Friday, April 29, 2005

Quiz Time!

I took some quizzes today that were fun. Here's the results:

I'm Abraham Lincoln.....

Abraham Lincoln You have a Bible and a library
card what more could you possibly need? You
prefer the Charlotte Mason Method of reading
living books for everything: historical
fiction, biographies, real histories, nature
guides, etc. No soon-to-be-outdated textbooks
for you. What Type of Homeschooler Are You?
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Live life with a child-like heart!
(Matthew 19:14-15)

what is your bible verse?
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I'm a complete literary geek (I think I knew this already.....)

You're a literary minded as the Bard himself!
You are a complete literary geek, from knowing the
classics (even the not-so-well-known classics
and tidbits about them) to knowing devices used
in writing, when someone has a question about
literature, they can bring it to you and rest
assured; you know the answers.

How much of a literary geek are you?
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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Impress Them On Your Children

The other day JK and I were cleaning the church and she started asking me some questions about our teaching elder and about Jesus. I was able to stop to talk about those things. It reminded me of the verses in Deuteronomy 6: "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

One of the benefits of homeschooling is that I am with my children at home; we're together most of the time. When questions concerning the Lord come up, I'm able to talk about them when I sit at home, walk along the road, in the morning and in the evening.

One thing I have to guard against is being too "busy" to take the time to answer the questions! I have to remember that my children and their relationship with the Lord are more important than anything I have on my agenda or to do list. I pray that my "conversation be always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that I may know how to answer everyone" (Colossians 4:6). This also is my prayer:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect--1 Peter 3:15

Friday, April 15, 2005

Softball/Baseball Blues

JM and JK both had games today. JK's game was this afternoon; about an hour away. It was very cold (so I thought at the time) and windy. I kept score and my hands were freezing.

Then JM's game was tonight and it was really, really cold--in the 30's. This is baseball season???? I had on my winter coat, scarf, gloves and was wrapped in a down blanket and I was still cold. The wind was still blowing strong.

I must really love these children because I don't think I'd sit out there for just anyone :-)

My daughter's team lost; she struck out twice. My son's team won; he struck out thrice. Oh well, it was only the first game of the season--and it was cold!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

One Change

Today I changed one thing in our home school. We started off with our read-aloud time first. It seems lately that I was never getting around to this or else I was doing at the end of school day and it was hard for me to stay awake! I felt so much better this morning knowing that we completed all our read-alouds!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I Need The Right Words

A friend asked me to do the opening devotion at our homeschool meeting next week. She asked for a special request to focus on reminding hs moms why they are hsing and to remember what really matters. Apparently she has talked to several moms in our group who are thinking of putting their children in school and/or they are feeling discouraged and not up to par.

I don't know but I have a feeling that these moms are comparing themselves to other hsing moms. It's so easy to do that and then to feel discouraged. If I could impart one thing to them, it would be to find what works for their children and go from there. No two homeschools are going to look alike. I will also tell them to relax and not to try to do "school at home".

Pray that the Lord will give me the right words to encourage these ladies in their homeschooling journey!

My Hero

Today was our annual termite inspection and we passed with flying colors. I asked the man who came if he saw any camel crickets under the house. He said "only a few". I was thrilled! We had an infestation of them a few years ago. I won't even post a link to what camel crickets look like because they are disgusting. I dislike them very, very much.

After he left, my oldest daughter said, "Some people have firemen or policemen as their heroes; my mom has the pest control man." It's true!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Monthly Newsletter

I send out a monthly newsletter to homeschooling moms. Here's part of the April edition:

Welcome to Serving Him at Home

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God—1 Corinthians 10:30

In This Issue:
~In My Home
~Poetry Place
~Book Review
~A Mother’s Job Description
~Recipe Corner

