"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ten Ways To Raise A Fool in 2012

 I am sharing the following blog post (with permission) from Rhonda @ www.walkingwithsarah.com.

Ten Ways to a Raise a Fool in 2012

  1. Teach your child God does not exist and therefore no moral absolutes exist.  Whatever your child feels like doing is the right choice.
  2. Spend as little time as possible with your child.
  3. Raise your child to believe the chief aim in life is to please himself so give him anything he wants.
  4. Do not teach your child to read.
  5. Do not discipline your child in any way so as not to hurt his/her psyche.  Never make your child do anything, especially work.
  6. Let your child get his worldview from any source other than the Bible.
  7. Since moral absolutes do not exist(see #1), set no standards in your home.
  8. Allow all influences into the life of your child--he has to learn to sink or swim.
  9. Show no affection or praise.
  10. Last, but not least, set an example by living your life only to please yourself.

Dear friends, I know these words are sharp, but how often do we fall prey to the lies above?  The current thinking in our culture would not have a problem with most of this list, as a matter of fact, most of it would be acceptable or even encouraged.  But if we're going to raise a generation of young people who live and act differently than fools, we've got to think differently.  So my real advice to you is thisDo the opposite of the list you see above!

"The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."                Psalm 14:1

"...But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother."       Proverbs 29:15

May we all purpose to raise godly children in the coming year!

Have a blessed day,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

It's hard to believe that 2012 is almost here.

Looking back on 2011 is stressful for me.  My hubby and I agree that it has been one of the most difficult years we've had to endure...for many reasons.

 For one, it was our first year without my beloved father-in-law.  He went home to be with the Lord - suddenly and unexpectedly - on Monday, December 27th, 2010. ( You can read my first post about him here.)

I had no idea how hard the adjustment would be. But I am so thankful for the hope of seeing him again.  So instead of looking back, I want to look forward; forward to a new year, and hopefully one that's a little easier.

Many people make New Year's resolutions. I don't. I just try to get by one day at a time, with the Lord's help. I do have goals for the new year.  I want...

....to spend more time in the Word.  How can I teach the Scriptures to my children if I don't know them myself?  (Deuteronomy 6:7)

....to be a more godly wife.  I want to be a "crown" to my husband, and not "rottenness in his bones" (Proverbs 12:4).

 .... to spend more time with my children. You might say, " But you're home  all day with your children!"  True.  But I long for more time with them..playing games, reading books, sharing Scripture, and just talking together.  I want to leave a godly legacy for my children. (Proverbs 31:28)

What about you? What are your goals or plans for the New Year? I'd love to hear from you.

Have a blessed day,

linked up @  Raising Homemakers

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

His First Coming

Last year about this time, I was reading "Jungle Pilot, the gripping story of  the life and witness of Nate Saint, martyred missionary to Ecuador", by Russell T. Hitt.

It was indeed a gripping story....I could hardly put the book down!

I want to share with you one of the quotes from the book:

"We cannot think of the humility  His first coming into this cursed, hateful world, without thinking of the mode of His coming again when the Heavens shall roll up as a scroll and the islands shall be moved and the mountains shall be shaken. And every eye shall see Him and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord of all. And among His redeemed, gathered from the four corners of the earth, there shall be some from every tribe and nation on earth. Praise His Holy Name!"
                                                                                            -  Nate Saint

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Many blessings,

linked up @  www.deeprootsathome.com

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Liebster Award

 Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered last week that I had received the Liebster  Blog Award from  JES @  http://heroinesofthefaith.blogspot.com. Her blog is wonderful; she has encouraging words for women of all ages. Please take a moment to stop by and visit her.  Thanks again, JES, for your kindness.   :)

I also received the award from Collette @  http://artmama.blogspot.com.  She never fails to impress me with her craft ideas and wonderful photography. Take a minute to stop by and say "hi".  You won't be disappointed.  Thanks again, Collette, for the vote of confidence.  :)

So, here is how the Liebster award works:  "liebster"  is a German word meaning friend, love, or dearest. It is awarded to blogs with 200 followers or fewer.  In order to accept the award, the honored blogger must write a post to thank the giver, with a link back to their blog...and then pass on the encouragement to five more bloggers.   What fun!   :)

Here are my five choices....

1.  Silvia @  Homschooling in a Bilingual Home  is a homeschool mom and has been  a wonderful encouragement to me this year since we started homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason approach.  Her blog is a treasure trove of helpful information.

