Monthly Archives: August 2010

Curriculum…Curricula…curriculus;)

Ugh, Homeschool materials.  I mentioned in an earlier post how simply sending our children to public school sounds enticing for selfish motives alone.  After reading some facebook updates from the highschool generation yesterday I was quickly reminded that public schooling is simply NOT AN OPTION. 

I thought I was going back to where I began with curriculum, but my BFF posted some reviews on it for me and I didn’t like them.  That being said, we are back to the drawing board.  I *think* I find THE ONE daily.  I know God will deliver the right one for our family. 

A is in public school right now.  We did decide that all of the children will at least go to prek at the school.  Gives them a chance to get out and meet new friends.  A is reading at a first grade level, clearly pk is NOT where he needs to be academically.  I need to get him K materials so he’s ready for 1st grade at home next year. 

I have zero intentions on schooling the girls before next school year.  They don’t even speak english let alone be willing to learn in a separate language! 

I got to touch base with my husband, my man, this morning.  It was wonderful.  We are growing together in the Lord so much, we are simply forgetting what life was like without the Lord being the center of it all.

As the day has progressed, I believe the rabbit trail of the HS search has led me to something magnificent!  I suppose we’ll find out shortly.  I was able to find one in our price range and made an offer to a woman.  I can’t hardly wait!!  I will be sure to review it if she accepts;)  God is awesome!!

I’ve also been blessed enough to find myself in a new ‘groove” seems to be working so far.  Earlier, when we started homeschooling “for ‘fun”‘, I had to get it done right away!!  I was distracted by the household chores and it had me wondering if I would ever “arrive” as a HS Mom.  The doubt began sinking in.

I have been able to de-clutter my house even more (which I LOVE) and it’s making all the housework easier to get through.  Little here, little there and voila!  I’m hoping, next school year, with D in PK and A,G and at least M home we can make the-time-formerly-known-as-naptime as HS time.  We’ll see!  Of course, G will still be napping!!  (or at least he’d better be)

The room is ready!

A special thank you to craigslist;)  we were able to purchase 2 matching sets of bunkbeds for the kids!!

Thanks to Molly Raraigh for giving us a pink bedset and an extra set of sheets!  Now Mayah’s bed is only missing a purple comforter.  God will see to it we have that as well;) 

Gage has successfully learned how to climb and descend from the ladders.  (oh boy!)  Now I feel like we are on high alert all the time.

We had a great weekend together.  Saturday, we celebrated with some friends at church who renewed their wedding vows after making it an amazing 25 years!  I got to share with a friend, Cheryl, what I thought was an insignificant story-not an hour later she was recycling my story to another woman who was able to find comfort.  God IS amazing.

Sunday we went to the fair.  NOT my cup of tea.  Dan and the boys enjoyed it. 

I am LOVING my new van!!!  We pack a small cooler when we are going to be out for a while, encouraging us to save every single penny my hard-working husband earned.

No financial updates.  It’s incredibly difficult to DO nothing about it.  God provides.  How can HE who created the world do a mighty works if I’m always getting his His way?  God is doing a great thing in me.  I know I’ll be happy when it’s over;)  Sometimes yes, I find it difficult to, “count it all joy…”  but God is mighty!

I was able to post some items we have downstairs in the basement on craigslist.  Happy to get them out of the house AND raise some money for the girls 😉  I still have a couple items to put up this week.

I started running again.  I’m sooo thankful for it too.  I like running.  I felt great, I started looking better, I missed it.  Praying to get a treadmill I found in our price range on CL.  Laps in the basement is interesting to say the least.  Better than the alternative though!  (NOT running at all)

We have decided to rid ourselves of toddler beds!  The older boys have the bunks and G is still in his crib.  We spent good money on A’s mattress and would hate to see it go to waste.  What are we doing?  We’ll play a round of mattress swap and get a trundle for the bunk beds!  Each boy can take his turn on the top, the bottom and the trundle.  We are incredibly happy with this decision AND it will save space once the crib is out of there!

Here is a pic of the girls’ beds.  We were also able to get their clothing put in their new dresser (Thanks to Aunt Di!) and dresses have been put in their closet.  Thanks to SVDP we were able to purchase beautiful pictures to decorate.  Their room looks the best in the house!

