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Just Venting

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to blogged. Between being a wife, a mother, a homeschool and Sunday school teacher I have not had the time. My best sister friend gave me a stack of Beth Moore bible study books and I have jumped right in feet first. Let me tell you that I have come to see things in different light over the past two months. God’s word has shone a bright light on some of the areas in me that have not been meeting His standards. So I’m working on trusting God more and blaming my husband less. Enough said.
I have been teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School. This is turning out to be a very tough job. The boys are so rambunctious. Some days they are somewhat cooperative, but others I can’t even get through a lesson. I am not sure how to get control of the class because my lack of experience working with large groups of children. This is something that I definitely will have to trust God with, because I am completely at my wits end. Most of the disruption is talking and horse playing. I will speak with some of the other teachers to see what their strategies are.

Willing To Follow God

I have recently been faced with a situation that has caused a strain on the relationship between a family member and myself. We have come to a disagreement on certain isuues, and this person has chosen not to remain in contact with me. People sometimes choose to live their lives in ways that are destructive to themselves and others. We really can never understand what is going on in someones heart and soul. We can never fully understand the torment that they may suffer deep inside. What I have chosen to do is to keep my arms outstretched for this person. I will continue to stay in contact with this person as much as they will allow. All of my friends and family continue to keep me and this situation in your prayers.

I Have A Date Tonight

Lately I have been approaching my days in a robotic manner. Getting up making breakfast and doing everything by routine the rest of the day. I have been operating this way for a couple of weeks now. This morning something was different. I sensed that I was alone, or that something or someone was missing. Please let me explain. It was like planning an beautiful party, and then having no one show up. I am very organized in scheduling my daily activities, but I think that sometimes I become so engrossed in the doing that I forget to just “Be…..”. Be what? I am so glad that you’ve asked. Ever since I began homeschooling I have been consumed with getting it just right. So much so that I have become like Martha, so busy doing things for God that I forget to just be with God. I’ve become so distracted over the past few weeks, that I’ve missed many opportunities to just sit at HIS feet, and enjoy his presence. Have you ever gotten the feeling that you are doing good but not doing “GOD“. I had that feeling this morning. Call it intuition. I want more then anything to follow God’s call on my life, for myself, as well as for my children. I often get caught up in trying to get through my “To DO” list, and totally forget about God. By the time I think about God I am tired and ready to hit the sack. But not tonight. I have a date with my Man, my Father and the lover of my soul, God. I will light some candles, put on some worship music and give Him my undivided attention.

Your Sister In Christ

A Typical Monday

A typical school day is as follows: 7am I am up to shower and start breakfast. Breakfast is usually a large pot of whole rolled oats or pancakes. Both are very easy to make. The rolled oats only require a large pot and the pancakes I am able to cook five at a time with a double burner griddle. Breakfast is usually done and the kitchen straightened by about 8:05-8:15am. At 8:15am we start Math. I print work book pages for all of the children from . After 40 minutes of Math we begin Language Arts at 9:00am…My 12 year old works on Grammar, Composition, Literature and Oration while my 6 year old works on Phonics and Handwriting. My 4 year old has a computer program that teaches phonics through interactive games. It’s great because it keeps track of her progress and gives me a daily report. She does this twice a week, and twice a week I sit with her completing activities while checking for mastery in certain areas. After 40 minutes of Language Arts we begin Bible Study 10:00am. My 12 year old is on the church quiz team so she has assignments that are monitored by her teacher. My younger children get mini bible lesson from Sunday School each that coincide with what they are learning at church. We focus on these throughout the week. After 40 minutes of Bible Study we have Civics at 11:00am. We are focusing on the branches of government and what they do. We utilize many age appropriate resources for this subject. We work on Civics for 30 minutes and then begin Physical Education at 11:45am. P.E. is basically aerobics and strength training. The kids job in place do jumping jacks push ups and squats for 15 minutes which totals 75 minutes a week. My oldest child may use the stair climber instead. I simply check the timer when she’s done. (And no she can’t cheat because the timer will stop when the climber is not in motion). It is now 12:00pm and we have lunch, read, rest, play video games, or use the computer for 1 hour. I also use this time to start dinner. At 1:05 pm we start with History or Science for 40 minutes. We’ve just started learning about Explorers 1400’s-1600’s and Humans and Disease in Science. We begin Reading at 2:00pm. My oldest will work on Reading Comprehension and my younger children and I listen to my 6 year old read for 30 minutes. Lastly we start Electives at 2:30pm. Electives have two 30 minute sessions that rotate between Computer and Spanish. My oldest has started a webpage that she is responsible for maintaining, and my 6 year old is learning basic Windows operations like how to change font and format papers. My two youngest normally get distracted and bored quickly so for my 4 year old I have plenty of handwriting and math sheets as well as reading books. I also give her pictures and objects that have been cut out of magazines and she make collages. My 2 year old will usually end up watching PBS or playing with one of our Leap Pad interactive books or with a deck of cards. His favorite thing is playing Hey It’s Franklin on the Gameboy Advance. This is our typical school day. From 3:00pm until 4:00pm everyone just relax and completes small chores like vacuuming, sweeping or laundry. There are really not many because throughout the day I schedule the classes with a 15 minute window in between just in case. During these 15 minute windows the kids take care of hygiene I usually load or unload the washer and dryer, vacuum, fold laundry, put away laundry load or unload the dishwasher and tidy up. At 5:00pm we work on arts and crafts. This week we are learning origami and working on decorating our Fall themed bulletin board. At around 6:00pm we have dinner. At 7:00pm we watch Wheel of Fortune and then Jeopardy. Then at 9:00pm the three youngest children get entertainment until 9:00pm and the oldest until 10:00pm. At that time I usually complete my Women’s Bible Study Workbook or watch t.v. until my husband gets home if I am not to tired.