Saturday, August 23, 2008

Thanks Mel I am sharing this with all the homeschoolers it was awesome and yes very helpful God bless you all as we all set out to begin our many different paths the Lord has called us to as well as the path we all share in becoming more Christ like God Bless you my sister's




Volunteers by Betsy Burnett

When we were weeding the garden to plant my eagle eyed daughter called me over and said “Mom aren’t these tomato plants?” Walking over I was quite pleased to discover a couple of ‘volunteers’ in my garden. Occasionally in a garden you will be blessed with a plant that you WANT just springing up naturally. These surprises you never are quite sure what variety you are going to get but hey they are free.

Sometimes life hands us volunteers. Those things that spring up in life that might not be exactly what you planned (or how you planned it but they are good (or at least good for you!) When I first started to homeschool I was very caught up in making sure everything got done every single day. With three kids 5 and under that was sometimes a difficult task and I felt like a failure! The problem was it just wasn’t the kids that interrupted, there were the calls from a friend that needed to talk, or someone that need help with something, or even someone getting sick and needing to be taken care of. I ended up feeling guilty if I did and guilty if I didn’t.

It was shortly after this I went to my first homeschool convention. The very first workshop I attended changed my life! The workshop was put on by a mom of seven (who was pregnant with her 8th!) I figured if anyone could help me be more organized with my day she could. Surely she would have the secrets of getting everything done that I had been missing! What shocked me though was the very first thing she told us “There is no such thing as an “interruption” to you homeschool day there is only an opportunity for God to teach you something” … She paused for a moment and allowed that thought to sink into our heads and our hearts. The she went onto explain.

What I ended up learning from her is that homeschool and well life in general isn’t just about the three “r’s” it’s also about growing up into the person God wants you to be. It’s about being available to what He has in store for you that day, or even that season. She then went on to talk about how sometimes the most precious characteristics can’t be learned in books, they have to be learned in life. The only way you learn them is to as Nike is fond of telling us “Just do it” She went on to tell us about the different seasons she has experienced with her children, she talked about her kids learning to grieve when her mother died, she talked about learning compassion and caring when their brother broke a leg. On and on with different examples, the more she talked the freer I felt.

I realized that if I watched my attitude checked my heart and consulted God about these interruptions to my day we could learn a whole lot more than school books could teach. Math could be taught while helping to prepare a meal for a sick friend on top of learning to reach out as Jesus did “when I was sick and in prison you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36) Compassion could be learned (not to mention how to REST) while helping to care for a sick sibling. Patience (not to mention oral reading skills ) could be learned when your little sister wants to have Wait for Elmo read to her for the 6th time. I was also reaping the blessings of not just godly character traits in my children, but seeing the blessings of growing relationships in them as well.

As time went on I learned that the kids weren’t the only one that benefited from this new approach. I was learning too. I was learning to seek God about things that came up. I was learning to seize opportunities when they did. I was even (very ) slowly learning to recognize those things that that needed to be done vs. those that were just time wasters. Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time and a season for everything under the sun. (Ecc 3: 1)

So the next time you want to get annoyed because of a seemingly interruption to your day or even life, stop and ask the Lord if he might just have something for you in what’s come up. Because you never know, that tomato plant that sprung up in your garden might not produce those great big beefy sandwich tomatoes you planted, but it does produce tasty little salad tomatoes perfect for snacking and they were just what you needed!

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Thanks for your text messages, and e-mails, and prayers we had a blessed time and are glad to be home welcomed with open arms by those whom love and miss us thank you all.
We learned alot about loving each other as well as those around us and the Lord is working in both my daughters and my own heart praise God.

I am so blessed to those of you homeschooling mom's who have questions for me I will do my best throughout the year to help answer any of you and encourage you all I will share some now
and know I am praying for you all as we begin our week next week:

First I know you all wanted to know the different learning types our kiddo's may fall under here is the info I have found:
First a learning style refers to the way a person best takes in, understands and remembers information. Some kiddo's learn best in a quiet room, others with background noise, some learn best in logical steps, while others see the whole picture at once. Some children need more structure than others ,some learn best in an open-ended learning environment.
This is something awesome I just read today:

Visual Learner- understands and remembers best what he /she sees with their eyes.

Auditory Learner- this child needs to hear and verbalize the new info. to understand it.

Kinesthetic learner- this child needs to involve touch and movement in processing of new concepts, this child needs to use his muscles by writing down or acting out the new material
because he learns by doing.

Then there are the kiddo's that learn in a combination of all three of thee above.

So as you begin your school year pray the Lord would reveal quickly what category your children fit into so you can better understand how to teach them effectively.
I pray we all seek to have the Lord's love and patience with our kids Love Covers a Multitude
of Sins and when we see our kiddo's as HE does we will be more effective teachers and not expect perfection. I pray we all remember to take one day at a time and to all stay involved with each other help lift each other up and be that encouragement to make it through In Jesus Name

God Bless and until next time know I am a phone call away you are NEVER bothering me and if I cant get to call right away I will call back A.S.A.P
God Bless,

My New Book I am currently reading by Favorite blog sister Ann Voskamp

My New Book I am currently reading by Favorite blog sister Ann Voskamp
Best Book of the Year This dear sister in the Lord writes with such eloquence I cant even put the book down it becomes so REAL for me the pages come to life! This is a MUST read!!

Mel and I at one of the scrapbook weekends at church!!!

Mel and I at one of the scrapbook weekends at church!!!
I love ya sis!!!

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