Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanks Giving















November has been beautiful. I am so thankful for this month. We usually spend thanksgiving with Dave's family. But this year they are gone to other parts of the country so we will be home and spending it here with friends. I *know* if we would not have been planning to be here for Thanksgiving that I would have our Christmas trees up and trimmed this week. Since we will be here, it has been nice to focus on Thanksgiving a little more and decorate the house for it.

We wanted to spray paint some leaves for a garland, so I ended up taking the gold paint outside and spraying the leaves directly on the trees. With any other color this would have been weird...but the gold lightly misted other leaves in the area, and now (even after I picked the leaves and took them in for the garland) our outside trees look fairy dusted :)

We made the turkeys in art class. Sooo cute. We also made yellow school buses out of large poster board, Indian corn drawings, watercolor leaves, and pipe cleaner sculptures- NO! I didn't get pictures of all of the projects! Sigh...you just have to imagine the cuteness :-)

And the leaves have been gorgeous! (not just my golden leaves) Our yard is beautiful and when I see the piles of leaves on the ground I do not despair- leaves on the ground means work for the kids to do! And exercise for me.

Happy Thanksgiving! SOOOOOOOOOO much to be thankful for :-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

(this is a warning*) An Overly Sappy Post on Homeschooling and Our Stage in Life

The kids are ages 8, 11, and 13. This is an amazing time of life....I am so thankful and pinch myself almost everyday, saying, "I don't deserve this life"

God has blessed us in so many ways. I have to write and give Him the glory. He is kind and generous to allow us this privilege to teach and train our children.

I am so thankful for our kids. I hang out with these guys every day! We laugh together...and they laugh at me when I cry :) For example, we were reading a book together in school, Out of Many Waters. We finally finished this book and I could not read the ending because of my tears :) It was a great book, and we get to read these wonderful books together and discuss them and learn and grow. I have the privilege of spending time with my children reading scriptures together. We read and talk and discuss. We share our dreams and they share many (many!) jokes and stories.


We sit in our sunny classroom. We draw and read and research. Wes does his experiments and shares his findings with us. Skye draws diagrams of everything. Wil sings constantly while the rest of us try and work. There is always at least one person practicing an instrument.


side trip:
[We went to the dentist today. Two of them had cavities. It was awful...especially on the little one...getting a filling gives me a headache just thinking about it. We finished up there and headed to Aldi. They each get a list, and with 4 lists and 4 shoppers, we get done fast. When we get home we all put away 15 things each. We took a picnic to the park and then walked over to the lake front. As we were walking back we had the best conversations about how the kids could make money and all that entails.]

Life is very full and busy right now. The older the kids get, the more they are involved in. It is busy, but it is happy and full of laughter and often frustration about getting it all done and trying to get some quiet moments to myself. But I would not trade one moment. I do not long for the yellow school bus to come and take my children. I am so thankful for this time of life. I know all too soon it will be over- they will be grown and gone into the world. So I embrace each day. Each day that I get to teach my children and learn from them. I'm growing as much as them. To be able to enjoy this learning process together! To be able to put down our books and go meet friends at the park, to visit a museum, to start school a few hours later because the kids are sawing wood in the backyard. To take a 2 hour lunch break because they are cooking up their own concoctions. To take an hour in the morning discussing our devotions and figuring out how to use a concordance, that is a blessing.


Ahhhh! Life! Wonderful, full, meaningful life. Thank You, Lord! Thank You for Your strength and encouragement through the rougher waters of homeschooling when they were small and some were still potty training :) Thank You for leading us on this path, one that I do not feel qualified for, yet I see us thriving and learning and growing together as a family. I see us growing in our community as well, as the kids get older, with more opportunities and ways to meet new people.

I pray every day that we would see fruit of the Spirit in our children. I pray that they would have the experiences that they need in order to serve You effectively and joyfully. I see Your Word and its power in our lives; gradually changing us from the inside out.

I thank You, Lord, that you brought us through those foggy days of toddlers, diapers, and sleepless nights! I adored those babies, but I did struggle with being content and dealing with temper tantrums. "This too shall pass," is what everyone told me- and it did! What a difference 5 years makes! All the difference in the world. I want to bottle these moments.


