Read The Bible in a Year- July

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Here we are in July and I can hardly believe it!!! I missed my post dead line and for that I apologize! Our family has been on a terrible trend these past 5 weeks. We have had a sick person pretty much every Friday dissolving and day trip plans. So, we have been pretty boring people over here. But that is unimportant. The bottom line is, I just forgot to schedule this post. So, here is July’s Schedule.

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My kids have done well with the schedule so far. My son just LOVES to work off check lists, so he was motivated all month. Since our kids didn’t have fidget spinners, that was the end of the month prize. Such a silly little gadget, but whatever works right! I hope playing catch-up isn’t to bad!

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“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,” Colossians 1:9

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New School Year, New Goals: Goal #1

 

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Here we are at the end of May and it is time for me to finalize goals and plans for our new school year. Let me start with goal #1. One of our big goals for my oldest 2 kids (who are 8 & 10) is to read the Bible in a year. I am super excited about this! I will be joining them so we can have discussions on what we read. They will use their Bible journals to record things that stick out or that they remember the most. This does not replace our Bible study time, it comes right along side it to encourage more time in the Bible. Something we can all use, right!

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As a homeschool mom, I have the privilege to truly embrace Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Oh, the beauty that is in those words! This is one of the reasons our family homeschools, now I wish I could say I was perfect at doing what this verse says everyday. But I don’t, I fall short. Never the less, that is the goal! Since I am being mindful of this verse I have started putting together a schedule for my children to read thru the Bible. Since we school year round, with the new year beginning in June, it makes sense for our Bible reading schedule to start June 1st. Including a schedule for a morning reading, for “when we rise up”, and and evening reading, for “when we lie down”. Plus a little box for your child to check when he/ she is done. My kids like to check things off and feel accomplished for the day. The best part it talking about it at the Breakfast table and then with daddy in the evening.

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I will be posting these 1 week before the new month begins. Here is the month of June.

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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

Our Homeschool Year Comes to an End

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The day has officially arrived! This day marks the end of our school year! I must admit, it was the toughest homeschool year I ever had. It had nothing to do with my teaching my kids at home, but it was the outside commitments that had me running hard this school year. So, I am feeling considerable relief from the stress that has been lifted from my shoulders.

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Don’t get me wrong, it was a good school year. The challenge was I decided to write my own California History curriculum for our campus day class. So I took information from various California history books and married them together as unit studies. Covering everything from California’s geography and Native Indians to Modern day California. I even included live books to read and even wrote my own study guides to go along with them. It was a ton of work, but it was work that I enjoyed, because I love history. Now, that the school year is done, I will go back and make adjustments to my California history units and refine them. That way they are ready to go the next time I teach California history.

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All in all, I think the biggest challenge and joy was putting together a slide show for each unit. As I began to stockpile old photos, I continued to dig deeper into that part of history reading learning more and more. But, I would need to stop and refocus my attention to what I was suppose to be doing.

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And then there was sewing class. A fun class with 7th grade girls all the way to 11th grade. I worried over picking out projects they would like and wear. I wondered if they would even like my ideas! You know what! They did! They loved the projects, and loved my ideas. I adored each moment I was able to inspire them! I loved hearing from moms, sharing that their daughters made all their Christmas presents on their sewing machine and thanking me for giving them the confidence and the excitement to create something with their machines. I am humbled to know that I was able to do that. What a gift the Lord has given me to share, just a portion of his great creative skills.

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All this to say, that I was not as present as I should have been for my children. Life this school year was busy, too busy to really enjoy my children and teach them the way I like to teach. It is long past the time for me to slow down. Remembering to pray before I make a commitment. As I was reminded by my pastor Carl Fletcher two weeks ago on one of his sermons. I need to be sure I am doing what God wants me to be doing. The top items on that list is serving my husband and my children. I must remember that it is okay to say “no”, and say “yes” to more time with my kids.

All in all, it was a blessed school year. Plus, I now will have a ton to share. After all, I have started 19 post that need to be finished!

In Christ,

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Feeling Blessed

 

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It is morning in my house, and everybody is sleeping. While I am relishing in the fact that my home is quiet and I still have 20 minutes to myself before the kids wake up, and the day begins to sing its tune. So I decide to get up and pour myself another cup of coffee, or should I shift to tea. After all, my girls love hot tea in the morning. I decide on tea and get ready to continue with some quiet reading, when this feeling just comes over me. It’s like a blanket of contentment. An understanding that I am living a life of privilege just covers me.

I stand there in awe. I am privileged. Not because I hold on to any wealth, because I don’t. Or because I hold a high status of any kind, because I am a nobody. I don’t get to travel the world on a whim, but that would be amazing! The reality is, I am privileged to stand in my kitchen with a cup of coffee or tea, while my little ones sleep. The fact is they will soon wake up, and I will get to feed them food the Lord has provided. That they will get to stay in their pajamas this rainy day as we get to settle into homeschooling, together, and jump into the adventure of learning what the Lord has in store for us.