2. Mary @ Mary's Little Corner   is a dear, sweet, friend who is always busy keeping her home, whether it's knitting, gardening, canning...and the host of other things she's so wonderful at doing.

3. Rebecca @ Country Mouse Musings   always has helpful homekeeping tips and yummy recipes to share.

4. Mary @ Raising Godly Children  is a mama to a large family who does excellent reviews and always takes time to blog about a favorite recipe..namely, caramel apples (yum!).

5.  Mrs. H @ A Future and a Hope   is always pointing me to the Scriptures. I am always refreshed after visiting her blog.

Many blessings,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One of Those Days

 We have placed an emphasis on character training since the beginning of our homeshool journey years ago. Unkind words and actions are watched for and addressed as consistently as possible.

Our children are not allowed to be rude to one another. My husband and I try to be good role models for our children. We have tons of books containing character-building stories.

So with all this preparation, why do my children still struggle with relational problems?

Yesterday was one of those days. The bickering and arguing started early in the morning. The bad attitudes started the day off on the wrong foot and soon all of the children were grouching at one another.

It was contagious: I became grumpy and discouraged....wondering if it was my fault.
Am I being consistent enough? Or  was I a bad example in dealing with Mimi about making her bed? Or was I too harsh with Aaron about doing his morning chores? I was wondering if maybe I am doing this all wrong.

But while out on my daily walk, the Lord reminded me that it's not my fault.  Part of the problem is the sin nature that our children are equipped with as they leave the womb. (Eccl. 7:20)

And  we all struggle with the "desires of the flesh" that cause us to respond in wrong ways. Children - and adults - have relational issues throughout life that must be addressed with godly character training.

So what about the discouragement that this situation can bring? Having your children with you all the time can put a magnifying glass to these issues, and it's easy to get discouraged.  But I have been discouraged by things other than the character training of my children. ..strained relationships with a family member, or the actions of a friend. The list of discouragements is endless.

So discouragement doesn't come because we are homeschooling; it comes as a part of life.  What we do about it will affect how well we deal with the more challenging times.

Do I humble myself and cast my cares on the Lord?  Do I really believe He cares for me?

"Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you."  -  1 Peter 5:7

Have a blessed day, friends!

 linking up with www.deeprootsathome.com

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Serving God

"You are as much serving God in looking after your own children,

training them up in God's fear,

minding the house,

and making your household a church for God,

as you would be if you had been called to lead an army

to battle for the Lord of Hosts." 

 - Charles Spurgeon

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Thief In My House

Recently, I discovered a thief in my house.

Looking back, I realize that he had been there for a couple of years, but I had never noticed him until a couple of months ago.

He wasn't trying to steal money.  He was trying to steal something far more valuable than that. He was trying to steal my time.

The thief was Facebook. Facebook was stealing my time.

 And after being on Facebook for a couple of years, I have just recently begun to realize how much time I am capable of wasting on it...checking people's statuses, photos, comments, "likes", etc.

One example: Mimi comes to me, asking for a story while I'm on Facebook.  My standard reply was, "In a second, Sweetie."  That "second" turned into a couple of seconds, then minutes. And by the time I logged off, she was occupied with something else, and I had missed a wonderful opportunity to spend some precious moments with her.

This situation (and many other similar to it where my children needed me and I put them off) occurred more than I would care to admit.  Thankfully, the Lord showed me that this "thief" was stealing my time from my children and from my homemaking.

He showed me that I was becoming what 1 Timothy 5:13 calls a "busybody". I would start out by checking my inbox and notifications. That would lead to reading everything on my news feed page. Then I would check friends' statuses that didn't show up on my news feed page. And then..well, you get the picture.

Let's be honest, does it really matter if a friend of a friend comments on another friend's tagged photo of their second cousin's wedding?  Or that a family member is getting ready to wash dishes? Not to mention all of the drama on Facebook, as if life doesn't have enough drama already.

It had become a complete waste of time...time that could be spent with my children - playing together, working together....just being together.

So as of Monday,  November 21st, I am Facebook-free.

Did I miss it?  A little at first: every now and then I had to resist the urge to log in and check my news feed page.

But I am enjoying all the extra time I have with my children. My house is cleaner. I'm keeping up with the laundry. (Yay!)

And I am happier.

Will I delete my account?  Maybe. Or maybe I will open an account for my blog. I don't know. But  I have lots of extra time to decide.  :)  And if you have struggled with the time thief, I'd love to hear how you dealt with it.

Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

Have a blessed day,


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Our Field Trip to Holland

For our very first read-aloud, I chose this book........

It's not as graphic as Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place, but my children still learned more about World War II and the unbelievable cruelty that the Jews suffered than any History textbook could teach them.

After we finished reading the book, I was online trying to  find photos of the "Angel's Den" (the room where Corrie and her family hid the Jews) to show the children. I found much more than photos...I found a virtual tour of the ten Boom house, now the ten Boom Museum!  The children and I sat transfixed to computer as we "toured" the house, room by room, with a lady's voice in the background narrating everything.  It brought everything to life for the children - and me! -  to actually see the rooms where the watches and clocks were repaired; the kitchen where the ten Booms shared their meals; and finally, Corrie's room, where the Angel's Den was located.  It was almost as wonderful as actually being in the real museum. The children talked about the tour for weeks afterward, and asked me to read the book to them - again!

For those of you who are interested,  here's the link for the virtual museum tour...


Scroll down and click the photo in the middle and then click "virtual tour".

Enjoy your stay in Holland.  :)

Have a blessed day,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Give Thanks

Several years ago, my children made this Thanksgiving banner. I have been able to preserve it, although with each passing year, more of the "natural treasures" that make up the banner, fall off.

It's very easy to make. First, you write the letters on fall-colored construction paper. Then, glue sticks, grass, small vines, berries, etc, onto the construction paper.  After the glue dries, wrap the tops of the paper over several strands of fall-colored yarn, and glue down the flaps. Let the glue dry over night.

Here are some of the things my children used for their letters...
                                     The G is made of milkweed and a stick.

                          They used berries, dried flowers, and lavender for the A.

                            The T is made of wild grapevine tendrils and bark.

                                          The K is made of fern fronds.

                                    They used honeysuckle vines for the S.

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. "    Psalm 100:4

Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Interview With My Children

So exactly what do my children think of this new method of education, as opposed to the textbook method?  I asked them, and here's what they said...

Mimi, who is four, said, "I like the read- alouds!"

Natty, who is eight, said, "Instead of the textbook method, I like learning this way."

Asher, who is nine, said, "Instead of reading alone, I like reading together as a family."

Aaron, who is eleven, said, "Instead of long lessons, I like shorter ones."

Ian, who is twelve, said, "Instead of doing lessons separately, I like doing them together as a family."

They also told me the things they disliked the most about the textbook method, and I quote:
  -  "long, boring lessons"
  -   "written tests"
  -  " doing lessons separately"

 They also told me what their favorite things about the Charlotte Mason method:
  -  "shorter lessons"
  -  "read-alouds"
  -  " no more twaddle"
  -  "narration" (especially the various forms of it)
  -  "Science experiments"
  -  "Nature Journals - we love Nature Journals!"
  -  "This method is more relaxed."
  -  "We like Art appreciation and composer study!"
  -  "We learn all day, not just when the books are open."
(I love the fact that they love to do lessons together as a family!)

 So I  would say that the evidence is definitely in favor of the Charlotte Mason method, wouldn't you?   :) 

" And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."  -  Deuteronomy 6:6-8

Have a blessed day,




Friday, November 18, 2011

How We Implemented the Charlotte Mason Method


Before I tell you how I implemented the Charlotte Mason method into our homeschool, I will tell you what I have learned about her. I could never exhaust her entire philosophy on this blog because there's just too much; six volumes have been written about her. But I can explain to you what I have learned in the past 4 months of research.

Charlotte Mason was an English educator born in 1842, and died in 1923. She had a very high view of children in a day in which children were not even allowed to ask questions.

Her basic philosophy was that, most importantly, children should love to learn. This basic philosophy included doing “regular school” plus the humanities (music, art, and crafts). She also believed that parents should schedule as little time as an hour per day in the morning to do serious academics (with that time increasing as the child gets older), and then the parents and child going out into nature and doing nature sketching.

She believed that children should have lots of time to pursue their own interests. She believed that “education is an atmosphere, a way of life, a discipline.”

She believed that parents should frequently read aloud to their children. And then have the children “narrate” to their parents, telling them what they have learned.

She believed in exposing children to poetry, keeping nature journals, enforcing good habits, and doing dictation.

She believed that children should read “living” books, which means that books that have real-life characters in them; someone with whom the child can connect.

There's so much more, but here's how I have implemented what I have learned so far...

