Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Goals for May

I recently came across the blog, Morning Motivated Mom, and have been inspired to create and share goals for each month. I'm hoping this helps me stay focused on a daily basis.

So for the month of May, here are my goals....

  • drink more water (I currently drink 2-3 glasses and am aiming for 6-8)
  • read Heaven and Uncle Tom's Cabin. I've already had Uncle Tom's Cabin for 6 weeks and am only a few chapters in. I often start hard to read books, but then get distracted by easier to read books. I need to read a little bit daily and get through these. 
  • read The Wind in the Willows aloud to my girls
  • catch up and stay caught up in daily Bible reading. I got behind during Lent (when I also read through the entire New Testament). I'm only a few days behind at this point, but I want to get caught up. 
  • run 90 miles - cumulative (this will be a new record for me if I accomplish it)
  • declutter/organize linen closet
  • practice violin daily - beyond playing with my students and girls. I really want to get back into this.
  • follow the Whole30 diet (90% of the time)
  • wash windows and clean blinds (this was also my goal for April...)
  • finish strong in homeschool

Monday, May 4, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 17

the GOOD
We spent 4 days in Central Oregon and had a fabulous time
walks along the river, sun shining through trees
visiting horses, waterfalls and birds
more time along the river

fiddle head, pink trees, a little bit country (boots and fiddle)
succulents in a mossy basket, dandelion wisps, chocolate chip curlycues

the FUN
macro, flowery goodness

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Central Oregon

taking a moment to find joy in the little things


I did it! I ran my first 1/2 marathon this past weekend and met my goal of finishing in under 2 hours. It was fun and I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I don't know if I'll do another one in the future, but I'm so glad I did this one!

that's me getting ready to cross the finish line

the canoe is longer than the car
Forests burn and the forest we hiked through was victim to a fire not too long ago. It definitely offers a different kind of landscape.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 16

the GOOD
this grid is all about the goodness of nature...the goodness of spring
dogwood blooms, tulip blooms, lily of the valley blooms, and wisteria blooms
and big, tall trees to look up at

flower fun with my girl, treasures in the forest, a gorgeous sunset
a beautiful sunrise, interesting architecture and frogs in our yard

the FUN
hearts in our watermelon, macro fun with my Grandma's rings and coffee
The ring in the top right corner was my Grandma's wedding ring. I never saw her without this ring on and now it's mine to wear and enjoy. A really fun Grandma and Grandpa got married April 27, 1940 - 75 years ago today!

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun

Friday, April 24, 2015

Six Word Fridays ~ Limit

When it comes to pursuing minimalism, 
there are many ways to limit 
the total number of your possessions.

try dressing with only thirty-three
pieces of clothing for three months

buy something new, discard something old

only keep items that bring joy

keep what is lovely and useful

limit personal possessions to 100 items

Do these limits seem unreasonable or 
too confining? I've found so much 
freedom in paring down our possessions.

Having healthy limits and boundaries when 
it comes to what we own
and what we do brings peace,
joy and order to our lives.

linking up with Six Word Fridays

Thursday, April 23, 2015

An Interview With Myself

I listen to the pod-cast "Homeschool Snapshots" and on each episode, the hostess (Pam Barnhill), asks the guests a series of questions. I love hearing other people's answers as it gives insight to their homeschooling, and thought it would be fun to answer the questions myself.

How did you start homeschooling?
We have homeschooled from the start. My girls have never been to any formal school setting. I really don't remember our first conversations about homeschooling, but my husband knew I wanted to give it a try and has always been supportive. Before we had kids of our own, I taught violin in the public school and got a glimpse of what that really looks like (plus my own memory of attending public school). Also, as a private violin teacher, my working hours have always occuppied the afternoon and evening. I knew that if my own kids went to school all day, I would likely begin working when they got out of school leaving very little time for us to share as a family.

Your homeschool days look most like which literary classic: The Odyssey, Little Women, Swiss Family Robinson or Lord of the Flies?
Well, I do have two little women and often our days at home include reading and music and baking. But we are also a pretty adventurous family so there is a little bit of Swiss Family Robinson mixed in. Of course, when it's time for math it might look a little bit like Lord of the Flies....

If you ran into a younger version of yourself in a vendor hall (at a homeschool convention), what advice would you give?
Just read a lot. Read good books and use the teaching opportunities that every day life poses. Then read more good books.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you want for homeschooling?
1) Bible (read aloud, theology, grammar, spelling, writing, geography, history and more!)
2) a violin (music, skill mastery, improvisation, entertainment)
3) something to write on - a chalkboard (with chalk) or an unlimited supply of paper (and pencils/pens) - for drawing, writing, math, games and more

What is your biggest challenge in homeschooling?
Giving each child enough individual attention (and I only have two children!). I tend to teach them together at the same level and it's not always fair to them.

What is the most influential homeschool book you've read?
The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. I've read quite a few good books on homeschooling, but this one gave me a direction in terms of choosing a homeschooling style. After reading this book, I knew I wanted to mostly follow in the classical method. I go back to it year after year and use The Well Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer to guide me in my own reading.

What is your favorite read-aloud ever?
I loved A Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. I had never heard of it and loved reading it with my girls.

What is your pet-peeve about homeschooling?
The high expectations others have of homeschoolers- good grades, perfect behavior, etc. I often embrace these expectations myself - thinking that because I homeschool my children, they should act and perform above average. But the reality is that they are still kids - sinful human beings, just like everyone else.

Fill in the blank: If my grown child __________I will have suceeded as a homeschooling mom.
If my grown children know how to find information, solve problems and live responsibly...

(I always cringe a little when moms answer this along the lines of "if my grown children love God and follow Him and serve Him..." This is my biggest hope for my children - that they would have a personal relationship with their Creator - that they would love Him and joyfully and obediently follow Him in all they do. But that decision is up to them, and the outcome of their decision does not determine my success as a parent. If I am teaching them and modeling to them what abundant life in Christ looks like, then I am living in obedience. I am not, however, responsible for how they respond.)

What is 1 thing in your Amazon cart right now?
Song School Latin - just trying to decide if we want to add Latin to our studies.

When do you start planning for the next year?
Right about this time of year...when we can see the end in sight for the current year, I start thinking about whether or not we will continue with our current curriculum choices.

....and now a quick pop quiz

coffee or tea?  coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon

a little bit country or a little bit rock-n-roll?  a little bit rock-n-roll 

Well-trained mind or unschoolers anonymous?  well-trained mind

early bird or night owl?  early bird

craft or read aloud?  read aloud

lapbook or workbook?  workbook

co-op or stay home?  stay home

bed made or unmade?  bed made

bookmark or dog ear?  book mark

sonnet or haiku?  sonnet