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Private thoughts and thankfulness

21st November 2007

Private thoughts and thankfulness

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It’s been a week since I’ve posted and that last post wasn’t all that edifying :) I’ve had a lot on my mind, just processing a lot of thoughts and being challenged by God on a lot of things. I started this blog in part to record some of those thoughts and see how God works in my life and the life of my family as we follow Him. So I’m just going to type and not worry too much about it being ‘good’ writing (not that I worry about that much really).

We’re going to start homeschooling Precious in January. All year long we have been working on preschool level things, just to help us get used to how it works and finding our way a bit as far as method goes. When we moved to America Precious stopped going to preschool because it was no longer free :) She has mentioned several times how much she misses kindy and I realised the other day that if we had stayed in New Zealand she would now be attending five days a week, in the mornings.

The choice to homeschool is one that we have been mulling over for nearly two years. I’ve done a lot of research - reading books, talking to public school teacher and homeschool families, searching the Internet. Handsome and I have talked about the reasons for and against homeschooling for our family. I’ve gone back and forth about different curriculum I want to use or don’t want to use. We’ve developed a budget, because of course it’s not free :) We’ve made a choice about what curriculum we’re going to use - Five in a Row . I’m still very interested in Sonlight but I think I’ll save it for a few years from now when we’ve got two to teach.

The thing that scares me the most about homeschooling (and Handsome would prefer that I call it home learning, but that’s for another post) is myself. It’s not that I’m not capable of teaching, because I’m a pretty good teacher. And Handsome is a great teacher. Some part of me thinks that I need to have it all together before I attempt something so grand. Everyone knows that my house is not ever perfect. EVER. I’m not perfectly organised. I’m not perfect. At anything. I’m a pretty great cook, though, but that’s not perfect either ;) But as I read the blogs of other homeschooling moms, I know that perfection is not required. So, it’s a fear that I have to lay at the feet of Jesus every day.

Speaking of Jesus, he’s awesome. We’re studying Matthew in BSF and every week I walk away with so much to think about. But one thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and putting into practice is the way I pray. I won’t go into detail because I don’t think it’s important, but I am remembering more where my place is in relation to Jesus Christ. He is on the Throne and I am not. And remembering that when I pray makes a huge difference in the content of my prayers.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I was at my parents’ house a short while ago, picking up Little Boy after BSF. Mom was baking pumpkin pies. As I walked through the house I breathed in really deeply the smell of the holidays. That was the smell I missed when I lived in New Zealand. As I was driving home, I had my hand up near my face for some reason and I realised that I smelled like nutmeg. I had been making a breakfast casserole for tomorrow and put it in her fridge. Nutmeg is Thanksgiving to me, it’s my mom making pies and pumpkin bread.

And finally, things I’m thankful for:

  • a husband who works so hard to support our family and study and lead our church in worship, all with a smile and a laugh
  • daughters that will give me great big hugs, even after I’ve spanked them for disobedience
  • a son that loves to snuggle, particularly in the middle of the night (!)
  • parents that are so supportive, particularly in prayer
  • but mostly for a God of compassion and steadfastness, through every storm and trial.

And just to close, something for me to remember: God doesn’t necessarily call the equipped. He equips the called.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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  1. 1 On November 21st, 2007, jen said:

    if we get an exemption I will homeschooling My Trier in February
    He has learning difficulties and I believe this will really help him

    I have homeschooled before in the past for 2.5 years

    are any of us perfect???

    Jesus was/is the only perfect one

    bless your hubby and your family
    bless your parents
    Praise God He is good all the time

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. 2 On November 21st, 2007, Leigh Ann said:

    Hi, Michelle!

    Just had to send some encouragement your way in the home learning department. I think any mother who’s honest would admit to feelings of inadequacy in many area. You’re right, this gives us the opportunity to get on our knees & bring it before Him daily! Isn’t that great? “In my weakness, He is strong.”

    My mom (a former home schooling coordinator for a Christian school) used to tell moms, “Did you have trouble teaching your child to walk? Talk? Eat? Go potty? They each did it differently & learned at differing timetables, but you did it, right? God has given you everything you need to train this child. The one-on-one time with a loving mother is so-o-o-o much better than any teacher with 20 some or more students all day in those early years.”

    Hope that helps calm your nerves a bit.

  3. 3 On November 22nd, 2007, Terri said:

    Happy Thanksgiving! we gathered at Finlay Park and celebrated with friends, but you guys were missing.
    But you were in our hearts and prayers. You are a wonderful `mom`, Michelle, and whatever you decide to do for your children will always be blessed.
    Love you lots, and remembering the Thanksgivings we shared here in NZ.

  4. 4 On November 28th, 2007, Aussie Kim said:

    Dear Michelle,
    Thought I’d get back to you on the spelling, but couldn’t work out how to get your email. I like your site! How long were you in NZ?
    The five in a row curriculum looks good, I couldn’t see any sample lessons when I pulled the webs site up.
    Do you know someone who’s used it? I liked the Sonlight guides they send - a page for each week divided intofive days a week with a guide for exactly what pages to read etc.
    I also would recommend looking at the Montessori stuff - especially the stuff called Practical Life Skills. I used these alot when my son (2 years younger than my daughter) needed something to do while I was teaching my DD.
    There is something about those Montessori activities that captures the children - they want to do them over and over again till they have mastered them.
    The Montessori activities and the Singapore Math for kindergardeners are right up there with the best start a kid can get I think.
    About the spelling - I didn’t start it with mine till ages 6 and 7.
    Do you know many kiwis where you are? What part of the US are you originally from?
    I think it would be alot easier for a Kiwi to settle in California than Mississippi.
    You don’t hear many Aussie accents down this way!
    Good Luck with it all!
    Kim

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