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31 Days of Five Minute Free Write Prompts – Notice

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Welcome to the next installment of my 31 Days of Five Minute Free Prompts.  Today’s word is “Notice”.

As we go through life, I wonder what things I notice and what things I miss.  In today’s world it is easy to get distracted and miss a lot.  I notice when our children (even though the youngest is about to turn 17), I see things I would otherwise miss.

At other times, I notice more things when I am a passenger in a vehicle I notice more than when I am driving.  When I sit still and do not let the things of the world distract me I notice more.

Sometimes watching a television show or a movie multiple times allows me to notice things I otherwise miss.

So what comes to mind when you see the word “notice”?  I would love to hear from you.

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31 Days of Five Minute Free Write Prompts – Other

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Here is my next installment in my 31 Days of Five Minute Free Write Prompts.  The word for this installment is “other”.  What other paths would you choose to follow for your life if you could change direction now?  The other path I would like to have followed is starting to blog sooner and taking it much more seriously earlier.

However, I have to say I am glad I am on the path I am on currently.  Through blogging, I am meeting so many interesting people and learning so much. I am learning other ways of doing things.

Another path I am glad I am on is being part of the Home School Review Crew.  I am learning about other curriculum products I may have otherwise missed for our family.  Our family has really been blessed by this journey.

So what comes to mind when you hear the word “other”?  I would love to hear from you.

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31 DAys of Five Minute Free Writes – Day 1 – Why?

Today is the first day of my series 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes and today’s topic is “Why?”.  Let me start off by saying my “why” for participating in this challenge.  For several years I participated in a blog challenge of writing a certain number of days in that particular month.  This year I am again participating in that challenge.  Then a few years ago, I was introduced to Crystal Stine’s challenge for the month of October.  However, last year was the last year for that challenge.

So this year when I saw Kate Motaung asking about people being interested in her doing a 5 Minute writing challenge for the month of October, I was thrilled with the idea of participating, so here I am.

I love the accountability of having the challenge to motivate me to post.  So if you are like me and like a challenge, I encourage you to join us.  Even if you do not have a blog, it is easy to start one, or you could just write for five minutes either using a word processor or even on paper.

Let me know if you decide to join the challenge.  I would love to hear from you

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Posted in 2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge, Blogging, Homeschooling

Blogging A to Z – “L” is for Love, Laughter, and Listening

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So here is the latest installment for the Blogging A to Z challenge for 2019.  The letter for today is “L”.  “L” is for Love, Laughter, and Listening.

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The love of our children for each other was always around us.  But when we began homeschooling, the love for each other became more visible.  Also, I love watching how our three sons and our daughter interact with one another.  Friendships one child makes often spill over to their siblings. Where one child went, other children often followed.

Our home is constantly filled with laughter.  Our children laugh with each other.  My husband and I laugh with one or more of the children.  We share jokes, funny stories and more with each other.  Our children can be heard laughing with their cousins and friends while playing or talking with each other online.

Finally, listening plays a crucial role when homeschooling.  Being together all the time has its ups and downs.  Moments arise where tempers could easily flare, but if we take the time to listen to what the other person is saying things can often remain calm.  Also, listening allows us to hear and understand someone else’s viewpoint and opinion.

So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “L”?  I would love to hear from you.

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Blogging A to Z – “J” is for Joy

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Here is my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for this entry is “J”, which is for Joy.  Homeschooling has brought a lot of joy to our family.  We have been able to study interesting topics, meet interesting people, and visit fun places.

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Through the years, I have been able to find curriculum choices that have excited my children, which brought joy to me.  They enjoy having some say in what curriculum we use.

Also, homeschooling has allowed us to meet interesting people.  From homeschool groups, homeschool conventions, and various activities we have participated in, our children have met people to bring joy into their lives.

Finally, we have found joy in exploring interesting places.  Through the years, we have visited state parks, theme parks, homeschool conventions and more that have allowed us to see interesting things such as a Fire Station turned museum in Cincinnati.  We have visited a children’s museum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Plus, we were able to go to Universal Studios Resorts.  Even though we never stepped foot inside the actual park, the pool at the hotel, the river rides, and the City Walk excursions filled our children with joy.

So what does the letter “J” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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Posted in 2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge, Blogging, Blogging A to Z Challenge, Homeschooling, Uncategorized

“D” is for Daughter, Drawing, Decisions, and Determination

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Welcome to day 4 of my Blogging A to Z series.  Today’s letter is “D”, which stands for daughter, drawing, decisions, and determination.  Early in this series, I talked about our three boisterous boys, so today I feel it is only proper to give some time to our only daughter.  She has been a blessing since the day she was born.  And all the other words I am going to talk about today will relate to her in some way.

