Thursday, December 5, 2013

The blessing of friends

When we extended a hand of hospitality to a girl a few months ago we didn't expect anything in return. It was such a blessing to us to provide a place for her to recover from an illness.

It turns out that she lives in a town we had planned to visit during our vacation - and that's where we find ourselves now. What a great opportunity to catch up with her and meet her family.

After about 5 days in the RV (which was preceded with and included intense jet lag and motion sickness for me) it was REALLY nice to stop off and visit at someone's home.

But it got even better... They had prepared a room for each of us! I am so grateful to be on solid ground again! Don't get me wrong, the whole RV thing is nice but since I've had such severe motion sickness lately, it's not high on my list of fun activities.

Today they have blessed us with a whole day of play at the family's indoor kids adventure park. The kids are having so much fun - well, dad and the grandparents are actually having as much fun, if not more!

As I'm sitting here, taking it all in, I'm once again amazed at how life can lead to unexpected places, people and blessings when we allow God to direct us.

Everyone we interact with is another opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. May we reach out to others today and be a blessing to them.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Before we start our travels...

It's a race against time here to finish the formal part of our curriculum for this year before we literally take our classroom on the road. We are super excited to be able to do a 2 month holiday in the States which  will include a trip with the RV.

As homeschoolers, even holidays are learning times (don't tell the kids that! They learn without realizing it!) I'm hoping to do a few interesting posts along the way.

Counting down...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Catching up

What a hectic few months... So much has happened and I've had much to reflect upon. One thing that I realized (again) is that I'm not a good blogger! There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day.

On the school front, we are actually doing really well this year. That being considering I've left the country twice and we've recently moved house (again). At least this time it's within the same town.

I've switched to a new Language Arts curriculum for my two oldest boys. The Latin Road to English Grammar.

It has been a really good choice for us. My oldest has much to catch up to reach grade level but it at long last seems possible. We're only 6 weeks into the course so I'll give a better review of the product in a few months time.

For more info on The Latin Road visit Barbara's page

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Speaking the truth

I faced one of those difficult moments this week when encountering someone who made a mistake but they are not willing to admit it. Instead, they flat-out denied it. That's a hard one to swallow when you saw the truth with your own two eyes.

Haven't we all landed in a situation where you made a mistake and you wish you can take it back. A moment when you wish no-one saw your foolishness.

I've certainly been there.

Sometimes it's really hard to fight the embarrassment and just admit "hey, I made a mistake... and I'm sorry"

I guess the hardest part is that last statement "I'm sorry"

Why is it that people find it so difficult to say that? Why do we feel it's better to pretend I never did anything wrong than just admitting it and saying sorry?

Yeah, I know. Human nature. Our sinful nature.

Truth is... it takes practice to admit being wrong. And even when you are in the habit of admitting your mistakes - it's still not nice to have to do it!

Telling the truth is a BIG deal in our house. Our kids knows that no matter what they did, telling the truth about it counts a whole lot more than whatever it is they are admitting to.

The biggest lesson I've had to learn is not to judge!

Just because I live by Matthew 5:33 "Let your yes be yes, and your no be no" does not mean I can judge others for not placing the same value on those principles! After all, I'm nowhere near perfect - I fail at dozens of things that others don't.

So these are 2 life lessons that I have been reminded of again this week - 2 of the things that I like to instill in my kids...

- Let your YES be YES and let your NO be NO (speak the truth no matter how hard it is)

- Do NOT judge others for not valuing the same principles as you (you are not perfect either)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Understanding The Declaration of Independence

Our history for kid #2 happen to fall into perfect timing with the upcoming American Independence Day. We have just finished the history of the American Revolution and I came across a great site that simplified the Declaration of Independence. It's definitely the best version I've seen so far - and you will find many other helpful articles and lessons on their site at Kidipede.

Help your younger kids understand history from an early age and they will have a greater understanding of what is going on today.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Luny tunes

As my eyesight is decreasing I'm finding it harder and harder to spend time with one of my favorite hobbies - photography. But when there's a so-called supermoon in the sky... you gotta blow the dust off the camera!

...and then you gotta wait for the clouds to move away for just a few seconds to get you a (nearly) good enough shot.