Monday, November 24, 2008
Our beautiful baby girl turned four years old yesterday! We are so blessed to have her as our daughter. During most of my pregnancy with her, we were convinced that she was a boy. And, had the baby been a little boy, we would have cherished him. But because her being a girl was so unexpected, that element of surprise is fun to reflect opon in that pregnancy. She is very independent and yet enjoys her "baby" status. She will change clothes all day long if I let her and she has VERY definite opinions about her clothes. Her nickname is now Ladybug. We love you so much, little girl! Happy, happy birthday!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I love a challenge like this!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Oh LORD, You have searched me and known me.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
One year ago tomorrow, we received a surprise phone call. After months of uncertainty regarding when we would be able to go get Miah, we found out that we were in the match room. WOW. Words can not adequately describe our elation! Not only that, but the VERY NEXT DAY we received the much anticipated email from our agency - We have your Letter of Acceptance! I truly do not think that my feet touched the ground again, until we arrived home with our third precious daughter a month and a half later. Most of the treasured events of our family have happened during this autumnal season - the birth of each of our biological children and the adoption of Miah. We are indeed so mightly blessed!
Monday, September 8, 2008
On schooling - I continue to re-evaluate our schedule and curriculum. With Tiger Lilly, I am focusing on spelling, grammar, math, piano and reading DAILY. I've decided to take, by weeks, assigned writing & poetry, science, history, etc. I will probably do the assigned writing, daily, every other week. Then fill in the alternate weeks with theme units (science & history) with all the kids. I have to keep reminding myself - TL is only in third grade, TL is only in third grade. If I push her too hard, put to much pressure on her, I will have wasted these precious early years with her. I have the opportunity, in these early years, to focus on the core subjects and, otherwise, have as much fun as we can fill in. Therefore, with TL, my daily focus is spelling, grammar, math, piano and reading, the end. With P and B, I do phonics, math and handwriting 3-4 days a week. They are in kindergarten. I have learned that that is all it takes to learn kindergarten concepts well.
I had a great time visiting my sister in Texas last week! We visited my aunt and uncle in Llano, went to a spa, did Mobile Loaves and Fishes, went to a rockin' out church service, got to see the president's plane land and hit the scrapbook stores. YUM! It was an awesome time. I have the BEST sister in the world!
American Heritage Girls starts up tonight for TL. Church Choir starts up Wednesday night. Chinese Cultural School starts up Saturday for P. WOW.
It must be the NEXT week..............
I AM sorry that I have been slow to post. I hope everyone has a BLESSED day!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
- the mercy of my God
- the soveriegnty of my God
- the health of my family
- faith and hope in my children's eyes
- strengthened and tightened muscles
- a home school going well
- scrapbook layouts, well done
- an abundant supply of good books
- the gift of today, right now
- peace and stillness
- the opportunity to help others
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
As far as history goes, I am going to limit my readings, this year, to the information on each week's card. We ARE learning the song that coordinates with the events and ALL the kids will participate in the fun activities that go along with each lesson.
Little mister Biscuit WILL be reading well before Christmas - he is just ready. I am SO proud of him and also GRATEFUL to God for his natural interest in learning. Papaya and Ladybug, formerly Butterbean, are also enjoying the lessons in phonics, math, science and history.
Now that we have started our Home School, I am able to begin to turn some of my attention to two of my other projects. In a couple of weeks, I am going on a short in-state mission trip and will be working with 1st-3rd graders, utilizing VBS curriculum. Then,in September, I will assume the role of 4th-6th grade church choir leader. This age range will be a new experience for me, but I truly feel it is where God is leading me. I recently attended a music leadership conference that taught us how to use our particular music curriculum. I am excited, inspired and in preparation. Please pray for me that I will let God use me to minister to these kids.
I hope all is well with you and your sweet families.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We are a home schooling family. There is something so very satisfying about leading and guiding my children's minds in good wholesome learning experiences. Up until this year, we have used the Abeka curriculum almost solely. But, part of me has longed to embrace more of the beauty of home schooling through utilizing a variety of curriculums. I have been aided and encouraged in this endeavor through reading the book, The Well-Trained Mind, A Guide to Classical Education at Home, by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. Good, good reading.
This year I will be formally teaching the three older ones. I will be incorporating Miss Butterbean informally.
Among the third-grade-specific curriculums we will be using - Rod & Staff (Grammar) and Abeka & Calculadder (Math). Also, Tiger Lilly will read through many, many books, chosen from a classical learning site that gives direction concerning grade level book choices. Once, during each nine weeks, she will do a book report on a specified book. She will also be memorizing one poem per each nine weeks. During the last nine weeks, she will be exposed to a brief history of the famous Greek philosophers and poets, Socrates, Plato, Cicero, Homer, and Virgil. She will also read through children's versions of The Illiad and the Odyessy and the Aenied. The motivation for the exposure to the aforesaid readings cooresponds and reinforces what we will be studying in history this year.
Kindergarten-specific curriculums that we are using - Phonics Pathways, Abeka & Explode the Code (Phonics), Abeka (Math) and Abeka (Handwriting). The curriculums I am using for history and science are both classically and creation based. They are also taught in cycles, five years and four years respectively. The company that produces the history program is Veritas Press. We are beginning at the beginning of the cycles, studying The Ancients (Old Testament, Greece and Rome). We will study 32 events from this period. The kids will learn a song that will help cement the events in their minds. We will have readings for each event, along with crafts, mapping activities and a timeline. For science, the program we are using is Apologia Astronomy. Throughout the year we will read about all aspects of astronomy and do a science experiment each week. Wow. I hope I haven't given you a headache reading this, but I am so excited. I have been delving into familiarizing myself with new curriculums and lesson planning.
I hope you and your dear families are doing well. Take care!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
~ a husband who believes in and is proud of me
~ children who want to be held
~ being told "You are my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e mama!"
~ the songs on this blog and 100.9, K-LOVE
~ the pursuit of my passion of scrapbooking
~ the joy of finding the right words
~ the absence of pain
~ my Sunday School class
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
~ is the baby and she loves it
~ independent and sassy
~ a little mama to all who happen to be at least 1/8 in. shorter than herself
~ considers herself capable of all that her siblings can do
~ does NOT like dressing up and has NEVER been afraid of a little (or a lot) of dirt
~ "I'm gonna tell-tell!"
~ loves potato salad, just like her Papa