Here's my most recent checkist & pics below-
- Student Conferences
- Field Trip in Boise
- Quarterly Reporting
- Voting Campaign
- Outing Rollerskating
I'm wrapping up some super busy school related tasks and look forward to my next endeavor.
Here's my most recent checkist & pics below-
I've noticed that Michah has an uncomely habit of finger sucking while resting his index finger in his nostril. I thought it was a phase, but I've noticed that he had the same tendency at two months old ....(See the picture below with his father's input about this rare "Talent")
"Talent" is one way to describe it. (lol)
It's hard to imagine that this precious creation would ever have a "sour" moment....Let's just say that MaYah is very opinionated and extremely curious which occasionally leads to frustration, then she smiles, and (most) all is forgiven :)
P/S Thankfully, her sweet moments FAR outnumber the sour ones.
I'm at such an exciting season of my life and embarking upon MANY amazing opportunities while juggling family life.
Although I'm sometimes busy beyond belief, I thought I'd share a few keys that help maintain my sanity :)
To Your Success & Well-Being!
Pictures Speak 1,000 words:
Daddy Daughter Dance
After 10 years of home educating our children, we recently embarked upon VERY UNFAMILIAR territory for our oldest child....Public School :)
I've mentioned to our son for years about exploring a public education. This prompting from me was primarily due to his specific personality and interests. In addition to the following:
1. he enjoys a challenge,
2. he thrives within regimented structure,
3. he embraces academic discipline,
4. he desires "increased" social stimuli
This endeavor is exciting for us on so many levels. Just last month, he did a presentation during assembly with his Leadership class in front of the whole student body. He also finished his powerpoint presentation and a Language Arts essay. On Sunday, I took him to the local portrait studio for yearbook pictures, then we went shopping for an outfit for the upcoming school dance. There are so many milestones I'm experiencing all at once. It's like sending my child to kidnergarten for the first time, yet he's actually a teenager getting ready to graduate from Middle School :)
Marlon and I have never been anti-public education. We simply embraced the responsibility to educate and instill our family values as the primary source of influence for our children. We also strongly believe that is necessary to nurture the talents and interests of each child and we've found that the home setting tends to be the best means to accomplish this task.
There are so many positive aspects to our public education endeavor and we continue to have weekly adventures within this new experience. Thankfully, our son is VERY self-motivated. He completes his homework without prompting, wakes up early without complaint and regularly checks his academic progress online. I'm so happy to share that on his first progress report he got a 3.6 GPA with 4 A's and 2 B's.
If any of my fellow online friends have any tips or experiences to share about transtioning from Home Education to Public Education, please do not hesitate to drop a line or two. (Eventually, I'll likely post a video about our educational journey)
I'm so glad my daughter, Marissa, reminded me of this monthly "Quarter ($0.25) Sale" at our local consignment store -
Can you guess how much these 2 bags of gently used clothing cost?
Drop a comment with your guesstimates & I'll update the blog sometime next week or so with the answer :)
Our dear friend sent Marlon a message inquiring about a few questions regarding headcoverings and I thought his response was well said based on his study & experience:
".....After finding a reference of Rivka doing it when meeting Isaac, and the removal of the head covering by the priest from the woman presumed to be adulterous... I then found several other mentions of covering in the prophets that helped me to realize it was normative practice...
I thought Marlon's response was well said and it confirmed that my primary reason now in covering is for modesty and humility. I'm currently experimenting with more covering options such as snoods and and other styles.
Below are 2 quick videos I posted to YouTube last month about a very simple/frugal/casual headcovering:
I recently had another childhood reflection....
Some 20+ years ago, I recall sitting in my elementary classroom and preparing for a standarized test. It is common to gather background information about the students submitting their answers and I distinctly remember the genuine confusion I experienced when I was required to choose just one ethnicity. At that time in my youth, I really didn't understand much racial or "color" distinctions, so I asked my teacher which box to choose. Although I don't remember the exact label back then in the 80's, but it was a selection about my African-American or "black" heritage. So at that time, though still confused in a way, I denied my identity/ancestry of my European father.
I'm sharing this some two and a half decades later to perhaps provoke a bit of reflection on some tendencies you may have that are rooted in childhood experiences. This matter for me was recently awakened when I had an exchange about religious labels or titles. For some reason, I seriously have a difficult time putting myself in a box and slapping a label on 'Who I Am'.
Now, I don't consider myself a psychologist and I'm definately grateful this moment in my past hasn't caused an identity crisis, yet it has led me to explore my own mindset behind labels. Perhaps, there is an important area in your life that sparks mild or extreme emotion....Is it possibly rooted from an impactful occurrence from your childhood?
This nook is a bit of reflection and inspiration from me, a Joyful Mommy of 10 with hopes of encouraging others along their journey :)
A Few Family Pics: