We Joined Facebook

You can “Like on Facebook and check us out there but to be totally honest with you, I rarely use Facebook. I think it wastes my time more than anything else in life. I will go there to post pics for family and to check my messages. Sometimes I check out my homesteading and homeschooling groups (belong to a few).

The link for this page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Buildingadreamonhisword?ref=hl

I added the page today and it links back to the blog (hopefully it works), so hope that we get more followers and hope to hear more advice, too.

May God bless you all and enjoy the beautiful day that God has given us!

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Preparing for the Closing Date

Surprise! Surprise! The property that we were going to get is still available and we are going to have the closing in April and I’m very excited!

There is so much to do and get ready for the move. After the move, I’ll be limited to internet time but will have time to come up with blog ideas.

We have to buy a camper trailer that has enough space for a family of three to live in for a year or two, while we build our home and we have to downsize what we own, somewhat or build a huge shed for everything.

I’m glad that God has taught me patience and that patience does pay off. Patience is my greatest struggle, next to forgiveness. I have learned to forgive more than I can be patient, but I keep both of these in my prayers as I know that I am FAR from mastering these qualities.

We are buying 6.2 acres of land with water on running through the property and some great selection of wood. We are close to a major river (James) and about 20 minutes from a smaller city. We would like to build a log cabin, by ourselves and live in the camper until its completed.

We plan to raise chickens, rabbits, geese, sheep, cows, and a horse (because Unicorns are nowhere to be found). And we are going to have a few dogs and cats, too. We are animal type people and want to raise them for food, comfort, and fun.

Gardening and canning will be done on our homestead, as well. And we will try to import some native to Guatemala plants, to try and raise here, too (hubby is from there). I intend to dehydrate, what I can’t can. Freezer space will be limited so either canned or dried will be a must. This in the long run will save us a lot of money.

   My spirits have been lifted by this news and was another reason for being away from blogging.

Teaching Life Skills, even when You don’t Remember it

Sometimes I forget the whole reason that I homeschool, other than the fact that the Bible isn’t taught in schools, and I get caught up thinking my daughter isn’t learning if we aren’t using worksheets or books. Then I get a little push from God telling me what I’m teaching her doesn’t always need to come from books and “school” stuff. We do many things together and travel without calling the trips “field trips” but they really are.

We travel to Georgia, often, by car, and the sights she sees are learning experiences, even if we don’t stop to inspect them closely. She has learned what mile markers are and how to tell distance using them. She knows that our gas up point is a little more than halfway to our destination. Also, she knows that where we gas up is a state that sells fireworks, and that not all states do sell them. Some adults don’t even know this.

She knows that the Mall of Georgia is in Buford, GA and that it has over 200 stores. Maybe not on a test but if a friend asked her where to go in Georgia, she would send them there. Steaks and Shakes, a restaurant franchise exclusive to Georgia is a restaurant we frequent and she is aware that it isn’t in any other states. These seem small but when you figure the places we travel, all together, she is accumulating a lot of knowledge.

We love camping and fishing, too. She knows how to setup a tent, with help. She can bait a worm, but chooses not to, and catch a fish. Arianna is very helpful when camping and she knows how to start a campfire but also the dangers of fire. She has a survival backpack that she knows how to use if needed and she helped to pack it. The importance of this backpack can range from lost in the woods to earthquake, fire, storms, or manmade disasters. We believe in being prepared.

We teach our daughter money management, too and Arianna is very bright! She opened her own savings account, without being asked to or pleaded with. She has under $5.00 in it but she has one just the same.

Time management we all learn everyday by the chores we do around the house and the things we would like to do are scheduled around the needs of the day. We manage this without a schedule….somehow. Lol.

Sharing, caring, taking turns and following directions are also being taught and our kids never see us teach them these as a skill but learn them regardless, as long as we are showing them and teaching them the way God wants us to. Friendships teach these skills, too, and friendships show how to work as a team, too, so do families that work together to make a project a reality.

Household basics are taught through chores and even getting the mail from the box (also learn to cross the road). Organization is picked up while picking up toys and putting away clean laundry, sorting dirty from clean, too.

I am teaching life skills, even if I’m not at my desk with my mouth speaking on a subject of study. She may not comprehend that she is learning something but it is being learned. And manners are learned, especially yes Ma’am and no Ma’am, along with please and thank you. We live in Virginia and Ma’am and Sir are respectful terms that we expect our child to learn, so I use them, too, in business calls, so she can hear the importance of using them. Respect is high in my book of life skills and I expect that my children respect me and others. This lesson can only be learned at home.

Do you ever feel like you forgot to teach this day or that? Remember that a life skill was learned even without either of you realizing it. God blesses us with these gifts, too.

Blog Titles

Sometimes I think what can I write about that isn’t already been done a hundred times and this is what I’ve been working on lately. I promise by the end of today, that I will come up with at least 2 blog posts for today and 2 for this next week. One will be on the Solar System (next unit to study) and may try to squeeze a Lakota Indian post in, too.

My mind is alive and just life has kept me busy. The property ….surprise! Wait…

See you later today for updates!