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  1. This is such a good explanation of this phrase. It does bother me when people claim god's favor based on their own successes and luck. It feels arrogant. But this description ( and you r following posts) bring it much closer to my own ideas of destiny and karma. Karma doesn't care. It doesn't love or hate. it just is. No matter how you feel about it.
  2. I use that phrase as a Buddhist, because I'm not aware of nonchristian equivalent of receiving fate's favor ( this one time) when it could have just as easily been me. I especially like to whip this out when it feels like the conversation leans in the direction of victim blaming. There unfortunately are people (Christian or not) who believe that we get *exactly* what we deserve and that if tragedy befalls you or yours it because of some error on your part. This leads to a lot of blame and suspicion that no matter how good and perfect a victim of tragedy appears, they must surely have some ugly, dark secret sins that earned them this outcome. It's a horrible view of the world.
  3. There is always, always at least one pair of underwear on the floor. Probably in the living room. Could belong to anyone. Usually clean (thank goodness).
  4. I'm thinking I'll go to JBs this afternoon and pick up a pie. Or, if I don't make it that far, I'll see if the little grocery in town has one. My middle three are at day camp this week and next. D is down with a sinus infection and bronchitis. Luna is destroying everything she can get close to. I'm getting over a stomach bug. We brought germs back from our trip to Cali this weekend. We're generally in survival mode around here. No family friends growing up. My parents were really close with my dad's family. We are furnishing our house. We will probably not do it again for a lot of years, if ever. I'm getting into subscription boxes. I've tried a few already. Maybe today I'll be signing up for groceries, snacks, bath products, tea, and maybe some things for my kids. What camp are you going to?
  5. You can be private about it, but still take necessary measures. Buying condoms, talking to your partner and speaking to your medical provider are all necessary to a safe and healthy sex life.
  6. I thought so, but I wasn't sure. How confident are you in the diagnosis? Have you had a full physical with your primary care recently?
  7. I knew someone with this problem. It was polyps. She suffered with it for a long time. A minor surgery took care of it.
  8. Are you seeing an ophthalmologist? I agree with PPs that it is time to look at other possible causes.
  9. I used it with my first two. Yes. it is 100% no prep, open and go. Super easy. It is intended for very young children. k-2. We don't do original writing at such a young age and I didn't realize that it was a bit too young for them. But I did love the method for new writers. There is a similar book for older children, but I didn't get it and made No More! I'm done work for us.
  10. Three of mine have had long hair off and on. All three are growing it out again now. One has thin, straight hair and will probably keep bangs shorter in the front. He is gelling the bangs to the side. We use Gorilla Snot. It really sticky and flexible, made for children. If he wants to grow out the front, he will continue gelling it like this as long as he needs. He generally wears it in a long bowl/surfer style. Next one has medium thick, straight hair. His is shaved on the sides, long on top. We use the same gel and style it either to the side or straight back. The third has thin, curly hair. It has gone pretty flat on top and we can't get it to curl much. We had it cut short, but we are growing to let it all grow, just trimming the bangs. It should grow into a curly surfer style.
  11. We just got home from vacation, so it's a short week for us. Tonight we brought home 5 kinds of Tijuana-style street tacos Tortellini in tomato cream sauce Linguine with mussels Lentil shepherds pie ( I see someone else is making this too. Mine is much more plain) spaghetti with sausage and tomato
  12. I didn't care when we bought our last house. We had no friends, undesirable neighbors, and extremely limited opportunities for our children. This time we chose much more carefully. This town is extremely modest, even run down. But people are kind and welcoming, children are plentiful, and opportunities abound.
  13. For our small house, to produce 125% of our power usage, using no battery and receiving credits for power, we are paying approximately $20k. Our monthly payments are about half of our current usage. The panels are installed, but not working yet. It has been over a year and a huge pitb. We did get a free panel upgrade out of it. The price depends on the number of panels, and I'm sure other factors. We pretty much maxed out our house. We have a small foot print,a nearly flat roof, and our house faces a funny angle so we get direct sun all day. The solar guys were excited when they saw the house because it's ideal ? Most of the houses around us are similar and have panels. We just had a new roof put on the house, so that was done. Whether it's worthwhile depends on how much production you can get and how much you are currently paying. The winter residents might have one or 2 panels, while we have a BUNCH. We're in Arizona, where the one thing we have plenty of is sun. Panels are super profitable here.
