Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Free Online Courses

Hello all, I just wanted to share with you two free websites that we have been using in our schooling.
The first is Hillsdale College Online . This is focused on History and Economics. This is a great website!
The second is Coursera . This site has a  lot of different subjects.
We have done a few science classes on there.  Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Veterinary Science.
Whatever they want to learn about I can type it in and find a class to fit that topic... No they are not in college yet, but that does not mean they can't learn from these courses. Children are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. That said, I hope you guys go and check these out, they are truly worth it.

Renaissance, Reformation, and Counter Reformation


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"I Am A Mother And I Have A Purpose!"

As I was reading ,Day 21, in my devotional this morning.
100 Days of Blessing, written by Nancy Campbell.
I was greatly encouraged.  I thought to myself,  every mother should read this.
So, I decided to share...

The chapter is on Jesus delighting in His fathers will, and confessing His life purpose.
 She say's that "as mothers we should delight in our calling, confess out loud and affirm our purpose, even as Jesus did." We should not hide or be ashamed of what God has called us to be. 
We should be proud. Don't let the world make you feel like you are less because you
 choose to follow God's calling, and embrace being a mother. 
Mrs.Campbell wrote the following, to help us mothers, confess and affirm our purpose.

" I am not languishing. I am not floundering. I am not deceived. I have a vision. I know who I am and who God created me to be. I know my purpose. I have direction. I know God's mandate for my life. 
I am walking in the perfect will of God. I know it's not easy. I know it's hard. But I've counted the cost. My goal is set. How could my career be easy when I am impacting this nation for God?
Also the generations to come! And eternity! How can it be easy when I am destroying the plans of the devil? Such is the power of my God-ordained career, the highest calling ever given to women - motherhood! I have embraced my calling. I am not intimidated by antagonists. I will not be moved. My heart is fixed. I may be hidden in my home, but look out world! I am sharpening and polishing my arrorws. I am getting them ready to shoot forth and destroy the works of the enemy. In the power and anointing of God I am advancing His kingdom! " 

"My Goal And Purpose"
P- Passionately mothering!
U- Unflinchingly keeping my eyes on the goal!
R- Regularly and richly imparting God's word to my children!
P- Praying constantly with my heart always looking to the Lord!
O- Ordering and managing my home with diligence!
S- Saturating my husband and children with love and encouragement.
E- Embracing and nurturing the children God is giving to me.

Prayer: "Dear Father, please help me to not only do and delight in your high calling for my life, but to finish my task. I want to daily affirm it before you, my family, and others. Amen." 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Girls Baptism

I am so happy to share with you the baptism of  my girls. They were baptized on July 7th. They accepted Christ into their  hearts months ago, and now they've officially been dunked. This event took place at a church members home, in their hot tub. So the girls had a warm dip. It was a perfect day for a baptism. The weather was just right. Some family and friends were there, making it even better. The girls were so excited, they almost lost sleep over it . When we reached our destination (As the GPS says it.) ,they changed into their swim suits and cover ups (took them awhile too..he he) Our Pastor, Adam Godbold, started off with a discussion on baptism , then he read from the holy scriptures, and we all said the, Apostles Creed. After praying, he asked the girls if they understood everything ,and once they established that they did, the highly anticipated moment had finally come. The girls stepped into the tub, and each was baptized, oldest to youngest. After the baptism, Pastor Adam anointed their heads with oil and prayed a blessing over them. It was a time of great Jubilation. .
We are so very proud of our girls.
 III John 4 says, " I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."
I agree, wholeheartedly.










Monday, July 15, 2013

Back to school basket giveaways

I am posting a Huge give away, by alot of ladies. These giveaways are baskets full of school items. I think you will love them. There are so many wonderful goodies in all of these baskets. You can sign up for all of them, and may win more than one.So, what are you waiting for? Go check them out!
Milk and cookies
These Temporary Tents
Spell Out loud
Gricefully homeschooling
Raising Lifelong Learners
Write Shop
Preschoolers & Peace
Starts at Eight
Joyful Mothering
Ponder The Path
forever for always no matter what
Tinas dynamic homeschool plus
Habits for a happy home
See Jamie Blog
Sams Noggin
This Reading Mama
Adorable Chaos
The Pelsers
Hodge Podge
Sallie Borrink
The Kennedy Adventures
Flourish
our journey westward
meetpenny.com
On Faith & Coffee
our abundant blessings
the holistic homeschooler
the encouraging home
motherhood on a dime
the homeschool scientist




I found some broken links, so those sites were not posted, thank you! :c)

inks to all basket giveaways:

(1) Back to School Toolkit from Milk and Cookies
(2)Back to School Toolkit from These Temporary Tents
(3)Back to School Toolkit from Spell Outloud
(4)Back to School Toolkit from Great Peace Academy
(5)Back to School Toolkit from Gricefully Homeschooling
……
(6) Back to School Toolkit from Raising Lifelong Learners
(7) Back to School Toolkit from WriteShop
(8) Back to School Toolkit from Preschoolers and Peace
(9) Back to School Toolkit from Starts at Eight
(10) Back to School Toolkit from Joyful Mothering
……
(11) Back to School Toolkit from Harrington Harmonies
(12) Back to School Toolkit from Ponder the Path
(13) Back to School Toolkit from Forever, For Always, No Matter What
(14) Back to School Toolkit from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(15) Back to School Toolkit from Habits for a Happy Home
……
(16) Back to School Toolkit from Curriculum Choice
(17) Back to School Toolkit from See Jamie Blog
(18) Back to School Toolkit from Beautiful Motherhood
(19) Back to School Toolkit from Sam’s Noggin
(20) Back to School Toolkit from This Reading Mama
……
(21) Back to School Toolkit from Teaching Mama
(22) Back to School Toolkit from Adorable Chaos
(23) Back to School Toolkit from The Pelsers
(24) Back to School Toolkit from Hodge Podge
(25) Back to School Toolkit from Sallie Borrink
……
(26) Back to School Toolkit from The Kennedy Adventures
(27) Back to School Toolkit from Flourish
(28) Back to School Toolkit from Our Journey Westward
(29) Back to School Toolkit from Meet Penny
(30) Back to School Toolkit from On Faith and Coffee
……
(31) Back to School Toolkit from Our Abundant Blessings
(32) Back to School Toolkit from Holistic Homeschooler
(33) Back to School Toolkit from The Encouraging Home
(34) Back to School Toolkit from Motherhood on a Dime
(35) Back to School Toolkit from The Homeschool Scientist
- See more at: http://joyfulmothering.net/2013/07/15/back-to-school-giveaway/#sthash.AWO2uWUi.dpufMilk and cookies

