Counting my blessings.

What is working in my life today? Over the summer I started taking tennis lessons with a few of my girl friends, and as of today we still take one lesson a week and we've managed to make time for another hour of play outside of the lesson. It has been so much fun learning a new sport, and the laughter has been medicine to my soul. Our home school this year has been the most productive year so far. We have come along way from meltdowns that would last all day, and bad attitudes to kids who do their...

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Facebook Parties. The what? The why? The how?

I like many of you have had a direct sales consultant ask me if I would like to do a home party? My quick response is; "NO! My house is a mess, I don't even have a big enough house, and who would I invite, and if you only knew how bad I am at parties you might never ask me again!" We've all said it or at least thought it. Well there is a new game in town and I'm going to give you my experience with a Facebook Party (that I ran) for Thrity-One. I became a Consultant...

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Dads you are amazing!

I wrote this while sitting in California Adventure last week. Dads there is no one like you! You follow your kids and cheer them on. You lift them on your shoulders so their feet can take a break. You run from one side to the other while mom puts up her feet. You stay calm when a phone has gone missing from your daughters watch. You hold the baby in one arm and the toddlers hand in the other. You wait again at the end because she asked you to. You carry the heaviest backpack and two kids at your...

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There is a new community online!

Do you blog? Do you Scope? Are you an entrepreneur? Do you homeschool? If you answered yes to any one of those questions then this new community is just for you. It's appropriately called "Social Homeschool Mamas" because we homeschool and use social media. We are not afraid of the internet or sharing our lives (respectively) online. We have discovered that the online community has allowed us friendships we might never have had otherwise, and engage in discussions that stretch us as mothers, wives, business owners and Christians. You, fellow homeschooler, are my people and I've cast my net wide...

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You can find me now on Periscope.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like sitting at the "adult" table? When you finally arrived at the "adult" table did you feel like you had nothing to add to the conversation? Well I've been on Periscope sense June 2015 and I've watched bloggers I have been following for years, mom planners, fitness mommy's, and all the while feeling the tug to get in front of the camera. This past week I have flipped the screen and joined the "adult" table. You can find me on Periscope @rebeccaverkerk. I know my first few scopes have been rough and...

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Big Happy Planner could be practical and enjoyable.

I am obsessed with looking at how people are journaling their days away. From adult coloring books, doodle Bibles and now planners that are more artistic then practical. Let me show you what I mean.   These are specifically from Create 365 The Happy Planner, and yes I have ordered my very own. Admittedly I feel like this could be something that looks great and ends up in a pile somewhere where I wont feel guilty looking at it. Scrapbooking was/is a similar project. I love scrapbooks and marvel at the people who make them, but I never found the...

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Confessions of this blogger.

I am not a writer! I am sure those of you new and old to this blog are nodding their heads because you know I am not. The posts I write can have many grammar errors, lacking style, which persuades no one. I can get so self conscience about this truth that writing any post is equivalent to the dentist chair. As a homeschooling mom I am relearning a lot about the English language and writing structure, but instead of that making me a better writer I am more aware of my inability to write well. I now know what...

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Today is a day

Today was so stressful that even the sky was stressed with hours of lightning and thunder. Some days just seem like they will swallow you whole if you let it. I love my Fireman! I'm not sure where I would be without him, but I can imagine I might be on a crazy cycle with everyone I met. He keeps me grounded in truth when I am swimming in a sea of feelings. He had left for a dump run and a quick trip to the grocery store, and in that time I was experiencing friendship troubles. I called him...

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What I am reading in 2014.

“Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read.” ― Mark Twain “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” ― Mark Twain I thought it might be fun this year to join a few book clubs. I know what many of you are thinking right now, "when does she have time for that!" Great question! I'm not sure I do have the time but I am hoping these clubs would motivate me to read and participate in a discussion. The first is The Jane Austin book club. All 6 books in 1 year, and...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and God Bless Everyone! I pray that as you wake up this morning you acknowledge the breathe of grace that has filled your lungs. Before you unwrap a gift let the peace Christ promised to envelope you. There are no to-do's in this moment at the manger. No one is waiting for you to return an email. It's quiet but for a babies cry. Our savior has been born, Emmanuel, God with us. We don't have to wait anymore for salvation, He's here. The one our longing hearts have been waiting for has arrived. Just breathe. As a...

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