Friday, May 27, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal #5

In my life this week…
By the grace and guidance of God I launched my first e-book!  I was nervous and excited and am looking forward to hearing and seeing where this book goes and where God leads me with it!
Click on image for FREE download of the book.

In our homeschool this week…
We are wrapping up our year with a unit on measurements.  I introduced Ashley to exponents, those buggers are tricky!  We managed to plug along each day, counting down and knowing the end is near!

We also started sampling Math Blaster by the Jump Start people.  I will be reviewing this product.  I am hoping to use it for bridging activities this summer.  They can be on summer break AND learn without feeling like it is drudge work! 

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
The annual Curriculum/Garage sale with our Homeschool association is this next weekend!!  I really MUST get our old and unused stuff out of storage so I can try to sell it!  I need to contact them as well to see where and when I take it in.  I look forward to browsing all the books and (maybe) investing in some needful additions to our curriculum.

Praying for some sun so park trips may be possible and Brooke is begging me to take her back to Salvation Army where she is anxious to use her savings (a whopping $1) to purchase a new stuffed bunny she saw there yesterday!  
Do you think she needs more?!  This isn't even all of them!
My favorite thing this week was…
The retreat last weekend, for sure!  Also, a wonderful study the kids and I had today about what Love is.

I am loving only one week left of school and I am ecstatic to have started reading the books to begin e-SBS :-)  Overall, it was a good week (even if I didn't want to get out of bed most days!) 
What's working/not working for us...
Keeping those papers graded and folders ready before bed!  I was on the ball all except one day this week and kids were waking up gung-ho to learn as a result.  Love it!

What's not working is planning anything for the afternoons other than finish up time for whatever wasn't completed in the morning.  I will have to pray on this, and our learning environment, before starting back up in the fall.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…
Pushing through when the going gets tough and the tough want to drag their feet is a thought that gets me through a lot of days.  I have gone the lazy route, back when we were first homeschooling.  I regret what I robbed my kids of by doing that.  In the spirit of 'no regrets' and knowing God forgives all and my children are oblivious to my frundgeries (thank you Lord!) I remind myself of those days when I want to slack.  Some relaxing in schedule is good... but too much... just doesn't work for us.  CARPI DIEM! 
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
As I released my book this week, I was listening to this song and thinking how it speaks to me and all that God has brought me through:

While this week has been a good one, it came with the usual doubts in self, desires to see my children at their best and feeling like we were all falling short, and a search for hope that did not go unrewarded.  I pray, that through your good weeks and bad you keep believing in yourself to teach, to love, and to be the wonderful mom God has called you to be.

God Bless!


  1. Hugs sweetie for all the honest takes on your ups and down. I am so inspired by that. It's amazing what a few days break can do and this season of summer. I'll be praying and thinking about you!!! Thank you for posting. I'm new to HHH and have found it fantastic!

  2. Thank you, I feel like there is no point sharing the 'journal' with the intent to help and encourage other moms if I am not honest about it all!

    When a person is new to homeschooling it can be overwhelming and if you only read about the 'perfect' days you get the impression that you are a dismal failure! But the fact is, every homeschool has its good days and bad and every homeschool mom battles with that.

    I'm thankful my post could inspire you. Thank you for your prayers :-) God Bless!