We as a family are blessed that my husband has a great job that affords me to be home with our children, to train them up to be Godly people in this world. What a blessing this truly is! I get the strength from the Lord and wisdom, His patience, His joy, His everything to be a teacher and watch His little people grow and learn. Its truly a life of privilege that I have, because honestly, even on our worst day. I would not change a thing!

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Guest Bath DIY: My Current Crazy

Let me introduce you to the current crazy in my life. It started 2 weeks ago when I went to Costco after church. I noticed before I left home that my husband laid some tools on the downstairs bathroom floor by the shower stall. I know he was curious to see how much water damage had occurred from the previous owners. It was obviously soft to the touch in the left corner. So, I went shopping.

After a couple hours of being gone, I came home and unloaded a ton of massive quantities of food and pulled out my Tetris skills to put the food away. Then, I turned to my husband with hands on my hips and asked, “Okay, so what did you do?” “Nothing!” came his simple reply. So I walked over to the downstairs bathroom and opened the door. Yup, he was busy while I was gone.

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Well, I guess we have a new project underway. The entire shower was gone. I was surprised how “clean” it looked since it was a stock tile shower. He told me it just came off easily on the hardibacker. Which was great.

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Over the next few days he has worked on removing the toilet and the sink that could not be described other than hidious.

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     He also worked the following weekend removing the door and door frame.

     Since our laundry room is directly across the downstairs bathroom we decided we needed to rip the floor out of there so we can have seamless new flooring. So that happend next.

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So once the washer and dryer were out, we discovered that the builders did a cheap job of venting the dryer. So the 2 1/2 years we have been living in the house our dryer has been venting into the insulation and making the sheetrock soft and moist. We also discovered mold under the baseboards. Yuck!

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Since we really didn’t like having the washer and dryer in the house, we decided to put the washer and dryer into the garage and remove this cabinet. This room will now become a mud room! I am super excited about that!

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Here is the back of the laundry room in our garage. It was a simple task of emptying my kids craft cabinet and tearing it down. Then switching the electrical and plumbing to go out through the fire wall. So after a week of not being able to do any laundry. Our washer and dryer were hooked up yesterday evening and we are washing insurmountable piles of laundry.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about our current home improvement project. I will post better pictures when it is all done!

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“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3

Closing the Door On 2015

2015 blog titleIt’s hard to believe this year is coming to a close. The days sometime all blur together, and sometimes memories feel like last week or last month when in fact it was a year ago.

I think it is true what they say, time goes by faster the older you get.

Well, even though I find that to be true, I feel this next year it is time for me to purposefully slow down. Be purposeful in my moments. It is so easy for me to sit with my 5 year old and teacher to read while I am chopping at the bit to get to something else that needs to get done. These memories have me a bit saddened. I need to relish in these moments and not feel I have to rush through them.

So this is my plan for the next year, as I sit here with next years calendar, plugging in dates for family trips and field trips. I also need to sit and reconstruct my homeschool day and homeschool week. I need to be purposeful. What is it that I want my kids to take with them about our homeschool days? What values to I want them to uphold in their lives? What Bible truths to I want them to hold dear to their hearts?

What I do today, will reflect on their future. My putting off exercise to forfill a  commitment my heart is not in. My constant devaluing myself because “something else is more important”. Like my husband said to me a day ago, “Who cares about all those things if you are dead?!” True. I need to be mindful of these things. If I want to be present, if I want to be in the moment, if I want to enjoy a future with my kids I must take some time for me! A little exercise, a little creative time, a little Bible time, a little leisure reading. A little time of refreshment, so I can be a better mother and teacher.

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I would love to hear what changes you will be making next year. I will be looking forward to sharing mine.

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Merry Christmas From Our House!

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It’s hard to believe Christmas is here. I feel like it came so quickly that I had no real time to prepare, time to slow down and enjoy every moment. (Like I did last year.)

But, this morning as we all wake up with the excitement of opening presents. I let go of all those feeling and enjoyed my morning. My husband and I are blessed to have a home to spend Christmas and healthy children that can run down the stairs.

Today, I get to enjoy a slow day. A day of taking my time to enjoy my family and the simple pleasures of coffee, and making cinnamon rolls. A family tradition on Christmas morning.

We opened presents and spend a lazy morning putting new things together.

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This little man will have a day of Lego building. His favorite thing to do.

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While my little Peanut enjoys setting up her dolls beds.

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Lucky for me she always smiles for a picture.

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I love watching my girls play with their American Girl Dolls.

These beds are great too from Emily Rose!

Now, I get to relax and leisurely make garlic rosemary mashed potatoes to go with tonight’s dinner. We will be spending Christmas dinner with my in-laws, after all it is also my niece’s birthday.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas, and see all the wonder of all the blessings that exist in your life today.

God Is good.

Merry Christmas!

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“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).Matthew 1:23