Sunday, November 30, 2014

2014 Holiday Sale and Benefit

Take advantage of this limited 12 day sale. Twenty select paintings are being offered at a discounted rate and half of the proceeds go to The Sunshine Box Project. This organization was inspired by my nephew, David Sacran, so it's very near and dear to my heart, as well as Jason's. I, along with three other women, pair special needs children with volunteer sponsors. These sponsors pack and mail boxes of "sunshine" to the family. We gather information such as the child's needs, likes, interests, etc.. and pass that along to the sponsor so that they can tailor the box specifically for the child. Most sponsors are so generous and also send along something for the siblings. We have shipped over 350 boxes all over the world and are continuing to make matches almost every day. We are always looking for volunteers so if you think you would like to sponsor a child, just leave me a comment and  I can add you to our sponsor list.

You can view Jason's sale at

Go snag yourself a Sacran and support a wonderful organization at the same time!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Sale

So this is fun news. Jason is doing a holiday sale from December 1st to December 12th. He is selling 20 paintings at 50% off the normal price. And the part I am most excited about- 50% of the sales will go to The Sunshine Box Project. (search Spreading Sunshine-David Sacran on Facebook to learn more.) I'll be posting all the sale information and links, as well as more information about The Sunshine Box Project as the time gets closer. If you were ever waning an original Sacran but for a fraction of the cost, then this is the sale for you!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I'm not totally finished with the dining room walls, but so, so, so close. In the meantime, here's a couple of "after" pictures to show you how's it's coming together. I couldn't be more pleased.

There are so many things/people that require my attention:

My House: clean me, paint me, decorate me, make me a home, pay my bills, make me a happy place

My Car: keep me from being a trash can, vacuum me, fill me up with gas

My Kids: educate us, teach us manners, teach us virtues, keep us clean, keep us clothed, feed us

My husband: feed me, keep me clothed, support me, love me

My body: feed me, clothe me, exercise, get me plenty of sleep, grow my mind

My kids' co-op: organize me, grow me, promote me, keep me functioning

But you know what else I have? I have a house, a car, a husband, a gaggle of girls, the freedom to homeschool, a wonderful group of like-minded homeschoolers, a healthy body.
So really, while I could complain that my life is busy, why should I? All the business comes from such wonderful people and things. Things that, as a child, I dreamed of and longed for. Yes, sometimes I need to vent. Yes, sometimes I have to sleep until 9:30am. (Thank you for not calling this morning.) Yes, sometimes I want a break. But mostly, I love going at it and making it all work somehow and making mistakes and learning from them and experiencing the crazy that is this life.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I guess since I feel a little better, I've decided to push myself as far as I can. Not only have I taken on the very large project of painting the kitchen cabinets and the dining room walls, I have added to the mix switching out the girls' summer clothes to winter clothes. Oh yes, and we have the stomach virus making it's way through the family. So, to once again sum it up, I'm crazy. 
Before Shot- Kitchen Cabinets

Before Shot- In Kitchen/ looking in to Dining Room

Before Shot- In dining room looking into kitchen

Before Dining Room 

Making some progress with the gray paint

Monday, October 27, 2014

So, to sum it up...

I'm not good at posting. Not right now, anyway. I'm still climbing out of this strange funk that seems to not want to leave me alone. I can tell that I am traveling upwards and not downwards, though, and I am very encouraged about that.
Last Thursday, we ditched school and went on a field trip instead. It was extra fun because Jason was able to come with us. That was a first. (Sadly, I think the act of taking a field trip was also a first.) We went to see the traveling replicas of the Nina and the Pinta. I couldn't believe how small they were. No wonder those sailors went crazy sometimes.

Elaina with her classmate from CC, Alice.

Betsy, Claire, Alice, and Nora

We've had family pictures on the calendar for a little while. Eventually, I thought to check Jason's calendar and sure enough, he was scheduled to be away on that day. The photographer is technically a newborn photographer and only does family photos a few times a year and on specific days, so I wasn't able to change the date. We turned it in to a Sacran children photo session instead. A week or so before Picture Day, Nora decided to ride her horse (Eily) and fell off and scraped her face on the brick that makes up our fireplace. It was a pretty nasty looking scrape but the scab fell off just in time and none of the redness underneath should show up in the photos. 

 I had a harder time than normal coming up with outfits this go-round. I wanted something subdued and girly. And I wanted Elaina's outfit to be a little different- to show that she's growing up. I'm not sure that I pulled it off, but they all looked sweet and that's what matters, I guess.

We've been going strong day after day and this is the scene I usually see by the time we get home. I think we are all looking forward to the downtime that's supposedly scheduled after tomorrow. 
It's going to be a Home Sweet Home kind of weekend and Hooray for that!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Hey! Look at me!

Posting twice so close together is just unheard of for me these days. I'm just feeling so much better and ever since 8:30 last night, I have been productivity city. It was good to take some time off from the things that usually fill my day and just let myself relax. I mean, I still cleaned (sort of) and fed kids and watched over the girls' schoolwork, but I only did the bare minimal. So now, I have a very dusty house, very filthy toilets, and very dirty floors. But I also have the drive to change that situation AND... I have the time because today WE DON'T HAVE TO GO ANYWHERE. Let me repeat that. WE DON'T HAVE TO GO ANYWHERE. For the most part, I'm a doer and a goer, but sometimes I need a day or two to just stay home and get things accomplished. It's looking to be lovely weather today so I'm guessing that once the ground dries off, we will be spending a majority of the day outside. Happy Monday, everyone!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I just let almost a whole month go by without posting. But that pretty much sums up my life here lately. I've been behind in everything. I've been told that it's very possible I have/had mono and that would explain my...way of being, because I have been exhausted, emotional, nauseous, overwhelmed, and just completely broken down. It's been very hard just to pull off the little, absolutely-have-to-get-done type of things. I do think that I'm on the up side of the hill now and that before too much longer will be back at it, doing all the things that I usually do. Please don't leave me. Please don't give up on me. Please just let me have a little slack. I'll be back. I want to post about the girls' birthdays. Elaina turned nine (are you kidding me!!?) and Claire turned eight. I turned thirty-three. I also want to post about The Sunshine Box Project. It's pretty near and dear to my heart. I want to give an update on school and how Classical Conversations is going. I have so much to say so stick around. It's hard for me to go too long without being gabby. :)