Hi homeschooling mamas out there!!!

I need HELP and PRAYER in choosing a math curriculum. For whatever reason, choosing math is a great, big, question mark for me. Just when I think I know what I'll choose, I read something else and think, "Should I do that instead." WHY???????????? :o)

So, if you're reading this and you have any help or advice you'd like to give, please share. PLEASE!!!
I'm considering theories that I'd never thought of before (such as spiraling vs. mastery). Who knew?!?! If you're not sure what help to offer, please help me by praying. . .

Let me just give you a little info about my situation:
I'll be teaching ages 4, 6, and 8 (pre-K, 1st, and 3rd).
So far, they are all doing just fine in math, however, the oldest 2 are in public school.
I'm the most concerned about my oldest child, who's gone through 3 years of math at school. She's doing very well in math, no problems. But I just want that to continue.

Thanks in advance, ladies!!

Math Help

by on Sunday, March 27, 2011
Hi homeschooling mamas out there!!! I need HELP and PRAYER in choosing a math curriculum. For whatever reason, choosing math is a great, ...

I spent a good chunk of time listening and learning today.

I went to a friend's home; she's a homeschooling mama. One day soon, I will be, too.

We laughed, we chatted, we shared. I listened and listened some more.

I even took notes and borrowed a few materials.

Logistics, schedules, tough days, great days, projects, library, curriculum, computers, math, Bible, reading, science, friends, support groups, not-so supportive groups, discipline, programs, college (yikes!), husbands, children, vacations, physical activity, piano, portfolios, field trips, chickens, gardens, etc.

So grateful for the time, so grateful for her willingness to share. Grateful for our kids who shared their moms today by playing so well together.

Feeling a bit renewed, less overwhelmed, questions answered, simply encouraged.

Thank God for wives and mothers, who are busy at home, loving their Lord, their husbands, and their children, but not too busy to take an afternoon to share. (Titus 2:3-5)

A Mentoring Session of Sorts

by on Friday, March 25, 2011
I spent a good chunk of time listening and learning today. I went to a friend's home; she's a homeschooling mama . One day soon, ...


My front door hanger--welcome Spring!
Ahhh, the first day of spring! What a gorgeous day--nice and sunny, cool, but comfortable.

Went to worship at church with the family this morning. A wonderful and timely message our pastor preached on raising our sons in a godly way. Shaping them and tending to them like young, tender plants, that they may grow up strong in their manhood and in the way of the Lord (Psalm 144:9-12). This was part 5 of a series called "The Stewardship of Parenting." An excellent word from the Lord.

Came home and spent the rest of the day with the family, a little school work, light cleaning, watching basketball (yes, I filled out brackets just for fun!), dinner making--which by the way was super yummy! Oven-barbecue ribs, cabbage and baby carrots with rice--mmmm-mmmm.

This weekend, Husband and I worked in the yard, planting a little greenery here and there. We planted the last of the shrubs this afternoon.


Husband planted this Japanese maple.
Soon it will have pretty dark red leaves.
The girls named "her" Sammy Rose
(which was a compromise between
Rosebud and Sam--LOL!)

Holly trees we planted to help soak up standing water.
Between our house and the neighbors' is like a marsh.

We planted 10 shrubs out back. Husband strategically placed
these sticks behind the bushes to discourage one of our miniature Schnauzers
 from running along the fence and destroying the bushes.
(I have a love-hate relationship with that dog.
If it weren't for my daughter, he would belong to someone else!)
After dinner, we all went outside--bike riding, collard green and spinach planting (we shall see how this goes!), kids playing in the yard. We came back inside, washed the kids up for a little ice cream treat before bed.

Thank God for a beautiful day. Thank God for the seasons, how they change, how it allows me to focus on different areas of life. Thank God for how all the new blooms remind me of the new life I have in Jesus. Thank God for spring.


On either side of my front door, my darling daffodils. . .
. . .with a few tulips in the middle.
They haven't bloomed yet, but they will be red.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

-Isaiah 43:18-19

*Thanks to my friend, Gertha, who blogs at
God... it's me, Gertha!!,
for such a timely memory verse.*

My Spring Sunday

by on Sunday, March 20, 2011
 My front door hanger--welcome Spring! Ahhh, the first day of spring! What a gorgeous day--nice and sunny, cool, but comfortable. ...

