Archive | June, 2012

Thankful

It is easy to get off track and focus on all the things going wrong in our lives, especially when things all around you seem as if they are in chaos or not going the way you think they should.  It is so easy to get in the “glass half empty” mindset. We all have days we are frustrated with the kids who can’t seem to get along, or our husbands who we are not seeing eye to eye with at the moment. I choose to be thankful! We have to make a conscience effort and a decision to be happy with where we are and what we have, instead of focusing on what we don’t!
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:18

Today I am thankful for 4 beautiful children that are full of life.

I am thankful that I am able to take the summer and focus on having fun with them, making memories.

I am thankful for my hard working husband who allows me to stay home with my babies. I was blessed with a husband who is fully on board with my decision to be a stay at home mom and homeschool our children. He wouldn’t have it any other way, and for that, I am blessed!
I am thankful for my amazing new house with my deck that I get to have coffee at every morning.

Also, for the awesome view as I look off of my deck.

Most importantly I am thankful for an Amazing God who without Him, none of this would be possible!!

What are you thankful for today?

 

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Walk In Love, Even When It Is Hard!

Almost every homeschool family has at least one (most the time more) friend or family member that disapproves of your decision to homeschool your children.  There have been those in our lives who were not happy in the slightest when we made the decision to not send our kids to public school.  I felt like I was always under the microscope having to prove my ability to teach my own kids.  Also, the comments were never ending.
It can be very hard to walk in love with those who are opposing how and why you are raising your children the way that you are. I have had to bite my tongue a few too many times.  However, the Bible says in Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” (NLT)
If you respond in love, you will deflect an argument that most likely neither of you will win anyway. When you get defensive with your response it will only fuel their comments more. I can tell you from first hand experience that being kind and letting the fruit of your labor speak for itself will be the best way to prove that you can do this, and your children can flourish!
Our family just finished our 3rd full year of homeschooling. Most of the comments have stopped. They know this is a lifestyle that we aren’t going to change. Also, I think some of it is they can see the fruit in my kids and see that they are very well educated despite not going to a traditional school.

 

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Reading Love

Both my husband and I have always been readers. Well, let me correct that. When I was younger and before children, I loved to read. Somehow with the craziness of having 4 kids in 4 years I lost my inner bookworm somewhere. I was still buying them, just not taking the time to read them.  As my kids have gotten get older, I wanted so badly for them to love reading as I did as a child. I tried several different books and could never spark an interest. After we moved, we went several months without cable. (Best thing we ever did!) The kids lost their addiction for TV and found their love for books. I also began taking the time to read again.  Now, my older two are going through books so fast we are visiting our favorite bookstores about once a week!
We have also started family reading time. About a month ago we were reading Swiss Family Robinson. My husband had the great idea to turn out all the lights and light candles all around the living room as we read that night. We were reading the part about the ship going down in the storm, and one of our Oklahoma storms came rolling in. As we were reading about their storm, we were listening to our own right outside. The thunder and lightening were an amazing effect to our reading hour. I think that will be a memory that last in their little minds for years to come.
If you have a hard time getting your children to read here are some different ways that we have tried that the children love. Reading can and should be fun!
-Make a tent or fort and have reading time inside it.
-Turn all the lights out and read by candle light.
-Make trips to the bookstore and library to let them look around and choose their own book.
-Join summer reading programs so they can earn rewards for their reading.
-Take the books outside. My kids LOVE to read on the deck.

 

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