hello again!

Life is full of surprises–some good and some simply awful not so good. The last six months have been challenging and honestly something I’m not quite ready to write about here. Needless to say most everything is not the same as it was in my last post. I am not able to home educate in this season of my life. I haven’t been sure what to do with my little corner of the web so I have been prayerfully considering what to do next.

That being said, I have truly missed blogging but I have spent time wondering if it’s needed. There are millions of wonderful blogs in the online universe, so why is this necessary at all? The answer is simple–relationship.

I have made wonderful connections with women I never have met in person. We have shared burdens, prayed in faith, done happy dances and challenged in love. It’s made me a better person and I want to continue to cultivate that with more and more people.

The new tag line sums up the fresh focus: crafting a beautiful life. As women we touch so many areas and this blog intends to address a variety of areas in an easy way. Beauty inside and out (with a crafty twist) is the order of the day.

Decisions, decisions…

Two days until we start our new school year! I am peacefully happy about how this is working out for us. In our homeschool we follow the calendar of the private school my daughters attend. They start on Thursday, so guess what. So do we.

My 7yo son has bugged asked me since Christmas break to homeschool him again. Once we decided to do just that he has never looked back. He hasn’t wavered or questioned his choice once, even when we registered the girls for school and went shopping for school supplies. I am so impressed with his quiet confidence in his choice.

Unlike him, I spend too much time rehashing and questioning and second guessing most every important choice I make. I don’t just let the decision hang out there, small and vulnerable. After I toss it out I quickly reel it back in, clutching it,  frantically searching for any perceived flaw. Upon closer inspection I deem it unworthy and toss it onto the heap with the rest of the changed decisions. Then I make another decision and start the process over again.

Those little decisions never reach maturity. They never see the light of day. I hang onto the familiar, even when it’s not in my (or my family’s) best interest. I pray Jack’s unknowing example will help me be braver as the months go on and that some of my wee decisions will have the chance to turn into great things.

Let your “Yes,” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No…”

James 5:12 NKJV

I have a secret…

Okay so I’m really laying myself bare here. I’m going to say out loud what I  have been keeping under wraps for a while now.

I’m writing a book.


I’m writing a book.

Okay, I’m not ready to shout it from the rooftops just yet but I am terrified excited to share this news with you here. Brooke, author of Warrior Prayers and Notes to Aspiring Writers: Your Dream, God’s Plan (due out next week), encouraged her blog readers to come up with an elevator pitch for our books, so here it goes:

The working title is Bountiful: Cultivating a fruitful life in dry seasons

Where can we look when find ourselves in a season that is painful or dry? Galatians 5 is a gift from God for a parched soul.  My book walks us through the lush garden of the fruit of the spirit, picking one fruit at a time and examining its healing properties for hurting lives. We can find that place of refreshing and renewal in Christ.

I pray this is only the beginning of great things. I am writing this book because someone (maybe you!) needs to read it. God has help for others on the other side of my faltering pen.

I’d appreciate your prayers as I struggle to complete what I feel God has placed on my heart to share.

I’m writing a book!

A post on why I wasn’t posting

Okay my attempt to post every day this month has [briefly] fallen apart. But I will pick right back up here.

So we are in our second week of record snowfall. I had to stay at the hospital Tuesday night to make sure I could get to work yesterday. I was glad I did but that meant I couldn’t post and I wish I would have post dated something so my silly respectable daily posting goal would be met.

It has been colder here in Tulsa today than at the North Pole. No joke. The South Pole too (but then again it’s summertime there!). It has been up to -31 degrees in Oklahoma. Crazy cold. So all the snow we have gotten two weeks in a row (3 feet or so in all) is just sitting around. and piling up. and making an icy mess everywhere. Ick.

When I got home from work last night I was exhausted and just couldn’t write anything creative. So here I am now. Back on track. 🙂 But the bright spot on my day is the knowledge that it will get into the 70′s (yes!!) next week. Then we will live in a big muddy lake. But I’ll take that over what I have now any day!

All of me

I have kept separate blogs for several years. I have a book arts blog, a blog for creative homeschool ideas. (I used to have a blog about praying with children too.) All this is fun but really tiring. There’s a lot to keeping up a blog, much less three. My dear friend Renae suggested I combine my blogs rather than quit one altogether. It was just the pep talk I needed.

