This week was full of blessings, blessed with an abundant amount of food, friends and beautiful fall weather! For the last couple years I take time to look back each day and count my blessings, it really is the best way to focus on the positives and live joyfully! God provides us with blessings all the time, so look for them and thank HIM! Oh how HE loves us! Our neighbors invited us over and the kids enjoyed riding horses this week and playing with new friends. I enjoyed seeing some beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and wildlife. Our new home has been perfect for this! Oh and the moon on Wednesday night was so beautiful, my phone camera didn't capture the lovely glow (so I think it's time for a real camera). I probably would have missed the moon, had we not been driving back from the doctors office. The kids crashed on their bikes, thank goodness for bike helmets, however in that process Abigail's pinky nail was pulled off, yes ouch and oh so traumatic, but it will be OK. It could have been much worse.
We had a great week in school, it was a short week, but we were able to knock out a full week, loving the new way we have been doing things and it appears the kids do too! I so enjoyed listening to Julie from Brave Writer talk about putting people first in homeschooling or as she calls it home educating. My type A personality sometimes gets in the way of doing what really matters, it really is a struggle y'all. I know some peole would love to be super organized and be able to plan, but it causes me sometimes to lack the fun-factor. Being married to a railroader as helped me a lot in learning that you can't always plan. I loved what she said about using our personalities we were born with and not fighting them, and gave some tips to help bring in some of what we type A people lack. Oh what a relief it was to hear I am not the only one who struggles with a type A personality. She also talked about those who don't like to plan or schedule, I guess you call them type B.
What I am learning from this, is God has created us all with different strengths and weaknesses, we just need to use them for His glory! No one's journey with God will look the same, nor will our homeschools. Just like our kids are each different. So let's encourage and help one another in our journey's! It is why God placed us here, He made us for relationships. Just remember your first relationship should be with our Lord, get to know Him. It makes the journey so much easier and full of joy!
Anyhow, take a listen to helpful information to being a great "home-educator", anyone will benefit from it, not just homeschoolers: https://katch.me/BraveWriter/v/77f3590a-6e6d-3bd6-92b4-42de2e887564
Pics of the week:
|My awesome hubby put up our Christmas lights!!|
|My hubby training up our children right, a little target practice!|
|Little man working hard!|
|Horse riding fun, with a new friend!|
|New neighbors, birds moving in our bird house!|
|The beautiful moon this week!|
|A beautiful sunset at our home this week!|
Encouraging reads of the week:
Yes, parenting is hard. Especially when we’re doing it right. http://wearethatfamily.com/2015/09/parenting-is-hard-especially-when-youre-doing-it-right
Her story, so relatable, love this and yes, don’t want to miss this…But today there is gratitude and joy, and there are these people who I hoped for so hard that I thought I might come apart if I never met them. I have all I need right now, and I don’t want to miss it. https://quillandcamera.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/before-after-and-right-now/