Homeschool Mother’s Journal: January 18, 2013

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In my life this week…

I wish I had something really amazing and exciting to report here, but instead of scaling Mt.  Everest or crossing the Atlantic in a canoe, I find myself climbing mounds of paperwork on my desk….but there’s always next week!

In our homeschool this week…

This is our 7th year educating at home!  I’m amazed to find how well “The Babies”, now 13 and 17,  work independently.   Sometimes I get a little weepy about it,  because they’ve grown up so fast.  But truly I’m proud of how they’ve learned that this is about them and their future and they are taking ownership of that.

On a fun note, their winter Archery program started this week….thankfully it is at an indoor range!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Don’t be afraid to call a “snow day” if you need a day to re-group, re-fresh, or re-invigorate.

I am inspired by… people who follow their dreams in spite of practical advice.

Imagine if Tolkien didn’t write, or Picasso didn’t paint, or Edison didn’t tinker

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We’re going to see The Hobbit…finally!  We’ll be seeing Frodo and Bilbo and Merry and Pippin, Gandalf and Gollum and Thorin and Sherlock 🙂

Questions/thoughts I have… 

Is it not scary to encourage your children to follow their dreams?  Well maybe not if your child dreams of being a doctor or an engineer.  But what if your child dreams of something in the Arts?  What if your child’s every waking moment is consumed with acting, or singing, drawing or writing?  Do you keep them in the box or let them fly?

Things I’m working on…

create4hope2buttonblogging, making jewelry, maybe a little crocheting…I should make a blanket, it’s cold!

I’m also working on another larger project.  After years of creating, I’ve decided to let my creativity splash over onto others.  I’ve dubbed the project, “Create4Hope”.  You can read more about it on my new blog:  Create4Hope

I’m reading…  

Re-Imagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

I’m grateful for…   Family & Friends

I’m cooking…. yah, I should do that!

Favorite Thing This Week meets A photo, video, link, or quote to share… 

On Sunday, Jonny Diaz lead worship as part of the kick off for a new program at church called, “Go & Be”.  This song couldn’t be more perfect.   “True grace sees a face not a burden…”

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  1. #1 by cleavingtochrist on January 18, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    Oh how cool for them to do archery!!! That is so cool! I love your intro 🙂 I too have Mts of paperwork to scale, but golly other things just come up like dishes, and fights, and washing my hair…

    I love your advice sharing too. We learned this semester that Da Vinchi was a terrible student but look at what he accomplished!

    If you get up here, let us know!! I will happily give you whatever pointers you would like to have.

  2. #2 by oursideofthemtn on January 19, 2013 - 8:15 am

    It is kinda exciting, but sad that they don’t need us so much for their learning. I tell myself that I’m doing well if they can takeover and get the work done without my encouragement. My almost 14-year-old is 85% independent. We only talk about daily goals…and discuss his work. My almost 11-year-old has asked next year to plan and do some of her work independently, but specially she wants to do Science at her pace.

    Thanks for visiting Our Side of the Mountain!

  3. #3 by Elyse on January 19, 2013 - 11:52 am

    I am hopping by from Mosaic Reviews to say HI and to follow your blog. I look forward to starting this exciting journey and becoming one of your new readers! See you around. 😀 ~Elyse / Oiralinde

  4. #4 by Ginger on January 20, 2013 - 2:09 am

    My kids want to see the Hobbit, but I am not sure we will get there before it is out of the theaters. I keep forgetting to do these homeschool things. Thanks for the reminder! Maybe it would help me blog more?

  5. #5 by livingmyportion on January 22, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    My kids sing ALL.THE. TIME! Redeeming Love is my absolute favorite book. Hope you enjoy it. Have a blessed week!

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