Thursday, July 30, 2015

All I Ask Is That You Try ~ Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung, sounded like so much fun that I decided to take up the challenge to write for five minutes without editing. Every Thursday evening, Kate posts the topic of the week, and the community then free writes. In her words, this means “no editing, no over-thinking, and no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.” See? A challenge for this perfectionist! J

This week’s word is TRY.

Ready? Here we go.

As I sit contemplating this Five Minute Friday prompt, the 13yo sits in the chair on the other side of the room, her Bible Bee study materials resting in her lap. She peruses a picture book we just brought home from the library today, taking a break from studying.



The 15yo stares hard at her Bible, a combination of study and meditation focused in her features.


The 11yo is next to me, relaxed and secure in what he studied earlier today.

The Bible Bee local test is this Saturday. The top 120 scores in each division get to compete at Nationals in November in San Antonio, Texas.

It’s a worthy goal. We went to Nationals last year, and it was one of the highlights of the year, an incredible experience of being surrounded by families who value the Word of God and let it show in their lives.

But this mama’s goal for the children was for them simply to try. Try their best. Do their best to study God’s Word and hide His Scripture in their hearts.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines try as to make an attempt or effort to do something.

My prayer is that if my children attempt Scripture memorization and study, it will take hold deep in their souls, changing them and making them into the people God would have them to be.


The end.









Could I ask a favor? If you think of it, could you pray for the children all over the country who are taking the Bible Bee test on Saturday, please? A lot of time and effort are being poured into that one-hour exam, and I pray that the children who participate would remember it as a positive experience and that the scriptures memorized would be hidden in their hearts. Thanks, friend.




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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Through the Eyes of the Homeschooling Students

Hi, everyone! It's the 15yo here, taking over Mom's blog for today. I took the camera and snapped some shots of homeschool through the eyes of my siblings and me. Okay, well, mostly me. J


Mom pauses her computer work to say "Good morning!" to the 9yo's dogs, Watermelon and SugarPup.



A game of Clue during school can make the day more interesting. {Shh! Don't tell anyone my cards.}



Apparently, playing cars in the closet with a flashlight was worth a break.



Cracking on.... {Mom wants me to tell you that the buffet will be used for pretty dishes as soon as we figure out our homeschool book organization.}



My 13yo sister grabbed the camera and caught me taking a reading break. Oops!



Killing two birds with one stone...pushing the washing machine buttons and getting school done at the same time. Does that count as multi-tasking?


Break's over. Back to the books. Thanks for reading!

~ The 15yo





Special linking to iHomeschool Network's Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop.



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Ten Dream Travel Destinations for Our Family ~ Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung, sounds like so much fun that I decided to take up the challenge to write for five minutes without editing. Every Thursday evening, Kate posts the topic of the week, and the community then free writes. In her words, this means “no editing, no over-thinking, and no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.” See? A challenge for this perfectionist! J

This week’s word is TEN.

Ready? Here we go.

Our family absolutely loves to travel together. Nothing suits us better than a few outfits thrown into a suitcase and the open road before us. We put our heads together and listed ten places we'd like to visit.



Alaska. A cruise, even! Sweaters and jackets in the middle of the summer? Yes, please!

New York City. I know, danger abounds. But so do the sights.

England. All parts. The Peak District. The Lake District. Bath and Jane Austen's home. The stomping grounds of the Wesley brothers. London and all its diversions.

Antarctica. Did you know you can catch a cruise from New Zealand to Antarctica? Sounds like a fabulous adventure!

New Zealand. Wellington, The Shire, and don't forget that cruise to Antarctica.

France. All parts. There's a Facebook friend I would love to meet in person. {Hello, FB friend!}

Germany. I know it's gruesome, but I want to see the Holocaust memorials. Sure, I'll cry all the way through, but it's an important part of world history.

Italy. I want to ride a gondola through the canals of Venice and shake the hand of the Pope in Vatican City. Think I'd get to meet him?

Prince Edward Island, Canada. Hello, Anne Shirley!

Switzerland. Yo-de-le-he-who! Is that how you spell a yodel?


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Where would you like to travel?



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