
Today is Frugal Friday on Crystal’s blog. And my tip for the week is on saving money on my grocery bill. (Even though I have TRIPLE coupons at my grocery store today, I have a different tip.)
My husband grew up without a lot of material things. His family had to stretch their grocery dollar each and every week just like many of us do now. One thing he decided was that he would never do without soft drinks when he was an adult. Needless to say, he changed his mind a few years ago, and he only drinks water except for meal times when he drinks tea or milk. This enabled me to change my grocery shopping to not include any soft drinks except for birthday parties and special events. I estimate that I am saving $10-15 per week on groceries by not buying soft drinks. (My husband could drink a 2-liter soft drink by himself in one day.)
We have substituted soft drinks with water. We use a filtering system on our refrigerator and kitchen sink. We live in rural NC, and we have a lot of iron in our water, so it is not good to drink it straight from the tap. We drink juice with breakfast. And we drink Kool-aid on occasion for lunch. At dinner, we drink milk. In between meals, everyone drinks water.
If you don’t have the money to travel to Hawaii or Chile, I have a great new product for you! A Christian publisher has created a series of DVD’s called, “The Nature of God in Nature.” His first two installments in the series contain footage from two beautiful places in the world. The first DVD that I watched was the one on Hawaii. And the second one was on the Lake District in Chile. These are two places that I would like to visit some day in person, but, for now, I enjoyed his travelogues.
I have an introductory special for the DVD’s. You can purchase them for $12.95. That is $2.00 off the regular retail price. You can also watch a sample video on his website at http://www.onemustardseed.com/.
Have a blessed day!
EDITING to add a link to the Trailer of “The Lake District”
There are several things that I could list today for my “Works for Me Wednesday” post, but the one that is most important to me is a verse that I have been praying as I pray for our upcoming Presidential election:
Proverbs 29:2. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Since we, as Christians know, that prayer works. I thought this was my best tip of the week!