  14. White sheer curtains, and a white-multicolor fleece blanket on the bed. They are washable. I put white paper blinds in the little kids room. I don't know how, but they are doing great.
  15. Celery, I was called a troll in my first couple of posts, too. I had to get used to the style of posting ( LOTS of background info is required) and I started with some controversial posts about religion because I was having negative experiences being a religious minority. I jumped right in to see if I would be scolded, banned, or deleted again. So maybe I was trolling a little, but that wasn't my intention. Trolling is intentionally stirring up trouble, often through deception. Posing as something you aren't to get people fired up. IMO this board is quick to distrust newcomers. I agree with above poster that a teen night is a good start to pull people together. We live in a tiny town. (actually outside of town). My teen has tried a lot of different social events in our town, other towns, and the city an hour away. He has decided that the town teen night is the one thing he wants to stick with. All of the other kids go to school together. He doesn't mind being the outsider. Once you build a bit of a community wither among other home schoolers or in your geographic area, you can find the other things you are looking for. You might into clubs offered at the local high schools, or the public libraries if your homeschool community is small.
  16. Ooh. That does look nice. Especially the bulk teas. There is a place down here that is similar. I haven't been in a while. I might pop by this weekend.
  17. Happy birthday month, Scrap. What town and which shop? We school year round. I order curriculum twice a year or more. Jason is one a calendar year and the others are on school year. He started 3rd grade in January. I just ordered curriculum for everyone else last week. We do a month (roughly) of each subject, then switch. I don't like CAP grammar. So disappointing. I felt so inspired by their convention booth, glossy materials, helpful staff. But it just isn't working for us. I switched the kids over to daily folders which I love. I used up the workbooks that are lingering about. No more cheap workbooks for us. they are terrible. Good quality workbooks are so cheap. We don't need the awful dollar store ones. bleh. B is starting his first Coursera. He's taking forensics from Singapore University. He's one week in and he LOVES it. Everyone else is doing ordinary stuff. Explode the Code, handwriting of various types, Spectrum math. Luna is increasing her vocabulary with flash cards and picture books. We are pairing up Story of the World with Crash Course. Kids love it. Everyone is happy. I am sick today. I picked up soup and medicine this morning. I have moved from the couch to the bed and now the chair. We ate a snack and watched a movie. Luna is super whiney. Kids have been sitting at the table with 20 minutes of worksheets for 5 hours. I'm super ready for this day to over. I'm never expecting phone calls.
  18. I sat in on a day of CC after hearing a glowing report from other moms. I was disappointed that they weren't offering anything more than what we already did at home, except a pseudo classroom, which to me is not an advantage. We were using better materials, and my presentation is better. My kids were more engaged with less busywork. I nearly fainted when I saw the price. I would have liked that kind of consistent social interaction with a stable peer group.
  19. I don't know if you've already presented and it's too late, but do you plan to offer work around or adaptations? We are now using daily folders. Same idea, but one each day. I find it helps with the problem of the occasional skipped day or short week. The folders are numbered, not dated. The only thing that to me is a total no go for this system is any textbook or group learning or self-paced type of program or one that is used unpredictably or occasionally.
  20. 5 hr energy is a vitamin b supplement. It won't keep you awake, but it will help if you are low on b vits.
  21. Well, I took amphetamines and balanced them with alcohol and opiates starting from age 13 so... energy drinks don't sound crazy to me. I don't let my kids do those either. Because I want them to have a better life than I did.
  22. Energy drinks aren't ok for anyone. My husband drinks them, but if I could order him not to, I would. They are so bad.
  23. I'm 41. I've never been anxiety prone. I had a bit in different situations, but overall, not much and probably less than most people. I have far less anxiety now. Like zero. I just can;t get worked up over stuff. Life has been hard and we're still here.
  24. Homeschool Mom in AZ Is it a ton of work upfront to do it this way? With all of the subjects and projects and reading assignments and everything. Do you plan the whole 36 weeks all at once? When we have done it, we have had a daily folder of math, phonics, and handwriting worksheets. Just the basics, just a single day's work. Worksheets only. I've never planned more than 12 weeks at the most at a time. The shorter time allows me to revisit often what is working and what needs more help. I've always thought this system was really only compatible with a worksheet heavy system like VP or Spectrum.
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