Monday, January 30, 2012


We have a journal jar with different ideas for writing assignments. Most of them are simple things like "what is your favorite vacation spot and why?" Today Peanut chose one that says, "list five things that make you happy". Her list is as follows....

 1.  My mom taking me to somewhere special.
 2.  My dad taking me to the park.
 3.  Playing with my brother.
*4.  Obeying God.
 5.  Helping my mom and dad.

I also asked her to put a star next to the one thing that makes her happiest. She chose Obeying God. Then she wrote "Obeying God makes me happy because God is my savior."

I love childlike faith.

I love journaling.

I love that each one of the things that make her happy are about relationships and not about material things.

I love that she, at 6 years old realizes that relationships are the most important thing in this life.

I love that the most important relationship in her life is her relationship with God.

I love my peanut.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Loving Children

So, I originally said that this year I was going to make my blog about the different resources I use to make homeschooling easier. I still am going to do that, but today I want to talk about my loving children....

Last night Beanie was up WAAAAYYYYY past her bedtime. At around 11:30pm she came out of her room and sat with me on the couch. She caressed my face and told me that she loved me. She then asked me if I would lay down with her. Which of course I did. We layed in her bed for about 20 minutes. She continued caressing my face and giving me kisses and smiling at me. Occasionally she would tell me that she loved me. Needless to say I was crying by the time she fell asleep. Beanie, is my touchie feely baby. She loves to hug and kiss and snuggle, and I love it too.

Peanut is my affirming child. She writes me letters about what a great mom I am, and tells me that I am doing a good job. She affirms me everyday, she makes me feel great. She is a cuddler too, but mainly when she is tired or sick. I love that she expresses herself through words and writings, she is very much like me in that way.

Booger, what can I say about my sweet boy. He shows his love through compassion. He genuinely cares about and feels other peoples pain. When others are sad, he is sad. He wants to help anyone who needs help and save anyone who needs saving. He loves through doing. If I need something he is right there to help me.

I love that I have 3 loving children who show love in very different ways. I cannot wait to see how God will use these traits to His glory.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Livin on a prayer

So for the last week or so I have been exhausted. I mean, falling asleep during Pastor Steve's sermon yesterday morning exhausted. I don't know what it is. If I sit down, I will fall asleep. It makes life a little bit harder when your children get up with the sun and don't usually settle til about 9:00pm. Even Beanie is skipping her afternoon nap sometimes. I think that exericise might help me get some endorphins going but I barely have the energy to clean the house let alone actually exercise.

I think the kids are starting to get a little frustrated with my all around laziness, as is the hubbs. Please pray with me that this will pass rather quickly, so that I can get my energy back. In the meantime, I think some high doses of vitamin D are in order.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Recently our pastor gave a sermon about going "All In" with God. Since then I have been looking for ways to teach my kids about compassion and the struggles of life for children and families outside the US. Going "ALL IN" with God to me means that I need to take my family "All In" with me.

As a mom who homeschools, my goal is not to make sure that my kids are the smartest or even that they go to college. (I want those things, of course.) College was not a reality for me, so I don't know if it will be for my kids. My goal is to raise Christ-followers who want nothing more than to live out the great commission.

Last night as I held my little Bean in my arms and rocked her back to sleep, I began to cry. Thinking that somewhere in the world a mother was rocking her child to sleep not knowing if they would even make it through the night. I know that my family can't save every child, but I am ready for God to lead us where we need to be to help whoever he puts in our path. If that is right here in MD great, if not, we are ready.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Award Ceremonies for Homeschool

So, here at the Criswell Academy we haven't ever had awards ceremonies or promotions ceremonies, but I think I am going to start this year. If the kids were attending a school. They would get things like that. So as part of my goals this year I am gonna do that. Now just who to invite :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sun Catchers

So there is this blog I love it. I love all the great ideas and the wonderful art projects. This morning we made Sun Catchers and the kids had a blast!!!

Yesterday I took a trip to Michaels to get the supplies, 3 Acrylic Frame Boxes 3.99$ each, 3 bags of glass tiles 1.99$ each, and 3 bottles of clear elmers school glue 2.49$ each. Total cost about 23$ with my teacher discount. It's a little bit pricier than I am used to for an art project but I was super excited to try it with the kids.

The kids started out by pouring the glue into the frame boxes and then swirling it around til it covered  the entire bottom of the box. Then Beanie got straight to work on placing the tiles wherever she wanted, Peanut and Booger took a more methodical approach to it. Check out the pictures!!

Beanie was not to happy about getting "goo on her finders"

 Hopefully once they are dry and hanging up in our front window I can rememeber to take a few more pictures. For now I hope you are inspired to Play At Home with your kids :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012? Are you kidding me...I am more than my blogging

wow, It's been a while since I have done this, I don't even know if I have any followers anymore. Alright lets do some updates;

For starters the school year has been going well, we have fallen a little behind but that's pretty normal around here. In the end it all works out. Booger is doing very well, somedays he just amazes with the knowledge that he soaks up on a daily basis. The other day he told me that his snow gloves had the same grips that polar bears paws have. He then went onto to explain how Polar bears run on the ice and snow and that with out the grips on their paws it would be nearly impossible for them to move on the ice.

Peanut is smart as whip in reading and spelling. If Booger asks me how to spell something or the meaning of a word, Peanut can usually answer him before I do, (I usually give her about 5 seconds before I jump in to see if she know the answer.) Her art skills are improving daily it seems. For Christmas they both got tons of toys from family members, one of the things I gave to Peanut though was a new sketchpad and colored pencils. The sketchpad goes everywear with us, she is constantly drawing something.

Now for my little Bean, I know I have said it before, but she really is the final piece of our little family. She keeps us laughing and smiling all day long. Booger and Peanut both adore her, and she has her Daddy so tightly wrapped around her little finger that somedays I am completely neglected. (I honestly don't mind at all though.) Her language skills are great, but she does have some problems remembering things like colors. I know she will get in her own time, she is only 2 afterall.

So, I have new idea for my blog in 2012. I would like to help other homeschooling moms find great resources to use at home. The one that I would like to talk about today is a website called, I utilize this websites for all of Peanuts spelling lists and for tons of supplemental worksheets. Even if you don't homeschool your kids and are looking for some great tools to help them brush up on their skills I highly reccomend this site. Everything is free and in PDF format you can't beat it!!