Friday, November 1, 2013

From my Front Porch ~ November 1, 2013

Welcome back to my weekly series, From my Front Porch, where I share updates from my home and family. My hope is that you'll fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and imagine us sitting together on my front porch, chatting about life and catching up on the latest news!  I hope you'll join me each Friday on My Front Porch!  

Around the House

Today I want to finish up our tour of the bedrooms with the boys' bedroom. These pictures are not for the faint of heart!  ;)  Seriously, I warned the boys that I would be taking pictures for my blog, and some of them worked to clean up the room!  So, this is about as good as it gets!  :)

This picture shows the triple bunk beds that we purchased two of about ten years ago.  It was the only way we've been able to sleep six boys in average-sized bedrooms through the years!  The three youngest boys (ages 9, 15, and 18) sleep on the triple bunkbeds now.  

The older guys sleep in these two twin beds.

To their defense, the bedroom is not large and they do not have adequate closet or drawer space.  So, they just make do, which translated means, their room is never really neat!

Just keepin' it real, friends!  :)

Here is a glimpse into the boys' bathroom.

So, that's it for the bedrooms, and we are nearing the end of the house tour.  I hope to finish it up next week with the bonus room.  After that we may revisit the family room, as I'm thinking about rearranging it!  :)

Family News

Another busy week here!  Tuesday night, I hosted our homeschool co-op's Mom's Night Out at my house.  I prepared three soups, and the other moms brought salads, bread, and desserts to round out a comforting fall meal!  I have several soups that I enjoy making and eating during the autumn and winter.  For this event, I made Pumpkin Chili, Zuppa Toscana, and Chicken Tortilla Soup.  (Follow the links if you're interested in the recipes.)

After dinner, my friend, Melissa, and I acted out a little skit we created contrasting the frazzled, overwhelmed, stressed out "Super Mom" with the "Abiding Mom," who rests in Jesus and relies on His peace and joy to make it through her days!  :)  I thought you might enjoy seeing a picture of us in our costumes!

We based our skit on this chart, which contrasts the Abiding Mom with Super Mom!  I encourage you to print a copy of this chart for yourself, if this is an area where you struggle!

On Thursday, our homeschool co-op had a History Day, where each of the kids dressed up like an historical character of their choice and shared a report on that person.  We had many fascinating men and women from history portrayed, from Joan of Arc, to William Tell, to Jane Austen, to Alvin York, to Anne Frank!  Here is the group:

From my family, Chris (18) dressed up like C.S. Lewis and shared a report on his wife, Joy.  Hannah (16) came dressed as the lovely Mrs. Robert E. Lee, while Luke was the infamous Stonewall Jackson. They represented the Confederacy well, while Matt gave a great report on Union officer, Colonel Chamberlain.  Bethany earned the most smiles as the famous sharp shooter Annie Oakley!  :)

Those were the highlights of our week. If you were expecting to see pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but that is not a "holiday" that we observe.  If you'd like to know why we opt out of celebrating this day which glorifies evil, you can read some of my past posts on the subject here or here. Also, I encourage you to read this excellent article, entitled Ten Reasons I Kissed Halloween Good-bye.

Thanks for stopping by my front porch for a visit! I'd love for you to take a moment to "sign my guest book" (leave a comment!)  ;)  Also, if you have time, please drop by and visit with my dear friend, Lori. When she has time, she blogs from the front porch of her cozy little log cabin nestled in the woods of the South Carolina mountains.  You will enjoy her warm and witty writing style!  Tell her that Elizabeth sent you!  :)

Please join me again next Friday on my front porch!!

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