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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Waiting

Today we sat in the doctor’s waiting room. Lucy with a Rick Riordan book & me with a head full of all the thoughts.
Someday creative homeschooling looks like getting in as much of the basics as possible & not worrying about the schedule.

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Inspiration

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Yes, When You Rise Up ~ again. Because every time I need to remember why we are doing what we are doing this book brings me back to what’s important. Right away on page 17, “This is our goal- raising
God-glorifying children, rather than raising responsible citizens who can manage to get along with the world around them.”.
And on page 29, “I’m not arguing that it’s a bad thing for our children to be smart. Rather, I am suggesting that the issue of education is always the heart…. Our goal is not multigenerational personal peace & affluence. Neither are we simply trying to raise clean-cut children…”

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(I realize that the verse doesn’t match 1 John 4:7 & 8. “We love” is from 1 John 4:19.. this journal page is about how our love is given out because The Lord loves us)

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Currently

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Currently:
wishing the Cards had had a better outcome this year. Looking forward to next!

listening to Issues Etc.

finishing Emily of New Moon.

wearing Ike & Co earrings.

making meal plans for the week.

sharing a blog you should be reading! Lots of great book reviews & lists.

going to read Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs.

learning my limits.

deciding we need an art day soon! Usually we have art Thursday afternoon but the last few Thursdays have been very busy. I’m definitely ready to do an autumn project with the kids.

heading into the homes stretch with our homeschool. It seems impossible that they will all be done in 5 years.

appreciating the ages of my children. My father is in the hospital right now & they are doing their schoolwork independently while I sit with him.

looking forward to the holiday season, celebrating with, cooking, treating & caring for my family.

enjoying a few quiet minutes while my dad rests.

feeling grateful for so many praying friends.

loving on my family.

knowing the Lord knows all things & is in control.

laughing with my folks over silly things.

thinking about choices I need to make.

fighting a very old and bad habit of making poor food choices.

saying lots of prayers.

feeling loved.

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Dear Mama

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Dear Mama,
You aren’t perfect, you know that I’m sure. And dear mama, you surely have some relief in knowing that you’re not perfect and you give yourself some grace when you make mistakes. I hear you! I know how frustrating it is, this daily battle with self.
Dear mama, I want to take a moment and remind you that as you cannot make yourself perfect, you cannot make your children perfect. Take a breath and listen,

You Cannot Make Your Children Perfect.

You can gently lead, train, pray for and guide them. You can use kind words and show love, you can tenderly correct them. But dear mama, in no way can you make them perfect. No lists, no charts, no punishment, no scripture memory, no perfect curriculum, no amount of chores, no scrubbing the floors or walls, no tears, harsh words, arm jerks, face smacks…. none of it will make your children wise up and be perfectly obedient.
Just as you and I struggle daily with our own sinful nature our children struggle with theirs.
I’m not saying that order and expectations can’t help you in training up your children, please understand that. But I am saying that in the training you want to have a Relationship and in a relationship you need to have trust. If you are so worried about how your children behave or obey that you are destroying their trust then you will endure rough waters.
Jesus Christ gives us the gift of perfection in His death and resurrection, until He returns we will struggle repeatedly with our own sinful nature and with our children’s sinful nature. The Lord works through us as mothers and we have to remember that He will equip us. We have to remember to seek Him in our parenting decisions, not the standards & expectations of this world.

Robert Frost once said, “In just three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life. It goes on.”

My three words ~

Love
Your
Kids

They are words that I think are important to hear, words that sum up my day and words to inspire. They are the words of advice I give to new moms.
Perhaps that advice seems obvious, yet I have seen moms get so caught up in what they are supposed to teach their children, they forget to love them. Moms (and dads) focused on training up their children, on what punishments fit what behaviors, what schooling is the best, what will put their child on top, what will fulfill their needs. (whose? the mom’s needs or the child’s needs?)
I have a friend who has one of the most gentle personalities. She is funny, witty, intelligent, loving, passionate, and kind. She’s human, I’m pretty sure of that, but I’ve never seen her raise a voice or hand to her children.
I had to ask one day, how? How do you do this? Don’t you get angry? Is there ever a time when they make you crazy?
Her answer was a resounding yes, certainly. (Ah ha, she is human!)
But she was once reminded that her children are a precious thing.
She was reminded by her tearful toddler after a spanking.
“But mama, why did you spank me? I’m a precious thing.”
That was the one and only spanking in her home. There is no screaming at the children either. Their home is a place of peace, Christ, love, & creativity.
She has never corrected me when I was angry with my children, never shook her head or looked disappointed by my frustration. But quietly witnessed to me when I asked.
And reminded me

Love
Your
Kids

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Inspiration

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~ Get creative – God commands it ~
He who is Creator made us creative. That includes when we teach our children His commands!
Deuteronomy 6:5-10

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Day 24

I’m thankful for pen & paper. I’ve written about my journals several times.
When I was younger I always doodled & had little notebooks but I think my journaling really took off when I started writing out my prayers. I have prayer journals full of requests from friends, full of gratitudes, pleas, and heart wrenching fears. It became easier and easier to open up to The Lord as I wrote.
I’ll share some more journal pages ~

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Day 10

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Hymns are truly on of my favorite things in life.
There is a gentleman in our church family who sings with gusto, and while I’m sure it is off-putting to some, I find it refreshing and encouraging.
I am thankful for them in times of joy and grief. I have found that by concentrating on the hymns sung at a funeral I am comforted. I can sink into the lyrics, the melodies & harmonies.
Hymns are precious treasures.

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