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Cocoa Beach Vacation {and one off to college!}

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Our family decided to go on one last trip before our daughter went off to her freshman year in college. I wrote about her graduation earlier. We decided on a Cocoa beach vacation, since a friend of ours had a condo there.  I was really glad we had this quality time to spend together.  I will be ever grateful for that time. We also spent a day at Disney World. She took this picture of the beach where we were staying.  She has a knack for picture taking.

 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida

 

This was the pathway to the beach from our condo. It was great having the beach at our doorway!  The only thing is it was around 100 degrees everyday.  It was way to hot for me.  I was usually only down there for about an hour.  Luckily there was also a pool with nice shade. The kids and my husband were able to stay on the beach much longer.

 

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My fifteen year old son, soon to be sixteen walking on the beach. I can’t believe how fast he has grown up!

 

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There were lots of storms in the evening that we got to watch from our balcony. The kids thought that was pretty cool.

 

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Our family selfie on the balcony!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids chilling on the balcony!

Kids chilling on the balcony!

 

 

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We got to see some baby alligators up close. The kids got to feed them hot dogs on a string and hold one of them!

 

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Even though my kids are teenagers they still loved magic Kingdom, especially my daughter who loves all things Disney.  They had only been there once before when they were very small.

 

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This is the first time I got to see the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle.  It was an amazing sight! Of course my daughter took lots of pictures!

We had a really good time, but it also was bittersweet.  I knew when we got home from vacation that two days later we would be packing up my daughter and taking her to her new dorm room for her freshman year at college.  Where did the time go?  It seemed like I blinked and she grew up. My son will be sixteen next week and is now taller than me with a deep voice.  I always thought my kids growing up would be far off. Well now the time has come and I am still trying to adjust to having one less mouth to feed, to mothering one child at home, and passing her empty room.  I keep expecting her to come running downstairs to tell me something she learned or some exciting news. My mom reminded me that I didn’t lose a daughter, I am just forging a new relationship with her. I am figuring that out one day at a time and giving myself lots of time and grace. I’m sure I will be keeping you up to date on my journey.

 

You Are Enough Even With A Chronic Illness

 

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Having a chronic illness can really make your self esteem take a nosedive.  We need to remember on a daily basis that all that matters is what God says about us.  There are so many things that he cherishes about us.  Please remember that  you are enough even with a chronic illness!  Don’t ever forget that.

1. You are enough. Sometimes because of our limitations we think we don’t measure up.  God can still use you. He finds you more valuable than rubies. ( Proverbs 3:15) You are still enough even with a chronic illness!
 
2. God loves you just the way you are. He is the one who  made you in his image!
 
3. You are not valuable because of what you can do but because of who you belong to. We are human beings not human doings.
 

4. Learn to be compassionate and considerate with yourself just as you would with a friend.  So many times we are more compassionate to a friend than we are with ourselves. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

 

5. Learn to forgive yourself and others. So many people can disappoint us in this life including ourselves.  Harboring grudges and bitterness does not do our health any good.  Learn to let go and let God fill you up.

 

6. God still has a purpose for your life even though you can’t do all the things you use to do. There are so many stories of how God has used unlikely people.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

 
7. God sings over you with His love. (“He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17) What a great picture of how much God loves us.  He delights in us!
 
8. God has started a good work in you and He will see it through to completion. (Philippians 1:6) God is not done with you yet!
 
9. Stop comparing yourself to others. When we compare we either feel prideful or less than others.  it does not do us any good.  God made us all different for a reason.
 
10.Reach out to others. Sometimes when we think we don’t have any energy to reach out we can do the smallest thing like offering a smile or hug that can do much more than we can imagine.
I hope these reminders of God’s love and compassion towards us reminds us of how much we’re worth. may you have a blessed day!

 

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Homeschooling While Living With A Chronic Illness {Guest Post}

I am excited to welcome Nicole McGhee from Home With My Sons!  She is going to be talking about homeschooling while living with a chronic illness. Even though I do not homeschool I know many of my readers do.  I am sure you will find this very helpful.

