Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Homeschool Moment

I have had another homeschooling breakthrough! Last year I told you about how Aidan's Sensory Processing Disorder had gotten so much better just from being at home, and now....(drum roll please)! After just one month since summer break and he is up to grade level again. Now I do not usually worry about grade level because that is not the focus of homeschooling (I will explain in a moment). However, Bren and I knew that Aidan had complete power and ability to be able to read, despite his anxieties about it. Brendan was also upset because he is a little bit more attached to traditional schooling than I am.

You see (and this is where I explain), my focus for homeschooling is to encourage my children to want to learn to know things, not to test them on what they didn't learn. My focus is to teach them to rely on their Creator and to Love Him with all of their hearts. My focus is for them to delve into subjects that interest them and not tell them "you aren't in the right grade to study this yet." My focus is to help them through the subjects that they struggle with and to encourage them to find good in those trials as well. My focus is on my individual child, not on a group of children all the same age.

While there are some schools that tempt me to put my children in them because they are way cool, I definitely feel called by God to educate the gifts that he has given me. I also feel called to obey all scriptures and to train them in the way that they should go. And by golly I am so glad that I am finally listening to my Father in this area!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

And the count down begins

I am beginning a count down for two very exciting events. The first has been counting down in my mind for a very long time. It is my pilgrimage back home. A car ride across several states with my five kiddos so that we can stay with my family and friends for SIX WHOLE WEEKS!! I cannot wait to see friends that I have not seen for four years, and to show my kiddos things that they have never seen yet I use to take for granite. I cannot wait to walk and walk and walk all around the lovely towns of Pennsylvania, and to worship in my home HOME church!! Not to mention that on this very long car ride home, I get to make a pit stop in Tennessee to stay with one of my best friends forever (lol a BFF) and take my kids to her home town pumpkin patch! OH GLORIOUS FALL!!
Isn't he an amazing man! And oh my what a cute baby!!

The second count down is to our tax return because when we receive it we will finally be debt free minus school loans. That is right, no bank, credit card, or car payments!! And what can we do with that money? Well finally decorate our home, purchase the much needed clothing, and home school supplies, and dare I say create a savings account! Oh my, we will even be able to take a few weekend trips to the many places we have wanted to visit! The Lord tells us to owe no many anything and right now I am thanking God for a husband that is wise and followed that command. If it wasn't for my neglect of that command we would probably be debt free now, but how I have learned the hard way. I just can't wait to get to the day that we can purchase an item we need when we need it without having an anxiety attack!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Face Lift

Well my my, it has been such a long time that I had to get out my feather duster and give this blog a new face lift! What do you think? I am not content with it and have such a vision of what I want this blog to look like and yet, I cannot seem to do it....maybe it is because I am not a web designer :) However, I do like this for now, and so with lack of time for this decorating I will "let it be" :) A lot of great things are coming this way this fall, so see you back here soon!