Day 7: STUCK
My fingers click along the keys, merrily relating my memories of harvesting and canning green beans in my childhood kitchen. I can still feel the SNAP of the beans in my hands and hear the dull thud as they fall into a wide mouth Mason jar. I want those sensations to jump off the page at my reader, and it feels as though I’m on my way to doing just that.
And then suddenly, my brain comes to a lurching halt. My fingers stop typing. I’ve laid the scene just as I had hoped to, but where to now? I long to pull my reader into the house and help them draw up a chair next to the bean-covered kitchen table, but the words to do so are evading my grasp.
And so I sit, stuck. And another unfinished story is buried in a folder somewhere. Will I ever go back and get myself un-stuck?
I hope so.
She told me she had a great idea for a board game, so she ran off to the schoolroom to design it and then spent the next half-hour happily playing it and demonstrating to me how it worked. 😍
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Patience is a learned skill. It needs to be taught and then practiced daily. It’s an extremely important trait to have in this microwave culture. That said, there are some things in life that I believe don’t deserve our patience. Things like learning. ——————————
We have had a slow start to the 2019 school year. Starting tomorrow we will be getting back into our regular routine of math and language arts. I’ve been putting together plans all weekend. My son completed his math months before I thought he would so I am also piecing together the next level until our new books arrived. ————————
My husband looked at the papers and books I had spread across the kitchen table, both the completed work and the work we were preparing to begin. He said “Imagine if he was in school right now. Imagine how much waiting he would be doing. I don’t think he would have the patience for that.” I agreed.
And once again it struck me. How thankful I am for the gift of homeschooling. Patience is a virtue but when it comes to learning no one should ever be held back and be made to wait. Let your child travel at their own pace. If they want to read high school chemistry books in kindergarten, let them! If they want to jump ahead and master long division before they reach the grade they are meant to learn it, cheer them on. —————————
My son may not be learning at the pace I had planned. He may not even be learning what I thought he would be learning during these homeschool years. There are even times I secretly want him to slow down and just learn something the way I had so carefully planned out... but that is not the kind of patience I want him to develop. —————————
Telling any child to have patience and wait to learn something later because some arbitrary grade is kind of crazy if you think about it. As parents it is our job to help them meet their full potential. And yes, patience is a virtue and we all need to wait sometimes but when it comes learning, let’s learn to have the patience we need to follow their lead. 🌿
J’avais oublié de vous mentionner ici que nous avions eu notre première réunion de 2019 en début de semaine où nous avons accueilli les deux nouvelles membres du CA avec plaisir!
Notre prochaine réunion de février se fera en formule « lac à épaule » ou nous travaillerons sans relâche dans un bloc de 8-9h sur notre plan stratégique afin de s’assurer que nous arriverons en juin avec un tas de belles choses à vous présenter à l’AGA ! 🙌🏼❤️
They left us Friday for Winter Breakaway & came home today.
After a quiet weekend, the noise & chaos has commenced 🤣 so we are back to normal. "God never leaves you mama" - hmm, I know we have talked about this a ton 😂. "I took 3 pages of notes mama! Want to see"
"wanna know how I see heaven?" "we didn't fight once all weekend" 2 seconds later they were arguing 😂
So blessed they got to go ❤
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I don’t know if I’m coming back. I’m testing the waters. This page grew so fast and I didn’t know how to handle it. I didn’t understand what trolls were. I got defensive. I got overwhelmed. I had other personal stuff I was dealing with. The break over this last couple of years has been nice. And I’m feeling better. Life is easier without OMB. It’s more peaceful. That’s valuable.
The thing is though... kids. We are making some progress but going backward in so many ways. Also, with this break, I’ve seen how many parents are looking for something different. I’ve seen how many people continue to keep on sharing and advocating and changing things for families and kids. It’s good for people who are looking to have access to other ways. And each of our ways are different.
What I know is that it’s possible to live an easy life with your family. Not every single person is able, and I struggle with that. Not every single person wants to. I don’t struggle with that. There are a lot of people though who are able and want to.
I’ve done incredible personal development over the last couple of years. I’ve treated and healed a lot of things that needed treating and healing. Life looks very different. It feels like a fresh start. I don’t know if that can apply here, but I might see.
So I’ll be testing the waters for a little while. Seeing how it feels. Seeing how I respond. I would love to hear from you where you are on this venture toward living more easily with your kids, and yourself, if you’re willing to share.
So with a fresh start comes a new look. I’m excited about it! Eventually I’ll incorporate the kids boots into it again, but for now it feels crisp, fresh, hopeful and clean. Which is how I feel, too. What do you think of OMB’s new look?
There are many things I love about homeschooling, but one in particular is that our children have exposure to people outside of their own age group. My oldest, Avery, goes to a knitting group at our church where the “well experienced” ladies have been teaching her to knit. She is totally comfortable talking with them, and building relationships with older woman. Many of these ladies are old enough to have experienced when televisions were first readily available in homes. Yesterday we went, by invitation, to one of their homes for sled riding. It was such a fun day for the kids, and for Mom & Dad. It’s been quite some time since I’ve sped down a hill on a sled. The exhilaration of willingly risking my person to slide down a hill brings out the kid in me pretty fast.
