Homeschool Mother’s Journal: The Field Trip

In my life this week…

I’m beginning to “think about what I’m thinking about” so that I can change negative thought patterns into positive ones that line up with the Word of God. This is a long, hard process, so I’m pleased to see progress!

In our homeschool this week…

We set off with my best friend and her son to meet with our homeschool group a couple of hours away for a field trip to a wildlife refuge. Along the way, we missed a turn and then, when we got back on track, we got stuck in traffic on interstate. We were finally running so late that we called the field trip coordinator and let her know we were okay but we were not going to make it.

Instead, we got directions to the zoo in that town, used our zoo membership to get 50% off admission, and had a great time creating our own field trip!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Sometimes you’ve just got to go with the flow. A few years ago, the fact that we were missing out on the scheduled field trip and were two hours away from home with nothing to do would have really stressed me out and ruined my day. Because my friend and I (and the kids!) decided to deal with it gracefully, we made wonderful memories that will last us a lifetime (even though they weren’t the ones we thought we were going to make).

I am inspired by…

My Bible study partner. She is determined to push through to victory—to living in the fullness of what God has for her life. The fact that she is considered a “senior citizen” hasn’t stopped her from pressing on.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Well, we spent Tuesday with my best friend and her son—at the zoo! (Not the wildlife refuge.)

My favorite thing this week was…

Feeding the wild parakeets and cockatiels at the zoo. It was amazing!

What’s working/not working for us…

We’re still focusing on We Choose Virtues for character development. It’s slow going right now because we’re struggling with the virtue we’re on. Obviously, we needed to work on that one! (I have a We Choose Virtues review and giveaway now too. Have you entered?)

I am also very excited about notebooking with the Notebooking Publisher. Since we began notebooking, BookGirl has been much more interested in writing, and she is in love with the Notebooking Publisher web app. She loves being able to type her thoughts and then drop in pictures she has taken on our field trips as she creates projects to show what she’s learning. This kindling of her love for writing makes me a happy mama!

Things I’m working on…

I’m still trying to discipline myself to write something every day. I tend to not want to start something if I know I won’t be able to finish it the same day. (That’s probably why I’m not writing a novel or full-length nonfiction work yet! I’ve got to get past that.)

On Thursday, I announced a new series that will be starting on my blog very soon (possibly as early as next week).

I’m reading…

Ongoing reading 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
  • Implosion by Joel C. Rosenberg

I finished:

  • To Love and Cherish by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

I started:

  • The River by Michael Neale

I’m cooking…

We had a cold front move in last night. We went from a week-long heat advisory to fall-like temperatures overnight! I’m celebrating by preparing a new stew recipe.

I’m grateful for…

Some rain to ease the drought conditions, cooler temperatures, fun with friends, and hugs and kisses from my girls.

I’m praying for…

Our nation, my community, my family, and myself. Revival is needed, and it starts with me.

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



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