You may be wondering why I decided on the title I chose. Well about 2 months ago I decided to become a runner. I am a very slow runner, otherwise known in the running world as a turtle. I am determined to become faster and maybe someday become a racer. Therefore, I chose breaks out of her shell. Join me on my journey. As this turtle breaks out of her shell.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Let me tell you something about running. It will make you cry. It will make you smile, laugh, dance. It will make you want to shoot yourself. It will give you the urge to scream “I LOVE MY LIFE” at the top of your lungs. And all of these emotions typically are expressed during one run. That’s the amazing thing about running; it puts everything in perspective. You might start out your run in a horrible mood, having the worst day of your life. Then after the first mile you start to smile when a certain song comes on, and feel the urge to dance. (Do it, you’re sexy and you know it anyways.) Then you’re going to dominate a hill, and when you get to the top, you’re going to throw your hands up in the air and laugh.
And you know why I love running? Because it proves that you can overcome obstacles and still have a smile on your face at the end of the day.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reclaiming Lily

A Review

Reclaiming Lily is a wonderful book about the joys and struggles after adopting a child. Lily is a troubled teen who was adopted 17 years ago from China. She was adopted by a wonderful family consisting of Pastor Andrew Powell and Gloria Powell. There life was wonderful until Lily started acting out. Struggling with the challenges of what to do with Lily, Andrew and Gloria are contacted by Lily's biological sister Dr. Kai Chang. At first Gloria resist meeting with Dr. Chang, but when she finds out that it might be a life or death situation for Lily. Andrew and Gloria agree to meet with her. What follows is a fantastic story that depicts the grace of God and how he allows difficult times to come to allow beautiful changes in our lives. This is truly a wonderful story to read . Patty Lacy has written a beautiful, poignant tale of learning to trust God even in the most challenging situations.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Time 4 Learning Review

I have found a new website to use for homeschooling Wesley. I am so excited!! I wanted to use switched on schoolhouse but I couldn't afford it. So I went online to see what I could use instead. I looked at several curriculum's but none of them seemed right. Then I came across Time 4 Learning. I was able to try out the demo lessons and I started to get excited. I thought to myself, well this is really going to be expensive! But then I checked out the price. Much to my surprise I found out it is only $20 a month with an option of cancelling if you are not pleased with it. While then I decided to check out the reviews. I went to google and was so excited to find out that it is recommended by the magazine This Old Schoolhouse. If your child loves all things computer related, then I would definitely recommend this website for them. As a homeschooling mom for 13 years, I just wish I had known about it sooner. As a member of Time4Learning, I have been asked to review their online education program and share my experiences. While I was compensated, this review was not written or edited by Time4Learning and my opinion is entirely my own. Write your own curriculum review or learn how to use their curriculum for homeschool, after school study or summer learning.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Lady of Bolton Hill: A Review

The Lady of Bolton Hill has something for every book lover. Action, Adventure, and Romance. Over the love of music, two unlikely people meet and become the best of friends while they are both young. But a tragic accident separates the two friends. Clara Endicott is sent away to England, and for several years does not hear from Daniel Tremain. While in England Clara becomes a famous female journalist something that was unheard of in that day and age. Meanwhile Daniel Tremain becomes a rich industrial titan bent on revenge. Clara ends up back in America after writing a newspaper article that sends her to prison in England. Unbeknown to her, she is rescued by Daniel and sent back to America. There she reunites with Daniel and is determined to help him overcome his mission on revenge. What follows can only be described as pure excitement and suspense as well as the perfect depiction of God's love and grace. Elizabeth Camden writes a beautiful story that will keep the reader in Suspense to the very end. This is a novel just waiting to be read!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Lost Contact

Today did not start out as a good day for me. First, I wake up and find out that Anthony is still sick with a flu that I gave him :( that I probably picked up at the gym. Let me just stop right here and give a word of advice: If you work out at the gym and use the weights Please, Please make sure to wash your hands after using them, the gym's do not disinfect them. Second, I am putting in my contacts to drive the girls over to their first homeschooling class and I drop my contact. Now, mind you this IS my last pair of contacts. I think I can find it really easy!! Yeah, right!! I start looking and looking I can't find it anywhere!! So all of a sudden I start panicking. IT IS NOT HERE!! I cannot see without my contacts and glasses. And my glasses are put together with super glue. I start crying and thinking about every bad thing that has happened to me. I start talking to the Lord and asking him, "Why does all these bad things happen to me?" Do you not care? So I go back into the bathroom and I say, "Okay, Lord I know you can perform miracles, and you know I can't wear my super glue glasses because it will ruin my whole look!!" So something tells me "look underneath your contact lense case." Sure enough there it was!!! I did my praise the lord dance I was so excited. Isn't our Lord amazing? Something so simple and He says hey I am here, I do care about you, and I will take care of you. Needless to say He turned my whole day around. God is Good!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Year!! Time to start bloggin

Okay, Okay I know it's been 2 years since I last blogged but Hey, I had a lot going on. First and Last, We moved into a new house (YAY!!) Now for an update on my children. Jessi is now 18, she loves performing in skits, still loves to write, and is planning on going to beauty school in the fall. She also is driving. Next, is Luke he's 16 now, His best friends are Zac and Wayne. He loves to play guitar. He also belongs to a Skit team at church. He also is a power lifting champion. He holds the records for his age group. He's in the process of driver's ed soon. Then there is Samantha, she is 12. She now has a new name it's Sammy i can't believe it's not Yogi butter bacon Waffles :) . She no longer likes dolls, littlest pet shop, polly's or Disney Princesses. She now likes makeup, clothes, drawing, and facebook!!! Her best friend is Maddie, Breanna, Makenzie, Mikayla. She also belongs to a drama team at church. Last, but NOT least is Wesley. He is 10. He still loves video games, 80's movies and music. Then there is Anthony. He still is a policeman but has now changed job titles to Detective Hill. He still lifts weights but has added "COACH" to his name. He trains Luke. And finally ME!!! I have lost 30 pounds, I love exercising(most of the time) still struggling with the love of all things sweet and sugary!! I no longer have curly hair, according to my mom and sister I have gone over to the dark side because my hair is now STRAIGHT!! Still homeschooling and still lovin it. But this time I teaching a Senior!! I also have a not so secret obsession with facebook. Well that pretty much sums it up for now I will write more later.