Well, this is a little late to be blogging about my Summer issue, but Summer just started and last night it was 37 degrees here, so I can wait, can’t I?<p>  I really enjoyed the theme of this quarter’s issue of TEACH, it was "Quiet times in Loud Homes". I know we can all relate to that!  I grew up in a house that was rarely quiet and sometimes I wonder if things will ever be quiet here and quiet time? What is that? <p> I realized a few weeks ago how important it is to make sure that I take the time for it. I know  we all learn that  we as mom’s do not need the all important "mom time" this world talks about, but I did learn that we do need to take some personal time away from everything at times to make sure our relationship with God stays in the right place. It makes our everyday lives much easier when we do this, even though it may be hard to take  1 hour or 2 a month alone with God,  I think we would notice a huge difference in the amount of stuff we get done, or maybe just our attitude towards it all.
<p> One of the big features of the magazine this month  was a new feature called  "Merchant Mama’s". It features every issue 4 or more small businesses that are  just ordinary people like you and me and introduces them to you! I really enjoyed reading about how each  featured business was started. I had to chuckle at the one about Kimberly Eddy (Joyful Mama). She had written a book about how to survive on one income, but then the day the books came was very stressed about money . Her husband suggested she read her own book  as "some woman learned how to be content on one income" he said! <p> The seven tips for attaining quietness with children was a good article that I sorely need to put into practice!  I do some of them already, but they were good reminders!<p> The recipes from Marilyn Moll (Urban Homemaker)for fresh peach ice cream and strawberry ice cream tempt me to buy some ice and make some with my ice cream maker.  I have not done that in years and years. When you don’t have fresh milk it makes it really expensive!  She reccomends a cookbook called Simply in Season that sounds really good! <p> There is so much more in the magazine! It is like a good visit with a friend! Make sure you go and take a visit to the  TEACH website it is just a beautiful page to visit!

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