10 Random Thoughts That Float in My Mind

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  1. I talk to myself a LOT. No really- I am the one in the store mentally talking out loud going through my check list. My kids will look at me and say, “mom who are you talking to?” I smile and respond “my mind.” My mind is a dangerous place to be.
  2. Like when the thought “If I can “just” do this” enters in. Folks “just” is a dangerous word in the females language. It starts in the mind when she see something on Pinterest or a magazine or a blog. And the mind says “if I can just do this.” If this is then verbally express-the husbands know they are trouble.
  3. Why can’t the towels be hung back up. I don’t know if this is a problem in your house, but 6 kids using one bathroom, oldest 19 now. How hard is it to hang up wet towels? This questions floats in my mind often.
  4. Sometimes random narrations go on in my mind. I can write things or argue issues. I sometimes wish I had a recording button because these normally happen when I don’t have anything to write down my thoughts.
  5. Scripture and prayer. I try to always have God’s word everywhere to read and ponder on. These verse will float, echoing in my mind. Song will be singing praises, and prayers always being said.
  6. What homeschooling curriculum I am using this year? It is summer time and this is always floating through my mind. Robby is going into Jr. High- little kids 1st and 2nd grade. What is going to work best for us with our situation.
  7. What is going on with our world? Some issues really hit me and I feel like I want to be the changing force with it. Others just make me mad. All day long I can stew about these issues.
  8. Church. This is always on my mind. More than I can explain. Ministries-how to make them happen, what needs to be done, how to pray for them. Am I making the right decisions? What more should I be doing?
  9. Should I have another cup of coffee? I love coffee. The taste. The smell. (hold on I got to go get some)
  10. How to make our house better work for all the people living in it. With 8 people, including our young new family-how do I organize all. How do I keep food together? How do I keep cost down with furlough going on? Are we moving? Or not? How should I organize the homeschool room?

Someone once said a women’s mind is like a 1001 tabs open on the internet. Yep and these thoughts sits with us all day, till our husbands come home and we want to talk about them. All at the same time-sometimes like a flood. And our poor husbands think-I was only gone for the day!

What random thoughts floats through your mind?

 

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10 Things I Learned about Homeschooling through Controlled Chaos

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Last year was the only year I had to homeschool 4 kids from 12th grade-K.  Here are 10 things I really didn’t think I was going to learn or relearned, but I did, through out the year.  These are written in no order of importance, just as my heart writes them.

  1. Sit Still.  Somedays were so stressful last year, I had to learn how to sit still with my kids.  To just be with them and enjoy their every moment.  Personally, I am still learning how to sit still in life.  And last year, I learned this lesson a LOT!
  2. Be Flexible. Homeschooling is not an exact science.  There is not one way to do it.  I started the year with this “grand plan” and very quickly I learned that God threw other things at me.  And I know the devil was behind throwing in other things making it harder to deal with life.  I had to learn how to become very flexible with homeschooling last year.  Thankfully, my kids grew and became better kids through this!
  3. God’s Grace.  Boy, this last year of parenting, regardless if I was homeschooling, has taught me more about God’s grace than I knew.  We had many difficult moments with our 18 year old son, moments where we didn’t know where he was.  We dealt with teenage pregnancy, and all they other teenage joys and sorrows that went with last year.  I was so mad at points, wanting to give up on parenting.  And it was at those moments I heard a voice inside-is this how God feels with us every day?  Yet He still loves us, unconditionally, everyday.  I didn’t give up.   So I tell people I parent by God’s Grace.
  4. Say No. I like to do a lot.  I am a busy person. Knowing your family and their limits-you have to learn to say no.  I also found myself saying no to my kids to much.  I would be too busy and they would ask me a question and I would say no.  Or not right now.
  5. More Yes’.  I am learning how to say yes even when no needs to be the answer.  I just realized how much I was saying no last year to my kids.  I didn’t mean to, it just happens.  So now, I am working hard to change that.
  6. Drink Coffee.  Yes at home of course.  But I learned last year how important it is to take time out to drink coffee with friends.  When you homeschool, you are home all day with the kids.  I enjoy that, but somedays that gets to be tiresome and adult time is needed.  Also keeping special time with hubby is very important.  Homeschooling is part of our family life, but mommy is also a wife and daughter and sister and friend.
  7. Go Out.  Last year we did not, for many reasons, go on all our field trips with our cover school.  My kids knew this and this really hurt us. My kids love these other homeschooling families and I regret not getting enough time with them.  Kids also need lots of outside time.  They need to see the world.  Now, we do take our kids on lots of vacations, and we really trying to get a lot in these  last few years because it was Jeremy’s last years in school, and we didn’t know what the future held for him.  But with everything that was going on some days I had to force us to go out.  It was easier to say in and I didn’t realize how much we did last school year.
  8. Read Books.  I love books.  I have too many books.  Last year I was reading book after books to understand how I could help make things better.  I read the bible to gather my strength to make it through every day.  I read fun books to enjoy a good story.  I read to my kids.  I had my older kids read to my younger kids.  Reading was the one thing we did when our school day got messed up.  No lesson plans needed for reading.
  9. Anything’s Possible. Homeschooling opens doors and makes anything possible.  Kids will take the lead and are amazing self learners.  I had many weeks last year where I just threw away my “grand plan” and my kids took over.  The internet could take us anywhere in the world.  My kids could create anything from nothing.  I finally was able to get my senior focused to get him graduated, just after I became a grandma.  You just have to see that anything is possible.  Don’t bend your beliefs, parent by God’s Grace and see what your kids can do.
  10. Controlled Chaos.  Even with the most organized event, things can go wrong.  My house is controlled chaos every day.  And it changes every year.  I function well in controlled chaos.  And somedays I want to hide.  But our house is full of God’s children, ready to learn where ever they are put.  It is never clean, no matter how much you clean it.  There is always noise in the back ground and someone is always complaining about something.  But my kids, through all the Chaos, they hear God’s voice.  And as long as they continue to focus on God, they will function well in our world.

