Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Website is Up!

Well, it took longer than I thought but my new website is up and running! I would love for you to stop by and check it out at www.janelleknutson.com! You can also find me on my new facebook page and on pinterest.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Homeschooling Older Kids with Little Ones Around

Since I am still working on getting my new website up and running, I thought I'd share this with you on my "old" blog....

Homeschooling your older child with a little one running around can be a challenge!  If you are in the San Diego area and want to know more about homeschooling older kids with litttle ones around then I encourage you to join me May 10-11, 2013 at the CFS San Diego Homeschool Expo where I will be speaking on this very topic. Details on the event can be found on the CFS San Diego website.

(Hoping to launch the new website on or before April 2, 2013! I will post a link here at amothersmeanderings once it is up and running so keep checking back!)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Step of Faith


I have spent much of my life trying to be perfect...to look perfect, act perfect and to have the perfect family and home. I thought that was what God wanted. I was wrong. It was a fraud and it left me empty inside.

I finally understand the good news that saved me as a little child. I finally realize how much God loves me and all that He has done for me. The gospel has transformed me.

And now I want to be REAL.

No more hiding behind false perfection.

I want to put aside my perfectionism and pride and be vulnerable.

I want to expose the REAL me. The fallen and broken me.

I want to show how the REAL, TRUE and LIVING GOD is working in this messy life of mine, for His glory and my joy.

It is time to tell the world about a God who took my broken life and is piecing it together, more beautifully than I could have ever imagined.

It’s time to tell a hurting world about the HEALER.

My hope is that through being real and vulnerable about my life and how God is transforming me that other women will be encouraged in their own walk with the Lord.  Life is hard. Motherhood is tough. Homeschooling is a challenge but our God is so much BIGGER!

So I'm taking a big step of faith (for me anyways).  I will be ending my time blogging here at amothersmeanderings so I can make time to be real and write (on my own website) and speak. I am still a little scared of failure and what people will think. But I am also excited to see how God will use my messy life for His glory! 

I  will let you know when the new website is up and running. My desire is that it will be a place that offers encouragement and resources for mothers. I hope to share more of "My Story" there too.

And I'll be tackling one of my other great fears..... public speaking! I'll be doing two workshops at the CFS Homeschooling Expo in San Diego. 

Stepping out in faith and being vulnerable. Opening myself up for the possibility of failure. Pray for me!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Reward of Hard Work and Patience

 
My daughters Isabelle (6yo) and Hannah (8yo) really wanted the Lego friends house. They got giddy just talking about it! But since their birthdays had already passed and they knew that we weren't doing Christmas gifts this year they quickly realized that if they wanted the Lego house they were going to have to purchase it themselves.
 
They combined their savings but they still didn't have enough money so they implemented some patience and hard work to earn the rest of the money needed! They ordered the Lego house online a few days after Christmas and it came in the mail this week. They were jumping up and down and screaming with excitement as they opened the package!
 
I believe the joy of getting the Lego house was far greater because they worked so hard and waited so patiently. I think Dave Ramsey would be proud!
 
 
Side Note: We don't give allowances in our home. All family members are expected to do chores because they are part of the family. Additional chores or doing Mommy's chores for her may receive payment. Regular chores include keeping your room clean, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, helping with dinner (cooking, setting table, doing dishes etc.), emptying dishwasher and helping maintain the overall cleanliness of the home. Extra chores include outside yard work and deep cleaning jobs such as cleaning cabinet doors, cleaning and reorganizing a cupboard, washing windows, dusting blinds and so on. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My Children's Theological Questions

"Did Adam and Eve fart in the Garden of Eden or is passing gas part of the fall?"

"Can Satan see me when I am naked in the bathroom?"

How does a mother answer questions like these?!?!

 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We spent the morning eating cinnamon rolls, playing games, building Legos and doing a stocking hunt. There weren't any gifts under the tree this Christmas! We decided to enjoy the gift of family along with the best gift of all - Jesus Christ!

We started the morning with cinnamon rolls (and cold cereal)...

 
Then, we let the kids hunt for their stockings. Since we decided to skip presents this year and just do stockings, we livened it up a bit by hiding every one's stockings around the house. When a child found their own stocking they yelled "I found it" and then everyone rushed back into the family room where we watched the child empty out their stocking. Then it was back to hunting for the next stocking. (In each stocking was a question pertaining to the Christmas story which came into play a little later...)






Kurt read the Christmas story to us...

Okay, this isn't a picture of Kurt reading from the Bible but I had to squeeze it in somewhere! I just love my little kiddos!
 
Next, each child answered the question from their stocking. A correct answer meant they got to unwrap their last stocking present. (aka the present that didn't fit into the stocking)
 
 
 video

 
Then it was time to build legos, play games and just enjoy each other on Christmas!
 
We ended the day with dinner, presents, more games and karaoke at my in-laws home. What fun!
 
 
 
 
 
(And for those of you who are really paying attention..... I took all the pictures so I didn't make it into a single photo! And the oldest child asked not to have her picture taken. But hopefully we will both make it into a picture in the near future!)
 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls (Gluten-free and Dairy-free)


Christmas just isn't the same without a warm, gooey cinnamon roll to eat first thing in the morning. So when I realized (Christmas Eve) that my traditional recipe for Christmas morning cinnamon rolls was not going to cut it this year now that we had wheat and dairy allergies, I scrambled to find a recipe online that I could use. With a little searching and some tweaking of ingredients I came up with these delicious cinnamon rolls! And my Christmas morning tradition was saved!

The original recipe came from Pamela's website. You can view the original cinnamon roll recipe here. It was gluten-free but not dairy-free. I decided to create my own icing.

Ingredients for the dough:
  • 2-7/8 cups of Pamela's Artisan Flour Blend
  • 1-1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 TBSP Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • 1 large egg
Ingredients for the filling:
  • 6 TBSP Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP + 1 tsp cinnamon
Ingredients for the Icing:
  • 1/4 cup Spectrum Shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 TBS maple syrup (the real kind)
  • Rice Milk (add by the Tablespoon until you get desired consistency)
Directions:
Warm the milk on the stove, turn off heat and add sugar and butter. While it cools put the yeast in warm water. Mix the flour and salt together and then add the milk/butter/sugar mixture, the yeast/water mixture along with the egg. Mix on low for a few seconds then on high for about a minute.
 
Spray two sheets of parchment paper with oil. Place dough on one sheet of parchment paper and then place the other sheet on top. Roll dough to form a rectangle about 12 x 10". Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 1" perimeter all around the dough. Using the parchment, roll up the long side forming a log. Cut into 12 pieces and place in a  9X13" pan, sprayed with oil. Brush tops of dough with melted Earth Balance (or spray with oil). Cover with plastic wrap, place in your oven and let it sit overnight.
 
The next morning...
Remove covering, bake in pre-heated oven at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes.
 
 
 
While it is baking, make the frosting:
Mix all the frosting ingredients together with a mixer. Add rice milk until you get the consistency you like. Then spread over warm cinnamon rolls.
 
 
 
Delicious!