Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This year we have changed some things up. The biggest and most dramatic change is that we brought Brittany back into the house. Although she was still homeschooling, she was doing it with a co-op and most of her school stemmed from them. Although it was a great co-op with great people, she really wanted to do things with the family again and we definitely wanted her home with us!
We are doing The Mystery of History Volume 2 (Middle Ages) as a whole family. We are loving doing it together. Brittany, obviously, does it at a higher level than the rest of the kids. One of the things I like most is the ability to do it at all different levels. While Brittany is writing essays, the kids are making cardboard lyres.
We are meeting every Friday with a friend and doing some of the bigger projects with him as well as the map work, games, and tests. They will also be doing some oral presentations to give them practice with that. We are doing literature together as well. April is helping Brittany with Grammar and I am helping Edge with his writing.
I've been taking pictures so I would remember the great times we are having. It will be great to look back on the pictures and remember the year!
Monday, March 12, 2012
The other morning, I woke up after singing a song all night long throughout my dreams. I knew the words but thought the title was "Rise Up." Went online and searched for "Rise Up," found out it was by Chris Tomlin, realized I owned the song myself and went to listen. Well, it was "Rise Up" but not the CORRECT "Rise Up." Back to google, added a few more words I remembered, and came up with the right song: "Rise" by Shawn McDonald.
That led me to one of my other favorite songs "Rise Up" by The David Crowder Band
I wasn't even looking for a word anymore. I thought Intentional was the one that I was going to just make stick. Like I said, it wasn't perfect, but I thought it fit. However, it was ALL me. Me trying to get the word to work.
Pretty soon, God was whispering in my ear... "pay attention, my child. Pay attention to this song. Pay attention to the words. Pay attention to what I am telling you." I did a cursory search on my iphone to see how many songs I had with the title of "Rise" in it.... 37 titles. THIRTY SEVEN. I think He is talking to me.
So, next step, I went to the Bible... found many verses, but this one is my favorite:
I'm not yet ready to share all the things that Rise Up mean to me. So very many. I will be posting them as the year goes.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Because of that, at least in part, I have become obsessed with spring cleaning. I haven't done spring cleaning in years! I used to do it every year, but made a cleaning schedule to keep me going through the year and discarded the spring cleaning idea. Now that I haven't been keeping up with the schedule, we've all been sick, the house is somewhat trashed and we haven't even 100% moved in yet, I really want to do it. Oh, and did I mention my parents want to come sometime? That really isn't the driving issue, but it sure does give me extra incentive.
Although I want to do lots of actual cleaning, I also have some other things I want to do
- hang up pictures
- empty boxes
- organize attic
- add flooring to attic
- organize garage
- redo my pantry/laundry room including adding shelves
- do a oamc session
- add a plug to downstairs bathroom
- hide cords in living room
- paint the front door
- install a peep hole in the front door
- organize junk drawers (make ONE junk drawer)
- plant flowers
- get more lighting for school room
- purchase bookcases for FAITH library and catalog library
- put screens up for non-screened windows
- put window coverings up for all windows
Thursday, February 09, 2012
"O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your wrath. Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; Heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed. And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD-how long? Return, O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness. For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks? I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears. My eye has wasted away with grief; It has become old because of all my adversaries. Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed."
See it at YouVersion.com:
I don't want to go to bed. It's an admission of defeat:
"Okay, this day got the best of me. I give."
And I don't want to give.
But tomorrow (aka in a few hours) is a new day. And joy comes in the morning.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
This blog isn't about that. This is all me. I'm still peculiar (1 Peter 2:9). My life is a giant adventure. I am sitting next to Jesus on a honkingly huge roller coaster and switching between holding on to Him for dear life and raising my hands in the air and whooping with Him.
But this is me unplugged.
un·plug [uhn-pluhg] Show IPA verb, -plugged, -plug·ging.
verb (used with object)
1. to remove a plug or stopper from.
2. to free of an obstruction; unclog.
3. to disconnect (an appliance, a telephone, etc.) by removing a plug: to unplug a toaster. 4. to remove (an electric plug) from an outlet.
I am removing my stoppers and freeing myself of obstructions. I am no longer clogged by trying to make others happy. This is me.
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.