Worship {Five Minute Friday}

Eid Mubarak...

Every time I choose patience with my kids instead of blowing up I am choosing to worship.

Each time I put aside what I am doing to get down to my kids’ level and listen to them I am choosing to worship.

Every minute I spend building my husband up instead of tearing him down with words I am choosing to worship.

Each time I listen to a friend pour out her troubles and really listen to what her heart is saying I am choosing to worship.

Every day that I choose gratefulness over grumbleness (new word!) I am choosing to worship.

Each time I look for the good in a situation, no matter how difficult it is, I am choosing to worship.

I write these words for all of us. I don’t always choose the path of worship.  I fail time and time again.  But every time I choose to pick my weary self up and try again I am choosing to worship.

And it is good.

It’s time again for Five Minute Friday!  Our flash mob of writers take to blogdom for 5 minutes every Friday, one topic.  This week we’re over at (in)courage!  Join us!

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2013-2014 Curriculum for Kindergarten

I’m taking a break from my regular writing as I work on curriculum for the kids this year.  I always like seeing what tools others use so I thought I would share mine!

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This year will be the first year all 3 kids will officially be “in school.”  Ellie and I have done many crafty and fun preschool activities over the past couple of years but she is ready for more.  This girl can’t wait for school to start!  In my dream world the other 2 feel that way too <smile>.

Once I wrote this all out I realized it looks like quite a lot for a Kindergartner.  I am very relaxed in my homeschooling so we will be spreading all of it out throughout each week (maybe two).  I believe 5-6 year olds, more than anything, should be allowed to PLAY.  Sprinkling in a nice routine of reading, writing, and math is my overall goal for the younger years.

  • Five-In-A-Row (FIAR) –  this will cover reading, history, geography, and science.  There are 19 weeks in each volume.  I think doing this every week would get tiring so we’ll be spreading Volume 1 out over the entire school year.  I have some season themed lap books and activities planned as well to keep it fun!
  • All About Reading (Pre-reading) – Ellie’s pretty excited about this one. We’ll be working through the alphabet while we are laying a solid foundation for reading.
  • Explode The Code (A,B, and C levels) – focuses on the consonants and their sounds.  Fun workbooks that help with handwriting/letter formation as well.
  • Early Bird Mathematics Level B from Singapore Math – early introduction to math.  Lots of activities to keep Ellie’s interest.
  • Bible Writer – this e-book combines copywork and bible verses with the alphabet.  Simple introduction to both.  It’s a win-win.
  • My Calendar Notebook from Homeschool Creations –  A little counting, weather, learning the months and time, along with practicing writing.  It’s a free resource and a great way to start day (thanks to my awesome friend, Christy for showing me this)!

Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. I am planning on starting school next week yet I’m still organizing for the other two kids.  Health issues the past couple weeks have put everything on the back burner. That’s one thing I love about homeschooling- the flexibility!  If we don’t start until the next week we still won’t be behind.

Joining with Hip Homeschool Moms and Titus 2Tuesdays.

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Last {Five Minute Friday}

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It’s the last week of summer vacation.  The last week to soak up as much fun as possible before school starts.  The last of endless days of kids flowing in and out of the house wearing swimsuits and dripping popsicles all over the floor.  The last of the pool days.

Water gun fights are being replaced by football practice.  Running through the sprinkler is being replaced by playing with backpacks full of crayons and paper.

These last weeks of summer always feel as if I have one foot  in each season. It’s always hard to let summer go yet I crave the routine that fall brings.

So, enjoy this last week of summer.  Don’t rush into fall quite yet.

Slow down.

Savor it right down to the last sunset.

 

Joining the flashmob of writing with the beautiful ladies of Five Minute Friday.

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on being a good mom

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We were snuggled into bed with a book.  Our nightly ritual. Her sweet little face of 5 short years turns to me innocently and says, “Shannon’s Mom is a good Mom.  Her Mom never yells at her.”  Ouch.

In the stunned silence that follows, she tells me that it hurts her feelings when I get mad and yell.  I feel a taunting arrow aiming straight for my heart.  An arrow that is trying to pierce me with proof that I’m not a good mom.

Years ago I would have let that arrow burrow deep down.  I would have gotten defensive and tried to point out all of Shannon’s Mom’s faults.  I would try to prove that she wasn’t so great of a mom, either.  The difference now?

Grace.

I know I am not perfect.  I am done striving for perfection.  It doesn’t exist.  It’s exhausting and it’s soul-crushing.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Perfection is a lie.

Dear Mom, you will screw up.  You will get mad and yell.  Don’t beat yourself up. Learn from your mistakes and move forward.

Be the encourager, be compassionate, and don’t expect your kids to be perfect either. Give lots of hugs and kisses.  Be there when they hurt.

Love unconditionally – especially when your own feelings are hurt.

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We finish our book.  I apologize and she says, as she always does when I screw up, “It’s ok Mom.  I still love you.”

Much Grace, my friends.

We all need it.

Sharing with The Better Mom, Mom’s the Word, Hip Homechool Moms, Titus 2 Tuesday, Fellowship Fridays, and The Weekend Brew.

Small {Five Minute Friday}

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I love small things.

Big and grand houses can be expensive and gorgeous, but I’m most comfortable in my well-loved small house.

Big crowds can be full of excitement, but give me some time out with a few dear friends or the hubby, and I can think of no better way to spend an evening.

I prefer the small farmer’s market to the large grocery store chain.

I cheer for the underdog, no matter how bleak their chances are.

Big can be loud, boisterous, intimidating.

Small is graceful.

God has used many small people over the years to do great things.  Jesus himself loved and honored little children.  He knew when the woman touched his cloak for healing.  She was small and an outcast. No one else would have taken any notice of her.

So, if you feel small today, take heart.  You are not invisible.  No ministry or act of kindness is too small.  God may want it that way.  He may be calling you to small.

Have Faith.  Small can change the world.

Joining with the flash mob of beautiful women writers over at Five Minute Friday today.  Please join us!

Also sharing with The Weekend Brew.