Archive for December, 2007

Merry Christmas from the Tyler Family!

our Christmas letter:

It has been such a busy year! We asked the kids what some of their favorite things were from the year and here is what they said (in no particular order):

1. AWANA was on the top of Ashley and Jep’s list…from the weekly meetings, to the Games Competition in Kansas City, and especially camp this summer.

2. Our road trip to Goliad, TX with Mimi & Papa Foster Memorial Day weekend. We visited with Mimi & Papa Key and Grandma Hasdorff…five generations!

3. 4th of July at our house with swimming, fireworks, and watermelon with all the Tyler clan!

4. Scott and the boys, along with Papa Tyler, were able to go to the Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game in November while Ashley visited her friend Stephanie.

5. This year we celebrated our entire family’s birthdays all on one day…Birthday Bash 2007 was on May 5th. We celebrated Ashley’s 15th, Jep’s 12th, Caed’s 8th, and Erin’s 3rd Birthdays!!! A new tradition has begun!

As we come to the end and we reflect back on ALL that has happened…we count ourselves very blessed! The kids see it in the big things and events…but mom and dad see it in the small things…like the laughter that fills the house! We are so proud and yet so humbled!

We pray that you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Scott, Stephanie, Ashley, Jep, Caed, and Erin


December 23, 2007 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

from Homeschooling…to earning a College Degree

 Now that my oldest has gotten a little older (unfortunately) we are starting to look into ways to earn a college degree. Let me direct you to two wonderful books that will really guide you in this area: “College Without Compromise” and “Accelerated Distance Learning.” The first gives a little more info into WHY? Why consider alternative ways to get a college degree? It offers a little help in to how to go about earning it…but not as well as “Accelerated Distance Learning.” This book shines in the area of exactly how to do it. The author claims to have earned his college degree in about 6 months and spending a total of just under $5,000! Sounds unbelievable I know! While you are on the Vision Forum site…pick up the cd set “Making Wise Decisions About College and Life After Home School.” After listening to this cd you will really think twice before sending your child off for a traditional four-year college route.

Other resources that I think will be helpful:
This ClepPrep website offers free lesson plans to help you prepare for CLEP tests.
InstaCert offers an online “flashcard” learning program to help you prepare for the tests. It does involve a $20/month fee but it can be started and stopped at any time.
And if you want to experience more of the “college life”…a hybrid model can be found at Verity Institute. Not as cheap as using the methods in “Accelerated Distance Learning” but if you are considering four years at a traditional college…then yes, this would be cheaper and sounds like the atmosphere and training would be more in line with Christians than a public or even private college.

December 19, 2007 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Conservative take on Politics

I have recently been receiving daily emails from Gary Bauer, called his “End of Day Report.” And I must say that I really like the way he writes and his take on things. If you are interested in a conservative (& evangelical I think) take on politics I recommend you check it out. You can go to his website at

And here is an article he wrote about the shootings last weekend in Colorado.

December 15, 2007 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Make your own Baby Sling

just a little tidbit to pass on…

I found some baby slings that I liked at HotSlings but they are a bit pricey and they are so easy to make! I found directions here and here. The directions are basically the same.

Anyway, I made mine and really enjoyed it. I was able to use it from the very beginning until she was about 2 years old. Too bad I don’t have a new little one to carry around in it! I’ve made several for baby gifts…you will just want to make sure you get the sizing right.

December 11, 2007 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

update on the Family Birthday Party

I made this post back in January and never followed up with an update. I convinced the rest of the family to go along with a family birthday and it was a lot of fun! We invited family and friends to join us at a local park for food, fun and frisbee… with an Ultimate tournament!

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While we are planning for our son’s 13th birthday, we are also trying to figure out what to do this year for our family party. The boys just loved the Ultimate tournament and think we should just do it again this year. But I think I’d like to change it up every year…we’ll see??? I’ll be keeping my eye out for some new ideas! The good thing…they liked the Family birthday and we plan to keep it as a Tyler Tradition!