After a Bible lesson to start the day, I read aloud to the children. We are currently reading “Johnny Tremain” and “Everyday Graces”. The children love to be read to and it's a very relaxing way to start the day.

After read alouds, we do copywork, which is penmanship. I write a quote on the marker board and the children copy it into their Noble Thoughts notebook in their very best handwriting. The quotes are from the Bible, a historical figure, or a line of poetry. The children love this, too! At this time (twice each week) we recite poetry. Recitation is a great way to sharpen public speaking skills.

After copywork, each of the four older children have their silent reading time. They are not allowed to read “twaddle” (dumbed-down children's literature) anymore. Only living classics for us now. I am slowly removing all twaddle from our home and I'm amazed at the sheer amount of it! I am happy to say that all twaddle is being replaced with the best literary works available. After they each read one chapter, they narrate it to me...or, tell me everything they can remember about what they read. Narration can be oral, written (for the older ones), play-acting, painting, drawing, etc. Narration is a favorite of the children. While the older four are reading, I do reading lessons with my 4-yr.old.

For History, we are studying American History together. I read the lesson and the children narrate, usually orally. We also do History Pockets (the Civil War) once a week. On Fridays, we do our Book of Centuries, which is essentially a timeline in a notebook.

Then we do Apologia Physical Science. Again, I read the lesson. They narrate orally and we discuss it. And we usually have 1 – 2 experiments each week, so even my four-year-old already  loves Science. Every Tuesday, we do Nature Journals. We take a walk or hike, then come home and sketch what we saw. It can be anything from leaves to trees to birds or any object found in its natural setting. This is also a favorite activity of the children.

For music, we are studying Johann Sebastian Bach, and for Art appreciation we are studying Leonardo da Vinci one day a week. The children love this, too, and I am pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoy looking at the art and listening to classical music. I downloaded classical music on my computer and it's our background music during lesson time so they hear alot of it.

Instead of a spelling book , we use Spelling Wisdom books. I bought them from the Simply Charlotte Mason website found below. Once again, the children love this. It's so much better than the typical spelling textbook!

Next is Math. We use Saxon Math, and again, oral lessons (done individually). The children do have math problems to work, but I shorten the lessons according to age.

For English (done individually), we do oral lessons, shortened according to age.

It might look like a long day, but it isn't. The children are excited about school and the day passes quickly.

We don't do many tests. Tests only focus on what the child doesn't know, instead of what they do know. But we do lots of narration, and from that alone, I can tell that my children are learning. And they are learning a lot. And they love learning and are eager to get started each and every morning. So the battle is over.

I am thankful to know that I wasn't the cause of my children not liking school. It wasn't me after all....it was my method.

For more info on the Charlotte Mason approach to home education, visit Silvia, @ http://educandoenelhogar.blogspot.com

And these websites are wonderful resources, too...

So, there you have it. If you have any questions or feedback, I'd love to hear from you. :)   And in my next post, you will hear from my children about what they like about the our “new” way of homeschooling.

Happy homeschooling!

Have a blessed day,


linked up at The Carnival of Homeschooling @ www.momschool.net/2011/11/22/carnival-of-homeschooling/

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Why the Charlotte Mason method of home education?

“So, why the Charlotte Mason method?”

"Charlotte Mason was an English educator that lived in the late 1800s/early 1900s. How can her methods be effective in our day?"

I've been asked these questions several times by other homeschool moms when I mention our new method of home education.

Before I give my answer(s), a little background...

This year, we began our 18th year of homeschooling. and as of last summer, the textbook method of home education was the only method that I used – it was the only one that I was familiar with. Of course, I had heard of other methods, including the Charlotte Method. But that's all I knew – the name, and nothing more.

As the new school year drew closer, I struggled with the very method of teaching that I was so familiar with. Sure, the kids did well : good grades, tested far above grade level, etc....but did they enjoy learning? I knew they loved being home – I'm thankful to say that that was obvious. But I also knew they didn't like school work . They just wanted to “get it over with”. There was no eagerness to learn. They seemed bored and complained about the lessons. I know – until I learned about the CM approach, I too, thought it was “normal” for children to dislike school. But I also knew that children are born with a love for learning, and I wanted to encourage that, not snuff it out. And I was afraid that I was getting very close to doing just that if I didn't change my methods!

So I began to pray about it and ask the Lord for wisdom about changing something..anything to preserve my children's love of learning.

