Friday, August 27, 2010

Homeschool Giveaway

This is the time of year everyone is gearing up for school praying about creating a schedule, buying supplies, and getting lesson plans together. So, what better time for a giveaway, this is my kind of giveaway I love school supplies.

We are giving away a tote bag (crafted by Rebekah) full of goodies for parents....

And eager home-schoolers :0

The bag contains all of these items.....

*The Old Schoolhouse, summer 2010 magazine
*Polka dot tote bag
*Student planner
*Pack of notebook paper
*Spiral notebook
*3x5 note cards and card holder
*24 pk of pencils
*Pack of erasers
*Pencil sharpener
*24 pk Crayola crayons
*10 pk Crayola bold markers
*12 pk Crayola colored pencils
*2 pk of glue sticks

Rules: There aren't any rules other than just leave us a comment and tell us that you would like to be placed in the drawing. The winner will be drawn one week from today Friday September 3.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Books galore!!!

I think of books galore each time McKay Books comes to mind. I almost get giddy at the thought of the rows and rows of books, with endless titles, and topics, truly they have a book for every person and interest! I really wanted to share McKay Books with all of you, so, I took a few pictures with my cell phone. In the picture above I was shooting down one side of the home school row, the back wall of books holds some of their Christian books. This is just the beginning...

Each shelf is labeled in a way that makes it easy to find what you are looking for, these selves are full of mathematics books. All of their books are gently used and half the price or less than half of new ones, making this a home schoolers delight. If your like our family you home school and love to read, you must use self control while shopping ;)

On the second floor of McKay Books it's wall to wall Cd's, from Bach to Chris Tomlin and everything in between! They even have records, yes, records! I hope everyone reading this knows what records are, because I know some of my kids didn't......YES, that makes me feel really old! Looking below you can see blue signs, the signs tell what topic each section is. I didn't get a picture of the foot prints, the floor has color coded foot prints, that take you to specific areas.

The girls and I made this trip to McKay Books last week. We took 2 bags of DVDs, Cd's, and old books for trade (you can trade or sale your books there). We mainly trade because they give you more in trade than cash. This time we decided to take some in trade and some in cash. Last week we received a little over $200 in trade, we still have $45 dollars left in trade to use at another time, and we came home with $160 in cash...yep, that was a good trip!!!! Now here are a few of my finds....

Here are 3 history books that I loved, I really prefer old books, to the new! These are the kind of books I enjoy adding to our family library.

Did I mention that you can get some of the older books at a steal, at these prices you can see how we came home with arm loads of books!

This was my BIG find for the trip, I have longed to buy the McGuffey's Readers. Well this time they were in great shape and at an unbelievable price. Now we have first, third, and fifth grade, I hope to find the others later. The hunt is part of the fun :)

Now that I had some history and reading in my buggy, I thought that the "Littles" needed a few new books as well. I purchased each of these books at $1 a piece.

The girls and I shopped walked, looked, read, and then purchased. As we were making our way to the van we realized that 3 hours had passed, time flies when your having fun. As you can see home schooling doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Keep your eyes open for books and bargains, sometimes there in places you would least expect them.

If your ever in Tennessee just passing through there are 3 McKay Books locations, check them out you won't be disappointed!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Memories Monday

This Memories Monday wasn't so long ago, it took place in May. I was looking at pictures today and came across these, and it reminded me of how thankful I am for loved ones. This is my oldest brother David, or Uncle Dink as my kids refer to him. May was his birthday and we had a fellowship to celebrate. David and I are 10 years apart in age, as a kid I wouldn't have ever believed that we would have such a close relationship as adults. David is full of life, he loves to cycle, kayak, and enjoys making us laugh. Yet, he has another side one that is more reserved, he loves being in God's Word and sharing his passion for the Lord with others. All of these qualities wrapped up together make him unique, and loved very much by all the Muncks!

Line by line, moment by moment, special times are etched into our memories in the permanent ink of everlasting love in our relationships.

Gloria Gaither

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Long summer days....

I'm starting to see signs that the lazy days of summer are coming to an end. There is much I'll miss about summer like heat, yes, heat! And here are a few things others that came to mind the morning sun, summer rains, the sound of splashes coming from the pool, homemade ice cream, outdoor adventures, fresh garden veggies, bare feet, the smell of sun screen, the sound of cicadas, the look and smell of fresh cut grass, and the sun setting late in the day.

What is something you'll miss about summer???

I look forward to all that autumn has to offer, and like summer, autumn has it's bounty of pleasures!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The gift of friendship...

This is the story of an unlikely friendship, and how it began. It may have been unlikely, but when ordained by God nothing is impossible!

It began in February 2008. This is when I decided I would start a family blog. I had several friends I followed on blogs, I thought this would be a great way for family and friends to keep up with our ever changing family. It was also a great way to chronicle about our life for our children.

So, I began to look for a name for our blog. My first choice for a blog name was "Life In Our Quiver", I checked and that name was taken. My first thought was, well now what name, that was the name I wanted! My next thought was, I wonder who this family is that has the blog name Life In Our Quiver"? I felt compelled to go and read their blog. This is what I found and then over time began to see how God orchestrated the whole friendship...

This family wasn't from the United States, they were from Manitoba, Canada!

This is the family I saw on their blog, The Mark and Rosalie Pauls family. Their family at that time had 10 children in their quiver. I knew they were from Canada, but what were they like? I began to read and found out that they were a family who lives out in the country, their land is flat and you can see for miles, they farm for a living, home school, in the winter it's cold and snows "lots", they are all about team work, as a family they enjoy playing hockey, they like to watch/play football, they are a very close family, and strive to live their lives for the Lord according to His will.

