Saturday, January 31, 2009

New News

This week has been a good week.  CG did very well in school.  The new schedule is going extremely well.  He is much more relaxed and so am I.  School is fun again!

Today is my sister's baby shower.  I'm so excited!  I get to have another niece!  The last niece was born over a decade ago so it's going to be so great to have a new baby in the family!  We also finally live close enough that we can enjoy the baby in person - rather than watch her grow through pictures.  This will be the first time we'll be able to do that - with any of our nieces and nephews!

So, Monday was an excellent day.  Hubby finally came home from the desert.  Believe me, those were the longest six months of my life ever!  It was so great to see him again and incredibly awesome to have him home.

Tuesday we had a homeschool group meeting.  The wording has been changed to 'faith based' group instead of 'Christian'.  I think I'm good with that for now.  We will see what happens when a family who doesn't believe tries to join.

Speaking of "non believers"; I cannot get over how much ruckus the use of these words by the President caused.  Once again I feel the need to point out that our country was founded by people who wanted religious freedom.  This also means the freedom to choose no religion.  We must all remember that Barak Obama was elected by a majority vote to lead this great country of ours; that means all people and he was not wrong in including everyone in his speech.  Deal and press on.  

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Of Christians and Homeschooling

As many of you may know, several months ago I had issues with my support group wanting everyone to sign a statement of faith.  Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a Christian.  It was more of a principle thing - a group for military homeschoolers, that meets on base, shouldn't have a religious requirement.  One of the reasons I enjoy homeschooling so much is showing CG that there are other views and allowing him to decide for himself.

I've noticed in the Christian Homeschooling realm that there are two distinct beliefs about Creation.  The first is Young Earth (YE); from what I can understand (and please correct me if I'm wrong) this is the belief that God created the earth in 6 days (six 24 hour periods).  This is basically the literal interpretation of the Bible.  The second set (now just Christians, of course) is Old Earth (OE).  This is the belief (as I understand it - again correct me if I'm wrong) that while God did indeed create the earth we don't know how long six days was all those years ago -one day could equal 500 years or whatever.  After all, who decided there were supposed to be 24 hours in a day?  Now include the theory of evolution and you can see - there are a lot of different views to teach.  

While I stand firmly in the OE realm, I have no issues with people who believe otherwise.  That is their choice and after all, we live in America - which was founded on religious freedom.  However, there are Christian Homeschooling Organizations who feel that we, as Christians, homeschoolers, and Americans are not able to discern what is right or wrong, and what we should teach our children. One such group is in Colorado.  In an effort to not confuse the name or anything else incredibly important, here is a link to a blog about what they have done/are doing.

As many of you know, I do use Sonlight and I find it incredibly Christian.  So, for someone to decide it's 'not Christian enough' makes my blood boil (kind of like the military homeschool support group).  Once again, IMHO, it kind of spits in face of what "Christians" are supposed to be.  

I fear, that many of the same labels for other religious groups are going to end up getting placed on Christians as a whole.  All Muslims are not terrorists and I don't want non Christians to think that all Christians are intolerant of other peoples beliefs.

I have friends and relatives who fall into all faith and lifestyle groups.  I love all of them and respect their decisions and beliefs - after all, isn't that what being a true Christian is all about?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What a Surprise!

When I woke up this morning and saw this!  This is our neighborhood.

And this is my backyard.  Now I realize that this is really no snow at all (and it's gone now too!) but I was shocked - especially living in South Carolina!

CG was happy.  After our non trip to MI he was really bummed that he wouldn't get to see snow, so this little bit helped a lot!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

What a week!

But I mean that in a good way - seriously.  OK, well except for the master bath not having any water this morning!  Everything else went very good.

We started a new schedule at school.  It is working very well.  We are ahead now in a lot of things and right on with a couple others.  I'm good with that though.  CG likes the new schedule a lot better and I feel like we are accomplishing more every day.  I don't know that we are - but it feels right to spend 30 minutes on a subject instead of just reading a couple pages and moving on.  Barring any weirdness it will be the schedule we keep for the rest of the year.

It got so cold here last night (hence the no water in the master - frozen pipes I think).  Now when we lived in Spokane I can remember 20 degree days and thinking "oh it's warmer today than it was yesterday" however, now that I live in SC I'm definitely NOT used to that anymore.  We have been doing as little outside as possible the past couple days.

