Homeschool Mother’s Journal: October 5, 2012

In my life this week…

I have tried to take steps each day to get ready for Roo’s first specialist appointment of the month. I am also trying not to get stressed out but to take one thing at a time. I think I’m doing pretty well, overall. I have planned our menu for next week, my wonderful husband went grocery shopping, and we’ve been working on getting the laundry caught up. Now I just have an Avon delivery to sort through and deliver and some paperwork to update so the endocrinologist will know what has happened since we saw her in April.

In our homeschool this week…

We took a field trip to a nearby state park for their Frontier Days for Homeschools. We had another opportunity to experience life in the early 1800s, and we learned so much. I can’t say enough about how wonderful the staff and volunteers for these events are. Our state park rocks!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

It’s not exactly a “homeschooling” tip, but it sure does make our homeschool run more smoothly: menu planning. Planning our menus is saving me time (figuring out what to prepare for dinner each night) and money (we buy what we need for the menu, not just random items I then have to figure out how to use). I’m a reluctant convert to menu planning, but it really does work. We use Simplified Dinners – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, but there’s a Simplified Dinners that’s “fully loaded” too. These include a master pantry list and dinner ideas. It has been an invaluable resource for me.

I am inspired by…

My husband. I am so blessed that he has been a part of my life for almost thirteen years. (The anniversary of our blind date is coming up at the end of the month.)

My favorite thing this week was…

Not having internet at the beginning of the week. I was frustrated by the technical difficulties at first, especially since everything went down while I was working on my weekly wrap-up post last Saturday. When I finally calmed down and realized the situation was out of my control and that the rest of the world would go on whether I was online or not, I really enjoyed the break. I think I need to take some time offline more often!

What’s working/not working for us…

Using Kidzmet to find out more about my daughters’ personalities and learning styles has been a blessing for us and our homeschool.

We are still making great progress in character development (with God’s help) with We Choose Virtues. These tools have given us the vocabulary we need to work on character issues as a family.

Questions/thoughts I have…

I have got to discipline myself to go to bed at a decent time. I got really rundown earlier this week but couldn’t manage to get myself to bed because of everything I thought I had to do. Whatever isn’t done can wait. I need sleep!

Things I’m working on…

I am trying to get back to writing ahead for my blog again. It’s nice to have everything scheduled before the week begins so that I can sit back and enjoy the week.

I’m reading…

Ongoing reading/study projects:

  • The Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer
  • The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • Answers to Prayer from George Müller’s Narratives by George Müller and A. E. C. Brooks

I started:

  • Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll

I finished:

  • Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll

I’m cooking…

Recipes like Brunswick stew, potato hash, and peanut butter cookies from Simplified Dinners – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free. I’ll share more (and pictures!) soon.

I’m grateful for…

The family and friends who support and love us through the good and the bad.

I’m praying for…

Our nation’s leaders, the issues facing us, and the upcoming election.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

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3 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: October 5, 2012

  1. Mary says:

    Jennifer ~

    Two things that you said really resonated with me this week: that life moves on whether we are on the internet or not, and sleep being the most important thing. I so agree!!! I have to discipline myself to go to bed at a decent time, and when I do the next day is always so much more productive.

    Praying for a restful weekend and a good next week for you, too.

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