Deeper into the Word is a reflection of 100 words compiled from the New Testament. In this book, Keri Wyatt Kent attempts to give the reader a greater understanding of words the words she feels are most important in the New Testament scriptures. The author suggests that this book should be used, in conjunction with the Bible, in one of 3 ways: 1) as a reference tool, 2) a study guide for word studies, or 3) as daily devotional. With each word, the author gives scriptural references, along with historical information on the context in which the word was used.

What I like about this book is the root word information the author gives, explaining what the Greek word is and the different ways it is used (i.e. verb, noun, adjective). Greek is a language I would like to learn, so this was of interest to me. I also enjoyed the historical information the author gives, reminding us of the Biblical time and settings, who was involved and what was going at the time. She also ties in very relevant Old Testament scriptures and information to give the reader a better understanding of the word. Because of this, I would suggest using the book as a reference tool.

What I did not like about this book is that at times, some of the background information the author uses to help explain a word, is then left up to interpretation by the reader and may cause confusion. Take the word deacon, for example. She says that the Greek word for deacon (diakonos) is mostly translated as servant in the New Testament and this word was used to describe Phoebe in the Bible (Romans 16:1). She then poses questions, however, about whether or not Phoebe (as well as other women) may or may not have held the office of deacon in the early church. She does not give clear answers to the questions she poses and leaves room for debate and interpretation.

Overall, it is not a bad book. While I proably won't be using it regularly with my daily Bible study, it might come in handy for specific words of interest at some point.

**I received a free copy of this book from BethanyHouse in exchange for an honest review. All the opinons expressed were my own.**

The other day, my Husband was outside doing our spring mulching. The children and I had been enjoying a pajama day, but when our son woke up from his nap and realized that Daddy was outside, he couldn't get out there fast enough. He raced back upstairs to get dressed . . . by himself! (Let me just remind everyone that he's 3 years old! A few things were on backwards, but he was dressed!)

Anyway, while I prepared dinner, I could see the two of them, out in the backyard, from my kitchen window. Oh, how sweet to see Daddy's helper tagging along. He "helped" push the wheelbarrow and shovel and rake the mulch in place. Oh, how my heart melted when they stopped to rest and I saw my Husband just looking at our boy, with a tender smile on his face. My son running around laughing, without a care in the world, except that he was out back with Daddy.

Oh, how badly I wanted to take a picture, to try to capture the moment. But I knew to do that for my own memories would ruin the moment for the two of them. It was just so sweet.

So, I have no pictures for you, no fancy photos, no images of that special moment. Instead, I will pattern myself after Mary, the mother of Jesus, (who had no camera or a blog, for that matter!) and I will ponder these things in my heart, keeping them safe.

"But Mary treasured up all these things
and pondered them in her heart."
Luke 2:19 (NIV)

No Pictures

by on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The other day, my Husband was outside doing our spring mulching. The children and I had been enjoying a pajama day, but when our son woke ...
My children absolutely LOVE this song!! We all stop whatever we are doing to sing and dance any time we hear this song--praise offerings to the Most High.

Please enjoy this song of worship to the Lord our God!

My Heart Says Yes

by on Monday, March 14, 2011
My children absolutely LOVE this song!! We all stop whatever we are doing to sing and dance any time we hear this song--praise offerings to ...


To one of the sweetest people I've ever known in my life,
My little chocolate eater,
My book worm,
My potential painter or scientist,
Who wants to be a wife and mommy someday.
Happy 8th Birthday, SJ!!

Thank you for my first chance at motherhood.
I love you, baby girl!


My sweet baby girl

by on Saturday, March 12, 2011
To one of the sweetest people I've ever known in my life, My little chocolate eater, My book worm, My potential painter or ...

I really think that BUDGET is Husband's favorite word. *sigh*

"Babe, did you budget for that?" "Stacie, how much of your budget goes to gas?" "Honey, I think I'm going to add more to the grocery budget." "How much of the kids budget goes toward doctor's appointments?"

See? He's a man with our family's budget on his mind. *sigh*

CONFESSION:
In all fairness to him, I am not the best at budgeting, by any means. Sometimes, I fail horribly at it. Truth be told, if were up to me, our family would have no budget.

What my Husband has taught me is a valuable lesson that I AM STILL LEARNING:

Paying bills on time and budgeting your money are two very different things.
(Let that sink in for a moment.)

Here's some background information. I came from a family where there was a lack of budgeting, not too much planning on what to do with money once it came in. Many times, the money was already "spoken for," a robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul situation, gone as quickly as it came. Often, bills were overdue and there were some very hard times.

