Sooooo, a few friends saw my blog post yesterday and thought that it’d be fun to show everybody some of our messes (you know who you are 😉 ) and a little more realistic picture of every day life – here you go:
…but today I want to share something. During my Bible study last night we talked about how so often we (especially us women) tend to be very hard on ourselves and even compare ourselves to others. We think things like, “Her husband is so wonderful. I wish my marriage was as good as hers!” or “She’s such a fantastic homeschool teacher! My children probably aren’t getting the education that they need from me.” or “When does she ever sleep? Between volunteering at church, keeping a spotless house, caring for her family, etc. I am such a slacker!”. Do you ever have thoughts like this? I know I have! This conversation got me thinking…
As I blog about our homeschool, I show the “good stuff” because I want to be an encouragement to others who choose to educate their children at home. I want to share ideas about how to make learning hands-on and fun. I want to tell others the amazing way that God is working in my life. But guess what? I have bad days too…shocking right 🙂 ? I don’t usually show the pictures of frustrated kids, the days when I’m tired and don’t feel like teaching, the messes that the dogs make, and the regular “yuckiness” of life. Life is not perfect around here either!
Please don’t be so hard on yourself.
God doesn’t expect us to be like other people. He created each one of us to be different. He gave each of us unique gifts and personalities. He gave us our families for a reason. God only expects us to do our best in our own situations. He wants us to grow in our faith and strive to be more like Him. He wants us to share our talents and gifts to make other’s lives better and to bring Him glory. So, please don’t compare yourself to others around you and feel like you are not as good as they are. God made YOU to be you and He doesn’t make mistakes!!!
OK, there’s your encouragement for the day 🙂 ! Now it’s your turn to go and be an encouragement to somebody else who needs to hear that they are precious to you and to God!!!
We are easing back into school slowly and I’m adding lots of fun activities this week including Math Bingo 🙂 ! Tomorrow we’ll start our “real” math and we’ll also add science. Brendan will get to do science with Ryan this week, but next week he’ll be jumping back into the second half of Apologia General Science. I plan to add spelling during week two and writing during week three. Here are some pictures from today:
We started reading How the Bible Came to Us and did an activity that explains the different parts of the Bible.
We worked on some mapping skills.
Played Math Bingo to review multiplication and division facts.
Had a MESSY, but fun silly string fight!
Learned more about Ancient Rome.
Had a quick grammer review lesson…you can never have TOO much practice 😉 !
Worked on definitions for our Latin word unus.
Discovered new things during Book Basket time (see above).
Pre-made two Jello “cells” for Science tomorrow.
What an AWESOME first day!!! The boys both had positive attitudes, worked hard, and were interested in learning about Ancient Rome. We learned about how Roman Numerals came to be, notebooked about the founding of Rome and the legend of Romulus and Remus, learned our first Latin word (unus, which means one), located Rome on the map/globe, learned four vocabulary words from the IEW Medieval Times writing book that we’ll be using this year, learned what school was like for the early Romans, completed a page from History Pockets, read some cool books during book basket time, had a typical “roman” lunch (which included fruit, nuts, bread, and cheese), and watched a few minutes of a video while we ate.
Thank you Father for helping things to go smoothly on our first day!!!
Justin brought home flowers (for me) and treats (for the boys) to celebrate our first day – SO SWEET!!!!!
Back to school night went great! We read all of the rules together, talked about expectations, went over the calendar, had a scavenger hunt (to find the boys’ school supplies and a few treats), and Justin prayed over the year. Tomorrow is the big day!!!