Saturday, August 28, 2010

Homeschooling- Week 1

Okay, I gotta tell you, I really like homeschooling. We just completed our first "full" week of school, and at times it was challenging, but we did it! It is obviously a learning process for both Th and myself as we figure out the best way to do school while my girls, particularly Teagan, are home with us, but we're getting there. Thankfully he enjoys school and overall Th has an easy-going personality so he doesn't mind when I switch things up a bit. But, Friday's routine seemed to work the best with having the girls home with us so that is what I will do on the days they don't attend preschool. Plus, on the mornings they do attend preschool, I think Th and I will be able to move through the material quicker since we won't have the distractions of an almost 4- and 2-year-old. Hopefully we can get ahead on those days and, if needed, relax a bit on the others.

Our first field trip is scheduled for October 1st. We are going to a local historical farm and homestead where a Revolutionary War veteran once lived. While there, Th will participate in a simulated 1840s school day. He has to dress and bring a lunch similar to the time period. Before he goes, we have some work to do to prepare him for his lessons while at the schoolhouse. He can't wait to get started! He is so excited, especially because in history right now we are studying the foundation of America and he loves it! This field trip is the "icing on the cake" for him! He is going with 10 other homeschoolers so for all of you "what-about-the-socialization" part of homeschooling- no worries! =)

Honestly though, the best part of homeschooling is the time we are spending together. He is learning, I know that, but we also talk and interact and just spend time together that we otherwise would not get. Anyone with more than 1 child knows how difficult it is to spend time alone with each child, and homeschooling is affording me that precious time. They are only little for a short time so I am thankful that, before I set him loose in the "real world," I have time to prepare him to be a godly man and husband to his future wife. Seems far off but I know that day will be here all too soon.

As you think of it, please pray for us. Pray that we would continue to enjoy each other's company and that this academic year is successful. Homeschooling has been my heart's desire for some time, so thank the Lord for allowing the difficult circumstances last year to prepare me for this year.

*Psalm 37:4- "Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dedicated to my fellow homeschool moms. . .

This was on my friend Renee's blog, and I totally had to steal it because it's so true! LOL!! Happy school year!!! :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Homeschooling has been going well. We started on Tuesday and completed a half day. We did the other half on Wednesday and then began full days on Thursday. It has been exciting, fun, and, at times, challenging. With my girls being so young, I have to find things for them to do with us at the table so they aren't getting into stuff. Plus, Ta was sick so he was home with us, too. I had to juggle my roles as teacher, mom, and nurse this past week. Not an ideal way to start the year but it went well and we pushed on!

Overall it's going to be a great year! School, on average, takes us between 2 1/2 and 3 hours to get done. I like the routine that we've started but more importantly, the flexibility is great! Plus, since I'm home for a dedicated amount of time, I can get stuff done around the house while Th is completing assignments. Most of the housework and laundry is done during the week, freeing up our weekends to spend time with TJ. It's been great! We've been following this schedule since the end of June and have only made minor tweaks since school began.

We have some awesome field trips planned for this year (I know because I'm helping to plan some of them!), one of which is to the airport and an aircraft museum. Y'all know how much I enjoy being around aircraft! It's sort of an obsession that began when I was a child. The great thing is that I get to bring all of my children with me on the field trips, not just Th. I am planning some stuff to do at home to prepare everyone before we go on each trip to enhance the learning experiences. It requires a bit more planning and investment of time, but it's time well-spent! We get to be together and truth be told, I am looking forward to the day all my kids will be homeschooled!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

5 months old!

Taylor Ann is five months old today. She is getting so big so quickly! She, like her sisters, sucks her left thumb. I don't know what it is about that left thumb, but it must taste extra-special for all 3 of them to do it! She is also rolling from side-to-side now that she has discovered her feet. I must say, I just love this age! She is, for the most part, a very content baby who greatly enjoys watching the others play around her. T.G. just simply adores her and affectionately calls her, "That baby."

Ironically enough, today is also the one-year mark that I found out I was pregnant with twins. I have very mixed emotions today. I am sooo thankful to have this beautiful, healthy, happy baby girl but I am saddened by the fact that her twin is not on this earth with us.

I still look at the ultrasound picture and remember the shock and disbelief of it all. My, how my life has changed in a year! God has been so good and gracious to me, but in getting to this high-point in my life, I had to go through some valleys. The road was hard and long, and some days I still stumble, but along the way I am changing into His image.

I know what it means to "die to self" in that I had to let my own dreams of how my life should be die so that Christ could fulfill His purpose in me. Some days are easier than others. I'm just being honest. I would be lying if I said I never thought about Twin A or my other babies who are in Jesus' arms. But, it is what it is and I can't change it. I'm thankful for that. I doubt I would be able to see the blessings God has given me with the same clarity if the "mountains" were not interspersed with the "valleys."

*Psalm 34:1- "I will bless the Lord at ALL times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth."