February 25, 2010
"Picksburgh in Pitchers"
February 13, 2010
In His Presence, There Is Fullness of Joy
Today we fly out to Pittsburgh, hurray!
But quickly I've turned to worry to "comfort" me: Brian woke up at 3:30 & this will mess with his nap schedule; I currently have a seat assignment and Elizabeth does not; I have a painful lump on my forehead from hitting it yesterday on the playground. So, as I sat complaining to the Lord this morning, He reminded me to be thankful, that He is in control, and that in His presence there is fullness of joy. That line is a different translation of part of verse 11 below. Worry was not actually comforting me (surprise, surprise!), worry only works me into a tizzy. But the Word, God Himself, now HE comforts, convicts, forgives, sustains, encourages, protects, loves, and gives us all that we need in each moment.
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus." That is what this tired mommy needed this morning and will endeavor, with the Spirit's help, to remember in those less-than-they-way-I-want-it-to-be moments throughout the day!This psalm is so beautiful in the ears of a believer that I will let it speak for itself.
A miktam of David.1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing."
3 As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.
5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
11 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
February 11, 2010
Elizabeth's Educational Endeavors
"Cuddling" with Dad
February 9, 2010
1 Blessed is the manwho does not walk in the counsel of the wickedor stand in the way of sinnersor sit in the seat of mockers.2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,and on his law he meditates day and night.3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither.Whatever he does prospers.4 Not so the wicked!They are like chaffthat the wind blows away.5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,but the way of the wicked will perish.
February 6, 2010
Brian en vivo!
February 5, 2010
What's It Worth to You?
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:21-25Thank you, Lord, for sending our Rescuer!*
February 3, 2010
February 2, 2010
My Favorite Trio
The Half-Way Point, Part 2
- The kids still get to be together and deepen their relationship, even though they're four years apart.
- Elizabeth is learning what it takes to make a house run, e.g. the laundry doesn't 'magically' get done while she's at school.
- I know what she's learning and can draw connections wherever we are (store, library, car, etc.)
- Elizabeth can work at her pace, whatever that pace is. And together we can finish a project in one day or eight, whatever is needed.
- Colin and I talk a lot about our kids' educations and dream about what and how we'd love to teach them, trips we'd like to take together, the flexibility that homeschooling offers. These conversations energize both of us and strengthen our marriage.
- I don't really know how E is doing in comparison to other kids her age, which is (truthfully) good for me, because I tend too much toward comparison and competition. But it also ushers in some doubts; how do I know she's "on track." That leads me to a more philosophical question: What is the point of education? Do we simply want to make sure that all kids of a certain age can do exactly the same thing? Or do we want to instill a love of learning and equip kids to explore and discover for their own sakes? When I remember that one of our primary family goals is to maintain Elizabeth's interest in learning and to instill in her the confidence that she can learn ... then those doubts are quieted, and I'm refocused till the next doubt cycle.
- I don't know what my life would be like if E were in school. I do imagine that my house would be much cleaner (I could get to those things during Brian's nap times) and I'd be in better shape. But given our motivations to homeschool in conjunction with the unexpected benefits we've experienced, those things are not as important ... once I get my mind refocused on our goals.
- I don't always know how I'm supposed to feel or act when I'm with friends who are talking about what's going on at school. Sometimes I'm jealous that I can't participate or don't have faces for the names they're mentioning. Other times I'm excited for them about what their kids are doing or learning. It reminds me of the Scripture that says to rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Just looked it up, Romans 12:15) Throughout all of life we'll find ourselves in places where other people are doing things we can't or aren't doing, other people's kids will advance in arenas our children are not gifted, friends and family will endure trials at different times, and all of these things give us opportunity to practice loving our neighbor by delighting or sorrowing along with them. I am not always very good at this (I tend toward judgmentalism, jealousy, and discontentment too easily), but God is working on me and I'm thankful for it!
- Have concrete reasons why you're homeschooling. Then you're ready to give a simple, non-judgmental answer when people (or you children!) ask about your choice. And, then you've got your base-line convictions to fall back on during a bad day or bad week.
- Don't go crazy over-buying materials and over-planning, you're likely to end up having spent too much and stressing out yourself and your family. It's always easy to add more later.
- If you try something and after a while it's not really working, let it go and try something different. Keep an eye on how your child is responding to your methods, the curriculum, the topics, etc. Is reading frustrating every, single, day? You may be pushing too hard. Is your child bored by worksheets? Bust out some beans and pennies to practice math.
- Get to know your children's librarian and take advantage of their knowledge!