After taking a month and a half off over the crazy holiday season, I am feeling refreshed and ready for the new year. Life was getting a bit overwhelming so a break let me spend my extra time with the ones that need me most, my kiddos.
As we are entering the tween years, it is becoming very clear to me that there are so many issues that need to be discussed as they begin to question, understand and yearn for answers. Some of them are easier than others, but they are there and we need to lead the way.
Some prayers you’ve known all your life, others you learn and love when you least expect them.
One of my favorite prayers from childhood and up to this day is the Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Last night was the first meeting of our newest group at church. A group for the women of our parish. As I prepared for the first meeting, I was nervous and excited all at once.
Starting a group is definitely out of my comfort zone, but I kept feeling called to do more within the church. Everything kept pointing towards a women’s group.
As I prayed before entering the church, I realized that if God put this idea in my head and kept prodding (because yes it took a bit of prodding to get me to agree), then he knows this is what I need to be doing. He put me here for a reason, this is where I am supposed to be.
I needed to stop living in fear and anxiety of the moments that take me out of my comfort zone and start jumping in knowing that God will lead me and He is in control.
Long drives. Quiet time. Just because. These are only a few times we use audio books. Sometimes, even a classic book, can be easier to understand when read via audio book.
In addition to books, you can use podcasts and audio adventures. Our favorite line of audio adventures is definitely the Heirloom Audio Productions adventures. We have enjoyed many of them already (you can read our reviews here) and we just had the opportunity to listen to their newest addition Captain Bayley’s Heir.
As a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, I have seen first hand the way a book can take my children to another world. There is nothing like getting lost in a book and if it has a connection to history or the bible that makes it even sweeter. Barbour Publishing has taken the bible and created a new series that takes your children on an adventure.
It seems weird in today’s society to be checking yourself out of social media. I have always enjoyed seeing friends’ pictures and updates, and until the last year, I never had any trouble. But over the last year, I feel like it has been taking priority over other things I should be doing and has been causing a bit to much anxiety in my life.
I’ve had a few questions and comments made in regards to my kids having time to socialize so I thought I would repost this post from May 2015. It still rings true today.
Homeschool Socialization – 5 Places We Socialize
When the concept of homeschooling first entered my mind, I must admit the thought of homeschool socialization was a concern. How would they know how to interact with others? Would they have friends? Would they end up not knowing how to act with other children?
Audio books and stories are a hit or miss. Many times we start an audio book only to realize the reader is not wonderful and we end up abandoning the audiobook. I’ve learned to do a bit of research before just choosing any audiobook. One company we love to listen to is Heirloom Audio Productions. We’ve listened to many of their audiobooks so the kids and I were excited to listen to their newest addition In the Reign of Terror.