Shuffle Time

Sparkles and Daddy off to a princess birthday party

Sparkles and Daddy off to a princess birthday party

mobile school in the VA office

mobile school in the VA office

Sparkles crying because she finished her math book

Sparkles crying because she finished her math book

The past couple of weeks has kept us busy. The kids are gradually finishing up their school material for 2012/2013 school year. JR is the only one with school work left. He is finishing up his last chapter of math. As each one finished I give them a Brain Quest or Bridging workbooks to begin for review and to keep us in the “school-time” habit. I am considering year round schooling and need something to have them work on until we begin our summer session on weak areas. I am very happy with our first year of homeschooling and just need some time to evaluate the year and make changes based on their needs and gather material for next year. My biggest question right now is do I hold them to a regular school year calendar or just let them go academically? JR is ready for second grade but all of his peers are still in Kindergarten. Oldest wants to begin fourth grade work now. I am struggling with this dilemma at the moment. For now, during our little break, I plan to get Littlest potty trained…no fun…blah!

with my sweet, sweet friend

with my sweet, sweet friend

I did get to go see my friend who lives near Nashville. Her husband tried to throw her a secret birthday party. I get the feeling there are few secrets around her. Anyway, she is a joy to know and is one of the sweetest (and prettiest) people I personally know. I took my brother and the younger three to the party with me. My husband and Oldest spent the day together at Sharp Shooters training. I hope to see her again this year and not wait another four years. The kids and I had a great time visiting and playing. I needed the time with friends and I am glad that my husband didn’t let me talk myself out of going despite the obstacles. I love my husband, he is the best.

the turkeys

the turkeys

We enjoyed the First Homeschool Days at Land Between the Lakes (LBL). The kids learned about owls and got to see a Barn Owl during the presentation time. The owl had been injured by a car and was now being cared for at LBL. Even Littlest sat with all of the other children and listened to the talk about owls. I am hoping for many more Homeschooling Days at LBL. My favorite part of the day was when the turkeys startled all of the kids with their gobbling. Everyone backed away from the fence right away and I’m sure I heard a few screams! It was really funny to watch.

We have been busy. Most of what keeps me busy is fun and enjoyable. Some of it…well…not so much. I need some quiet time…just not sure how to find the time.

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8 thoughts on “Shuffle Time

  1. I LOVED all the pictures! Your daughter’s emotional response to finishing well in math was really touching. She is such a sweet little girl! I told you homeschooling was an amazing and rewarding adventure. **wink wink**

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  2. God has certainly endowed you to be Superwoman! That’s the only reasoning for all you successfully accomplish! Well done, my friend, well done! Blessings and I’m still fervently praying!

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    1. I do not feel like superwoman today…not sure that I ever have. Today I am very sick. I feel like I hit a brick wall and lost. Right now I am pround of my oldest who stepped up to be Mr. Mom and school teacher for his siblings. I do have a virus but I think part of my health failure today is falling to a stress that I cannot physically handle. I am soul tired and so heartsick. I think Jesus is reminding me that moms do breakdown sometimes and trying to do everything myself is not healthy physically or spiritually…subjects you have been teaching us. I just need to learn to listen before I crash into the wall…

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      1. You do not have to be superwoman. Do what you can. Rest when you have need. Walk away from those things you know you should so you can pour yourself into those things the Lord has put in your care. Above all else, pray for the wisdom to know all these things knowing that in the end…

        your children will arise and call you blessed;
        your husband also, and he praises you:
        ~Proverbs 31:28

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    1. After completing Kindergarten in public school my daughter was convinced she was never going to be smart…she just accepted that she was stupid. I was so upset because she is a bright girl and very eager to learn. Math was our struggle subject this year…and it was a struggle but she eventually let go of everything she was told and discovered for herself that she could learn and complete her math. She now loves math and was crushed that she had finished the book.

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