7 Quick Takes Friday (3)

Joining Jennifer at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday...

The toe is broken. Not badly. Just a little break next to the large joint. If there is a synonym in existence for the word stupid, I have probably used it in reference to myself in the last two weeks. Fortunately, I am a Christian and have a few more names given to me...


I only have one more item left to purchase before the school year so I've been hitting my favorite spots to earn a few extra pennies. Between Ebates, Ebay, CathSwap and Swagbucks, I've made enough this month to buy my planner for the year and several books.

*If you shop online, you'll appreciate Ebates. Incidentally, if you sign up through this link, you will get a free $10 gift card just for joining.

*I'm new to the ebay thing but I'm going slowly and enjoying the results. All of my Etsy experience has payed off. I actually sold a pair of used shoes this past week. The Chief was incredulous that people will buy somebody's used shoes over the internet. I tried to help him understand that they were name brand shoes and that makes all the difference and that I have no foot fungus. Yes, he said, but they don't know you don't have foot fungus.

*CathSwap (Catholic Curriculum Swap) is a Yahoo group where Catholic homeschoolers can buy and sell used books and materials. I have purchased and sold many things there and have had only positive experiences.

The planner that I mentioned? Gorgeous and Catholic planner from Family-Centered Press. I have purchased the small coil bound option in the past but am using the large 3-hole punched for my binder this year.

My next and last school book purchase this season is going to be Lemonade to Leadership from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. I have been looking into ways to make the kids' studies immediately applicable to their lives. There doesn't seem to be a better way to inspire them to learn than this method. If this curriculum is what it claims to be, I may use it as a unit study for the three oldest in the Fall. In Andrew Pudewa's review of the course, he writes: "We need a nation of entrepreneurial, mission-driven, prepared young adults; it's never too soon (or too late) to start nurturing this aptitude." Sounds great to me!

Ann Voskamp speaks to my heart (and toe) this week with her post "When You're Finding it Hard to be Patient."

And my impatience is a result of my unthankfulness – I’m impatient for the children to be someone different, for the cashier to hurry up, for this to get done right now.
The more dissatisfied I am in this moment, the more discontented I am with who they are, with what is happening —  the harder it becomes to be patient, to be loving.  more here
If you haven't seen this hilarious and short comedy video on the Perils of Childhood, drop what you're doing and watch. (Thank you, Rock, for the heads up!)

And finally, since it is in a mother's nature to think that her kids are the bees' knees... I offer more proof...

Posted on July 22, 2011 and filed under "7 Quick Takes Friday".