Hello there, dear readers…

Crazy times, ‘eh?

Well! My email inboxes are exploding and apparently are incapable of being tamed, but I’m trying! We went on a family vacation to a South Carolina beach and the kiddos all go to be introduced to the ocean and the concept of waves for the first time. That was fun and a good distraction for physical and mental healing.

I have been busy cross stitching and going for lots of distraction these days and honestly, I am getting better. Interestingly, I gained a bit of weight with this last pregnancy, but since it did not take the normal route it did not shed as quickly. So please, pray for me to figure that out. I’m hoping a little more seriousness with Trim Healthy Mama and South Beach Diet will help.

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I’m working on some children’s picture book reviews. I just finished an amazing read by Laurie Alice Eakes called Collision of the Heart, it would make a great one for adding on your winter romance list involving a train wreck, espionage, kidnappers, and more. I’m also enjoying Susan Wise Bauer’s re-releases and updated versions of The Well-Educated Mind 2nd edition and soon The Well-Trained Mind 4th edition.

We are also really getting our ducks in a row and collecting all of our school materials for the new year. I still have a few materials to acquire. This year will be a Kindergarten and Third Grade year. At this point, I do not know that I really do an organized tot-school for the newly turned two-year-old, but time will tell. At least with my experience, I know where to find numerous great printables. The 2016-2017 school year will be focusing on The Old Testament, the New Testament, Greece & Rome, the Asian East, Fairy Tales and more.

Oh! and p.s. I will be attending the Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat in Nashville coming soon. If you will be there, I’d love to meet you in person!

And now pictures…

Scary part of a movie. Great to have a big sister to protect you. #bigsister #littlebrother #siblings from Instagram: http://ift.tt/29OmK23

First row. A large format page and a half for the #HAED challenge 3. #heavenandearthdesigns #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossstitch #crossstitcher #crossstitching #crossstitchersofinstagram #ruthsanderson from Instagram: http://ift.tt/29N1ABX

The “R” is complete outside of beads and kreinik. I sooo want to do them now, but figure it would be bad if they get caught in the Qsnaps. #fairytale #WIP #millhillbeads #wichelt #crossstitching #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossstitch #crossstitching #Rapunzel #princess #pointdecroix #Mirabilia from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2aSL6qc

“Sleeping Beauty” by @joanelliottdesign #WIP While I haven’t worked on it this week. I made some progress today after getting home. #pointdecroix #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossstitchgold #crossstitch #crossstitcher #craftbloggers #opalescence #handdyed #fantasydyedfabrics from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2aggBPn

New beach hat for the sun. I love you. #beach #arewethereyet from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2agOAnk

And the sky is done! @joanelliottdesign “Children by the Seaside” #beach #roadtrip #arewethereyet #crossstitch #craftbloggers #crossstitcher #crossstitching #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2aB0rPT

Taking the pretty way home… #farmland #arewethereyet #roadtrip from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2a0J0aH

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.