Our Week: Has been full of reminiscing we've talked about our special new (IRL) friends and about
what fun we had on the road meeting them. Here I am on far left with Cindy of "Get-a-long-Home"
and Rebecca of "Moms Mustard Seeds" - these ladies are such a blessing in my life on a regular basis
I hope you'll take the time (if you haven't all ready) - to get to know them better. They are smart and
beautiful - on the inside and out! I am a better wife, mother, teacher, and friend because of their
After the incredible time at Teach Them Diligently - and before the Apologia Live Conference - we
enjoyed the privilege of spending time with Rebecca and her family. My kids are missing their new
friends already. It was wonderful to spend time with people who love the Lord and put Him first in
their life. It shows in their home and in their children. It left an impression on mine and I'm thankful
We took the kiddos to the park and Rebecca showed them her "Robin's call" bird ap - which
teaches the sounds of the birds. They sat on this log in the woods listening for Robins and other birds.
They later did a unit study on Robins - which we are continuing and expounding on this week in our homeschool.
We met up with Kathy from Kathy's Cluttered Mind - and took another nature walk and let the kids
play in the creek. They loved the stories from the Civil War from the Roswell Historical Mill and
enjoyed Kathy's littles. They are such cuties and seem to enjoy adventure like we do! Kathy is a sweet
friend who let us crash her place and then drove myself and my crew from Atlanta to South Carolina
for TTD. I love her adventurous spirit and the way she finds so many wonderful FREE activities for her family! She and Jen from Gricefully Homeschooling host a link up each week sharing homeschool
freebies you might want to check out - especially if you are homeschooling on a budget!
I am so pleased that I got to spend more time with Amanda Pelser from The Pelsers. She is the
blogger who hosts our wonderful online book clubs - Right now we are doing "Shepherding a Child's
Heart". I got to know her better during the "How to Have a Heart for Your Kids" book club and then
met her IRL at the Teach Them Diligently Convention (and her totally cute boys and tech genius hubs)
It was during a quiet conversation at Apologia Live - where I really had the opportunity to "bond" with Amanda (for lack of a better description- that is what it was) I am honored to call her my friend and to
have had the chance to know that she is a down to earth woman who cares about others. She has a
new e-book out to help others who struggle with depression : Click here to view more details If you are fighting depression and need encouragement - I HIGHLY recommend this affordable book - you'll
benefit from her insight, experience, and her heart's honest look at depression among women.
And then there is this girl :
I signed up for the HSBA swap a couple of years ago and was assigned Kelli from Lady of the Barn
as my swap buddy. When you sign up - you're encouraged to exchange more info and email each other
with prayer requests and to stay in touch. Kelli and I took the assignment very seriously and we hit it
off from the start. She shares her devotions on her blog and some tidbits about her adorable kids. She
is honest and open about her short comings and her desire to be a better mother, wife, friend - I really
dig that about her! You know, truth be told - we ALL need to be better on a regular basis and we are supposed to be striving for it on a daily basis - she doesn't pull any punches about it - I loved her
immediately! She drove to the Apologia Live conference to meet me (and to participate of course) and
I got to introduce her to the other fabulous homeschool mommy bloggers I've listed above. I'm so
thankful she did!
I am grateful that God has blessed me with encouraging friends. I'm grateful I have had the opportunity
to spend time with some of you - I gain so much from your insight and perspectives on a regular basis
- these ladies are just a handful of the special people God has seen fit to place in my life in some
capacity or another over the past year. There are more of you who I spend time praying for - who
pray for my family - who I tweet with - read your blog -enjoy your comments - You are more of a
blessing to this homeschool mom than you can know.
Our Homeschool This week: We are getting such enjoyment out of our new Seeds of Worship cd
I got from TTD - It is an upbeat musical cd that was originally designed to help kids remember their
Bible verses from a summer Bible camp. It's a catchy little cd full of scripture for my children to commit
We are using our new science books from Apologia - "Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day"
Of course, we had to head off to the beach to find a few swimming creatures of our own!
Big brother is reading to the little guys about US History - "They Called Her Molly Pitcher" and we
are - of course - checking out the free video's from Moms Mustard Seed and Founders Academy.
Today's video at Freedom Friday is about the Federalist vs the Anti-Federalist and the House of Representatives - Parker was impressed with how our founding fathers came together and debated
then decided about the time limits in office so that there is a balance of power. We are studying :
The American Freedoms Primer by Adams and The Bills of Rights Primer by Amar and Adams
G is For Good Book!
How was your homeschool week? Or, Spring Break week? Or just your week?
3 in 30- Goals for April: This April, I'm keeping it simple.
Goal # 1 - Spiritual Life - studying the Word daily - and doing the "Shepherding a Child's Heart"
Goal #2 - Health - My time for healing is NOW (can I get an Amen?) I'm using essential oils, special
mineral water (there is a story behind this - awesome) Drinking more water - and exercising 3 x each
week. Watching what I eat with less sugar and more protein and veggies is also a part of this goal.
Goal #3 -Schedule- Family Life- my family life includes our homeschool so we'll be continuing our
studies - my main goal is to get some of our projects more organized in binders and get written work in
order. I want to yell less- well, not at all - It's hard in a family where little boys run here and there and
don't seem to "hear" mommy on a regular basis - God is hard at work - this is going along with the Shepherding a Child's Heart study too and that will be great support for this goal. I will to set 2 days
aside (I think Tues and Thurs) to do some deep cleaning and organizing this April. I am starting
with one main room and one bedroom each week. Blogging schedule- continuing on my schedule
and adding in a review or two each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays