Weekly Homeschool Wrap-up–July 26, 2009





If you want to participate in this meme, please visit Carol atThreeLittleLadies, and be sure to link your post to her Mr. Linky so that we can all see what life has in store for you.   From where I sat this past week,


As an individual, I…

feel much better about this past week than the last couple, even in the midst of some rough circumstances.   I think I’m anticipating the start of a new school year—always a source of joy until about three weeks into it (LOL).    I’m excited about upcoming ideas for the business, and I’m finally well rested (ROFLOL).    It’s crazy that, two weeks before we begin school, I’m just getting into the swing of summer.   Between dance, wrapping up last year’s work, and trying to create a healthy amount of work to keep the kids moving forward, I grew tired by mid-July.   More on that later.


I worked out twice—again.   The key seems to be to get up before everyone else, a task that should come fairly easy over the next few weeks with some discipline about going to bed.


As a wife and homemaker, I…

have truly been ministered to by our pastor’s series on relationships.   There are now beds on our stages, and we are not one of those churches with the auditorium-sized  platform that is always prop-ready.   I’ve missed several weeks of the series because of our teaching and visiting the younger teen’s Sunday school class, but what a powerful word we had this morning.   Our pastor talked about covenant relationships, and how there is no such thing as casual sex.   You leave the bedroom with a part of the other person, and you try to couple that with everything that God has placed within you.   If there is no discernment, those two parts residing within you just don’t mix.   That portion of his sermon wasn’t for me, but it was for the oldest, who heard the “real deal” rather than some crap from television that could potentially destroy her in this area.   The conversation about covenant, which eventually led into a conversation about the power of what we speak and confess in our lives, was nothing short of awesome.   The church body prayed a collective prayer about closing windows of the past over our lives and not being bound by past relationships and people who should have never entered our lives in the first place.   Amen to that.


As a mom and homeschooling parent, I…


I did get the planner for our son this week.   It’s attractive and fun to work with.   It’d be perfect except for one thing—it’s 2008-2009.   I laughingly thought, Oh, that’s why it’s a free sample!    Anyway, thank goodness that our son was flexible and willing to let me mark up the planner (tastefully) so that it works for him.   I know, I’m cheap, right?   The same planner was $15+ at a store, and it will be tossed in a year, so I figure that a little penny-pinching here will balance some extravagance in other areas.


Sadly, our son had his first experience with puppy love gone wrong.   Somewhere during the year, his feelings for his dance partner began to blossom into something more than friendship.   The oldest is a late bloomer in this area, so I was totally unprepared for an 11-year-old who suddenly wanted to buy his own scented lotion and “manly” deodorant.   I think the feelings were mutual, as his partner began to e-mail him every day and invite him everywhere.   My larger concern is that, to the best of my knowledge, this family is unsaved.   We have always talked to the children about being equally yoked, and even though he’s not getting married tomorrow, I don’t want his head turned away from what’s most important in his life.


Well, there have been significant changes to the competitive dance program for this upcoming year—significant enough for his partner’s family to decide that they no longer want to remain at the studio.   His little heart was broken, but thankfully, he seemed to have recuperated quickly.   His partner assured him that they would still see each other (??), but I’ve noticed a sharp decline in the e-mail frequency between them since her family made the decision to leave.   I’ve read somewhere that, at that age, kids pick friends largely by who they associate with on a daily basis.   I felt bad for him, and was probably overprotective of his heart in initially trying to convince the family to stay, but perhaps it is for the best.


The youngest has gotten a real break this summer since the month of July.   I just haven’t had the energy.   She mentioned on the way to church this morning that she’d forgotten her vowels—YIKES!    Then, much to my relief, she sang the vowel songs perfectly.    We have continued to read, though, and my hope is that it will be enough to simply pick up and keep going, coupled with a bit more refreshing in math skills.


The oldest began researching what some of her current college choices—right now—require in terms of high school courses.    We wanted to be sure that we didn’t have any gaps, and that she’s not getting her hopes up over some place that won’t treat her equitably as a homeschooled student.    She researched—on her own—the honors program at her top choice.   Dare I dream…?



We finished Ralph Moody’s Home Ranch.   Ralph did entertain the idea of first love at the very end of the book, but the girl ran off too fast for him to do anything about it.   Bummer.    I’m going to take a break before we begin C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair.




As a business owner, I…

am still walking into the blessing that I received on last week.   This week’s activities include final preparations for my presentation at the Heart of the Matter’s Parenting and Home Education Conference on next week.   I am also writing a couple of articles for their website and the fall edition of the magazine.   I hope to wrap up the editing of the Christian character study by mid-next week.


