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Saturday, October 31, 2009

This Past Thursday!

We all made this. This was sooo fun and Soo messy......I want to make more glitter projects.

The Thursday Before!

Only Emaly and Leia and Sara did a scarecrow...They enjoyed all the cutting that was involved with this and ofcourse picking out the colors for their clothes.....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday Craft

We want to make our craft but having a hard time, we have a guest staying at our house. So we have been busy making him feel comfortable. If we get to it, we will do it. Im not going to stress over it. Pastor Ismael from Kenya Africa is at our house visiting with us.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Encouragment for Today

October 21, 2009

Whatever It Takes

Marybeth Whalen

"For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance."

Psalm 66:10-12 (NIV)


This school year, my husband and I made some big changes in our house. We took the kids' computer out of the bonus room and gave them use of our two laptop computers in our presence only. We took the extra TV out of the bonus room. We got rid of all the extra channels on our satellite service, leaving the basic few. And we began requiring that our two children who have cell phones turn them in for the night at 8pm.

Why did we implement these seemingly harsh decisions? Because last school year our children made some bad choices... and their grades reflected it. They chose to watch TV in the bonus room instead of going to bed at a decent hour. They chose to play on the computer when they were supposed to be working on assignments. They chose to text their friends instead of focus on their schoolwork.

After repeated lectures and warnings, they still made the same mistakes. This pattern of behavior left us no choice but to come in and remove the things that were a stumbling block. The kids didn't like our decision and to them it seemed unfair. But we stood firm. We knew that we were doing the right thing for our children. We could see a future they could not, and we had to protect that future for them--even if they didn't understand our method for doing so. As their parents, we have to do whatever it takes.

Sometimes God has to do the same for us. At the time His plan may seem harsh and unnecessary. We may not realize that He can see a future we cannot. We are His children, and He will remove all stumbling blocks that keep us from being all that we can be. Even if it hurts. Even when we cry and beg Him not to. Even when we pout and tell Him it's not fair.

It's because I love you, He tells us, that I do this. I am creating something beautiful in you if you will just stop fighting me. I have a place I am trying to get you to. You can't see it, my precious child, but I can.

Is there something God is doing in your life that feels unjust? That has you pouting or crying or wondering why? Maybe you identify with the verses from today. You feel imprisoned, burdened, trampled, burned. Do you trust Him to bring you out of the place where you are to a place of abundance? The most beautiful prayer we can pray is: I trust You, I trust You, I trust You. He is a loving Father who only wants the best for us and He will do whatever it takes to get us there. Instead of fighting Him, let's rest in that Truth.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Top 10 Things NOT to say when asked "What?! No school today?"

10. Well normally yes, but this time of year I need help with the planting and plowing.

9. Goodness, no!!! I graduated 18 years ago, but thanks for the compliment!

8. No, we homeschool. We're just out to pick up a bag of pork rinds and some Mountain Dew, then we gotta hurry home to catch our soaps.

7. What?! Where did you guys come from?! Oh my gosh! I thought I told you kids to stay at school! I'm sorry. This happens all the time. (sigh)

6. There isn't? Why, you'd think we would have seen more kids out then, don't you?

5. We're on a field trip studying human nature's intrusive and assumptive tactics of displaying ignorance and implied superiority. Thanks for the peek!

4. On our planet we have different methods of education. (Shhh! No, I didn't give it away... keep your antennae down!)

3. Oh my goodness! I thought that today was Saturday...come on kids, hurry!

2. Noooooope.Me 'n Bubba jes' learns 'em at home. Werks reel good!

And the number one answer we should NEVER give to the question: "What? No school today?"

1. "What? No Bingo today?"

quotes I like

The idea of learning acceptable social skills in a school is as absurd to me as learning nutrition from a grocery store.

~ Lisa Russell
School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.

~ Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society

Far from failing in its intended task, our educational system is in fact succeeding magnificently because its aim is to keep the American people thoughtless enough to go on supporting the system.

