Monday, December 1, 2014

                                      Thanksgiving 2014
A journey with our International student has been rewarding, educational & most times very humorous. Many people wonder why we would embrace this experience with so many children at home and that is the very reason why we have. Not only did we feel this was the Lords calling but also a time for us to learn about another culture and for another culture to be able to experience the American life style with a large family.
    I would encourage anyone to open their home to those who may have doubts or questions about a families values or traditions or even a curiosity as to what a family in America may do on a day to day bases. Opening our home has allowed our International student the opportunity to witness first hand all that is involved in providing for a large family but also the dedication it takes and the man power to accomplish so much in a day. Homeschooling in other counties is not looked upon as a positive alternative to educating children and in most not legal outside of the US. There may or may not be a language barrier but that to can be something that could be used by the Lord to become a relationship builder that will hopefully last a lifetime. Whether your International student is for a semester or a few years take every opportunity to be a powerful role model to them. You never know what doors could be opened if you are willing to sacrifice your time.


Monday, September 8, 2014

              In Hopes Of More Is Expecting

Thursday, September 4, 2014

         Avoiding Burn Out!!!!!!
Key tips: Avoid becoming to over loaded and losing our drive to carry on.
  1. Make time for everyday bible readings
  2. Journal your vision for homeschooling
  3. Evaluate your goals
  4. Fellowship with like Christians
  5. Avoid isolation/ Leads to a loss of objectivity
  6. Take care of your self physically
  7. Schedule an hour of quiet time
  8. Reevaluate your time and your commitments
  9. Collect words of encouragement
  10. Learn something new
  11. Break your routine
  12. Change your teaching approach
  13. Take needed breaks
  14. Have Fun
  15. Keep a gratitude Journal
  16. Share your appreciation
  17. Refocus
  18. Concentrate on schedule blocks
  19. Tidy in short bursts
  20. Have a chore system established
  21. Create a meal plan and grocery list
  22. Utilize older children
  23. Don't over estimate the ability of your older helpers
I love playing 21 pick up with my children when we need to just tidy up a bit, no pressure, just everyone grab something. Of course, everything has to be put in it's specific place but if you are a homeschool mom, you know how fast items gather on one table or the floor after preschoolers ransack the place. LOL
If chores are done on a schedule then they won't back up as much. We break up our day into larger segments. We have found it works well. We use meals as natural breaks between times of morning work and afternoon work. Our kids know what work needs accomplished prior to lunch and then after lunch. I love taking the time in the afternoon to work more one on one with our children. Whatever your schedule, make it work for you. All homeschooling is unique to each home.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Modesty in the Purest Form

The Quality of........

1 John 3:3

 Modesty and it's array of colors...... From your most inward emotions surrounding your mind, body, soul and spirit, to your outward appearance. All of which can capture the heart of many when conveyed in a virtuous way. It's a priceless gem of righteousness and innocence.  Contagious!!! One that can be modeled after, respected and valued but not tamed by force. It begins with the heart and lead by example at a young age. Looking, discerning, and acknowledging the true meaning of what modesty truly is and how to embrace it. Gasping the beauty in which God made us, unique in every way. God has equipped us with desires that, when used rightly, bring fulfillment. He desires that your modest appearance motivate people to turn their hearts to him and to have a clear picture of who you truly are, not only on the outside but inside too.

The way a person carries themselves is important and should compliment their heart.

Being virtuous means having convictions that will be carried out and stand strong in the face of adversity, not wavering, or faulting and to have infectious reverence. Seeing our bodies as sacred . Imagine a princess, her beautiful hair, gown, even her whole attire, and that beauty beaming from her heart, and spirit, and form. Or a Knight, strong, steadfast and courageous also looked upon as a "Man of Modesty."

One who is interested in only being viewed as a gentle creature. One who is also known as a man of conviction, and who is created in the image of God. Dressed to impress in the most appropriate way. 
Whether your male or female, gender doesn't matter. We all can practice modesty and set the standards for which we may be viewed. Our desire should be to outwardly present ourselves as respectable, driven, highly valued individuals who don't compare one another, but who sets the bar high.
Utilize books such as....
Personal Help for Girls, Nurturing a Sweet and Virtuous Spirit
From Pearables
A Young Women Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus
The Ultimate Guys Body Book
God's Will for My Body by John Coblentz
The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop
The Squire and the Scroll by Jennie Bishop
Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot
Secret Keepers: The Delicate Power of Modesty by
Dannah Gresh
Personal Help for Boys by Pearables
Christian Manhood by Gary Maldaner

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

       Godly Glimpses Post : My Journey of 11
Check out this wonderfully creative blog that offers so much insight for mothers. Just another opportunity to be inspired.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Two weeks into our 2014-2015 school year we are settling into our routine. Working out the kinks, and trying to find our groove sort of speak. But on a average day we wake to things in it's place, quiet, not a peep insight, books arranged just so, and papers all stacked and ready to go but then

Over the course of ten years I have learned to embrace change, go with the flow and just refrain from unlimited, unrealistic expectation's.  Reality is our house is going to get a mess, things are going to gather in places you'd rather them not but at he end of the day what is most important. 90% of my day is toning down my children to that somewhat quiet indoor voice and doing my best to keep them engaged in that few minute window of opportunity them give me. (Preschoolers) But in the same respect finding that balance with my highschoolers.

