Monday, June 8, 2009

Catching up!

It's been almost a week since I last blogged-did you wonder what happened to us? Nothing really, except being so very busy with things! I attended the homeschool convention in Houston here this past weekend-what a whirlwind that was! My day started at 7 a.m and went until 5 p.m. Nonstop workshops and shopping for next year's homeschool things. Actually, I attend more for the workshops as I really need that encouragement and refreshment. I did pick up a few books, though, too! :-) Luke was my sidekick both days-and let's just say, he doesn't enjoy napping in the stroller! By the end of Saturday, I was just exhausted and ready to sleep myself! I am so thankful I am more of a seasoned homeschooler at this point. Walking into the giant vendor hall at the convention can just be overwhelming if you're not already sure which direction you're going with your schooling. It seems as if everyone has just the perfect product to teach your child. It just about makes your head spin. I don't feel as easily swayed anymore by the newest or latest homeschool products. I've come to realize that no product is perfect and just because it works for another does not mean it will necessarily be the right fit for us.

In other news, this past week was elections and awards for the 4-H club my kids attend. They each received several awards for projects they did this year, such as communication, food and nutrition, and visual arts. I was very proud that both Matthew and Christopher decided to run for positions. Matthew was elected to 2nd vice president and Christopher is 3rd vice president. I think they will do well with their new leadership positions.
Finally, we've signed everyone up for the summer reading program at the library. I always encourage my kids to read a lot, to keep that brain active! My little ones just love books! Here's John at our library today.
And sister, Eden, trying to imitate! ( A little short, yet!)
The older ones are a little more particular about what kinds of books they enjoy, and it is always a balancing act trying to reconcile what they would like to read with making sure it is what mom deems appropriate! (It's amazing what kind of language they can have in teen/adult books these days!) If anyone has good suggestions on books, I'm all ears!
This week, I'm continuing with my cleaning/organizing, though I feel like progress is so slow. However, I am persevering, and with time, progress will be made. It is like anything in life. We always want to see the fruit of our labor-"NOW"! But the Lord doesn't normally work that way, as he knows we need to develop patience and perseverance and trust Him with the results! Yes, I'm still learning all of this as you can tell.
I hope you all are enjoying the start of the summer season. Stay cool and enjoy those times with your family!


  1. We just started the book, Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter, this evening. We cried! :)

  2. I agree that it is impossible to find wonderful reading material for our budding readers without nasty relationships, off humour or strange religions. The classics are some of our favorites like
    The Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
    The Cooper Kids series by Frank Peretti
    The Railway Children by Nesbit
    Any GA Henty book
    Gulliver's Travels Johnathan Swift (Use the abridged for students under 18 the Unabridged is outrageous)
    Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
    John Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson
    A wrinkle in Time by Madaliene L'engle
    Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Montgomery
    Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingles Wilder
    Mart Twain's Huckleberry Fin, Tom Sawyer,
    All of Charles Dickens Books
    All of Jules Verne's books
    The Screw Tape Letters, Surprised by Joy, Narnia by CS Lewis (skip the space trilogy till adult)
    Tom Swift by Victor Appleton 2006 edition
    I wish I could just walk in to the library and trust that all materials are OK. I like the craft idea for idle people.