 

 

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Our Families Top 10 Favorite Foods

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1. Beef-mostly in the form of steak. Yes my family is spoiled a wee bit. But steak is used for special occasions and mostly ground beef dishes can be found for dinner here. We love all different cuts of meat and once settled with our move plan to buy half a cow!

2. Chicken-We have been buying whole chickens and cutting them- ok my husband cuts them. It does save money. I also make chicken stock from the left over bones.

3. Watermelon-it is in season right now and we all love it! How can you go wrong with watermelon!

4. Cantaloupe– goes fast in our house. I learned last night that cantaloupe with their seed is very healthy for you-but we scoop them out like most America’s. Light night we had a demonstration with a chief and a Vita Mixer-I had never thought to mix the seeds too!! May one day we will get to experience a Vita Mixer-till then we cut Cantaloupe and it disappears!

5. Broccoli -When Robby was little he choose broccoli over fries when ever we went out to eat. It still is a family favorite, sometimes I treat them with a little cheese over it too!!

6. Salad-we have weird children. Yep we all love salads. Given the choice and a salad is picked!

7. Eggs-devil eggs, scrambled, sunny side up, egg salad sandwiches! Always a winner in our house.

8. Candy– yep, we have healthy- but candy is a favorite weakness. No for some it’s an obsession, a lets hunt to find where mommy is hiding the candy! We balance it, hide it, barely buy it! But sweets are a family favorite!!

9. Tacos– this is one of the most favorite meals. All the trimmings. Yumm

10. Mash potatoes– I was once told my mash potatoes where better than Outback’s! My kids could eat mash potatoes every day if I let them! But it’s a lot of work- so maybe twice a month!

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10 Little Things that Make my Day

1. Birds singing in the morning
2. A cup of coffee before the children wake up
3. A clean kitchen sink
4. A Hug
5. “Mom this is the best meal you have ever made!”
6. Going to the bathroom without the cat or kids needing me.
7. Beating a Sugar Rush level (yeah I got sucked in- I grabbed my husband too)
8. Seeing everyone happy at once
9. Sleeping in
10. Talking to friends

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10 Ways I Have Adapted to Homeschooling While Doing the Dishes

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Five years ago, I was homeschooling one child, while one was in middle school.  We had a few baby’s and a few toddlers in and out.  Homeschooling was easy then.  As time when on I started homeschooling two, with more little ones in and out.  Education has always been ever changing in our home.  I have always been homeschooling, and for 4 years I had kids going to public school.  Regardless where they went to school-I was always “doing the dishes!”

My 10 ways I have adapted to homeschooling while doing the dishes:

  1. I like morning time much better when not rushing  out the door for school.For so long I was always rushing out the door. For school, then college for classes or for work, then for my first call in a church as a Director of Christian Education.  When I stopped working I stopped rushing every morning and I liked it.  For a few years I had some foster care kids in public school, plus last year we sent AnnieQ to public Kindergarden along with two other foster boys.  The mornings where always rushed.  When I got them out the door, I had Isaiah to get ready for Child Care.  By the time I was able to breath-I had two at home to school.  This year I kept all 4 home, and really I like the calmer mornings. ( Although-sometimes when that school bus drives by….I dream of what it would be like if they all went to school.  Then take a sip of coffee and start school! )
  2. I learn more about subjects I never knew about.  I have learned so much and have discovered new things through teaching.  I learned spelling rules I never knew or history I thought was boring in school, was extremely fascinating.  And I find my self Googling things as my kids are asking, so we can learn.
  3. I have become more organized.  Not only do I need to be organized in the home, but I have to be organized in schooling area.  I started this year so organized and I loved it!  I had envisions this awesome year, using all this work  box system, and a great kindergarten.  I was organized and it was great.  Each year I get better at it.
  4. I have become more unorganized. As much as I tried this year, there were many weeks that just went totally unorganized.  The dishes piled high, school work not done, kids running wild.  While this drives me crazy-sometimes it was just needed.  This last week my son and his wife had a baby.  And we brought all three home.  So homeschooling became very unorganized.
  5. I have learned to roll with the punches better. We have had a tough year dealing with some family issues.  My dream of a perfect homeschooling year went down the drain almost right away.  So I learned to roll with the punches-and my three little kids did ok.
  6. I like an organized schedule days better.  Even though I had to learn to roll with the punches, I really craved an organized day better.  So I created a schedule to help that was in-between.  It worked for a while-till I had to roll with the punches again.
  7. Some days I hate homeschooling. I have learned that somedays I just hate homeschooling.  Somedays I just want to send them to this perfect school.  I want to send them away because our house become so overwhelming. Some days I hate the screaming of my little girl to do math or reading.  Some days I hate trying to catch my little boy to do any work.  I hate the attitude of my emerging tween.  Or the constant  nagging to get my oldest to finish is school work to graduate.
  8. I love to watch my children learn.  BUT I have learned that the most awesome part of watching homeschooling is seeing my kids learn something.  Learn to read, figuring out addition or fractions.  Seeing them love to read and WANT to write.
  9. I still hate Algebra.  Yep I hate it-plain and simple-and Robby is doing so well in math I am going to be teaching it again soon!
  10. I have learned how to “do the dishes” but really I am drinking coffee having a break.  My coffee pot is right next to the sink and I can easily get my cup made while my kids are doing schooling work-thinking I am doing the dishes.

For the next 10 weeks I am blogging 10 in 10 with other bloggers from  ihomeschoolnetwork.com  Make sure you check back every Tuesday and see what I have up.

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