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Re-evaluating Life

Bebe took the two big kids and went on anexcursion. A two day trip to Utah with a mission…snowboarding! They are all thrilled, this being the only time they’ve gotten to ride this season.

Last night, Joy girl spent the night at her friend’s house. This was her first “real” sleepover! Wow.  She’s getting big…

So that left me with just my two little ones last night.  And some much needed time to think…

I’ve been having a bit of overload lately.

My two youngest, we’ll call them “Grace” and “little Man”. (Ironically, Grace is her middle name and she sure needs a lot of God’s grace to keep her safe as she tumbles through life! And then, little Man is as just as stubborn as an old weathered man!) Anyway, they are at each other constantly. I am attempting to homeschool the other three: 4th grade,  2nd grade and Kindergarten. Yes, attempting; feeling like quite a failure these days.

On top of the normal, we have had a terrible time lately with allergies and asthma. This has meant numerous breathing treatments and “chest clopping” daily for the last month. Add to that, crazy house cleaning like I’ve never done…and don’t enjoy – and you’ve got one worn out mom.

Last night was good for me. I sat down to do my bi-yearly (or so) “homeschool review”. It’s a time to reconsider what each of my child’s needs are. Their strengths, weaknesses; how I can care for each one individually. And then I reformat a new schedule that will hopefully accomodate everyone.

I didn’t get far at all.  All of my kids need more of me.

And I already feel like there is not enough of me to go around (and I’ve not at all mentioned that I am a wife and have a responsibility to my husband too!)

So, I somehow ended up on a few websites, blogs, and the Lord brought me to a better place.

Re-evaluating my life! Yeah, that’s big.

Instead of trying to “fix” this one area of “how do I fit all my homeschool in?”, He brought me to a deeper issue of what is my purpose and how can I work with HIM to fulfill the call He has put on my life.

Now I’ve got some praying and thinking to do. I will certainly revisit this. It all needs to simmer in my mind and heart for a bit first.

Plus, little Man is climbing on the counter and I need to go get their chest x-rays done again before picking up Joy girl.

I’ll be back again soon. Until then, may the Lord give you vision and clear instruction for your calling!

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Almost done!

I have been working hard, along with the kids, to get our schooling finished.  The weather has been warming up and the kiddie pools are out.  Swimsuits and towels now litter the front patio, along with flip flops and buckets.  I’d better get used to it, that’s probably how it will be for the next few months!

Annalisa and Eli are working hard, I am proud of them and how diligent they are!  We have entirely enjoyed My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures this year.  (http://www.mfwbooks.com)  It has been great.  Eli loves studying maps, and this has been right up his alley.  With Dad having done so much traveling over the last couple years, they have been really interested in checking out his passport with all its stamps from different countries.  When we’ve “crossed the border” traveling into a new country, one of their favorite things has been having to present their “passports” to the border agent (me). 

It has truly given them an appreciation for other people, cultures, traveling…and a thankfulness for all the blessings and freedoms we enjoy in our country.

And then, as if to top it off, our library (http://www.prescottlibrary.info/) and Michael’s (http://www.michaels.com/) are both having a ton of “Around the World” activities and crafts going on all summer long.  What a fun way to summarize (and review) some of what we’ve learned traveling around the globe!

 

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My Purpose…

My friend Ashley, got all this started.

http://www.oneordinaryday.com/2011/04/11/mother-thoughts-chapter-3/

The Book: The Mission of Motherhood  by Sally Clarkson

Here’s what I have to say…

I really am enjoying the book, and am sad I have to return it to the library!

I was totally convicted reading this chapter. But, really encouraged as well. It brought me back to some of the “basics”. Being a homeschool mom,  I find it very easy to gauge how good of a day we have had based on how much school we accomplished.  The children are in on it to!  Not really a bad thing…they are excited to announce to Dad when he gets home “We finished all our school today Dad!”   Although, that is great, I need to be careful that THAT does not become my mission.

I appreciated the reminder of the very reasons we have chosen to homeschool. To be able to be the one who nurtures our children. And that indeed takes time and purpose.

As the author was talking about a full time working mother giving her children the “leftovers” I felt like she could’ve been describing me! And yet I am home all the time with my children!   I MUST remember, the reason I am at home is for them, not me!

Prov. 14:1 has also really been the verse that I have been meditating on alot.

[Pro 14:1 NKJV] – The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.


