Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

101 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas | Ideas for Christmas Box

It's Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Have you packed yours yet? This is a wonderful family tradition and you're not too late to begin!  Sometimes I get stressed taking my three littles to find all the items on our list, but I know it is teaching them a great lesson in giving and considering others before themselves. Some days, it reveals just how much we have to work on in this area. Not to mention, the is a wonderful first opportunity for our children to share the gospel internationally. I was grateful to find this link this year to help give me some new ideas and tips. Ready, set, go bless a child in need this Christmas!
101 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas | Ideas for Christmas Box

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Homeschooling: Getting Back in Action

I went on a nice early morning walk today with a friend. The fresh air does something wonderful for me and I am always left thinking, "Why don't I do this more often?" I'm making a plan to get back in action!

And not just with walking, but with homeschooling too. Are you there yet? Ready to get back into action with school just around the corner? It's  August 1 today and I'm feeling back-to-school mode is in the air, ready or not. I tend to prefer a long summer while not rushing going back to school, but homeschooling has afforded us the options of educating in every season as a lifestyle rather than a schedule. This perspective has been a blessing.  Over the summer we have relaxed a lot, but also kept up with math and reading on a flexible routine. I like to keep their heads in the game to where there is no real, "going back," when fall comes around. We've been learning all along and it makes it easier to open the books again when you haven't kept them closed all summer.

What is our agenda for the Fall? This is an exciting season as we are preparing for something new this year. We will be participating in Classical Conversations, a local, classical education, homeschooling group that has just formed in our area. We will continue incorporating Sonlight as we love all of their books and daily lesson plans. We also purchased Andrew Pudewa's Institute for Excellence in Writing program. I think we will be set for a while on curriculum and plan on taking or time as we go at our own pace. I look forward to the accountability of CC's weekly meetings and the theory of working until mastery rather than on a rigid schedule. We'll do our best to God's glory and by his grace!

It seems like yesterday we started this homeschooling journey and it's hard to believe we are going back to school with a 3rd grade girl and 1st grade boy. Not to mention our little preschooler, ever ready to charm and distract. Our work is cut out for us, but new curriculum and school supplies are motivating us to hit the ground running. While praying for guidance, direction and yes, lots of patience too, I couldn't be happier going back to school. Homeschooling families have the very best students...our own children! God bless you as you prepare for your next, or perhaps first,  season of homeschooling.

I am hoping to post some of the tools that have served us best, favorite books and sources of encouragement as we go through our year. Please join me. What is your plan?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

On My Bookshelf, etc.

I love to read. I love books. And often times I find myself reading more books at the same time than I can count. Anyone else like this? I'm not complaining and here's why...
On my bookshelf, by my bed, on the coffee table, in my purse, on my kindle, and in the car at random times are these precious gems. Thank you authors! These are my breaks from the monotony of motherhood, aka, "naptime." I hope to make a reading list soon and add these to my, "store" where I put the books I've read that I feel are worth recommending to my friends.

1.Talk about encouragement! A good read for every Mother and especially for those of us with littles.

2. Reminding me to hold my tongue and that I'm not the only one having a hard time!  

3. Yes, I have at least one of these and am thankful for any advice I can get.

4. Preparing for the birds and the bees talk one day and my oldest is only seven. You can never be too prepared, right? I  have been so impressed with this book and recommend it to anyone else thinking through how to introduce these talks with their children.

5. And this one is just for kicks. My husband left it out in one of the places mentioned above and I have adapted it as my own. So interesting for anyone curious about why we form the opinions we have of others so quickly from a psychological perspective. Oh, just read the description on Amazon!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ideas for Intentional Parenting

I promised myself I would go to bed early tonight. It is such a challenge for me to do though, but I have to see it through. If not, I will be weary in the morning and I am trying to be more intentional in getting my rest in order to give my children my best. What are you doing to be more intentional in your parenting? Check out this link from, "The Intentional Life" for nine more ideas! Goodnight!