This is one of my son’s favorite treats. Every summer I stock up on blueberries when they are plentiful, inexpensive, and at their freshest. I freeze bags and bags full so that I can make this snack cake and other muffins, pancakes, etc. with blueberries all through the fall and winter. I am down to just a couple of bags and can’t wait to restock this summer! We use this often for a quick breakfast go-to. read more…
As I look at all the events unfolding in our world, it is hard sometimes to not give in to uncertainty and fear. From the state of our country financially and morally, to the tensions in the Middle East, threats of terrorism, and the upcoming election, it is easy to remove my eyes from Christ and focus too deeply on the troubles of this world. “Lord, help my unbelief!” is something that I have uttered in prayer on many occasions. I do not want to live in defeat or lose my peace. This non-fiction book was incredibly encouraging to my faith. Dr. David Jeremiah gives a strong, Biblical basis for holding fast to our faith in his book, Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World. I found it to be easy to read and filled with practical solutions to brave the chaos. I love God’s Word. It brings such comfort to my soul. He did not fill the pages with empty platitudes, doom and gloom, or quick fixes. Dr. Jeremiah used Scripture to point my gaze back at Jesus who is the author and finisher of my faith. Christ promises peace, and He can deliver on that promise even in the midst of this earthly mess. But, he did challenge me to LIVE out my faith to a hurting world. One of the answers to what we should be doing was to stay compassionate. We don’t just hunker down in times of trouble and look out for our own well-being. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He gives 5 ways to prove we have compassion by looking at the way Paul conducted himself. read more…
We had company all weekend, so I allowed the kids to sleep in until a little after 8 a.m. this morning. I got up around 7:30, cleaned up, spent some time in prayer, and set out breakfast.
8:15-8:45 a.m. – Kids got cleaned up for the day and cleaned their rooms. This normally doesn’t take this long, but since we had company we had air mattresses to take down, sheets to strip off beds, vacuuming, and furniture to reposition.
8:45-9:00 a.m. – We had breakfast and talked about plans for the day. Normally on Mondays we do activities together (morning time) during and after breakfast, but since we are starting late and have a full day, we will resume tomorrow.
9:00-9:15 a.m. – Individual Bible Reading Time
9:15-10:15 a.m. – They look at their tasks for the day and pick which subject they would like to start with. Devin chose to work on his World History reading, and Lindsey chose to work on her ANI chart for literature. This is from The Lost Tools of Writing.
10:15-10:30 a.m. – Lindsey does a Spanish lesson on Rosetta Stone. I started some bread dough for dinner tonight.
10:30-11 a.m. – Lindsey does her piano practice while Devin finishes Theology. I answered e-mails, filled out insurance forms, and picked up around the house.
10 – 11 a.m. – Devin works on his statistics homework for class tonight at Drury University where he takes dual enrollment courses. Lindsey and I talk about her science paper, look for sources for current events and print articles, and she spends some time reading.
11-11:45 a.m. – Devin works on his theology reading assignments and takes notes.
11 – 11:45 a.m. – Most days Lindsey will do logic during this time, but she worked ahead last week so she had some free time to help me empty the dishwasher, get ready for lunch, sort laundry, and watch a short video program.
11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – We ate lunch, gathered our music supplies and books, and packed some schoolwork to take with us during our wait time in the car and at lessons. The kids spent time checking their Facebook or returning text messages from friends.
12:30 p.m. – We loaded the car and headed to music lessons – about 20 minutes drive from our house.
1 p.m. – Lindsey goes in for a 30 minute piano lesson, and Devin and I sat in the car since it was a 75 degree sunny day. He started to read his theology assignments but had a question about something in the text which led to a 20 minute discussion. There will be time to finish the reading later. The time we spent talking was priceless and one of the best parts of this homeschooling lifestyle. I wish I had been comfortable enough to discuss these kinds of things with my teachers and parents.
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Devin does an hour of combined music theory, voice, and piano. I caught up on some reading of my own while waiting.
2:30-3:00 p.m. – We drive home with a brief stop for ice cream. 🙂
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. -Lindsey works on her math lesson. I have her read the lesson and then I asked her to work the practice problems on the board and explain what she read. If she understood, she moves on to do the lesson independently. If not, I sit and work with her longer. Devin has free time to play a video game, Skype a friend, practice guitar, or read since he spends three hours in class on Monday nights.
3:45 – 5 pm – I work on preparing dinner while the kids have free time or finish chores that didn’t get done.
5 – 5:30 pm – My husband takes Devin to class and then drops Lindsey off for basketball practice. I clean up the dinner mess.
8 pm – My husband goes to pick Devin up from class and stops to get him a snack. He is always starving after a three hour class! 🙂 I go to the gym and walk for about an hour.
We each then go our separate ways to work on art projects, reading, blogging, and catching up on some of our recorded t.v. shows.
Lindsey heads to bed about 9 – 9:30 pm. The rest of us turn in around 11 pm.
We don’t actually watch the time and regiment our day too rigidly. I just purposely kept track of these days for the purpose of writing the blog. So, we don’t spend exactly one hour on a subject and then move on. It is very organic.
English and Writing Resources
I was looking through The Old Schoolhouse magazine online the other day and found an article that I would like to save for future reference as my kids are working on their writing skills. The article,”7 Tips for Taking Your Research Paper from Snooze-Worthy to Spectacular”, was written by Janice Campbell.
For ideas on how to integrate creative writing into the other subjects being studied such as science, social studies, and math, the article “Makings of a Great Writer” has some excellent and fun ideas.
This article (particularly page 63) reminds me of what my end goal should be in parenting and teaching my children: to know, love, and serve God, and to be equipped to love and serve other people. When it gets tough or monotonous, refreshing my mind with this truth keeps me going!
If I open my home for a Bible study and only one person shows up, does that render my time useless or wasted?
I see missionaries in certain fields being faithful to live in a foreign land while going years to see a handful of people come to Christ or to build a church home. Are they wrong about the call on their life? Have they misinterpreted God’s instructions?
How about the Christian mom who pours her heart and life out before God through her children? If her children do not rise up and call her blessed, did she fail in her life’s work?
What must we do and what is God’s part? We can find the answer in I Corinthians 3. read more…
Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story
by Angie Smith
I was looking for a new Bible study a couple of months ago and found this 7 session study by Angie Smith. I had never heard of her before, so I read a little about her prior to purchasing it. I was intrigued by her love story with Jesus and the journey that led to her redemption. I was also just drawn to the simplicity of the book. My heart and mind needed a clutter-free, simple book. This definitely delivered on those criteria. Unlike Angie, I grew up in church and heard Bible stores repeatedly for years, but somehow they had become rote and stale. I found her simple journey through the Bible refreshing. I was able to see God working in new ways as I revisited forgotten passages of Scripture. read more…