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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Beauty of a List

Lists. Lists are mental bookshelves. Lists give one a sense of accomplishment. Lists are filing cabinets. Lists are my friend! I began the day making a list of homeschooling projects that need to be completed for this year. Here is what is on that list:

Complete our Science Notebooks from our Chemistry Co-Op
Compile our 2010-2011 Portfolios
Finish that one last meeting for our Chemistry Co-Op
Mind you, this is but a partial list, but it was motivating and mentally helpful for me to put down what I know needs finishing at this point.

Then I started on a second list. It is a combo of family things/homeschooling items that we accomplished this last year. I like this list better because it's longer. In the context of a relocation that occured over the summer and into the fall, it helps me feel that our year was not a total loss. (I have a homeschooling planner that I keep as well that I frequently look back on for the same reason. It's easy to feel like things are just half-done, and that can be so discouraging.) Looking at the full part of the glass is a lot more fun, and it takes the punch out the enemy as the Lord reminds me: "Kathy, this has been a good year. You've done well." I want my Heavenly Father's approval more than anything, and these are some of the things He's reminded me of:

Field Trips to the following:

Tandy Leather Factor
Capitol Museum in Phoenix
Herpetological Society
Play: "Prince and the Pauper"
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Ostrich Farm

We began using our local library on a regular basis.

Bethany took two co-op classes through a local co-op: History of Arizona, and Intro. to Literature: Chronicles of Narnia. This was really good for her. Instruction from others is a good thing, and she met some children that were not in our Homeschooling group.

Roller Skating Lessons:
We live a 1/2 mile from a really good roller rink. I signed us up for roller skating lessons, and the children are loving it. They even learned how to skate backwards!

Here are some more things we did that are significant for various reasons:

We planted a garden.

Bethany taught herself how to weave.

The children participated in a Soccer League & a Field Hockey League.

We had a science co-op with another family in our homeschooling group. Chemistry is fun!

We went to a play, "Robin Hood," as a family. We talked about how live performances are more fun and challenging to the actors.

We went on our annual family camping trip with Mary Lee: nothing like really good traditions

We added in a great Art curriclum this year.

We participated in our homeschooling group's art show with our own projects.

Bethany went to a sleep over. She also had a friend spend the night recently.

Bethany taught herself how to roller blade.

Big friends and Little friends: our much larger yard and more centrally located home added to our desire and ability to host big and little people for fun times throughout the year. Socialization in homeschooling: the least of our problems!

Ordered our Exploring Georgia curriculum to help us enjoy and make the most of our extended stay in the Atlanta area this summer. On your mark, adventure set, go!
This list is far from exhaustive but marks a few things we've done and are doing. It really has been a good year!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Resurrection Sunday

I love combining worship and art. I'm so glad that death couldn't keep Him.
Lord, give to me a bigger view of You, the Victor over sin, death, and the grave. May I follow that Christ, being You, with eternity in sight. I want to run to win.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sneak Peek

I feel like the richest woman in the world. Not only do I get to be a wife, mom, and teacher (Yes, I'm a homeschooling fanatic!), but I also have the privilege of being a worship leader. I can say that God has had His hand on me from day one,through every carefree and happy childhood day and every trial and triumph of adult life, its obstacles and seeming impossibilities. There is simply NO WAY I could do anything, anything, without His favor and life in me. Weeks such as this prove that over and over again.

I thought I'd provide a link to the Worship Team Blog for Covenant of Grace, my home fellowship. In case you want a small peek into a part of my next few days, you'll get a pretty good idea of what's happening. When you get there, click on the link to Easter 2011. Then....
to the videos and listen to all of them or atleast the first one, Stay Amazed.

If you don't feel like following the link, and that's cool, then listen here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On Bethany's 11th Birthday

My little lovely, age 11. Lovely's little brother with a glimmer in his eyes.

Bethany's decided her smile looks pretty this way. I agree. Daniel looks like he's up to something. I agree.

This is after we went to Denny's for Bethany's birthday lunch. Bethany is thinking that she enjoys being eleven. Daniel's thinking about dessert!

Danny and I are so blessed.