Time to Take a Break {{Summertime Happenings}}

/ Tuesday, July 03, 2018


This is the first time in a long time that I’ve needed a break from homeschooling. And I’ve decided, that’s okay. And if that is where you find yourself, too, it’s okay. It doesn’t mean we aren’t committed. It doesn’t mean we don’t want this assignment. I doesn’t mean that we are fed up with life. It simply means we need a break. And, that is just fine. Even our loving Father in Heaven gave us this example with the Seventh Day of rest.

With the exception of our family’s standard items--Bible, Math, Lunchtime Read Aloud--we haven’t done much else in our summer schedule schoolwise. I haven’t even jumped on board with the traditional summer reading, whether that be at the local library or across blogging land. Six out of my seven kids can read well for their respective ages, so, I’m resting in that right now.

I have just needed a break.

(It isn’t just in homeschooling, either. I have taken a break from my routine focused housework, too. Don’t worry, my home isn’t a pig-stye; I am still keeping up with my laundry and doing daily chores, but I’m not stressing about the dust on my curtains or cleaning the fingerprints off of the walls right now.)

Taking the break from school work, paperwork, grades, and transcripts has allowed me to tend to other matters that have been more pressing: wellness checkups for some little ones, switching the little boys’ clothes from winter to summer, sewing dresses with my daughters, focusing on a more consistent exercise routine, beginning to read some books I've had on my own list for a while, house-hunting for a possible move in the future, movie-going, enjoying having my husband at home on random days he's taken off from work, and monitoring my daughter’s progress in a summer history course, among other things.

I would not say this is a vacation. On some weeks, I’ve been far busier than I care to be. But the intentional break from 2 specific areas has been fruitful for peace of mind over all.

The kids have enjoyed a later bedtime each evening and which means: a few more winks of sleep for this mama in the morning, extra time spent studying the Word or pancakes for breakfast on a day other than Saturday. We’ve enjoyed card games and board games, playing the flute and piano, baking sweet treats and twisting hair, singing songs, hammering nails and painting wood, and watching our tomatoes and peppers grow.

When mama gets a needed break, the family can appreciate her better, and in turn, that makes her feel great. Taking a break doesn’t always involve sandy beaches and ocean waves (although that sounds mighty good right now!). I am learning to find ways, right in the midst of every thing, to take a break and rest a while. Even if it’s just a break from one or two things (and not from everything), a small break can do a world of good.

Things will not remain this way for long. Soon, I will transition into homeschool planning mode and will begin to flesh out the upcoming school year. I will pull out my tried-and-true planning guide, blow the dust off of it, and bury my nose in how to do year 2 of high school. Eventually, I will round up curriculum choices and lab supplies, (after I’ve compaired prices on at least 3 or 4 different web sites) crayons and markers and such, and click the order button.

In a bit, I will remind my children to pick up a few more books, I will encourage them to write a few lines, I will explain how a flower grows or what a chemical reaction is, I will tell them of mighty men and women of old, of empires and wars, times of peace and quiet. In a bit.

But right now, we’re eating popsicles and catching fireflies.

How’s your summer time routine going? Do you homeschool over the summer? Do you take a summer break?




This is the first time in a long time that I’ve needed a break from homeschooling. And I’ve decided, that’s okay. And if that is where you find yourself, too, it’s okay. It doesn’t mean we aren’t committed. It doesn’t mean we don’t want this assignment. I doesn’t mean that we are fed up with life. It simply means we need a break. And, that is just fine. Even our loving Father in Heaven gave us this example with the Seventh Day of rest.

With the exception of our family’s standard items--Bible, Math, Lunchtime Read Aloud--we haven’t done much else in our summer schedule schoolwise. I haven’t even jumped on board with the traditional summer reading, whether that be at the local library or across blogging land. Six out of my seven kids can read well for their respective ages, so, I’m resting in that right now.

I have just needed a break.

(It isn’t just in homeschooling, either. I have taken a break from my routine focused housework, too. Don’t worry, my home isn’t a pig-stye; I am still keeping up with my laundry and doing daily chores, but I’m not stressing about the dust on my curtains or cleaning the fingerprints off of the walls right now.)

Taking the break from school work, paperwork, grades, and transcripts has allowed me to tend to other matters that have been more pressing: wellness checkups for some little ones, switching the little boys’ clothes from winter to summer, sewing dresses with my daughters, focusing on a more consistent exercise routine, beginning to read some books I've had on my own list for a while, house-hunting for a possible move in the future, movie-going, enjoying having my husband at home on random days he's taken off from work, and monitoring my daughter’s progress in a summer history course, among other things.

I would not say this is a vacation. On some weeks, I’ve been far busier than I care to be. But the intentional break from 2 specific areas has been fruitful for peace of mind over all.

