Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Relaxing WITH the kids????

Does anyone else ever feel like there are some weeks when you get so wrapped up in making sure the house is clean and catching up on school and the hundreds of other things you want/have to do that you forget how awesome it is to relax WITH the kids?

 Friday I was so sick and my amazing mom and husband each took part of the day off of work so one of them could be with the kids while I was trying to get better. By Saturday morning I was feeling much better but less than an hour after I woke up I threw my back out so badly that I couldn't move and then I spent most of the weekend laying down while getting nothing accomplished. Thank God for my wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Roc Byrd at Cornerstone Chiropractic for getting me up and moving again but here it is Tuesday and I'm still exhausted from the lack of sleep and the stress from not being able to help out. That's when I realized how little I stop and sit with the boys and just enjoy some time together.

While Ellie napped today we sat and read tons of our school books on the couch. We didn't do any writing or anything that required more than what we could do on the couch and we had such a great time! They talked to me and asked questions, we learned a new Bible verse and answered math questions. It was so nice to sit and relax together while learning, instead of the usual arguments about getting our work done.

When I first decided to homeschool I would never have thought that I would be willing to let the kids skip handwriting or math for a day but I am trying to stay calm so they can learn. I know that not everyday can be this way but today helped me focus on and appreciate my boys.

 They have really tried to be helpful and caring because they know I've been hurting. I just needed to say how awesome they are and hopefully I can read this the next time I'm ready to lock myself in the bathroom for the day. It may never be peaceful and quiet around here but I wouldn't change it for the world. God has blessed me with so much more than I deserve and I am so thankful!!

Barak and Ellie

Zeke and Ellie

Sunday, April 1, 2012

If I can do it so can you!

Lately I've been reading so many articles on homeschooling and the reasons behind it. The more I read the more thankful I am that we homeschool our kids. When Glen and I made the decision to homeschool we weren't aware of all of the horrible, crazy things going on in public and private schools. Everyday there are more and more news stories of bullying, molesting, 1st graders being arrested and schools and government telling parents what they can send in their own kids lunches but that isn't why we homeschool. We homeschool because we believe God has called us to educate our
children at home.

Barak and Zeke doing schoolwork. No shirts required when
you homeschool.

 If God had not called me to do this I would never be able to get it done. I have no patience, I'm not a natural teacher, I'm not great at every subject and I get distracted very easily. In spite of all of my shortcomings God has worked through me to give my boys an amazing education so far. Barak is reading way above his grade level and Zeke knows where every country is located in Africa and North and South America, plus he is a math genius. None of these things are because I am doing a great job but because I pray daily that God shows me how to teach them and what to teach them. We read, play games on the Ipad, read some more, use video games and then we read again. I have so many people ask me how I do it and tell me that they never could. I promise you that through prayer you can do ALL things! I'm not saying that everyone has to homeschool but I just want to encourage those of you that feel like they don't have the skills. It's like on Ratatoullie when Gusteau says that "Anyone can cook". Anyone can homeschool and I am a prime example of that.
Barak helping to fold towels.
Zeke folding washcloths.

My kids are social, they help take care of their siblings, they are learning how to cook, clean, build things, garden and many other household tasks that they would never learn in school, and most importantly they are building a relationship with Christ daily. If we want to spend all day studying God's word and worshiping then we can and no matter what anyone else says the most important thing to me is their souls. I love homeschooling and can't imagine my day without my kids by my side. Oh and I failed to mention that we have TONS of fun every single day so that doesn't hurt either. : )

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