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Around the House…

Just Between Us

I’ve been absent a bit as of late, and I thought I should catch you up on what has been going on in my little part of the world…

First of all, I have been working on designing my new blog, that will replace this one in July.  I have a new URL and I am pretty excited about things.  I decided that with only two more years of homeschooling in my future, I needed something that fit me and would grow with me in the future.  I’ll still blog about homeschooling, but I will also venture into some of my other interests a bit more.  I hope you will enjoy it and like what I have in store.

Next, I’ve been dealing with a lupus flare for quite awhile.  It’s been exhausting, but I am hoping I am seeing the end of this one.  I really am hoping to get this whipped back into remission.  It is just better all the way around when I am not dealing with an active illness.  We all like me better.

Currently, I am working on completing two non-fiction books that I will be publishing for the Kindle.  I am hoping to have these done by the end of this month.  I’ve also been outlining a new fiction novel that I will publish under my own name, and a fiction novel that will be published under a pen name.  This is an area I will talk about more on my new blog.

Today, I am actually in the middle of making cinnamon rolls.  It’s 90 degrees outside, and I am making cinnamon rolls.  It’s a true act of love.  They are for my Dad for Father’s Day.  Yes, that was a couple of days ago, but he was gone visiting my brother then.  So now that he is back, I am making his present.  My Dad loves my cinnamon rolls.  I’ll blog about them sometime in the future.  I’ve been using the recipe by The Pioneer Woman, but I have made a couple of modifications and I like them better.  I’ll share my revised recipe on the new blog.  I need to find the cord for my PHD camera.  (That is push here dummy for those who don’t know.)  I am not able to take good pictures with our fancy camera, due to my eye problems.  But I seem to be able to on the PHD one.  I can’t find the cord to recharge the dumb thing.  It most likely is out in a box that I packed up when we started my remodel in my front room.  (Which still isn’t done by the way…)  Once I locate that cord, I will be back in the photo business and can do justice to recipe posts.  I’ll be doing a post for my french fries then as well, which I am also making for dinner today.

I think that catches us up.  If I’ve left anything out, ask me.  I’ll be happy to fill you in!

New Beginnings

Here it is January, and with that, we all think of new beginnings.  We all like starting with a clean slate or sheet of paper.  It just feels fresh and new.

One of my goals here at Garden of Learning, was to start over with a whole new look.  I have been thinking about this for a long time.  I was just tired of my blog and how it looked.  I wanted to try on something new.  And I also wanted to revamp my focus just a little bit.  I think I have finally found something I like.  It took the help of a super friend to help me get the final component into place.  I just didn’t like anything.

I also added a tag line to my blog.  This will help refocus my blog on what I want to represent here in the digital world.  It’s my motto.  Cultivating Knowledge, Learning, Home & Life.  I like that because I think we are always learning and growing.  Right now I homeschool my son.  But one day he will graduate and move on.  And that’s OK.  But rather than close my blog down, I plan to keep blogging under the Garden of Learning name.  Why?  Because I am always learning and growing.  And that is what this blog is all about.

I hope you will enjoy the slight change of focus here.  I’ll still be blogging about homeschool.  I’ll still be sharing recipes.  I’ll even be sharing reviews.  But I’ll also be sharing more personal thoughts and feelings as I learn and grow here at home and in my life.  I want to be firmly planted in a Garden of Learning.  I hope you come along and will enjoy  the ride.

Oh, before I forget, I have a brand new blog button to go with my new look.  I hope you will snag it and share it.  You can currently find it at the bottom of my blog.

So, what do you think of my new look? Let me know. (I hope you love it.)

Just Between Us-July 25, 2012

So today I have been reflecting on my life and all of the changes that I have made over these past several months.  I decided that perhaps it is now time to answer some of the questions I have been asked privately from some of my readers.  I promised I would share answers when I was ready, and since today is my birthday, I decided the best gift I could give myself was to answer these questions once and for all.  :)

So I am going to do a question and answer format type of interview with a version of each question I have been asked over the past few months.  Let me know if you like this format.  If you do like this, then perhaps we can do this periodically here on my blog.  :)

Why did you quit your job with TOS?

Well, nothing like starting with the big one, huh?  Honestly, I had felt for a long time that God had other plans for me.  I just refused to listen.  So when I actually left, it was long overdue.  That being said, the company was moving in a direction I was not comfortable with and no longer wished to be a part of it.  There are some other dirty little details that I just don’t want to go into publicly.  Had I listened to God the first time, those details would be a non-issue as I would have left a year prior to them occurring.

If you could do anything differently in that process, what would you have done?

Listened to God the first time and quit before.  It would have saved me a lot of unnecessary pain.

What have you learned through this process?

I have learned to always follow God the first time he prompts you to do something.  Don’t question it or fight it.  He knows what is best and you can save a lot of heartache and tears if you just do what He asks immediately.

It seems as if you lost some close friends through this process.  How do you feel about that?

Yes, I did lose some close friends or at least who I thought were close friends.  What I have learned is that they were not really my friends at all.  They were most interested in what I could do for them or give to them.  Those aren’t the kind of people I want for friends.

What I did learn was that I have many other wonderful friends who are true blue.  I learned who I can truly trust.  I am thankful for each and every one of them. I am truly blessed.

What are you doing now?

Oh, I am so glad you asked!  As you might be aware, I have started a new website with my special and dear friend, Heidi Strawser.  We wanted to create a place for all homeschoolers.  Homeschool Mosaics is the result of our dreams and plans.  This was truly a God-led project and we are honestly amazed each day at how He is blessing us.  We have lots of other exciting things planned in the future that we hope will bless others.

I am also working on another new venture with my friend Christi.  We should be launching our new product line soon, and I will be sure to share when that happens.  You won’t want to miss it!

And finally, I am working on a line of books for the kindle that I should begin publishing within the next month.  This particular series is non-fiction and I will also be publishing some books written by my husband in the gardening area.  I am also working on my great American novel.

So as you can see, things are working out for the best.  Always follow God’s leading, and you will be blessed immeasurably.


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