Homeschool Mother’s Journal: May 10, 2013

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In my life this week…

I have to say this has been one of the busiest week’s ever in our home. Brandon started his job on Monday, and so every morning I got up around 6AM (unearthly hour for me) and took him to work. Then we had to go pick him up each day at noon. In addition, we had to make two separate trips to a nearby town for him to get a pair of steel-toed boots and to complete mandatory drug testing.

The good news is that Brandon will be taking his driver’s test this afternoon! He’s waited a long time for this day, and I’m so excited for him!

On a side note, we made a quick stop at McDonald’s this week, and–you’ll never believe this–Kendra (our two-year-old) at 10 nuggests. TEN! And yes, we do feed her regularly at home. :-)


In our homeschool this week…

We are eagerly counting down the days until school is finished for the year! Believe it or not, each child will be finishing on a different day. Please don’t ask me to explain how that could possibly happen.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Heritage History is having a wonderful sale right now. If you are looking for high-quality living history books, this is the perfect resource! We use Heritage History along with Mystery of History, and it’s a wonderful way to bring history to life.

spring sale at Heritage History

My favorite thing this week was…

…daily naps. No, I’m not kidding.

Things I’m working on…

I’m proud to say that I’ve been fitting in some extra cleaning and organizing recently. I guess the beautiful weather has finally inspired me to get some spring cleaning done.

A few weeks ago, Brandon repainted the master bedroom for me. I was finally able to find a new quilt that I really love, and this week I made matching curtains. The walls are still bare (I’ve been on the road all week, remember?), but next week I’m planning to decorate and make the room pretty again.

I also did a major overhaul of my sewing/scrapbook room. I still have quite a few photos and scrapbook supplies to organize and store, but with Kaylee’s help, I’ve made huge progress.

Next up: repainting and reorganizing the bathroom.

I’m praying for…

I’m trying to be faithful to pray for my children. They are growing up so fast, and I shudder to think of them going out into today’s wicked world. I’m so thankful that their salvation and spiritual success are not ultimately dependent on me. I know that, as a mother, I have to be faithful to train them and live a Godly life before them, but I can’t possibly do enough or be enough–it has to be God.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

If you do NOT live in a highly regulated state, you may not relate to this photo. If, however, you are homeschooling in Pennsylvania and preparing the required portfolios for evaluation, this is what the end of the year looks like!




    You knew I would. And I am so thrilled for Brandon; I’ll be praying for a very successful test for him!

    • I’m glad you appreciate the massive piles, Joan! Gotta love Pennsylvania and their requirements.
      Thank you for your prayers for Brandon’s test. I was a nervous wreck, but he passed the first try! It’s going to be such a help to have another licensed driver in the house!

  2. 10 nuggets, huh? She must’ve been very hungry! Going to McDonald’s is not a cheap meal for us. ALL my kids want ADULT meals now! Even the 8-year-old!

    Wow! Early morning AND productive! You’re doing great! I am making some plans for redoing some rooms around here too. Just some paint and maybe some new blankets.

    Yeah, we’ll need to do portfolios here in June, but I always keep them up throughout the year so getting them ready is just a matter of the sorting the last sessions work, reviewing them for anything that needs adding and “finishing touches”. It still takes a bit of time, but it’s kinda fun looking over the year.

    • I totally relate to the expense of McD’s, Jessy! We do share fries, but growing teens and pre-teens need a LOT of food!
      It sounds like you enjoy portfolio prep–good for you! I do try to keep up through the year, but even then, I tend to feel overwhelmed with getting everything ready at the end. Ah well, it will soon be over for this year. :-)

  3. Thanks for the note of Heritage History. I’ll pick up next year’s pile. Aahh Taking a driving test! Is he your eldest? My eldest Mariah get her permit in 2 months and is SO excited. Bless you! How did you survive those early driving days?
    -Emma Delaware Homeschool Mom of 4 ages 14,9,8 and 8

    • Emma, we actually made out fine through the early driving days. He is a very responsible person, which definitely helps. :-) I have found that I love having a driver! He is our oldest (17); the younger ones are 15, 14, 12, 10, 5, and 2. Best wishes for driving success with Mariah! :-)

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