May the Lord bless your week as well.

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Homeschool Wrap-up–July 26, 2009

  1. Oh, my, I have no time to write – I have zillions of things on my plate today, places I have to go, things I have to do, but I thought I'd quickly checky my emails. And there you are writing to me that you watched Bill Winston that night. I was so excited I just had to take the time that I don't have to look you up and comment. We watch B.W. with my in-laws every Wednesday night (their shut-ins, basically, and were their only form of Christian fellowship). Their the ones that introduced us to B.W. last fall (2008) when my husband was facing a crisis (stockmarket, financial, etc..). We started going over there on Wed. night and we watched his entire series on confession. Was that ever good for us. My dh (before this) would go to work and bemoan with everyone else how awful everything was and everytime he came home from work he was worse than the day before. And then we listened to BW and my dh started seeing things he'd never seen before (for the record, I was a firm believer in the power of the tongue way before I'd ever listened to BW because of a word study I had done decades ago.)

    So now we are going through the Abraham Covenant promises.

    I loved your post – I've been going through some of the same things – (teenage first crushes) . Your worried about our eleven year old…. my 17 year old (just 6 months short of 18) just went through hers and I wasn't ready for it! Can't say I handled it supremely well (the boy was a good boy, but for words I can't put into expression, my entire being screamed, "NO!!!" )
    So I ordered some books that I just got and you might want to look into them and incorporate them into your kids year reading program. The first one is called, I Kissed Dating Goodbye" by Josh Harris. I read the first chapter (it just came in the mail, one hour ago – another thing I didn't have time for, but I'm a speed reader) and I think it's terrific. He has a second book called, Boy Meets Girl. I ordered both, and I'm going to give dd the first one (I Kissed Dating Goodbye) next week (after I've read it through). I think you would really like it because it has some marvelous prinicpals in it relating to God. Check it out. At least it would give your kids a different outlook than the one their (and all of us) are exposed to by our culture in the movies, the t.v., the music, the magazines, the friends, the everything.

    Well, I really have to go but loved chatting!
    AntoinetteEdited by Haflingerhorses on Jul. 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM

  2. That is cute about your son's first crush =0)
    Isn't it awesome how the Lord took care of that unequally yoked problem for you?! Have a blessed week! Antoinette

  3. Belinda, I just read your two most recent entries and I must say you have a real heart for people. I truly believe that God has gifted you with being able to connect with people through the gift of writing. I am always amazed at people that can so eloquently put down on paper just what is on their mind. Admittedly, I struggle with it and sadly confess that I was a poor student while in school (due to many many reasons). I must also say concerning the blogging, had you thought of starting another blog elsewhere and keeping this one but just posting the same entries at both blogs? I mean it would require just copying and pasting.
    I'm so glad you're here, you're a real blessing to many of us!

  4. Oh this time and age your two oldest are at is such a exciting and scary age. As a general rule I teach wait till 18 and then even then court. But my oldest met a AMAZING christian gal. As I have joking but not that jokingly said she maid it through the door. My hubby and I and her parents are really over seeing this relationship and being careful with it. They are courting which is different way of thinking than dating and I wished I had this sort of relationship growning up. It is a much more God centered way of thinking. These two have never kissed for the last 2-3 years. I have to admit that I am thankful too that she lives 2 provinces away and the temptation isn't as strong. Well more like in their faces so much.

    I pray many blessings on you and your family and may God continue to lead you in your journey of your family.

    Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC
    In Him<><

  5. Thanks for the websites. I will definately be looking at them. Are you on the sonlight forums?Edited by ams on Jul. 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM

  6. I love your weekly wrap ups because you always touch on so many important topics. I love what your pastor said about sex. So true! And so important for kids to hear!!

    My eleven year old has been spending a lot of time with a girl on our compound. Our whole family adores her. But, she seems to have a crush on him. I don't know if he feels that way yet or not. I think he's confused at this stage. I'm sorry your son got hurt.

    Thank you for your comment. I wasn't sure who it was at first. It just lifted my spirits though because it was so nice. I was concerned that someone thought that our life was glamorous, though because that's not a true representation of my life at all. But, when you said it was you, I knew that you know what it's really like for me!!! Thank goodness!

    Have a wonderful week, Belinda!!

    P.S. I love your new template!! Thank you for your blog. It really blesses my spirit!!

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