Monthly Archives: September 2013

Otherwise known as Andersen Academy

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20130912-184302.jpgLet me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. (in best Indigo Montoya voice) Our first few weeks of school have flown by and have been very exciting! Johnny finished four Math tests receiving a 100% on each one! Kaitlyn has learned about grouping numbers together in addition, and she has learned how to alphabetize words. We started Co Op again! I have learned to relax and enjoy every day (so far) savoring each moment of school time with my kids, and that has spilled over into our regular life as well. We have been so blessed!

This week, on Wednesday, we welcomed a new student: My nephew, Preston! Johnny attended Turner’s Tutoring to get ready for his math test with his Aunt Cheryl. Preston joined Kaitlyn and I for his first official day of K5. A fun time was had by all! Kaitlyn held the title Assistant Teacher for the day and thoroughly enjoyed reading Preston’s Bible lesson to him, as well as writing his math problems on the board for him to solve using pennies, and watching him pull prizes out of the prize box!
Through all this God provided several needed experiences. Kaitlyn got to be the big sister, Johnny got to relax and learn math in a fun and hands on and different kind of way that is showing him how to think in a new way, Preston got to go away to school and have fun at our house with out his siblings!
Homeschooling really does enable us to meet our kids’ needs based on their individuality. They learn self reliance (aka self discipline based on depending on God) working well with others, appreciation for the friends God gives them, a safe platform on which to learn how to deal with bullies or those who they have personality differences with, and a trust for their parents and love for their families. Their strengths are supported, their interests encouraged, and their needs met. They are sheltered and protected but not hermitized. It isn’t conventional but the tradition is special. I have seen God provide my kids with everything they need with out subjecting them to the laundry list of pitfalls and hardships that can come with conventional school careers. It’s extremely efficient and I thank God for it!
Now, I am not saying no one should put their children in school, nor am I saying mine will never go to school. What I am saying is that for our family this is such a blessing! I love it! We are happy happy happy (in best Phil Robertson voice).
Here are some pictures from this week. Oh and by the way…Johnny aced his word problems on this last test using his critical thinking skills. That is HUGE!!! Thank you Aunt Cheryl!!!
On a crazier note: Kaitlyn nailed her spelling test this week and I promise it had NOTHING to do with the fact that I gave her the last word on the test, and instead of giving her a sample sentence to illustrate, I accidentally spelled the word FOR her. “Ok Kait, your next word is “that” T-H-A-T that” mmhmm best teacher EVER! Oh Man!!

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A blast from the past

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My husband is out of town, and to console myself I ate some chocolate covered almonds and I have been watching hours of Gilmore girls episodes, and I was looking through an old blog and I realized that not much has changed in my little life since last year at this time. I could totally tweak this a tiny bit and make this currant. But I also realized that what I take as original thought isn’t exactly original. I mean it is all mine, it’s just that I tend to say the same things over and over. As I take a moment to laugh at myself and also enjoy this little trip down memory lane (which is much shorter than I thought hahaha) I invite you to join me. Here is my blog from the beginning of our school year 2012:
Today begins day three of our second year of homeschooling. I know I should have started writing about it three days ago, but I’ve been more than a little bit busy, and unusually wordless. For those who know me personally, that fact is debatable, however, my ability to talk “the hind leg off a mule”and my ability to translate that particular talent to paper (or in this case blog) is a different story altogether.
John, my husband of nearly ten years, traveled out of down on business, driving to the airport in the middle of a tropical storm on day one of school. (He’s so brave!) So, naturally,in my “free time” I have been taring the house apart and putting it back together in an attempt to not only make our little house and the always to much stuff in it, work for our life, but also to keep from missing him so much. I have considered living vicariously through the dog. She demonstrates her displeasure at being alone by ripping an entire roll of paper towels to shreds all over my toy room/school room/porch. (every room in our home serves multiple purposes). But, since I don’t want to get beat down by the proverbial newspaper roll, I have found other, more productive ways to spend my time. the living room is now clean and the furniture re-arranged, as is our bedroom. The kitchen sink as been full constantly since he left because I have been too busy, no, actually, that is a lie, it’s been that way because I haven’t wanted to do much dishes. I have to tackle that today….ok I digress.

Anyway, school is going well. Johnny boy is on 3rd grade now, Kaitlyn in 1st. Time rushes past and I reflect on the life I’ve been given, and my heart swells with humility and joy. My kids continue to amaze me. They both have grown into fascinating people. I love them, respect them, and admire them so much. I believe they teach me far more every day then I could possibly teach them.

Homeschooling provides opportunity. Here in this town, the homeschooling community is huge and there is always something going on within it. My kids are exposed to what is good for them, yet protected from things and or people that could be a constant source of negative influence in their life. They are more social now then they would be in school because the time they spend with others isn’t just spent in a classroom. And their friends are actually friends not just people they are trapped in a classroom with. It’s a beautiful thing, my kids are happy and secure and they want to be homeschooling. Bottom line? It works for us!

