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Just two weeks ago, my oldest son turned nine years old!  Next month, my husband and I will have been married for 10 years!  10 YEARS!  What a big summer we are having this year!

The night before Jackson’s birthday, I was sitting on the couch crocheting while my husband watched television.  As if I had just walked into a brick wall, the realization that Jackson was turning nine really hit me.  I mean nine…that’s half of 18.  That means I’m half way done raising him.  I know that raising a child doesn’t end completely at the age of 18, but I am half way done with the time God has given me to mold him and shape him into the man he will become.  My timeline for instilling morals and teaching him how to keep a home, treat a woman and be a friend is half done.  That was an uncomfortable, unsettling feeling.  Yes, I shed tears that night.  I couldn’t believe we were to that point.  I swear I had just given birth to him.  This realization made me stop and analyze what I still have left to teach him and how I was going to get there.

One thing that has been on my mind and heart since he was born was my desire to raise my kids in home education.  We brought Jackson home after his first grade year because he was increasingly board and the teacher just had too many kids to teach.  I wanted more for him than he could get from the setting he was in at the school he was attending.  The first day of his second grade year was spent around our kitchen table.

That same year, I was running my in-home childcare (4 kids), was pregnant and transporting our youngest at the time to preschool in the public school system.  We were able to get speech help for him there which was a HUGE blessing!  At semester, my husband felt like Jackson should go back into the public school system because I had SOOooo much on my plate and was about to have a newborn to take care of.  I was so heartbroken.  I cried for months but kept the faith that one day, I’d be given the chance to bring him back home, and, God Willing, Gage (our middle son) too.

This past winter during Jackson’s 3rd grade year, he began to have social issues with kids at school.  Bullies are a HUGE problem these days and unfortunately my son fell victim to their harsh words and ways.  So much so he wanted to “go to sleep and never wake up.”  He BEGGED to come back home to homeschool again. As a work from home mother, I wanted to pull him right away and resume home education.  My husband encouraged me to allow him to finish out the year and to get help for the issues he was having.  He is so smart.  Through the next several months we learned that he had depression issues but those were from undiagnosed ADD.  Well that makes sense!  It also explains why he was so bored in 1st grade and why he had such a hard time paying attention long enough to get any homework done throughout the years.

We had begun to look into home education again just in case we, as a family, felt like it would be a good fit for our family for 4th grade.  With what I experienced the day before his birthday and my longtime desire to educate my kids myself, I have come to realize that I need to step up my Miche game.  We have fees and curriculum to purchase  before August should we decide to bring him back home.

That’s where YOU come in!

I need 4 people to host shows in July in order to be able to meet my goal of providing for my son’s education.  We all want what’s best for our kids.  For me and my son, home education is what I feel like is best for him.  Please help me do that!

Comment below if you would be interested in hosting a home/online/catalog/skype show.  I’d be happy to get that set up for you as soon as possible.  Our July shells will be announced tomorrow and you could be the first one to get your new shells and accessories for FREE!

Thanks for your help.  Thanks for your support!

LOOK! Extra hostess rewards for July!! Earn an extra $20-40 in free product!

Cheers,

Andrea

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{April 5, 2012}   Do You Have Determination?

Today I was visiting some of my follower’s blogs and came across this blog that talked about how she and her dad did the New York Half Marathon.  To say it inspired me would be a complete understatement.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind for the rest of the day!

Think about the last goal you set for yourself. *waits a few minutes to allow you to think….stop reading and think!*  🙂

Answer these three questions:

  1. Did you reach your goal?
  2. Did you reach it on time (did you set a time limit for achieving it)?
  3. What resources did you utilize in order to accomplish your goal?

If you answered yes to the first two, chances are you have an answer for #3, too.  Let me explain.

In my experiences, when I have attempted to reach a goal on my own, I fell short. As a teen I used to run competitively.  I had amazing race times, would get personal records and enjoyed every minute of it.  But guess what, the races I ran were team races.  Cross country, 4x800m, 4x1600m.  I did do the regular 1600 and 800, too, but guess what?  My score went to help the team!

As an adult and after having my three kids, I have tried several times to shed the baby weight and to get back into my training.  I thought it would be easy.  I thought it would be a breeze.  And it would be if I had accountability and someone other than my eight year old son, though he does really well at kicking my butt out there.  I know myself well enough to know that I need a well thought out plan of action, and then someone to hold my feet to the floor.  Allow me to share with you how I plan to shed the 20 pounds that are sticking with me and to get back on my training regiment.

Goal: In November I want do the color run in Nashville.

How will I achieve it?

  1. As soon as I found out about this race, I posted on Facebook that I was looking for people who were interested in doing the race with me. There were around 10 people who said they would do it also.  One of which is coming all the way from Kansas to run it with me!  GO BECCA!
  2. I downloaded MapMyRun to my Android phone and got things set up on my desktop so I could track my runs.  How often, how far, how many calories burned, food intake, etc etc etc. I also decided to make my profile public so I could share my workouts with my friends.  One of them rides bikes competitively and uses MapMyRide so she knows how the system works.  Another friend of mine whom I run with on occasion has the program on her Android phone as well.
  3. I have asked my son to train and run it with me as well.  Trust me, he is more than happy to get out there and run 3 times a day if I were up for it.  He’s always asking when our next run is.
  4. Now, my blog!  You all know what I’m doing so I give you permission to ask me about how it’s going.
  5. I have thought about asking people to take pictures of me around town if they catch me walking during my workouts and then posting them to my wall, but I’m not sure if people would actually do it or not.  But I have thought about it!

So that’s what I have so far.  I know that if I am training and eating the way I am supposed to be, the weight will come off or my inches will decrease on their own.  I’m not worried too much about that aspect of things.

Feel free to comment with you experiences with such situations.  Lend a helping hand, so to speak if you know of something that would help.  Offer encouragement.  And most important of all, HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE!

Cheers,

Andrea



{March 31, 2012}   Helping Cale!

I can barely put myself in the shoes of the parents of this little girl.  She goes to my boy’s school and is the same age as my middle son, Gage.  It breaks my heart at the thought of a sweet baby going through something as horrible as a cancer fight.  Tonight is her benefit dinner and auction.  If you are in the middle Tennessee area and want to help, be at College Street Elementary at 4 for the BBQ dinner, auction starting at 6.  Dinner is $6 a plate.  All proceeds go to the family to help with expenses during this time.

I have heard of several area business who have given donations for the auction.  Below is a list of what I know of for sure:

  • Miche
Miche handbag and gift certificate donated for Cale's benefit auction.

I am donating a cream base, Leila Shell and $25 worth of gift certificates for the auction. Total retail value of $95. Gift certificates may be broken up and given as gifts or used as one lump gift certificate.

In addition to this auction item, I am offering 10% of sales to be donated to the family if anyone wants to host a Miche Home Show in Cale’s honor.  Contact me right away if you want to do this because other’s have already taken me up on dates for other events and my calendar is getting tight.

 

  • Green Thumb Lawn & Landscape
Impatients and $105 worth of Lawncare

Inpatients and $105 worth of Lawncare. Three gift certificates good for $35 each of lawncare. They may be used by one person or broken up and given to others who can use them.

 

  • Fireman Lawn Service
3 certificates up to 75 value full service lawn care up to 1 acre

3 certificates up to $75 value full service lawn care up to 1 acre.

 

If I find out of other items to be auctioned I will add them to the list.  Please come out and support this family.  They really need our help.

 

Cheers,

Andrea Warren



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