Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Break

It has been so good these last days to be pressure free in terms of outside commitments. Grades have been turned in; we had our very busy food distribution on Thursday, and Friday, dear daughter had some sweet guests over for a Christmas/birthday get-together. The Justus men went out for pizza and a tour through Wal-Mart. 
Saturday morning, I slept in REALLY late. Michael was up working on his sermon for Sunday morning, enjoying the quiet. 
The house is close to being really cleaned up. Our room and the boys' room remains in their usual chaos. I love the picture above because it looks much like our house--the paintings and books especially. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yellow and Blue Happiness

Happiness is completing a project--particularly for someone of whom we think so highly!
This is for a colleague's wife who has been through some health trials this past year. She loves and serves the Lord as does her husband. 
My daughter and I made a joint project out of this--I did the granny square itself, and she made the flowers. Didn't she do a wonderful job?
We used Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn"--I really do LOVE that yarn; it's acrylic and is actually quite soft. It works up well and washes very easily. 

Here's how it looked before we attached the flowers.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Best Teaching Tools

As I write this, I am attending a massive conference of college/university educators. Everyone speaks and thinks with a particular education-ese that boggles the mind. Peeling away layer after layer of this nomenclature, what rests at the bottom is a whole lot of nothing.  Everyone is diligently searching for better methods of teaching and learning, much like the Ancient Greeks with philosophy. But like the Greeks, they create chaos in their search for order. 
Give me my books, a chalk board and a box of chalk, and I can teach. The students can learn.
We are blessedly allowed to have the Bible as our foundation--God's Holy Word provides the order, clarity and TRUTH educators seek and students need. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Today was a full day, with not as much accomplishment as I would like to have seen, but WE ARE HOME!  Made a fast trip to the in-laws for Thanksgiving and then back the next day. We got in last night about 8:30 or so. Being away for just a day makes me yearn for home. What is home? It is a place where . . .
1. We are together
2. Outside sources of stress and angst cannot get to us; the wagons are circled.
3. We each accept the other for who he/she is.
4. We try to be patient and loving as much as humanly possible with each other.
5. We do not belittle or condemn each other.
6. We take pleasure in something because another member of the family does.
7. We each have a contribution to make that is noted and appreciated by the others.
8. Sometimes anger and impatience crash the party, but forgiveness and kindness soon take back over.
9. Everyone is loved and cherished and KNOWS that to be true. 
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of home and family.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Getting Started on This Lovely Project

Well, I am getting started on this lovely granny-half-square project. As the patterns is not new, the colors used by the designer are no longer made by Red Heart. I found some comparable colors by the Hobby Lobby, "I Love the Yarn" brand. I got started under the most wonderful of circumstances as well. Dear Daughter had shown me a few weeks back how to get this started, but of course, working on other projects necessitated my setting it aside. On our way back from our visit with Hubby's family, we stopped at Hobby Lobby (of course). I saw colors I loved that closely matched the pattern's original make-up. We finished our shopping and stopped to eat at Fazoli's. As we waited for our food, DD helped me to get started. I have made 3 of the half-squares (only about 195 left to go!)
I am pleased with this project and so pleased to have a daughter willing to help her mom with it!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Building Your House

This illustration captures an idea for me about reading.  What our children read establishes a foundation for their imaginations, their beliefs and their values.  Growing up, Moma and Daddy placed no restrictions on what I read, but did try to discourage me from time to time on some of the scary things I chose.  I wish I had listened. Today, our children are bombarded with terrifying images, pornography and "paranormal" stories--all unwholesome and antithetical to what the Bible teaches. 
As parents we must take charge of what they read as soon as they begin reading. I don't think we have to necessarily reject what is on the best seller list, but we had better check it out and hold it to Biblical standards. There are no harmless sorcerers, vampires or zombies.
Our libraries should include the time-tested classics for all ages:  Laura Ingalls Wilder, LM Montgomery, Charles Dickens, Daniel Defoe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and of course, Carolyn Keene!


Thank you for stopping by our cozy corner of the world. My hope for this blog is that it will be a place to share thoughts, experiences and encouragement for any readers--not just homeschooling families. Our family life is too busy, but rests on a simple pattern of life:  loving the Lord and His Church, loving each other and loving learning. My husband and I have made decisions the world would and does consider unorthodox; members of our family have not understood the choices we have made, but at the end of the day, the raising of our children has been between the five of us and the Lord Jesus. This blog will share some of the experiences we have as a Christian, homeschooling family.