Wednesday, April 28, 2010
There were a lot of good speakers, but it's impossible to hear them all. There is always at least one speaker who really makes a huge impression on me. Last year it was a music teacher who talked about the different styles of music and how they affect us. He said that classical music is the only style of music that can actually make you smarter. This year there were 2 speakers that left a lasting impression. One speaker is a Mom to 6 children. They had 3 children, waited a while, and then had 3 more. The first 3 children rebelled against what their parents taught them and have had a strained relationship with their parents. This Mom and her husband started realizing the mistakes they had made with their first 3 children and changed the way they parented the last 3. Both parents have described ways in which they were too strict, too overprotective, and too harsh, but they have learned from their mistakes and try to parent with their children's hearts in mind. One story she told, was that her college age son came home from school one day while she was at the kitchen table with her youngest 3 doing school. She brightly said, "Hi honey. How was your day?" He grunted and said, "Whatever". She was shocked and hurt and one of her other kids started crying from seeing her older brother be so hateful to their Mom. The Mom's first thought was to go lecture him about being respectful, obedient, etc. But the Holy Spirit spoke to her heart and told her that something was going on with her son. She said to her other 3 kids, "I know that Joe (don't know his name) loves me, but something is wrong and we need to pray for him." They all started praying for him. 5 minutes later, he came down the stairs and apologized for being disrespectful and told her that something negative had happened to him at school and he was really upset about it. She said that that experience was a turning point in their relationship. She has learned that your pride or mood shouldn't drive how you react to your children.
Gotta go feed my children! I'll have to write more later!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Yesterday was my 12th anniversary of being married to my husband, Warren. I am very thankful for him! Here are some things that I love about my husband:
1. He is a follower of Christ.
2. He doesn't just read the Bible. He studies it.
3. He compliments me often and tells me I'm skinny (even though I could stand to lose 10 lbs). :o)
4. He loves our children and wants God's best for them.
5. He is completely supportive with my homeschooling our children and defends homeschooling with people who think we're crazy.
6. He is very smart and I love having conversations with him about the Bible, politics, family, and many more.
7. He has a smart business mind and makes good decisions with money.
8. He is very handy around the house and can fix just about anything.
9. He's not afraid to debate people when he disagrees with them.
10. He is very good at handling uncomfortable situations with people and doesn't get emotional even when everybody else is.
11. He gives the best shoulder massage in the world!
12. He has spent countless hours practicing baseball with Clayton.
13. He tells Carrington she is pretty.
14. He prays for our family.
15. He has a positive attitude.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I go to the library and find fun books or series of books. This morning we read You're On Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt. It was a fun book. I ordered several more books by the same author, Judith St. George. Reading "living" books about a subject or person is so much more fun and easier to remember than reading something out of a dry, boring text book.
Another fun thing that we are doing as a family right now is to try to learn the states and capitols. Thanks to my sister, Kellie, we know a song with all of the states in alphabetical order, so we have that part covered. Kellie learned the song in school and sang it in the car all of the time until I learned it too! We have several of the plastic $1.00 place mats from Wal-Mart. There are a bunch of educational ones. I keep the United States map placemat on the table at dinner time every night and we try to see how many capitols we can remember. Warren and I will also tell a little trivia about the states. I traveled a good bit around the U.S. before I met Warren, and he has been to several states for work that I haven't been to. After we learn the capitols, I'm going to get the placemat with the presidents on it and try to tackle that. Unschooling has been very productive and fun this year, especially since my children are very young. If it's interesting, they are going to retain so much more information!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
We went to my Mom and Dad's house for Easter. Both of my sisters and their families came too, so it was great fun for the kids. Clayton and Gabe have birthdays in April, so my Mom bought a cake for them. My Mom bought balloon launchers from Vision Forum for Clayton and Gabe. All of the kids had a blast shooting water balloons with the launchers. They go really far. Unfortunately Carrington got hit really hard in the neck with one of them, but she's much better now. I'll know next time not to let them aim at each other from close range. McKenzie, my niece, brought her baby goat with her. She has to feed her about every 4 hours with a bottle. She's really cute. Clayton loves animals, so he was excited to get to feed her.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Today was a glorious 80 degrees and sunny! Perfect weather if you ask me. We got up this morning and headed to the dentist. Our dentist is super nice and it's a small practice. I guess my more than daily question of, "did you brush your teeth?" is paying off. So far my kids have had no cavities.