Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Appreciating the Gift of Motherhood


It took me quite a few years and venturing off the path a bit to finally come to accept and enjoy the privilege of being home with my daughters.

There have been many moments in my career as a mother where I have wondered if I am doing this right.  I especially questioned myself if I felt like I wasn't giving them enough.  As I look back, I can recognize the foolishness in my thinking.  I can also recognize how my foolish thinking has helped me to grow by seeking Him more.


Over the years, I have learned a few things about myself which I am not sure I would have learned if it had not been for my girls.  They have taught me to seek Him in all things.  I have come to love my unique and quirky qualities because at least one of my daughters has at least one of my those qualities.  I have come to truly value life and not take it for granted.  I see people differently now. I once shied away from others, but my daughters have taught me to embrace others and to not be afraid of loving others.  They have also taught me about boundaries because loving others can cause pain. They have helped me to realize that it is okay to fight for what you believe in even if others don't see it.

Even though I struggled with the path chosen for me, I am extremely thankful that I did not fully abandon my calling.  Today as I sit here, I can't help but to smile at the life God has carved out for me even with all of the ups and downs.

We are currently reading the book of Job.  I know like always, my Spirit will hold on to the nuggets that will keep grounded as I continue on this journey.  I am only in chapter two; I have been reminded to hold fast no matter the circumstances of this life.


What are some ways motherhood has grown you?



This post was inspired by Darcel from The Mahogany Way What's Your Story Series.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

NIV Bible for Teen Girls ~ Growing in Faith. Hope. Love

 We have quite a few Bibles in our home, but when the NIV Bible for Teen Girls became available through BookLook Bloggers I knew that I would grab it for my ten-year old daughter.  My first Bible was one written for teens.  My aunt gave it to me when I was 11.  I didn't use it fully into until I was a little older, but I really appreciated the inserts and commentary.  They caused me to think and gave me a little more understanding about God in my life.

The NIV Bible for Teen Girls offers daily readings from Christian speakers and authors such as Bethany Hamilton, Annie Downs, Christine Caine, and Bekah Hamrick Martin to name a few. The readings are found pink pages titled, Growing in Faith Hope Love.  Each reading focuses on a different topic and begins with reading a scripture.

 Each book of the Bible has an introductory page which includes the setting and time, who is the particular book, recognizable verses, and a synopsis.  I was surprised to find numerous pink highlighted verses that could be used as memory or life verses such as Judges 8:23 "But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.""  I believe this is a great addition because it helps young girls to add a variety of scriptures to their arsenal, not just the well known verses.

You will also find pages that highlight Women of the Bible.  On these pages, there is commentary along with the location of her story in the Bible.  I am looking forward for my daughter to learn more about the many women who made their way on to the pages of the Bible.

This Bible will be used for many years to come.  It will withstand our weekly Bible Study outings because it is hardback.  The concordance will come in handy when she is looking for particular words, and there is a topical index for specific topics to research.


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We're Back in Session:The Beginning of the 2015-2016 School Year



We are officially back in session!  Our first week was successful.  The last few years of learning at home has been pretty uneventful which is good, but this year I wanted to give the girls a little more. My goal is to add a little more rigor, a little more excitement, and a little more fun.


One thing that we have added is a morning gathering basket.  We never got into circle time.  When we first began homeschooling, I didn't want to look anything like school.  It wasn't until I went to teach in 2012 that I realized that school didn't look like school, and that I was limiting our learning experience.


The morning gathering basket has been a big hit.  It has a variety of activities in it, and we usually spend about 45 minutes with it.  This year I will not be rushing them along.  Since I am not the one doing the work, I tend to want them to go a bit faster so I could be back engaged with them.  This year, I am bringing my own projects to the table while they are working on their independent work.  This has helped me not to watch the clock although I do remind them to get back on task if they get off so that they are learning to be diligent with time versus wasting it for the sake of wasting it. 



We are not participating in a co-op, but we have connected with a great family who we do science and art with twice a week.  This is a first for us.  We had our first session for the school year, and it went very well.  I am looking forward to learning and building strong friendships with this family.



Another area we will focus heavily on is physical education.  We have really been slacking in this area, but apartment living is helping us.  This week we went to the tennis courts twice.  We will continue to go twice a week and will probably move to the indoor courts in our city.  The girls will also participate in homeschool P.E. once a week.  They each are also focusing on a discipline beginning next week.  Miss R will attend gymnastics and Miss D will begin jazz dance lessons. 

Here's to a healthy, fun, and exciting year to learning!

Have you started your new school year?  Are you incorporating anything new to your learning environment?


 Be Blessed!


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A Few Summer Photos


I can't believe we are nearing the end of summer.  It seems to have gone by so fast.  We celebrated another year with our now 8 year old.


 We visited new places such as the local skating rink and trampoline park.


We began learning a new craft.  The girls received a new sewing machine.


We managed to walk a local trail.


All in all our summer was nice and relaxing.

This post was inspired by Darcel at The Mahogany Way. Check out her Summer post.

How was your summer?

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Fear Less, Trust More


For over a year, this scripture graced our bathroom mirror.

It helped me.  It comforted me.  It nurtured me. It taught me.

During this time and currently,  I was/am learning about the power of fear.  Almost everywhere I look, I see phrases and slogans of being and living fearless.

This scripture reminds me that fear and timidity are real. But, it also shows me that these things do not come from the Father. It reminds me of the things that I am made of which are power, love, and self-discipline.

I still find myself fighting fear.  Not as often, but still it lurks in the shadows.  It sneaks up on me when I am not focused or not in tune with God and His word. It taunts me when I can't see my next step.

Fear finds its power when I fail to trust the One who created me.  It wins when I try to control the outcome versus trusting Him no matter what the outcome may be.

How do I battle fear?

  • I open my Bible and read it.  
  • I pray.
  • I keep moving forward.  If something seems to hard,  I keep going.  
  • I talk to myself.  I remind myself that if I fail that is good too.
  • I accept the failure if it happens.  Failing has been my greatest teacher.  It helps me to find a different solution if the first didn't work.
  • I seek out counsel from someone who has experienced the thing that I am trying to confront.  This can be direct or indirect.  There are times when I call an actual person, there are times when I pick up a book and read it, there are times when I find a YouTube video and watch it.
  • I pray.  


Fear will always be around, but it is my response to fear that makes the impact.

Are you fearless?  How do you confront the things that you are afraid to do?

This post was inspired by Darcel at The Mahogany Way for the What's Your Story Series.

Be Blessed!
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