Snow Day

I think a snow day has lots of potential for learning, especially for children in the South, who don’t have sleds and snow toys. My daughter came up with all sorts of ideas to make a sled. She ended up using a cooler lid but it’s too deep to go well.

We used warm water, an empty dish liquid bottle and food coloring to make SNOW PAINT. Always fun to make colorful snowmen and practice writing in the snow (handwriting with a twist and practice for sight words). Children are geniuses when it comes to fun and not getting snow much brings out their creativity, after months of boredom and schoolwork.

All children need a break and since every other child had a day off, in our area, I saw fit to do the same. Arianna has been out dozens of times since 8am and has come back in each time with reddened cheeks and hands. The joy of being a child and playing in the fluffy, white creation we call snow is worth more than a lesson the States say our children must learn.

I remember endless hours of upstate NY winters, where I was born and raised. We had many sleds and still found other things to make it more interesting. We made ramps that would send us soaring and bump down hard on our non suspecting tailbones (didn’t hurt then, but now….) and we would choose steep hills to see who could go the fastest and farthest without jumping off. It’s a wonder our mothers never had heart failure watching us. Of course, when we got a bit older, we would get out of Mom’s sight and brave more treacherous trails with our cousins and my oldest cousin would call us babies if we didn’t go along, so we often came home with cut, scrapes and bruises but no tears and no explanations. The good old days….

What do you or did you enjoy about the snow and snow days? Do you have snow days? Do you teach science? Do you make snow cones? We do….well, she does. She is having a kool-aid flavored snow cone, right now and enjoying every drop.

Prayers to all those who lost power and are dealing with the ice.

Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope everyone enjoys their Valentine’s Day! My little Valentine gave me my chocolates and card before the sun arose and I was still fast asleep. I somehow opened it without being awake. Lol! I thanked her later. She also, made me some extremely strong coffee and toast for breakfast. These are the moments that I will cherish and look back on when she is all grown up.

We were going to do a lesson on Valentine’s Day but her sweetness has spilled over and she gave the neighbors valentines, so I’m letting her take the day off to cherish the day. We did do a Biblical lesson on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, so she could get a sense how important love is and her love for God and the Bible is so strong that I feel obligated to keep it going, as to keep her headed in the right direction. What parent wouldn’t want their child to go to Heaven? I suppose the ones who don’t know Christ, the way we do, but that just lets us know that we must continue to spread the love and his Word with others. John 3:16 has to be the strongest sense of love there is. For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY son to die for our sins! What love that truly is! Could you do that? I know I couldn’t. I try to love as God loves but find it very hard, so many times. It’s a struggle to love that way and it is one I continue to strive for.

Enjoy your day with those you love and pray for those who don’t know love or feel love. Pray for those who haven’t accepted Jesus into their hearts or know his name. Love to all and prayers! ❤ ❤ ❤

Test Days

Some days are easy to get my daughter motivated for testing, others, like today, are awful. I used to let her decide the day she wanted to test but now realize that this teaches her a life lesson, as well. There are times that we as adults have to do things that we dislike doing, but we can’t opt out of them just because we want to.

Today’s test may result in a poor grade but she will learn that next time I tell her to study, I mean it. We studied clothing in Spanish and spent hours on it and this test Spanish isn’t bonus questions. She is failing this section because she wants to play and not take the test.

It is very good that I don’t set a time limit on the test or she would have only had part of it done. How do you motivate your children for tests? Do you test between sections?

I didn’t test last year but this school year, we have broken it down to sections

and I test to get her grasp on learning the materials. She has done very well, up to today. I feel horrible being so strict with her today but we need to get this test out of the way so I can move on with the new stuff. Do you ever feel like the “mean teacher/mom”? How do you cope with it?

I think maybe her December test being a project made her lazy for this test. She made a Blend poster collage using magazine words and pictures. She struggled really badly with blend words and this taught her that blends were all around her.

Maybe next month, I can make the test smaller. It’s just we covered so much this month and it’s all things she has to know for end of year testing. I want to make sure she does well for that “big” test. Although, we will review things, I just want her to move ahead in the things she needs and make it easier for her later, when the weather will be 70s and 80s and getting her to pay attention will be harder.

Any input on this subject is greatly appreciated! I’m a first time homeschool mom and love advice, comments, and strategies to keep us going! May God bless you all! ❤

BTW….with bonuses, she did well! She just finished…4 hours! Next time, I’m setting a time limit and I told her so. Our test days are normally test and rest days. 🙂

Life’s Curve Balls and Hurdles

Ever feel like life throws you more curve balls and hurdles than you think you can handle? I sure do! This month has been a huge exam for us. Our marriage has been tested along with my sanity! I know God is on my side or I’d have thrown in the towel, awhile ago!

Sometimes change isn’t easy to accept and sometimes losing something to gain in other areas is a big test that needs passing to get through the mundane of life. We were unable to get our property and I was crushed beyond what I thought I could handle. I was angry at the world, at God, at my family for weeks and wanted to just leave, but after finally opening up and talking to my husband, we worked it out. We have to downsize some and I have to find a job, at least part time, and then we can get our dream land back.

It’s not that I’m unreasonable…more like challenged in the patience area. My husband and I have never owned our own property and never had much but we always have had what we need, so this is a dream that we are determined to make happen.

Another curve ball thrown our way, and an adult child of mine is struggling and we are in the plans of moving her down here to be with us. This is going to be hard on us, but good too, we pray. We pray this will help her to make better choices, if she gets away from some undesirable people in her life. It will keep us on our toes but my littlest one is excited to have a sister closer to home.

A crashing curve ball is that we are going to have to get rid of my Baby- our truck and get a cheaper vehicle, this is just until we get two incomes and build up my credit. This is another heartbreaker but well understood one. This was easier to accept than the land. We have found a car that we can afford and even after putting some money into it, still better off than our truck.

We have overcome these hurdles through prayer and tears and more prayers and tears, but we have worked through them TOGETHER, as a team, as husband and wife should.

Marriage is not always a bowl of cherries. Some may go into it thinking that but those that stick around reap the benefits of working through the rough patches. We have been at the door of ready to say the big “D” word but with God’s help and our belief that marriage is forever, we came back. We struggle but we stay in the one thing that we love….our marriage; our love for each other keeps us going!  God gave us the gift of marriage and some treat it as a stepping stone to the next “hot” spot or something but those who truly love God and their spouse, will work through it.

The tests we get in life are NOT from God but Satan who wants to see us fail and fail miserably! Do you think he cares if we cry or if our hearts break? NAH! He just chalks us up as another notch on his belt. He lost his tests with us and he probably had us bagged as notches but found out that we are tough cookies not to play with! When Satan throws you that curve ball and you are already down….PRAY and communicate with your spouse. Don’t let Satan make you another notch on his belt!

Thanks for following my blog and in life, I hope you follow Jesus! ❤