He’s Alive!

13 April 2014

Give me Jesus

3 April 2014

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

3 April 2014

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Little Hands, Little Man

27 March 2014

mom reading to boy
Little hands to hold so tight.
Hair to comb, and tears to wipe.
Little feet that grow so fast.
Teeth to brush and bedtime baths.
Little cups that must be filled.
Teething rings that must be chilled.
Clothes that come in green and blue.
Doing things boys love to do.
Time is fleeting, oh so fast.
What was just here, is now the past.

Little hands that needed me.
Now need me less, I start to see.
He ties his shoes and combs his hair.
Picks out his clothes, knows what to wear.
We hunt for bugs and play with cars.
Draw pictures of the moon and stars.
We’re at the park, we play pretend.
He tells me I’m his favorite friend.
Who, what, when, where, why and how?
He needs to know these things right now.
So full of life, so full of love.
This gift sent from the Lord above.father-and-son

He’s older now, my little man.
No need for him to hold my hand.
Fishing, camping, baseball games.
Collecting worms after it rains.
Each night I ask the Lord above,
to help me teach him how to love.
There’s so much that he needs to know,
and I’m still learning as I go.
Please, Lord… PLEASE help me get this right.
I beg, as I lose sleep at night.
Precious soul, undefiled.
Lord, guide me as I raise this child.

The Lord is my Shepherd

20 March 2014

the good shepherdA bit of humor…and an important truth too. :)

A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible – Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task – but he just couldn’t
remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.

On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the
microphone and said proudly, “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to
know”.

What Did Your Parents Most Want You to Be?

17 March 2014

The best thing about Prager University videos is that they are  filled with good old fashioned common sense…something that is missing these days.  Watching them is like listening to a wise old grandpa explain many of life’s lessons in everyday regular language.  This particular video is a good reminder to us homeschoolers who may be prioritizing the wrong things. What are your thoughts on this subject?  Have you given your children the quiz yet?

 

 

 

 

Why Are You Homeschooling?

17 March 2014

victorian family For the true Biblical homeschooler, teaching our children is more than a choice or preference.  It is a conviction….or even a calling.  Our home is our mission field.   We are called to teach, mentor, and disciple our children, and this calling is from the Lord.

I thought I’d list my top 66 reasons for homeschooling…. for my benefit and maybe yours. I love lists, and enjoy making them up. This list will help remind me and perhaps renew me when I feel unmotivated. This list is for fun but My # 1 reason to homeschool really is all I need to remember.

66.  Because we can avoid the agenda of Common Core

65.  Because we have opportunities to share the gospel together as a family in our neighborhood.

64. Because it is a joy when our children learn to read especially knowing that you taught them!

63. Because the world is your classroom, the grocery store, the car wherever you are!

62. Because the best teachers are parents not strangers.

61. Because preparing for life is better than preparing for standardized tests.

60. Because you can spend time doing those things which you value rather than what the NEA or government schools value

59. Because we can take a break from academics when life gets hard such as illness, hospitalization, caring for elderly etc.

58. Because we can read and discuss good literature together

ATIONS

15 March 2014

sketch lady readingThis clever  Shel Silverstein Poem could be used for copywork, memorization, or even a vocabulary lesson.  :)

 

If we meet and I say, “Hi,”

That’s a salutation.

If you ask me how I feel,

That’s consideration.

If we understand each other,

That’s communication.

If we argue, scream and fight,

That’s an altercation.

If later we apologize,

that’s reconciliation.

If we help each other home,

That’s cooperation.

And all these ations added up

Make civilization.

(And if I say this is a wonderful poem,

Is that exaggeration?)

By Shel Silverstein

Prayer of St. Patrick

14 March 2014

Sunday-Afternoon-1893-PostersThe following prayer of St. Patrick would be nice for copywork or perhaps for reading on St. Patrick’s Day.

As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Amen

It is Better Farther On

5 March 2014

Are you having a hard day…are you weary from the roughness of the road?  I wanted to remind you that it is a good thing to remember that this world is not our home and “It is better farther on.”   Listen to this sweet old hymn.

Remind me Dear Lord

5 March 2014

This sweet country song touches my heart every time I hear it.

