I got coordinated cheers from three happy boys at dinner-time this evening. “Mom-my Rocks! Mom-my Rocks! Mom-My Rocks” Why the cheer you ask? I fed them crispy chicken salad for dinner. SALAD! Someone has replaced my very young children with Pod People!
….it’s the only name I can come up with a fear so silly. But I’m not making it up. I have an uncontrollable physical response. My hands get sweaty, everything feels hot and stuffy, my chest and neck turn bright red, I am incapable of putting sentences together, my thoughts just leave my brain, sometimes…when the reality of how dumb I look really hits me, the whole world starts to go orange and I’ve once had a full-scale panic attack and another time passed right out cold.
I have a serious fear of talking in front of people. I started to write large groups of people, but that’s not true…even having the focus of small groups of people for any length of time freaks me out. The last group I talked to was MAYBE 6 or 7 other moms, I don’t remember a word of what I said and I can’t imagine anything halfway intelligible came out for their benefit. In years past I’ve just decided it was better to avoid these types of instances at all costs. I’ve never been baptized in water because I used to attend a very large church and it would have required being on stage in front of probably more than a thousand people…..and that just wont happen. But I live in a small town now and am part of a smaller community, much less room to hide. Much harder to explain years of mounting anxiety over relatively simple things, like being a passenger in a car….but that’s a whole other post for a whole other day.
A couple of months ago I was asked to share a devotion with a group of people….a whole church gym full of people…..very scary people….
We didn’t take the day off for MLK Jr. Day, we just got off a HUGE Christmas break and it’s just too darn soon to take time off. I was looking through a website of his more famous and memorable quotes. Reading through them it struck me that, while I don’t agree with a lot of the things he had to say, he brought a lot of wisdom and respectful thought-provocation to the world. I shudder to think of living here in a time where the color of one’s skin made them less than a person. There are definitely some problems that transcend political ideals and preferences….I’m thankful for him and the people like him who helped effect such massive change!
Here are some of my favorites:
“Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.”
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
That all said, our school day was sublime. Simple in it’s perfection, but one of those days that reminds you why you decided to follow God’s leading and embark down this path that is homeschooling.
We did a little Explode The Code work in the morning and then the older boys came out into the garage and helped Nate and I with our latest project.
- Children are encouraged to grow in all areas at their own pace – emotionally, spiritually, socially, and mentally. This education accommodates the uniqueness of each child, including physiological and neurological differences.
- Many of the negative effects of peer pressure are minimized.
- An opportunity for children to pursue their respective interests in particular subjects is provided. In a relaxed home atmosphere, the child’s natural curiosity can lead to learning experiences.
- A unique family bond is created since parents and children are together many hours each day. Much home schooling involves a one-to-one tutorial approach, considered the finest method ever devised for formal instruction.
Domestic skills, hobbies, earning and managing money, responding to the needs of others, and other practical areas of life are included in the training.
My momma never told me it was so hard to get back in a blogging kind of groove after a holiday!! And what a great, low-key, but fun and perfect holiday it was!
What I Made:
The BEST turkey I’ve ever done!
A life-changing apple, sausage, & cranberry dressing
Mommaskindacrafty’s Perfectly Easy Dinner Rolls
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
Creamy garlic mashed taters
and Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie (I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan…but all the boys in my house were so it’s all good!)
It was just the 5 of us but it really was the least amount of stress I’ve ever felt on a Thanksgiving holiday! My hubby put up the Christmas lights on the warmest day we’ve had in the last week or so (30′s) and today was church (we had a potluck so we got ANOTHER round of Thanksgiving, LOVE!) and football and a constant but light snow that’s been falling all day. We’re having friends over for dinner tomorrow night and I’m wishing it could be “the holiday’s” all year-round!
That does it for random thoughts…maybe…there might be more.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my middle guy, Devin. He just turned 6 years old last week and he really is a challenging, perplexing, but altogether smart, fun, and tenderhearted little dude.
The sickies are passing their way around my house right now. Nate and Devin (my middle guy, whose birthday is next week!) have some sort of cold/flu thing right now and it seems like my youngest is headed that way. I’m feeling more tired and achy than usual so I fear I might not be far behind. And either my oldest has an immune system of steel or he’ll follow in our footsteps shortly thereafter. Not fun, but I’m reminded as we head into the holiday season that we have it easy. I have cough medicine to ease the coughs, Tylenol to suppress the fever, soup and toast to calm the tummies and warm blankets to comfort the chills. It’s an unpleasant part of changing weather, but they will be just fine. They’ll have full stomachs and warm beds and comfortable clothes. My heart breaks when I think about the children who are dealing with serious illnesses or injuries and their families who only have so much within their power to comfort and restore their kids back to health. It’s with those thoughts on my heart that I want to write about a cause that is very near and dear to my heart and the heart of my family, The Ronald MCDonald House Charities.
When our Andrew was brand new, nearly 4 years ago, we were forced to deal with the most difficult set of health circumstances we have had to face to date. Andrew was born on time and was a healthy 8lbs, but I experienced difficulty in labor and my blood pressure plummeted repeatedly and for an extended period of time. Andrew ended up becoming distressed and aspirating meconium as a result. His case was definitely severe, the first night they were sure he was going to need to be treated with ECMO Therapy, there was even a chance he wasn’t going to survive. The Lord worked a miracle in our little boy and not only did he survive, but he didn’t need the ECMO and was never even intubated. He was on a CPAP machine in the beginning.
cDonald’s U.S.A will celebrate McHappy Day, kicking off the annual Give A Hand® fundraiser from November 10 through November 20, at participating restaurants. One hundred percent of proceeds from the purchase of a $1 paper hand will be donated to RMHC.
At the beginning of this year a brilliant lady in one of my homeschool co-ops started a book club geared towards kids! She has a 5 year old daughter and an 8 year old son. I have a 5 & an 8 year old as well and I was so excited to see the e-mail post about this club. We live pretty far away from where the group of kids was meeting but we went to our first club this weekend. It was WONDERFUL!
Do any of you have any favorite ways you like to encourage your children to read and enjoy doing it?? I’d LOVE to hear what you think!
Reading one of the blogs in my blog list this morning (Tuckers Take Tennessee), I heard about a neat idea for a link-up! Home With The Boys is hosting a “Boys In Motion” linky party. Being a mom of three boys myself, boy action shots are near and dear to my heart!
Here are a few of my recent favs:
Last year I spent about a month making the boys’ Halloween costumes. I bought the pattern, bought the fabric, ordered the buttons, picked the right accessories & embellishments and poured COUNTLESS hours into making their costumes fabulous. Truly, fabulous they were……..
My sewing machine was a gift for the preceding Mother’s Day and I hadn’t used it for anything except sewing patches on their Awana vests…..I should have picked a smaller project to start out with. In the last year I’ve made curtains for my bedroom and bathroom with my shiny new sewing machine and that’s it…..I think I’m traumatized from the massive of the amount of time I spent hunched over my coffee table making these things.
I vowed right then and there this year would need to be easier……MUCH easier.
And it was.
I bought sweatshirts, black face paint, round plastic glasses, and a pack of iron-on printer paper used for making t-shirts. Cost me about $50 altogether which is a fraction of what the Musketeers set me back and all I had to do was paint their faces, make the A (and a logo that’s on each of their backs) and iron them on. It was great. I still might do really great costumes for them next year, but momma needed this year to recover from last year.
They had a blast. We went out to dinner, drove to one of the churches in the big city that was hosting a Trunk-or-Treat, dropped by a friend’s house and came home to take a few pictures with our pumpkin, Jack.