It’s Election Day…. a.k.a Doomsday…

Do we really need another commentary on what the heck is going on in our country this election? I think not. But I felt compelled to share from my soul and convictions my thoughts on the mood of our nation this day. It is with heartfelt passion that I give you….

my TOP MEMES OF ELECTION 2016…. (refill your coffee…this is a TOP THIRTY!)

First, a bonus. Not a meme but a hilarious follow on Twitter and Instagram, Bart Millard of Mercy Me found these lovely photos of our candidates…

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30.  Not gonna lie…well, not all of us can get away with it… but this one sums up a lot in a tidy nutshell…meme_1456793391494_32832809_ver1-0_640_480

 

29.  History in the making….and repeating itself from centuries of failed governments….proof that, no, we will never learn…2016-best-political-memes-hillary

28.  Newsflash, y’all…

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27.  Here’s hoping that there will be another election in four years that will allow us, the people, to, ahem, readjust this two-party system…imgur-4cc286

 

26.  I’ve been saying all along that I’m voting for Pedro…meme-2-298x300

 

25.  Yes, I have posted the occasional political status but, dang, some of you are hateful….do you know what’s more important than the election? Relationships. And if you “friended” someone on Facebook, it’s because you felt some “friendly” association at the time. Treat people with respect, kindness and charity…people are more likely to listen to your political opinions….just sayin’…

 

24.  Come on…it’s funny…images-10

23.  My opinions are not based on anyone else’s. Listening to the man, himself, talk..watching him talk….he’s hard to take seriously as a person much less a Presidential candidate… He would be a great voice for a Disney animated classic, though! There’s always a goofy sidekick to the villian of the story that would fit his style nicely…f3a23ec710fba7a190cd643d13624053

 

22.  ‘Nuff saidaaapres

 

21.  Preach…12552687_1674858612795943_4030677133605094834_n

 

20.  Truth…. Question: At what point did it change from being a government of the people and for the people to a people of and for the government? Inquiring minds want to know….11329912_10207142933271002_5008214939989736905_n

 

19.  Anyone else have indigestion today?11222804_10153464295588908_1295768991627251815_n

 

18.  Sick, sad but it’s public knowledge, folks. And that Hillary covered for him is appalling. funny-political-memes-bill-clinton-2016

 

17.  Right?

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16.  Can’t breathe… bahahaha!49285910-cached

 

15.  I still don’t understand how someone who would not have been permitted to even apply for a job at Pizza Hut has been permitted to run for President. i-just-wish-the-fbi-waits-39till-after-the-election-then-at-least-i-was-president-for-a-couple-days-anyway-meme-38234

 

14.  I don’t look forward to the results later today and I don’t anticipate the political posts will stop anytime soon but this will be nice…dt8h6

 

13.  Yep…49285910-cached-1

 

12.  Me….picard-facepalm-who-voting-for

 

11.  One of my favorites….

10.  I just can’t….trump-combover

 

9.  What if I take both pills? What will happen?49285910-cached-2

 

8.  I’m with you, kid…americans-use-facebook-to-tell-them-how-to-vote

 

7.  I wish I could credit the creative mind behind this…brilliant!000000supercalitrump

 

6.  Sigh…images-8

 

5.  No words…fb_img_1474988878022

 

4.  IKR????!!!!!4335015

 

3.  I love you, my friends. Play nice…those-stupid-political-guys-need-to-stop-arguing-all-8269-640x640

 

2.  This would have been my number one pick but found the next one. I want this sign for my yard…2016

 

  1.  I’ve decided to write in the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man..fb_img_1474419595244

There you have it folks.  The paranoid patriot in me prays that we will still be able to access the internet freely for continued enjoyment of memes…

Knock yourselves out at the polls….literally, if preferred…

P.S. I’m running for President next time…if there is a next time….

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Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Happy 21st Birthday, Benjamin!

I miss having you around, mister. I can’t believe the tot that used to spin as fast as he could in the exersaucer, believed that Santa flew around in a rocket ship throwing out presents, and coined the term “ice pickles” is 21. I’m waiting in anticipation to see what amazing things God has in store for you, young man.

I’m so proud of you and love you! Have a fantabulous day!!

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Virtual Homeschool Coop Assignment #2 – How do you handle people discouraging your homeschool?

