Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sonlight Moment!!!

Okay, it has been awhile since I have posted....
Actually, the days have been long and at times I feel like I am drowning. The Lord is gracious and His mercies are new every day. He knows just what I need when I need it. Do I always hear Him? The answer unfortunately is too many times "NO". That may have something to do with my perpetual busyness that I too often find myself in. We will save that subject for another post.

I have used Sonlight Curriculum for about 6 years. Most days I love it! There are the love/hate aspects of it....(those of you who use it, know what I am talking about) but in general it is overall a great curriculum. Anyhow, the idea behind Sonlight is great books. I can honestly say that I have read or listened to some of the best books since using this curriculum. I have cried, laughed and enjoyed many moments with my kids that are irreplaceable. Okay, to the story.....

My sweet girl (not always, but don't tell her I said that) and I were reading her history together. It is a book about William Wilberforce. By the way, second time reading, and I love it just as much. Anyhow, I was reading about how the Quakers decided that slavery was wrong and that if they found out that any of the members of their church was supporting it that they would be kicked out. This of course is all paraphrased... anyhow, she (my sweet girl, which btw is acting very sweet at this moment) blurts out "What!! How stupid! Why would they do that?"
Okay, at this point, I was getting a little concerned.... I calmly ask her what she is talking about and she tells me that if anyone needs to be in church it would be those people who support that kind of stuff. we are getting somewhere.... So, being the pick it apart kind of mom that I am, I proceed to ask my little sweetie all kinds of questions. Okay, what about this...and what about this....(not going to go into all that) and she tells it like it is...
She nails it. She tells me that we don't need to go up to the people in church and point out everything that they are doing wrong but that God's Word will do that. Just let them sit there and the Holy Spirit will speak to them through His Word. The Lord will change their heart not us. They need to be there Mom... they need to hear it...
At this point, I am crying... she ask "Why" and I say because most adults don't get that.

God is so good! He gave me a reprieve...He let me know that all is not lost. The time and energy that I pour into my children is not in vain. They hear it, they see it and they respond to it. Keep plugging away.

I hope you all (the two that read my blog, thanks btw) understand all this rambling.


"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17

Thursday, September 3, 2009

First Week of School

Well, here it is....the first week of school. AHHH!!! Where did my summer go??? All the plans....All the rest.....out the window. Gone!!! I am actually thinking I need to be back in school to get some rest.
We have had a very busy summer and somehow I have managed to pull it together enough to get curriculum and to get these kids into shape. So, we grudgingly happily started our 10th year of homeschooling!! Yes, I said 10th. I count Kindergarten and on bad days I say 11 years because I did do Pre-K.

We started out the week poorly but we are ending on a better note. You know, I always say the hardest thing about homeschooling is the attitudes. I have to admit, sometimes that it is not only the kids that have attitudes but it is me as well. So, I will reflect on the week and remember the good old days (like Pre K and Kindergarten). No, really First grade was great too!!! Okay, seriously, I have to remember that I was called to do this job! I will do it (most of the time) with a smile on my face. I will look at my sweet baby girls eyes and look at a pre teen! I hate that word. I don't think I ever used it with my son, but my girl sure can make me think she is a teen. And then there is the boy....can anyone say high school?? When I started this thing I thought I would be done by now but here I am plodding along in high school.

Okay, enough rambling.....
We made it through the week. And yes I love homeschooling...most of the time. I know why I do it. I have precious memories (again most of the time) with my sweet kiddos that we all know flies by.

And this....this pictures tells the real story why I homeschool.