Thursday, December 14, 2017

10 Reasons I am grateful to be a homeschooling mom

People often tell me they think it would be overwhelming to be homeschooling. Several reasons I love it:
1- I don’t have to wake up babies prematurely from naps to drive the kids to school.
2- I don’t have to wait till 4pm for the kids to get off the bus. (Because we live in the country, it takes a long time for the neighborhood kids to get dropped off)
3- I get to watch my older kids teaching their younger siblings, and playing with them.
4- We get to go at my children's pace, taking more time where necessary, and going faster when they understand a concept.
5- We can take vacations during off season times.
6- I can include things into the curriculum that interest my family.
7- They get to learn a foreign language (German), bake, do lots of art, and play with play dough.
8- I don’t have to worry as much about picking up nasty colds from the school to pass around the family, and we can still learn on sick days. We also get to avoid bullying and the silliness that sometimes gets in the way of learning.
9- They get time to learn about running a home, cleaning and cooking. They also learn about taking care of the animals.
10- I can answer my children’s questions when they have them, for example, just the other week after watching a nature film Amy asked "How do humans mate?" I was glad I was the one to answer that then some 5th grader. I could address it at her level.

Now revel in this cute fella!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

This weeks happenings

 We had a "class party" Thursday morning because the girls had been so stellar about doing their homework. We made gingerbread cookies and watched Tangled.
 I sometimes think my girls would love to walk into a Laura Ingels Wilder book, they love the bonnets Oma got for them. They are getting pretty reliable about taking care of the chickens and cat. I am adjusting to having a cat. Everyone says you need one out here, and considering the mouse Ryan saw in the garage last week I believe it. I just wish she wouldn’t do her business on my porch.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Season

I love the Christmas season. I love my Savior and the love He has shown us all. I hope that we can raise the kids so that they remember Him, and treat others as He would. I love this song by Hilary Weeks. She sings of how Christ loves us wherever we are at. I know this is true. He understands us, our hopes, fears, doubts, and his love is infinite. What a wonderful thing to remember this season, and always.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

They think they are part of the family

Our hens definitely think they are part of our family. This is not an uncommon sight at our home. If we’d let them, they’d come in and make themselves at home. I don’t know if any girls loved their chickens as much as these girls.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

🇬🇪 Khachapuri 🇬🇪 Georgian food and R.I.P. Carla

 We made Khachapuri for dinner. It was quite yummy actually.
 Sadly, the girls chicken, Carla, died today. Amy, and Lena, were especially distraught. These chickens really are pets. They are sweet, easy to handle, and even come peck at the back door window if their food is low. She just has been off her feed and acting strange, lethargic... she died in the late afternoon, after having many hugs, and tears shed over her.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

God is at the helm

Sometimes life is challenging, and the world seems too full of hatred, racism, greed, and selfishness. But when the news gets me down, it’s a comfort to know that God is at the helm. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

An 8 year old baking bread by herself

Monta helped with shredding carrots for stew yesterday, and Amy made the bread ALL by herself. I told her what to put in, but usually even when I let the girls help, I kind of hover. I told myself yesterday that the best way for Amy to learn was to really do it start to finish herself.