Homeschooling


I currently homeschool my 12 yr old son, and I have done homeschooling for about 6 years on and off just depending on where we were at and if we were moving or not. I have really enjoyed just being around my kids, am always amazed at the people they are becoming.

Recently I have begun to be interested in the different styles of homeschooling, so i have picked up the book ” The how and why of homeschooling by Ray E. Ballmann”. I was looking for an overview not of styles but the pros and cons kind of thing. I was/am really disappointed :( I am a Christian and want my kids to believe but it is not the reason I home school.

I think I have come to a point in my life where I am tired of extreme thoughts and ideas and especially those people who want to put you in a box with a label and say this is who you are, Your whole life you have to be this and do this and raise your kids this way and dress this way. With homeschooling it is no different.

Their are the liberals who want everyone to be in public school for that indoctrination and the conservatives/tea party who are into homeschool and it is another type of indoctrination. I know I am labeling and generalizing people in these two groups (sorry:()

I want to homeschool my children because I love them and want to spend as much time as I can with them, learn what makes them excited, what they want do as they get older and be able to guide them as they grow up. Not to make sure they have memorized the whole bible and they have a Christian character and everything they do comes from a biblical worldview.( I am not judging people who do that if that is how you want them to grow up) I just choose to have my children expose to different thoughts and hopefully it will be ok :)

It was a little bit of a rant, just frustrated that people really believe that the reason you should homeschool is

“The most important area of instruction is the development of godly character. It is the precious foundation-stone on which all other learning is built… It is true that a child must grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially, but the most important growth of all is spiritual” pg 111 (the how and why of homeschooling)

I personally don’t agree with kind of thinking… I would love to start a dialogue.

Thanks for reading!

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Just so u know


I have random thoughts and here is one why is at this time of night I just want something to soothe my mind and give me that warm funny feeling…just purchased books on the princess bride, hitch hikers guide to the galaxy, mythology and how awesome America is. I was thinking of my kids and how I want them to relive the great stories that I enjoyed as a child. Legacy is a big word that just means sharing with your kids, and teacher the value of the creative mind and spirit…I hope I never loose that. Anywho, enjoy the rest of your day or night and hug them tight.
<3 :)

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Mere Christianity – book 2 – chapter 1


So tomorrow is Sunday school and I am really looking forward to going and discussing some of the thoughts that I had. I love discussing God and really how awesome he is, so I read book 2 chapters 1. Some times I just love how someone phrases something and really makes me think of God in a whole new way, I will give you an example… I never thought of God as some one who sings over us, whose delight in us is so great that it can not be contain in his person…and one of my favorite authors Leonard Sweet said it in one of his many books. I think we can all understand why he is my favorite now…hehe. Back to book 2 chapter 1, Rival concepts of God. One of the first few sentences is that “
“If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all other religions are simply wrong all through”
I love the thought that not all of them are wrong or not all wrong their are portions that are good just like not all people parent the same way. I understand I am not a genius but I love the fact that God gave us all a different perspective and experiences, some good some bad but a jumping off point where he begins to woe us.
C.S. Lewis chooses to go into Pantheists, where they believe that God is above good and bad, in a sense that he does care what happens to you things just happen, like it is above his pay grade to get involved. I had a problem with this not because I have hatred with people who think this way but in a sense it reminds me of Romans 8:28- and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to who are called according to his purpose. It seemed like the same idea, I know it is not. Because this would require a loving God to act on behalf of the wounded. The final view is that it is a caring and loving God who looks out for us, and this world at one point was a perfect world where it never rained and crops where watered from the ground up, it has just been ruined by us and the choices we have and by sin. This is the view that I stand by mainly because of what he said on page 39 ” if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning.”

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Mere Christianity


I am currently in a Sunday school class and we are reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I have to say trying to jumping this book, I was very confused about what is the point? Before I didn’t know much about Lewis or things he had gone through, Now I admire him and love that he had his conversion late in life. If you know his life’s story it all makes sense, and why he mentions certain things, And leaves other out, I am now reading a biography about him and loving it so far. I would love to know if you had read this book and what you think or about C.S. Lewis I will try to get back and do chapter discoveries. We are on book 2 right now I need to read book 1. I need to get off of here because my 2 girls are making too much noise and making balloons out of plastic bags! Enjoy your Wednesday :) Rachel

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Home


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When I think of this word I imagine smiles sitting around a fire place reading books to kids, or at a kitchen table eating dinner.  Home is a place  where we r all loved, respected, and delighted in just as we are.  Home is a noun but I hope to make it a verb ;),(if you don’t know this by now Grammar and I aren’t friends…lol)  I know some “Homes” are things to get away from that being there is more hurt full than sitting in the cold.

We (husband, I and our 4/5 children) have finally found our home, and it took  almost 7 years to find it but here we are and we are excited about. We have been to Alabama and back, we have lost some of our baggage , and some of our treasures. We have been searching for our place in which to belong and at long last we have arrived. Being passionate and determine to find a place in which peace lives no matter what is going on outside is hard but we have found it.

