Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Homeschooling Mother’s Journal~ Week 8

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

Last week I confessed that I was ready for some home time. It just seems like we can get so busy so fast sometimes! When I began homeschooling my kids 12 years ago, I imagined quiet days at home, doing our schooling around the table. What a change it’s been! Not that we’ve never had the ideal homeschool setting, it’s just that the ideal setting changes with each new season of life.

I did get one day at home this week. I can’t remember the last time that happened but for one entire day I didn’t step foot in my van. Bliss, I tell you. Pure bliss.

In our homeschool this week...

I’ve met just a bit of resistance as my son announced “… everyone knows the world is going to end in 2012, so tell me why I need to know this stuff ?”  *sigh* This is the same child that told me shortly after we started school when he was six years old that “…if  Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned, he wouldn’t have to do school work!” Bless his heart. You just gotta love him. *smile*

Places we're going and people we're seeing...

As a family, we had a fun day after church rummaging through some of the local antique stores. I was able to pick up a couple Landmark books that we collect and my daughter, the photography buff, bought an old camera to decorate her room with. 

My kids have resumed the ballroom dancing classes, have begun attending church on Wednesday night with the youth and are planning to go to the movies with some of their friends this weekend to see Rango. I’m wondering how on earth they became old enough to do those things without me?

My favorite thing this week was...

Attending a missions fair that our church held on Sunday. We’ve all been praying about ways that we could serve our church and our community for the past few weeks and were thrilled to find the exact program that my husband has wanted for years! He and the boys will be setting off on their first assignment close to home soon!

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

This isn’t really homeschooling but it does apply to the socialization aspect. I’ve never been one of those parent’s that felt my kids were missing out by not being in school. I’ve even thought of how terrible some of those events were in the first place. Like Prom. Is it really that big of deal? I can tell you from my experience that going to prom was a chance for kids to act like grown-ups in ways that they shouldn’t. Why would any parent in their right mind allow their child to go to prom?

Well, my kids want to go to prom. Not with dates. Together as siblings with a group of friends. Not as boy and girl more like part of a collective group.  And you know what? My husband and I have talked about it extensively, we’ve talked to the kids about it and we’ve decided okay. I’ve become that parent and surprisingly, I’m okay with that. 

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...

May this encourage all of us to crack open those spelling books with our children!

Until next week ~ Happy Homeschooling!


  1. Ah, God grows us all in different Prom/not to Prom....ahhh....the question we all have to face and decide. I have several years before I get there....and I have found that when I say NEVER God changes his sense of humor and how he grows me to him for his glory! Blessings and peace!

  2. My son has those same types of questions and comments!

  3. @ Rebecca- Yeah, never say never-- that's the hard one. :)

    @ Living Free- Sometimes it's those questions that really drive me nuts. When he pulled the last one I just had to laugh. We'll see what kind of excuse he comes up with next to try to get out of school work. lol

  4. I was over here, visiting your blog, when a note popped up in my e-mail that you had left a comment on mine. Too bad - just think, we could have been enjoying our morning coffee together. :) Have a great weekend!

  5. hmm...have to admit I never thought of the Prom issue (yet)....hope your weekend is blessed!

  6. I really wish I had that nifty feature that allowed me to respond to all the comments individually! In the meantime....

    @Heidi-- I think you are too funny. Maybe we'll just have to plan that. A cup of morning coffee with a friend, love it! :)

    @Melisa-- I wouldn't put too much energy into thinking about Prom now, if you're like me you'll change your mind anyway. :(

  7. lol at what your son said. Elayna will say, "Why did God have to give us a choice! I wish HE would just make me be good!" lol

  8. @Jenilee- Kids do say the darndest things, don't they? Too cute! :)

  9. Hello~LOVE your Etsy name you came up with!! AND those gorgeous pressed penny bracelets! HOW very cool! I support you, Sister in that kids at a certain age can make some pretty good decisions~HOPE they have a great time!

  10. I collect Landmarks too, it is delightful to find one I don't have yet and bring it home to join it's mates. Our oldest is a freshman, prom has yet to come up but I love the idea your kids have to go as a collective. :)

  11. LOVE the video! Sure hope that lady made out all right.

  12. Very funny video! Lol! Your son's comments about school sound like things that my own young guy likes to tell me! Hope you have a good week!


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