Monday, August 31, 2015

Inspiration For My Fellow Mamas!




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"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hope Through The Trial!





Today, in my motherhood series, we're going to here
from a guest blogger. A friend of mine.

Sharing Bearing her heart & soul.

Meaghan recounts her journey through
a tough season in life...

Be sure to read to the end of the story.
There's hope in trials. Always with Christ.

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As I sit here about a week before my due date,
 I am reminded about how much the Lord has led me through this journey...

I think of a lot of different things.
 
I ponder how waiting around for the baby to come is like waiting for the return of Christ.  I am trying to be as prepared as I can, but I do not know exactly when he (Jesus or our baby) will arrive.  I hate waiting... I am very thankful God is patient and understanding.

I also think back about how blessed this pregnancy has been. No major complications and I'm so healthy, probably from keeping up with my other two.  This child is a pleasant surprise.


______________________


I also am thinking of a child I will never meet.  

You see almost two years ago I had a miscarriage. 
 It doesn't matter how far along I was, it still hurts.  

There was a sense of hope, excitement and anticipation, which is then taken away.  My body still needs to heal and I are reminded of what could have been.  Where was God through all of this??  



The answer: He was right there with me.



(current baby number three)


Who am I to question the Lord? 
 
Job was a book I've read several times.  I do not know the plans He has for us.  But I do know that God never left my side.

He brought family around to help with the boys and myself.  My husband was beyond amazing.  God heard my prayers, through tears and anger.  And I know He comforted me though His word and songs.  

I also dreamed a very peaceful dream that helped me to let go and know the Lord had our little one safely beside Him.


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Looking back now at how life has been in the past year, I can say we have been blessed in so many ways.  The boys and I have taken advantage of amazing homeschool connections and filed trips.  We did lots of work on the house and grew our family business.  I survived and life goes on.  It still hurts some days, but letting go and trusting God’s plan was the best thing I could have done.


I won’t lie to you.  


Letting go wasn’t easy.  I questioned, doubted, cried, yelled, and accepted… I had to let go of control daily until I was at peace.
 
I then prayed every day for another child.  We tried for over a year.  It got rather stressful and it was all I could think of.  Again I realized I needed to let go and trust that God had an ultimate plan for our family.  Even with our two boys I knew God had so much for us to do.  I finally let go and embraced our awesome family of four.  Then of course God blessed us even more than we could imagine and I was pregnant again.


Not everyone is so lucky.  My heart goes out to those who struggle with fertility.  I do believe that even if I hadn't become pregnant, I would have been okay with that.  My boys are so curious and busy that they would have kept me going.  Now that there is this new life in me, my fears came back!  I couldn't go through another miscarriage again. What if something happened? What if I got sick? I was afraid to hope... 


This time I took one day at a time.  When fear or worry gripped me I prayed scripture to remind myself that God was in control.  One particular night I started getting sharp pains.  It was still quite early on in my pregnancy and I lay there all night praying for our little one and letting it all go to the Lord.  Thankfully it was just gas pains from my Dairy Queen Blizzard craving (I'm dairy sensitive).  But, from them on I knew that no matter what happened, our lives are not about our present circumstances, but about our relationship with the Lord.  We are here for His glory not our own.


So here I am, excitedly waiting to meet our little boy.  No matter what happens (and I have a very active imagination that can worry lots) our God is in control, life will go on and our relationship will be strengthened.
 

Are there more children in the future for our family?? 

 Now that I am truly leaving up to God!
 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Be Inspired!

The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Welcome to another week our Mom 2 Mom Link Up!!!



The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 


Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Homeschooling Curriculum Choices For The Year

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Homeschooling Curriculum Choices
For The Year


In Canada, our school year starts the week after Labour Day.
Which is the first weekend of September.

Sooo, there's only two more weeks til we're ready to dive in!

This year, I'll be homeschooling a third & fifth grader.
As well as parenting a tot & newborn.

Our eldest two teens will continue their education in
private Christian schooling.

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I've decided that this year,
 we're going to be mixing things up a bit.

As this will be our fourth year homeschooling,
we've learned a bit along the way.

First we started with all boxed curriculum.
Now we use THAT curriculum as our base,
but have added on to fill in any gaps, or
focus on special interests that our children have.

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So without further adieu,
here are this year's school books purchased (by subject).





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English


683170: Wordsmith Apprentice


Wordsmith Apprentice


I came across Wordsmith when I was searching out quality grammar
& writing skills curriculum for my eldest boys.

I really liked it's creativity &
style of learning. It implements practice of the
various parts of speech by giving mini writing assignments.

Strengths: uses & encourages creativity,
good supplement for literature study

Weaknesses: not a good fit for those who have trouble
translating their ideas onto paper





652372: Grade 5 English PACEs 1049-1060



ACE Paces have been our mainstay since we began homeschooling.
 I have loved it's independent learning
approach & it's biblical theme throughout the grades.

This year we will continue with ACE as our mainstay, but
supplement with various other books that you see in
 this blog review.

 I like having it as our meat 'n potatoes
so that I can see that we're progressing, however I feel that
 it lacks in depth & critical thinking skills.

Strengths: easy to implement in busy seasons of life,
'block step' learning, strong focus on creationism

Weaknesses: not much room for creativity, and child must
 be independent worker (or open to learn that skill)







Daily Grams offers a quick & easy to follow
review of all the grammar rules in an easy daily short lesson
 format.

Anyone can easily add in one quick review lesson as part of their day.

