Friday, February 26, 2016

The Homeschool Mother's Journal ~ February 2016

October is the last month I posted a Homeschool Mother's Journal? 


This is not acceptable. This is not going to fly. I will speak about the happenings of February here, trying to keep it at a reader-friendly length and then continue with these HMJ posts, at least on a monthly basis. Wowzers! 

In My Life This Month
After months and months (and months and months) of waring within myself, trying to wrap my brain around the Gospel - salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone! I think I am beginning, only beginning, to see a bit of growth and a sliver of understanding of the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Continuing to stay in the Word, listening to doctrinally sound sermons and praying (doing all of these even when I don't want to) helps. Back in June I talked about how continuing to put myself in the way of Truth, by the means as previously mentioned, will lead me to knowing the Lord more, loving Him more and then obeying Him more. I am becoming a testament to that, but none of it on my own. It's only because of Jesus and His righteousness. He's the One who gives me (all of us) grace to overcome and run towards Him.

In Our Homeschool This Month
We are marching forward. It may be at a snail's pace, but progress it is.
History - Our topics for February have been Pioneers and the Ohio River; Ohio becomes a state; the Louisiana Purchase, War of 1812; The Star-Spangled Banner; Louisiana becomes a state; Robert Fulton and Indiana & Mississippi become states. Now that sounds like a lot, but MFW curriculum is based on the Charlotte Mason method of teaching children and the kids are not overwhelmed by too much information, plus there are a lot of hands-on activities. 
Science -  We have discovered all kinds of information about Living Things, Animals and Plants. 
Bible - We are walking through different names of Jesus this school year. These past 4 weeks have been about Jesus being the Lamb of God and the Vine. Adelle is doing Bible on Switched on Schoolhouse too. I don't think we can learn too much of God's Word.  :-)
Math - We are memorizing addition facts and having so much fun using our Math-U-See unit bars. 
Language Arts - Jonathan doesn't see the need for practicing penmanship, but he likes how short our phonics lessons are over at Easy Peasy. Adelle has moved to Switched on Schoolhouse for LA also.
Read Alouds - We finished up Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy and are now in the middle of On the Banks of Plum Creek. 

Thinking Ahead
I pretty much know what my Sugar Bear is going to use for next year's curriculum. I'm a little stuck on what to go with for my Little Man.  

A Photo, Quote or Video to Share
How's about an article to share? Todd Friel of Wretched Radio mentioned an article titled, Clothed in Righteousness by Joni Eareckson Tada. It is sooooo sooooo sooooo good! You must read it. And if you don't know much about Mrs. Tada. Look her up. She has quite the testimony and the Lord uses her physical weaknesses to draw her to Himself. If that's what it takes, that's what it takes. He uses everything necessary to conform His children to the image of His Son, Jesus and most of the time His tools are the difficulties of this weary, broken and depraved life. I pray He conforms me too.

We're Listening to
Did you see my The Scariest Song post? Yeah. We are listening to Sovereign Grace Music for kids. These songs are so Gospel and Bible saturated. You can tell they are specifically for children, but they're not annoying. I get fed the Truth and the Gospel through these songs also!

My kids pick up on songs so quickly. Music is just part of who they are. They come by it so naturally. Being the sponges they are, I felt it necessary to throw out the junk music we had (yes, not all "christian" music is good). We can't just deprive them of everything. They're still going to listen to something, so I bought the Awesome God album, with the intentions to purchase another album every couple of weeks, as we have the means to do so. 

We have to grow them in Truth and music is one way to feed them.  :-)

New Songs I'm Working On
Speaking of what we're listening to....  I'd like to share a couple of fantastic songs I've discovered in these past few weeks. I came across both of these on Sovereign Grace Music

The first one is I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow. The words were written by John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace. Mr. Newton has asked the Lord that he might grow in faith and grace and to seek the Lord more earnestly. God didn't answer his prayer in the way that was to be expected. 

Here's the very last lines of this one:
These inward trials I employ 
From self and pride to set thee free
And break they schemes of earthly joy
That thou mayst find thy all in Me

Isn't that just wonderful?!? I boo-hooed the very first time I heard that song and read those lyrics. My prideful mind and heart needs to learn that God is sovereign and I must comply. Period. 

The other song is a hymn written by Isaac Watts called Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed. I learned that this hymn had a chorus written and added to it and we know it today as At the Cross. This arrangement by SGM is absolutely beautiful and the chorus that was added this time seems to fit more appropriately, both lyrically and musically. I was going to try to wait until closer to Resurrection Sunday to sing it in service, but I don't think I'll be able to. 

My God why would You shed Your blood
So pure and undefiled
To make a sinful one like me
Your chosen, precious child?

Other Things I'm Working on
Well, I started to purge after being inspired by the KonMari method, but I hit a wall. I must continue!

