Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Joy!



This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekly rewind & encouragement!!! ~ Slowing down!


This week I made a bigger dent in packing up and organizing our homeschool room for the upcoming school year, though still not close to being done. However, I did finish putting together Abigail's portfolio of her school year!! I know I have two months to get this done, but I know how fast the next two months will go by, with friends visiting, VBS, summer activities, kids sports, and enjoying being outside! So I am really trying to get it done soon, however the motivation part of doing it has not been helpful on my part. I guess that tells you that we are enjoying our much needed break of homeschooling, however it is worth it! Homeschooling has brought some changes to our family and my personal time, but I wouldn't change that time that I get to invest into my children, plus the many added benefits! Summers are meant for relaxing, right! Also because I don't have it on my daily planner to get the homeschool organized that is why it is taking me longer. That is OK with me!

This week has been a little quieter too, not as much on our schedule and you now what that is perfectly OK with me! We got to enjoy a little down time and friend time, and extra reading time! Which is really OK with me!

We survived the dentist appointments this time. I have one child who is a little sensitive to any type of doctor appointments. This is first time we walked out with no one freaking out, yay!! I am not sure what it was that helped: oils, little Dunkin Donuts bribery, and some prayers, but I am just super OK with it all because it was a pleasant time and I personally am not a fan of dentist offices! 

Personally I don't really have much of anything worth writing or sharing about this week and that too is OK with me!

Snapshots of the week:
Kiddos had haircuts last Friday, Abigail got 4 inches cut off!
AWANA Awards night, proud of them!!

Enjoying a day out at the lake and went to check out a craft show!

My tball man!!
Somebody got a new dress and is ready to go to her dentist appointment!
Cool sunglasses for a cool kid for doing great at his dentist appointment!!
 
Encouraging reads:


Never thought about like this, but yes! If you ever wonder whether you’re important and valuable, think about this: http://motheringfromscratch.com/2015/05/14/strong-family/

Slow traffic, a sick child, or a costly home repair may not seem like important tools in our sanctification, but they are. We often overlook these interruptions and inconveniences and instead expect God to work in our lives through huge life-changing circumstances. But the reality is, we won’t often have major events in our life that cause us to trust God and obey him in some deeply profound way. We won’t be called to build an ark or take an only child up Mt. Moriah. Rather, it’s in these small frustrations and interruptions, the little things in our life, where we are given opportunities to rely on God, to obey him, and bring him glory. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/when-god-interrupts-your-plans

Just take a look at how many kinds of flowers there are, how each sunset varies from the next, how every snowflake that falls is one of a kind. We look at “perfect” as fitting into someone else’s mold. The perfect wife. The perfect mother. The perfect employee. But God says you’re one of a kind. He wants you to become more of who He created you to be, not a copy of someone else. http://holleygerth.com/dare-to-be-you/

It’s hard. I know it is. But it’s harder to do it your own way. Surrender is easier than sacrifice. Grace is more beautiful than works. http://intentionalbygrace.com/give-yourself-grace/

Good read…Why Christians are Losing the Culture War http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2015/05/why-christians-are-losing-the-culture-war/


These are some of the reasons we will switch to year around after the following school year http://creeksidelearning.com/homeschooling-year-round/

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekly rewind & encouragement! ~ Adventures, packing, and butterflies!

After looking at our homeschool room for close to two weeks, I decided to start putting away our curriculum we finished this year and organize it for little man to use in two years. It is work doing that, cleaning up, filing school work and projects completed, and packing up. When I get that completed, and it will take me a while, as I am just doing a little here and there, I then need to organize and plan our curriculum for the upcoming school year. The plan is to start August 3.

The first half of the week we had Ryan's mom and step dad staying with us. We enjoyed some family time. The kids love it when they can spend time with their grandparents, as they don't get to see them much. We are always sad to see them leave. We ventured to Discovery Park and had some fun exploring and learning! Aidan had two tball games this week. A couple friends and I attended the WOW (Women of Worth) event this week. It was a lovely time hanging out with peeps, heard some great testimonies and fun entertainment.

The message I took away from the women's night, was that our best days are ahead of us! Oh how true that is, we need to live like that and believe it!

Another thing she spoke on and suggested we make is a butterfly list, not a bucket list! A butterfly list is those things that bring you joy/butterflies to your stomach! So I have done much pondering on that this week and some of those would be: explore more and try new things (so I will pray for courage to do those), take time to enjoy crafting even though I am not good at it (so I will pray for childlike heart), to love more and not hold back (pray for peace and understanding). All those things give me butterflies, new things, an accomplished fun project, love like no tomorrow! It will take work to do some of these things, but I know that God wants us living in complete joy, to enjoy the life He has blessed us with. So what are some things that you would put on your butterfly list? I need to sit down and make mine a little more detailed, but it is a start!


Pics of the week:








Encouraging Reads:


The things that help us feel safe are the same things that can put us at greatest risk. You are braver, stronger, more capable than you know. http://holleygerth.com/keep-trying-friend/

Like this girl lives inside my head! Such a simple message, but deep! "Maybe today, instead of another mental checklist of all the ways you’ll better yourself, of all the ways you’ll “do better” this week, maybe just meditate on the life-transforming love of God, as revealed to us in His Word."http://www.karipatterson.com/god-loves-you/

Because God forbid, you don’t get a roof over your head, food on your table and the safety of no bullets shattering your windows because you deserve more — you only get all that so that you get to serve more. God forbid, you don’t get to live a comfortable life because you’re better — you only get your life so you get to make someone else’s life better with a bit of comfort. God forbidyou don’t want to climb a ladder up to the American dream, when you could throw a lifeline down to people living your worst nightmare. This is your possible choice. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2015/05/into-iraq-2-what-the-news-isnt-telling-you-why-we-cant-afford-to-pretend-its-not-happening-sozans-impossible-choice-and-our-very-possible-one/

"I wonder what people would think if they really knew what we believed and how we lived, that we are pretty out of the box and free to enjoy life." So, how about you? In the box or out?  http://sallyclarkson.com/living-out-of-the-box-upsets-people-but-leads-to-freedom/



Yes I agree….” Isn’t funny that I thought when we started homeschooling, I was prepared for my children to learn, yet I never expected to be the student many days.” http://theendinmind.net/lessons-i-have-learned-on-this-homeschooling-journey/

Though it’s not all rainbows, I wouldn’t change this for the world.  Despite any challenges or insecurities, the joy we experience and the benefits to our lifestyle far outweigh any other decision we would possibly make. http://www.simplylindseyloo.com/the-nitty-gritty-truth-about-homeschooling/