“B” is for Babies, Boys, Bibles and Books and Blogging

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So today is Day 2 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April along with the Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter of the day is “B”, which for me is for babies, Bibles and books.  We have four children who are 18, 16, 14 and 12 respectively right now.  While I miss them being babies to a certain extent, I enjoy seeing the people they are becoming.  Three of our children are boys and they truly are a handful.  Our youngest is our only girl and she is quite the princess.  My boys keep life interesting and one never knows what might be discussed when we sit down to meals or what they will attempt to do.

Bibles play a critical role in our family.  My husband became an ordained minister the same year we were married.  So we have worked to bring up our children in the word of God.  As we search for homeschooling materials, Biblical companies are the main one we use.  It is important to us to have a Biblical worldview and for our children to back up what they believe with Scripture references.  So we have quite the collection of Bibles, concordances, Biblical commentaries and dictionaries around our home.

The other thing our home is full of is books.  I grew up believing that books were my best friend.  I was never bored or lacked things to do because I always had books to read.  I have tried to instill the same love of reading in my children.  They have not all grabbed hold of the idea as I would wish, but we are still working on it.  It is fun when we prepare for a move to see all the books loaded into boxes.  We have Biblical books, Language Arts and Literature books, books on writing, books for Math, books for Science, books for History and books for the Arts.  On top of those books, we have books on homeschooling,  books to read for pleasure and various other books.  Each member of the family has at least one bookcase in their room.  Plus we have other bookcases scattered around the house.  Books make homeschooling much easier.  Even if I never bought any more curriculum for our children, I could homeschool from the books we have.  With seven people living in our home the books really add up.

“B” is also for blogging and Bible Journaling.   I started blogging as a way of keeping our extended family aware of what was going on in our lives along with providing a record for our children.  Writing makes things more real somehow and easier to remember.  Utilizing photographs helps keep those memories as well.

Bible Journaling has become a new pastime for me.  I especially love getting on Pinterest and Facebook to see what others are creating. Here is a sample of one of works.

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So what does the letter “B” represent or bring to mind for you and your family?  I welcome comments!

Balancing My Time

I am a mother and more specifically I am a homeschooling mother.  This means that more often than not my needs and wishes go by the wayside.  Even if I am sick, the children still need to do school.  Food still needs to be prepared and so forth.  I think you get the picture.  But every once in a while, this mom needs a break.  I need a chance to do something just for me.  I need to make sure I am balancing my time and doing somethings I enjoy doing.

I am blessed to have a husband who loves to cook and doesn’t mind cleaning the kitchen.  I also have three teenage sons and one almost teenage daughter to help around the house as well.  Our children are getting old enough now to do most of their schoolwork with minimal supervision on my part.  So when Dennis has the opportunity to travel for the army, I often go with him.  Cell phones, computers, texting and emails all make this much easier.  Plus having an 18 year old in the house also helps.  I know my daughter will listen to him and his 16 year old brother.  My third son works well when allowed to do schoolwork with his grandmother.  So all in all this allows me a break.

I enjoy crocheting and am working to learn how to quilt.  Plus I have recently discovered something else I am interested in, which is Bible Journaling.  This allows me to spend time developing some of the talents God gave me.  I love seeing what others are creating.

Another way I take time for just me is by reading.  There is nothing like a good book to help get away from the world.

So how do you balance making your time?  I would love to hear from you.