Once upon a time there was a snow man...
who was decapitated by destructive enemies.
and chopped in half.
His body was stolen by thieves....
and he was left for dead.
Our lives have been very busy the past few months:) First, school started, then everyone got sick, then something else happened, and so on and so on.
We had the Harvest Fellowship in October which a lot of fun. My camera miracously started working, but I let Serenity take the pictures so only one turned out. And that happened to be the one I took.
Also, we started a Teen Choir. Mr. Winsley is teaching it, and I think we're going to sing two songs.
As my mom said in the last post, we've started having home school field trips every month. This month we went to the PURE Center. The Putnam Underground Railroad Center. I didn't get any pictures, but it was a really cool place. Then we went to another place about Nelson T. Gant. He was a former slave who became a millionaire. (It was very interesting by the way. It's a non-profit organization, so they run solely on donations.)
We've had I think at least three birthdays while we were gone; maybe more or maybe less:) Autumn turned 17, Charity turned 2, Mercy turned 6. Timothy's birthday is next on Nov. 27 and he will be 12.
For school, we've been trying to do it, and we are succeeding.....sort of. Everyone got sick and then we had field trips and piano practice and choir practice and, well you get the idea. According to my calendar, we've been doing school for about 50 days give or take a few. That's not to bad considering we started in August. Right?
Well, anyway, we have been doing school because everyone I've talked to (mainly my sisters and brother) has a bunch of tests/papers/quizzes/other miscellaneous-projects-that-probably-were-due-a-chapter-ago type of things. As of right now, I have a cumulative test in Grammar, a quiz in History, a test in Bible, and I might have something in Spanish. And that's not counting the, just a sec, let me count, 39 papers. yes I did mean 39. Actually, its not really all that bad because 30 of those papers are just journal entries for Literature that are not due till January. But I'm not complaining because I love to write!
Right now, all I really want to do about school is skip ahead to Chemistry. I really love Biology, but two particular people (ahem Autumn and Bethany) keep complaining how hard it is. And, frankly, for lack of a better word, I don't believe them! Really! (I can just see comments flying in from people who hate Chemistry.....) And, as Bethany and I were arguing. (Not really) it really is important to know which elements turn to gases/liquids/solids at which temperature or else they wouldn't teach us it......right? Right. But Autumn and Charis think differently..........
To clear up any confusion on this lovely picture, I must note that this is not true. And for those of you who think that Um actually stands for Uranium, you are incorrect. Uranium's atomic symbol is U. The atomic symbol Um does not exist. (You can tell this because that little number in the top right hand corner, which actually belongs in the top left hand corner, is 84. That is called the atomic number. The element for that number is Polonium or Po.) And if anyone is inclined to be contentious, they can go to Wikipedia, or look it up in the dictionary or whatever. That's what I did. (To be technical, I looked it up in Switched On Schoolhouse on the Periodic Table and dictionary:))
Well, I'm sitting here on the side of the rode with my little's because my battery died.
We had a great day on a field trip to the local Locomotive museum in Cambridge Ohio with our church homeschool group.
This man carved all of these trains. We learned about steam engines and how they were run.... Very interesting.
He also made all these toys.
Afterward we ate lunch at the Byesville park. This is a wonderful park that we had never been to before today. Why did I not know about this great place???
Just around the corner was a little museum that we toured about the town of Bysville, Ohio.
We had a wonderful time of education and fellowship.
As I started to leave, my van would not start... so here I sit waiting for a jump. :)
We're still alive! Things have been very busy around here since school started. Also, my tablet broke, so I didn't have anything to write with:( Until now that is. Here are some pictures of what we've been doing!!
My Grandpa De Leon came down and took us out to eat at the local Mexican restaurant.
We ate really good food; and there was a lot of it too, as you can see:)
We went for a drive and saw fields and trees....
and a lake....
and more fields and trees!
We saw a sign....
and stopped for ice cream.
We saw a broken barn....
and some cool rocks.
See you tomorrow! (Maybe:))
So, we made it through the second week of school! We're pretty much in our schedules now, I think.
