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HS Day 592 – The end of an awesome journey

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& so begins my catch up blogs… I have been very lax in getting my thoughts down ‘on paper’ in the last few months, but in my defence, there has been a lot going on.  Hence the several posts that will follow this one.  So, get a cuppa, find a comfy chair, and put the kids in front of a suitably awesome PG movie so you’ll have a good hour and a half of peace and solitude.

During 2016, I started to have lots of things about a local state high school come across my radar, whether it be in person with a friend, a FaceBook post, something in the local paper etc etc.  I didn’t think too much of these things coming up as we do know quite a few kids that go to this school, so I was really encouraged to hear these positive things about a school that years back had quite a bad rep.  It was encouraging to also find out that young adults from our church were heavily involved in chaplaincy programs there.

As more and more things kept pooping up on my ‘radar’, I began to seek The Lord on these issues, originally simply asking why it kept popping up, and then I began asking what it meant (if anything) for our family.  I strongly felt lead to begin looking into the school itself, made a few calls, met with a few parents of kids there.  (Does this sound at all familiar to the beginning of our HS journey ??  ha ha)

As I have each of the 3yrs we’ve been a HS family, I would ask the kids around the time of the September school hols if they are happy to continue with Distance Education at home, if they’d like to return to mainstream school  (I never wanted to be a HS Mum that MAKES her children stay at home.)  Master 11 had had a particularly rough school year, part of this was because he had some serious eye issues, needing 2 surgeries in July & Nov, but mostly because his older siblings had moved onto online DE curriculum, while he remained on the ACE paces.  Compared to what they were doing, his looked boring, uninteresting and without end.  Now, a quick disclaimer here… I am in no way bagging out the ACE Curriculum as I think it’s great !!  I’m simply relaying HIS feelings about it.  We know a good dozen or so adults who went through their education with predominantly, if not all, ACE curriculum, and they went straight into Uni and onto successful careers.   2 of them are teachers at the local Christian school. So it would seem ridiculous to not see the ACE curriculum for what it is, a full & comprehensive educational material.

So, I wasn’t at all surprised that Master 11 was the first to put his hand up… and rather quickly at that.  There were some health issues to deal with first though, but that’s for another blog post.

Master 14 was quietly interested in the idea, but wasn’t at all committed to the decision until a good two months later.  Miss 15 was barely interested at all.  I was fine with that as I was only going to do what was best for each child.   If that meant one back at school and two still at home, that was fine with me.

We went along to our first meeting with the school guidance counsellor.  DH wasn’t able to attend, so I dear friend of mine came along, which I was very grateful for.  To get her thoughts and opinion on the school, the staff, their practises etc etc was a blessing beyond measure !!  Coz, guess what… sadly, some people are so willing to paint a negative light on a decision you are considering… whether it be to homeschool, return to school, sell your house, have a baby (I’m not), follow the Lord’s leading in changing churches, etc etc etc.  With this in mind, it’s always GREAT to have a good Godly friend to walk alongside you.  Their wisdom will help you through the fog of negativity and/or confusion !! Even better.. (if you’ve read my previous post re getting yourself into a Lioness Pride, you’ll see this coming), have yourself a PRIDE of warrior sisters…. it’ll help you so much in any decision making process, as well as just life in general !!

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We headed home from the school that day with the enrolment forms (and copious amount of other forms etc) with 2 children completely on board with going back to school.  Master 14 was now quite excited about it, which would end up building up to an almost annoying excitement which involved a comment nearly every day that went something like “Why do we need school holidays? Why can’t we do back to school now?”  I simply said to him that the many students that have been in mainstream school all year would strongly disagree with him.

Miss 15 was getting more and more interested in going back to school, but still had concerns about the distraction element.  She loves that she can work uninterrupted and without having to deal with break time social dramas.    She eventually made the decision to go back to school, knowing that she needs to be very conscious of making good friendship choices and also have good time management skills.  She sadly decided to not continue dance in 2017 in order to be able to knuckle down to her schoolwork.  I’m not really sure how I feel about this decision as for one thing, she’s very good at it, and two, we all need an outlet to keep us balanced.   I’m hoping the walk to and from school each day will be enough physical activity in the beginning, and maybe once she’s found her rhythm, she’ll also find time for another interest etc.  Having said all that, YAY for her commitment to her long-term goal of being a Paediatric Nurse !!

