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I’m praying for you…and here’s what I’m praying for…

I’m praying for you…and here’s what I’m praying for…

prayers for parents

You are on my heart today.  Today I am praying for you…

  • I’m praying for you as you go about your day.  
  • Praying for you as you make decisions regarding the upcoming school year.  Whether that be for curriculum choices because you homeschool, extracurricular activities for after school and even for your child’s teacher if they go to school.
  • I’m praying God lays the right choices on your heart, and that you are willing to listen to Him.  
  • Praying for you in the choices you make today…should you do laundry, spend time reading on the couch with a child, spend time in his Word.  That God will direct your steps minute by minute and hour by hour.
  • Praying for energy for your body and clarity for your mind.
  • That you will sense His presence today and you will draw near to Him.
  • Wisdom to know when to correct and when to give grace in your parenting.

Please leave a comment if there is anything else I can pray for you about!  Be encouraged, you are not in the Trenches of Home alone!

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Blessing Others

Blessing Others

I can’t begin to express how much it has meant to us to have friends and strangers willing to bring us a meal!  It is a huge weight off of us to not have to worry about meal planning, grocery shopping, and preparing dinners in this time of transition.

I am not writing this to get others to bring us meals but it is two-fold:

1.  I just want to say THANK YOU to those of you who have brought us meals (or are still bringing us a meal) or who have been praying for us!

2.  I want to let you know how huge of a blessing it is to a family when you can bring them a meal in a time of need.

Until someone has stepped out and helped you it is hard to understand how much it really means.  It’s food, I know….but it is so much more than a meal.  It is love, caring, stepping out of themselves to serve you, placing importance upon you…the list goes on.  I know it sounds mushy and lovey-dovey, but it is what it is!

One of the things that amazed me this round of meals what the kind lady who didn’t even know us….we never had met until she was at my door with a meal.  A meal that she made and then spent 30 minutes (each way) to drive to our house.  She was just kind enough to step out of herself and her busy life to show Christian love through the meal train that our church set up.  We live 30 minutes from the church we are attending, so it is been so generous that our church family has been willing to drive the meals out to us!

Another huge blessing has been the friends who called or facebooked and said they wanted to bring a meal.  With Tim getting back into the swing of shows, there are days that he is gone from early morning to late at night.  To not have to worry about making dinner when I am tired is great!  I was able to fill in some days where I knew Tim was going to be gone with a meal from friends.

This helps ease us back into our regular (or new normal) schedule a little bit at a time.

I really am writing this post to encourage you to find a way to step out and serve/bless another person.  It means so much more than you think it does to the receiver of your blessing!  It is how the body of Christ should work.  I want to make sure that I am aware of the needs of those around me and to make a purposeful effort to step out of my busyness to bless them!  What are you gifted in?  Maybe it is helping clean, bake, take care of children, sew, repair things, a listening ear?  Who knows?  Ask God to show you and to put specific people in your path that you can use your gift to bless them….it will be a blessing to both of you!

Homeschooling Mythbusters… (Radio Spot)

Homeschooling Mythbusters… (Radio Spot)

Some of you may know that about 10 months ago I submitted some radio spots! Well they have finally been recorded and are being aired nationally.  I thought it would be fun to share what I wrote.  Click the link below my text you will be able to check out how the radio spot actually sounds!

Homeschooling Mythbusters:

Itʼs time for a homeschooling mythbuster, so brace yourself: YOU CANNOT DO IT ALL. As a homeschooling mom itʼs easy to get caught up in all the things you want for your family. Educating kids, meals made from scratch, a perfectly clean house, & a 30 minute workout each day are ideals, but probably not realistic. Donʼt beat yourself up– you canʼt get it all done in a day.

A common trap is to compare yourself to what you think your friends are doing. Why not write down what is important to you & your family and go from there? Setting a few goals will allow you to work to have realistic expectations. Homeschooling is an important job in itself, and you might be surprised someday to find out that your kids give you an A+!

Click here to hear it!

Our first few weeks of this school year

Our first few weeks of this school year

We are off and going with the 2012-2013 school year.  So far, so good!  Thought I would share a list of things that have gone well or we enjoyed as we began…

  • Starting out the first week with just math and science made for a pretty smooth transition into our full school weeks! Doing Apologia General Science with my 6th and 7th graders this year seemed to be a huge jump from Apologia Human Anatomy last year.  Being able to focus on it at the start sure helped to know overwhelm us.  Better yet, Joy aced her first test.  Wish I could say the same for Matthew, but we took the opportunity to work together on how to study and take tests and he was then able to get an A on it!  Hoping that this will have helped him on how to study and prepare for the next test this week! (This has been one of the first courses that we have worked on that has graded tests, other than Math!)
  • We are loving Sonlight Core F!  I purposely skipped it last year, as it just didn’t seem to interest me or the kids at the time.  I had read mixed reviews from other families on it. We were so ready to tackle it this year!  We especially loved our read aloud Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  They made me read extra every day.  I would read until I was hoarse.  If you haven’t read this book, you really should take the time to read it to your kiddos!  A Heroine, Adventures, Dragons…it doesn’t get much better!
  • Faith (5) is loving ZooWhiz.  We are in the process of reviewing it, but she loves getting on the computer and doing activities to earn coins to buy animals for her zoo.
  • Faith and I are also steadily working through Sing, Spell, Read and Write.  I have used this with all the kids and it has worked really well with the first 3 so far.  It was a bit of an investment but knowing that we had others that would use it has made it totally worth the money.  She is finishing up the 2nd Kindergarden book and then we will start her on the 1st grade book.  Something that has really amazed me is how differently each of my children learn.  Joy (11) only needed to see a word once and then she knew it.  Matthew (12) and I would be in tears each day trying to figure it all out to help him. Andrew (9) somehow learned how to read overnight!  Faith (5) has wanted to know how to read since she was 2.  She easily gets frustrated and thinks she should know everything without working at it.  Wow, this has been a bit of a challenge!
  • Andrew (8) is plugging away at Sonlight Core 2.  He is such a self starter and learner he is really doing most of it all by himself!

How is your school year going?  Any favorite things you want to share with us?

My King…(a must see video)

My King…(a must see video)

I rarely post videos or songs for you, but when I do I want you to know that you really should take the time to watch/listen to them.

We visited Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, IL on Sunday. We are always so blessed to have made the hour drive each way to go. During the service this week while we were singing worship songs there was an audio bed in the middle of one of the songs for us to listen to. Afterwards, I told my husband that I had to find out who that was and where I could get a hold of the words or audio. They were extremely powerful.

Found out later that it was a baptist pastor who passed away 12 years ago. It is really cool that we can still be impacted by the words he spoke so many years ago. His name was SM Lockeridge…Shadrach Meschach. How cool is that name?

Take 3 minutes to watch this video below. You will be blown away by the God that we serve! Make sure you watch it to the end!  (in case you can’t see the video here is the link to click on to see it on youtube…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE&feature=youtube_gdata_player.)

 

Hope you enjoyed it and it meant as much to you as it did to me!  Have an awesome week serving the God of the Universe!