Homeschooling Is…….A Lesson in car washing

What tools are we going to need to get this job done?
How much soap is too much?
Learning to share and take turns using the scrubber, sponge and hose, without arguing.
Seeing the spots that still have dirt and learning that those need to be washed again.
Rinsing ALL of the soap off is paramount to a clean vehicle, and a getting each area wet before we start washing isn’t a bad idea either.
We are not all the way done until everything is rinsed out and put away.
It is harder to roll up a hose when you have small arms.

This is what I {{LOVE}} about homeschooling!

Faith building obedience

Obedience is usually a word that makes me think of children. Mine, yours, her’s….it doesn’t really matter. Being obedient is something that we usually expect from children. When our children are not obedient then we have consequences for them. In our home when the kids were younger that would mean some time in the corner, or alone in their room along with an apology to the person that was disobeyed and an lesson on how to be obedient the next time. As the kids have gotten older the consequence may change but the expectation of obedience has not.

Do we ever expect our fellow grown ups to be obedient? I didn’t use to think so. It wasn’t until I began to take my relationship with Jesus much more seriously did I realize that I was going to be called to be obedient to Him and that thought rocked my world. I learned that if I prayed I had better expect Him to answer. Once the answer was given I needed to obey it, even if it wasn’t the answer I was hoping for or expecting. Recently this lesson has played out loud and clear in my life.

Many months ago it was laid on my heart by the Lord that I needed to start learning about homeschooling. He put people in my path along the way that were already involved with this form of education. I sought out people in my community, in my church and eventually on the Internet. I realized that this was no longer an abstract way to raise your children but in my state, it was actually a very common practice.

What on earth was I considering!!!???  I was finally a full time, stay at home mom. This was going to be the first year that both of my children were going to be in school all day long. I was about to have most of the days to myself, to do as I wanted. Whether that was work on blog posts, stamp a new card, take a class at the YMCA or have coffee with a girlfriend, my days were going to me about me and what I wanted. Ha Ha Ha!! Who was I kidding…..I should have known that idea was way toooooo good to be true!

Fast forward to this summer when the decision was finally made that this was the path that God was wanting for our family. As much as I had dreamed of having time each day for God and myself I knew in my heart and from all of the signs and ways God shows Himself that this was what I was supposed to do. And when I realized that, acceptance was easy. This wasn’t some half thought out plan. This was God’s Will for my life and I knew I had to obey.

The big day had finally arrived. We were about to begin this new journey! The kids and I finished our morning routine of breakfast, getting dressed and morning chores. We headed upstairs to the school room and were just sitting down to pray and start our day when the phone rang. I had set a rule that no phone, internet or email during school time but before I could utter a word the kids were running for the phone. On the other end was my dear husband. He was calling to give me the news that it was his first year anniversary at his job and he was going to be getting a raise. The amount of the raise he was given was the same amount that I was loosing by leaving my part time job at the school to be home with my kids. While I’d like to say I was shocked the only words I could utter at that moment was ” I knew it!!! I just knew it!!!” “God had this whole entire thing planned out and he just wanted to see if we would trust Him enough to actually obey His will for our life!”  I instantly felt like we had been rewarded for being obedient.

Now I have to admit that this is the first time I can say that we were ever rewarded monetarily for being obedient to God. Actually this will probably be the first, last and only time this will ever happen to us. And that is just fine! To be given such a tangible reward, for it to be something that we can actually see and use to show how trusting God is worth it being a once in a lifetime event.

Do you feel that God has put something on your heart or is calling you to do? Are you listening to Him and are you willing to be obedient? If you don’t, you may miss out on a great reward, a once in a lifetime reward. It may be something that you can share with an unbeliever and use to show that God is alive and well and working in our lives right now. I wouldn’t want to miss that opportunity. I hope that by sharing this story with you, you won’t miss yours.

Blessings,
Jen

From Bonus Room to School Room

When we moved to Idaho, we were blessed with a larger home. It technically has 5 bedrooms. 3 are used as bedrooms, 1 is my stamping room and the last is a large bonus room over the garage. For the last year it has been used by the kids as the bonus room. A place where the extra stuff can go. We got them a small TV and put the Wii up there so we didn’t all have to fight for TV time. I found a free couch from Craigslist and it gives us a place to sit. But for the most part, the room is hardly used and collects an amazing amount of dust cat hair!

Since we are now beginning our journey into Homeschooling I have decided to turn part of that space into our school area. We really need a defined area to do our work, keep our supplies and try not to let the school space spread out into the entire house. It will also help keep us focused on what our tasks are, and hopefully help us focus on getting school done.

So, here are photos, taken yesterday as I begun to turn this space from Bonus Room to School Room.

I worked for hours tearing the unused bed frame down, moving furniture, washing curtains, sweeping, dusting etc etc. The kids helped with taking their toys and other “stuff” to their rooms, to the giveaway pile or into the garbage. They also helped by playing with friends, riding bikes and not asking me for something ever 12 seconds.

By late in the afternoon, we had a room that looked like this.

Serious progress had been made!

Check back tomorrow to see how the transformation is coming along. I continued to work into the night, and the kids helped me decide where to put the bookcases, hang posters and pick a dedicated calendar area. They both loved that they found this morning when they woke up and I can’t wait to share the finished project with you.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

A new journey is about to begin

Summer has been a blast this year! We have not taken any fancy trips, visited family far away or have tons of extravagant highlights to share. It has instead been filled with small blessing and large accomplishments.

D Man learned how to ride a 2 wheel bike AND how to swim under water. Miss A went to her first sleep over camp out of state and is no longer afraid of the diving board. Chris has been blessed to have been working for the same company for a year now and I have a renewed love of Stampin’. We have so many things to be grateful for.

Many other families are gearing up to go off to school for another year, we are gearing up to stay home. We have been feeling the calling for many months now and have made the decision to homeschool the kids. I would like to add that it isn’t because of the school we attended or the staff at the school. We love our neighborhood school. The staff have become like family to me. But like so many other places around the country our district has been hit with big cuts and growing needs. I know the kids would be fine, but “fine’ isn’t enough. So, we are going to jump in another leap of faith and go for it.

I am looking forward to writing about our journey here. I don’t know that anyone will ever read it but a year from now, I will enjoy looking back and seeing how the road has been. A few people have told me that the first year is the hardest, and I can see that. But I am so excited to start this next stage in our lives and am ready to work through those battles.

I hope that you will stick around for the ride and cheer us on!