Now, speaking of walking to school… that in itself was another clink in the chain towards going back to school.  To walk to this school from where we live now would be approx 45mins, if not more.  While we do have a school bus stop right at the top of our street, I wasn’t keen on the kids getting the bus.  This is more about me being far away from the school if I was needed for some reason, then me having any issue with them getting the school bus.  So began the more intense hunt for a house close to the school and the shops (for me as I don’t drive, and for the kids to get to work.)  We had already been looking around at houses for months, as well as slowly prepping our house for sale, as we wanted to downsize, so it was simply intensified.

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We had almost given up finding anything when this lovely home became available.  It was super close to the shops and school.  We went through the motions, but sadly those motions included finding a nice termite infestation in the walls of this lovely home.  While it was super upsetting at the time, it became apparent that God had His hand over the whole thing all along, as just as this contact went belly up, an even greater house came on the market. It is a little further from the shops and school, but still very walkable, and all in all is a much more suitable home for us.

Our house went on the market as soon as we’d signed on the first home we found (the bug eaten one), but as yet we haven’t had a buyer put in an offer.  Lots of interest though, so that is promising.  I would have loved to have moved by start of school but even if we can’t, we know that God has it all worked out and we trust in His plans !!!!

While all this was going on, we continued with our interviews at the school, as each child needed a seperate enrolment interview with their respective year level HOD.  All 3 of the kids were getting really excited about going back to school, while Mum was a little (ok, a lot) teary at the idea of sending them off each day and not having them at home.  We bought uniforms and ticked all relevant boxes for what needed to be done prior to commencing school. (well, except for stationary supplies… I’m still to do that job.)

Master 11, going into High school, was able to attend a ‘High school for a day’ orientation.  It involved an assembly/sorting of classes and a tour of the school, both of which parents came along to.  Once those were done, the parents headed home and our little grade 7s were left to finish their full day at school.  At the end of the day, there was much excitement about new friends, new teachers and new routines.  He was a little anxious about knowing where he needed to be and when, but I assured him he’ll pick it up in the first week.

Master 14 had been beyond pleased with the subject selection he had access to.  He seriously was blown away by the subjects he had available to him.  (Hence his daily excitement and anticipation to return to school.) Each of the kids know people in their respective year level, so none of them are heading back to school with any nervousness re friendships.  I think this is a HUGE blessing for them heading into a new school !!

Also, personally knowing the President of the P & C has set this Mumma’s concerns to rest.  Being a Christian family heading into a secular school, I have my concerns if I let my mind run away with them… but The Lord has constantly been laying on my heart we are to be Salt & Light to the world.  This has also been a talking point with all 3 kids, that they are going into this school as a follower of Christ. They have a responsibility that needs to be taken seriously.  I’m so pleased to be able to have confidence that all 3 have taken this onboard.

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There are such exciting times ahead !!!  Still some uncertainty with our house not being sold etc, but as I’ve already said, we TRUST in the will of The Lord !!!

Here is a  couple of verses that have been particularly helpful to me thoughout this time

Psalm 77:19  – Your road led by a pathway through the sea – a pathway no-one knew was there.

& of course…… Proverbs 3 Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and will make your paths straight. 

And so…..  Day 592 was our last day as a Homeschooling family.  This day was sad in lots of ways, but also very exciting. We have learnt so so much in these 3yrs being together basically full-time !!  We haven’t always gotten it right.. and we still have so much to learn about ourselves and each other, but while our schooling situation may be changing, our TEACHER has not !!!  We continue to lean on HIS teachings, and strive to live by HIS ways.

Blessing Peeps !!  xox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HS day 408 – Settling into the year

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And so the school year has begun and is chugging along swimmingly.  There were some concerns with wrapping our minds around a new curriculum and a new way to have it delivered, but after giving ourselves a week to get used to it, it’s actually only taken a day or two.  Praise God for that !!!

Sidenote… I am so chuffed that my HS days is up in the 400s…  only because when I started this journey two years ago, I would read so many other HS blogs and see these big numbers and think it would be sooooooo long before we reached them… and now we’re up in these numbers.  Cool much !!

Miss 14 has a part work day through the school week, so she will need to juggle her weeks school workload around in order to accomodate.  By the looks of the timetable, it shouldn’t be too difficult at all.

The kiddos are already enjoying the interaction with other students (& their teachers), via class discussions, message boards and direct message.   It’ll be fantastic to attend the first activity day and put some faces to names.  I’ve registered for the swimming carnival in a few weeks, so that’ll be their first opportuity in person to meet other students & teachers etc.

Dear friends of ours are diving into this on-line curriculum this year also, so it’s so great to have someone to bounce things off, find out how they found this, that or the other.  Once again, God’s timing & placement are awesome !

Master 10 is still on the ACE curriculum and will remain on it for this school year before getting on board with DE also.  There will be some major benefits to this though, as it gives me more time to spend with him when needed.

My own studies haven’t begun as yet, which I’m glad of as this week was one where I needed to be switched on completley to what was going on with the kids.  So many “Mum, can you help me with this please.”.  It would have done my head in to be trying to wrap my head around my own study on top of that.

I am, however, really hoping the my study interface is very similar to theirs.  That would make things very easy, and make for a very smooth transition into full-time study for me.

I’ll have to get cracking on it as soon as it’s made avaialble to me though, as I still have the set 10wk term, same as the kiddos do.  However, I do have the freedom of being able to put study time in in the evenings, so that will be great uninterupted study time for me.

OK… that’s it from me for now.

Blessings xox

  1. What did I learn/was I reminded of today?  

The first week of the school year is a rollercoaster.

2. What scripture did I soak in today?

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  Psalm 1:3

 

The HS Bus is starting up !!

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So, we’re really on the countdown now to the first day of school for 2016.  Australia Day next Tuesday, and then into the thick of things on Wednesday…. our 3rd year as a Homeschool family.  Woo Hoo !!!  Praise The Lord !!

This year is shaping up to be very different, very exciting, very eye opening… and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us !!

Miss 14 & Master 13 are starting on online DE this year, which is very exciting for them.  Master 10 will continue with ACE for another year before going onto online also for Grade 7 in 2017.

If anyone of you are wondering, Yes, we are going to be continuing our Character Traits training. We’ll assign one in the second week of school, so I’ll keep you posted on that.

But…. and here’s the super exciting news that I am soooooooooooooo excited to share with you all…  I am officially enrolled in Bible College as a full time student this year !!  I’m doing a Cert IV in Christian Leadership, and I simply cannot even express how exciting and expectant I am about doing these studies.

I developed a crazy love of Bible Study about 4yrs ago when I decided to do Beth Moore’s Esther study.  I loved how it pulled the verses apart and delved into the original translations in order to fully explain a passage.  It was at that time that I began to ‘word study’ also, which is always blows me away.. just how much the Bible can be explored and expanded.

So, ever since then, I’ve done study after study, covering different books of the bible, or particular topics.  When I haven’t been engrossed in a planned out study, I’ll search Youtube for fantastic speakers, covering relevant topics that I felt lead to address at that particular time.  I particular love Francis Chan, Louie Giglio, Jefferson & Alyssa Bethke, and many others.

With all this in mind, I do understand why when I told DH that I wanted to do Bible College this year, his reaction was “Don’t you basically do that constantly anyway… for free?”  (LOL).  Yes, I guess I could continue along with how I’ve been doing things, and I’m sure I’d continue to learn and grow in The Lord, but I really wanted to sink my teeth into something thick and juicy !!

After doing my research, I have enrolled with a Bible College that is based interstate, but runs through our church.  While, I’m not able to physically go along to the groups at church, I will at least have others to be able to bounce things off, knowing that they are studying similar topics etc.  Doing the study online really does suit me so well too because of everything being digital, it means I can enlarge print etc to what I need.  I would certainly struggle with textbooks etc, as they are notoriously small.

In a couple of weeks, Miss 14s dance schedule will start up again, along with Soccer for the boys.  Life groups & Youth group will start up, and the wheels of the school term will start turning at a mind boggling speed.  It’s great to sit back in the assurance that God totally has this !!  He knows what the year contains, and is currently preparing & equipping us for it.

I feel blessed beyond measure for so many reasons.  The main ones being married to my DH, watching him grow into everything God has for him, being able to homeschool my children and have every day with them, having a great family, and the most amazingly faithful and true friends a girl could ever ask for.  There are so many other blessings I could list, but you get my drift.  This year is looking crazy awesome and it’s only Jan 20.

Disclaimer – Sadly, when you make the decision to live out Micah 6:8 and other similar passages, the enemy gets a tad upset and throws everything he can at you.  I’ve been attacked in ways these past few days that I never even saw coming.  So, remember peeps, SHIELDS UP !!!!!  1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Life is continuing….

