Homeschool Mother’s Journal – January 15, 2012

The Homeschool Mother's Journal In my life this week…

James’ little yellow GloFish died Sunday. :(

A very exciting announcement was made Wednesday over at Hip Homeschool Moms. Can you even believe that? James keeps telling me that the name needs to be changed to Square Homeschool Moms, but I’m getting really good at rolling my eyes at him and hiding my smile.

In our homeschool this week…

We had school all five days this week too … I don’t what’s going on lately, it’s amazing! This lighter work schedule and not having a baby or toddler is really working out well for our schooling. :D

We finished reading The Vikings by Elizabeth Janeway this afternoon, which means we can pick back up with William the Conquerer by Thomas B. Costain tomorrow. I think we’re about halfway finished with it, and I’m looking forward to wrapping it up so we can move on to learning about Joan of Arc. I found two really good books about her at our public library.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

You are the best teacher for your child. God created you especially to be the perfect mother (or father) of your child, and that includes being teacher. If you want to homeschool, never be afraid that you aren’t patient enough, smart enough, or rich enough. Teaching your child is really an extension of simply parenting him. No more, no less.

I am inspired by…

People who show joy and love to others despite unpleasant circumstances.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We have absolutely no plans this week. I’ve been thinking about taking the kids snow tubing, but I’m not real thrilled about the cost.

My favorite thing this week was…

Baking pumpkin muffins in our new toaster oven. They turned out so good!

What’s working/not working for us…

This cold weather business isn’t working for me! I think the mild winter has spoiled me. The past two days, I’ve felt like I cannot warm up. I sit around under covers all the time, and still I’m cold. Blech.

Also, we have gotten into an awful routine of staying up until almost midnight. One night, Nick needed to talk (which is totally fine, of course) so he and I stayed up until 1:30 a.m. That means that I’m sleeping until 10 a.m. and the boys are sleeping until 11 or later. Agh, it soooo has to change!!

Things I’m working on…

I just finished sewing four skirts for the daughter of a friend. I’m going to be working on skirts for her other daughter now. Look for  a post about my sewing adventures later this week.

I’m reading…

No, We Can’t, a book that Bethany House sent me to review. I’ll be posting a review of it within the next couple weeks, but I must confess that it isn’t really grabbing me.

I’m cooking…

Chocolate chip cookies with the kids after church this evening.

I’m grateful for…

Automobiles. Can you imagine trying to go anywhere in this cold weather in a wagon or buggy?

I’m praying for…

A new and better job for Jon. He has a phone interview this Thursday.

Photos to share…

Here are some pics of the boys and Jon getting up close and personal with a snake at some rainforest adventure indoor animal zoo in Pigeon Forge a couple years ago. Notice that there isn’t a picture of me holding the snake.

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