Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A completed job

We finished 1.B.7's room today. I finished the painting last night  and today was spent dusting baseboards, vacuuming the corners and giving everything a move around. We found some items that had been hidden during clean up.  Object lesson here: we can hid our sin for a while but eventually our sin will be brought out in the open. And, sin hidden will grow until it cannot be hidden any more.

We discussed that tonight. The room looks fresh and clean, next week another room. We have a marriage enrichement seminar this weekend and I am helping with the luncheon so the next few days will be spent working on that.

We started Greek today, Level 1 of Hey Andrew teach me some Greek, at 1.B7's request. Lots of ambition for that Blessing today! So, I am off to get the Blessings in bed and give the house a quick go over before I head into a busy weekend.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Spring work

I have put off painting the trim in 1.B.7's room for two years. I have a problem with project completion. But, now the painting in that room is finished. I will give it good cleaning and organizing sessions, then put it all back together. Then on to two other rooms and a little touch up painting in other various rooms. This step has catapulted me into finishing mode. One step at a time!

We are taking this month off from formal schooling, we have several groups of company coming at various times this month. We will have to start up with our daily Bible again tomorrow. We have family Bible time at night but during the day we work on character qualities and memorization. We have not done this in a week or so, we need to get it going again. It really helps me as much as it does the Blessings.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

We had an at home day today, well most of the day. I went out for a little shopping this afternoon while O worked on his truck. But other than that we just played and grilled out. I got O good with the hose this evening when I was watering the flowers, of course he got me back worse than I got him! The blessings played with our friends who are visiting from the lower 48. We are very thankful to have good friends who are concerned with raising children for God's glory and not just raising kids who stay out of trouble and seem to be good kids.

I realized today how much I enjoy being O's wife and a mother to our children. Yes, the job oftern gets to be the same old same old, but it will bear fruit some day that will be worth it all.

May the Lord find us faithful!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Work ahead

I find it difficult to do the extra things. I am usually fine at the daily agenda, but the daily agenda falls apart when I attempt a project. Today I am painting a piece of furniture and baskets for a bedroom. I will see how it all goes together at the end of the day. Will my house look normal or be a shambles? Only time will tell. The good news is that the blessings have a friend over and they are out on the bikes all afternoon so that should help with some of the indoor confusion!

I must remember to remember Memorial Day. The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is in our area, maybe we should go see that tomorrow after church.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Learning every day

I am amazed at how much I learn every day! I just want to be the best Christian, wife and mother I can be. So often I come so short! But I am always loved and forgiven and given another chance to try again. How amazing!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Slow down

We are enjoying spring time. In Alaska the summer is short. The trees have small buds one day and the next week everything is green. If one is not careful, summer can be a busy time of year. I have taken this summer to remember to slow down. We planted flowers and refreshed the flower beds. I created a nice sitting area for my dh and myself. We can enjoy a glass of tea and watch the Blessings ride their bicycles and play in the front yard. We have many groups of company coming this summer but in between we will enjoy all that summer has to enjoy.
May the Lord find us faithful!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Journey

I love planning for my own homeschool and sharing what I have learned in my own journey. I think I want others to know that school is more the paper and books. It is the praying, training, and nurturing of our Blessings that take much time see the fruit of our labor. But we must have trust in God that it will all come to fruition and that our dependence in Him will carry over to their dependence in Him.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Rainy Days

My mom is here visiting from Kentucky. The kids are getting their annual Nana fix as Nana is getting the grandchildren fix! It's funny how much grandparents do for their grandchildren. It is also amazing how helpless they become when Nana is here. But we are all having fun and enjoying each others company. Tomorrow though, Nana and I are spending some time away from the kids!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day

I hear my blessings outside playing. It is a wonderful sound. Today is a beautiful, warm, sunny day, the first really warm day this spring. Hooray!

What a blessing to be able to see, hear, touch, smell and taste all that there is take in! May I always remember the joy of being a Mother.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

another beautiful day

Wow, what a beautiful day. We did most of our school work outside today and even practiced violin outside! Best of all I hung the first wash out to dry on the line for the season. It is strange the things that a Mom will find enjoying. What a wonderful day to have by blessings working on school work at the picnic table while I hung the wash. These are the days that I truly enjoy. We had a busy afternoon or I would have  read aloud outside today, maybe tomorrow!! 

Tuesday, May 9, 2006


This is a whole new thing for me, so I guess I should give some background information.

I have a degree in elementary education and started out working in the public schools, but by the grace of God, I am home. My heart is committed to teaching my little blessings at home. When we had our first child I stayed home and have never looked back. It is so strange that I do not even remember homeschooling being an agonized over decision. We just seemed to naturally flow into it. Living in an area where homeschool is common did not hurt either.

I have spent many hours reading and researching education "philosophies"  and like so much about so many things about each one I learn about.  That is why I had to choose the eclectic catagory. I like the Charlotte Mason method, classical education and principle approach. So, I do not know which one we are working our way toward but we will know when we get there and we will have an enjoyable journey. My main concern is training our children to God's glory. We are working on Biblical character training and Bible memory.

We live in North Pole Alaska which is located in interior Alaska just outside of Fairbanks. We have lived here our entire married life and could not imagine living anywhere else. This is a wonderful place to raise a family. My husband and I are both from the south originally but this is home for our family. (I do miss sittin on the front porch swing with my Dad and sisters, and dark summer nights and lightening bugs!) But now I dwell in the land of the midnight sun and swat mosquitoes!!

May the Lord find us faithful!


Spring Fever

We planted flower seeds today. We have been spending many hours outside. It is still chilly at times but we have about 18 hours of sunlight a day. Soon we will be planting our vegetable garden!!