Oh my goodness, if I’d left it another two days, it would have been an entire month between blogs…that’s downright SLACK !!!

So much has been going on.. which does help to explain my slackness in the blogging department.

The highlights are –

  • Baby Boy Lucas is now HOME and powering on like the little warrior he has proven himself to be.  He’s settling in at home, putting on weight, getting to know his big brother, and is having his first immunisations today.

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  • I scored myself a not very pleasant intercostal injury about a month ago and am actually still suffering from that.  However, it IS improving (PRAISE GOD !!) so things ARE on the up & up.  I think I did it because I did either too many sit ups, or did sit ups incorrectly.  I had both an ultrasound and an X-ray on my right side chest/ribs etc but it didn’t show anything.  As a result, I’ve had to change my exercise routine …  for the first two weeks, I couldn’t do ANYTHING.  I am pleased to say though that I must have been doing just enough to keep the weight loss train going as the number has continued to drop slowly each Tuesday morning for my weigh-in.
  • We are now down to only two weeks and two days until we sail far far away across the sea !!!  Our renewed passports finally arrived so this is a relief.  I cannot even tell you how excited & humbled I am to know that I get to enjoy two weeks ‘off the job’.  No cleaning, cooking, washing….  Thank you Jesus !!!
  • Sadly there is ups and downs (more downs)  in family over the last few weeks that look to be continuing for a while.  However, God is teaching me a lot throughout.  It’s so easy to see someone’s actions as selfishness on the surface, but when looking deeper, you can expose emotional issues that deserve additional care.  Also, sadly, it is human nature to ‘arc up’ when someone does something to upset you, when in fact, we’ve been commissioned to Love thy neighbour, repay bad with GOOD, do all we can to expand God’s Kingdom, and most importantly, be the LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS !!!
  • DH is really enjoying having his aeroplane and being able to go up to the airfield whenever he can and go for a fly IN HIS OWN PLANE.  He’s been waiting a very long time for this and is LOVING IT !!  He’s also made a nice group of friends up there, which is just as much a part of the whole ‘scene’ he’s been wanting to be apart of for so long. They sit around with their drinks and discuss all things ‘planes’.  I’m really really happy for him.  & as you can see, the kids are enjoying it too.

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  • The biggest homeschool excursion (78 people) I have ever organised went off without a hitch (or any drownings)… Woot Woot !!

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  • Miss 14’s dance comps all went very well.  Now to enjoy the break before it all starts again in Feb 2016.
  • The 2016 homeschool journey has been decided on which is also a weight off my shoulders.  The older two kiddos are currently working through diagnostic testing for next year and are doing very well with them.

So there you go, that basically brings you up to speed, to a degree, on our lives.

Even amongst the ups and downs of ‘life’ I love how God makes ‘lessons’ out of all situations, good & bad.  I’ve also been reading Jefferson Bethke’s Jesus>Religion which is really opening up my view on things.

Blessings xox

Why worry… God totally has this !!

Who woulda thought, but man oh man, it’s complicated making decisions in regards to your children’s schooling pathway.  As you al know, I homeschool my 3 treasures, but it’s more accurate to say that they do Distance Education.  We are ‘homeschooling’ this particular semester due to changes at the school we were enrolled with, but this was always going to be a temporary arrangement until I found the best DE fit for my children.  I thought I had found it when I was told of a new College opening only 2 suburbs away, but further investigation proved that maybe it wasn’t.  Nothing against their curriculum or activities on offer, (that, in fact, was awesome) but I’ve been finding that my children are getting rather bored with their ACE paces.  While they probably would have reasonably happily continued with their paces throughout their schooling, I don’t believe I’m being a responsible parent to just continue with something they’ll toretate, but should find something that they will actually LOVE. (well, ok, at least really like.)

DH has also shown some concern over this year and last with the kids not doing a huge amount of computer work, with their curriculum being almost 100% paperwork etc.  This is always been a little bit of a concern for us as it doesn’t entirely prepare them for university where they will predominantly work on computer, transferring files, uploading /downloading files, making spreadsheets, scanning in & emailing images, getting files from one digital device to another etc etc.  As well as future workplace proceedures possibly involving all of the above and maybe more.  The on-line DE will much more thoroughly prepare them for the future.

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So, as a result, everyone is very happy with the decision to go with on-line DE as of first semester 2016.  Well, Master 10 won’t be so happy, as he has a further year of paces before he can go onto on-line curriculum as a grade 7er in 2017.

