Thursday, December 21, 2006
I brought it up to the family, and they were silent for a moment, then said-let's talk about it agin next year. Gotta love 'em. I even find myself getting alittle caught up in the whole present thing. We used to give our kids 10-15 presents each. That was pre-saved. Now they get THREE presents each and guess what-they are HAPPIER! I'm dead serious. I am so excited to spend Christms with Family, and worship God and just ENJOY each other. I hope you al have a wonderful Christmas-and keep that good christian feeling. Love you all!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Then we did some role playing with both negative and positive behaviors based on real life situations. The kids took turns either being the bad guy or the good guy. They had allot of fun (me too) and didn't want to move on to math. Also part of the character building I had them write in thier bible journals how sometimes doing the right thing as a christian isn't always easy and had them tell a story about a time that they had to make a difficult choice, such as stand up to peers even if it made them feel like an outcast. We talked about the journey of christianity sometimes being hard but worth the glory. We had a great time and I didn't stick to my schedule as far as what time each lesson started and ended. I let the kids set the pace today. We spent more time in Bible, reading and Social Studies. I realized that we probably covered more than a weeks worth of material in the few hours that we Immersed ourselves in what interested them. I know many homeschool families that do this on a daily basis, called child-lead learning. Although I think they enjoyed today, I will continue to stick to our routine and schedule and allow a few days like today. I think this way they feel that they have some control over thier education yet I know that they are learning what they should be in a timely manner. I think everyone benefits from a routine with some flexability.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
- My wonderful Husband and kids
- My Mom and Church Family
- To Homeschool our children
- Sticking to my grocery budget (If you know me, this is a huge accomplishment)
- that hair WILL grow back
- My Computer
- My Bible
- Loveing to Cook
- Friends who Care
- My dogs
- My home
- My Health
- Love notes from the kids
- My Husbands Computer Business
- No Computers on Sundays(anyone that knows my husband, knows that this is a HUGE accomplishment)
- The Dinner Table
Monday, November 13, 2006
Ty and Bre get my old office desks, Matt is giving me his old office desk and Cassie get's my old Homeschool desk. Confused? You should see the confusion in my house right now. Like I said he is rearranging his office and let me tell you the mountain of Clutter he had in there. So where is the clutter now? Scattered all over the first floor. UGH. He says he will put every thing away tonight. I said that he better have it done by Thanksgiving because my mom is comming over, in the nicest wife voice I could muster. Anyway today we are organizing the homeschool and putting things where they belong. That is a life skill, right? To those of you that do not homeschool, do not worry, we are not depriving our children of thier education. We get more lessons done in one day than a public school does in a week. That is why the average homeschooler test 2 grades higher than thier public school peers. I am not condeming parents that send thier kids to public school, I know Homeschool is not for everyone. I just feel like sometimes I should brag about the hard work I put into my children. By the GRACE of God, of course. Without his guidence I could not do this. There are days that I ask myself and God, WHY? am I doing this? Then I will turn around and watch my older son(who was labeled learning disabled) Joyfully help his younger sister with a math problem. That is why I do this. They have matured into such wonderful loving children of God. They love learning and they love each other. They also show grace on others that other's pick on. I could list a thousand reasons why I should versus the few reasons that I shouldn't. The should'nts do not come very often, and when they do God is quick to show me the Shoulds. Ok this is a confusing blog. I guess my mind is as cluttered as my house right now. I am going to unclutter my house as much as I can now. See you soon. I just realized that I do not have a pic of Cassie on this blog site- there is a ton on my website: see above. But I think I will post one here, so she doesn't feel left out. Like she would! Ha! If you know her you know what I mean.
A challenge and a blessing, too.
Learning comes not just from books.
There are many areas to pursue.
Seeing first hand what happens
By going on field trips galore.
Learning by on-hand experience
When freely allowed to explore.
If children can learn without hurry
And can go at their own pace,Nothing can quite compareWith the victorious look on each face.
Being taught self-discipline is the answer
In learning to write, to cipher, or to read.
Training them to have concern for others
And helping when there is a need.
Homeschooling is not for everyone
But, for the ones who were willing to try,
God has surely blessed our effortsAnd talents we were willing to apply.
© By: Belinda Jo Adams
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of "Camp Complaining"
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o "thank" is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
eX alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad,
but Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!!