Nothing exciting has happened yet. I took a total of two Bible quizzes, 2 History quizzes, 1 Literature quiz, and I'm pretty sure that's all. I think I said I was taking Spanish this year and I'm starting to think in it too. Autumn and I were making lunch today and I went to get some banana peppers. I suddenly had this thought: caciendo. I was wondering why in the world I was thinking that when I realized it was Spanish for cook:-)
I don't have any elaborate pictures or anything. Well, unless you count the First Day of School Pictures on the Second Day of School:-)
Carissa Faith :)
Every year I see people take these great "first day of school" pictures and I feel guilty, because the first day of school comes and goes and I didn't get that picture.
Sooo....this year I was determined to get a first day of school picture.
I did, kind of ....
BUT...we will call it
"First Day of School Picture on the Second Day of School"
It took us over 3 minutes to get a good picture. This was my first attempt. I actually took video without them knowing it of "trying to get the picture". It seriously takes them FOREVER to stand still! LOL! I tried uploading it, but our internet said it would take 600 minutes..crazy!
This was better.
Well, we started our homeschooling Tuesday and it went pretty well. We start out with family devotions at 7:30 which I really, really, really love!!!
One of the greatest advantages of doing this is that everyone's goal is to be dressed, beds made, and personal devotions finished before devotions start . I also love that Michael leads us in morning devotions. It puts us all on the right foot to start the morning.
Charity woke up dry, so we put her on the potty before devotions.
After breakfast, everyone is supposed to QUIETLY start school in the basement while Charity, Mercy, I run the vacuum and clean up the kitchen. When 7 kids go down to the basement QUIETLY does not always happen! :)
After my little preschool and Kindergartner help me upstairs, then I get them started downstairs on their school.
By the way, if you have small ones...let them help you vacuum, sweep, and clean up. It teaches them responsibility AND it keeps them out of trouble...messing up the entire house!
This is where I found Charity after I got Mercy started on school.
Mercy is writing in her Journal. Kindergarten!
Serenity working in her handwriting. 3rd Grade!
Can you tell Stephen likes to be organized? 4th Grade!!
I'm teaching Timothy Life Science this year...7th grade!!
Carissa was trying to ignore me... :) 10th grade!!
I interrupted Melody in writing her personification paragraph. :)
Sweet Autumn is in 11th grade. Hard to grasp that she will be graduating next year.
Happy School Year!
I always get this way at the beginning of the school year. I am going to be brutally honest…I love homeschooling. I love the ability to teach my children and enjoy being not only their mom, but their teacher as well.
We start on Tuesday. However, I find it overwhelming and feel the burden of school, meals, laundry, music lessons, new church year, and just being a mom coming crashing down on me.
Every beginning of the school year a fear takes over me... a fear that I will fail as a teacher, a mother, and spiritual mentor. I have no one to blame, no one to complain to, no one to say it's not my fault...the bucks stops with me.
Is my curriculum right for each child? Am I going to have the right attitude and correct spirit to help a frustrated child? Can I give each child what he/she needs?
These are the thoughts that come into my head at the beginning of school.
Yes, I have the books, paper, their desks are ready and filled with newly sharpened pencils, colorful crayons, and chalk for those new personal chalkboard I made this year...all the school supplies they need for the start of a new year.
But am I ready?
Going to a homeschool convention this summer, I met a lot of other homeschoolers many of whom were homeschooling for the first time.
They had that look in their eye... Like they were trapped between excitement with the privilege of teaching their children and the fear of what to do, how to do it, and will they fail?
Like a deer caught in the headlights in the pitch dark on one of our country roads!
Homeschooling is not just that fuzzy feeling of having a clean house, the laundry done, breakfast ready for the perfectly dressed child, a clean kitchen after breakfast, school starting on time and you and the child sharing a book on the couch as the sun shines in through the window! :)
It's the day to day living. The times when the house is not clean, the kids are fussy, it's raining, the laundry is not done, the schedule is messed up yet and school and learning still continue.
The learning my children receive not only comes from the books, but more importantly, it comes from a life wholly dedicated to God. A life that shines the love of Christ when either the day is perfect or the day is out of sorts and the schedule is off.
