Archive | August 2012

“Having a rough day?”

Strange title right? Well, I was going to title this post “Count your blessings” but I decided to go with what you see. Here is the reason, we all at one time or another have rough days, rough weeks, rough months and some of us seem to have rough years.

I was having a rough week last week, I was so tired it didn’t make any sense. I just felt physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually drained! I really did, I had a few moments of crying out of no where for what seemed to be no reason at all because it just felt so heavy! Has anyone been there? I’m sure someone has.

While I was having my pity party, woe is me. God just so gently reminded me of how blessed I really am. (My family and I) He reminded me while I was busy thinking about all the things it seemed like I had to do, which felt like a list miles and miles long!

As I started to look around our living room, I stared at the bookshelves we have. (4 total) And how they are just filled with books, books, and more books! And we haven’t paid for any of them, not even the shelves themselves. They were all free! Some of our books are used, but most of them are BRAND NEW! Even all of our children’s school curriculum, from workbooks to flashcards, to puzzles, to educational cd-roms….I mean you name it, all of it free!

For those of you that homeschool you know how much school stuff can cost. So how is it that my family and I have brand new curriculum, books, school supplies amongst other things and we didn’t spend a dime? We didn’t beg anyone, we didn’t do anything. God did it all!!! And it’s not because we are favored over anyone else, as God has blessed us He blesses others too! (Including you, yes YOU reading this post right now!) 🙂

Have you overlooked what the Lord has been doing, or what He has done in your life? Alot of times we think blessings from God are only when we receive some money as a gift, or a check we weren’t expecting. But what about the other everyday things? A parking spot right in front of the store on a busy day, a good report of health when you go to the doctors? Making mistakes yesterday, the power of praying a repentive prayer to God and waking up the next day knowing that you have been forgiven and the slate  wiped clean? (Alot of blessings that God gives can’t be purchased with money)

Sometimes He blesses us with money, or saves us money or even time. For instance I have always given away all of our baby stuff once that current baby could no longer use them. I just always felt like why hold on to them, when I know there is someone out there that could use them right now. I  thought that when the time came for us to have another child, that God would provide. (Either by the finances God blesses my husband with through work, or gifts or some other avenue)

So with that being said, with this pregnancy like all the others we were starting over from scratch. Lo and behold, God showing up like He always does. We got a car seat, a swing and a bouncer all for $20!!! Now those of you that know about baby stuff, know very well that this is a deal out of this world!! A car seat alone can easily run over $60 dollars.

One instance of many, but with all that said; let me say this. When your day seems that it can’t possibly get any worse. Take a look around you and I’m sure you can see or remember some way that God has been a blessing to you. You are alive and you are reading this right now right? Well there you go, you are breathing and it’s a new day. Count it all joy! (Or try your best too!)

We serve a good God and just knowing Him is a blessing all in itself!

This was encouraging to me and correction at the same time being that I was having a major pity party. It has helped me greatly! My family and I are all well, healthy, nothing missing nothing broken, provided for and taken care of by God. Why should I complain? Today my youngest son decided he was going to pour powder all over the couch, the table, the floor, etc. I could feel heat rising under my collar, “Here we go, something else I have to clean up” ran through my mind. Then I had to stop and chuckle, at least he didn’t get wise and pour water all over it and mix it in. (Being that he was trying to make a masterpiece) And we have a vacuum that can easily suck it all up.

I watched as he kept making circles in it on the table, and thought. “Wow, they don’t stay this little for ever”. I have to try to enjoy these times because they don’t last long. God loves you! Be blessed!


Homeschool Adventure

Hello everyone! It’s been some weeks since my last post. My initial plan was to officially start homeschooling the end of August or beginning of September; but our oldest son (Giovanni) is a eager beaver. So we started last month.

As you can imagine being a homemaker you are already pretty busy, not to mention when you homeschool. We are expecting our 6th child. We are due Sept.18th, but I will be 37 weeks in 2 weeks; which is technically full term. So being busy is an understatement to say the least, but it’s productive! 😉

School has been going pretty well. My son has 6 main subjects that I am teaching him:

1. Learning about God
2. Language Arts (reading/writing)
3. Math
4. Social Studies
5. Science
6. Health

The other subjects like art, music, etc are not required subjects in our state, so those will be worked on as well, but are not apart of our regular schedule.

I have decided instead of trying to teach him several subjects a day, we are just going to focus on one. Teaching our children about God is something we do everyday! I let Giovanni pick which subjects he wanted to do on what days and here is what he chose.

Monday- Language Arts
Tuesday- Math
Wednesday- Science
Thursday- Health
Friday- Social Studies

Doing things this way has been going pretty well. Not to mention I’m also doing preschool and kindergarten with our younger children. Right now school is very relaxed for us, and I like it this way. I need the relaxed atmosphere being that I’m expecting and have been very tired, but my children also appreciate this as well.

I also have a weekly “family schedule” that I created which breaks down our day from rising hours to bedtime. This helps to keep me on track so to speak, plus having a routine when you have a large family can be a really great thing. Not that there aren’t times where you totally don’t follow the “schedule” because those times deff come. Having a schedule just helps!

I will post our family weekly schedule at another time if anyone is interested. I’m posting this via my phone so I can’t load my schedule right now. I have also created “Righteous Work” charts for our older children. I do these instead of chore charts because chores to me sound so mundane. We have taught our children what the bible says about everyone having work to do, so having these type of charts really helps to reinforce that teaching.

I also have a “job description” chart, more for the older children. It explains each job and what needs to be done, just in case they forget. 😉 I don’t like to spend my days repeating things to the children that I don’t have to, so this helps.

I’m still working on charts for the younger children which will mainly consist of pictures so they can see what they are to do.

Don’t know how I got off on all of that, well actually I do because the family schedule shows what time we focus on school. So that’s where these side notes came from. 😉

I really don’t even like the term “school time” because I believe that real learning comes from day to day growth and learning through life experiences as a family. But anyways, for now I will continue to use that term.

Thanks for reading, just wanted to post what my family and I have been doing for the past several weeks. If you are like me and homeschooling is a first for you, be encouraged. You can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens you. BE BLESSED!