 It certainly does take a determined effort to build; the tearing down seems to happen rather naturally being the sinful fallen creatures that we are.

A great chapter…a lot to think, and act upon.

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review

Do you ever have those days where you just know that you can’t fit it all in?  I have them, oh, just about EVERY day!

Well, this game, (which I posted a long time back “the race is on!”) is great when you have to cram all your subjects in and you have all the kids up and wanting to be at your side!

So all 5 of them picked out their cars.  This picture was taken at 11pm, while all children were sleeping.  So it looks nice and orderly 😉

The choices made me smile.  Annalisa had a VW Bus, Eli low rider race car , Ms. Joy a firetruck, Ms. Grace an ambulance!  She knows what she needs!  And my little man, who knows, he had all the cars he could manage in his cute little fingers.  For him, I pulled out the play car mat and put it near this one so he could feel a part of what was going on.

Now, don’t be mistaken, this was still alot of brainwork for me.  Each question was “custom made” for each child and what they’ve been learning.  We had geography, spelling, science, math.  Ms. Joy had numbers and letters.  Ms. Grace colors and “what animal says meow?” type of questions.  All the kids were good sports and cheered her on.

The game lasted a LONG time. I finally got smart and started giving 2 or 3 spaces if they could dish out more answers.  Such as “Tell me what state we live in and you get a space for every state you name that touches our state.”  Or, “Tell me all the different ways to spell the long E sound, you get a space for every correct answer.” 

Next time we play, I’m going to use “Brain Quest” for some of the questions.  These were another Goodwill find.  And they’ve been sitting untouched on the school shelf for too long.  Next time.

We all had fun though, and we were able to mark off of our school list all subjects by the time we were done!  Hooray for that!

Oh, and the VW won!  Ha ha!

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Homeschool Wildlife

Don’t you just love it when you really get to use, and ENJOY, one of your bargains?!

I sure do!

This one was from Goodwill a few months ago.  I picked it up for a few bucks.  It sat in my bedroom closet for awhile. 

Then it sat on my nice new schoolroom shelves.

Next we looked at a couple of them.

And then, we REALLY used them!  It took probably about 3 months (or  more)!  Although I think we will continue to use them, especially throughout the year.

We are studying through My Father’s World Countries and Cultures (http://www.mfwbooks.com/). We are really loving it.  As we study through a continent or region, our science lesson corresponds with that region’s environment.  These cards can be divided and organized many ways.  We divided them into environments: grassland, rainforest, forest, ocean, etc.  Then, since we are studying forest environments right now, they each chose about 4 or 5 cards.  Read through them learned a little about those animals.  Then they chose, one they really liked.  I copied the front for them, then they highlighted a couple things they learned and recorded on the same page.  It was fun!  My little Joy girl even picked one and colored it according to the original.

We all enjoyed it.  I’m looking forward to using them more as we continue studying the different environments around the world.

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for the birds

I have been attempting to use these last few weeks as “wrap up, catch up on all the homeschool stuff we didn’t seem to finish”.  So we have been learning alot about birds.  The kids are really enjoying it.  Their drawing skills have drastically improved, no way in part to me, their teacher.  So, I splurged and bought a $2 bag of bird seed and we made our own birdfeeder.  It’s only been up since yesterday, maybe the birds haven’t caught on yet.  Or maybe $2 bird seed is just too cheap.

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Our Family’s Journey Across America

So, I am on vacation, but haven’t had a chance to post anything!!

Well this is an amazing trip we are on. We’ve been gone for 3 weeks already – I can hardly believe it! The kids are doing amazing, AMAZING! 

What started as an invite for Chris and I to be in my brother Eric’s wedding has turned into an amazing adventure for us all!  The thought of flying did cross our mind, but obviously there would be some definite challenges to traveling as a family of 7, most of which are now 8 and under.  Since Chris’ hasn’t been tied down with work, the kids have been studying United States history and geography for the past year, we’ve got a number of different family and friends scattered around that we’d like to visit…we added it all up and figured let’s do it!

And so began the planning.  Calls, emails, websurfing, preparation, packing,  and most of all – praying!  We’ve now made it half way through. 

The wedding was Sunday.  It was beautiful.  I am proud of my brother.  He has a sweet woman who loves him and they have  a desire to have God at the center of their marriage.  He knows he’s doing the right thing and I am really happy for him.  It was a great wedding.

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