~ Richard Mitchell, The Underground Grammarian

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. - Alexandre Dumas

“Home schooling is a very old way of doing things. If you look at any of the bills in your wallet or the coins in your pocket, they all have a picture of a homeschooler on them.” ~William Lloyd

“I believe it would be much better for everyone if children were given their start in education at home. No one understands a child as well as his mother, and children are so different that they need individual training and study. A teacher with a room full of pupils cannot do this. At home, too, they are in their mother’s care. She can keep them from learning immoral things from other children.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Educating a child is a natural process. Home schooling is nothing more than an extension of parenting.” ~Sue Maakestad

Why Public Schooling Is "Better" Than Homeschooling

Most parents were educated in the underfunded public school system, and so are not smart enough to homeschool their own children.

Children who receive one-on-one homeschooling will learn more than others, giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. This is undemocratic.

How can children learn to defend themselves unless they have to fight off bullies on a daily basis?

Ridicule from other children is important to the socialization process.

Children in public schools can get more practice "Just Saying No" to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.

Fluorescent lighting may have significant health benefits.

Publicly asking permission to go to the bathroom teaches young people their place in society.

The fashion industry depends upon the peer pressure that only public schools can generate.

Public schools foster cultural literacy, passing on important traditions like the singing of "Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg..."

Homeschooled children may not learn important office career skills, like how to sit still for six hours straight. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall Confetti Trees

This was our craft for today, I sat this one out and just helped Sara with hers. They ofcourse had so much fun, Sara loves participating with us.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

2009 is almost Over!

Can you believe the year is going by soo fast! So much happens in a year, so much changes in a year..... My kids have grown soo much this year... It's hard to look at their baby pics anymore, they are gettin sooo big.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Vitamix

A few months back Andy bought me a Vitamix, intially I used it to make Green Smoothies. I also make the kids ice cream, all fruit syrups and even soup. I havent been drinking the green smoothies as much but now, Im drinking, one whole red apple, 2 cups or more of baby carrots, 1/4 cup apple juice and lots of ice. So good... Here are some pics.....

Finally Thursday's Craft

Leia's, Sara's and mine......

Sebastian's and Emaly's

We'll here they are,  I didnt have magnets so we just clipped them to the quilt hanging in the school room. The kids love their butterflies!

Friday, October 09, 2009

We did, I promise

Do a craft this week, but we havent completed it, nor have we had time, Im hoping tomorrow it get it done and to post......

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Leia's Sewing

Leia sewed the entire outside of the bag, I helped her more with the handles and the inside. She loves this and is so proud, rightly so. She did really well.. Im proud!

Emaly's bag

Emaly watching it embroider, she loves this bag already! All purple!

Leia's sewing area

Leia is now sewing. She loves it. She is always sewing something, its wonderful to see her love of sewing. She has a made a bag already and hankies for her sister.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

More to come.....

I have pictures of Leias sewing area to post and her bag she made. Just need to hook laptop back up.....

Listening and Doing

James 1 19-25

19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

I love this, and need to read this alot. I know what I ought to do but sometimes its soo hard.....Charles Stanley is who I listened to preach today while excersing and man let me tell you. He brings it, He doesnt hold anything back, tells you the word of God. God is soo good. I don't understand the whys of so much. I just need to trust in God that it is part of his plan.. HIS BIG PLAN, the big picture. Im all over the board here with what Im talking about and dont want to get into details but so much is going through my mind, so many questions, so much to ponder. but overall I am thankful!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Motherhood: My Only Gems

Motherhood: My Only Gems

Fight or Flight?

Go here, to listen to Pastor Dan Stanley's message. Ignite the Fire.

Do you tend to fight or do you flee?

I do both. Depends on how important it is to me.

Lord Help me not give in to the reflux of fear and to continue to learn from you....To know that your perfect plan is more important than my feelings or my hurts.... Its all to you!

Hot Tea Drinkers?

What kind do you drink? I have always liked the idea of drinking a cup of tea, but everytime I have had some it wasnt that great, till I tried at the mall the other day. Oh my goodness I am now wanting to buy the tea I drank there, it was soo yummy! Their teapots are beautiful too!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bean Mosiac (Project Thursday)

I'm so proud of my babies and their creativity on this one. We made our own playdough using flour, salt, oil and water. I then added a little bit of green dye to it. I told the kids to use the beans to make a picture. "Bean Mosiac". I did not tell them what to make except for Sara ofcourse I did her hand but she put alot of beans on herself. She was soo excited to be doing her own craft.....We all enjoyed this alot.