A couple of weeks before we were to start school (the Lord is always on time, isn't He?), the answer to my prayers came in the form of a magazine : The Old Schoolhouse magazine. There were several articles that explained the CM approach. I read each of them (devoured is more accurate) , highlighting almost every word! This was it! I knew that I had found what I'd been looking for. I also did lots of online research. And the more I learned, the more excited I became. My hubby and I discussed it and he was very supportive of the change. And I knew if I had his support, making the change would be an easy transition.

The next step was to talk to the children about it. After I explained to them what we were going to do, they became very excited, and eager to start the new year ( imagine that! eager to start the new school year!).

That's the “why”.

Stay tuned. In my next post, I'll explain the “hows”.

Happy homeschooling,

linked up at www.deeprootsathome.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

In Flanders Fields

 In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The lark, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
- John McCrae

May we never forget that "all gave some, and some gave all."
Please remember to thank a veteran today.
Have a blessed day,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Girl's Crocheted Skirt

On a recent post, I mentioned that I have been crocheting a skirt for my four-year-old daughter.  One of my readers asked for the pattern, so here it is....

H hook
I used 2 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn, which was, in my opinion, a mistake. The Homespun yarn is very heavy for a skirt. When I make one for my seven-year-old, I will definitely use a lighter weight yarn.
Size: approx. a size 4-5. (The skirt is actually just a rectangle and sewed up the back.)
If you need to increase this for a bigger size, make sure you do a multiple of 4 + 3.

Row 1: Ch 83, in 4th ch from hook do (2 dc, ch 1, 1 dc), *skip 3 ch, in next ch work (3 dc, ch 1, 1 dc); rep from *, ending skip 2 ch, 1 dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Under first ch 1 work (2dc, ch 1, 1 dc), *under next ch 1 work (3dc, ch1, 1 dc); rep from *, ending pat under last ch1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 3- 23: Repeat Row 2 for stitch pattern. Fasten off and weave in ends.

For a lining, cut a rectangle-shaped piece of light-weight material, slightly smaller than the skirt and stitch it to the wrong side of the skirt.

(You can make this longer for a bigger size, if you just increase the rows.)

I sewed up the seam to make the back.
I use elastic on all my daughter’s skirts. So I take the 3/4 inch elastic, measure it to my daughter and cut. Then I sew the one end into a circle. Then I sc the elastic to the first row of the skirt.
Or you can stitch it to the skirt. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Here's a photo of the finished product..

 "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
  My soul shall be joyful in my God,
  For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
  He has covered me with the robe of righteousness."   Isaiah 61:10

Have a blessed day,


linked up at  www.deeprootsathome.com

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For today, November 7, 2011.....

Outside my window....it's cold, but the sunny is coming up and it promises to be a beautiful day.

I am thinking....about how much I love having a woodstove on chilly mornings.

I am thankful....for this time of year. The leaves are beautiful.

From the learning rooms....lots of fun is in store for today: read alouds, recitations, nature journals, a science experiment, studying the first article of the Constitution, and we continue our study of Leonardo da Vinci.

In the kitchen....homemade biscuits and scrambled eggs for breakfast.

I am wearing....a blue skirt and a white top.

I am creating....crocheting skirts for my girls.

I am wondering....what to fix for supper tonight.

I am going...nowhere today, but to the polls tomorrow. The children consider it a field trip.  :)

I am reading.... (other than the Bible) Johnny Tremain. Actually, I'm reading it aloud to the children, but I like to read ahead a little bit.

I am hoping....to get alot of cleaning done today.

I am looking forward to.... Aaron's 11th birthday on Thursday.

I am hearing....Kim, our cat, purring beside me.

Around the house....our deck chair cushions and umbrella needs to be brought in for the winter.

I am pondering....how much I love the time I have with my children.

One of my favorite things....curling up in front of the woodstove with a good book.

A few plans for the rest of the week....Aaron's birthday bash, and a Chronicles of Narnia
play at our local library.

Here's a picture I'm sharing.......

On Saturday, we made apple butter with my parents, brother, sister,  and extended family. What a great day! Doesn't it look delicious?

Have a blessed day,

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Don't Buy the Lie


Mothers, don't let anyone ever dupe you into thinking there's anything noble or disgraceful about remaining at home and raising your family.

Don't buy the lie that you're repressed if you're a worker in the home instead of in the world's workplace.

Devoting yourself fully to your role as wife and mother is not repression; it's true liberation.

Multitudes of women have bought the world's lie, put on a suit, picked up a briefcase, dropped their children off for someone else to raise, and gone into the workplace, only to realize after fifteen years that they and their children have a hollow void in their hearts.