The amazing thing is that I distinctly remember not wanting them to get older! I thought it would be boring (!) and I would not know how to relate to older children. But each stage has been better than the last, for that I am thankful and amazed and looking forward to what tomorrow brings. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

pumpkins..so many pumpkins









First photos up there ^ We made pour pumpkins in art class...and were inspired by watching this ::::OH MY WORD! SO fun.........................


Our pouring was on a small scale...but we sure were inspired to pour our paint! :-)

Carving pumpkins: lots of fun this year since......MY KIDS CAN DO IT ALL THEMSELVES! Yay! But then the pumpkins rotted pretty bad...white fuzz everywhere....next year we will wait til it gets cooler :)

And finally the ombre pumpkins were absolutely adorable! Such a great art project on so many levels...drawing the pumpkin, painting the dark color first and then adding white for each new stripe. Great practice and such beauty.

I love you, pumpkins!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

fall flowers


















We planted zinnias in our yard ages ago and now they are coming up! October flowers! My 8 year old decided she wanted to photograph them and I LOVE seeing them through her lense. And also that the dandelion was just as beautiful to her. I think she did a great job and now we can remember the day we walked around the yard exclaiming over the flowers! The leaves! The light coming through the trees!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

what is going on over here?!?!?! :) (a long overdue update + photos)

 One of the last things I posted here was the news that we were trying to sell our house. But, thankfully, we have not had to sell our house, but are going to be able to stay here, Lord willing, for a while longer. It's a long story, but one that we have over and over seen God's hand of provision and kindness. Being able to stay here ((at the beautiful and cozy art house)) has been a huge blessing to us and something we now do not take for granted. Each day is a gift! Each breath a blessing from God!


 Art class has been adorable and fun, as usual. I can't get enough of their masterpieces :)


 I mean, look at that texture!


 An ombre sunflower? Genius.


 you can see my August project list here with links (not shown on that pinboard is the barn shingle we  freestyle painted).

you can see my September project list and links here.

The kids' apples took my breath away! Here is the youtube video I watched and modeled the project after.

 Now for an entirely different story.....after we got home from visiting my parents in Canada this summer, my mom found out her breast cancer had come back. She was scheduled for a mastectomy and I got to fly and be with them for the surgery and after. (photo: flying over Toronto)


 It was so good to see my parents again and to spend about 9 days with them. Mom went through the surgery well and has recovered so nicely. I was nervous and at times a bit teary, but God gave us such an amazing peace throughout. I know her recovery is not over and it will take awhile to get her energy fully back, but I am encouraged every time I talk to her, she is very upbeat and doing well.


 We were able to take Mom out for a nice drive along the coast. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous day, and delicious lunch of fish and chips.


 It was very relaxing and quiet at their house :) We would sit for hours watching movies and stitching on our little projects. I would call Dave to check on them and there was always a ruckus in the background :) Dave was awesome...kept things going at home and just was a great hubby and dad. Our friends and family on both sides (ours and my parents') were AMAZING....meals, childcare, cards, calls, emails, PRAYERS......just a tangible way everyday that we saw God's love and help.


 Sweet times...


 Fun times too....


 I was the maid :) Making up for all those times when my mom catered to me when I had my babies :) But really, I had an easy job :-)


 Flowers from Mom's garden.


The infamous brownie on a lettuce leaf (when I was little, I brought her a brownie on a lettuce leaf) So we had to recreate that.

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School has been in session for us for about 4 weeks and so far we are loving the Sonlight curriculum. We have enjoyed the book selections and I have seen the kids being stretched in their writing skills. I honestly pinch myself when I walk into our school room and know I get to spend a great portion of the day in that happy room with my 3. God is so kind to us and I know I don't deserve it.

I hope all is well with you, reader! Thank you for reading this update and thank you, also, if you have prayed for my mom!

P.S. Focus on the Family had a great broadcast yesterday dealing with character building in our kids. Loved this- we are going to try and implement some of these ideas:

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