New schedule

We are on Christmas break. A very much needed break. When I started our first year of homeschool back in August it didn’t really occur to me that I needed to have a yearly schedule. As the weeks went by however I can see how an actual yearly, or term by term schedule is needed. So, I talked to a bunch of people. I consulted the ever popular internet and homeschool blogs and then I prayed. Then I  prayed and prayed and prayed some more. I have decided that we need to have some kind of a plan so I am going to start it as soon as we get back to school on the 2nd of Jan. We are going to try the ever common and popular 6 weeks on, 1 week off term schedule. As I write it out on a calendar, it looks really good. I like the weeks that will be our week off. They could turn into some great travel opportunities since I am really hoping to get up to Northern Idaho this spring sometime. I don’t know yet how it will work in the long term or how I am actually going to feel about only taking 6 weeks off this summer but for now, I have decided this is a great place to start. I know I still need to be flexible but think this is a great place to start.

So, I am curious. What kind of schedule do you use? Year -round? Following the local school calendar? Or something entirely different that is personally designed and a perfect fit? I would love to hear what works best for your family!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you had a very wonderful Christmas!

Hugs,
Jen

Please Lord be with my family

I am feeling like the orphan sister no one wanted. My parents have both passed away and I cannot get my brothers to speak to me. I am so sad, hurt and just cannot figure out how we can fix this.

Please LORD..help heal this pain. My family has never been good at this, but now it seems we are worse than ever. I do not want to live the rest of my life without them….

In your name,
Amen

The gift giving changes as our hearts have been changed

For the past 3 years we have been intentional about shifting the focus of this holiday from being about Santa, presents and stuff to Jesus, life and grace. This year I can see a difference in our children and how they feel about what Christmas means. Back in late October I think, we explained to the kids that this year they were going to only receive 5 gifts from us – the parents.
 1. A gift of want
2. A gift of need
3. A gift of wear
4. A gift of read
5 One from Santa
Yes, we still have 1 Santa believer in this house and while I think he is pretty close to figuring it out, this is not the best time of year to spill the beans. So…Santa will bring 1 this year.

This new approach has been so well received and I am very proud of my kids. As of this moment, they only have a few things on their wishlists and today my daughter who is 10 actually said, outloud “I would be OK if I didn’t get any gifts this year. What if we just gave to the homeless or needy instead?” My eyes filled with tears and I knew she finally understood – Jesus is the reason for the season!!!

I am grateful for how the Lord is working to change our hearts about the holiday.
Thank you for stopping by to share this glimpse of my amazing, ordinary life.

Hugs!
Jen