• Family Life,  Homeschooling,  Schedule

    This time of year.

    Around this time of year parents start getting excited about their kids going back to school. Kids get excited about seeing their friends again and meeting their new teacher. School clothes get purchased along with every school supply imaginable. Homeschool Planning

    My “back to school” looks much different. I have stacks of books sitting around me and a planner. I’m busy putting together lesson plans that will educate and make school exciting. We don’t go back to school shopping because no one around here is paying attention to who is wearing what. As long as the clothes are clean and without holes I’m a happy momma. Our school supplies might look similar but I have purchased twice as many. Ink is a major commodity around here and I buy in bulk.

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    There are days when I envy mothers who get hours to themselves when school starts, but when 8am comes and goes and we are still beginning our morning I smile with gratitude. My kids are finally old enough to help clean up the kitchen after I’ve cooked a meal, which makes cooking more enjoyable. We take walks and talk about what we are learning. When its raining and cold I might consider canceling school in the classroom for pj’s on my bed.

    There are a lot of good things to spend time thinking about this time of year, and when the anxious thoughts come up (which they always do) I need to remember.

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    Homeschooling is a choice we have made. No one is making me or scaring me to do it. I have been called to teach my kids. Some parents have not and I don’t judge their decision. This is the hardest job I can ever imagine doing. Some days are wonderful and all days end with me believing we can do this again, but then there are days that hurt.

    For some reason I fall into the idea that my children cannot have bad or off days. My goodness I get them more often then not! Therefore who am I to forget that some days will just be hard? Some days I talk in the worst of tones, and look at my beautiful children like “why is this so hard!” Oh Lord forgive me. I fail a lot, but His grace is greater then my worst failure.

    I need a lot of grace for teaching, disciplining, loving, extending grace, and doing it all again the next day. This time of year is full of emotions. Excited, hopeful, anxious, and I thank God I get to do this again. No I don’t have hours of free time and my kids don’t have new clothes but we have another year to do school at home.

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  • Homeschooling,  Schedule

    Planning days are here again.

    The following post is because I am an affiliate with HEDUA. I have received The Well Planned Day Calendar for free in exchange for a review on my blog.

    It is that time of year again when I have to sit down and plan.

    Plan for the first day of school.

    Plan for soccer practices and games.

    Plan for our Community day.

    Plan for Tutor meetings, and parent orientation.

    Plan for American Heritage Girls.

    Plan, plan, plan.

    “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin
    A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
    Confucius

    The plans of the heart belong to man,
    but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
    All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
    but the Lord weighs the spirit.
    Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.

    – See more at: http://scripturemenu.com/BibleVerseList.html?topicid=77#sthash.Cq7W1Hhe.dpuf

    The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
    -Proverbs 16:9
    Planning with the calendar.
    I used to have the classic preschool calendar hanging on our classroom wall, and each day a child would turn over the next days card. I loved that calendar, there was something very reminiscent of a school room to me that I never saw taking it down. That was until I came across the Well Planned Day Wall Calendar. This calendar is big enough to fill most of the space where the old one was and it makes me feel like we’ve graduated.
    This is my 5th year homeschooling and my son is coming into the Dialectic stage of learning. I am excited to have a homeschool room that looks less like a traditional preschool/kindergarten room and more like a place of serious learning.
    I have always been a fan of The Well Planned Day products and I have used the homeschool planner for years, so I was thrilled to have the wall calendar as well. The spaces are big enough to fit all our activities for the month, which as you can see in the introduction we are busy. The calendar itself is beautiful. The colors are not overbearing, and the font is legible for my kids to read. As with all products from The Well Planned Day there is scripture to encourage you for the tasks at hand. I love a company that has exactly what I need to make my life easier but one that has a biblical worldview is priceless.
    Because I love my readers and I know so many of you, like myself, have to plan our lives around the fact we have a special needs child I am posting a great offer from HEDUA.
    free book

    Right now our eBook Well Planned Homeschool: Focus on Special Needs is FREE through July 31st!

    Especially created for families with special needs children, Well Planned Homeschool: Focus on Special Needs comes alongside you with specific tips for homeschooling a special needs child, encouragement for the journey, and the reassurance that you’re not alone.

    Have a blessed planning season.

    The plans of the heart belong to man,
    but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
    All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
    but the Lord weighs the spirit.
    Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.

    – See more at: http://scripturemenu.com/BibleVerseList.html?topicid=77#sthash.Cq7W1Hhe.dpuf

    The plans of the heart belong to man,
    but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
    All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
    but the Lord weighs the spirit.
    Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.

    – See more at: http://scripturemenu.com/BibleVerseList.html?topicid=77#sthash.Cq7W1Hhe.dpuf

    The plans of the heart belong to man,
    but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
    All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
    but the Lord weighs the spirit.
    Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.

    – See more at: http://scripturemenu.com/BibleVerseList.html?topicid=77#sthash.Cq7W1Hhe.dpuf

  • Family Life,  Schedule

    Its a tug-a-war

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    I like my computer, the iPad, the iMac, a lot. I like spending hours surfing the web looking at Pinterest and getting sucked into the blog world. Obviously all of this is true, because I’m here, but do I want my children following in my electronic path?