Many such career women now say they wish they had devoted themselves to motherhood and the home instead.

 - John MacArthur (Successful Christian Parenting, 1998, p.195)

 Have a blessed day,

linked up at www.raisinghomemakers.com

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week....Mimi is finally on the mend, after a bout with strep, croup, then falling and cutting her hand and getting 5 stitches. The stitches were taken out on Thursday, so we're finally seeing the light at the end of the going-to-the-doctor-every-week tunnel.

In our homeschool this week....we are reading through the book of Acts (and I use flannel graphs for this as well), did a wonderful science experiment about water polarity, learned some Spanish, finished our study of N.C. Wyeth, went to the library (a favorite for my children) and loaded up on good books, and worked on our book of centuries for History.....among many other things.  :)

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share....learn to relax and not get so stressed about homeschooling your children. (After homeschooling for 18 years, I'm still working on this one.)

I am inspired by....the Charlotte Mason method of education. It has changed our approach to homeschooling 100%!

Places we're going and people we're seeing....grandparents' house, a friend's house to pick up a small flock of turkeys, and dear friends stopped by on Thursday evening - it's always great to see them.

My favorite thing this week was....just being home with my children.

What's working/not working for us....the textbook method was definitely not working for us. The Charlotte Mason method definitely is.

Questions/thoughts I have....my children want to do dissections this winter. I think it's wonderful, but they seem a little young to be interested in cutting animals open. Must be from all the butchering we do.  Anyone else have young children interested in dissections?

I'm reading.... about Leonardo da Vinci, the next artist we're studying in Art appreciation.

I'm cooking....a Cocoa Fudge Cake, from scratch, with the help of my girls.

I'm grateful for....my salvation.

I'm praying for....my family.

A photo to share........

I saw this beautiful spider web on our deck last week and thought of the verse...
Proverbs 30:28  "The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and is in kings' palaces."

Have a blessed day,

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Years ago...

I have often said how I long for the "good ol' days" when life was simpler.

Days when...

....instead of teachers, parents and grandparents.

....instead of friends, siblings and cousins.

....instead of neighbors, aunts and uncles.

....instead of a random neighborhood, a community of brethren.

....instead of kindergarten and school, homeschooling.

....instead of the nursing home, family.

....instead of the office, the garden and barn.

....instead of being all over town all day, staying at home.

....instead of going out for dinner, homegrown, homecooked meals.

....instead of the public pool, the backyard creek.

....instead of organized sports,  farm life and family fun.

....instead of a movie theater, a good book.

....instead of a facebook wall post, a private letter or card.

....instead of shopping at the mall, sewing and knitting.

....instead of blogging, a diary.

....instead of sharing thoughts on the internet, sharing thoughts with the family.

....instead of family movie night, family devotions.

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." - 1 Cor. 10:31

Have a blessed day,

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Our Week in Photos

 "So what do you do??"  I am often asked this question by people who, I am assuming, think that because I am a homemaker, I lie on the couch all day, eat Bon Bons, and watch soap operas. My typical reply to this question is , "Lots!" I usually don't have the time or desire to stand in line at Walmart and give this person a list of what I do everyday.  But if I could...I'd give them a peek into what we did this week...

       Mimi "writing" her sounds in flour.  Excellent for developing fine motor skills. 

                        A Science experiment about air pressure....

                                            ...and the results.

                              Mimi is ready for her reading lesson.

                       Asher making a Civil War timeline for History.

                            Ian working on his Math lesson.

                           Aaron adding to his coin collection.

                                      Natty crocheting.

Have nature journals, will travel...at Grandma and Granddaddy's house, doing leaf rubbings.

                  In the "children's tree" at Grandma and Granddaddy's house.

                     Asher taking his pet snapping turtle for a walk.

                           Ian and his Golden Polish chicken, Goldie.

                           Up close and personal...with skin cells.

                          Snap circuits are favorite at our house.

                                   Aaron made a wind horn.

                                      Mimi sounding it out.

                                              Silent reading.

                              Heading out for a nature walk.

                                  "Draw what you see.."

                               Playing on the hay bales.

                 Making an autumn centerpiece with treasures from the woods.


There's our week in a nutshell...and as you can see, most of the photos have to do with our home education.  I guess that's because it's not just how we educate our children; it has become our lifestyle.

I hope you had a wonderful week!                                                                                          

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