 

 

Hip, Hip, Hurray-The Romeikes Can Stay!!!

5 March 2014

Romeike_family_outdoorsI received this good news from HSLDA.  Thank You Lord for answering our prayers!

The Department of Homeland Security verbally informed Home School Legal Defense Association that the Romeike family is being granted indefinite deferred action status. The Department told HSLDA that this meant the order of removal would not be acted on and that the Romeikes could stay.

HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris was thrilled.

“This is an incredible victory that I can only credit to Almighty God. I also want to thank those who spoke up on this issue—including that long ago White House petition. We believe that the public outcry made a huge impact. What an amazing turnaround—in just 24 hours,” he said.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a denial of the Romeike family’s petition for certiorari, sparking an immediate and unprecedented reaction. Fox News told HSLDA that they recorded 1 million page views of the Romeikes’ story in 24 hours—an all-time high. Although many were not surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision, it seemed that this was the last hope for the family to avoid being sent back to Germany where they would undoubtedly be persecuted for homeschooling their children.

Homeschool Family Gets Real

28 February 2014

Sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall and observe  other homeschool families going about their daily activities. How do they handle disputes, algebra lessons, meal times…how do they keep stuff in order! Maybe they do not have these perfect situations after all.  The Wilson Family discusses being transparent or as they say “real.” Although they are often allowing themselves to be more vulnerable, their honesty helps us all to feel better especially when we struggle in some areas.  I hope you enjoy this clip.

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The Giant Killer

28 February 2014

the giant killerIf you are looking for a worthwhile, uplifting, and character building book for your next read-aloud session with your children,  consider reading The Giant Killer from Lamplighter publishing.  This story is a quick read that almost feels like a devotional because there so many opportunities to discuss matters of faith and obedience with your children…and examine your heart as well.

  • This story centers around a Victorian Christian family who have outwardly obedient yet prideful children .  The Roby family  is asked to care  and tutor the rowdy and headstrong twin brothers: Adolphus and Constantine who are their cousins.  Hoping to instill good behavior and humble hearts  in all of the children,  Mrs. Roby faithfully shares with  them the tales and adventures of   The Giant Killer. Through this allegorical tale about a knight facing the “giants,” the children learn of  the giants they must destroy through their own  Christian warfare,  which may include: sloth, hate,  pride, selfishness, and untruth.  They learn about overcoming these “giants” with the help of  “Conscience,” “Experience” and “The Chord of Love.”  Absolutely the best thing about this book may be that it offers one more tool to use when we face our own giants by remembering the lessons learned by the faithful knight as well as the Roby children.  Indeed as Christians, we are all in a battle with our very own flesh…our old man. This war  will not end until we meet our Savior face to face.  ~Anne

 

Considering Homeschooling?

27 February 2014

Victorian Parents Educating Children

1. Read as much as you can about homeschooling before you begin. Subscribe to a homeschool magazine.
2. As you read, keep a notebook of the ideas you like. Try to form your own homeschool philosophy.
3. Avoid imitating the public school system.
4 Relax and enjoy. Work on making happy memories together.
5. Keep it simple at first. Add more subjects as as the year progresses.
6. Talk to a few “seasoned” homeschool families about what curriculum they use before ordering. Resist the urge to over-buy. So much learning takes place just through reading good books together.
7. When your children are little simply focus on reading & writing. Your children can learn science and history through read-alouds.
8. When teaching reading don’t be afraid to combine curriculum ideas. Read picture books together every day.
9. Find out when you legally have to begin formal schooling according to your state. Rather than formal schooling create a lifestyle of learning.
10. Don’t compare your program with any other.
11. Try journaling instead of a typical lesson plan book.
12. Most importantly, remember that on some days learning will be all about character development. It is very difficult to homeschool a child who will not obey or listen.
13. Find a homeschool mentor who you can talk to on a regular basis.
14. Find one or two like-minded families to meet with on a regular basis.
15. Pray and read the Scriptures. Look up all the Bible verses regarding teaching and training your children.
16. Don’t forget to join HSLDA. For a fee ($100) per year, you will have peace of mind knowing that you have access to legal advice.
17. Have Fun everyday! :)

