Thursday, September 26, 2013

Moving on Up!

Things are a little crazy around the house lately.

We are packing. In my world, that means lots of organizing and purging. I love the feeling of getting rid of excess. I feel so much lighter. 

What I do not like, the boxes that are stacking up around my house. I do not take the chaos well at all! 

I am so ready for the move. We will finally have a backyard for the kids to play in and Sister will have her very own room. 

It's an exciting season in our house!

A Prayer Request!

Yesterday, when I picked up Daddy T from work, I was greeted with some very disturbing news.  My heart is heavy and I am fighting off attacks from the evil one to get discouraged and worry about the situation. 

My husband and I recently went through health screenings to get life insurance policies. Our agent called to let us know that not only did T not qualify for premium benefits, but that his numbers were alarming! I am thankful that the Lord allowed us to catch this in time to seek medical help and to make necessary changes in our diet. 

Lately, I have fallen off the wagon, so to speak, on eating healthy. Now, it is imperative that I make sure that the junk is out of my house! I will once again be making everything from scratch. No more processed stuff here! In my research, I have found that plastic containers are a huge no-no! I never realized just why. 
I never thought that I would be that radically crunchy lady, but here I am. 

The Lord has given me the resources to take better care of my family and I have to be a good steward of them. As a homemaker, it is my responsibility to ensure that the home is a safe place for my family, this includes the foods that we eat. 

I ask that you will pray for my husband, Thomas. Pray that God will heal him and that his numbers will be normal. Please, pray for my family also. That we will be supportive of him as he makes the changes necessary to keep himself in good health! 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Love Your Children!

Titus 2:4
"that they admonish the younger women
 to love their husbands, to love their children,"

Last week we talked about loving our husbands and being foolishly tender. This week we are on to the 2nd thing that younger women are supposed to learn.
This command was almost a DUH moment to me. I was just curious why this would need to be put in.  I adore my babies, as do most moms. Why should we have to be commanded to love our children?

Upon searching the original Greek, I came up at a loss. It simply means to love them.

I spent some serious time in prayer over this verse.
God quickly reminded me of all the times during the day that I tell my children 'go play.'
I am embarrassed to tell you that this verse was written for moms like me! Moms that get so busy in their worlds of blogging, crafting, and cleaning, that we lose our focus. I do not believe that I am a bad mom. I am human. I tend to get so involved in reading my latest review book or writing my latest blog post that I am 'bothered' when my kids interrupt that time. I have known for a long time that blogging hours are a necessity, but sometimes when the writing inspiration hits I ignore those pre-selected hours and type away.  Other times, I am so focused on getting the house cleaned up and the laundry done that I forget that those things can wait.
Now, I am not saying that I should neglect all of my responsibilities of the house and totally spend 100% of my time on my children. I am saying that my balancing act tends to get off with my children at the losing end of things.
God commanded me to love my children. I will argue all day that I do love my kids. God quickly reminded me this week that my actions are speaking way louder than my words!

Am I spending time with my children? Am I teaching them and training them? Or am I so wrapped up in my online world that I shoo them away to entertain themselves?

Father, Help me to love my children! Let me show them and not just tell them that I love them. Please, help me to find the balance needed to be a good mom!
In Jesus Name, Amen

Why We Homeschool.

I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher. When I was young, I use to sit my little brother down and make him practice writing and reading long before he entered kindergarten. I even taught preschool during my first year of college. I loved the morning board, centers, bright colors. I just knew that this confirmed that I would love being an elementary school even more.

Then, I married my husband and had a step-son in a public school. I came to realize very quickly that children were being left behind simply because they have a different learning style than the others. This wasn't the teachers fault. It was the system. How in the world can we expect these teachers to teach 25 different students of all different styles of learning all while maintaining high test scores?

Around this same time I met my best friend, a homeschool mom of 4. Her husband was my son's children's pastor at church. They were my 1st real glimpse into the world of homeschooling.

My main goal as a mom became to homeschool my children. I wanted to be a part of their education. I wanted to find their learning style and teach them accordingly.

I began to research all things homeschool. I found this verse:

Deuteronomy 6:6-8
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

I know that most every homeschool family uses this verse. I just feel like the best way for me to diligently teach His words to my children, is to actually have them home and teach them! 

Another reason, we have boys, very active, ornery, energy-filled little boys! As their parent's, Daddy T and I, realized very early on that they are not fans of sitting still for long periods of time. The public education system has eliminated so many recesses that there is little time for boys to burn their excess energy. I believe that this is where several of the behavior problems are coming from in public schools! At home we have the freedom of taking breaks as needed when our boys get too antsy to pay attention.

1 Corinthians 15:33
"Evil company corrupts good habits."

I have more influence on who influences my children! I am very aware of who they play with. I am able to correct behavior more easily when I am there when things happen. 

What are some of the reasons that you homeschool? I would love to hear them!