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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal-February 5, 2012

It’s been practically forever since I did one of these, so it is time to get my act together.  A lot of things have happened since the beginning of November.  I quit a job and started a new one.  Crazy stuff to be sure!

In my life this week…

I’ve been battling some health issues lately.  I have lupus and I have been in a constant flare up for several months.  It has been draining and the stress of my old job is what brought it on and now I can hopefully get it back under control once again.  I have high hopes anyway.

We took a trip to the big city and I spent some time in the herb shop I like to visit.  I found someone very knowledgeable who was able to give me some really great advice for some of my issues.  She really understood my problems and advised me accordingly.  We really felt some hope for the first time in awhile that I can get well again.  I have been avoiding the meds that the conventional doctor would like me to be on.  I am very leery of the side affects and I really feel a strong prompting from the Lord to NOT take that medication.  So I am trusting Him to help me learn what I need to do instead to get well.  He has never led me astray, so I feel my faith is well placed in His hands.

In our homeschool this week…

Chandler has been working really hard on all of his schoolwork.  He is doing well and is currently enjoying literature.  He is reading The Three Musketeers.  He says it is his new favorite book, and the best thing he has read to date.  That is high praise, since he still says that Mark Twain is his favorite author.

He did get caught earlier this week slacking off a bit.  He ended up having to complete his school work for the day at around 7:00 pm.  It has been a really long time since he has done school work that late.  He didn’t enjoy it much.  I think it will be a long time before he repeats that one, if ever.  I’m mean that way.  ;)

He did some deep and indepth study this week on World War I.  He has studied it before, but he said that he learned some things this time that he didn’t know before.  He really enjoyed covering it again.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Really listen to your kids about how they are feeling about school.  Chandler and I had a long talk this week about what he wants to do for literature this next year. I thought we would be doing the Lord of the Rings curriculum.  But Chandler is really enjoying what we are currently using.  So after a long talk and weighing the pros and cons, we are going to just stick to what he is enjoying.  I own all of the other levels of this curriculum anyway.  So it will save us some money as well as make him super happy.  I think he feels empowered to help make some of the choices and have a say in his own education.  That is important.

I am inspired by…


Neal A. Maxwell.  I shared a quote of his on my Facebook page this week and I want to share it here as well.  It is an important one for me to remember.


Things I’m working on…

I have several things I am working on at the moment.  I am working on finishing up my first ebook and then preparing it for the Kindle.  I am excited about that.  I will also be editing one that my husband is completing on Seed Starting.  He has a degree in horticulture and is very knowledgeable and experienced in gardening and everything in that industry.  It is kind of fun to be his publisher.

I will be having this blog redone in design by a professional.  I am excited to be able to do this.  I am tossing a few ideas around, but am open to suggestions.  I want something that truly represents ME.

I’m cooking…

Not a lot at the moment.  I didn’t even really follow my menu too closely this past week.  However, I am determined to be better about that this coming week.  I know I need to eat better to get healthy and it will help me lose a few unwanted pounds.  So this next week will be different.  I am determined.  And I need to cook so I can take pictures and share more recipes on my blog.  I have that as a goal for this year.  :)

I’m grateful for…

My family and my friends.  They have been such a blessing to me as I have been going through so many changes in my life.  I love them all and I am grateful that Heavenly Father placed them all in my life.

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Comments

  1. Great Post Brenda…I am so sorry that things have been difficult…we have not been promised the easy way, but He is always with us when it is hard…Isaiah 49:14-16…
    I LOVED that quote/book title from Neil Maxwell…we are right in the thick of hard things too…and I look forward to my Derbe (a place of extended peace and rest…Acts 14)…I’ll send you a postcard when I get there (you send one too when you get there)…BUT, remember…Paul was stoned and left for dead THE DAY before he walked the 50-ish miles it took to get there…I may need to do a blog post about this.
    The Lord bless your day in such a great way today!
    Love,
    C~

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