Today at HomeScholars…

Today, Kerry had a Thanksgiving party at HomeScholars Academy. (Every Tuesday at HomeScholars, he attends classes in Art, Spanish, and Music.) Check out today’s pics from HomeScholars…These photos are from his Spanish class and his Thanksgiving party:

Here’s Kerry, doing his Spanish written work:

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Working with these students is Bessie Brantley, who teaches Spanish.

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**{Other teachers not pictured are Traci Brantley (HSA owner/Art teacher) and Honey Beth Wiggs (Music teacher)}

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Austin and Kerry

(Kerry tells me that they are BFF or best friends forever ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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Most of the “crew” :

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Thanksgiving craft: A thankful tree w/ blessings written on the leaves:Pictured are several of the things Kerry’s thankful for: God, Family, Friends, Food, Earth, Clothes, Shoes, and Our House.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!
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**Note: If you are interested in HomeScholars Academy, have questions, or want more info.,etc., check out this link to the website:

HomeScholars Academy

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Yay, It’s Friday!

Things have been rather hectic lately…busy week, but good. Between homeschooling, co-ops, field trips, play-dates, church, t-ball, softball, spring cleaning, organizing, planning, etc…I’ve been a little busier than normal. Also, about 2 weeks ago, I started a “job/chore chart” for the kids, and I’ve been very pleased with the results. The first day, Kerry was outraged and fought it every step of the way. (In fact, that morning, Kerry informed me that he hated the new chart, that he was not going to do it, and that he would tear into little pieces!) However, I forged ahead, not giving up on our new system quite yet. By the end of the day, I had cried, prayed, and disciplined until I had quite a headache. However…Kerry also had smiley faces for each of the jobs (including making his bed, cleaning up his room, doing his math and reading, etc.)! To my amazement, by the next day, Kerry had totally changed his mind about the chart. Now, he is actually excited and eager to get the the day filled up with smiley faces! In fact, Kerry’s an early bird, and he often has most of his work done by 8:00 am! Usually, Sarah’s not even awake by then, so she finds his accomplishment more than slightly annoying! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yep, these kids sure are keeping me busy and “on my toes.” All this trying to keep them active often wears me out, while they’re just getting warmed up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sarah, especially, is hard to wear out, unless she’s sick or something. She may not like to get up early, but once she is awake, she likes to “go, go, go” all day!

Last night, Sarah made it to a softball game for the 1st time (this was the 2nd game…she cried about missing the 1st one while she was sick). She got to bat twice and hit the ball both times. Her team won 8 to 3…Sarah was soooo excited! All the girls played hard, and the coach was very supportive and encouraging.

I am glad though that we have no t-ball or softball games on the horizon for tomorrow! I’m glad it’s Friday, and I’m definitely looking forward to a little rest and relaxation with the family. Hope you all have a great weekend, and God Bless! ๐Ÿ™‚

Educational Quotes…

and scriptures for Homeschooling:

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I like all of these quotes, but this 1st one especially grabs my attention and makes me think:

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–“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,

it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein

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–“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”ย ย  ~Mark Twain

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–“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”ย ย  ~ Charlotte Mason

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–“It’s easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men.” ~ Frederick Douglass

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–“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize,

but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.”

~ Maria Montessori

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–“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”

~ John Dewey

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**Most of the above quotes, along with many more, can be found at: DailyLearners.com

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**The above quotes by men and women are good and thought-provoking, but can never take the place of God’s Word:

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— “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the

peace of thy children.” ~Isaiah 54:13

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“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,

and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou

walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

~ Deuteronomy 6:6-9

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— “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old,

he will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6

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I’m Thanking The Lord…

today for His blessings. I have been pain-free today…no migraines, stabbing sinus pain, or headache of any kind!…Thank You Lord!! I also haven’t had any nausea or upset stomach.

I also thank the Lord for friends…other moms and kids to get together with for co-op lessons, play-dates, support, fellowship, and fun.

