Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hello Y'all visiting from Getting to Know You!

Wow!  I was so excited and blessed to see that Southern Homeschool Journey was Lynnette's (at Dancing Barefoot) featured blog today!  This was an awesome way to start my day!  I'm really looking forward to getting to know each of you and look forward to visiting your blogs as well.  Thanks so much Lynnette for featuring Southern Homeschool Journey!







I know Lynnette, your right, I do need a header!  Being new to blogging and all, I try to make changes and adjustments and strange things happen....I have no idea what I did.  But I am working on it, slowly but surely.  There is something to say about having a 42 year old mind, I just don't seem to remember all the stuff I used to!??  You did a great job at putting together those pictures for my header,

Yes, it is hard to believe that 24 - yes 24 years ago Lynnette and I graduated from high school in the small town of Derby, Kansas!  Which isn't quite as small as I remember anymore, it has grown leaps and bounds since I moved here to Alabama.  And yes, saying 24 years does make me feel old -Sometimes- but I like to think I'm really quite young.  :-)  I guess I realized that when Riley was born, I would be 52 when he graduates from High School.  So, I guess I finally reached a point that I just had to "deal with it!".  You know, positive thinking does pay off...doesn't it?

I am so thankful Lynnette and I have been able to reconnect after all these years!  Her joy, her bubbly personality and her spiritual insight as God has led her have all been an inspiration and a blessing to me as I have followed her blog over the last several months.  God is using her in a magnificent way!

Homeschooling has been a major part of our lives for the last 2 1/2 to 3 years.  So I am fairly new to it, and Yes, we are having a blast!  But I'll tell you, I learn something new about my son, myself and homeschooling every time I turn around.  There are days that I am charged and ready to go and there are days that I am worn out and exhausted and not quite sure where to start.  Then there are days Riley is energized and excited about what we are doing and the other days he looks at me like "Not that again!!"  Either way we keep plodding along and don't give up.  It is a constant effort to remind my self why I am doing this!  Because God told Chris and I to do this!  That's why!

I realized shortly after we started homeschooling that I think my homeschooling style is fairly eclectic, at least for now.  There is so much that I see out there and would like to try!   Our curriculum choices right now are Abeka, Apologia Science (Jeannie Fulbrights books), and Mystery of History.  Occasionally we'll throw in a Lap book or Unit Study from Amanda Bennett as well.  During the spring and summer months I love to incorporate some of Charlotte Mason's ideas, especially in gardening and camping.  That is one of the blessings of homeschooling, you can adapt your learning to what ever needs you, your child or your lifestyle have! 

I am so thankful that y'all have stopped by my blog today!  I hope you find some encouragement or maybe a new idea or two.  Most importantly I hope you find the joy I have in homeschooling our son and doing my best to raise him in the admonition of the Lord. 
Have a blessed week!

19 comments:

Musing Truth said...

I'm visiting from Weathered Ground! Happy to be here!

Mindy May said...

I am fascinated by homeschooling. I am currently back in school to get my teaching certificate and bachelors degree. It is interesting to hear how homeschooling families introduce new ideas and hear about their very creative ways to teach. Thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with us. It was nice "Getting to Know You" today.

Laura said...

Lyn, This too cool! I am so glad your Blog got featured on Lynnetts Blog. Both of you are so creative and full of so many neat ideas!

I still want to start one for myself... just can't find the time to sit down and get organized... maybe I will soon.

Luv U Lots...

Laura

Miji said...

Hi! (:
I'm visiting from Lynette Kraft's Getting To Know You!

Lynnette Kraft said...

What a wonderful introduction post Lyn. THANKS for posting it!

Blessings to you and your family today.

Your chum,
Lynnette
PS You're right about Derby - whoa! I hardly know my way around anymore! I live in a REAL little town now. There are only about 1600 of us! (and I love it!)

Regan Family Farm said...

Hi Lyn,
I'm visiting from Lynnette's blog, and like you, my family has been so blessed by her and her children. Enjoy your life of learning!
Kathy

Holly said...

Here from Lynnette's! It's nice to meet you! I've met a lot of homeschooling moms and I think it seems really interesting! Unfortunately I work FT but I have enjoyed teaching my daughter who is 2 new things! It's amazing what a fast learner she is!! I'm glad you are enjoying it!

writingcanvas said...

I too came via Lynnette's blog. I've been blessed to know her for a couple of years now - thru e-mails and our blogs. It is nice to meet another Christian homeschool mama!

Jessica Faith said...

hey i'm from lynette's blog!! your blog is pretty cool...
i also recommend jill's homeschool blog... - schoolhisway.blogspot.com!
God Bless!

Angela said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Lynnette's blog. My husband and I are planning to homeschool our children, as well, but as of yet I have no idea what our style will be, what curriculum we'll use, how much time it will take.... I have so much to learn! Our oldest is not quite 4, so I have a little time left to figure things out, I guess. :-)

Blessings,
Angela

The Tolf family said...

I stopped by from Lynnette's blog. It looks like you are having so much fun homeschooling. I am hoping to homeschool my girls when they get a little older so I know I will have to stop back by and get some ideas.
Blessings, Becky

The FitzGerald Family said...

Hi Lyn! Lynnette sent me. I've enjoyed reading about your schooling, and the situation with the bees on the homemade bird feeder. We also have a bird bath in our back yard, but it has a crack in it so the water doesn't stay in it for long. However, with all this California rain we've been having, it's been full.

Enjoy those lapbooks. We love doing them as well, but I haven't brought myself to using the ready made kind.

Enjoy blogging, as it's been fun in our family!
Liz in CA

Sarah Anne said...

Visiting from Lynette's blog. I have definitely been looking for a Christian homeschooling blog, and I think I have found it! I have just recently found Lynette's blog- yesterday, through another friend. So glad I did!

Sarah Anderson
youthsarah@hotmail.com

D and A said...

Visiting from Lynnette's blog too and I enjoyed reading what you wrote about her and your friendship. I am also an eclectic homeschooler - it is a fun way to school I think.

seemommysew said...

Hi there from Dancing Barefoot! I guess my style is eclectic too, if you can even have a style when your oldest is only in 2nd grade! :)

Karen said...

I came from Lynette's blog and I am glad to "meet" you. We homeschool, also and I have gone through that Zoology book several times (with my own children, teaching coops and currently with my 9 year old). I loved the pic of your bird feeder and the bees...whoa!. Apologia is our fave throughout all the years. My daughter is currently in Dr. Wile's biology and I can see how all the books piggy back on each other.
Look forward to keeping up with you and your sweet family.

Sherrie said...

Hello.. Just popped by from Lynette's. Congratulations on being the featured blogger. I enjoyed getting to know a little. You doing a great job as a mommy.

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

I'm visiting from Lynnette's. Congratulations on being featured on her Getting to Know You! I love the header she designed for you. I can very much relate to "messing things up" when I try to do something on my blog. It's why I usually have to have someone else do it!

May God bless continue to bless you and your family on your homeschool journey...

Kelly Gerken
Sufficient Grace Ministries

claudine@orphanscry.com said...

I'm here again from Lynette's blog. She has been an inspiration to many. After having homeschooled several years, I have to say that you're doing amazingly well. I felt sooo sure I'd be an incredibly organized, exciting homeschool mom. Well...I think maybe for the first year with only my first son and his baby brother. Now with 4 I'm still trying to figure it all out.

I'd love...absolutely LOVE...to be as restful and peaceful...and joyful...with homeschooling as you and Lynette are. I have so much still to learn :)

Claudine T in MD