27/04/2006 § 4 Comments
So, we just got back from the chiropractor and Lovebug had yet ANOTHER chance to shine AND wait 'til you hear what she said about homeschooling!
Ok, so Love is getting her back messaged and somehow they start talking about her hitting her patella or something-again. So, of course, like any good mother would do, I start to eavesdrop to see what is being said. (At this time I am enjoying MY message so it would have been hard to say anything anyway with my face burried in the table.) The therapist asks her what's your this and that called and one after another she gets them right! The lady even tries to trick Love and it doesn't phase her. She has given this info so many times now that she has the confidence she needs to answer her. Meanwhile others start to listen in and start to become impressed-and say so. Oh, how awesome is that!? Then, someone asks if she should be in school(that happens a lot)and she tells them that she is homeschooled and MY therapist says, “Oh you're lucky” or “that's great” or something to that effect to which my DD replies-are you ready?-“YEAH”!!!!!!!
My heart soared! We have been having this battle for awhile now and she has been resisting me about homeschooling a bit. We just started last year and she was in public school until 6th grade so that's all she knew to be 'normal'. It has taken a lot of diligence and prayer to come to this point but we are finally seeing some results!!!!!
Now, don't mistake what I'm saying. I have mostly always wanted to homeschool. I just wasn't able to as a single mother for so long. That, and it was scary and I felt so inadequate. I only have a GED from high school that I got 3 or so years AFTER I was out of school, and a little bit of other schooling. I was alone and even though a lot of people support it, it kinda depends on who you talk to-even in Christian circles. It took me a long time to even get my DH to even consider it as an option. Of course at the same time I was trying to convince myself I could do it. The desire was there, just not the confidence.
I'm also not saying there aren't other ways that God can use different types of education. I know some other bloggers that God has blessed through the school system. I do not want to sound like I'm limiting the Lord. Even when Lovebug was in public school there were Christian teachers and I know God had His hand on that. It's not ALL evil. But, I feel those cases are more exceptions than the rule. Mostly because of what we have gone through with my own DD.
We have always been big on Christian principles and ways of life. We have always been close. So why was my DD staring to pull away from me? Most of her sentences started with, “Well the other kids at school…,” or “That's not what my teacher…,” and so on. Not to mention the attitude. (I know that puberty plays a part in this too.) To put it bluntly, I was losing her. She was starting to care so much more about the latest this and that and so and so this and so and so does that, can I have one too… She stopped praying and could never find her Bible, let alone the disinterest.
It would have been different if it were things that were say 'neutral'. But these were things she knew we didn't allow or were opposed to that she now felt she could just ask me for. That, along with once she realized I was sure about my decisions, she started to not talk to me and keep secrets and ask her non-believing father for those things and priviledges. (Of course he would oblige.) It soon became our house: staunchy, no fun-no-frills-but-lots-of-rules Christian home and dad's house: fun, anything-goes-free-for-all-I-can-have-all-the-stuff-my-mom-won't-let-me-have. I literally had to wage war and contend for my daughter's soul both physically and spiritually. I'm tellin' ya, it just snowballs.
So, I know this got long and I apologize. Thank you to those who 'stuck it out' to the end. Please let me know if I haven't explained myself. I do intend to come back to this subject again-maybe not to this length! LOL!
Let me know what your thoughts are about this. Please forgive me if I have offended anyone. Sometimes my passion comes out wrong.
I pray for a fun and peaceful day for all of us. May the many facets of the Lord be evident to you today!
25/04/2006 § 4 Comments
Oh my has it been that long since I posted? Wow, I'll have to do some catching up. I amy need a whole afternoon or something…oh well. LOL!
So, I have been in the process of changing my site and this HTML thing isn't so bad. A lot of it is logic-just simple 'if…then' figuring. That is until you really start to need to know what you really are doing. Then, the momentum just stops!
So, in other areas we are doing well. I have been drinking lots of water and have made it to 60oz a day or more!!!!! I will probably just retire my ticker for that so I can have less business on my site. Lovebug is doing well. I really have to update her tickers. She has been walking with out me too so she can be at the same number as mom. CUTE!
As far as school, we have been doing well in our Lifepacs and she seems to be flying through her math more. She continues to have excellent scores on her spelling. She 'wowed' DH's family on Sunday by naming all the major bones of the body-accuratly! She was so cool about it even correcting one of her uncles!!! They are a bunch of smart people-his dad an engineer, his younger brother in AP classes and going to become an architect, you get the idea…so it was a very thrilling moment for me-I was calm on the outside, doing jumping jacks on the inside-and I think it really boosted Love's confidence. It's so neat to see the rewards after the day-to-day struggles!
Also, as time goes on since she was in public school the references and mindsets are starting to be a bit less. We have been praying so hard that these things would just continue to be but a faded momory. If I were to talk to anyone even thinking of homeschooling I would cousel them to start out homeschooling FIRST and then if ALL ELSE really, truly fails and you simply must, join a support group and try again! We have had a lot of hard times trying to get beyond the public school's influence. It is far better to just not go there. It wasn't possible for me to homeschool at first. I was a single mom and needed to work full time. But slowly the Lord started answering my prayers and now I am finally there. But oh, the deprogramming! And even though she know this is the better way, there is still that weaning period because that is all she knew. I just thank the Lord that He provided a way to have her at home and at such a crucial time in her develpoment. She will spend her time at home now and oh, the peace that brings! Don't get me wrong, I know there will still be bumps in the road, but the peace of knowing I will be there and she will have ME to lean on and not others… It just makes you feel like they're safe. Now, I just have to work on ME!!!LOL!
