Back To School Traditions

SchoolYear2015Another year, and the kids have grown yet again this summer!  This year we have a Middle School Student (6th grade), a 4th Grader, and a 1st Grader.  With many things on the horizon to look forward to this year, it’s the first day traditions that get us excited when we return each September.

We start our morning taking pictures in the yard.  Then, we begin as we do every school day with prayer and the pledge to the American Flag and Christian Flag.  A majority of our first school week isn’t necessarily on lessons, but testing to see what the kids have retained from the previous year.  I was excited to see our 1st Grader ace his first Spelling pre-test with great penmanship.

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We finish our first day with a the kids’ choice for lunch or dinner.  This year, it was Fuddruckers for lunch!  Why Fuddruckers?  Well, occasionally throughout the school year, we like to meet my husband for lunch during the day.  And typically, this is the place we end up.  It has become our “spot”.  So naturally, since their daddy was able to join us on the First Day, this was the kids’ choice!

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As I reflect on this day, and the beginning of another school year, I am reminded and encouraged by so many wise words that I’ve heard and read this past week.  The affirmation through Christ is the fuel and steady reminder for this homeschooling mom.

In preparing for another school year with Classical Conversations I re-read:

The classical model that we use as a guiding principal is usually credited to the ancient Greeks, but references to this style of learning can be found in the Old Testament, which leads us to believe that God created us to learn this way.

In the book of Proverbs, you’ll notice three words are repeated often: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, which correspond to what the ancients called grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric:

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
—Proverbs 24:3-6 (NKJV)

The classical model could therefore be called the Christian Model because it uses this blueprint for learning. Once educators try it, they realize that it is like “teaching with the grain”: simply put, it suits our nature.”

This verse was repeated during Sunday service at our church.  And I felt a reassurance yet again that even though we are not educating our children in the same manner as many, we are choosing to make our primary emphasis on teaching that which is eternal.  As our pastor, Chris Brown, says, “We have to focus more on GOD, than MVP, or GPA.”  While I most definitely relate to putting importance on academia and sports interests, I can appreciate the exhortation to keep Christ the center.  “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

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“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” 3 John 1:4

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Blessings!

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Happy Mother’s Day

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I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!  It was a blessed weekend of family, friends, and celebrating the moms in my life who share in this journey of motherhood.  I have to say that this Mother’s Day has been my best ever!  Not just because of what we did or what gifts were given, but as my children get older, as I grow in maturity and fill out this divine role, I have a greater appreciation in the beauty of being called “Mom” or “Mommy”.  I’m discovering that as I spend more time being intentional, playing, teaching, talking, engaging, being myself, and loving even despite my sin and theirs…I’m revealing the transformation that Christ is doing in me, and allowing the heart of Christ to grow in my children, forming in them the utmost creation they are designed to be.  Isn’t this our calling as moms?  The Lord has truly used this role to speak to my heart and ultimately get my attention to seek Him, be more like Him, and to follow His will for my life.  I’ve learned more about who I am and who I want to be as I continue to raise my kids and partner with my husband.  So, this Mother’s Day I’m encouraged by not how much my children appreciate me, or how much my husband values me, which I am so very grateful and blessed, but I also long to continue to grow through this role, through the seasons of my life, embrace the current, pray in seeking joy through the challenges and allowing my marriage to also strengthen as I follow the Lord to love because it is Him who certainly knows me and always loves me.  Moms, I say this again…I truly hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  Know that you are invaluable, not only to your children, but to your family, to your community and to our next generation.  I celebrate with you!!

“Mothers, I came to believe, were God’s finest idea for how such a righteous legacy would be passed on in each generation.” Sally Clarkson, Own Your Life

“Her children rise up and call her blessed..” Proverbs 31:28

SistersMothersDay2015Started my weekend celebrating motherhood with 2 of my favorite Moms, my sisters!!

MothersDayRoadTripAfter church, I just wanted to adventure with the family.  So we went wherever “Jeepy” took us; a mini-road trip!

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MothersDaySucculentsFirst stop was this adorable Succulent Cafe, where I got my Mother’s Day souvenir.  Now to look for the perfect container!

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Our next destination was the beach, which drew us in with it’s coastal breeze and thoughts of sand in our toes, seashells to bring home, and sand dollars to be found.

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Blessed

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I am so blessed to have a loving husband who appreciates me and honors the role of motherhood.  The greatest gift he gave me this Mother’s Day was time to celebrate, not just one day but the entire weekend.  To be with other moms, get pampered, and relish in enjoying my time without agenda.  I love him so very much!  Looking forward to celebrating him next month for Father’s Day!!

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Blessings!