I love what the origin word means:

            Origin: before 900; Middle English hom, Old English hām  (noun and                                                       adv.); cognate with Dutch heim, Old Norseheimr, Danish hjem, Swedish hem, German Heim  home, Gothic haims  village; akin to haunt

I think it depends on your perspective whether to haunt something is bad or good.  i love the idea that people who have lived and we have loved them that they are with us always and in a sense they haunt(but not in scary sense)  I know that 2 people haunt me in good ways, the first one is Edith Vanover, she really helped me as a young mom and gave me confidence that being a mom wasn’t that hard and that all it took was love and a few mistakes. the second one is Mark Pinard, he was my step father,what I really remember was that he was a very giving and loving person it seemed like it just came so easily to him.  So as I go through life they are the ones that influence how I treat people and I am truely trying to be less self-centered (It seems like lately I am really struggling with it…if you enjoy praying you can always pray for me)

 

These r just a few thought…just my ramblings on what is going on! hope Christmas is a wonderful season for you

Rachel

 

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Mike


Just thinking of my hubby tonight, and thinking he is the best parts of us, calm, rationale, smart, encouraging.  I am so glad I got to be

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Mike my love

apart of this life with you. I have always said you make this exciting it is never dull and I am glad that what we have is different from what ever else we have seen.  It took me a really long time to appreciate, gifts that you have and to truely be in love with u.  I think all the time I am glad it is you. No one else would love me the way u do, or encourage me or appreciate me…so thank u!

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Inspired


It is not often that I blog and normally only if I am inspired by a thought that won’t go away. Today I was inspired by 1 line in a sermon…Rahab begot Boaz, and the emphasis was on Rahab being the harlot and how she had faith and acted on it. And after she was saved by God, she was welcomed into the family of the Isrealities and was finally known for something else besides being a harlot.

In the last year I have read it twice, and in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t seem like much but I have been struct by the love story that plays out in scripture.  I am in love with Ruth and the acts of bravery she does and the trust she exhibits in Naomi and the love between them, what an encouragement and comfort Ruth must’ve been to Naomi, since they were going through the same thing. Ruth made a promise to Naomi “I want to be with u. I want to be with u when u sleep,eat,work and I want ur people to be my people and ur God to be my God”

Through out the story of Ruth u learn that she is a hard worker and faithful and is very trusting.  I am drawn to Boaz as we get further in the story, what is it about Ruth that makes Boaz want to be friendly to her to want to take care of her.  I always wonder if the people in bible times were in love with their spouses or was thatg something that just goes by the way side. Anyway, Boaz…I think he was drawn to Ruth because
she was a foreigner, knowing his mom was a foreigner and knowing the story of redemption, or how a person is redeemed before the eyes of God.  This drew him to Ruth, he was eager to help her in anyway possible…He wanted to be her hero. I think he succeeded.

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Leftover losses of 2011


At the beginning of February, we had become settled that 2012 would not be a repeat of 2011 and we were actually enjoying 2012 until I got an email and it stated that the storage place had sold our unit.   It took the wind out of my sails and I began to worry and I had no joy it was like that black cloud had settled over me once more.  I felt naked, vulnerable and powerless, I was angry at myself and everyone, but slowly it began to change to a different thought.   What was in those boxes was baggage that is tied me down to being the person that I was and it reminded me of the sin and bags.  Favorite verse in the Bible

                                            ” 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

                                            13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those

things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  15 Therefore let us, as many as are

mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have

already attained, let us walk by the same rule,[b] let us be of the same mind.”  Phillipians 3:12/16

I want to be the person I am, who God is teaching that I am right now and in my journey and struggles that I have here and now, so I let go of the baggage that tied me to the person that I was.  I want to be the person…

Happy Lent – joy in light of your suffering!

Grace and peace!

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Lent: week 1


Last week I announced that I was giving up chicken pork beef and following  a pescetarian diet, which just means that I eat fish.   I have to tell you that it has been a hard week!…But knowing that God is with me has made the difference.  Knowing he hears me cry when I call out and remembering the words of Paul “My grace is sufficient for you” and many times stopping to pray when I am unhappy.  I understand that giving up food is a lame was of understanding suffering especially when Christ was beaten beyond recognition and being hung on a cross.  Giving up meat is such a small sacrifice,  it has spurred me on to teaching my kids more thoughly about how we treat on an other and what God expects, I don’t think they will get it in the first week but it will plant the seed.  On a side note, I have decided that Paces are the best things, I have learned more from them about the word of God and about our bodies.  This is my update!

Grace and peace! <3

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Lent


For those of you that celebrate Lent and what it means to me, I love all the season of the church and I spent only 2 years in an episocipal church and I loved it the smell of the wood pew,  the red carpet leading to the altar, knowing that hundreds of people have sat in that same seat in many generations and have heard from god or prayed for forgiveness.  Lent for me meant at time of sacrificing, Just like Jesus, taking time everyday to think on his sacrifice and in some small way relate or share in what he went through.

So for me this Lent season I have chosen to give up eating beef, chicken, turkey and pork.  So today after gathering my information on what was best I have chosen a gradual route because of stressing out my system and for various health reasons.  This week I am getting rid of  beef and pork, and for those of you that know me know how I love a rare prime rib. And next week I will get rid of chicken and turkey.  I am only having one meal a day that involves meat.

I had my first temptation,  at Ikea, my family and I decided to eat dinner there and so I got the fish meal with mashed potatoes and veggies which was ok., and then I got the kids and I meals and we sat down. My husband had watched the kids while I was getting food, so it was his turn and he got the meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy.   I looked at his then at mine I was great man I’d like to have some gravy but reminded my self of how it had some sort of me by-product to make the gravy so I was good and I was even better when he said it didn’t taste good at all. :)  So first day success!

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