Nature Study

Posted On February 22, 2008

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Monday, Brian’s day off, found us needing to get out… not the malls, no errands… but nature. It was great. I’ve been reading a lot of Charlotte Mason stuff and nature studies are a big thing in her method. I’m loving it. Plus boys need to spread their wings and run and be free. We layered up and headed to Charleston Falls. It was so beautiful and I couldn’t believe such a place is right around the corner from us.

Noah brought his nature notebook, field guide and magnifying glass. He thought he was pretty cool. Sam brought his bug case… we kept explaining to him that the bugs aren’t out… they’re either dead or hibernating. It didn’t sink in. The last picture is Sam at the end of the trip realizing “there are not any bugs”.

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I Couldn’t Say It Better Myself…

Posted On February 18, 2008

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I have totally enjoyed soaking up everything in this blog. So much in fact, I have flirted with the idea of getting these. Not sure if I really would, but now Brian is daring me and that is always motivation for me. How wild would that be?? I definitely wouldn’t want the attention, but in a way its focus off that part of my life… no straightner, no mousse, no hair dryer ~ think of the time that would save!

Well, I am truly loving her most recent post she wrote about our temple. It really echoes my sentiments about eating and taking care of ourselves as God would intend. Its definitely not an easy task living in a fast food nation. I would encourage you to pray about how you (myself included) can make changes to honor the Lord in this way.

On the Fence

Posted On February 13, 2008

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“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Galatians 6:9 ~ NLT

To be honest, this year of homeschooling has been filled with trials. And to be honest, I believe it has been half me and half my oldest and our stubbornness together. I’m very structured, he’s very structured so the both of us together do not always make for easy homeschooling. He now thinks going back to school would be torturous and cruel. I am not sure where I stand on that point. I do not think school is bad. I love homeschooling, but I don’t think its the “end all” (aka: all that and a bag of chips). I think every family is different and every child is different. I definitely lean toward the side of homeschooling, but there may come a day when you will see my children walk into an institution of education (aka: school). Sorry about all the aka’s… we’ve been reading too much Lemony Snicket, I guess.

I don’t like being on the fence with things. And lately I am on the fence (aka: don’t have a clue of what I want to do) with homeschooling. I guess when you are faced with bump after bump, you get to a point where you need to make a change in your plans. Again, I must repeat… the bumps are partly me. So the change can be… and I must admit, we stubborn, structured people don’t like change either… sorry for that interruption… change curriculum or change setting/teacher.

So before my homeschooling friends gasp and worry, at this point, I’m thinking curriculum. Ahhh, now you can breathe (“wink, wink”). I feel the Lord has opened my eyes to a new way and style. At one of my favorite spots at one of my favorite getaways with hubby this weekend, I was directed to this book. Shortest read ever. But such an enlightening read as well. I think if things are done well and effectively, everything else will fall into place is what I got from that little book.

I am currently reading this and following it to a tee!!! JUST KIDDING, just making sure you’re following my links 🙂 NO, reading this and finding so much encouragement and peace. Please pray for us as we continue to seek what path we should take in our children’s education. Conventions and preparations for choosing next year’s curriculum should begin soon and I want to be clear on what direction I (Brian and I) should take in this area of our lives.

On another note, Brian had a great time in Cambodia… especially spending time with the kids from our church’s orphanage. I wasn’t able to embed the video into my blog so hop on over to here to check it under the “weekly” section.

34 Years Young Today

Posted On February 7, 2008

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He’s kind, generous, humble and genuine. A great father and wonderful husband.

He makes me smile every morning when I’d rather be grumpy.

Happy Birthday, Bri… I love you!

What would I do without my…

Posted On February 1, 2008

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FAMILY??? While Brian is away, I’ve been touched in so many ways by my family… not only my immediate, but my in-laws too! I have great in-laws, by the way!

The day started off with coffee with my parents at the kitchen table… you can’t start a day off any better than that! Then my brother, Jon, homeschooled my kids today! My sister-in-law, Carrie, calls to ask me medical questions… what a compliment since I’ve not practiced nursing since having babies!! She really called to see how I was doing without hubby around. Then I needed to call my in-laws (who are living it up in sunny Florida for three months) to ask them some major questions about something I have to do while my husband is gone… well, they graciously returned my call and gave me wonderful advice. Then this evening with my mom, I headed to Cincinnati to meet my brother who lives in Kentucky for a impromptu half-way visit.

But the greatest of all the family part was coming home tonight and reading an incredible email from my husband who is on the other side of the world. Words can’t describe how it made me feel. Family is so important to me and I am so blessed in every way. Its such a testimony of God’s grace in my life. I love you all!