The kids have enjoyed a later bedtime each evening and which means: a few more winks of sleep for this mama in the morning, extra time spent studying the Word or pancakes for breakfast on a day other than Saturday. We’ve enjoyed card games and board games, playing the flute and piano, baking sweet treats and twisting hair, singing songs, hammering nails and painting wood, and watching our tomatoes and peppers grow.

When mama gets a needed break, the family can appreciate her better, and in turn, that makes her feel great. Taking a break doesn’t always involve sandy beaches and ocean waves (although that sounds mighty good right now!). I am learning to find ways, right in the midst of every thing, to take a break and rest a while. Even if it’s just a break from one or two things (and not from everything), a small break can do a world of good.

Things will not remain this way for long. Soon, I will transition into homeschool planning mode and will begin to flesh out the upcoming school year. I will pull out my tried-and-true planning guide, blow the dust off of it, and bury my nose in how to do year 2 of high school. Eventually, I will round up curriculum choices and lab supplies, (after I’ve compaired prices on at least 3 or 4 different web sites) crayons and markers and such, and click the order button.

In a bit, I will remind my children to pick up a few more books, I will encourage them to write a few lines, I will explain how a flower grows or what a chemical reaction is, I will tell them of mighty men and women of old, of empires and wars, times of peace and quiet. In a bit.

But right now, we’re eating popsicles and catching fireflies.

How’s your summer time routine going? Do you homeschool over the summer? Do you take a summer break?


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I am thankful to God for allowing me to experience marriage: covenant, devotion, sacrifice, oneness. It is not always an easy road, but when offered up to the Lord, it has been a blessing: lessons learned, sanctification, maturity, friendship, and love. We are blessed to celebrate 17 years of holy matrimony.





Husband . . .
This is what I call him actually, Husband . . .he thinks it's funny, and sometimes will call me "Wife" in return. 😁 But he is that to me, not just in name as in "he married me so he's my husband" but he is that to me in deed: he gave me his name (as Adam named Eve), and I took it without reservation, which means he signed up to diligently provide for me and lovingly care for me, giving me a safe place (a home) to grow and thrive in.... husbandry. It's more than just "paying bills" and it doesn't mean he "runs me" either. He studies me, to know and understand me, what I like and what I need, he speaks truth whether I want to hear it or not, he gives and sacrifices for me daily, he is firm and decisive, trustworthy and dependable. He takes time to hold my hand, look at my eyes, to make me laugh, to plan and dream with me. . . real pillow talk.

Praise God, I am loved.πŸ’ž

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How has the summer been going for you? What things have you been up to in the month of June?




We probably have all been there. You and your children are plowing along in your homeschool. It's the end
of April and you check your Facebook or Instagram and your fellow homeschool friend has declared, “We
are done with homeschooling for the year!!” You sigh and think to yourself, how can they be done
already?? And then you begin to play the dangerous comparison game, comparing your homeschool to
someone else's.


Before you stress yourself out, let me give you some insight on what being finished for the year really
means. I actually asked a few different moms what they meant and this is what I found.


you actually are finished with everything
Yep, that’s right. You’ve finished every book for every subject and every assignment is complete. And
you can rest easy for the summer, knowing that you’ve checked every box and crossed off all items on
your list. That is probably not the reality in most homeschools (or in any public school for that matter),
but every now and then, you come across a brave mama who has accomplished this for her homeschool.


calendar date
You have set a date for when school will end and no matter what, that date on the calendar reflects your
last day of school. (Depending on your state, this date may be guided by the required 180 days of
instruction, at which time, school is over.) School stops for the summer before it resumes again in the fall.

feeling as an indicator
Sometimes you just reach a point where the feeling in the air is: school is over. The kids are done, you’re
done, your husband is done and everyone is ready for an academic break. Rather than fight through for
another few weeks because everyone is still in school, you decide to listen to what is going on in your
home. You place a bookmark in the last place you left off and you shelve that book until the fall and
declare that school is over. At that point, you pick back up where you left off and carry on.


year-round homeschooling

School never really ends, but is adjusted at a certain point. That “end date” on the calendar signifies a shift
in how schooling is done, but you don’t stop everything. Instead of doing all the subjects and all the
worksheets and all the maps and all the projects, you slow down and go at a “summertime” pace. That
means just a few core subjects, like Bible and Math, and you sprinkle in some summer reading and
self-led projects, and your summertime schooling is set.
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These are just some of what can define being “done” because don’t forget that there is unschooling and
Sabbath-schooling which may or may not follow the traditional school year. Anyway, I offer this little bit
of clarity because I use to always wonder what other mamas meant when they said school is done.
Somehow, when I began homeschooling, my perception of being finished with school for the year meant
completing every book for every subject. (Why did I ever think that?!) So, it stressed me out to see those
Facebook posts declaring homeschooling over, while I felt that we were still drowning in tons of work.