I want to be that mom that shines Christ.
I want to be the teacher that loves God, shows God's love.
I want to be the mentor that looks like Christ?
How can I be that mom, teacher, mentor?
Well, that brings me full circle to THE teachers edition, the manual for my life.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deu 6:7
1. I need to pray like Nehemiah...
"O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." Nehemiah 1:11
2.I need to follow this pattern as Paul told the Corinthians:
"Let all that you do be done in love". I Cor 16:14
3. I need to walk worthy like Paul told the Ephesian people.
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Eph. :1-3
4. I desire to do as John says:
"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth". I John 3:18
This year as I seek with God's help to teach my 9 children Kindergarten to 12th grade, I go on my knees...
Today we had our annual Chicken and Corn Roast. Our entire church comes to our house and we play games and eat:-)
We had a smaller crowd this year, because two families couldn't make it. :'(
The food was delicious! Mrs. Carr brought my favorite thing in the whole world! I'm not sure what they're called, but it's jalapeños with all the seeds taken out, filled with cream cheese, and wrapped in bacon. They are awesome!!!
(Thank you:-) )
Mom marinated the chicken in Italian dressing all night, so it was all juicy and sweet! Dad, Mr. Bruce, and Josh grilled the chicken and the corn.
We also played kickball. I don't have any pictures of that because I forgot. (sorry)
I was all-time pitcher because kickball is my least favorite sport. The last time I actually played, was the time I broke my ankle:-) So, we had a lot of fun and we won!!
Of course, I always win because I'm always all-time pitcher. :-)
Here's some more food......
After games and lunch, we cleaned up. The boys had a lot of fun trying to dump the left-over lemonade on each other:-) Then they took the big thing of ice and played basketball. That didn't go so well:-)
Things have been moving v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y over here. Or at least they feel that way to me:-)
About the Christmas music...........doesn't everyone listen to Christmas music in August?!?!
Yeah, neither do we. Don't ask me why it was on; I wouldn't be able to answer that right now. Try me in December:-)
The rest of the peaches are ripe.
That means we have to freeze them.
We start school on Tuesday!! I cannot wait! I think summer gets a little boring after a while.(Someone remind me that I said that around December.) :-)
Homeschooling grades for this year goes as follows:
Josh: He's 18 and doing college classes, but still at home. He's a senior, I think:-)
Autumn: She's 16 (soon to be 17) and a Junior
Melody: She's 15 and a sophomore
Carissa: I'm 14 and also a sophomore
Timothy: He's 11(soon to be 12) and in 7th grade
Stephen: He's 10 and in 4th grade
Serenity: She's 8 and in 3rd grade
Mercy: She's 5 (soon to be 6) and in kindergarten
Charity is not in school yet though:-)
On Saturday, we have a Chicken and Corn Roast at our house! If anyone wants to come, they are very welcome to!! :-)
Oh, and the Mars and Moon thing? Yeah, that was a hoax. Apparently, it happens every August on Facebook:-) Did anyone else fall for that?
Yesterday, we froze peaches.
Lisa, a lady in our church, gave us three buckets full of peaches from their farm. Coupled with the peaches from our tree, there was a lot!
We decided to freeze them because it would be easier than canning. There were different stations for each job. Scoring, boiling, ice water bath, peeling, and lemon juice. Autumn, Melody, Mom, and I scored all of them then boiled them. After they were boiled, we put them in ice water, then peeled the skin off. It was soon realized that the ripe peaches were way easier to peel then the unripe ones!
For the second batch, we decided to take the non-ripe peaches out, and freeze only ripe ones. So, we'll have more peaches later:-)
It just goes to show that God does care about the little things in our life. My mom had prayed for peaches, and a week later, we had them. And they were free. Free is always good:-)
On another note, I got my rat in the mail a couple of days ago! Don't worry, he's dead. I get to dissect him in Biology.
Melody decided she will not dissect but just watch:-)
Also, something is going to happen tonight that won't happen again until 2287!
There will be two moons in the sky, but only one will be the moon. The other will be Mars!
I hope the skies clear up over here so we'll be able to see it:-)