    When I have given over to their pleadings for time on the computer, minutes turn into hours and before I know it they are screaming at each other and rightly so. They haven’t been spending hours filling their minds with goodness they’ve been killing skeletons in “survival mode.” And what about my attitude after I’ve spent time filling my head with what I wish life could look like? I’m sure I get cranky too.

    What is a mom to do?

    I like technology but I know there is a time and place for it. When I put it under the authority of Jesus and spend my online time in the fringe hours my children are not taking second place. When they have a timer set for how long they can each have chasing skeletons and building brick buildings they do not loose themselves. Running life of idle never makes anyone feel good.

    The tug-of-war for me comes from them wanting to play for hours and me wanting to set boundaries. Most days I win, but when it’s just me at home and there are two of them I give up and the day goes away.

    I am hopeful that with the school year approaching we will have to many other creative outlets to spend our time on then Mindcraft and Pinterest, which are not bad just wasteful.

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  • Homeschooling,  Schedule

    The Loose Guidelines for 2nd Semester

    riseI am calling this the loose guidelines of 2nd semester because I have to be perfectly honest with myself when committing to a schedule. Is this doable? Am I leaving room for “life”? Will this become a law? Guidelines to me suggests wiggle room and reminds me of the “Pirate Code” in Pirates of the Caribbean, which was also loosely followed.

    This semester I am going to attempt bringing more activity into our schedule. When I realize how much I am sitting teaching I have to notice that they are sitting right there with me. Therefore we will be doing PE 4 days a week, with more full body CC review games.

    In my attempt to find the “carrot” that beckons my children to pursue excellence I will be incorporating 5 minute Mindcraft play reward cards. With each correct answer during our CC review game they will earn time to play Mindcraft. I am not sure how J will react to the competitive nature of this game, but I know they will each earn some time which will hopefully make the day go easier.

    Because the kids and I have left our weekly bible study to stay home more often I will be incorporating the series Who is God? by Apologia. I have the book downloaded on Audible which we will listen to to start our day with questions that can be asked throughout our day. Perhaps engaging in Devotion throughout our day with thought provoking questions will help keep Peace.

    Our day might look something like this:

    • 8:30am Devotional
    • 9am J works on the computer while L is doing copy work
    • 9:30am they switch places

      I am currently working on T25 by Beachbody and the best time for me to workout is at 9am. Therefore I have 25 minutes of a great workout + shower all while the kids are busy working.

    • 10am PE I will be using the fitness homeschooling schedule so it will be completely structured time
    • 10:30am Snack with free play
    • 11:00am CC review games
    • 11:30am Winner will play Mindcraft for their winning minutes while the other does Math with mom
    • noon switch
    • 12:30pm Lunch with free play
    • 1pm J will be on the computer while L is doing L.A./Spelling
    • 1:30pm L will go lie down for a rest while J finishes L.A./Spelling with Mom
    • 2ish we will be done with the 4R’s and can move on to anything extra or J can play outside while L keeps resting.

    I know it looks painful to have every 30 minute taken up, but kids can really only work on one thing for 15 to 30 minutes and lets be real, neither can I. 🙂

    On paper this looks great and what could go wrong? I could wake up super tired and cranky, PMS can cause this to go up in flames, Fireman could come home and disrupt the schedule, Fireman can leave and disrupt the schedule, J could decide he is in a crappy mood which would put the whole house on edge, seriously a million little things could happen that would forfeit this plan, but God is bigger then this plan!

    I may make a few days of this on my own but in the end if I don’t start my day with Jesus and pursue His plan for my day everything that “I” will want will come crashing down. I didn’t write it on the schedule but my day will start earlier with some much needed quiet time before the Lord.

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  • Family Life,  Schedule

    Goals for 2014

    I am so flattered to have been asked this past month to be a part of some amazing opportunities, but I need a year to focus on my family.

    Therefore my goals this year are as follows:

    1. Keep Moving Forward!
    2. Become a Hero for my kids.
    3. Be the wife my Fireman looks forward to coming home to.
    4. and Love the Lord my God with all my heart and soul.

    I will never get these days back to shape and form my kids hearts to love and fear the Lord. There will be plenty of time for speaking engagements, businesses, and trips after my job of homeschooling is over. I want to enjoy this life God has given me, and the only way I can see that becoming a reality is learning to say no. My family is my top priority and I have to say no to anything that comes between them and me.

    I am going to learn to breathe where I am. Read the books that are already on my Kindle. Finish the curriculum I have (wow that’s a big one). Keep pushing play with the Beachbody workouts I already own. Grow in the commitments I have already made.

    I have a wonderful, beautiful life and when I stop wishing for more or looking to the right and the left I can see it. I can see how blessed I am to have witnessed every “first” my kids have had thus far. I get the privilege of being here with them. Yes relationships are hard and those with my kids is sometimes painful, but incredibly worth it.

    I am a mom, and my goal is to be.

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