In my home, we are a big combination of all of these. Some subjects we actually have finished to the
very end and felt so accomplished that we did. Others, we called it good enough, know that forcing the
learning process and dragging things out really isn’t learning at all. For some, we dog-ear the page and
pick back up when we are good and ready. And, we school year-round, meaning that core subjects
continue, but at a slower pace, with a good bit of summer reading and fun.


What do you mean when you say you’re done for the school year?





This is my Bible.
It is as old as my 3rd-born child, wrinkly and worn, broken binding, lots of ripped pages from the little ones who've sat on my lap over the years. (Genesis looks really bad, y'all!) There's tape everywhere, holding things together. I love this Bible for all the memories it holds for my #familylife but even more, I love it for the #Truth within. .

Yes, I know it totally sounds cliche because every "good" Christian would say they need their Bibles for sanity. But my Granny taught me a long time ago, that "God is a Mind-Regulator" and I have to stay in the Word to keep my mind right. So, what I've found is that the Word is like water to me: life-giving, refreshing, cleansing, quenches my thirsty soul, washes away my sin, renews, revives, brings hydrating clarity, it satisfies.

And honestly, just like with water, sometimes I get a taste for something else to drink--coffee or tea or juice. And even though I know I should choose water, since that's what's best for me, I opt for something else. At first I think it's great, because it tastes good. But later I realize, I'm not really satisfied; I'm still thirsty and I have to go back and drink the water. We all know the health problems that can stem from not getting enough water. So it is with the Word of God.
I have learned to drink it and live by it daily.
When I don't, I always regret it.

#sanity #mybible #roadmap #keepingpower #stayintheWord #thirsty #fillmeupJesus #love #noidlebread
Originally posted as an Instagram Story

Required for Sanity

by on Sunday, June 10, 2018
This is my Bible. It is as old as my 3rd-born child, wrinkly and worn, broken binding, lots of ripped pages from the little ones who'...
Here we are with yet another Bible review. If you can't tell by now, we like Bibles!! Honestly, I want my children to have unrestricted access to the Word of God, to be comfortable using it and reading it, to know it and cherish it. So, I figure, having a lot of Bibles on hand can't hurt.

When I agreed to review this Bible, I had my 13 year old daughter in mind. The cover is bright and colorful; it's page edges are in ombre from pink and purple to blue and yellow. That look is definitely her cup of tea. It's a paper back, which I'm not a big fan of, generally because we are (unintentionally) hard on books, so wear and tear will show much faster.

My daughter enjoys the timelines, Bible history facts, and the maps that are interspersed throughout the text. "Action" boxes with biblical suggestions for facing common situations in life such as being compassionate, dispelling doubt, and remaining hopeful are encouraging to read. Each book of the Bible is introduced with who wrote it, when and why it was written, a short summary of the book, as well as key verses. There are also "Starring Roles" sections that highlight major personalities throughout the Bible that describe the person and his or her significance in God's plan.





My daughter's only criticism is that she wishes the Dictionary/Concordance was a bit more in-depth with more terms and fuller explanations. She uses this Bible each day during our family Bible study time. I appreciate that it is written in the NKJV, which is the version we read and memorize as a family.

Overall, I would say this is a great kids study Bible complete with useful tools. I would recommend it more specifically for girls (ages 8 and up) due to the color scheme.

(I received copies of this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

My homeschool umbrella recently had it used curriculum fair. Before I left that day, my husband called me and told me, "Take the blue wagon so it's easier to carry everything." Personally, I thought I could get by with just using the basket under baby girl's stroller, because I knew what was on my list. But I said, "Okay" and I put that bad boy in the trunk. #lovingleadership #gracefulsubmission #Husband #Wife #marriedlife
(It doesn't always unfold this smoothly, but today it did...this is our goal.) πŸ’—

I got to the fair, and at about the 4th table down, a sweet lady had exactly what I needed: Chemistry textbook, teacher's manual, tests, and complete lab kit--VERY reasonably priced. Then, she pointed me in the direction of another mama that had the next thing on my list: math blocks by Math U See, because who can keep up with those things?!?! Well, that lady had the math blocks, and again, very reasonable.

I made my way back around to tell the first lady "thank you" for getting me over to those blocks. We chatted a little about our families and homeschool life, and then, she just started giving me things: books, maps, language CDs (Japanese for my oldest daughter's latest venture!), a Leap Frog Pad with books and cartridges and on and on. (These things were in great condition, some of them barely used!) She was going to sell these items, but insisted I take them freely. She would take nothing except my "thank-you's" even though I offered. I'm super glad I took the wagon! πŸ˜‰πŸ™Œ #amazing #wow #grateful #sweetwoman #glorytoGod

#numbers1thru3 #mybabies #bluewagon #365homeschool #familyeducation #homeschool #homelife #covenantmarriage #motherhood #wifelife #love #noidlebread

Originally posted as an Instagram Story

The Blue Wagon

by on Friday, June 08, 2018
My homeschool umbrella recently had it used curriculum fair. Before I left that day, my husband called me and told me, "Take the blu...


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