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Four years ago, I was given an answer to a lifelong question.  The answer was an autoimmune disorder and the question was “Why have I been sick my entire life?” At that time, I was in the homeschooling trenches with my 2nd grader, preschooler, and new baby on my hip.  Truthfully, the answer gave me so much relief and comfort that I could finally see how I could juggle life with an illness.  Before I began my monthly blood treatment, I was sick more often than not.  When the treatment finally began, I could focus on the side effects of the disorder as opposed to just being ill all of the time.

My health has dramatically improved over the last three years; however, the afflictions that come with the disorder make themselves known.  I battle constant fatigue, joint pain and swelling, and other internal ailments.  Some days, getting out of bed takes all of the energy I can muster.  On those days, I know school is going to be on the lighter side.

How can I cope with a chronic illness and maintain a homeschool schedule?  The easy answer is that I plan for it.  I know there are days that I am not going to be able to jump into a big project or experiment.  Fortunately, we use a curriculum that requires as much involvement as I want to give or as little as I can spare.  On a normal day, I have two boys working on their Time4Learning  lessons at the same time so I can answer questions, read to them, or offer any clarifications.  On the days I cannot monitor them as closely, they work on reviewing lessons or moving forward with self-directed learning that doesn’t require as much of my assistance.

I also have a checklist of activities for us to do when I need to be able to rest more.  I have set aside books to read together and keep some interesting documentaries in our Netflix queue.  We enjoy crafts, so my oldest son will work with his younger brothers on some easier, seasonal projects.  I save some of our homeschool favorites for those days, as well, like Play-doh, wax sticks, puzzles, etc.

Most importantly, I realize that I need to allow myself some grace.  I remind myself that a day here or there is not going to be so detrimental to my children that I won’t be able to make up the time lost.  If they need some additional help from Dad due to my increased need for rest, I’ve got to ask for it.  I know that science may have to wait until Dad comes home from work or the social studies project of the old west frontier may be put on hold, but my sons are learning something books cannot teach them.  They are learning to be compassionate and understanding.  They are learning to have empathy for those that are sick and learning to care for the family around them.  Isn’t that one of the best parts of homeschooling anyway?

 

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Crumb-Topped Baked Tilapia

Crumb-Topped Baked Tilapia

Baked Tilapia

Does your family like fish?  Unfortunately mine doesn’t. My husband will eat it if it has a mild, sweet flavor. I decided to hunt for a good baked tilapia recipe.  I’ve eaten it before and it always has a mild flavor.  I found this recipe in All You magazine, which happens to be one of my favorite magazines.

All tilapia is farm raised. It’s best to buy tilapia from the U.S. because it’s more eco- friendly. Grocery stores are required to label which country they came from and if it’s wild or farm raised. Fresh tilapia should smell like the ocean, not give off a fishy scent. It keeps well in the freezer for up to six months. Here is the recipe that I have come to love.

 

 

Crumb-Topped Baked Tilapia:

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

4 T unsalted butter at room temperature

3 T mayonnaise

2 t lemon juice

1/4 t dried basil

Salt and pepper

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

5 round buttery crackers crushed ( or you could use whole wheat bread crumbs)

4 6 oz tilapia fillets

2 T olive oil

 

Directions:

Place a rack 4 inches from heat source and preheat broiler to high.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil: mist with cooking spray.  In a small bowl stir together Parmesan, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, 1/4 t pepper, garlic powder, and crushed crackers until thoroughly mixed.  Place topping mix in freezer while preparing fish.  Place fillets in a single layer on baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Broil until fish is opaque, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and spread cracker mixture evenly over fillets.  Broil until topping is golden brown and edges of fillets are crispy, about 2 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

What kind of fish do you like?  I would love to hear from you!  If you think this sounds like a tasty recipe please share.  Thank you.