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Monday, June 4, 2018

What do you do...

What do you do when the thing you thought was God's will turns out to be the seemingly wrong thing?  How is it possible that a good thing turns out to be bad?  What do you do?

I don't know.  I have no answers, only questions.

I can only pray and beg God to give us clear answers.

Until then, we trust and pray.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."  Prov. 3:5-6

"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."  1 John 4:16

"The Lord is near to all who call to Him, to all who call on Him in truth."  Psalm 145:18

At the moment there are no words for where we are; we are in the darkness waiting on the Lord.  Our hearts are heavy and breaking and we are trusting that He will carry us to the next step.  He will light our path but that may only be a step at a time.

And that is enough.  He is enough.




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Valuable Resource for you!

As a homeschooler I am always looking for ways to get my kids more engaged in their education.  I love finding resources that help me help them.  I have one such resource for you today.

Education.com
Is an educational website that offers service to families and schools.  They have two options for you:
Basic/Free access is available or you can become  member and pay $9.99/month for their Premium service.

Spend some time on their website and find all that they offer.

Who doesn't love a fun worksheet to enforce what our kids are learning?  There is not better way for kids to learn than when they are having fun.  Education.com is here to help.  You can sign up and download worksheets to your hearts content!  That isn't all they offer, though.  Really, you should check them out!

Curious?  Here is a sample from their website:

Let's practice our spelling words as we stroll down the river in our boat. Hang on tight as we head on over to Education.com for spelling resources, games, and printables like this!
https://www.education.com/resources/spelling
Here are some worksheet types to choose from:
  • Maze
  • Matching list of words with images
  • Word search
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Word scramble
  • Subtraction
  • Division
  • Multiplication
And we have a variety of themes to choose from, including crawlies, a school-themed template and seasonal themes.
You can see an example below.

Here is a FREE worksheet for you!

Follow this link to download a FREE word search from Education.com!  

Here is the Answer Key as well!



How is that for cool?  You should go and check out Education.com and see if they are a good fit for your family or school.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Next Year...

Now that soccer is over(more on that later) I am looking toward next year and what each girl will do for classes.  Yes, it is only May but for my mind I need to get it organized and set before summer so I can enjoy some downtime!

So, before my schedule changes and I am working pretty much every day I am planning.

Of course I am going to use my Ultimate Homeschool Planner again.  I adore this planner.  It has everything I need and I will be so sad when I can't use it anymore.  You can buy it here.

The girls will be using a planner we found at Mardel's that we just bought here.  Hannah had this one last year and loved it so much Naomi wanted one as well!

Now that our planners are chosen I can move on to the curriculum for each girl.  We are of course sticking with Tapestry of Grace.  This year we are using Year 2.  I have loved this curriculum so much and we have all learned things I never knew growing up.  You should look into it if you are looking for History, Literature, Bible, Writing, Art,  Geography, Government, and Worldview.  Yes, it covers all of that!

For Math, Hannah will be taking College Algebra-I have gone as far with her as my mind will stretch!  Naomi will be doing Math U See Algebra 1.

Science we will be sticking with Apologia.  I haven't found anything we love as much as theirs.  Hannah will be doing Physics and Naomi will move into Physical Science.  I am so glad we found Apologia at the beginning of our homeschool journey!

Hannah will have a semester of Economics for Everybody from Compass Classroom.   While Naomi will be doing Visual Latin.

Naomi will be doing her last year of Growing with Grammar.  This is a solid program that is giving them a great base for understanding English.  

At the moment, that is all I have.  I have more shopping to do for the little extras but at least I have a plan!  Next year Hannah will be a Junior and Naomi will be an 8th grader.

The plan for Bug is to stay in public school for now.  We don't know how long we keep her in public school because I can't see having her in middle school but that is for a different day.  For now, she is loving school and learning so much more than just math and reading.

Now, we just have to finish up this year!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Family

Our family is growing.  Our girls are maturing into women who love God and others and we couldn't be more proud of them all. Beth and Sarah are wonderful adults and it is fun to be friends with them and watch as God directs them.  We are so completely blessed with all of our girls and  we can't believe that God was so good to us.

 Beth and Sarah have made their choices in guys and we love them both.   I can't begin to say enough that praying for your child's spouse while they are growing is invaluable.  God has their path laid out and it is our job to direct them toward Him at every turn.  We don't always succeed in leading them well but we try and we keep trying every day.  

God is good all the time.  All the time God is good.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Homeschool Help

As a homeschooler I am always looking for ways to make this journey easier and better.  If I can find a tool that will help me teach and help my kids learn and they love it; all the better!

Virtual Homeschool Group is just that thing.

Virtual Homeschool Group is an online community that puts together classes for just about every subject and grade.  You can take Live classes or enroll for At Your Own Pace classes that have been recorded.  These classes teach, grade, and record those grades for you.  It is awesome ya'll.

And the best part?  It is FREE!

you heard me right.  This is a community helping the homeschool community.  You can of course donate to help the website with upgrades and the cost of keeping a website running but it is not necessary.  If you do donate then you are put into a pool for live classes that gives you first dibs on the life classes.  With our schedules live classes are not usually an option but we donate anyway.

The girls have take their Apologia Sciences through VHSG every year and they are an amazing help.
You should really check them out!

I am not receiving anything for this post.  I truly believe in this website and love how it has helped our homeschool and wanted to share!

http://www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.org/





Monday, April 23, 2018

Loneliness

I watched the news this morning run an episode on loneliness.  As I watched I realized that they could have been interviewing me.  In an age of social connections, we are at an all-time high of being lonely.  We live lives online and only show the perfect and happy side but all the while we are slowly dying inside.  It is a slow decay, a torturously slow process that approaches moment by moment sneaking up on us so that one day we look back and we are engulfed.

I am by nature an introvert.  I do not seek out crowds and parties; they drain me.  However, I have learned over the years to be an extrovert because that is what people expect and like.  No one wants an introvert to hang out with, they want the laughing and joking life of the party.  That is not me.  Not really.  I can do it and I can fake out the best of them but I don't like it.  I need solace, books, quiet, and family close to me...at home...with no other people around to be happy.  That is who I am.

Who the world sees me as is a happy, laughing, joking, silly, life of the party girl who likes being in crowds and thrives off of the lime light.

It is exhausting.

Not many people know that I am an introvert.  Fewer still believe me.

"I am what people see me to be
It's not who I am but what they see"

I wrote that in high school because even then people wanted an out going girl to hang out with instead of the shy, quiet girl I was.

What effect does this have on a person you ask?  It makes us lonely. Friendships are hard when you can't be yourself.  It is also hard to hold onto friendships when you can't connect they way you want or you don't actually want to be around people.  Not because you don't like them but because it is draining to be 'on' all the time.

Friendships require putting yourself out there...staying out there...

That is so hard.

So, I am lonely in a world full of people.  I have friends but I don't see them.  I can blame it on schedules, time, etc. but the truth is I am just plain lonely and scared.

I don't know how to foster friendships like everyone else.  I see people doing things together, laughing and having fun and I want that.  I just don't know how to go about it.  Or how to keep doing it.  Especially when I just want to be at home!

Life is hard sometimes.  I want friends and relationships but I just don't know how to make and keep those deep connections without giving myself up.

In a world of social media how can we be so lonely?