With 11 children from precollege to toddler you find what works for you family, and you don't look back at the things that didn't work, always moving forward, enjoying the baby steps, rejoicing in the victories, and saying goodbye to the strong hold homeschooling can put you in. Feeling bogged down, frustrated, annoyed, all of which is where SATAN wants us in our journey. Lets get back to our first love of homeschooling and stay the course in which the Lord has called us to. Being confident he will fill those gaps and quiet that ever so silent voice that keeps you awake at night.
Those words" Am I doing enough, am I challenging them, am I leaving anything out"
Rid them from your mind and know with confidence you are the best gift for your children's education. Taylor every aspect of your home to fit your families needs. Meanwhile, seeking the Lord for guidance. At end of the day your glory and the glory of all you have accomplished will shine thru, if only perseverance then you have crossed the first battle.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Modesty, Courtship, Purity
A Matter of the Heart
Coming Soon

                  In Hopes Of More, Wishing you
                  the best 2014 School Year Ever

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Look Into Our 2014 School Year

From Precollege to Toddler

                         A new year, new curriculum's & fresh attitudes

Math- Teaching Textbooks/Geometry, Your Checking Account By Walsh Publishing

Basic English- Easy Writing by Easy Grammar, More Reading Comprehension by Jane Ervin, Grammar & Composition by Carolyn Kane, 500 Key Words for The SAT by Charles Gulotta

Pre College- Dual Credit Courses- ENG COMP

Science- Trail Guide To The Body, Anatomy & Physiology for Health Professions

Government- Magruder's American Government, Painless American Government (Barron's) by Jeffery Strausser

Literature- Total Language Arts- Pride & Prejudice, Lord of the Flies, Audio- Pilgrim's Progress

Bible- Expository Teaching, Character Reading/ Being Faithful to Your Future Spouse, Keeping Yourself Pure, What He Must Be if He Wants to Mary My Daughter, Spiritual Leadership by Sandi Queen, Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby & Claude V. King

Extra Curricular- Ballroom Dancing, Civil War Reenactment, AACHE Basketball, Part Time Jobs, Mentoring Within the Home 

Goals- Prepare for SAT or ACT, Evaluate 4 Year Plan, College Visits, Save Money

Math- Teaching Textbooks/ PreAlgebra

English- Easy Grammar Plus, 500 Key Words for The SAT by Charles Gulotta, Spelling Power

Literature- Total Language Plus/ Anne of Green Gables

Science-Exploring Creation With Zoology by Apologia Science


Character Building- Personal Help for Girls by Parables, Expository teaching

Goals-Working toward a positive outreach for her disability, Becoming more self-sufficient


Math- Saxon and worksheets from Math U See for down time

English- Easy Grammar and Phonics -Explode the Code
Spelling Power, Rod and Staff

A Reason for Handwriting and coping memory verses, printable pages from online

History-  A Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer, History Stories for our Children by Christian Liberty Press, A Child's Story of America, and American history Through people Who Looked to the Lord by Margaret Whitaker ages 8-12 , Library videos                                                         

Science- Videos- The Nature of God and Exploring his Creation, Discover and Do through Sonlight, That Amazing Flight, I Wonder Why books, Earth and Space by Christian Kids Explore, The Magic School Bus Chapter Books, Christian Liberty Nature Readers

Literature- Pathway Readers, Classic Starts- The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Time Machine, Gulliver's Travels and the Classic Unit Literature studies from Confessions of a Homeschooler to go along with each reader.

Bible- Expository Teachings, Character Trails by Marilyn Boyer, and Kids of Character Bible Study also by Marilyn Boyer, The Animated Stories from the bible videos.


Math - Math U See, and printable worksheets

English- Spelling Power, Sight Words, Explode the Code, Alpha Phonics by Samuel Blumenfeld, and Step by Step Phonics by Laurie Bell from back to the basics Publishing, Bob Books

Literature- Pathway Readers

Science - Same Videos and readers as those in Elementary

History- History for Little Pilgrims

Handwriting- A Reason for Handwriting





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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

 In Hopes Of More Goes Canning

           I Have a confession, I luv my Garden!!!!!

Green Beans, Corn
Onions, Zucc. Cabbage
Lettuce, Peppers, Tomatoes, squash, etc.

Here are the key ingredients
for canning SUN PICKLES
you don't have to pressure can or water bath them.
Fresh Garlic, Dill
Canning Salt
and Alum







                          ENJOY OUR FAVORITE RECIPE:

1/2 C White Vinegar, 1/8 C Pickling Salt, 1/8 tea Alum, 1/2 cup purified water, Fresh Dill , garlic Buds and Cucumbers

Put Vinegar, Salt, Alum in clean Quart jars, Swirl jar till all is dissolved and clear, Add 1/2 C water and two buds of garlic, pack pickles tight at bottom, (we cut into spears) and then add Dill even the stems if you'd like, Fill remainder of the jars with water. Put on lids, tight, and set in sun for three days, every day turn jar and swirl
after 3rd day refrigerate.