Now here is where we are, The Munck family! We live in the United States down south in Tennessee, almost 1,600 miles from the Pauls family!

This was our family and what others may see from our blog at that time and think about us. We were a family with 9 children in our quiver. We live in the city 2 miles from Wal-Mart, we own a family business, home school, we have very mild winters and "hot" summers, we like to swim, we are all about team work, we are surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, we love holidays and birthday parties, we are a very close family, and strive to live our lives for the Lord according to His will.

As you can see we are very different families! Yet, if you look at the core of each family you would see we are profoundly alike! Family, faith, and Christ being the most important to both families. I began to read their blog, and over time saw we had extremely close beliefs. Then their was a post that really hit home with me, it was a post on education/home school. The post was exactly the beliefs that Arthur and I have about education/home school. That day when I left Rosalie a comment I also gave her my email address and ask her to email me, this was in May of 2008. Rosalie emailed me and we began to correspond with each other a few times a month. In this time our friendship began to grow and we started to really see how much our families had in common. In late summer of 2008 our family decided we would take a trip north in the winter, and Lord willing we would go and visit the Pauls family. This seemed so odd for both families because we had never talked on the phone. This meant 23 people meeting face to face, and praying that it would be as right in person as it had been so many months from all the emails. Our children and husbands had never emailed, they had just read each others blogs, and trusted 2 mamas!

In March 2009 the Muncks traveled to Canada to the Pauls' home. The fellowship and memories made where more than what we anticipated. Our visit to the Pauls home was just the beginning.

July of 2009 the Pauls family drove from Canada all the way to Tennessee to visit us!!! Here are a few pictures of our first 2 visits.

In April of 2010 we hopped in our van with U-Haul in tow and set off for Canada. The feelings about this visit to the Pauls in Canada was immensely different from the first time. We weren't going to visit friends on this trip, we were going to visit "family"! To call them friend seems inadequate, and lacks the magnitude of relationship. Now we have become one big family, and with technology at our fingertips we all email and Skype, helping fill in the void of time between visits. Lord willing the Pauls will be coming to visit us in the fall. We all look forward to that time and we are counting down the days. The time in fellowship with them always seems fleeting, and we long for more. When we have to part ways it always gives us the Pauls blues, yet, we know to be thankful for being blessed by the Lord with a friendship of this nature. A friendship that not just one or 2 family members clicks and gets along, but one that we all (both families) come together and fit like a puzzle! Now we share in each others burdens, joys, blessings, sadness, spiritual growth, prayers and more. As I said this was and is a friendship that was orchestrated and ordained by God!

Iron sharpeneth iron: so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Pictures of our trip in April coming.......

Thursday, August 12, 2010


It's Thursday, August 12th!

Wow, the month of August is flying by, but not because we have been busy. Nope, it's because of this silly summer sickness. Thankfully as of Tuesday William, Wesley, and Ruth Ella have been fever free! Then, there is me....still sick! Yesterday, I went to the doctor not for the illness the children and I had but for a secondary infection I came down with. So, as of today I am seeing an improvement, but still feeling very washed out with little energy. Today is my 12 day with a fever...sigh*** I hope by tomorrow the medication will have really kicked in and I'll be feeling much better...I hope! On Monday I was feeling a little blue from all the sickness, and having a touch of cabin fever. That evening I was sitting watching Ruth Ella play in the tub, and such a sense of comfort and peace came over me, for this is what I saw.....

In the mist of being sick I had forgotten to be thankful. Thankful is something I "never" want to neglect to be, and I had lost focus. Looking at my sweet, chubby, bubble covered baby reminded me of something my dear husband had been telling me for days...."your sick, rest, relax, and enjoy the down time with the children". For the past few days I have done just that. I've not thought about the school books that cover my living room floor, and all the school year preparations. I thought about just being thankful for my husband, our children who have gone above and beyond while I have been sick, and love. All of those things and more make it easier to handle being sick and having a fever. It's all in the way we look at life or "things".
Is your cup half empty or half full????
At our house Arthur (Mr. Positive)reminds us often that we should see it as half full and why we should. One of the main things he tells us is if your seeing your cup half empty your allowing something or someone to steal your joy! Once again I'm glad to see there are so many blessing around no matter what the situation :)

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ruth Ella...11 Months Old

photos by: Rebekah

On the girls blog Rebekah posted a few pictures

along with an update of Ruth Ella, go check it out..........

Saturday, August 7, 2010




It's in the upper 90's and summer,
not sure how we could be so sick!
We have been sick for a week with fever,
congestion, head and body aches.
William, Wesley, Ruth Ella, and I have held on
to this sickness. As of yesterday Amanda and James
were starting to get congested, but no fever.
The positive is that all the littles have
taken it in stride, probably better than their mama;)
I talked of having slow summer days, but this isn't what I intended.
As all things, this too shall pass,
and we'll be 100% soon....I hope!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


This summer has been very pleasant and low key for us. Oh the store has kept us busy with doggies stopping by to vacation with us while their owners/master are away on their human vacations. Doggie daycare has been a buzz with running, swimming, and chasing. Yet for our family, we have taken a few outings, attended a few parties, eaten lots of homemade ice cream, swam, played badminton, taken walks, talked, played games, and sang songs. Our summer has been wonderful with many memories made. I hope very soon I'll be back to blogging more often, but for now I'm just soaking in family and summer ;) How has your summer been?