It has certainly been an interesting journey if I look back on the kids starting school, until now.  It seemed like it was going to be such a seamless pathway.  In lots of ways it was while they were at ‘mainstream’ school, but I guess with Miss 14 getting into the high school subjects, it makes things a bit more challenging.  Decisions needs to be made etc so as to have the BEST pathway mapped out for her to reach her desired goal.  And with Master 13 only two years behind her in school, these decisions aren’t far away for him either.

While the ACE paces hold a lot of great content, and revise a lot of important topics often, they are proving to be a little boring for the kids at the end of this second year.  Now, having said that, I don’t want to knock ACE as a curriculum as I really do think it is a sound resource, but I think it just comes down to different kids suiting different styles of learning, etc.  It is a real blessing to have been able to have these 2yrs with all 3 kids at home on the ACE paces and I don’t regret this pathway.

God has truly been so faithful to us through this time. One of those ‘memories’ came up on FB last week. It was a memory of the school holidays ending 5 yrs ago and I was saying that I would miss the kids when they returned to school, and then jokingly said “Maybe I should homeschool them”…. followed by a comment that went something like this “Nah, I care too much for my sanity to do that. LOL”  Very funny to read back on when you see how the journey mapped out later.  Is my Sanity in place??  Probably not at times (LOL), but I know that I’ve followed God’s leading throughout.

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With all this in mind, it makes me pretty excited to see what God has in store for us in the future.  Even when something has seemed confusing or illogical, we’ve always been able to look back and see that it was the best path for us as a family…. proving that God’s totally got this !!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

I can’t blog about this without once again mentioning the great Godly friendships that I have in my life, both homeschooling Mums, mainstream school Mums, and also educators.  I know that God has placed these people in my life to confirm leading from Him.  (& when needed, correct me of misunderstood leading.).  It’s also beyond beneficial to have friends going through the same decisions and being able to discuss things with them, bouncing ideas off one another etc.  I am also so grateful for the help we’ve had from seasoned homeschool parents who’s children are through and now into university, or even completely through uni and now in the workforce.  It’s been of great encouragement to have these seasoned HS parents to speak to as it really highlights how much diversity can be in a child’s schooling pathway.  For example, I have some friends who have solely schooled with ACE from Prep to 12 and now their children are either in Uni or successful in the workforce, others did part HS (with ACE or other great curriculum) and part on-campus schooling.  (This seems to be more prevalent in the southern states… it doesn’t seem to happen so much up here… although that could be changing.)

Also, there are many situations where children are HS’d up to grade 10 and then they go to a good day school for senior. I just love the diversity and that we as parents can really take control of our children’s education and make sure they are learning in a way that is best for them as a whole person !!

There are certain elements of our homeschooling lives that I won’t change with the transfer over to this new DE plan.  The most obvious being normal household chores and responsibilities (Some might be saying “Well, why would you think of changing these anyway?” but I’m mentioning it because some of these are within the school day, so I’m just making the point that these will continue around the on-line schooling set-up.).  The 2nd being our Character training.  I’ll still have the kids work on a particular character trait and corresponding scripture verse for a period of time that I will determine as suitable.  Also, excursions separate to those of the school we’ll be enrolled with.  I will continue to attend other homeschool excursions, as well as organise excursions with other homeschoolers.

So now to dive into the on-line diagnostic testing !!  Woot Woot !!  Fun times ahead !

Blessings Peeps !!  xox

 

HS Day 278 – It’s raining, it’s pouring, the school kids want to be snoring..