Reading: His Word in My Heart (see review below), Nature Study Idea Book by Mary E. Woodis
Bible study: doing a word study on “walk” in the New Testament, reading a Proverbs chapter a day during Bible time
Memorizing: Psalm 146
Projects: redecorating our family room, embroidering pillowcases, experimenting with rubber stamping
De-Cluttering: our bedroom closet
Listening: chick-a-dees at the bird feeder, The Silmarillion on CD, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the car, husband playing guitar, oldest daughter discussing “life”
Watching: birds at the feeder (a Chipping Sparrow visited yesterday), tulips by my mailbox, my son learn to drive, youngest daughter playing softball
Schooling: teaching division, reading The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and Little House on the Prairie, implementing more and more Charlotte Mason ideas into our day, getting back to nature study and notebooks
Started: walking in the evenings, drinking more water, cutting back on Dr. Pepper (pray for me!)
Looking forward: to warmer weather, being outside, a bus trip to Washington, DC

In my devotional time, I’ve been reading “The One Year Book of Christian History”, a daily glimpse into God’s powerful work. What a fascinating book this has been! Every entry is a two-page spread and takes about 5 minutes to read. Each day’s devotion is about how God has worked throughout history from the early church until the present time. Each story appears on the day and month that it occurred in history and includes questions and a related Scripture verse. I read this in the morning along with The Daily Light (I do a more in-depth Bible study at night) and it’s a great way to focus on the Lord and what He has done and continues to do in the lives of people!

Another book I’ve been reading is “His Word in My Heart” by Janet Pope. The subtitle is “Memorizing Scripture For A Closer Walk With God”. Here’s the little blurb from the back cover: “This book proposes something different than memorizing random scattered verses with fragmented truth. Rather, it is a way to get to know God by memorizing sequential verses in their context, achieving a more accurate and complete picture of Who God is.

“Speaking from practical experience, Janet Pope shares how her life was changed by the process of thinking and meditating on specific truth learned by memorizing Scripture. In His Word in My Heart Janet reveals how she trained herself to include Scripture memory in her daily routines including showering, drying her hair, folding laundry, vacuuming, waiting in traffic, or at the doctor’s office.

“This book is a must-read for those who hunger for God and want to learn how to discipline their mind to trade their thoughts……………for God’s.”

This book and the subsequent Bible memory have really been an answer to prayer. I have desired to have my thoughts focus on Him more during my day and they didn’t. I would get discouraged that hours would go by without a single thought of the Lord! How could that be? I wanted to be focused on Him but wasn’t sure how to achieve it. Memorizing Scripture has been the key for me. All day long my mind is focused on the Lord and His Word as I’m memorizing verses and reviewing them. And when I’m not doing that, I’m meditating on the verses—learning more about the Lord. As Janet says, “The goal is to know God and to walk closely with Him—nothing more, nothing less. Memorizing is never the final goal; it is only a tool to help us reach the ultimate goal of knowing God and loving Him.” Later on she says, “God’s Word is to be central in all that we are, all that we do, and all that we think about. It is so important, so vital to our character and our behavior, that we must do whatever it takes to keep God foremost in our lives. That can mean reading God’s Word, listening to God’s Word, studying God’s Word, teaching God’s Word, meditating and thinking about God’s Word, and memorizing God’s Word.” I agree with Janet when she says, “I want God’s Word to be written on my heart so that my life reflects that I’m a woman who knows God and walks closely with Him.” If that is something you want in your life also, then I encourage you to read this book. Janet Pope gives easy, practical advice on how to memorize large portions of Scripture and she walks you through it step by step. Start your journey today!!

These “Cowboy Cookies” are from the First Lady, Laura Bush, and they are wonderful!

3 sticks butter
1 ½ C sugar
1 ½ C brown sugar
3 eggs
1 T vanilla
3 C flour
1 T baking powder
1 T baking soda
1 t salt
1 T cinnamon
3 C chocolate chips
3 C oats
2 C coconut
2 C pecans

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12.
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Friday, April 08, 2005

Psalm 146

I've been working on memorizing this Psalm and wanted to share it:

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit departs; he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob;
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoner free.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!