Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Moments!

This is one of my favorite moments.....watching my little girl read to her little brother. There is nothing sweeter to a mama's heart. The bonus is I taught her to read.

Guess where they get their good looks from.....mom or dad??

This is another one of the goofy moments.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Planning for next year

I am already in the throws of planning next years schedule. Our local convention is coming up this weekend and I am trying to narrow it down. This is my plan for my just turned 6 year old next year. We are mostly classical in our approach.

Language Arts
First Language Lessons
Spelling Workout A/B
ETC Book 4 (sometime through out the year)
Copywork

Math
Singapore 1B/2A
Modern Curriculum Press A/B (as supplement)

History
VP Ancient Egypt/OT with
Story of the World Vol 1

Science
Living Books
Habitats (Evan Moor)
Learning to Be a Scientist (Evan Moor)

CAPP
Health Safety and Manners 1 by Abeka

Bible
Studying God's Word Book B (started this already)

Primary Analogies/Critical Thinking

Piano

P.E. at Trinity

And lots and lots of good literature! Mostly recommendations by Veritas Press and The Well Trained Mind

We are leaving Latin for next year though I still get rushes of latin fever!

Time Warp

This morning as I was home schooling my 6 yr old my house increasingly became more and more out of control. My 2 yr old was very happy playing with his Bob the Builder trucks..... that talk to him? From bible to spelling I began to see the downward spiral...then math...then snack and we were really in trouble. Two hours later and finishing history and read alouds I looked around in total shock. Papers everywhere (when did that happen) toys, books, colored pencils, stickers, crayons.....The funny thing is I did not really notice it all until the end. Part of the problem is I am way more into home schooling then I am into my house...which in some ways is growth for me. We cleaned it all up and had lunch. I even mopped the floor. But I am still wondering where I was when all that took place. I was physically here the whole time...honest!!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

What are you reading?

I am one of those people who always has at least one book on the go all the time. I usually have 3 to 6 on the go. I like to have a novel, then a biblical teaching book, then something about homeschooling, and the list goes on. This is what I am reading right now.

Teach Then Diligently by Lou Priolo
I love this book so far. It is so practical. It focuses on using scripture in child training. So helpful if you didn't grow up in a Christian home to learn this by example. It is very helpful to me.

Honey for A Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
It is about books and reading in a child's life. She has some great insight and considers The Book the top priority.

Safe in the Arms of God by John MacArthur
This book is breath of fresh air for anyone who has had a miscarriage or lost a baby or child. It has brought peace to my soul in relation to Jonah's death and the loss of out 2nd little girl due to miscarriage. This book proves by scripture that babies go to heaven plus lots more. It really isn't for those who have had a very recent loss in my opinion. There are some very hard stories to read.

Is Your Bed Still There When You Close The Door? and other playful ponderings
by Jane M. Healy
This is a really neat book. It talks about the benefits and need to have creative and intelligent conversation with our children. It has some questions to ask to get you started. I recommend this to anyone with children.

Endangered Minds Why Children Don't Think-and What We Can Do About It
by Jane M. Healy
This book addresses development of a child's brain, thinking process etc. It talks about the cultural things that work against thinking and concentration. I have found it interesting and informative. It makes me think.

I just finished Pride and Prejudice. I am trying to decide between Emma by J. Austen or Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I read Les Mis about 10 years ago and it became my favorite book. I was single then and had lots more time. This book has about 1500 pages. I might be 60 before I finish it this time. But the story cannot be beat and he develops his characters with such grace and depth.

So what are you reading?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Is He really in control?

"If there is a single event in all of the universe
that can occur outside of God's sovereign
control then we cannot trust Him"
Trusting God
Jerry Bridges

Last night at care group we were discussing trusting and surrendering to God. Not that I have arrived by any means but I am more surrendered now then I have ever been. God has been faithful to care for me and grow me. The main key to surrender for me has been embracing the sovereignty of God. There is peace that comes with believing and trusting that ALL things are part of His plan. I am freshly reminded of this today as I walk out God's will for my life in an area that I have longed and prayed to be different. If it was for my good and His glory it would be so! I am grateful for peace and joy even though I am not getting what I want. Where else is that possible but in the loving hands of a sovereign God.