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Well, it’s cold and raining here in Sunny Queensland….. Beautiful one minute, perfect the next. LOL. I actually do think it’s pretty perfect when it’s cold and raining … so relaxing and comfy to stay at home, knowing I don’t have to do the school run.. (HUGE homeschooling benefit). I should clarify though.. I only think it’s perfect weather if the rain goes away by day 3 or 4… after that, it just gets yucky with laundry and other jobs that require dry weather. To date, I have refused to buy a clothes dryer as I think they are a waste of money and electricity… but it is on days like today that I’m super tempted to get one. I certainly did enjoy having one when we were away, so who knows.. maybe you might see a blog in the future entitled :I bought a clothes dryer”.. man, what an exciting blog that would be. LOL.
We are well into our schoolwork for the term, which is fantastic. Master 12s maths tutor is here at present. He claims to hate having a maths tutor, but whenever she’s here, he loves the learning… and says so afterwards too. His extreme improvement in Maths show that he is most defiantly benefiting from the tutoring.
There are several tests on the cards for today, so that always makes for a slightly more ‘interesting’ day… usually in a good way.. sometimes, not so much. At least there’s only one spelling test… last fortnight, all 3 kids spelling tests lined up on the SAME day and I was ready to scream by the end of it.. I just felt like all I did all day was read out spelling words. Arrrggghhh !! So, as a result, I’m VERY glad there is only one spelling text today. :0)
After our ‘normal’ schoolwork is complete today, we will go onto some pre-naplan testing. Napoleon is The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. I’m just super ‘lucky’ to have all 3 kiddos falling in the participating years this year. It will be a slight adventure though, as they return to their previous school in order to do the testing. It goes for 3 days, but only for the morning session each day. I’m not really looking forward to it to be honest, as I won’t know what to do with myself for those hours… I’ll have to plan coffee dates to keep me distracted from he fact that my children aren’t with me.. yes, pathetic I know. I believe I’ve set myself up for additional heartache when it comes time for them to ‘fly the nest’. Oh well, I’ll face that when I get there.. after all, I KNOW that God gives me strength to get through ALL things, so I’ll be fine.
DH has let me know that he has a trip coming up for work.. he’ll be away for 2wks, so I’m in the process of planning a weekend away to visit him in the middle of his trip. We haven’t had time away without children in 6yrs, so it’ll certainly be good if I can make it happen.
Side note – I LOVE hearing the rain falling outside as I type this… it’s a simply glorious sound.. I’ve told you guys before that we often listen to classical or worship music while working, but on rainy days like these.. we all prefer to have the rain as our music.
There, of course, are some drawbacks to these rainy days, like soccer training cancellation for this afternoon, as well as a most likely cancelled game on Saturday. It’s a home game and the field tends to stay wet for a while, and seeing the rain is predicted to stay around until Sat, I don’t think our chances are good.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner too and I’m trying to think of things to do for the day… No, my DH is, shall we say, PATHETIC when it comes to celebrating these days, so this year I’ve decided that rather than get down about the fact that he doesn’t organise anything… I’ll just do it.. that way, at least I’ll enjoy the day. Gotta take the good with the bad.. I may not have been blessed with a super romantic DH, but I certainly was blessed with a skilled one. There are so many things he has been able to do around & in our houses over the years that have saved us buckets of money. In addition to that, there are so many things he does do that perhaps other DHs don’t, so I came to the point a few years back to always focus on that, rather than the things that I ‘wish’ were in his skill-set. Plus, there’s the added bonus that we don’t need to own a stepladder… Hahahahahaha. For those that don’t know us personally, my DH is 6ft 6inches tall. Lightbulbs are changed with ease here in our home. LOL !!!
Okies peeps.. I pray you’re having a blessed day !! xox

Dollars & Sense

It’s getting real now…. buying the last few things required, the bags are half packed, pet-sitters organised, housesitter booked, nearly good to go. I seriously can’t believe (& DH seriously has no idea. LOL) just how much planning has gone into this trip. I’m still working on things… getting prices, booking & paying for things. It’s actually quite tricky, as even though we have an itinerary, it’s seems risky to book and PAY for tours when you don’t know if something could hold us up, or somewhere might be particularly boring, so we end up ahead of time.. who knows.
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I spent nearly all of yesturday, except for the Orthodontist and Optometrist appointments, working out exactly how much money we need for the trip. A daunting task really… not because it highlights how much you’re going to spend (coz let’s face it, we’re gonna spend it, so why stress about it.), but for someone like me, who likes to plan,make lists, itineraries etc etc… You start to think.. what if this doesn’t work? Sooooooooo.. what I have decided to TRY and do is let it all go….. have the itinerary, but just treat it as a guide, and not lose it if it’s not stuck to. Wish me luck with that. LOL.
One thing that we would LOVE to do, but most likely won’t, is a helicopter ride over either Kakadu or Katherine gorge. It’ll cost about $500 min for only a really short flight, so It’s just so hard to hand that kinda cash over for such a quick adventure. However, we did pay more than that and did it in New Zealand, and it seriously was one of the BEST experiences EVER !!! There is a particular flight in Katherine that takes you up 13 gorges and then you land for a quick photo op etc. I would so LOVE LOVE LOVE to do that one, but it would cost about $1250 to do it. If you end up seeing it in the blog… we musta felt rich that day.. Bahahahahaha.
I have a few nit-picky things to find out today.. like, what is provided in the motorhome, linen ? etc etc.
Plus, something I have only just remembered… Master 9 will become Master 10 halfway through our trip. (Just another thing to think about is that his birthday party is THIS Sunday morning and I haven’t hardly planned anything.. except for the jumping castle.) I will need to think about a plan for that morning, so he can still have the ‘normal birthday morning’ that we would have at home… Presents in bed, loads of photos etc etc etc.
OKies… Have a blessed day peeps !!
Lv Fi xox