One thing I came home with was a sore body from not being quite as resilient as I used to be. (And this was a bunny hill of sled riding. 😆) If you find yourself a little battered like me, try layering on Peppermint, Deep Blue, and Frankincense topically to wherever you feel your body crying out for help. It’s good for when you have a day of sledding, skiing, shoveling snow, or even soreness after regular exercise.
Here’s the best thing we came home with. It was a strengthened relationship from our fellowship time with our friends. These are people who have been praying for our family since last fall when my FIL became ill. They seek us out on Sunday mornings to get updates and encourage us in the work that we are doing. They love our children and encourage their little hearts to know and love Jesus.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” -Matthew 18:20
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My December finishes. Robinson Crusoe was with Briggs, took us five months, and we did about half me reading aloud and half LibriVox audio. I really enjoyed it even though both the book and nearly every sentence was long. I posted already about how much I loved One Beautiful Dream, and I also really got a lot from the Brene Brown book. Having a Mary Spirit took me more than a month to get through, but it was good for me.....I’m wayyyyyy more like busy busy Martha and I learned a lot Weaver’s thoughts. I also worked through some of the Bible study in the back of the book. We listened to Harry Potter in the car, and it ignited Phoebe, she is now listening to the fourth, and loving every minute. Esperanza Rising and A True Gift were family read alouds, I loved the former and the latter was just alright. Tuesday at the Castle and the Penderwicks I listened to on audio (pre reads for Phoebe) and I read Amos Fortune as a pre read for Briggs. #motherculture#scholeeveryday#charlottemasonmom#charlottemason#charlottemasonliving#amblesideonline#aoyear4#bookstagram#readaloudrevival#raisingreaders#childrensliterature#homeschoolmom#homeschoolfamily#bravewriterlifestyle
❄️Vegan Chili ❄️
Nothing says winter more than warm & hearty meals. This vegan chili is sure to satisfy. I shared another recipe, creamy corn & potato chowder, along with some indoor activities to try with your kiddos this winter on the blog (link in profile). This season is often overlooked and has SO much to offer. Here’s to making the most of this beautiful season and finding joy in unexpected ways ❄️. •
1 bag meatless crumbles( we love @bocaburger )
1 jar vegan tomato sauce
1 can red kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/3 cup chopped onion
Dash of curry powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you like spicy)
Slow cook in crockpot for 2-3 hours, or, add ingredients to large pot on medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring.
@daiyafoods mozzarella shreds
@tofuttibrands better than sour cream
Tag me if you make this! I love to see recipes shared ✨
When I found out about the new premium starter kit yesterday, I ran to the bedroom and hopped on the bed to tell my husband about it. The same bed he was fixing his clothes on, oops. 😆
I was so excited to talk about the new psk and you should be too! For $5 more you get 12 oils, new kit design, a hand purifier more goodies! Copaiba has been taken out due to supply restraints but two oils have been added. Valor and Peace & Calming, very popular oils outside the kit. ✨
You can get this oily goodness plus happy mail from me for $165! Even better, I’ll give back $25 back to all the new sign ups for the rest of January! 🙌🏼
We may be getting a huge snowstorm this weekend, but Target was really feeling the warm vibes today! The kids were all about this display 🌵
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I was looking through my pile of “mommy” books, and figured I’d share my favorites! Each one of them have made me think and pray about what God desires for me and my family. I love reading books like these... they renew my spirit and remind me why we do what we do. ❤️ #bookstagram
Happy Friday friends! I asked the kiddos to pick something they wanted to learn about today and they picked the RAIN ☔️ We’ve already learned about the water cycle but a little review newer hurts. It’s been a rainy week here in San Diego so we’re loving it! Sophia is working on some reading and comprehension and Aiden is doodling with some @jaqjaqbird chalk (which is amazing)
Hope you all have a great weekend!
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My hands are definitely full most days and my kids tend to sometimes think I’m a human jungle gym. But I am loving every bit of it right now... don’t get me wrong I have my days of being tired and completely overwhelmed, but I know one day I will miss this so i am trying to enjoy the moments that I never want to forget!!! Like how Bryan Edward is so caring and helpful when we are out and about and will tote my purse or his siblings lovey’s with out me even asking.. Siena how she loves big and never wants to disappoint and ballet around the house is never ending...Stratton how he loves to collect things in his special basket whether it be a piece of yarn or bottle top it’s special to him and how he picks me a flower almost daily.. Roman how he puts and wears everything wrong side out... Isaac as he will make the saddest but also the cutest face when he gets in trouble.... Max well I can’t wait to see his little quirks, but for now he likes to nurse constantly and be held... .
What are some of your favorite moments you want to always remember about your little ones? #siblings
Home 🌿 It has taken until I’m 30 years old, but our home is finally feeling exactly the way I’ve always dreamt it would feel 🌿 Lilly Belle keeps asking for a house with stairs (stairs not on the outside) For me, this apartment feels just right right now. We’ve been organizing, minimizing and making it truly our own and it makes me so happy. Especially right before baby boy 💙
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And we’re off. Week 20 of school and another Monday! Working my hardest here to graft us back into a good, working routine after a really upside down 🙃 few weeks! No magic pill - this is going to take attentiveness, engagement, and hard work! Lots of #grit ❗️
It’s easy (and natural) to look around on social media, see a pretty picture, and desire what is shared. Remember that there’s a lot of hard work, time invested, and grit that props that one image up!
Whatcha’ workin’ hard on today?