2017's Word of the Year

2017 word of the year- Enjoy- I will strive to relax and enjoy life more in 2017. My goal is not to get stressed about little details but to enjoy the things that God has given me, big and small.

Monday, August 7

Sssh! It's a Secret!!

This morning we are leaving for vacation. We've been telling the boys all summer long that we're going to Kansas City. We've even ordered brochures all about it. But we're not going to Kansas City!
We are going somewhere else that involves a plane ride! The boys are always wanting to go on a trip that involves a plane ride and we've managed to keep it a secret from them.

I just can't wait until we get to the airport and tell them what we're doing!!!!

By they way, after reading up on Kansas City I definitely want to go there sometime too. Maybe next year!

Wednesday, August 2

Life Changes

Do you ever just feel so frustrated and confused you can't even think straight? Yes that's me!

I am having a serious dilemma and I've gone over the pros and cons so many times that I can't even remember. See, I want to send my boys to school this fall. But if you've been reading my blog long enough you know that Alex did not have a good experience at all in school, and now that he's in middle school I worry that he will be a big target for bullies. And to be honest I'm pretty sure that Preston would have a tough time assimilating also because let's face it, my kids are weird. Now to be clear, they aren't weird because we homeschool, they were pretty weird before that. I don't know if it's because they're being raised by "old" people or if it's just their natural bent.  But I do know that weird kids have a tougher time in school.

Before someone asks "why not a Christian school?" Here in our rural area the parochial schools end at grade 5 and even those are not prepared to take on a child with special learning issues like Alex has. To be honest, the public school really didn't seem to know what to do with him. :(

I thought that maybe if I wrote down the reasons for sending them to school as opposed to keeping them at home maybe it would make more sense to me. So, I decided to put my lists here and give it another think.

Why School:

  • The boys could make some friends- 
  • Alex might get someone to help him understand Math- where I have failed
  • Preston could learn that he doesn't know everything.
  • Alex could take band
  • Science experiments
  • Computer classes
  • Industrial Arts
  • I could actually go see the dr without needing a babysitter- yes they're old enough not to need them but if I see any kind of specialist I have to go an hour away and that isn't always the best option.
  • I am exceedingly tired...
  • Our boys are weird!

Why Homeschool:

  • I get my kids when they are at their best not after they're tired from a day of social 
  • I have more control over what they are learning
  • No Peer Pressure
  • A culture that hates God and what He stands for
  • Interest led studies
  • A more relaxed lifestyle
  • I feel like I'm failing them if I send them to school.
  • Our boys are weird!
I know what I really want is to have someone else that I know and trust to teach them and I could just be a normal mom without all the pressure of being the teacher too. So, if anyone is bored and wants to come teach them give me a call! But since I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen I went and enrolled them in school. (mic drop moment)

This has not been an easy decision for me and we are all looking at it as a probationary thing. If I see Alex start to regress socially or behaviorally we will reconsider. The boys are excited as well as nervous. I am feeling cautiously optimistic.

So we will be on vacation next week and then come back to the start of school on the 14th! Schedules are being planned, school supplies shopped for and long talks about peer pressure, bullying and respect are being had. I expect it's going to be very quiet around here and people are asking me what I'm going to do with my time. I have enough work and projects backed up around here that I'm pretty sure I could work full time in my home for a full school year.

I am sad that there are some things we won't be doing together anymore but I'm excited at the new opportunities my boys will have. After nearly 30 years of homeschooling I do truly believe that both options can be good and you have to decide what is best for your family and even for each child.

If you know my family I would appreciate prayers for my boys as they make this transition. I know there will be bumps on the road but this was their decision as well as mine and I want to encourage them as they grow into young men. 

Thursday, July 27

Redneck Recreation

A little fun in the mud at the county fairgrounds watching the combine demolition derby. This is my youngest son's favorite event and he waits for it all year long.

Thursday, June 22

Who Taught the Israelite Women How to Cook?

Once in awhile I get a weird thought going in my head and it just snowballs. The other day I was thinking about the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years and eating manna everyday. My first thought was how boring it would be to eat the same thing day after day. My second thought was that it must have been nice to not have to cook. Right now the thought of never cooking sounds pretty good to me!  Although apparently they did bake and boil it according to Exodus 16:23. But after forty years wandering in the wilderness with nothing but manna and the occasional quail to eat, how did the younger women know how to cook?
Think about it, the older generation would have been gone. Who taught the younger generation how to make cheese and cook meat? I mean they had flocks of animals. They surely milked and butchered them. Who taught them how to prepare a garden and harvest it? And then they needed to know how to store their harvest aside from cooking it? As a woman I know that much of my knowledge is from observing my mother and grandmother in the kitchen. And a lot is passed down verbally, but still it's hard to explain how to make a gravy. You kind of need to be shown that. Take a bunch of teen girls to the supermarket and give them 10 different vegetables and fruits. Will they know what to do with them? I am guessing the average teen won't. Shoot, I'm not sure the average adult would!
As a Christian I do believe that God prepared certain people to hand down that knowledge. But this whole conversation in my head brought up another thought. Who is teaching our young people how to cook, how to grow their own food, how to survive without a restaurant? Last month on our trip to Colorado Springs my friend commented on how many restaurants there were. We talked about how so few people ate at home and even fewer actually cook meals. We pondered on how they could afford to eat out all the time. And it all brings me back to this...do these people even know how to cook? How to plan meals? How to make good food choices?
Would your child survive if they had to live on the food they prepared? Interesting thought, eh?

Tuesday, June 20

Sandhills of Nebraska

It was a lovely weekend to travel, not too hot, nice cloud cover and the hills are still green.

Thursday, June 8

From my garden

This little guy was in my raspberries and I thought he was lovely.