"Every adversity that comes across our path, whether large or small, is intended to help us grow in some way. If it were not beneficial, God would not allow it or send it, "For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men" (Lam 3:33)"
Jerry Bridges

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Ouch!

"Being ‘busy’ is the natural punishment
that comes upon those who cannot
discern the significant from the urgent.”

F. Hinrichs

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Honey For A Child's Heart

I am reading this book by Gladys Hunt. It is such good stuff. I love this quote.

"Any good book can be used by God in a child's development, for a good book has genuine spiritual substance not just intellectual enjoyment. Books help children know what to look for in life. It is like developing the taste buds of his mind as a child learns to savor what he sees, hears, and experiences and fits these into some kind of worthwhile framework.
What is unfamiliar becomes close and real in books. What is ridiculous helps children see the humor in their own lives. Sympathetic understanding is a generous by-product of sharing the emotions of others in stories. Books are no substitute for life, but a keener pleasure comes to life because of books."

I love Books!

This is for my dear friend Mary!

Books are like people:
fascinating, inspiring, thought-provoking,
some laugh,
some meditate,
others ache with old age, but still have wisdom;
some are disease-ridden,
some deceitful;
but others are a delight to behold,
many have travel to foreign lands;
some cry, some teach, others are lots of fun.
They are excellent companions,
and all have individuality-
Books are friends.
What person has to many friends?

Honey for A Child's Heart by G. Hunt

Domesticity and Doctrine 2

I have only started to study doctrine in the last 4 years or so. It is a refreshing and welcome change in my life. To take all the teachings of the bible on one subject and put them together to get the whole picture makes so much sense to me. I do know there are differing doctrines but I am reformed and proud of it! No desire to debate :)
Where I really began to see the fruit of studying doctrine and theology (which really is studying the bible but topically) was in my home life. In the day to day trenches of diapers, dishes, dirt and dusting things began to change. As I embraced the doctrine of the Depravity of Man I realized there was no good thing in me and that all came from him. I was going to fall and fail and I was in great need of a savior. As I began to understand justification and santification and their differences I could see more clearly that it is by faith and my works are but filthy rags. No good thing I do.... Will earn me what I need..... which is salvation! Nothing I do wrong will change his love for me or that he has paid for my sin through his death on the cross. The Doctrine of God's Sovereignty has been sweetness to my soul in some very dark times. Believing and trusting that all is under his power and care brings rest like no other thing.
Now how does this have anything to do with dishes and dirty diapers? EVERYTHING! The frame of my day is hung on these truths. I will fall short and so will my children, training them is about pointing them to the savior and not being perfect. Boy does that lift the pressure. Trusting God as Sovereign makes the interruptions (so I think) into the love of a faithful God to grow me. Doctrine has set my heart free which only serves my family, producing joy and peace. This is the base on which I must influence my children. I will influence them. What am I teaching them? Not with my words but with my life and choices. Am I clinging to truth and trusting?
I think at times it is easy for women to think Doctrine is for men. They are leaders in the church and in the home...lets just leave it to them. Though our role and priorities are different the word of God and all it entails is for all of us. It is the base from which we draw our ability to influence our children.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Domesticity and Doctrine

I read this article over on girl talk. It got me to thinking about how those of us in the domestic trenches apply and use doctrine in our daily lives. We have a tremendous influence (as the article points out) and from what base is that influence coming? I intended to share more but my influence providers (my children) need my attention. More soon!

Read the article it is well worth your time!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Journey Begins


The Journey Begins (no pun intended)

I have been wanting to start a blog for some time. I was motivated by finding out a dear friend (you know who you are) had started one. It was the kick in the pants I needed to make this happen. I hope my time spent here will be to God's glory!

Today is Mother's day. The picture above is what I was greeted with this morning along with a very large breakfast in my honor. I love my family! My very sensitive daughter and very loud and affectionate son. My very handsome and loving husband. I also want to acknowledge on this day the two babies that I never got to raise... only to hold one of them for a short time. They will only know peace and the arms of Jesus...no sin, pain, sorrow or grief. Isn't this what we all want for our children. I have been blessed with two of them who's only duty in life is worshipping the savior. What a gift to me! Today I thank God for motherhood. A blessed place and calling...a true privilege.