Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Class of 2016

And we have our first graduate. 

He played baseball the day of his graduation party and it happened to be senior day as well. 



I had my husband talk during graduation, I would have cried and it would not have been pretty. 



Instead I was able to laugh at something Benjamin said during the diploma presentation. 


Of course there was food: pork, chicken and side dishes, 


and desserts

I didn't get too many pictures during the party because I was busy enjoying good conversation. 





Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Looking Back is a Very Good Thing

Tonight I had a few minutes to do something so I decided to work on school shelves. I am very glad I did. You see, the negative self talk keeps telling me that I shoulda, coulda woulda been a better home education Mom. I shoulda, coulda, woulda pushed more and required more and bought better curriculum or even allowed my kids to have less curriculum and more time to explore interests and abilities. Oh, those shoulda, coulda, wouldas. My son met and in some cases exceeded the requirements for the state of Alaska to graduate high school. He is prepared for whatever path the Lord has for him. I am prepared to watch him travel that path. 


See this folder? It contains his 8th grade writing assignments. I feel as though I have been a writing failure and that we didn't do enough writing. Guess what?? He did do more writing than I thought because I forgot what we had used and when. What a blessing that long left on the shelf folder has been to me tonight. I am thankful and I blessed. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Why Our Teens Do Not Have A Curfew



Yes, you read that title correctly. Our teens have no curfew. Life for us just does not fit inside of a box and curfews just create a boxing in of sorts. 
Curfews seem to create a sense of being out just to be out until curfew. Make sense? 

Our approach is to assess each outing as it comes. If our teens are out at a friend's house for a game night then they are probably going to get a later time to be home than a set curfew would allow. 

Our teens attended a movie with friends, on a school night even, they ended up going to a 10:00ish movie due to schedules and such. We agreed to the later time and they went to the movie.  We survived and so did they. 

Just this past weekend the teens stayed in town after the Sunday evening service to wait for one of their friends to arrive home from college. That late night trip to the airport will be a long held memory for all involved. But, they didn't just stay in town, they were at the home of a friend playing games and apparently eating cereal. 

I dare say parenting isn't about a to do checklist. Every day is different, every child is different. 

I personally am not a fan of teens just going out with no plan or place to be because it is Friday night. I lean more toward going about life with a purpose or plan. We are also blessed with great families to host the group our teens spend time with. Even if that plan is just game night with friends, it is a plan. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

State Conference, Mom Weekend, Ravi Zacharias

A friend organized a trip to the state homeschool conference in Anchorage. All I had to do was pack and bring money, ya can't beat that. 

We realized it must be summer because road construction has begun on our Alaska highways. 

We happened upon a tiny house on display so we toured and took a selfie. 

Trips to Anchorage mean eating in restaurants we do not have in Fairbanks. How about Texas Roadhouse with anAlaskan  twist? Great service by the way. 




I left with two to go cups, one water and one tea. 


Anchorage has a great homeschool store with exceptional service. Love Chickabiddy Books! 



After closing down the store we went back to the hotel to research what we needed because we were going back the next day to complete our shopping. 


We hung around for the Sunday not going service at a church in Anchorage because Ravi Zacharias was speaking there. I am so glad we did. 


Then we loaded all of our stuff into the car and headed home. Looks like we did some shopping while there. ☺️

We saw Denali on the way home(right under the cloud). I also bought a selfie stick which came in handy for Denali pictures. 


I had no idea how much I needed this trip until I was on this trip. I was in great need of Mom refreshment.  









Completing


Benjamin and I finished Sonlight's First Grade Science. Yippee for completion!!!!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Oh, Those Expectations

They get ya every time, those expectations. 

The bar gets set high for other people. 
The mind thinks about what someone else did or did not do. 
The mind, it sure is an interesting playground of thought. 
When the focus is on what did no did not go the way of expectations the mind dwells and inflates situations. 
The focus should be on God, the Father. Time should be spent in prayer and in the Word, I am reminding myself of this fact. 

I am guilty of setting high expectations and I am also on the receiving end. 

Through frustration and hurt I also have opened eyes, renewed clarity if you will. 
I see now. 
I see how to pray for every day situations. 


Friday, April 29, 2016

Perspective

Life has a way of ebbing and flowing that also makes for eye opening experiences. Sometimes you can see the highest peaks clearly, just as a rare sighting of Denali while driving home from a weekend in Anchorage. 
Other times the clouds roll in and the view isn't quite as clear. 

Recently I have learned much and my eyes have been opened and the clouds have moved on and I can see clearly. 

Perspective and expectations are two things I have learned along the way. What??? 

Yes, perspective and expectations. 

What do I expect from from others and do I view situations from only my perspective? 

Expectations often cause problems in relationships. 

What do I expect of others?
Do they know my expectations of them?
Are the expectations realistic? 

This brings me to perspective. 
When expectations are not met it does pay to consider the life/situation of the other person. 

I am thankful to have finally put these two  items together in life circumstances. To remind myself that I should not expect more of others than they can give. I have also learned that I may not know what someone else is going through and why they make the decisions they make. I should give others the benefit of the doubt.  
 

Monday, March 14, 2016

March


Benjamin working on a project. He really needs a haircut. 

This is how the school box looks in March. Where did the pencils and crayons go? Somehow, we manage. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Humor

This popped up in my Instsgram feed and I love it. True, so true!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Fourth Annual Cookie Swap

Our annual cookie swap went down Friday night. We swapped cookies with eight other Mother/Daughter teams. 

Our family makes gingerbread cookies every year for the swap. 


Our ten dozen cookies baked, frosted and packaged to go. 


The cookie sample table. I tasted not one cookie. 



The hot cocoa 

The cookies waiting to be swapped.