Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Rewind - Counting blessings and Learning

We had another great week at Raising Arrows!! This homeschool journey blesses my life so much! Years ago I wanted to go to school to become a teacher, but another opportunity arose that I took and right before I found out I was pregnant with our second I had planned to go back to school for early education, well being pregnant put a stop to that for me. As I knew having a toddler and being pregnant was not the right timing. Well all those things I desired to want to do, have finally happened. God gives us dreams and desires, but HIS plan were different then mine (oh and if you are looking for a great book about God's desires for you read Longing for Paris). HE was preparing me for homeschooling my little one's! There have been trying moments on this journey we are taking, but God has given me friends in this journey to encourage me and most important HIM to rely on when I am feeling defeated. That isn't just in homeschooling, it is in my everyday life too!!

We also had another great day at co-op and enjoyed pizza day, and some people worry that homeschoolers are not "socialized" or know how to relate in being in the "outside" world. This week we finished up learning about people of the world, I even learned a few things. It is eye opening to see all the different type of people that live on the earth. We learned about their beliefs and traditions. We also learned about how people live and survive in different parts of the world. One fact that really stuck out to us, is that at least 50% of the people living on this earth do not get enough food to eat in a day. I was aware that there is large portion that live in poverty and are starving, just didn't realize it was that high! We have are so thankful for organizations like Kids Against Hunger and friends of ours that our missionaries. We have been involved with helping but it just made me realize there is so much more to be done and if we all just provided or helped in some way, it would change many, many more lives.

This week I messaged a friend and said I feel like I am under a bus, the weight of a hurt was weighing heavy on my heart. However, she knew the right words I needed and was there to encourage me. Thankful for her and she knows just the right way to make me smile. Not all can do that! Each of us was placed on this earth for someone! Yes we all need each other, but we can not relate to all. Each of our walks are different, so don't be afraid to share your story and reach out to someone, you may just be that someone they need!

God thank you for opening my eyes to so much this week, for friendships, and for the beautiful weather we had. So much to be thankful for!!

Pics of the week:
Abigail loves to read!

Aidan is starting to love reading, in short amounts!

This girl lost two teeth in less than two days, tooth fairy is broke!

Enjoying a beautiful day out at the dam!

Painting fun!

Encouraging reads:

It’s true those who try to steal joy are hard people to love – but the cliche of “hurting people hurt people” is also true. Joy-stealers are still in the dark – as we once were, too.

Just love this, so good…If the enemy can capture our hearts and fill it full of untruths about our identity in Jesus, he’s won the battle. We cannot mother well if we don’t know that we know that we know that Jesus has chosen us and equipped us for this work called mothering. And we can’t know that if we waiver on the simple truth that Jesus loves us with wild abandon and He loves our children with the same love. So instead of giving you a How-To list, I’m going to give you a Things To Remember list. How’s that?

In these times, He doesn’t let us go. God calls us to wait, He calls us to be patient. He meets us in this place. No matter what this season looks like, we are covered in abundant amounts of grace. Grace covers all things. Even in the darkness when we can’t see the light. He longs to lift us up and bring us to His light.

We need women who pour into our lives and allow us to know and love them. Friendships are no small thing — in fact, they are hugely important.

Homeschooling can be a source of great joy, but it is also a lot of work and a serious responsibility.  The act of buying flowers to commemorate another step in the journey is a way to acknowledge that homeschooling is significant and important in your life

Homeschooling is a wonderful form of education. I love it. (Well, not always.) But here are few reasons you might *not* want to do it:

Dear homeschooling-mama (including me), let us keep eternity in the forefront of our minds as we guide our dear students.

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