I feel very blessed to be a stay at home mom. I was asked recently what excatcly do I do? This was asked by a working mother. First, I told her that I take my home management seriously. My husband works hard so that I can homeschool and give 100% to my family. He should not come home to chaos. I keep my day structured with room for flexibility. I have a binder that I call my Household Management Book. In this binder you will find :
- Emergency Numbers, Frequently called Numbers, Homeschool Group Numbers,Kid's friends numbers and parent's names.
- Daily Planner, Monthly Planner and Calendar
- Menu Planner
- Shopping List
- Chores-daily, weekly and monthly as well as seasonally
- Excersice and Food log
- Medical Information on all family members, including the dogs
I also have a binder for homeschool that I call Homeschool Management. In this you will find:
- Daily Schedule
- Lesson Plans/Assignments for each child
- Reading Log for each Child
- Borrowed Library Books log w/ a returned check-off
- Attendance Record
- Calendar of events/Classes attended ect...
- Quarterly Reports
- Grade Log for each child
- Field Trips
- Phone log for coaches, Co-ops and groups ect...
I like knowing that in a hurry I can find what I need in one place. This also makes my quartely reports easier. I made all these sheets using word. I also know that you can print sheets from www.organizedhome.com
I am very content with my lifestyle, my husband is happy as well as our children. Yes we have bad days also. That is where the flexability comes in...If the children are miserable and aren't getting thier school work done I will pull out some educational games, or an educational movie or we have even gone to the park to do some of thier lessons. A change of pace or scenery can make a vast amount of difference. After a day or two we will go back to our original schedule. They do not frequently get bored though, they are involved in numerous outside activities such as Gym and Art, Music Lessons,Painting, Basketball and Dance just to name a few.
I do not feel the need to spend my days on the phone or visiting others gossiping and complaining about my life. When you ge in the habbit of that it becomes very destrucive and effects all family members. Does this mean that I am unsociable? Maybe in the opinion of others that are not content managing thier homes and spending time with thier family. I do like to socialize with my friends, just not every single day. I had a friend, before I moved that called me several times a day and liked to stop in allot. I used to think that I should open my doors to friends and be hospitle. However, after allot of praying and time in the word, I realized that I was doing my family an injustice. Did I not get married and have children, not to please others, but them and God? The below verse brings it all to light for me.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27 This verse has really been my inspiration . The phrase “She looketh well to the ways of her household,” tells me that the Proverbs 31 Woman was continually looking to meet her family’s needs. She was focused on her household.
I care and love my friends and non-immediate family very much and I will never shun them from my home or heart, but I do take my place in my home seriously and with JOY. So if you try calling and get the voice mail-I will call you back, once everything else is taken care of. You know I love you. Please do not take offence.
I noticed long ago that if I perform task with cheerfulness it is more pleasant-for everyone around. At first this was not easy and I kind of had to fake it. Now, I couldn't imagine doing things any other way. If you are struggling with your household chores, or your children try to tackle those things with a happy heart and watch how quickly things change for you.
Sunday, November 5, 2006
Friday, November 3, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
She does not hear the car alarm, the neighbor's music, or the noise of playing children,
But from the other end of the house, in the middle of the night, she will hear a child's slightest whimper
She may not comprehend how to use the VCR or the computer,
But she understands a child's heart whenever it hurts.
She may be too weak and exhausted to carry groceries in from the car,
But she is strong enough to intimidate any who threaten her children.
She may not remember where she put her keys or the reason she walked into a room,
But she never forgets the wonderful things her children do and say.
Her clothes aren't so perfect – they're stained by baby's burps and last month's lasagna,
But each stain is a badge of love and service equal to any won by a soldier.
All she sees are the lines and wrinkles in her hands, and longs for their youthful appearance,
But she forgets their wear speaks of love, devotion, and sacrifice.
She sighs and moans when she cannot fit into the clothes of her youth,
But her shape and stretch marks are like battle scars which say, "Kids, you were worth it!"
The mirror tells her that her eyes lack sparkle,
But the bags and fatigue betray love that burns bright all night long.
She is haunted sometimes by what she could have been,
But she equips generations and shapes the world's future.
She doesn't trust enough to let you near the strange dog or to climb to the tip top branch,
But she believes in you when you are discouraged and full of self doubt.
She regrets her failures, mourns her anger, and dreads she is warping her children's psyches,
But she so tightly bonds her children to her heart that they will grow up, but not away.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
After some initial arguing over who was going to do what, it came out pretty good. I will try to get pics, our camera broke...looking for a new one.