Our daughter adores drawing.  She has managed to learn a lot just by using books, watching videos online, and observing things around her.  Her artwork never ceases to amaze me.  Check out some of her artwork:

These represent a variety of art styles, art techniques and mediums (including computerized drawing), but show how much our daughter has done.

Once she makes a decision on what she wants to draw, she works hard to achieve it.  And thanks to her father and other extended family members, she has acquired some pretty interesting tools to use including a posable hand.

She also shows a great deal of determination in completing any art projects she starts, regardless of how long it takes her to do so.

So that is my post for the letter “D” today.  What comes to your mind when you see the letter “D”?   If you would like to read all my posts in this series, click here.

Posted in 31 Days of Love, Hope, Joy and Faith, Bible Studies, Blogging

31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy and Faith – Day 6

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Today is day 6 of my 31 Scriptures of Love, Hope, Joy and Faith Series.  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Today’s Scripture is found in the Book of Job.  This is one of my favorite books of the Bible, while also being one of my least favorite books of the Bible.  I love the faith Job bestows on God.  No matter what Satan throws at him, Job maintains his belief and trust in God.  Yet at the same time, he loses basically everything except his faith and a wife who wants him to essentially denounce God.  Yet Job perseveres through the trials and winds up with more than he had to begin with – what a story of God’s love and desire for His servants to have the tremendous blessings of  God.

So here is the Scripture for today.

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So I would love to hear from you!  Let me know what one of your favorite Scriptures is.

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#BloggingAtoZChallenge – “B” is for Boys, Bositerous, and blogging

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This is the second post for my Blogging A to Z challenge.  “B” is for boys, boisterous, and blogging.  Obviously, being the mom of three sons, I need to mention boys.  Boys are energetic and constantly on the move.  Our three sons definitely keep things lively around our home.  There is never a dull moment.  Sometimes, it is hard to get a word in edgewise.  I love my sons though.  They defintely keep me on my toes.  There is no way to predict what they will do from one minute the next.

This leads to my second “B”, which is boisterous.  Our sons are definitely boisterous. The Noah Webster 1828 dictionary has this to say:

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1. Loud; roaring;

This certainly fits my sons.  When they decide to get rowdy, I can pretty much be guaranteed that at some point our daughter will get involved in whatever mischief they are making.  Sometimes I feel as if there is a constant roar in our home.  But I recognize that all too soon they will be out of the house and our home will be too silent.

My final “B” is blogging.  I began blogging about 8 years ago when we moved from eastern North Carolina to Pennsylvania.  At first it was just a way to hopefully keep our family in North Carolina up to date on what was going on with us.  Then it became a way to also help me record what was going on with our homeschool each year.  Then it became a way to to try to hopefully help other homeschoolers.  While my following is small right now.  I hope to increase that this year.  I have found I love writing on the blog. I also love sharing what we are doing, what is working for us, and what I am looking at changing.

So what does “B” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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“K” is for Kids and Kingdoms

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I am still taking part in the “Blogging A to Z” challenge, NaBloPoMo and the Ultimate Challenge for April.  Today’s letter for the Blogging A to Z challenge is “K”.  “K” is for kids.  We have four fantastic kids.  We have three sons and a daughter.  They are the light of my life.  I love them with all my heart.  We homeschool all four of them, which means  I get to spend time with them.  Our kids keep life exciting.  With them there is never a dull moment in our home.  They constantly amaze me with the things they do.

“K” is also for kingdoms.  The most important kingdom is the kingdom of God.  Then of course there are all the kings that are mentioned in the Bible.  Finally there are the other kingdoms which occur throughout history.  These kingdoms provide us with direction and guidance.  They help us know what to do and what not to do.

What comes to mind when you hear the letter “K”.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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“C” is for ……

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Today is day 3 of the “Blogging A to Z” challenge, NaBloPoMo Challenge for April,  and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  So today, “C” stands first for Christian Homeschooling materials.  We are blessed to have an abundance of Christian Homeschooling suppliers for materials.  One of my favorite books for finding Homeschooling materials is , 102 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy.  This is a wonderful resource for finding material.  She does a wonderful job of leading the readers through developing a philosophy of education,  determining teaching styles and the children’s learning styles before going into various homeschooling materials.  She even includes a detailed chart saying what teaching and learning styles each item tends to work best with that item.  She does an excellent job with this.  I was blessed to be introduced to this book shortly after beginning our homeschooling journey.

“C” is also for crocheting.  One of the first things I learned from the women in my husband’s family was how to crochet.  Through the years, I have made a number of blankets.  These blankets have been for my immediate family as well as gifts for friends or other family members.  I enjoy crocheting as a way of relaxing.

“C” is also for #Create, one of the words I have chosen for the year.  My Bible verse to go along with this is the one that is at the beginning of this post.  I truly want God to create in me a “clean heart”

So these are some things that come to mind for the letter “C” for me.  What comes to mind for you?

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