 

Assignment #2 for home educators participating in the VHC addresses how we respond to negative folks in regards to our educational choice. DO visit the VHC and see the other responses HERE!

 

What’s not shared is lost,

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Virtual Homeschool Coop Introduction

I’m a month behind but, hey, I’m getting there. This is my introduction video for the Virtual Homeschool Coop. Due to incredibly slow internet (and life, in general) it has taken two weeks to edit, and four days  upload, annotate and link up! I am going to have to get up early to take advantage of that unmetered internet….which we have between midnight and 5am. Coffee is my friend…

So…here it is. Apologies for the length. I’m a newbie but I will learn to drink more coffee beforehand, be concise and talk faster. Oh, and not go off on rabbit trails.

Our homeschooling has become so eclectic..it’s an eclectic hodge podge of Charlotte Mason, Notebooking, Robinson’s Independent Learning, Unit Studies, Classical, and fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants. Throw in the catering business as a part of our “vocational curriculum,” and we have a “unique dynamic.” Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

 

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

Getting there….

I catered all by myself today. I went up and down stairs about 24 times so that counts as working out, right?

So…I’ve been working on my youtube channel but have, yet, to post. Besides being exhausted in the evenings, crazy busy the rest of the time, I think I’m a tad nervous about getting those out there.  Okay, maybe more than a tad. Also, I’ve been running into technical difficulties i.e. aggravatingly slow internet. It takes HOURS to upload one video. I could go into town and use wifi but I’m away from the house enough. That’s not a good reason, to me, to have to be away from the house. SO, I think I will be taking advantage of this freak-of-nature transformation that has occurred, that being I’ve become a morning person against my will and natural selection, and arrange my routine so that I upload before 5am when our internet is unmetered and much faster.

That’s it for now. Wish me luck.

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

Coming soon…to a blog near you..

My name is Michelle and it’s been three months since my last blog post. Confessions of an intermittent blogger… I have posted about how I procrastinate with posting previously  so that’s all I’ll say about that. o.O I have been encouraged to try vlogging because it does take less time and it does fit with my tendency to talk to myself. It’s a work in progress but I’m working on it! Some folks are interested in our goofy, large family and how we do things as well as our catering business which we blend with homeschooling. Crazy? You betcha!  SO, we do have tales to tell, tips to offer, recipes and adventures to share. I have been intrigued by the homeschooling YouTube community and am going to try a Virtual Homeschool Coop so there will be posts for that, as well. SO, stay tuned! I do miss being here so will be trying a different platform.

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

July 4th Conversation

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As I was posting the above pic as my FB cover photo for July 4th, I expressed that I feel sad. Elijah, my 16, asked why to which I replied, “America is screwed.” His answer? “It’s your fault.” “Why?” I asked.

“Because you didn’t run for President.”

I volleyed with, “The scary thing is, I could run and I COULD get elected. I could run on ‘I don’t know what the heck I’m doing but it will be better than the future we’re looking at.”

Elijah’s suggested platform: “I’ve got this here Presidency for Dummies book. We’ll all be fine.”

There you have it, folks. I’m announcing my candidacy. Just write me in. I’m running not as an Independent but as an idiot because I don’t want anyone to be under the impression that I have any experience other than, if you consider having 12 kids a community, I am, in fact, a “community organizer.”

Happy 4th of July!

What’s not shared is lost…and I didn’t want to lose this conversation because it made me laugh…..

Michelle

Junk Food Connoisseurs

Every once in a while, I let the kids pick out the over-priced processed forbidden fruit type of food that I was raised on.  While I grew up with a regular diet of Hostess treats, I get a kick out of asking my kids if they want Ho-Hos or Twinkies and having one ask, “What’s a Twinkie?” No, we don’t live under a rock but we do live without commercials.😉  The kids were being especially entertaining while on one of our adventures in junk food shopping. I’m glad I decided to record “just in case.”

