"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~

Monday, December 3, 2018

And life goes on...

Hi everyone! I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying this Christmas season. I love this time of the year. I'm like a kid in a candy store when driving through neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights and decorations. Can you believe 2018 will come to a close in a few more weeks? I'm still wondering where the time went :-)


I have an announcement to make. If you have been a regular follower and reader here at Cross Rhodes Academy aka C.R.A., you know that I graduated my one and only in May this year. I don't have any other children so I've hung up my homeschooling mom's hat. With that being said I will not be updating this blog from this point on. I will, however, leave the blog up as an archive for those of you still in the journey. There is so much here that may benefit someone. Also, I want to encourage you to treasure every moment of these times with your little ones. They go by SO fast.

If you want to stay connected with me beyond C.R.A., I will focus all my blog writing at my other home on the web at My Life 0utside the Box. I share all kinds of random things there. You'll get to know me better, as well as find recipes, tips, product reviews, etc. I would love to have you join me over there, and I'll be sure to follow you back :) I'm also on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks for being my support over here in this little corner of the internet. It has truly been a blessing to me :-)

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful for~ 11/22/18

The photo in the frame came from an online printable.


I am thankful for...

My husband of 22+ years. We're blessed to call him the leader of our home, husband, and father. He shows interest in the things I do and encourages me to do anything that makes me happy. I thank God I have someone so special as him in my life. I love spending time with him just talking (especially going down memory lane), having date nights (lunch or snack time), joking around with each other (we have LOTS of good laughs together), and watching one another change as the years go by. I am also thankful for our son. He has such a loving, caring, giving, and compassionate spirit. I love watching him grow into a man. He touches lives in such a special way. Life would not be the same without him.

I'm thankful for family times. I love our family time on the weekends where we sit at the table together for a big breakfast.  Everyone is relaxed, takes their time just enjoying one another and the meal. No one is in a hurry to get anywhere. I wish every day could be like that :-)

I'm happy I'll have this list to look back on in days (and years) to come. It will be so beneficial especially when going through tough/trying times. When you think long and hard there is always something you can thank our Heavenly Father for. I pray everyone in the U.S. has a blessed and safe Thanksgiving day with their loved ones.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thankful for~ 11/15/18



I am thankful for...

The freedom to homeschool. Although my one and only is now a homeschool graduate, I'm thankful for the calling from God to teach our son for over 11 years. We made it from 2nd grade all the way through High School graduation. Those years go by SO FAST. I encourage all moms out there still in the journey to have faith in God to make it through. It's not just about academics so build up and enjoy your relationship with your kids. Don't stress yourself or your kids to the point of giving up. Be yourself and don't try to be like the next homeschooling mom/family. Don't be a carbon copy of someone else. You are unique, your kids are unique, and your family is unique. Let your homeschooling reflect your uniqueness and your family will be all the more happier. Not only learn right alongside the kids but take time to just hang out and enjoy making lots of fun lasting memories together.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful for~ 11/8/18


I am thankful for...

The Homeschool Review Crew (the Crew). This group has been such a blessing in our lives. I started with the Crew during their Maiden Voyage in 2008. Although I took a few years off (2013-2015), I came back because I missed being able to share my product reviews with the homeschooling community. I have gotten a chance to test all kinds of great curricula, educational games, online programs, apps, and even stuff just for mom. Being part of the Crew made me aware of products that we would have never heard of or been able to afford to try. I was so grateful for the exposure to new and might I add exciting products. Many of the products were helpful in my son getting the credits he needed to graduate. There were also things that helped him with some of his learning challenges as a special needs student.

Being a reviewer on the Homeschool Review Crew helped me be a better blogger, product reviewer, and writer. I will miss the private forum where you feel like you're part of a family. This is a place full of support, where you'll be encouraged in your homeschooling journey, can submit prayer requests and know you'll be prayed for, ask for technical help for blogging and navigating social media, ask for advice with other areas of life, and have a leadership team that's awesome to work with. It's bittersweet for me now that I've come to the end of my Crew journey. I feel so truly blessed. With that being said the 2019 Homeschool Review Crew Applications are now open. There's still time to apply but don't wait too long. If you homeschool and have a blog, I hope you consider joining this awesome team. You can also check out the Homeschool Review Crew on Facebook.

Veteran's Day is coming up on Sunday. Let's be thankful for all of our Veterans! Thank them for your sacrifice and service.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thankful for~ 11/1/18

Thanksgiving is fast approaching us here in the U.S. All month long is a great time for us to stop and reflect on all the ways the Lord has blessed us thus far. No matter what kind of year it has been or what is going on in our lives, there is always something to be thankful for. For the next 4 weeks up to Thanksgiving Day, I will post weekly what I'm grateful for this year. So let's get started.

The photo in the frame is a free printable I got online.


Today I'm thankful for:

Having Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Over 20 years ago I prayed and asked Him for forgiveness for my sins, and for Him to be Lord and Savior of my life. From that day forward it was not about what I wanted but what He wants to do in and through my life. That can only happen if I daily choose to "take up my cross and follow Him" (Luke 9:23). I belong to Him. I've chosen to live in submission to Him. My life has never been the same and I can't image doing life without Him. Have you invited Jesus in to be your Lord and Savior? If not why not do that today. Life is hard enough navigating it on our own. I'm glad God's Word says in Hebrews 13:5~ 
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese

Comfort foods and Fall go hand in hand. It’s another one of those things I love about this season. Be it Breakfast, lunch, or dinner comfort foods helps me invite in the cooler weather. Here is an easy lunch idea that we make often each year as soon as the first good chill hits the air.

Tomato Basil Soup
 Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. EVOO, or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 vine ripe tomatoes, chopped/diced
28 oz. can whole peeled or diced tomatoes
2 tsp. dried basil (or 1 Tbsp. basil paste))
1 tsp. dried oregano or thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1/2- 1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup chicken or veggie broth (I use my frozen homemade chicken stock cubes)
1/2 cup canned Evaporated milk or room temp. whipping cream (optional)

Easy Tomato Basil Soup
Directions:
I have the full directions for this soup over at my other home on the web.

We eat this soup with regular or sautéed mushroom and onions grilled cheese sandwiches. This year I kicked it up a notch and made Pimento Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I made some homemade Pimento Cheese the day before and used it to make this oowee gooey delicious sandwich. YUM!

Tomato Basil Soup ~ Grilled Pimento Cheese


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