They will also have a desk to sit at and a play kitchen thanks to our neighbor D*!

And to end on a positive note:  I’ve already started Christmas shopping.  We have  a few more smaller items to get then we’re off to the bigger items.  Come to think of it, I need to hit up CL again to look for a few things!!

Lagging….

I know, I know.  I’m a terrible blogger these days. 

On a brighter note, I’m a terrible blogger because I’m not spending my time at the computer and enjoying the moments with the gifts here at home with me!

I ask for an update weekly on Mondays how our BH fundraiser is going.  NOTHING like I had planned…NOTHING.  We are currently at $400.  That’s IT.

I can’t believe it.

HOWEVER….we aren’t submitted yet, so it’s not like we’re left hanging.  God WILL work it all out.  My grumbling about it, only joins people IN this world and not joining my Father in whom our faith lies.  So…NO we haven’t yet raised the money…YES we are confident it will happen. 

Our dossier was sent and arrived in 24 hours.  We were set to be submitted the following Thursday, which just so happened to be yesterday.  Notice we aren’t rejoicing in submission.  One paper had an incorrect date which had already been approved…needless to say we do not need to express our unhappiness in money and time wasted when it could have been prevented. 

On the OTHER hand…if we are believing in God for HIS TIMING then we are NOT behind, we are exactly on time. 

Now, we are set to be submitted  September 9th. 

I’ve learned many many things about other people, my faith, God’s Word and oh so much more in this journey.  One thing is for sure…God has taught me that *I* don’t have to be the one doing everything  if I stop DOING that gives HIM who is ABLE the ABILITY to do FAR MORE than I could ever think or imagine. 

In other family news:  Alexander had his first day of prek yesterday.  He LOVED it!  And while I continue with my plans to homeschool…admittedly, I was definitely enticed by having an empty house daily.  However, I understand all too soon will all my children be grown and I will have an empty nest instead.  I think I’ll wait for the quiet, it’s overrated anyway. 

 The house has been getting a complete clutter makeover!  Always a positive thing.  We (*I*) have been going through closets and donating clothing.  For a while I thought we needed to buy more hangers, then I realized we didn’t each need 10 t-shirts, 12 pair of sweatpants, etc.  Donating is good anyways.

I’m going to try to blog more.  I’ve realized I can just leave the blog window up and get a paragraph in here and there instead of devoting an entire time slot neglecting my household and family responsibilities. 

We are off to have a nice Polish family dinner at Dan’s parents’ house.  His sister is attending as well…we are all excited to get together;)  feels like it has been a while for the lot of us simultaneously.

Our FSP with Reece’s Rainbow is still $0!!!!!  Please, if you feel led, any dollar amount is appreciated;)

http://www.reecesrainbow.org/sponsordziagwa.html

Love Story

I’m not even sure where to start.  I’d say the beginning, but I don’t know where that is anymore.  I’m happily in the middle of my love story.  I’m not talking about the one about my husband and I…though I’m also happily in the midst of that as well.  I’m talking about the love story written exactly for me.  It’s a story with brave warriors, weak souls, parties, wars, triumphs and defeats.  I’d say I don’t know how it ends, but I do.  It’s the middle I’m interested in.  A real page turner. 

I’d like to say every day, since I know the ending, I have enough faith to run boldly through, but I don’t.  I’m fallen.  It’s the wonderful promise of each day that picks me up, accompanied by the strong hand of God and his grace that will even carry me a few pages if I’m too weary. 

I love my story.  It’s exciting.  You have one too.  I hope you find it as exciting as I do.  If you are once like I was, and you don’t know where to find your story, start somewhere between Genesis and Revelation.  I promise, an adventure is waiting. 

Saturday, God wrote an amazing  chapter in my book.  In fact, I’m not sure any word in Webster’s would describe what Saturday was.  It was the day of our Both Hands project. 

Here is the video of the day’s events.  We encourage you to share this blog post/video with everyone you know to PLEASE help us raise our goal of $18,000.  Yes, the number sounds high and intimidating; however, the God who made the mountains will most certainly move them. 

This video is proof of God’s love for us.  Yes, each and every single one of us.  Proof that he does not cause all things.  But he does cause all things to work together for the good of those that love Him.  (Romans 8:28)