Twice Freed

24 February 2014

twiceMy boys and I recently finished reading a historical fiction novel by my favorite author Patricia St. John.  Although  historical fiction has many benefits, reading Biblical fiction allows  us to gain a deeper understanding of the historical figures in scripture and this often leads to a richer experience while reading the Bible. After reading Twice Freed we thought differently about Paul, Philemon and Onesimus because they became more real to us.  Because Patricia St. John  includes historically accurate descriptions of the many regions spoken of in St. Paul’s Epistles, we felt compelled to read a few chapters  written by Paul as well. Twice Freed helped us to gain an appreciation for the difficulties and struggles of Paul, Philemon, and the early Christian church. Getting to know the Roman slave boy Onesimus,  and following his search for freedom and  love was moving and inspirational and as we learned more about his character we could not help caring about him….and hoping he would find what he was looking for. Understanding the pagan lifestyles of this period was also important for us because we really had no idea that  the early believers had to struggle against such strongholds and deeply held beliefs and customs. We are grateful to Patricia St. John for another wonderful book and because of her we will never read a Pauline epistle the same way again!

Homeschooling Highschool~From my Heart

21 February 2014

boy with dad norman rockwellAlthough homeschooling highschoolers causes me to doubt myself more than I used to in the past, I would not trade this season with my teens for anything in the world. Watching boys grow into young men and being able to spend quality time with them during these years is so precious. In spite of the fact that it is rewarding, worthwhile,  and even hilarious at times, homeschooling highschool is challenging. The difficulty comes with the realization that the time is running short and there are still 100 books to read, 1000 conversations to have, and many family activities that have been put on the back burner for another day. There are subjects we have not covered and world view lessons that are still on the schedule. I remind my husband of field trips that did not occur and life skill coaching that has not happened yet. I plead with him, “Honey, will you please teach the boys how to change a tire.” I could go on and on.  My thoughts wander….we never really tackled the Old Testament and did not memorize enough….never took a CPR course…did not volunteer enough…need more geography and map work. It’s shocking to a homeschool mom’s psyche when high hopes and dreams are looking dimmer each year into highschool. I want to stop the clock and put a freeze on these years and because I know what’s coming up next…a wave of melancholy flows over me when I realize that I’m nearly done with this homescholing adventure. My heart aches. I’m trusting in God to fill in the gaps for me…I’m praying He will multiply my efforts and continue to work in the lives of these young men. I count my blessings…I’m grateful for these days and years. Watching old movies together and reading great books as a family…sharing oodles of meals and realizing my boys are great little chefs. Fellowship with like-minded families and watching teens interact…now that is often very entertaining! Staying up late with dad and playing grown-up sports like tennis…another blessing. Watching them perform in concerts or playing the piano at home fills my heart with joy. In spite of my fears and insecurities,  my cup  runneth over! His grace is sufficient for our family!  I am blessed to have this opportunity to enjoy these very rich years of homeschooling highschool….I would not have it any other way or change a single thing.
~Anne

Evolution vs. God

20 February 2014

I just recently had the opportunity to view this excellent video “Evolution vs. God” and found Mr. Comfort’s  line of questioning one that revealed so much about the heart of the atheist and evolutionist.  What a thought-provoking presentation that is so worth the  30 minutes. Rev. Bresciani wrote this excellent review of the presentation.

“Modern secular education and propaganda and indoctrination are birds of a feather” Anon

The Evolution V. God video is only a bit over thirty minutes in length, but it is one of the most power packed blows to the evolutionary model produced in this decade.

Having seen the video several times wasn’t enough for this writer, I began combing the tweets, and blogs to see the people’s reaction. While many believers were delighted with it, the indoctrinated and dyed in the wool evolutionists, in large part, resorted to degrading and nasty remarks often aimed at Ray Comfort.

Arguments against Comfort’s conclusions were almost non-existent because Comfort questioned only those who are Darwinists. They did not fare well, although they remained dignified they were unable to give a defense of something they had swallowed hook, line and sinker, with no serious thought to the other side of the argument.

One blogger thought he had clinched the argument by declaring that the next time Ray Comfort gets sick he should take a ‘creationist penicillin pill.’ That science has produced some amazing benefits for mankind was never Comfort’s argument.

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