Tuesday, October 27, 2015

True Confessions from A Homeschool/Public School Mom

I knew I needed help. I could tell it was coming. I started day-dreaming about putting my kids in school last year. They went to a small Christian school for band and every time we were there, I would think about how it would be totally rational to take out a loan so the kids could all go there. LOL. Not possible. But anyways, I knew I needed help and that's where I begin my story.

Up until this year I've been exclusively homeschooling our 4 school-aged children, grades pre-k-5. And then you add a 1.5 yr old (now 2) to the mix. I mean, I was doing it. I just wasn't doing it well. I hear about these moms, and I even know some- they can do this so gracefully.

Somewhere along the line though, I just stopped doing it well. I have always thought of myself as being totally in control and able to handle anything. But, at this point in my life, I am learning to be ultra honest and just really real with myself. I NEED HELP. I cannot do this alone. And I had to kind of come to the end of myself and realize this. It just took me a while. It's sobering to admit that you need help and even more sobering to take stock and just be like like- I'm not adding up.

So, once we moved to CO....I knew it was my chance to get some real good help. There are so many choices here, it's almost overwhelming. The kids could literally be doing something amazing everyday. From clubs, to lessons, to a school where they do all the learning out in nature. Just, great choices here. We settled (after much deliberation and another choice made once before this) on putting them into a charter school we'd heard good things about. This particular school has a homeschool program, one day a week, where they're taught English, art, music, math, PE and recitation. Wonderful program. And to start with, all the kids were enrolled here.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Speak Kindly for Heaven's Sakes

Soooo, the kids and I have embarked on a journey. One that has been challenging to them...eh hem, us.
This journey I speak of? Using our words to speak life. Using kind words. Even...this is tough one, even when we are angry or there has been a clear offense.

I'm saddened these days. There are many times when I'm out and about that I hear moms or dads speaking so rudely to their kids. I wonder if they realize how they sound? It's so awkward. But I know I've been guilty of it, especially when it's something I've made a habit, I mean, how else will the kids know I mean business??

So we've been tackling it. Some things we're learning? The Bible has a lot to say about what you say. For instance-

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they who indulge in it, will reap the fruit of it." Proverbs 18:21

 “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew‬ ‭12:36-37‬ ‭

So obviously it's important to be teaching our kids to use their words wisely.

Monday, August 24, 2015

That Time God Healed Me

At church this weekend, the pastor was challenging everyone to share something God had done for them. Just simply sharing a story, we didn't have to argue theology or convince anyone of anything, just tell someone what God has done.

So, I have a story that I don't think I've shared in a while- of how God miraculously healed me from a compression fracture in my back.

To set the scene- I was 21 and had just gotten into snowboarding. This is consequently how I also met my husband. I wanted to buy some gear and someone told me to go see Travis. Little did I know....but that's another story.

Anyways, we ended up spending a lot of time going to the mountain that winter and spring. I was getting pretty comfortable (in a very beginner/intermediate) sort of way. Travis and his friends were much better than I was and it was fun to watch them and sometimes to try and keep up. We would go in the terrain park and I would totally just stick to the easiest jumps.