inks to all basket giveaways:

(1) Back to School Toolkit from Milk and Cookies
(2)Back to School Toolkit from These Temporary Tents
(3)Back to School Toolkit from Spell Outloud
(4)Back to School Toolkit from Great Peace Academy
(5)Back to School Toolkit from Gricefully Homeschooling
……
(6) Back to School Toolkit from Raising Lifelong Learners
(7) Back to School Toolkit from WriteShop
(8) Back to School Toolkit from Preschoolers and Peace
(9) Back to School Toolkit from Starts at Eight
(10) Back to School Toolkit from Joyful Mothering
……
(11) Back to School Toolkit from Harrington Harmonies
(12) Back to School Toolkit from Ponder the Path
(13) Back to School Toolkit from Forever, For Always, No Matter What
(14) Back to School Toolkit from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(15) Back to School Toolkit from Habits for a Happy Home
……
(16) Back to School Toolkit from Curriculum Choice
(17) Back to School Toolkit from See Jamie Blog
(18) Back to School Toolkit from Beautiful Motherhood
(19) Back to School Toolkit from Sam’s Noggin
(20) Back to School Toolkit from This Reading Mama
……
(21) Back to School Toolkit from Teaching Mama
(22) Back to School Toolkit from Adorable Chaos
(23) Back to School Toolkit from The Pelsers
(24) Back to School Toolkit from Hodge Podge
(25) Back to School Toolkit from Sallie Borrink
……
(26) Back to School Toolkit from The Kennedy Adventures
(27) Back to School Toolkit from Flourish
(28) Back to School Toolkit from Our Journey Westward
(29) Back to School Toolkit from Meet Penny
(30) Back to School Toolkit from On Faith and Coffee
……
(31) Back to School Toolkit from Our Abundant Blessings
(32) Back to School Toolkit from Holistic Homeschooler
(33) Back to School Toolkit from The Encouraging Home
(34) Back to School Toolkit from Motherhood on a Dime
(35) Back to School Toolkit from The Homeschool Scientist
- See more at: http://joyfulmothering.net/2013/07/15/back-to-school-giveaway/#sthash.AWO2uWUi.dpuf

Being a parent and a friend

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great summer vacation, so far. We have been busy..but then who isn't? Summer is all about being busy! I believe, "busy as a bee," is the expression. But busy during the summer can be fun! While cleaning, you can turn up the radio , open the windows, let the fresh air in, and sing & dance to your hearts content. You can do this in the cooler seasons too, but I don't recommend opening the windows...brrrrr. You also get in more trips in the summer.. I know it usually ends up more of a vacation for the children, than  the adults. But, remember, they grow fast.. cherish these moments. Summer is a time of reflection. Look back on last school year and see what you can change in attitude , and spirit. It's a time for you to use for building stronger relationships with your family. Your children Need you, show them you are always there.  Not just in the summer, any time. Have fun! Show your children, you can laugh! You are not a strict old prune. I have heard people saying, "Don"t be your child's friend." That's not correct!You can be their friend ,and their parent! Don't let them disrespect you. You can still admonish them,even as a friend. Don't friends correct each other? Your children will love you and want to respect you more, when you show them you love them and are willing to come down to their level a bit. No, I don't mean that you should let them do as they please. I mean you should enjoy them. Laugh with them, talk to them, dance with them, sing with them, listen to their problems. Be a friend! Hug them, read to them, pray with them and for them. Set boundaries, tell them when they are wrong, and why, not just cause you said so ( Read scriptures on the concerning problem.).  Don't belittle your child (TALK TO THEM!). Stop yelling at them!  Be a Parent.
You see, you can be both. This doesn't mean they have free reign. Letting your children have free reign to do whatever they want , and treat people anyway they want, is neither friendship or parenting. That's just neglect! No, there is nothing wrong with getting a little bit of "me time" in, but don't be neglectful and push them away, because you don't want to deal with them.                                                                                  I am speaking to myself just as much as I am speaking to you. I get irritated, and raise my voice. I say, "cause I said so!" etc. I am not exactly perfect! But, I do believe that God can help me in this area. I need to give all my frustrations to him, instead of placing them on my children,  husband, or anyone else that may strike a nerve at the wrong time. We all need to remember who gave us our children as gifts in the first place, and we need to trust in Him to help us handle it. We need to learn to love as He does, and discipline as He does.
He is a just God, but He is also loving and merciful. He listens to us, and supplies our needs. He comforts us through His word, and through others. We need to look to God as our example. Look at Christ when He walked the earth. He was a friend and a teacher. We need to be the same. So yes, be your childs parent, but also be their friend.