Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Grace

An Angry Bird Birthday for Grace
Today we had an Angry Bird birthday party for our not so little Grace. I cannot believe how fast children grow up it goes by way to fast. Today our little girl is turning 11 years old and we are so blessed to have her in our life.
Grace asked for Chocolate chip pancakes with strawberries for breakfast.
Daddy made them as big as the plate!!  It took her 3 days to finish it; the other girls thought it was so cool.

We finished the day with gifts and a bbq backyard dinner.
Instead of cake this year she wanted to go out for ice cream but I forgot the camera.

Happy Birthday Grace!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

There Are No Formulas

Homeschooling a word some people run from and scream about, I on the other hand love this word. We live in a country where we are STILL FREE to school our children what a blessing. I have to say I have not always loved the thought of homeschooling I was at one time the one that screamed about doing it. Looking back I wish I would have done things different from the start.  I have learned a lot over the years about how to love homeschooling, but it took time for me to understand that the Lord was calling me to school my children and that neither private nor public were in his plans.

 I first had to learn to avoid the do's and don'ts of homeschooling since it seems that everywhere you look someone is giving great advice on this area. I needed to stop comparing myself to other families and instead I did the one thing that most of us fail to do, I prayed about it.  I would normally ask advice and read books about how to do it the correct way, than when all else failed I would pray about it. I am not saying I have never prayed about homeschooling deeply over the years but I never just left it in God’s hands completely and gone to our heavenly father first.

 It is do freeing and it feels so good to know that I am not the one in control, which was very hard for me since I like to be in control of most things. I encourage you this year to allow God to control 100% of this area and not to compare yourself to others in this area of motherhood. Remember with GOD all things are possible and he never makes a mistake, what a great feeling to know that the one in control will never make a mistake sleep well knowing you are in good hands.  

I prayed with my husband about the way we would school our children this year, something I have really never done. I just bought the books did what I wanted and he helped when I needed him. Another big mistake leaving your husband out of the homeschooling plans, my husband loved the idea of helping out with our plans for this year I had no idea. I thank Jesus for showing me this and to think all I had to do was come to him and ask what he wanted me to do... I wish I would have asked years ago for his help.  I feel our little school is even more blessed now that our heavenly father and our daddy are involved more.

This year with the support of my husband I actully have my plans in place before August:) I have all my books ordered and our plans about 95% done which I could not have done if it was not for my husband.  I know my husband had a lot to do with this early planning because it seems each year I am getting things done just in time to start school, and the summer is just crazy with desision making. Thank you sweetheart!!!

I will be writting a blog post on what we are using and doing later in the week since I have it just about finished!!! I am so excited about this!!!

Remember my home looks nothing like your home, and that's okay God has a different plan for each of us.