So here it is, the new and improved PrincipledMom. No more slicing my life into pieces. This is me–happy mom, inspired home educator, enthusiastic book artist, pursuer of Biblical principles, fountain of creative ideas. For whatever reason you follow my blog(s) I am sure you’ll enjoy the renewed energy and focus here. Hopefully you’ll see how art and home education can happily coexist. And I plan to take you all on the amazing ride that is my life; books, children and all. I’m getting more personal, more current and more artistic. If you want me to address a specific topic or idea, just let me know.

So welcome to my remodeled blog! I tried to make things easy to find. If you have trouble navigating the site, please leave a comment and let me know.

Facelift—and a contest

Wait, you didn’t think I got a facelift did you? Shame on you for thinking that… Well, what do you think about the new and improved PrincipeldMom blog?? I am so in love with this theme. Thanks to Andrea for her help getting it up and running. She rocks. And thanks to Jess at Delicious Design Studio for the great template.I will be doing a LOT more writing here this year. I have tons of ideas planned  in the way of topics and things to discuss. Also I am planning give-aways and other interactive things.

Speaking of give-aways, Let’s start off the New Year with a fun one. I am giving away this book: I happen to have bought two copies and would like to share my goof up to bless someone. Antonin Careme was the first “celebrity chef” and created French standards like the souffle. The book is sprinkled with 19th Century recipes and his own drawings of elaborate tablescapes. He was not someone to emulate in his personal life but his story is really interesting nonetheless. Please note that this is not a cookbook. Few of these recipes are probably things you would try because we do not eat the same things they did in his day. The recipes are interesting anyway though.

So this book give away will end January 15th CST at 9pm. All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment and make sure I have a way to contact you. You can enter once a day until then. It would be great if you could spread the word about the giveaway. I promise this year is going to be a blast here at PrincipledMom. God bless you!

Welcome 2009

I’m back to blogging here again. I’ve missed posting and interacting with those who stumble upon my little blog, so thanks for understanding my absence.

Don’t you just love a new year? Like new fallen snow, the year lays before us, sparkling and unsullied. I have a ton of calendars that will turn over to reveal a fresh month (including the art-a-day calendar, courtesy Renae).  I try not to make resolutions but that’s hard to do. Planning and goal-making are some of my favorite pastimes—along with not following through.Sometimes I think I’m earning my PhD in that.

I hope you will welcome this gift of a shiny new year with open arms. I mean really throw your arms around it, embrace it, smell the potential. God gives us the gift of time and I pray you will make the most of every morsel moment this year.  Enjoy!

Shalom and Hatikvah

Today is Israel’s 60th birthday. What a miracle this little country is! To celebrate this momentous occasion, there is lots of activity at the Jerusalem Post you can take part in, from sending Israel an E-card to viewing highlights of the last 60 years. You can also check out celebrations happening all around Israel.

 Our city has a sister city in Israel: Tiberias. This isn’t really public knowledge I guess but I was glad to learn about it at last year’s A Night to Honor Israel. If there is one planned anywhere in your area, consider going. It is a wonderful night to show solidarity with the American Jewish community and Israel as well.

Please take time today to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. For more info on how to get involved with Israel, visit CUFI or ICEJ.

Be my guest

…at Renae’s blog. She was kind enough to ask me to be a guest writer. Hers is one of the 5 blogs that I read faithfully. She’s one of the few online friends I have met in real life and I cherish her friendship. I hope you’ll bookmark her blog because she’s an amazing writer. Thanks Renae! It was my pleasure.

Life Nurturing Education

My post there will be continued here in the near future so stay tuned…

On hiatus

Not sure when I’ll be back to blogging. My sincerest apologies about the history study, I just can’t take on what I thought I could. Things are changing (for the better) with my homeschool and it is taking my time and energy, along with nursing a newborn and my domestic duties. There are just not enough hours in the day and I often bite off more than I can chew. This is one of those times.

I am tending to family things right now. Thanks for understanding. Enjoy everyone else’s blogs. Renae and Dana especially say things much more eloquently than I can.