Well, I just heard a “Mom, what's for lunch?” so I better skiddaddle. Hope you other mommies have a blessed day and thanks for being patient!!!!!
In His Love,
20/04/2006 § 2 Comments
So, I have been a busy little beaver! I am in the process of sprucing up my page. I like most of it so far, but there are some things I still want to tweak and add. I sat down today and read a few posts on the forum about some re-configuring and put it together with some logic and deductive reasoning and VOILA!
I really have to go back to life now. My family wants to eat together!
Weird aren’t they?!
19/04/2006 § 2 Comments
Hello! What a busy and wonderful weekend celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus! I am still swamped with a few things, but I will post later. In the meantime, feel free to check out our new virtual pets! Lovebug saw these on another blog and insisted we should have them on our site. They are super cute and can be 'fed'! If you click on the 'more' button for Penguino it will throw him a fish. If you click on the food container for Jian Mei (beautiful;strong in Mandarin Chinese-one of my favorite languages!) and then bring it to the top of the tank, it will turn over and if you click it again it will drop food into her tank! So, so CUTE!
Have a blessed day and we'll catch up later!
Traci and Lovebug 🙂
P.S. Stop by Elton's new blog and welcome him as a new HSBlogger dad! He has a great word of encouragement for us moms. What a blessing!
12/04/2006 § 1 Comment
Now, introducing the cutest ferrets in town:
Princess Olivia(l) and Prince Oliver(r)!
This was taken a few months ago, they were still pretty new and young. Oliver is now a quite plump little thing and Olivia is a little bigger-but not much. We’re trying to fatten her up! We got Oliver at the pet store as Kayla’s Christmas gift this last year. A short time after that we were in the local pet store and saw they had an abandoned ferret who needed a home. Of course we were drawn to her and we had been looking for a playmate for Oliver. So, they gave us a really good deal and she then became our little Princess Olivia.
They are soooo fun! We never have a dull moment. They are very curious and playful and they are easy to train. They aren’t rodents-they actually eat them in their natural environment. They are related to polecats and it’s kind of similar to having cats..kind of. Ferrets really like to be let loose to explore. They love tunnelling and burrowing and playing with their toys-especially if it makes a noise! ANY noise will do.
Now that it’s warmer out and they’re older we are going to attempt giving them baths. Ferrets are good swimmers and like the water but they can tire easy. We’ll try the bathtub with shallow water. Like all other animals they do have a bit of an odor, but that can be controlled by bathing, keeping their cage tidy and diet control. You can also get these fun sprays to help their coats stay soft and shiny that are mildly scented. I got the sun-ripened raspberry one.
Well I hope you like the pic. It’s my first one. Now that I know I can do it I’ll start posting more. I love pictures…
12/04/2006 § 4 Comments
I decided to retire my water ticker to the bottom of my page and we added a ticker for Lovebug to keep track of her walking with mom. Now she wants a water ticker too! It feels so good to be the source of inspiration in my soon-to-be-teenage girls' life! (She's 12 and a half you know-too cute) 🙂 I'm so thankful! We'll probably add that to mine at the bottom as well.
Have a great day all you other mommies! May the Lord bless you in a sweet and surprising way today. Keep an eye out for it–HE IS FAITHFUL!
Smilies courtesy of Princess Lovebug!
04/04/2006 § 5 Comments
Uh, yeah, so that last entry was actually me
multi-thinking. I was thinking
about how I haven’t really named some of the
materials we use yet and so I thought since
I was mentioning what I would like to do
get accomplished I would just give the
names most of the books we use. I didn’t
realize that it was a whole lotta stuff. I’m
really not that good at homeschooling yet!
However, I am proud to say we got quite a
bit accomplished. Spelling test (only 1 wrong
out of 27! she forgot to check her work
before handing it in), Bible, Math, most of the
Geography/Science worksheets, some
Language workbook, lunch, and some
Analogies workbook. There were also some
‘character building’ moments in between
there that took up some time too.
Now, I have an obvious advantage. I have ONE
child who is about to be 13. I can mostly send
her to the table and have her work independently
until she has a question. It works even better
if I explain her work to her or have her tell
me if she understands itBEFORE I leave
her/send her off.
Truth be told, it was a struggle to keep her on
task at times(insert ‘character building’ moment).
There were a few times where I was doing
something so she thought she wouldn’t be doing
That has been an issue in the past
that we are making efforts to HALT. My situation
doesn’t really allow for ‘time out’ to character
train so we are just plowing ahead and as it arises,
pause for tweaking. It is actually good I think
because of Kayla’s age.
To Kayla’s credit she was down here at 8:30 ready
for the day-and breakfast-just as we had
requested the night before. No attitude either.
Right now she is doing her Math independently and quietly. SCORE 1 FOR THE HOME TEAM!!!!!
Well, I better get to some of my list of things.
Have a great day all!