Check out my other blog (homeschool journal - link on the right).  I've taken the time every day to write what we do.  I guess because I'm anal about having enough documentation should the need ever arise.  I already have it hand written, but hey, I figure better safe than sorry.

I'm going to have CG watch the Inauguration on Tuesday.  Probably not the whole thing; just the swearing in part.  After all that's the most important part.  I don't know if he'll remember later or not, but I don't want to miss the opportunity.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Homeschool updates

Are now going to be here - homeschool journal.  

I'm going to try and update daily with the assignments we've done.  It's just another way for me to keep track of stuff in case the state asks!

We started a new "loop" or "block" schedule today and it worked wonderfully.  I don't feel quite so freaked out (at least today!).  As we continue this schedule the rest of the week (and year) we will see how it works out in the end.

Luke and Judy - thanks for your wonderful and supportive comments.  A serious blessing right when I needed it!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

When to quit?

Oh holy crap.  I've been so stressed out lately.  Seriously - I honestly don't know how much more I can take.  I love my son dearly.  I want to do what's best for him.  But I don't know how well homeschooling is working out.  I'm so tired all the time.  I'm basically a yelling fool most of the time - sometimes over big things (not listening is huge on our list right now!), but usually over small things.  I thought the break over Christmas would help calm me down, but I don't think it has.  Do I think I'm giving him a good education?  Yes.  I guess when he takes his test at the end of the year we will know for sure though.  So, I've been thisclose to putting him back in "regular" school - but the same problem still exists...I have no faith in the public school system here and private school is (financially) out of the question.  Then, today we were at Walmart and this older lady asks where he goes to school.  He says (proudly, as usual) I'm homeschooled.  She just got this look on her face like he said we worshipped satan or something.  Anyway then she says "ooo I hope that works out for you.".  See, it's people like that who make me want to go on.  I know we can do it.  I'm hoping it's just something that all homeschoolers go through at some point (especially the first year).  Whew!  I feel better now.  

So, have any of you heard about this new lead law?  Honestly, I hadn't until I read about it on a forum group that I belong to.  It's very confusing to me - but one of my fellow forum members has graciously allowed me to link her blog post on the subject.  It's well worth the read.  At the end is a well thought out letter you can send to your representative.  I would check it though - you may have to tweak it to fit your family.  I could say more but seriously - just click the link and see for yourself.  Thoughts on new lead law.  Honestly, in today's economy I don't see how people will survive with this in place.  Take the time to send the letter.  Seriously.

Can anyone tell me how to put a garage sale together?  We have so much stuff we need to get rid of I thought it would be a good way to try and get some of it out of here and then we can donate what's left to the Airmen's Attic or Goodwill (if we are allowed to that anymore!).  Seems like it shouldn't be hard but I guess I'm not sure about prices and stuff.  Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

A day late, of course, but really - when am I ever on time for something anymore?  

Wow!  This year holds so much promise and fear.  Soon we will have a new president.  Can he turn things around?  What is going to happen with the economy?  So many questions rolling around in my head; we'll just have to see how everything plays out.

We have been doing a little bit of school this week.  So far just two days; but I want to do two more.  Like I said before we are getting so far behind with Sonlight I just don't know how we are going to catch back up.  My ultimate goal is to have him in Core 3 for 4th grade - but I don't know if that can or will happen anymore.  I'm going to try but who knows?  Sometimes I plan it out so much it makes my brain hurt, then it doesn't work out the way I planned and I think "oh, what a waste of time" so I'm trying to just set one long term goal (Core 3 for 4th) and work it so I can make it happen.

Christmas was wonderful.  Like most Americans (probably), it was a little leaner than other years, but for the most part CG got what he wanted and was happy with the whole thing.  Since his birthday comes around so soon after Christmas it's easy to catch the stuff we missed or couldn't get then.  I think this year we are going to buy him a trampoline.  He's been asking for one and I think it would be awesome to tell him "just go jump out your energy"!  As always, I miss my mom the most on Christmas - it was her favorite holiday.

And - I guess that's it for today.  Maybe.  Right now it's all I can think of so peace!