I’m really looking forward to this year! John is still doing seminary classes online, so my nights will be spent getting ready for school the next day or cleaning or relaxing. My goal is to take everything in stride. This is it. The end of my rambling. I’m done for today. Bye ūüôā

Homeschool Challenges!

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There are times in my life where I see God teach me something, one truth that blows my mind and makes me see it in every situation in my life.  Then there are the applications of that truth.  Sometimes, that truth is applied to my life and I am then prompted to encourage my children to see God to apply it to their life.  Those are not easy times.  They are bitter sweet, difficult, gritty and God uses them to do some pretty interesting stuff.

I am standing in front of Johnny’s desk. ¬†The words “Take out your English book.” have suddenly plunged us into a fierce battlefront. Pitting him against me, me against him, him against the Lord, and me fighting to stay close to the Lord. ¬†We have been studying James 1 in our family devotions, and Galatians 5 in our chapel time in school. ¬†God has begun to knit those two passages together for me and has drawn me close to him in a way that brings wisdom and peace to my heart in moments of pressure. ¬†I praise God for this because it is only through him that this situation today became what it did and not what it so easily could have been.

Johnny felt very angry and obstinate. He didn’t want to do English, therefore he wasn’t going to try to learn it. ¬†He wanted to do what he wanted to do. ¬†His behavior hurt me. ¬†I instructed him to choose between two options: get alone with God and ask him for help to come back with the right attitude, or he could be finished with school (english was his last subject of the day anyways) and at three o’clock he could do his English assignment for homework by himself. ¬†He chose the homework. ¬†As angry as he was that choice did not surprise me, and I felt like he did it out of spite. ¬†Since he chose to do his assignment for homework, he would miss watching a movie with his cousins, on top of having to tell his daddy why he wasn’t finished when John came home. ¬†He was so angry, that he went into the house, in to his room, and slammed his door. ¬†(He didn’t think I could hear him) His long list of consequences now includes no xbox for the rest of this day.

Now comes the inevitable thoughts and questions, I am sure, as to why his punishment did not include a spanking or more time from xbox.  I will answer that by explaining the reality of what God did in our house today.

Through all of this I felt a peace that truly passes understanding. ¬†To the point that I didn’t even realize it at the moment, I just didn’t feel frustrated or angry. ¬†This is completely out of the ordinary for me and I know that It could only be the work of the Holy Spirit in me. ¬†James 1:2-4 says¬†2¬†Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a]¬†whenever you face trials of many kinds,¬†3¬†because you know that the testing of your faith¬†produces perseverance.¬†4¬†Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature¬†and complete, not lacking anything. ¬† ¬†Galatians 5:16-26 says

Galatians 5:16-26

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16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Today I can’t say that I was actively praying the entire time and crying out to God for help. ¬†Ill tell you why. ¬†This morning I turned my heart to God, put myself and family in his hands. ¬†My desire was to bring him glory by remembering James 1 and living in the Spirit. ¬†We had just talked about the difference between living in the Spirit and actually walking in the spirit not an hour before. ¬†My heart was walking with God and the intensity of the battle did not make me run to my heavenly Father, it made me rest in him. ¬†I never felt like I was slipping, only secure in the peace. ¬†In that moment I was lacking nothing. ¬†Wow, totally cool right? ¬†Right!

I knew that while my boy needed discipline, he needed God to move in him and bring repentance.  I implored him to seek the Lord, begging him to see the light God had shown me so clearly as to what his little heart needed.  I was also honest with him about how I felt and what I was going to do about it.  I testified to him the fact of what I knew God could do.

With tears streaming down his face he struggled with the anger, frustration, envy (he exclaimed how Kaitlyn had it easier than him.), and fear of telling his Daddy.  He realized and admitted that he was living according to the flesh and that he needed God to grant him repentance and lead him to walking with the Holy Spirit.  Then my precious little boy got on his face before God.

A short while later Johnny came out of his room with his English book. ¬†He had completed his assignment with no help from me. ¬†I didn’t even know he was doing it. ¬†Him and God worked it out together in his room. ¬†With a changed heart, an opened mind, Johnny finished his school work for the day. ¬†Then he looked at me and choked out the words “Im sorry Mom.” and we both cried and held each other. ¬†He cannot wait till his daddy comes home to tell him how God took his trouble and turned it into a testimony. ¬†His anger is turned into peace and happiness, his envy is gone, his hatred replaced with love and his broken relationship with his Mama restored! ¬†God is amazing! He is still facing consequences, but now they are constant reminders of something cool God did for him. ¬†When we count all our trials joy, and walk in the Spirit amazing things happen! We are now on our way to beingImage Thanks for listening!