I also thank Him for:

–Sarah doing well on her standardized test

–Kerry improving on his reading and math

–His guidance and provision in our purchase of another vehicle & other financial matters

–All the little ways He has shown Scott and I that He is with us…helping us all along the way

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Thank you Lord for all Your many blessings on our family!!

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They’re Growing Up…

sooooo fast!

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Here’s a few pics from a recent informal photo shoot. Scott’s dad, Kerry, took these.

They’re growing up SOOOO fast!

Here’s Kerry Scott III acting like the big brother with his arm around Sarah. I think they liked this for a change.

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Kerry…he’s going to be 6 in Sept.! He read the entire Green Eggs & Ham book to me today!

He’s come such a long way this year with his reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sarah…she’s turning 8 in July! She loves to read, write stories, and play sports.

She plays soccer, basketball, and softball.

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Kerry’s serious face. He loves that Superman hat.

Oh, this month, Kerry’s starting his 1st sport…he’s playing t-ball.

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Sarah and Kerry…fun pose. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Thing With Commitments…

…is that…there’s all this committing involved! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Well, to those who know me personally, it may seem like I’ve taken a step back. You know, like I’ve started disappearing from some things and haven’t been as involved as I once was. Some friends, extended family, and fellow church members have started to notice this, and I have to agree that it’s true. (I may not be as present on the web either…less memes, daily stuff, and long-winded posts…maybe more quick posts, blurbs, and comments; on occasion.)

The good news is that it’s not because I’m severely depressed or anything. (I know there have been such times in which I’ve started slinking away from life because of fear, anxiety, stress, or great sadness.) However, my reasons now may still be difficult for others to understand, nonetheless. You see, lately, I’ve had to start making some tough choices, and it’s certainly not been easy nor fun…but necessary.

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I’ve never liked feeling like I’m letting others down, so I often try to take on more, whether I can handle it or not. I also, like many people, don’t like to admit when I can’t do it all! Some may look at me and think that I can do a lot more than I have been doing, and for me to cut back even more would seem ludicrous! However, this is truly one time in my life that I have to make a concerted effort to not let what others think, guide my actions. I do not state this in anger, but only in absolute truth, with love. It’s just the way it is.

I have made a commitment, and I know it’s time that I start giving it 100%! My husband and I made the decision 3 yrs. ago to home school, yet somehow along the way, I’ve lost focus. Home schooling was supposed to be a top priority, yet I’ve let so many other things sneak in and take precedent.

The simple truth is that home schooling my children, keeping a home, being a good wife, and taking care of my family takes EVERY little ounce of everything I’ve got! There’s just not a lot left over! It takes all the faith, perseverance, energy, discernment, wisdom, brain-power, brawn, will-power, motivation, love, courage, patience, resources, money and time that I have! No doubt about it…yep, EVERY BIT!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sooooo, that being the case, what am I to do? In order to do the very best job that I can, I HAVE to start letting some things go. I’ve at least got to back off from some other activities for a while to give this a real chance!

Some may think that the price is too high or too unfair, but that is not really for anyone else to judge. Actually, it’s also, no longer the way I see it anymore. This is a season of my life, and this is what I need to do for now to have success in homeschooling. (In fact, as the kids get older, the instruction time will actually have to increase.)

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Well, I don’t know, some may want more explanation, and some may want MUCH less! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, just know that I’m not depressed, I’m not mad, and I’m not giving up on life. No, the truth is, I’m actually just beginning to live…to live the life God has for me…one day at a time!

What’s Up?