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

What should freak me out

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I’m a spaz. I tend to freak out; I have mini panic attacks. If you ask my kids, mini is not the word they will use. But I know it and I’m gradually getting a grip. When I have to make snap decisions on the fly, I “usually” am all over the situation. I’m great at problem solving in most circumstances which comes in very handy with catering. However, I’m not always “calm” in said situation. I don’t start yelping like a chihuahua or anything but I do get intense and can bark at people i.e. my kids. I make things worse when I second-guess myself. For example yesterday, as I drove off to take my cadets to their Civil Air Patrol squadron meeting an hour away with a side-stop to drop off my ballerinas to their sister’s for their ballet lesson, we heard a BAD noise. We had only driven about thirty seconds away and pulled off into a neighbor’s driveway. We had a flat. I was on a schedule and my kids were depending on me. My first thought was to go let the neighbor know I was in the driveway and ask him if he needed me to pull out into the road so I wasn’t blocking the drive. My second thought was to call Triple A. My third thought was to call my husband and ask him what I should do. So I called him first. He said to talk to the neighbor then call Triple A. Hmmm….wish I’d thought of that. o.O

SO, I walked up the driveway and an older gent and his buddy were chatting while having a brew. Wouldn’t you know that the friend who JUST so happened to be there had an air compressor on his truck? Yep, he filled up that tire and we were able to drive the 30 seconds home, throw our stuff into The Great White Beast and get back on the road. God spoke to me through the two old guys and the air compressor. AS SOON as that man said he had an air compressor, God said, “You’re first thought should have been ME!” He gives me this situations all of the time. That He cares that much about me to take time out of His schedule, that is what should freak me out first and foremost. I should also freak out that this flat did not occur on my way to Indianapolis with my two little boys on board or on my way back. I had only been home an hour from that supply run when we left for Ohio. Ohio, where I could have been when the flat happened. But, NO, I was less than a quarter of a mile from home! That freaks me out! Thank You, Lord, for taking care of us! Also, thank You that this was not our flat:

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I’m learning to not be shaken, thank you, Building 429.

While it’s the HARD things that try my faith, it’s these little things that remind me God is on my side and if He will take time to fix a tire, He wants to work through the big stuff, too. I need to REST in that. Fretting and freaking accomplishes nothing. It just makes each situation more stressful. Years ago, I bought a little card with a Helen Steiner Rice poem and it’s a prayer I’ve been praying since I was a yoot:

“God, teach me to be patient,

teach me to go slow;

Teach me how to wait on you

when my way I do not know.

Teach me sweet forbearance

when things do not go right

so I remain unruffled

when others grow uptight.

Teach me to let go, dear God,

and pray undisturbed until

my heart is filled with inner peace

and I learn to know Your Will.”

I’m not there, yet, but if you walk in our commercial kitchen when I’m faced with a deadline or a fondant piece just fell off of a cake or there’s no money for the bills or the kids are fighting again or I forgot to buy sugar, you will catch me muttering, “Unruffled…unruffled…letting go….inner peace…unruffled…”

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle

I’m Up Already

This blog has been yelling at me to sit down and include it in my morning routine. Alright already! I’m up. I’m here. I have a morning routine….when the heck did I become a morning person?! I keep giving myself excuses as to why I don’t have time to post but, truth be told, I just haven’t had it at the top of my priority list. Our family was involved with a play at the local theatre, business has picked up for our little catering business, school, nuff said. We’ve been swamped and I’ve been tired. I’m extra tired because, since opening our business, this night owl has been evolving into a morning person. I’m still getting acclimated to this thing called “moving” before the sun shines it’s face.

Unless I stay up late, I, typically, get up between 4 and 5:30. How stupid is that? If, IF, this very light sleeper has not been startled out of sleep by a five-year-old staring at me or whispering to me, “I need to go potty,” and/or the loathsome cat decides to meow incessantly and jolts me out of sleep and/or….fill in the blank….IF I’m permitted to wake up on my own, I get up around 6am. I get up, start coffee and the laundry, fold a couple loads, get dressed, Bible, blitzes and emails, oh my.  When did this happen? Part of me misses being a night owl but I am pretty zonked in the evening and am not very productive. I sat down with this post and 4:45am and realized that I *like* being up before everyone else. I’m still not completely converted…I want to go back to bed. I feel sleepy but if I lay down now, I will sleep all morning and I have to pack for my birthday get away.  I have only scrapbooked once since starting our business. I am WAY behind and need to get back to it for my family’s sake and for therapy. I’m looking forward to solitude but, by golly, I’m chugging a Rockstar and staying up late and (crosses fingers) sleeping in to my heart’s content in the morning.

I might even write a blog post while I’m there! Will wonders never cease?!

What’s not shared is lost,

Michelle