Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Let them be children

   Brother is my early riser.  It's really hard for me to get out of bed before he does...  but I love it when he gets up.  I'm usually sitting in my chair by that time, bundled in a blanket and kindle in hand.  He comes into the living room, and he's sooooo affectionate.  He smiles so sweetly, and tells me good morning like just seeing me brightens his day.  I hope it does..  because just seeing him does mine...

 He cuddles with me and I wrap my blanket around him..  but he stirs quickly, as little boys do.  He loves to read books, so sometimes he climbs into our reading nook with his piles upon piles of Berenstain Bears and Pigeon books.  Other times he chooses a box out of his room filled with some of his favorite toys and brings those onto the table to play.  He plays, quietly for him..  and he thinks, and its one of the rare times we are alone so he can talk to me about what is on his mind and his heart.

 The other morning as I was getting back into my devotion, I heard his voice crack, almost in tears.  I looked up and asked what was wrong...   I gathered my boy, now with tears filling his beautiful brown eyes into my lap and rubbed his back, since that is his favorite..  and he answered...

   "I'm wild.  I'll never get rid of my wild."  He said through little tears.  My heart broke.  I prayed..  what could I say?  His words had brought the strongest conviction my heart could bear.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday! 4/24/17

   I feel like we've been gypsies lately.  It's been a month now since we have had a full weekend at home.  On month, four hotel rooms, staying with 3 different families at their home..  its been full throttle for awhile now.  I really enjoy this linky party though, and am glad that I always find Mondays to realx, rejuvinate, and take some time to write.
   I love catching up on Mondays!  So here we go!

The weather.....
  Rain rain...  but I don't really want it to go away!  It's been a nice stay-in and rest day after a long weekend!  Long few weekends...  we are very much looking forward to staying in today!  It's also cool outside, we had to turn our heat on when we got home last night!  Crazy weather lol!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tea Cup and Mug Exchange 2017!

    A friend of mine who I follow on Happy Homemaking Mondays posted about the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange, and I was immediately intrigued!  Honestly friends, I feel like my life has been a mad rush for so long now!  Just a look at the photos of teacups somehow makes me just awaken that desire inside of me to slow down and just enjoy life a little longer, a little slower...  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Finding a Math Curriculum that works!!!


  Math.  Not my favorite subject.  Not even close.   When I was in school, I never remember enjoying math.  I did get into the higher math classes in high school somehow, but still struggled when I was in college.  No, math was never my strong suit, nor was it something that I really enjoyed teaching.
   When it came to homeschooling my kids, naturally math was one area that I was never overly confident in.  Math in the lower grades was easy breezy.  Then we began 7th grade math.  Yikes....
   We started 7th grade math with Life of Fred.  That was working really well for my elementary age daughter, so we began with Fractions and Decimals just to make sure we covered all of the ground that I needed too.  About 2/3 of the way through Fractions I realized it wasn't working.  Even worse, I was having *so* much trouble explaining exactly what was going wrong.  Homeschooling two other kids made it even more difficult to take the time I needed to reteach myself how to do math...  I really needed some help!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hands-On Ancient History with Project Passport

     In all of our history of homeschooling, which comes to a total of about six years (Wow! How did that even happen!) we have focused primarily on American History. If I'm going to be honest with you, it's because that is simply what is in my comfort zone. It's a far smaller span of time to study than the ancient civilizations, and in all honesty, it's what I learned the most about in my education. However, we are certainly coming to the end of our American history lessons, and as my kids get older they become more fascinated and curious about other areas of the world. So I think it's safe to say it's time to revamp our history curriculum to give them a broader view of the world around us!

    We have done a lot of dry curriculum. I really wanted to try something different. My kids are very hands-on learners, which is why so many of our curriculum choices work so well! However, I'm not great at planning and putting things into words myself, and need a good curriculum that's capable of basically drawing it all out for me. I love it when it takes the work away and tells me exactly what to do. Especially with multiple homeschoolers on different grade levels, it's important that I have enough time to dedicate to each learner. So this is what I was looking for as I began my search for some sort of world history program.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Springtime Study with Eric Carle

   Isn't it great when two of your favorite things come together to make one!  You know, like peanut butter and chocolate, or the sand and the ocean...  or particularly this week, books and springtime!!!
   We have enjoyed fantastic weather here in western NC the past week, and although its still 'winter', it feels so much like spring!  Easter Lilly's are blooming along the road, there's the chirping of birds to wake me up in the morning.  Springtime feels like its here!  And although there may be a few more cold, and perhaps even snowy days remaining, we know that spring is just around the corner!
  How better to celebrate than some amazing spring books!!!

   Eric Carle has been one of my favorite artists since I was a child.  I remember fondly watching Reading Rainbow in those early years and being fascinated by his use of color and paint techniques to fill a space.  A modern-day artist, with incredible talent!  And yes, I say artist, because although he is a fantastic author of children's books, he's equally as talented with his color and illustrations.  I just love Eric Carle, and his bright artwork makes his books standalone works in children's literature to be loved through the ages!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

What we are Reading Now...

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   A month ago, I begged God for tools.
   I didn't come here as a lot of people do... yet I'm in the same shoes as a lot of others!  Although I was raised in church in my younger years and was raised to be a good person, a great student, and an effective citizen of the world, I didn't spend my early teenage and adult years reaching for Gods will for my life.  I didn't read books about God..  I had a bible that sat on my bookshelf as somewhat of an heirloom- a memory of my Grandfather who had bought it in Gatlinburg and was so excited to give it to me- only to have it sit and collect dust on my shelf.
  When I truly turned my life to God in 2008, I stumbled into the world of Christian literature.  It was actually at this time that I started cultivating a love for reading in the first place.  I was a fast reader and an efficient reader, having acquired a Bachelors degree in journalism with a minor in English, I had learned to appreciate written word but I did not learn to love it until God came back into my heart and gave me a zest for life that I just didn't have before.  The more I loved Him, the more I loved life.  The more I loved life, the more I appreciated someone taking the time to share their heart in written word.  Over the years, I became a reader, and loved books!
   When I was begging God for tools I just wanted to grow.  I wanted to grow and learn and just become the best student I could be of His word.
   God answered in a big way!  I'm currently a part of three different bible studies!  One being Breathe by Priscilla Shirer, the other being Open your Bible by Amanda Bible Williams Racheal Meyers, and the other being one of the books I'm about to list for you :)  So know that if you ask, God will answer in a BIG way!  I can't tell you how excited I am to have these tools at my disposal, and the studies that I can be involved in!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Day

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
-Dr. Martin Luther King

Today my kiddos and I enjoyed this film from youtube, to honor and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King.  An amazing man!  We will be studying his life throughout next month, but today we should take the time to observe and learn about why we celebrate this amazing man!

Also, some further studies:

Friday, January 13, 2017

DIY Easybake Mixes!

DIY Easybake gift set!

       Brother wants to be a baker when he grows up!  Of all the jobs, he chose that one...  and this Mama is proud.  I would be so happy to have a son on cupcake wars someday!  Haha!  So the fool proof Christmas idea was, of course, an Easybake Oven!  Thankfully, Easybake makes a blue and black oven now, so it didn't look girlie.  Baker he is..  girlie, he is not...
    Upon research I found out that the Easybake refills were really expensive..  and not very tasty on top of that.  Searching and searching, I found a great recipe, and put together a fun gift for my little guy!

    I first made baggies with the ingredients in them!  It was so easy!  The best kind of cake to use is Duncan Hines Signature cake.  I chose French Vanilla and Milk Chocolate.  I put 1/4 cup of mix in each bag, and labeled them with some personalized labels!