December 9, 2007 at 10:59 am 1 comment

Thirteenth Birthday

My husband and I decided that 13th birthdays at our house are to be a special. Here is a post I made a couple of years ago (on a blog prior to this one). Thought I’d repost….we are now trying to figure out what to plan for my son’s that is coming up in two months. 

September 18, 2005
Labor Day week we took off from school to prepare for two special birthday parties. My youngest turned one year old and we celebrated with a dinner luau style. My oldest child turned 13 and we celebrated in a different way.

I have a book entitled “Spiritual Milestones” and it discusses ways to celebrate, well, spiritual milestones. It made me think about being intentional in passing on a spiritual heritage to my children. Well, a Rite of Passage ceremony is outlined in the book that got me started and thinking, but mine didn’t really look quite like theirs.

First my husband and I sent out a request to family and friends to write a letter to Ashley for her birthday and sharing any wisdom, encouragement, etc to her. I put these together in a scrapbook type book to give to her at a brunch I planned. I invited grandmas and aunts, and friends of mine that were all to be godly examples to Ashley to the brunch.

Here is how the brunch went:
1. First we ate a delicious spread complete with waffles, crepes, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, egg & cheese quiche, hashbrown casserole, and biscuits. (All prepared by a friend that happens to be a great cook!)
2. Then I thanked everyone for coming and let them know the reason I asked them to come. I knew that the world would surround Ashley with all sorts of examples, but I wanted to put godly examples in front of her. I reminded them that Titus 2 says the older women are to train the younger women and told them today was the day they could act on that!
3. I had an idea for them to share on the back of each of their placecards. For example: “Share any practical helps you’ve discovered for making Bible reading a regular, refreshing habit.” and “Share about your own family and what made the most impact on your spiritual growth.” (these I did get out of the spiritual milestone book, I just used them in a different way than they had laid out) This turned out to be a neat time of sharing.
4. I then shared with Ashley the book of letters for her to read later.
5. We then went around the table and prayed for her.
6. Last, she opened gifts. (I didn’t really intend for people to bring gifts, but they did anyway…and who doesn’t like a gift!)

It turned out to be a very special time, although I could have done without all the tears!

December 7, 2007 at 1:39 am Leave a comment

healthy transitions?

I guess a bit of an update is in order since it’s been so long since I posted. I started a part-time job that has thrown my schedule for a loop! School has been a mess and I look forward to after the holidays when I know things can get back to a normal schedule!

Also, we’ve had such allergy/sinus issues here that we finally decided to try an elimination diet. From what I can tell there are many ways to do this. I bought this book on Amazon a couple years back to do this but we never made it through. You can read a small summary at this website from the same author. We eliminated the major foods that cause allergies including wheat, dairy, corn, sugar, and citrus. We also tried to stay away from foods with lots of preservatives and colorings, but we didn’t totally make it on this. After 7 days we (me and 2 kiddos that are most bothered) felt much better. So we began to reintroduce items one day at a time to see if we had any type of reaction. We started with milk…affected 2 out of 3…sinus issues started returning and stomach cramps. Next day we just did wheat…slight reaction to 2 out of 3. The next day I figured our bodies needed a break so we didn’t eat any of the common allergy foods. The next day we tried corn…major reaction from 2 out of 3…sinus drainage, headache, swollen lymph nodes. Of course, the 2 out of 3 was a different mix of people each day. So….now what? That’s what we are wondering. As we read labels for every food over this 2 week period we realized that avoiding corn seems virtually impossible!!! Corn products must be super cheap because they use them in everything. I’ve basically decided that I have to start cooking more…from scratch…with better, safer ingredients. It’s been about 3 weeks since we finished the elimination diet. We’ve just gone back to eating whatever we want while I try to figure out what in the world we ARE going to start eating. It all seems overwhelming for the moment!

I did just get my Christmas gift…a KitchenAid Mixer! I figure with all this cooking I’m fixing to be doing…I need all the help I can get!

December 6, 2007 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Psalm 78:4

We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.