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Apr 18, 2010


This was the takeaway message I got from Malia Russell's talk on the topic of homeschooling a difficult child. She was a preview speaker for the TOS Expo I mentioned in the previous post. What I like the most about this message is that it applies to all of our relationships, not just the difficult child. Imagine if everyone applied this all the time how much better we would all feel.


Stop trash talking to/about your kids.
Truth - speak only the absolute truth from God's word.
Overhaul your mind to a new way of thinking and acting.
Philippians 4:8 Test "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (emphasis added)

God bless you all on your journey!

Apr 13, 2010

Schoolhouse Expo

I'm e-ttending The Old Schoolhouse Expo! It is an online experience for anyone really, but I think rural homeschoolers such as myself can really benefit from e-ttending this type of Expo. Most of the speakers are presenting their topics from May 12-14, but there are two special early bird speakers. One of them is TONIGHT! Malia Russell speaks on two topics; Managing the Multi-Level Homeschool and Teaching the Difficult Child. The first one doesn't really apply to me much since both boys are close in age, but I am really looking forward to hearing the second topic. Not that I have a difficult child. *snicker* I recommend you sign up soon and download the over $300 in FREEBIES available. Then attend all the topics you can to be eligible for the incredible door prizes!

Some of my favorite freebies include gifts from Egghead Academics, Hands of a Child, and my Facebook friend Amanda Bennett's Unit Studies.

As soon as I figure out how to add a graphic to my sidebar, I'll be putting the link to the Expo up. For some reason, when I try to add one, Blogger tells me the link contains illegal characters. I am not too bloggy savvy, soooo...

In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with a free registration in exchange for mentioning the Expo on my blog. All opinions are my own and I am not required to tell you I like anything I didn't!

Apr 12, 2010

Thinking You Aren't Good Enough

Does that feeling of inadequacy ever strike you? I often feel like I'm not good "enough". I'm not sure how good I'd have to be to qualify as enough, but I'm quite certain I currently am not. I'm not a good enough wife or a good enough mom or a good enough Christian. I especially cannot fathom how *I* can qualify as Christian enough to train my children to love and worship God.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:20 KJV Am I a good tree or a corrupt tree? Are my sins so deep, I cannot show my babies the way? No, they aren't. Hopefully, I can lead them from the sins I have committed.

Malachi loves God. He likes to tell me things about "Jeesius", about how much the Lord loves us. He makes me smile. (When he isn't making me pull out my hair!) If I am so bad, why does Mal like to pray randomly throughout the day to thank God for a safe drive to the store 10 minutes away? How does he know he can ask for God's help when he is having trouble behaving? "Dear God, please help me stop jumping in Mommy's chair. Amen."

On Good Friday, we made it to St. Albans MOPS. We don't make it often because Friday School usually falls on the same Friday. The boys came home with various and sundry Easter projects; colored eggs, plants (well, seeds in a cup), and a plastic egg for each of them with a small accordion folded egg-shaped book (Mal called it "a pray book of my Jeesius") and a small green stamp that read "Jesus lives!". Now the whole point of this gift was to open the book and stamp Jesus lives on all of the blank pages. Mal took it one step further. Maybe more than one step further. He stamped his hands, face, shirt, the ceiling of the car above his carseat... and this.

Stampin' Up! Workshop

Had some girls over for a workshop during SaleABration, so we didn't miss out on the freebies. I miss being a demo, but it's almost as fun to be a hostess! Here are the projects we made. Wemdy Cunningham was my demo. She did a great job, as always.

Apr 11, 2010

Mal Turns Five!

Happy birthday, Monkey! And happy birthday to M as well! Love you both! We had cake, I got sprayed with silly string (rotten kids!), there were presents and family. Who could ask for more?