Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Year Full of Homeschool Firsts

This year has been a year of my firsts with our homeschooling adventures.

I now have two that I am homeschooling completely.  I gave my youngest a few things last year as a Kindergartener, but this year she is in first grade so she now has all subjects to learn.  Some are definitely on the smaller scale than my fifth grader but they are still on the weekly agenda.  This new task of planning has left me a little scatter-brained.  What do I have one kid working on while I work with the other?   What if a question arises and I can't stop what I'm doing to help?  I could go on but you get my point.

Our family also joined a local Christian homeschool co-op.  The girls take classes every Monday afternoon.   I love co-op for the girls.  Here's how it works for our group.  There are three sessions in each school year.  They take three classes each session plus physical education. They also schedule field trips and service projects.

Classes this session include:  Drawing/Painting, Apologetics, and Math/Logic.

The girls are loving it all.  But do you know what their favorite class is . . .


I think that is crazy.  Assigning math at home is a chore but they LOVE math/logic at co-op.

I'm totally bewildered by it but I'm am happy that they love it rather than dread it.

Plus, because homeschoolers are never socialized . . . . . .      ;P (Insert eye roll)   They get weekly socialization at co-op.

We also ventured in the world of some new curriculum choices this year.

So we are abundant in firsts for the 2011-2012 school year.

I must admit however that I have been so overwhelmed this year.    I currently wear the hats of wife, mother, homemaker, homeschooling mom, part-time church secretary, church WMU director, childrens' teacher on Wednesdays at church, plus I volunteer with other ministries at church, help take care of my mom, and try to find time to blog.

But it's the wonderful life that God has blessed me with and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

So, what hats do you wear?  Do you get overwhelmed by it all?

Homeschooling at the speed of life,


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gratituesday ~ October 18, 2011

I have totally been out of the blog world lately.





blog...............    :(

I'm not going to list all of the reasons I have been insanely busy lately. 

However, with that being said, what am I grateful for on this Gratituesday?

My ability to serve God by serving others. 

Over the past SEVERAL weeks, I have been serving family, church members, and other homeschoolers.  I absolutely love it.  I enjoy serving others.

I am grateful to have my health and the time to do so.  God has richly blessed me with the opportunity to be a homemaker and I am able to help others because I am not tied to an outside job.

When my mom is sick, I take care of her.

When my husband needs something done through the day time, I do it.

When the senior saints' at church need the projector screen hooked up at 11:00 am on a Monday, I am free to go.

My 5 year old has allergy shots every Monday morning I can take her.

I am often told that I take on too much.  While that my be true, I enjoy it.  I do get frazzled at time with all the things that I volunteer to help with.  But . . .  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!  (Helping others, not being frazzled.)  ;)

Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Serving Him at the speed of life,


PS ~  I promise to start blogging more regularly again.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Menu Planning Monday ~ October 3 - 9, 2011

Monday:  Stew Beef & Rice, Collard Greens, Mixed Veggies, Sweet Tea

Tuesday:  Fried Chicken, Baby Lima Beans, Fried Taters, Tea

Wednesday:  Fish Tacos, Tortilla Chips & Salsa, Tea

Thursday:  Ham & Cheese Hashbrown Fritata, Salad, Tea

Friday:  Pizza Night

Saturday:  Taco Soup, Corn Chips, Tea

Sunday:  (Crock Pot Lunch)  Creamy Italian Chicken, Rice, Okra, Tea

Breakfasts:  Bagels; Cereal;  Cheese Toast and Scrambled Eggs; Oatmeal.  All Served with fruit & milk.

Lunches:  Leftovers, Sandwiches and Chips, Tuna Salad and Crackers

Snacks:  Fruit Cup, Cinnamon Toast, Jello, Granola Bars

I'm linking up with Organized Junkie's Menu Planning Monday.  Check out what other families are having for more ideas.

Feeding my family at the speed of life,