Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thankful Hearts Are Happy Hearts

Today's lesson focused upon George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation: "Whereas, it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and, whereas, both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." He issued the proclamation just a few years after the American Revolutionary War ended. It is interesting to note that after victorious battles during the Revolutionary War he would order his troops to set aside days for giving thanks to God.

Then, during the Civil War, a time of travesty and unrest, President Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving Proclamation: "The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God...No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union."

During another time of tribulation for our country as we were immersed in World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued another Thanksgiving Proclamation: "I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate and set aside Thursday, the twentieth day of November, 1941, as a day to be observed in giving thanks to the Heavenly Source of our earthly blessings. We are grateful to the Father of us all for the innumerable daily manifestations of His beneficent mercy in affairs both public and private, for the bounties of the harvest, for opportunities to labor and to serve, and for the continuance of those homely joys and satisfactions which enrich our lives...Let us ask the Divine Blessing on our decision and determination to protect our way of life against the forces of evil and slavery which seek in these days to encompass us. On the day appointed for this purpose, let us reflect at our homes or places of worship on the goodness of God and, in giving thanks, let us pray for a speedy end to strife and the establishment on earth of freedom, brotherhood, and justice for enduring time." Let this be a lesson to each of us: Whether we are in the midst of strife or in seasons of blessings, let us give thanks and praise to our Redeemer, our Savior, our Father from whom all blessings flow!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Cars

Like most boys, my son loves cars. We have the Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars to prove it. On a drive through a nearby town, we came across Mater from the Cars movie series. Of course, we had to not only stop and get a closer look but also snap a few pictures. I hope you enjoy this week's Wordless Wednesday.

My boy with Tow Mater
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Monday, August 28, 2017

God's Touches of Love

I love how God works! How He gives us His touches of love when we need them most. Last night, Mom had to take me to Hershey's ER due to an issue with my adrenal insufficiency. On our way to the hospital, we stopped at Sheetz. When we went to leave, I realized that the President of our Homeschool Association was parked beside us. She prayed with me before we continued our journey. God is ALWAYS faithful! After a round of IV fluids and an increase in medication, I am home. I start my IV infusions today with my nurse here at home. I'll be having additional testing this week as well. God is with me. I know He is guiding my doctors. He is providing me rest in His capable hands. While I wait and see, He continues to shower me with blessings. We always have something for which we can give Him thanksgiving for He is utterly worthy of our praise!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dear Homeschool Momma - A Letter of Encouragement for the Year Ahead

Dear Homeschool Momma,

You are about to embark on a fun yet sometimes chaotic adventure with your child. There will be days when you wonder why you ever thought you could school your own child. Please, don't fret. You are not alone as we've all been there at some point along our journey. No one knows your child better than you, dear momma. You have their best interests at heart and will raise them according to God's purpose. There may be days when tears are shed. On these days, I pray for God's peace to flow through my child and me.  If we're both frustrated, we take a break to play an educational game, go for a walk, or do something fun and not challenging. When we are both in better frames of mind, we start working again on the lesson that was causing us trouble. Just when you begin to question your sanity, your child will do something that will make all of your efforts worth it. So, don't be discouraged. You are doing a good thing. Your children are safe, they are learning, and they are thriving. Keep persevering, momma. God has all of you in his competent hands.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Homeschooling Outside of the Home

The world is our classroom as life has much to teach those who are willing to learn the lessons offered. Today's topic is Homeschooling Outside of the Home. We'll take a look at Co-ops, Training, Field Trips, Support Groups, and Homeschool Associations.

Co-ops can vary in what they offer. Some meet more for socialization, teaching the arts, and team sports to meet physical education requirements. Other Co-ops hold in-depth classes on all of the major subjects: math, language arts, science, and history. One of the major benefits of belonging to a Co-op is drawing on the knowledge of mommas who have a years of homeschooling under their belts.

As homeschoolers, we have the opportunity to train our children in every area of life. We can send them off into the world with the skills they will need to not merely survive but thrive. We can teach them to care for themselves, their car, their home, and their finances. To help them prepare for their future, we can also provide them shadowing and apprenticeship opportunities that will allow them to learn the education and skills required to perform certain jobs.

Field Trips not only offer fun educational experiences but they also provide numerous hands-on learning opportunities. Children learn best by doing. I still remember the awe in my son's voice when we walked through Independence Hall in Philadelphia. To know that he was standing on the very ground where George Washington and Benjamin Franklin trod made history come alive for him.

Support Groups are a great source for homeschool parents. They provide contact with people who have a similar goal: to educate their children in the best environment. They can provide insight on curriculum they's utilized over the years: what they liked about it, what they didn't like, and what worked best for them. They can provide helpful hints on working through issues such as homeschooling while moving, homeschooling children with chronic illness, homeschooling children with special needs, and more.

Finally, Homeschool Associations are a great source of support, for field trip opportunities, Co-op opportunities, socialization outlet for you and your children, and much more. Homeschool Associations also offer teacher's cards for discounts at local stores and online, discounts for HSLDA, as well as updated information on state laws and regulations.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Planning, Schedules, and Paperwork,Oh My!

Paperwork can be tedious, daunting, and overwhelming! For most people, especially those like me who tend to be scatter-brained, it can be a least favorite task. However, it doesn't have to be difficult. As we enter our ninth year of homeschooling, I have implemented organizational skills to make paperwork easier. I place paperwork I ant to save for our portfolio in an accordion file folder.

For Attendance, Reading/Curriculum/Material List, and Field Trip records, I utilize a simple online spreadsheet where I mark the day with an X for attendance, type the name of the book/audiobook/movie/website address for the List, and  the date and location for Field Trip records. After nine years of homeschooling, I have learned that simple is sufficient.

To learn more about planning and record keeping, please stop by the Homeschool Review Crew and read my featured guest post. While there, please read posts shared by other crew members. Furthermore, I hope you'll come back tomorrow for my post on Outside the Home.