Strengths: easy to follow, good review for grammar

Weaknesses: should be supplemented with other English curriculum
& some children may not catch onto rules in this manner







Math


469940: Primary Mathematics Workbook 3A (Standards Edition)

Primary Mathematics Workbook 3A 


We try to do flashcards. We have the ACE Math Curriculum,
but we also were given some free Singapore Math textbooks
a few years ago.

I started using them with our youngest son last year & he
absolutely loved them!

Strengths: few questions, lessons are short & concise

Weaknesses: not a lot of practice &some
may find the grade listed as 'harder' than other
equivalent grade math curriculums





A whole bunch of my homeschooling friends mentioned this
 math 'story book' as a simple &
memorable way to learn math concepts.
(although some use them as their
sole curriculum) 

Last year we purchased the first three books
in the series (apples, butterflies & cats)
& our kids loved them!

We did a short lesson a day for a season,
until we finished the first three books.

Strengths: easy to use, very simple concepts for the child to
understand, memorable story line

Weaknesses: not much practice of concepts,
seems 'too easy' at times (builds slowly)




History


427298: Creation to the Resurrection, Volume 1, Second Edition: The Mystery of History Series


Creation to the Resurrection, Volume 1, 
The Mystery of History Series

This is our first year using the 'Mystery of History' series.
So far, we have heard a lot of good stuff about it.

Strengths: (based on feedback & looking over) it is
 creation based, detailed &
takes biblical authority into their history accounts

Weaknesses: encourages a large time line to be created
 (looks a bit difficult to put together?)




Science


337015: Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology



Again, we have been using Science Paces
from ACE, but
this year we wanted to add on.

My children have shown a lot of interest in learning
about the human body & it's functions. I have also heard amazing
recommendations on this science program.
(Exploring Creation Series)

This year we are going to use it as a supplement.

Strengths: (based on feedback & looking over) very colourful,
 and short/interesting lessons

Weaknesses: seems more Charlotte Mason styled &
harder to 'measure' what child has learned




Extras

We are going to be doing some more Canadian Geography
with "Geography: Province To Prince" by Northwoods Press.

For our literature component, we will be using some readers we have on shelf.

Here's one series (Ten Boys or Girls Who...)
the kids & I really enjoy for read-alouds:


28369: Light Keepers: Ten Boys Who Made History


We'll also be participating in a local co-op,
some field trips & will encourage lots of reading!



What about your family; 
what are you planning for your homeschool year?



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Monday, August 17, 2015

Five Ways To Deal With "Mommy Fatigue"


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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)


Who said that being a Mama would be easy??


Parenting has got to be one of the MOST exhausting jobs that anyone could ever do!
& I challenge anyone that says anything different...
You only have clout if you spend a week with multiple aged children & are fully 100% responsible for them :)

I speak with tongue-in-cheek (sorta), but in reality parenting is not for the faint of heart...

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Here are my TOP FIVE TIPS for dealing with 
what I have coined as "Mommy Fatigue"...

It's real & it's ugly...

Allowing it to build & not dealing with it at it's root
may cause side effects such as --> mental stress/strain,
relationship strain, physical health issues, 
& even the strong temptation to act out of character...

and much worse if it's not dealt with!

(for a medical review of parental burn out

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1) Take some time alone to pray!
I know for some of us, especially with littles, that feels 
near impossible...but taking 10-15 minutes to pray, talking to the Lord about 
your pressures & stresses, it really does take the burden off of us.
See if you can't take some extra time this week to do that.
I'm certain you'll feel better that you did!

2) Make time to talk to a good friend!
I would add that the friend should understand & be able to relate to the 
season that you're in. Maybe not exactly, but be someone
that can emphasize where you're coming from AND give you
an unconditionally loving ear.
Bonus if she will pray for you!


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3) Hot Date Night With Hubby! ***
When the kids come along, it can be so EASY to allow this to
fade into oblivion...I know I've been guilty of this!
BUT the marriage relationship is of utmost 
importance to the family unit, & investing some time together
will pay off dividends for years to come.
Run & book the sitter.
Hubby will be so thankful :)
(& encourage him to do it the next time!)
***Single Mamas--<> see if you can't get a night off by exchanging
baby-sitting services with a friend (go see a movie, visit with a 
mentor, go to a support group, do something fun!)

4) Bath Night In!
(or something along these lines...)
When life gets stressful for me, my pattern is either to shut down 
mentally, OR to get even busier! Neither one is balanced, or
very helpful in the long run.
Sometimes the best thing us Mamas can do is to pace ourselves.
For me, it's having that bath night (with a perfectly good book).
For you, it may be something completely different. 
Wait til the littles are in bed (& the middles, & the teens, etc.)
& 'book' yourself a restful night in.
Doing nothing & allowing yourself some space to think
& re-charge.

Eat the Cookie . . . Buy the Shoes: Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up  -     By: Joyce Meyer

5) Get a new perspective; this season is short!
The hardest seasons as a parent have been the ones
where I've forgotten that an 'end' is in sight...
The kids will (eventually) grow up...
And leave home...
And (hopefully) move on to be productive 
healthy members of society.
Sometimes I have to remind myself of this.
Often when I feel at my wit's end after a long day
of stressful circumstances with the kids...
Realizing how short this season really does help me
to calm down when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

"From the ends of the earth I cry to you for help,
When my heart is overwhelmed
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
For You are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me."
Psalm 61: 2,3


Now, these were my top tips to deal with "Mommy Fatigue".
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