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Thursday, January 20, 2011





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"To be nobody but yourself
in a world which is doing its best,
night and day to make you everybody else -
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being could fight;
and keep fighting."
~ E. E. Cummings


1.  I am an auntie again!!!  My SIL had a baby girl last night.  YAY!  We were really hoping for a girl.  :o)

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2.  This article speaks about learning about homemaking skills but I think the idea can be applied to learning any skill… -

“There is an order to things. If you keep practicing you will become competent. You can’t become competent until you have practiced. You then gain an understanding and discernment about what you are doing so that you can effectively and readily (quickly) perform the job at hand. That is how you learn a skill. Not by sitting and hoping someone will wave a magic wand over you or deciding, "That just isn’t my thing."”

I always say if you want to learn to bake a pie make one every day for 14 days and at the end of that time you will know how to bake a pie. Why? Because you will have made every mistake there is in making a pie and hopefully you will have learned not to do the same thing wrong the next time. You need to do this with anything you want to learn. ”

3.  The Assembling of the Church has posted a new item, 'What is edification? -
Relationship with others'
Edification includes helping the community of brothers and sisters mature in
their relationship with those who are not followers of Jesus Christ.
You may view the latest post at

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7.  I once read about an atheist apologist who didn't want to go to heaven. He didn't want to go there because he considered that praising God for eternity would be the most boring thing he could possibly think to do.
God boring? (to read the whole post click on the link) -

8.  Have you ever considered that your “ordinary” skills might be a calling from God?  --

9. “ I don’t pray because I have all the answers. I pray because I don’t.  I don’t pray because I can. I pray because I can’t.  Prayer is the coming to the end of myself…the letting go…and placing my hope in the God who can.”  --



11.  “It was one of those mornings where all I could pray was, Lord, give me whatever it is that I need to make it through this day.” -- Sustaining Grace --

12.  The Assembling of the Church has posted a new item, 'A modern widow's mite?'
Sol gives us a modern example of someone giving out of their poverty.
You may view the latest post at


Okay… time to go and do something else.  I am done my coffee, time to get in gear and take on the day.  :o)


The thread regarding our beautiful expectant mom's segued into another interesting thread about switching from aligned to traditional.
Over the course of homeschooling, have you found yourself trying different types of schooling?
It is too funny how homeschooling is like the quest for the perfect jeans -- you have to try on so many before you find something that actually fits...and often you end up wearing them out!!! :-)
So I guess the questions are : 
What types of homeschooling have you tried on? 
What drew you to them in the first place?
Why are you sticking with the type of schooling you are doing?  Besides that it is working!! -- Give us details.
I know I have tried a few kinds on for size.  :-)

What have I tried?  Well when we first signed on for home education, we signed up with our local school board which had only fully aligned.  They gave us the two crates of textbooks and assignments and the list of when tests were and when assignments were due.  We did this for about 2 weeks and then I panicked and started to hyperventilate and FREAKED OUT!  This is not what I had pictured for our home schooling.  So I called a lady from my support group (I had never met her before but we are now good friends), and I vented all my fears and frustrations to her.  And she listened patiently and with her wisdom she told me that I did not have to do it this way.  I could switch boards and have more freedom.  I WAS SET FREE!!!  Yay!  So I quit and signed on with our current board (Families Learning Together) and it has been great since.

We are now part of the “traditional” home school track.  Each year has looked different and I am not sure I will ever feel “at home” with how we home school.  Do we ever feel like we have it all together as moms (and home school teachers)? 

The first couple of years we kind of structured learning, and we had the kids do the CTBS (Canadian Test of Basic Skills).  They always did very well with them.  Our major focus was math, it was the one HAVE TO GET DONE subject of the day.  Then as the years are passing on we are becoming more and more relaxed about academics (in the formal sense) and are focusing on teaching the kids HOW TO LEARN not what to learn.  This is a skill that will serve them throughout their whole lives.   This current year has been our most loose year yet.  When I went to our facilitator visit in December, I told our facilitator that I had nothing to report, we hadn’t learned anything.  She laughed and told me that could not be true because we are living life thus we are learning.  :o) (I Live Therefore I Learn: Living an Unschooling Life by Pam Sorooshian -  Have I mentioned I love my facilitator?

So this year has been hard on me.  I have panicked because we are not following the mainstream society’s version of learning/schooling.  But I reminded by so many (people, books, blogs, seminars, etc) that that is okay.  My kids are learning each and everyday, they are learning to pursue their passions and seek ways to make their life, their time and talent matter.  I really think these are what the next few years will be about- them finding THEIR way for THEIR life.  I listened to the UNSCHOOL YOUR TEEN SEMINAR this week and it has reassured me that we are on the right path for us.  I want to listen to it with the kids so they too can be inspired by the options they have in their life because of the way we choose to school.


Some Funny Quotes!!!

"I try to take one day at a time,  but sometimes several days attack me at once."
-Jennifer Unlimited-

"I suffer from M.A.D.D. - Mommy Attention Deficit Disorder."                                      

"The phrase " working mother " is redundant."                                                                   
~Jane Sellman

"My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.                                                                                               
~Erma Bombeck

"The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn't getting enough sleep."
~ John Fiebig

"Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young." ~ Author Unknown

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." ~ Mark Twain

"My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it." ~ Buddy Hackett