Saturday, November 16, 2013

My Thousand Gifts Smash Book...

I'm such a slacking blogger.
I apologize!
So, along with the rest of the civilized world I've been keeping my one thousand gifts.
I also happened to have a handy-dandy smashbook I had bought with no clue as to what to do with it.
My only thought was how they used Smashbooks in Sweet Valley High books, and well, I was a little past those stages ;)
So I turned my list of one thousand gifts into a smashing list!
I had NO plan {it's how I roll}, no preconceived thoughts as to how it would flow.  I just started writing, randomly gluing when the notion struck and came up with this.
She's not pretty or perfect.  Kids have scribbled, it's been left on counters where coffee has spilled.
I didn't keep track of how it would work out, but wouldn't you know?
My thousandth gift ended up on the very last page!
Here she is:


some pages are quite plain, some are chalk full of random stuff.
I printed out some of the things Ann offers on her blog and pasted them here and there. 
And I got some use out of my poor, neglected scrapbooking supplies.




and now, I need to go buy another smashbook to continue my counting!
this one took slightly over a year of counting gifts.
so, there you have it. 
How did you keep track of your thousand gifts?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Our Homeschool 2013-2014...

here is a peek inside what we're doing at Pathways Academy this school year...
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.-prov. 3:5&6
First of all, the students:

cute, huh?
I LOVE it so far.  I know, it's only been a day, but this is the first time I have felt I LOVE the curriculum I chose! 
It is so nice for the kids to be basically learning their work all together.  This includes English, science, American history, art and geography.
For math we have stuck with Rod & Staff, which I am content with but don't love.
But it is math, therefore love wouldn't be realistic.
Kindergartner is using Saxon Phonics, How to Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons.
I will also add in here and there some Explode The Code work for the 2nd, 4th and kinder.
How is your homeschool year shaping up?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Raising A Strong-Willed Child- pt. 2...

The first post on this topic is here if you missed it.
Life is difficult with a kid who presses you at every turn. 
And usually I'm at a loss as to what to do. 
Just. Lost.
But as I've prayed for discernment and wisdom, God spoke to my heart this morning.
My son, as usual, started his day with, "I am so bored.  This family is stupid.
I wish this wasn't my family."
what to do with that?!
well, I'm hoping this morning's wisdom  from God  {not me!} will help.
I called my son to the computer and sat him down to look over and choose a child from Compassion International to sponsor.
He chose a boy his own age from Africa.
{I am trusting the Lord to provide that extra $ each month, as He is faithful!}
I'm wanting him to see the life of this sweet boy and learn giving, compassion, gratitude and the spirit of Christ through it.
I am wanting to bless another child who is not so blessed as my own son, to let him know he is loved, prayed for and give him hope.
Will this make every day from here on out with
my own son easier?
probably not.
But perhaps a seed has been planted to look outside of himself and into the heart others.
Have you found something in your own walk with a strong-willed child that has helped?  If so, please share!
p.s. after doing this, he asked me if he could make my coffee for me and serve it to me.  progress? yes,  I take ever ounce of hope the Lord wants to show me~
even in the form of lukewarm, weak coffee from a boy who is trying.
that my friends, makes this mama's heart overflow.

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