Saturday, August 20, 2011

I Can't Make a Duck

Today, after a sleepless night thinking and worrying about all that needs done before school starts, and feeling perfectly inadequate for the task of the upcoming year of homeschooling, my dear husband told me to go for a walk...a long walk.

Now, to clarify, my husband knows that I cherish my long walks in the glorious sunshine through the beautiful nature preserve, and that they do amazing things to help me calm down and refocus.So, it was a truly loving suggestion.

When I got to the lake, I sat and watched the lovely ducks as they humorously dunked their heads in the water, with their feathery bottoms straight up in the air, and their little webbed feet wriggling. Whole groups of them were doing this, over and over, much to my amusement.

Then, as I was marveling over these amazing creatures and their entertaining ways, it occurred to me that I Can't Make a Duck! No matter how hard I try, I'm fairly certain that I will never be able to make a duck! I could think and worry as well, but I still would not be able to make a duck!

There is only one Person that I know of who could make a duck, and that is God. He is so incredibly wonderful, powerful, and creative, and I am simply dust. Who am I to think that I am anything, compared to the majesty of God?

In light of this new revelation, I realized that I Can't Be a Good Wife, Mother, or Homeschool Teacher, Either! I am simply unable to on my own. It really is an impossible task for someone who is only dust.

But God can, and does, make ducks! And God can, and will, help me be a good wife, mother, and homeschool teacher! That is, if I continue to abide in Him, and place all my trust in Him and not myself.

I am so thankful to God that I do not have to be perfect on my own, nor that I will ever be called upon to make a duck!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Football Determination

I'm proud of my two football players and their determination in their scrimmage last night. Here is a short clip of their top two plays; Lake's great tackle, and Reagan's catch-and-drag:

Friday, August 12, 2011

My One-Year Lilla Rose Anniversary!!!

One year ago today, I naively jumped headfirst into the life of a Lilla Rose consultant. It's been a crazy ride, but loads of fun, as I've met dozens of absolutely amazing ladies!

It all started the previous spring, at our local homeschool convention. While there, with thousands of products and curricula surrounding me, I only bought two things: the One Year Adventure Novel, and a Flexi-8 hair clip. As you can see by my previous post, the One Year Adventure novel was a huge son loved it, and completed his first novel!

As for the Flexi-8, now going by the name "Flexi-Clip;" it was amazing, and I totally fell in love with it! I like to wear my hair up, as it is feminine and out of my way, but with my thick hair, barrettes would either break or pop out, and the plastic claw clip was cheap and ugly!

 My new hair clip was very elegant, and only took seconds to put in...I could be ready for the day in a flash. (Which I needed to be, since homeschooling moms of seven don't have lot of time to spend on their hair!) It worked in all types of hair...from one daughter's super-thick and curly hair, to another one's baby-fine hair! And there were so many beautiful hairstyles that it could do!

Well, that summer, our family went camping, and I lost my Flexi8! I couldn't believe it! I was so lost without it...what would I do with my hair now??? Spend hours straightening it again? No, thanks!

I went to the web and searched for a replacement...when I inquired at the Flexi8 site, I was asked, "You already love the Flexi...why not become a Lilla Rose consultant and sell them yourself?"

Well, why not, indeed? Surely if I loved it so much, others would love it as well! I truly believed the Lilla Rose Flexi-clip was an awesome product...I knew that there were many busy moms out there like me, who didn't have a lot of time for their hair!

And the rest is history...hundreds of moms have discovered the flexi for themselves, and have fallen in love with it as well! I have also made dozens of new friends, and am working with a wonderful team of ladies, who are as excited as I am about sharing it with others!

What a great year it's been!

*Postscript: Wouldn't you know, that as I was packing to go camping again this year, I found that original Flexi8 in my cosmetic bag???