Friday, February 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes (vol. 11)

1. If you are a homeschooling mother that worries if you are teaching your children everything they need to know, I hope you find comfort in the following story. It is proof that your time is not wasted and that all your hard work is worth it.
Truly, I believe that God has planned for me to homeschool my children. There have been several times in the last nine years that I have prayed about putting my children in school. Some days (months) it is hard, but there are far more good days, and we continue to move forward. Holden spent his first three years of schooling (kindergarten through second grade) at a small Christian school. When we returned to the Catholic Church, Chris and I moved him over to public school for third grade. It wasn't until fourth grade that he came home to be educated. Holden has always been a bright boy, an avid reader and a great communicator. He gets good grades in all of his subjects except English. Imagine my distress. I have a love for English (in spite of my hastily written blog posts with their glaring mistakes), and I have always taken the teaching of it very seriously. Honestly, I knew that he would pass the English portion of his college entrance exam, but I had my doubts about how well he would pass. He took the test this week and passed. Not only did he pass, he was one point away from testing into honors English. The good news does not stop there. When he went over his test results with the counselor, she encouraged him to take 16 credits his first semester because she felt confident that he could handle it. She told him that she usually does not encourage new students to take more than 12 credits their first semester.
I was bursting with joy when he told me. Now I know he was listening to me all these years!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

About Video Games

Reading negative comments about unimaginative children that play video games and awful parents that let them is making me feel irritated. Faithful Christian families can let their children play video games.

When Holden was seven years old, he asked for a Nintendo Game Cube.  He had heard several of the boys in his second grade class talking about the video games they enjoyed playing. Chris and I discussed it and decided to buy him a used Game Cube for Christmas. Chris bought a used Game Cube from an acquaintance. It came with one game, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker. Christmas morning Holden opened his Nintendo game Cube, thanked us profusely, and immediately wanted to start playing. We let him, and he was instantly pulled into Link's quest. The game was not easy for him as he was only seven and half years old, but he had learned how to read in Kindergarten, so he was able to read the story and the game prompts and eventually (months later) finish the game. We limited the time he played the game. Honestly, he did not have a lot of time to play the game. He was in school all day, took piano and tennis lessons, and had homework regularly. We spent our weekends visiting with friends and family, and attending Sunday School and church services.

Holden on the family computer.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Inside my purse

Kendra at Catholic All Year has a fun link-up called The Big Purse Dump. As soon as I read about it, I grabbed my purse, dumped it on the table, and took some photos. Chris was in the room with me, and he gave me the strangest look. Finally, he asked, "Why are you taking pictures of the junk in your purse?" I answered him honestly, "To write a blog post, duh." He raised an eyebrow, shook his head, and quickly left the room. I love the link-up's not so fine print. Kendra wrote on her blog, The fine print (which I'm keeping big so you can read it) : NO CHEATING. No early tidying. No funny planted stuff. God is watching you. 

Yes, He is! You won't find me cheating or planting funny stuff. Below is a list of everything that was in my purse and nothing that really was not! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

No More Waiting

 At the beginning of this year, I wrote about my word of the year, fearless. This post is one of my journal entries. Sharing it here on my blog is a step towards becoming fearless. 

I feel small, insignificant. I go about my day, all the time waiting to become someone. Who? I do not know. I ask God to show me, to mold me. I want to be the woman God knows I can be. Who is she? What will I be when I become her?

I work as I wait. I take care of my house, my kids, my husband. I long for Christ. I want to be close to Him, but I think I am not ready. I need to do better, to be better. I think about the woman I already am, and I wonder why she is not good enough.

Friday, February 14, 2014

7 Quick Takes (vol. 10)

1. I had my biopsy on Wednesday. I will see my doctor in two weeks to go over the results of the biopsy. We will also discuss what to do next. I appreciate any prayers that you say for me!

2. I finished my secret knitting. I can give details about it because I gave the gift today. The gift was for my sister-in-law, Kelly. Her birthday was yesterday, but the snow kept me from getting it to her on her birthday.

Pattern: Marilla's Apron

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