With that said, my mentality was, "When I become an adult, I will make sure all of my bills are paid on time!" Boy, was I emphatic about this. If I owed something, then I paid it right away and that was it. However, budgeting was not in my vocabulary. There was no saving for a rainy day, there was no allotting a certain amount of money for certain things. It simply was once my bills were paid, the rest was available for me to SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!

Paying bills on time and budgeting your money are two very different things.

So, fast-forward to me marrying a man who budgets money very well and even does budgeting for a living. Imagine my shock, my struggles, my denial, my ISSUES! Which brings us to the other day. Husband gave me a little more money to spend budget each month. I thought "YES!" until he called me from work and asked that I have a budget all planned out so we could go over it when he came home.

(Hopes deflated--dreams deferred! LOL)

What he asked is that I really think about the needs of our home, our family, and what I find myself spending extra on each month. So, I sat down and created a very simple chart of how the lump sum would be broken down each month. I had to have an amount that I save, no matter what. And whatever was solely "mine" to spend, had to be a smaller amount than the other categories. Husband explained that in order for it to be a "budget" I must stick to my plans, period. So these are the areas where the new "extra" money will go:
  • Savings: simply putting money aside without any "labels" attached.
  • Home: whatever items I need for organization, home decor, and bigger cleaning purchases (like a new vacuum--hint, hint!). Things that will help me make the house a home.
  • Gas: I know this may be a "strange" category, but with gas prices being what they are, and swim lessons 4 times a week, taking the kids back and forth to school--I need to have this money set aside.
  • Personal: I get to choose.
I would have never thought to budget "extra" money. You know my thinking, "I'm already budgeting in other areas. This is extra! Time to find a sale!!!" While this is a struggle for me, I can say that I am able to find freedom in practicing this discipline. It is also a very good way for me to practice stewardship over the blessings God has given to me and my family.
Thanks, Husband.

The post is linked here
Raising Homemakers

Budget, Budget, Budget

by on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I really think that BUDGET is Husband's favorite word. *sigh* "Babe, did you budget for that?" "Stacie, how much of y...
 

Marriage is sacred.

Marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman.

Period.

Nothing more, nothing less.

"Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame." -Genesis 2:22-25

"Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” -Matthew 19:4-6

My heart is heavy and grieved, genuinely saddened when people defend, rule, legislate, promote, or argue for any thing other than what God has ordained.

There is a war, my Christian sisters, an all out battle on the sacredness of our marriages and for the minds of our children. If marriage in our society is no longer what God meant it to be, then what shall we teach our children? If we do not teach them the TRUTH of GOD's WORD, then society will teach them lies. We must remain steadfast and vigilant in "fighting the good fight" and defending the faith of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We must uphold Biblical standards in our homes, and in our communities, it is essential.

My heart is heavy over a situation I know of personally, where 3 little children are being raised by 2 women, who both proclaim to be mothers, together. Oh, sweet Jesus, my heart is heavy! I don't need to list the countless wrongs that will be learned, that will be taught, on purpose. I don't have to list the mounds of confusion these children will face as they struggle to go against the natural, God-given instincts they were born with. My heart cries out to the living God on behalf of the children!

Children are our future, the next generation who will lead, and teach, and train and bring up another generation. Oh, how great and heavy our responsibility is! If the evil one is free to attack our marriages, then our children are most certainly next on the list. We already see the attacks now, bold, open, and in plain sight. If we allow the attacks on our family, what will we have left?  If we just turn our heads and become indifferent, what are we really saying? If we shun those difficult conversations with our children, denying them the opportunity to discuss the truth, what will they learn? Confusion. Sin. Sadness. Unnatural behaviors.

We must protect our children, shield them, cover them in prayer. We must teach them the truth, even when it's hard and uncomfortable. "Train up a child in the way he should go . . ." (Proverbs 22: 6) includes training on topics that maybe "touchy," "controversial," "politcally incorrect" and the like. But our responsibility remains, all the same, to teach them right from wrong. My heart is heavy with the weight of responsibility.

So I will not be apologetic for this post, in encouraging other wives and mothers to protect their marraiges and families as defined by God. I will not be ashamed to be identified as woman who holds a bibilcal view of my marriage and my family. I will not be ashamed to teach my children the same.


"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."
Romans 1:16

This post is linked HERE at RaisingHomemakers.com,

and also at

A Heavy Heart

by on Tuesday, March 01, 2011
  Marriage is sacred. Marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman . Period. Nothing more, nothing less. &qu...
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