All posts tagged: studies

July – at WhateverStateIAm

David took the two little guys in the swan boats in the lagoon at Fair Park Family July was a sunny, happy month at our house (what a relief after the trials of June!). Every Fourth of July, we go to Fair Park in downtown Dallas for the yearly celebration.  The museums are half price in the late afternoon, the Dallas Wind Symphony gives a concert in the evening, and everyone piles into the Cotton Bowl after dark for fireworks. That’s how we do it in the Big D. After that, we had a visit from some friends we hadn’t seen in a long time. That was like a mini-vacation! And, lucky fellas, they were just in time to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day with us – only one of the top 10 most important days of the year. Any time I can make my adolescent son put on a cow suit in public is a red-letter day for me. The longer we live here, the better it is: people recognize him now.  I never fail …

June – Learning from Trials – at WhateverStateIAm

Family   The month of June was full of ups and downs at our house. It seemed, at times, there were more downs than ups at times. I spent over 3 weeks straight very, very ill with an excruciatingly painful flair-up of my arthritis. Most of that time, I was bed-ridden. At the end of it, I came down with a stomach bug. So weak I was, I literally collapsed on the way from the bathroom to my bed. As my husband dragged me back to bed, I moaned, “I won’t make it through this one, honey.” He laughed and said, “You aren’t that lucky. You’ll survive.” He was right. I was sitting up 24 hours later, and out of bed in another day. While I was battling for the strength to get out from between the sheets, a dear friend of mine who is struggling against a much worse form of arthritis than mine sent me the message she had to begin chemotherapy. Too dehydrated to cry for her, I have never stopped praying. …

Ask the Grad – Amy Bell

We weren’t the perfect homeschooling family (if there even is such a thing). There were six people in our household, and of course, we didn’t always get along. We didn’t consistently start school on time, and there were some days that we stayed in our pajamas until noon (especially in the winter). Yet however relaxed we may have been at times, we were always well aware that we had to finish our subjects by the end of the year. Eventually we learned to plan ahead and do the required amount of work per week. To balance out our lazy days, there were times when we would do much more work than normal in an effort to finish early and have a longer summer break. In high school, I became extremely efficient at planning and organizing my life to make room for everything I wanted to do. I trained myself to do my homework before working on hobbies, etc. I still use this method of setting goals for myself today. For instance, I try not to do anything before my Bible study in the mornings. I will make sure the house is clean before picking up a book or magazine that I really want to read. I will force myself to help my son finish his homework before working on something that I want to write. It works really well for me, and when I do finally get around to relaxing, I usually don’t have any nagging worries in the back of my mind. Everything is done!

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Mommie Ed

It is important for Mommies to read and study. Whether we home-educate or not, we are responsible for training our next generation. That is a hefty responsibility for Mommies to shoulder, and bears careful consideration. Daily, I feel unequal to the task. Particularly as my children grow older – and the conversations become deeper – the well from which I draw must be running fresh with great ideas, clear thoughts, and crisp principles. I am constantly reading and studying to maintain perspective and to offer a living example of what I endeavor to teach: wisdom comes from life-long learning of God’s Ways. I cannot over-state the importance of self-education in the role of training my children.