Here’s a few recent updates & highlights:

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–Janet is signing the kids up for some field trips w/ the local homeschool group…haven’t been on any for a while. 7:27pm

–Janet is listening to little Kerry read to his daddy. It’s so sweet! :). 6:46pm

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–6:13pm March 3:

Here’s the cowboy snowman the kids made all by themselves yesterday. (Pic might not be the best…took it w/ Sarah’s little digital cam.) See how there’s nothing but mud left all around the snowman!
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–Janet checked on the kiddos…they’re snoozin’ peacefully. Wonder if they’ll ever know just how very much I love ’em. 9:30pm

–Janet is impressed w/ the kids’ snowman (They made all by themselves.)…we were out of carrots…used a small pineapple wedge for the nose! Too cute! :). 12:21pm

–Somethin’ pungent is lurkin’ in the fridge…I’m goin’ in…been nice knowin’ y’all! 12:16pm

–Janet is doing a victory dance: It’s Friday, & I made it through this week…Woo-Hoo! Yeah! :). 3:03pm

–Janet is praying she’ll be able to get back to sleep! :). 2:09am

–Hey, this IS the day that the Lord has made! He’s given me another day, and I’m going to rejoice in it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you all have a blessed day! —at 3:21pm February 25

–Janet is having a strange day, but trying to make the most of it! :). 2:59pm

–The kids & I are taking a jammin’ dance break! We need some exercise & to blow off some steam! ๐Ÿ™‚ 1:52pm

–Janet is helping Sarah find hidden, forgotten treasures. The kids are learning that shoving stuff under dressers, beds, & in closets is…NOT really CLEANING! :). 8:47am

Janet cleaned, staightened, & organized ALL day! The kids got to help…they were overjoyed! :). 6:25pm

2 Yrs. I’ve Been At This…

…Yep, today marks 2 yrs. of blogging…Can you believe it?! When I think of my “blogoversary,” I automatically think about homeschooling too (this also makes over 3 yrs. that I’ve been homeschooling). You see, blogging and homeschooling have been intertwined for me. While I’ve been homeschooling, blogging has been a source of comfort & solace for me. It’s been an outlet and a way to help keep me feeling connected with the outside world.

Today reminds me of all the Lord has brought me through, all He has taught me, and how very much He has blessed my family and I. I am so thankful to God for allowing me this opportunity to home-school and to share it with others. I’m also very grateful for all the wonderful people I have met through this experience…so many followers of Christ and homeschooling moms, who have encouraged me along this journey.

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S-O-O-O many times I’ve wanted to quit. So many times I’ve started to quit. Yes, countless times, I’ve almost given up…on blogging, homeschooling, cooking, cleaning…You name it.

I’m glad I didn’t. )

I appreciate all of you who have helped me to “hang in there.” Thanks for all your thoughtful words and prayers. You know who you are…and God knows. I pray that I can pass on to others what you have shown me…God’s love, strength, and courage.

May God bless you all!

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“…Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.–Philippians 3:7-14

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Status Updates…

…What we’ve been up to lately…if you care to know!! ;-) -D

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Well, last week and this past Saturday, I REALLY started getting carried away with Facebook. I still like it, but in the last three days or so, I have put some time limits on myself. I’ve added some guidelines about when to use it, how often, length of visits, etc. (It can just “eat up” WAY too much time, if I’m not careful!)

Anyway, one thing that I do really like about it though, that doesn’t take a lot of time, are the “Status Updates.” It’s just a line or two, typed “in the moment” about what one is doing…a snippet…a verbal snapshot of part of a day. I’ve found I enjoy doing these, and they’re as much or more for me than anyone else. Each update is like a piece of the puzzle of what life is currently about for my family and I. These little blurbs can be simple, everyday stuff; maybe even slightly boring to some. I like to focus on some of the positive moments of the day and try to put a little humor in whenever possible.

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Since it can also be difficult to keep this blog updated, I thought I would share some “Status Updates.” (These are especially for those of you who want to know and aren’t on Facebook). Here’s a few recent ones from the past several days:

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Today (Tues., 2/3/09):

9:13am Janet ‘s off to exercise before school…jammin’ to lively praise songs with the kiddos! :).

12:00pm Janet ‘s working w/Sarah on a huge “Family Tree” diagram…for our “Thurs. School” presentation.

12:35pm Janet ‘s multi-tasking…still workin’ on that “juggling act” thing! Oops…ouch…things…falling!! I’ll get back to ya! :).

