Thursday, November 8, 2018

Homeschool Mom Life | Episode #2

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Happy Thursday Friends!!

I am excited to be back again this week with another episode of Homeschool Mom Life. This is a show just for YOU – the homeschool mom.  I hope it will be a weekly dose of encouragement + real life + helpful tips along the way. 

Here are details + links from today’s video…

  • Enrichment Studies Guide – This is what I use as the spine for our Morning Time Feast.
  • Simply Weekly Subjects – This is an excellent blog post + video by Mrs. Sonya Shafer about adding in the feast of Charlotte Mason subjects in your homeschool.  It really only takes a few minutes each week to add in such a rich variety to your homeschool. 

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The highlight of my week was seeing this precious boy baptized.
Nathan James – 12 Years Old

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Just a few favorite things I am enjoying this week.

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We are hoping this downstairs bathroom renovation will be done by the end of this year.

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Little boys with fevers require lots of snuggles.
Bennett Lawson – 4 Years Old

Thanks for tuning in for this week’s episode of Homeschool Mom Life.  My prayer is that this show will be a blessing to you as you walk along on this journey that God has called you and your family to pursue.  If you enjoyed the show today, please leave me a comment and be sure to leave your questions for the next round of q+a time.

Blessings,
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Take A Peek Inside…. Our Fall Book Basket

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Ahhh Autumn…  I just LOVE this time of year and I especially love having fun seasonal books + resources to help my family embrace this special season.  So if you are like me and you love having a fun seasonal basket for your kiddos, let’s dive in and take a peek inside our fall book basket.

Here are details + links from today’s video..

Autumn Books

Early Readers

Picture Books

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Games + Puzzles

We have had some of these things for so long now that I could not find links for them.  Sorry!!

And here is that cute poem that I shared in the video…

Being A Christian is Like Being a Pumpkin

Did I miss any good ones?  I am always looking for more good seasonal books to add to our collection.  Please leave me a comment below letting me know your family’s favorites. 
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Putting The Focus Where It Should Be | Motherhood Monday

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Photo Taken:  November 2016  ~  Bennett Lawson – 2 years old

Coming from the solid base of the home environment where children are treasured, not measured, they will be able to concentrate more on reaching their goals and less on maintaining an image or impressing others.
                                                                                           ~ Mary Pride, Schoolproof

While I have never read this book, I recently came across the quote from Mary Pride and I could not agree with her more.  This idea of being able to instill a love of learning, raising my children so they feel like they are treasured in a safe environment, and so they do not have to focus their attention on a false idea of “image or impressing others” is so very important to me as a mother.  This is one of the top reasons on our family’s list of “why we homeschool” (which reminds me that I totally need to get back to updating that list).  SmileSmileSmile

I am so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to be home with my children everyday (and notice that I never said this was easy) so they are not forced to grow up too early or feel lead to try and look or talk like someone else.  I am grateful that my little boys get to pretend with legos + dinosaurs and my little girls get to play with baby dolls and princess dresses without someone telling them this is not cool or a baby thing to do. 

I am grateful that we get to put the focus on the inward matters of the heart, focusing on God and striving to be more like Jesus Christ while daily teaching + training them to be who He wants them to be – and not what some overpowering peer tell them they should be.  We get to shy away from the outward appearance of trying to look + talk like everyone else in this world.  This is what homeschooling is all about and I am so grateful that our family has been given this gift to create a solid, safe foundation of home where my children are treasured, not measured.

Blessing this week friend,
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Caleb Davis – 11 Years Old, Nathan James – 10 Years Old, Emma Lee – 8 Years Old, Joy Lynn – 6 Years Old,
Merry Layne – 4 Years Old, Bennett Lawson – 2 Years Old, and Lauren Hope – 1 Year Old

These photos were taken while we were visiting the beach during Sea Lab.  It is so hard to believe that we are making plans  + preparing to attend again in just a few short weeks.
Making these memories with my family is precious to me!!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Homeschool Mom Life | Episode #1


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Happy November!!

I am super excited to kick off this month with a new series called Homeschool Mom Life.  It is a show just for you – the homeschool mom.  I hope it will be a weekly dose of encouragement + real life + helpful tips along the way. 

So without further ado….  Let’s get started!!

Here are details + links from today’s video…

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I hope you enjoyed today’s debut episode of Homeschool Mom Life.  My prayer is that this show will be a blessing to you this week as you walk along on this journey that God has called you and your family to pursue.  If you enjoyed the show today, please share it with your friends and tell them that there is now a fun new show JUST FOR HOMESCHOOL MOMS!! 

Blessings,
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Take A Peek Inside… Fall Fun Day 2018

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This past Friday was an annual tradition around here that we like to call Fall Fun Day.  It really is just a day for us to slow down, make fun seasonal crafts, bake yummy treats, and enjoy this glorious time of year. 

In my opinion, one of the big advantages of homeschooling is being to celebrate holidays and all those little in between special days that pop up throughout the year.  Not only do we get to celebrate them “our way” with special family traditions, but we also get to celebrate them according to our convictions and how we feel like the Lord is leading us to raise up our family.  Another huge advantage to this mama of many is that I do not have to stretch myself thin to make it to one child’s activity while I miss a fun class party for the other child.

So let’s dive right in and you guys can join us for this year’s Fall Fun Day 2018…

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Here are links to some of the things that I mentioned in today’s video…

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Fall Dot Marker Activity Sheets

Do A Dot Markers

Crayon Caddy

Draw Write Now – Book 2

Big Sheet Draw and Write Paper

Leaf Man Book

Autumn Playlist – I have a couple of these autumn song mixes here on my Fall Fun Day playlist. 

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Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Fall Diffuser Blend – Citrus Fresh + Cinnamon Bark

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Crayola Fall Colors

The Fox and the Falling Leaves

Pumpkin Pie Math Game

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Draw a Fall Nature Walk in the Woods

Soft Chalk Pastels

12x12 Page Protectors from Becky Higgins

Outdoor Secrets -  This is the nature study that we normally do on Fridays. 

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Pumpkin Pizza from Papa Murphy’s

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Well, that about wraps up our Fall Fun Day this year.  Thanks so much for stopping by our little blog.  I would love to hear some of your family’s favorite fall traditions and what you like to do this time of year. 

Blessings,
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Monday, October 29, 2018

What is your appearance? | Motherhood Monday

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Photo Taken:  Fall Fun Day – October 2013
Joy Lynn – 3 years old + 7 months expecting with Bennett Lawson

I thought my mom’s whole purpose was to be my mom.
That’s how she made me feel.
                             ~ Natasha Gregson Wagner, American actress

I want to ask you a question today?  What is your appearance?  Nope, I am not talking about the pajama pants you are wearing or the mascara smeared under your eyes because you were just too worn out to remove your makeup last night.  I am talking specifically about the way that your children see you. 

My children see me doing so many things daily – household duties, tending to their brothers + sisters, paying bills, answering texts, grading math, running errands, preparing meals, etc…  I could go on for days, right?

But what I hope and pray that they see me doing is keeping my focus on God, growing my relationship with Jesus Christ, loving their Daddy with all that I am, and being available with love + patience + kindness for them in all situations.  My desire is that they know that I am there for them ALL.THE.TIME. 

No, I am not perfect.  I mess up ALL.THE.TIME – but I am a firm believer that if you do not have a goal with your eyes fixed on where you want to be headed, then you will be headed in the opposite direction and end up somewhere that you do not want to be.

So let’s be their Mama first, then we can put on the hat of Homeschool Teacher, Chore Checker, Drama Coach, etc….

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