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It’s a slow day

It’s one of those days where the kids are not feeling well. A book on CD was listened to, a movie was watched, a book was read out loud, paper crafts were made, the stew is in the oven, the animals are sleeping, and it is quiet in the home.  It’s a lazy day, and some days are just like that.

Susan

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Pumpkin carving prayer

 I came across this when putting together my daughters pumpkin lapbook. I just love it and thought others might like to see it, for an alternative way to carve a pumpkin.  There is a book about called The Pumpkin Parable (or something like it, sorry I don’t have the specifics) that is very similar, with bible pasages.

Cut off the top:
Lord, open my mind and fill me with Your wisdom and guidance.

Scoop out the yuckies:
Lord, take out all my fussies and frownies and fill me with Your love.

Carve out the eyes:
Lord, open my eyes to see all of the beautiful things You have made.

Carve out the nose:
Lord, help me to be a sweet fragrance for You.

Carve out the mouth:
Lord, help me to always speak your words of love and kindness.

Place in a candle:
Lord, let me be a light to others for You have filled me with your light.

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Much Better

Thank you all for the encouragement.  Means a lot to me.  Yesterday went much better.  Hubby did school in the evening the previous day and had a talk with the girls.  So yesterday one child started her math and was finished by 10am and then completely finished with school by 11:30. I had time to work on a lap book with my youngest and get our history reading done.  They all did their best work and I was pleased.  Yes, I know that sending them to school is not the answer for us, but some days, it’s just hard. Know what I mean?

I know I need to work on my attitude. I am trying. I am praying, asking the Lord to fill me with his love, his power, his strength to keep on keeping on.

Now, on a completely different topic:  Christmas.  Yep, I know it is still October but it is coming fast.  I’ve been thinking about it a little, in my spare time!  We have a puppy as you all know, and I was thinking how I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of putting all my precious ornaments on the tree, just to have Max knock them off and chew them up.  I was at a craft store a bit a go and saw a paper pack of ornaments. You punch them out, fold them up and Presto!  Hand made ornaments ready to hang on the tree. I was also thinking of how much my girls are still into the whole Little House on the Prairie thing.  I am thinking it would be a good idea to go really simple and homespun this year.  String popcorn and cranberries, hang ribbon bows and pine cones on the tree.  That way if the dog attacks the tree, no biggie.  Not only that, but the girls will really be able to participate in the decorating.  I found a book in the Rainbow Resource holiday catalog that is titled, A Pioneer Christmas.  It tells about pioneer holiday traditions, games, recipes, and crafts. I think I will buy this and really do the Little House theme this year.  Oh, don’t worry, we will not forget the real theme of Christmas. This is just to focus on simplicity and togetherness.  Wouldn’t it be great to get all my Christmas shopping done in November and I wouldn’t have to worry about any of that during December?

Susan

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One of those days

I hate to be a downer but it has been one of ‘those’ days.  The kind where you wake up late, school doesn’t go well, the kids don’t listen, etc.  I just don’t think I am feeling well and I am not sure what is wrong.  I think I am fine physically but I think emotionally and very likely hormonally I am not feeling right.  It is one of those days where I am tempted to look into school for the kids outside the home. When  a child cries and whines for a few hours over doing one math assignment and look up 5 words in the dictionary and write down the definition, I wonder how I could possibly do this child any good.  I feel like this child should and is capable of doing twice the work, but there is a such a struggle that it tires me out. I want to give up, and I don’t want to give up.

Susan

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Great Find

As I was putting our Book of Centuries together I came across a website, in fact there are tons available, that has free down-loadable clip art.  What a great find. I click on the ‘history’ category and pick the area of study we are doing, search for a clip art that matches what I need, save it, print it, cut it out, and paste into our Book of Centuries.  This is also a great tool for those who like lapbooking.

I had a hard time figuring out how I was going to do a timeline. I know there are many products out there but I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money.  I found this free Book of Centuries at simplycharlottemason.com.  I downloaded it, printed it off, hole punched it and put it in a binder. Now when we study something we can keep track of when they happen and how it relates to other people and events we study. I noticed that it was getting more important to do this as we continue to study history. The girls are asking questions, like who came first, Pocahontas or Sacagawea? Honestly I have a hard time keeping it all straight in my head. We will work on one book for the whole family.  I put tabs between the two time periods (BC and AD) to make it easier to find the time we need.  I am excited to see this book come together through out the years.

Susan

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Living in the Northwest

I grew up in California. The weather is nice and mild there, depending on what part of the state you lived in. There are some things while living there that I never realized could happen until I moved to the Northwest.

For instance, my car grows moss. Seriously. Along the rubber at the bottom of the window. While we tend to have nice summers it feels like things never really dry up. Mold. It grows everywhere. I never noticed my mother having to clean out the window tracks because of mold growth. Dust. It is always dusty in my house. Now I realize that I am not the best at dusting. Maybe we don’t have a great filtering system on our furnace, although I am pretty sure we have a decent one. But I never had to worry about my hangers in my closet getting dusty. I have to wipe them down in order to not get my clothes dirty when I hang them. That is just weird to me. Am I the only one who has dusty hangers? I realize after time a hanger might get dusty from not being used, but this is a constant thing here. Anyone else have dusty hangers?

Susan

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Tough start

Last year started out so smoothly. We were all excited for school. The kids participated, for the most part attitudes were good.  This year is entirely different.  My plan is to start out our morning (after morning chores) with our devotions, then on to history, which I do at the table with all the girls. Usually that involves me reading to them and they are doing an activity sheet while I read. They usually love this.  After we are finished they move on to their independent work.  I have a K-1st grader who needs a lot of my attention, but the other two girls seem to not be able to do anything this year without me working with them. I am finding this very difficult.  I feel pulled in a million directions and I am getting frustrated.  On top of that, when we start our devotions I feel like the enemy descends upon my house and turns my kids into monsters.  There are interruptions, (can I have a drink of water, fake snoring etc), and I can barely get our scripture read or them to repeat our memory verse. By the time we muddle through it I am frustrated and ready to quit.  While we have been doing school for a few weeks now I don’t feel like we have had one good day where everyone completes their assignments.  By the time two o’clock rolls around I am done and I do not want to help another child with something. So whatever they didn’t finish doesn’t get finished.  What am I doing wrong?  Why is juggling this year so much more difficult than last year?  Any fresh ideas out there?  Help!

Susan

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