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Yesterday (Mon., 2/2):

12:25pm Janet ‘s fighting a pesky virus…bombarding it with Vit.C, positive thinking, & prayer! Don’t want it getting comfy!! :).

6:12pm Janet ‘s turning off this computer…ha, ha!! Now, for some quality time w/hubby & the youngin’s! :).

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Sun., 2/1:

3:06pm Janet had a great Sun. morn. at church…very uplifting! Now I’m at Scott’s parents, celebrating my niece, Rachel’s b-day…Can’t believe she’s 10!!

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Sat., Jan. 31st:

12:52pm Janet is listening to MercyMe’s “So Long Self,” while cleaning and watching the kiddos play kickball in the backyard. :).

3:10pm Janet is enjoying the good life…listening to Dierks Bentley’s “Free & Easy…,” watching Daddy tickle giggly kiddos, and pettin’ my “dawg.” :).

7:48pm Janet is eating popcorn and watching Tom and Jerry with the kiddos! :).

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Fri., Jan. 30th:

1:02pm Janet is having a weird day…but “Hey, it’s o.k., it’s Friday!” Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Can you pick out all the rhyming words?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Little Kerry’s working on those!)
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Thurs., Jan. 29th:

6:48am Janet is packing lunches and getting ready for our day at Classical Conversations (CC or as the kiddos call it…”Thursday School”).

8:06pm Janet is back from my Sarah Beth’s basketball game. She was very excited…they won 18 to 10…Woo-Hoo! :).

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Wed. Jan. 28th:

9:31am Janet is getting “pumped up” spiritually with some praise songs first (while cooking, cleaning, preparing lessons, feeding the dog, washing laundry, etc.)! :).

9:35am Janet is thinking, “It’s a crazy, hectic, beautiful…wonderful life!!” Have a blessed day, everybody! :).

1:24pm Janet didn’t make it to the gym…So the kids and I did a Taebo workout tape. I said “Don’t EVEN!” when the kids tried to complain!:) If I can TRY it, they can!:).
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Tues., Jan. 27th:

12:53pm Janet is taking a quick lunch break from schooling, cooking, cleaning, etc. I’ve been up since 4:30am (Scott needed help waking up so early). Yep, I’m feeling it now.

6:36pm Janet just finished up w/dinner dishes & clean-up…boring stuff, but necessary. A-h-h, now I’m going to sit down with the “FAM” and relax! :).
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**Of course the above doesn’t tell you “the half of it,” but it does give you a glimpse into our little household.ย  Like I said, “It’s a crazy, hectic, beautiful…wonderful life!!”

Happy and healthy living to each of you…and blessings always! )

The Learning Never Stops

This morning we had one of the best homeschooling times in a while.ย  The kids were both excited about learning some entirely new things.ย  Sarah started working on cursive writing, and she was glad to see it’s not nearly as difficult as she once thought.ย  Several times, Sarah wrote out all the letters of the alphabet in cursive, and she was extremely proud of her accomplishment.ย  (Sarah sees me writing in my prayer journal most every morning…She’s very enthusiastic about being able to decipher “Mommy’s secret code!!”ย  I say, “Whatever works!!” ;-) )

Besides reading, Kerry worked on telling time and naming the days of the week.ย  This was not the first time he’d been introduced to “week days”ย  before, but this was the first time I had specifically questioned him about reading the clock.ย  I was amazed at how I didn’t even have to explain the basic hours to Kerry.ย  It seems he had already picked it up from me working with Sarah, and he had figured it out!ย  Yay!! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s always nice when they’re eager to learn something new.ย  Of course, they may not be excited about everything, but I can sure appreciate when they are.ย  In general, I’m also trying to keep my attitude in check…how I introduce lessons, how I react to the kids, etc.ย  I’m teaching every moment, whether purposely, or not.ย  My attitude towards learning certainly teaches them something…I intend to be more careful about what that “something” is…exactly.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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To all you homeschooling moms out there:ย  Happy Homeschooling and God Bless!! ๐Ÿ™‚