Friday, May 13, 2011

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal~ Week 17

 

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

I invested hours and hours of time making some changes to my only to loose it all when Blogger went haywire. Ugghhh…I only hope that it comes back up this weekend so I don’t have to redo all the html. My eyes are still crossed.  

In our homeschool this week…

Well, I told you what I was up to. My kids were basically on their own. That’s okay – they’re teenagers, remember? We did get together for some bible time and to continue reading God’s Smuggler, a story told by Brother Andrew.  If we were consistent about our family read aloud time we’d have it finished by now and have already moved on but we’re savoring this book. We all love it (even if my daughter would rather read it herself).    

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We’re heading somewhere very special this weekend! Tomorrow is GAME DAY! Yep, my boys’ are going to play their first football game near Atlanta. They’re really excited. They are also excited that the Jamboree wraps up the spring football clinic. They’ll have a bit of time off until they begin summer football, then fall football. Sigh…I dream of football.  

My favorite thing this week was…

Mother’s Day! My kids were so wonderful! They each spent their own money to buy me bouquets of flowers, a scented candle, and decorative keepsake box. I was really surprised. After church my family wanted to take me out to eat but since it was my choice we got carryout from Zaxby’s.  We were going to watch a movie but on our way to the theater I got sick. SICK, can you believe that? The kids didn’t even act disappointed, they grabbed a movie from Redbox and some snacks from Walmart and had our movie night at home.  I just love my family.

What’s working/not working for us…

This really has nothing to do with homeschooling per se, but I’m going to throw it out there. Having two new drivers in the house is taking some getting used to. I was alright with them driving to the Y which is five minutes away on a clear, sunny day. I was kind of alright when they wanted to drive a bit further and go to the mall down the road. I was not okay when they wanted to drive to football practice by themselves on the Interstate. But I held my breath, said a pray and watched them drive away. I was not okay when they wanted to drop a friend off on the way home from football practice. But my husband reminded me that they’d been driving for almost a year before they got their license. They would make that step sometime. I was not okay when they wanted to go to the movies after football practice and I knew they’d be driving in the dark (even though they’ve done both WITH me in the car)! And I was certainly not okay when  they wanted to drive in the dark AND in the rain! Every step forward sent me reeling. And I thought it was hard to watch them ride their bike for the first time without training wheels! Driving is a whole new dynamic. In the midst of one of those moments, I opened my email and found a reassuring message from a dear friend reminding me of Psalm 91 and especially of the verses that she prays over her children- (who happen to be older than mine, some already  on their own)-  

9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
   and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
   no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 

Comforting words from an older sister in the Lord who’s already walked through the steps of loosening her grip that I’m now also facing.  

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I’m beginning to plan for next year. We aren’t quite where we should be in math. I wonder what the record is for how many programs a person could complete in one year. Anyone?

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

Where we’re headed….

our road trip

 

Don’t forget to stop by The Homeschool Chick to be encouraged by other journal entries or to add one of your own.

Until next week ~ Happy Homeschooling!

8 comments:

  1. I had to laugh over your description of worrying about your kids driving. Oh how that brought back memories for me when my two older ones were preparing to leave the nest. Great advice from your friend, you will find yourself reflecting and praying that many times!

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  2. I knew someone out there would relate! :)

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  3.  My older two are young adults with cars of their own... my youngest though, who is 12, she is the one I worry the most about anyway. yikes... SCARED for the day when she drives... 

    I was sick on mother's day too! my family totally rolled with the punches though... 

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  4.  I have two drivers too.  I was worried initially but I realized I shouldn't worry when one of them had to drive me home in a snow storm.  I was stuck and he and my husband helped me get out.  I couldn't believe my baby was saving me.  They are both in college now and without cars.  When they come home in the summer, they use the car to be with their friends sometimes.  They've driven on the beltway late at night coming from Virginia to our home in Maryland.  That was the worst!  Anyway, they mainly use the car for their jobs in the summer.  They are not foolish in how they drive.  I have prayed every week for their safety - driving or not.  Keep up with your prayers and the Lord will put your mind at ease.

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  5. Uggh, I had the same problem with blogger, and I just can't face redoing my posts yet... Sigh. Good luck at the football game. What a lovely Mother's Day. And oh, I will never be ready for a driving teen. Never... Good luck!

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  6. I have one more to hit the rank of driver in my home. She'll be 15 in
    September and counting down until she can get her permit. I have to say that
    I am more than a bit nervous. :)

    Hope you weren't sick too long on Mother's Day, fortunately, by Monday I
    felt back to normal.

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  7. You know the one thing I don't miss about living in Ohio? The snow! lol I
    never did like driving in the white stuff. When it snows in the South, the
    rumors you may hear really are true-- they do shut down everything.

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  8. I did sit down and redo everything on my blog. Thankfully I'd saved
    everything. I use LiveWriter for my posts so I could actually retrieve them
    that way and a friend of mine gave me an awesome tip. Be sure to subscribe
    to your own blog and if all else fails you copy your posts from your feed. I
    do that but would never have thought of that on my own. :)

    Having a teen driver is wonderful when you need something from the store! If
    it's daylight and sunny, of course! lol

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