My Wishlist
I was looking for something that would help me teach the kids the Book of Proverbs. I saw that Mildred A. Martin has a written a lot of books for children on this topic. I borrowed Missionary Stories with the Millers, skimmed through to get an idea of Ms. Martin's writing style and liked it. So, my wish list is a follows: Missionary Stories with the Millers; Wisdom and the Millers; Prudence and the Millers; Growing with the Millers and other such books by Mildred A. Martin. 

This was a last minute idea to share. I don't know why I wanted to make this wish list known.

Scripture of the Month
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  ~Galatians 5:16-17

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Scariest Song

Kids are sponges. They are soaking up everything around them, everything they see and hear. It's true! Adelle amazes me in that she can hear a song once or twice, or see a movie once or twice and then she can sing and quote them. 

I have found the best theologically rich children's album ever. The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New. It's by Sovereign Grace Kids, which is produced by Sovereign Grace Music.

I came across Sovereign Grace Music about a month or so ago. All of the songs I've heard by them so far are Biblically sound. They just put out a kids album back in October 2015. The titles on this album are: (Click on the links to hear a sample of each song)

All these songs are absolutely great!, but my favorite one is The Scariest Song. Here are the lyrics:

1.  What's the scariest of woes?
     Some say snakes and some say spiders
     What strikes terror to your toes?
     Some say floods and some say fires
     Some say dentist drills or creepy clowns
     Climbing up or falling down
     But I'll tell you what the scariest around

     Sin -- it's the scariest
     Sin hurts everyone
     Sin -- how it hides in us
     It's all the wrong we've done
     It separates us from our God
     Behind these prison walls
     Oh, sin is the scariest of all

2.  What's the scariest to you?
     Some say living, some say dying
     What's the worst thing you can do?
     Some say failing when they're trying
     Some say getting germs or getting shots
     Getting lost or getting caught
     But I'll tell you what's
     The worst thing we have got

     Since Adam and since Eve
     Sin's spread like a disease
     We know that on our own we cannot beat it
     But though it seeks to kill
     Our God is stronger still
     And only by His grace can we defeat it

I hope you enjoy this song and this album as much we are! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Happy Birthday, Little Man!

Today is Little Man's birthday. I cannot believe he is already 7 years old. Over and over again, I must ask.... WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? 

Both of my children's birth dates have special meanings. Sugar Bear's birth time is even significant, but right now I'd like to talk about Jonathan's noteworthy birth date.....

First, I need to recount (backwards) to get my dates correct:

     *Papa and I were married end of July in 1997.

     *He asked me to marry him end of July in 1996.

     *I was asked to be his girl February of 1995.

     *We started talking Dec. 31, 1994.

Ok. I'm ready now.

As you can see, Mr. Right and I began our friendship on New Year's eve at our youth group lock-in. We talked the entire night. We started to develop our relationship after that, getting to know each other better.  February 15, 1995, he asked me to be "his girl".  

*SMILE*  Cute, right?

Little Man was born February 15, 2009, just past midnight, almost 1:00am. I was in labor all Valentine's Day and hoping for a Valentine baby, but he was born on the day that Papa and I began our relationship.

That's pretty special.  :-D   I like it.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5 Random Things ~ February 3, 2016

It's that time again! I only have a few random things to briefly talk about today. We have been a little busy the last few weeks so it's been difficult to sit down and blog. 

I know I don't have a lot of profound things to say, but I do enjoy sharing about what we're doing and what's been happening in all the areas of this adventure we call life, hoping and praying you can take some kind of encouragement away from these posts. 

Now.... on to some randomness!

1. KC Chiefs
Ah yes. We were in mourning the night the KC Chiefs lost in the first division round of the NFL playoffs. We hung our flag at half staff and kept it there the entire next day. 

2. Chic-fil-A
We got to tour the kitchen @ Chic-fil-A last month. That was quite interesting, though I wish I was allowed to take more than one picture back there. C-f-A uses fresh ingredients and they use only name brand products as they believe they would be taking short cuts and losing flavor if they used "off" brands. 

3. Science
We learned about how living things are made up of cells in science last week. We got the microscope out....  and Mama couldn't figure out how to use the thing, even after we put batteries in it. So we waited until Papa got home. They started exploring at all kinds of things: computer paper, toilet paper, water droplets, Dr. Pepper droplets, etc.... My hunny bunny even tried to get samples from the kids so they could check out their own cell structure. That was the highlight of the week!

4. Celebrate!
We hit our 100th day of school last week! I made (or tried to make) funnel cakes from a funnel cake mix someone gave to me a while back. I thought our 100th day was a perfect time to use it.  (I just won't tell you what time of day we ate the cakes. LOL)

5. Cleaning up
Let the purging begin! 
We have too much stuff. I have been watching videos on youtube about how to begin this process. I found what is called the KonMari method. This method makes sense, however I don't agree with everything this person says, but it is a beginning point and a guide to help me tackle the mess. Decluttering, purging and reorganizing can be a bit overwhelming. KonMari is a great place to start. 

And there you have it. Another random post giving you all kinds of useless information. I will sleep better tonight knowing that you'll sleep better tonight with your head full of my life's details. 


Keep laughing at random things!