HS Day 220 – A huge amount achieved in one day !!! :0)

Hi all !!!
Today has been such a productive, tiring, stressful, jam–packed day…. and we never even left the house. LOL.
Much excitement to share from today’s efforts. The first one is that the workbook that I have been spending many, many hours preparing for our central Australia trip, is so so close to being finished… and with very few grey hairs accumulated over the time.. Praise God !!!
It now sits at 126 pages long… so, yes, there is a lot of reading in it, but also lots of interesting pictures to keep them entertained, as well as fun games to complete, comprehension execises, maths problems, pop quizzes.. and best of all… points to be scored towards certain rewards !!!
It’s not surprising that I have learnt a LOT while putting this workbook together, which is a great thing, as I imagine a fair few questions will be thrown at us throughout the trip. I am quite pleased with how I’ve managed to incorporate maths exercises, relating to our trip. For exampple… How many kms will we travel during our time away.. and what will be our average distance travelled each day?

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This screenshot is missing a few destinations simply because Google maps won’t allow you to enter more than this many destinations.. but you get the general idea. Exciting right ?? Can’t wait. I don’t think I’m going to be able to blog while I’m gone… unless I develop some seriously good tech skills between now and then.. and seeing as we leave 3wks today… I’m not holding my breath.

I really should start some planning to do with packing… how much to take, how often we’re going to wash.. all that boring stuff. We’re mostly only staying one night at each destination, so it will make it difficult to wash & get things dry. Things to ponder on.. “How exciting!” I hear you saying with much sarcasm. LOL.

OK, number 2 of today’s exciting events is that I have lined up the older two kiddos to volunteer at a local farm… the same local farm that we just donated our pony to. It’s really so exciting for them, not just because it’s something they will absolutely LOVE to do, but it’s educational, a selfless activity (woot woot for encouraging a servanthood heart condition.), and may even lead to a paid position for them down the track.

Finally, Number 3 is that I spent an hour on the phone with our Unit teacher mapping out Miss 13’s accelerated Maths program. Woot Woot.. Business Maths here we come !! (I may not be so excited once she starts it though.) There is something very satisfying about mapping out plans for the kids that stretch into the future etc.

All in all for today….. God is so good.. ALL THE TIME !!! In the midst of today, things were hectic, and stressful, and tiring, but at the end of it all, I’m so happy to be able to look back on it and see HIS hand in all things. Unfortunately, I could see the enemy’s hand in some things today too, but hey, that’s what we have the Armour of God for, right !!! he’s under our feet and we need to stay on guard to keep him there. (No, I don’t have bad grammar, I just refuse to give him a capital ‘h’)

That just about wraps up my day…. now for dinner, bedtime.. and all that comes with that. (However, Dad has just gotten home, so now there is a Science experiment going on in the kitchen.)

Blessings Peeps !!! xox

HS Day 148 – Mamma Bear is sick :0(

Yuck Yuck Yuck.. Head cold go away… and no, don’t come back again another day !
The challenge of homeschooling 3 children while you’re sick is certainly not a fun one. Add to that the strange phenomenon that the children seem to arc up towards each other when I’m sick… or maybe it just seems that way?

But… in an optimistic tone… I say that I’m going to kick this thing to the kerb !! I dragged myself out of bed this morning and headed straight to the medicine cupboard and ‘enjoyed’ (NOT) a Panadol Lemsip MAX hot lemon drink… If the TV ad for it is accurate, I should be better by morning tea. LOL.

While the kids work in silent bliss.. and I listen to the ‘music for concentration’ youtube clip we’re listening to today, I am reminded of a great pic I took of my 13yr old and her BFF yesturday morning… It speaks to such freedom and joy.

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It also brings to mind the following… The Joy of The Lord is my Strength !!!! So, even though I feel rather rubbish this morning.. I can soak in that knowledge.

Blessings peeps !!!

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