Thursday, September 18, 2014

School is Underway at Our House....

This year I start my 24yr of home schooling.  I love this journey. It isn't always easy and I do grow weary....   but the JOYS of home schooling are so worth it.  I do know it is a gift .... and not everyone can home school. No judgement here. We do what works for our family.

School has changed so much since 1991.  This year I have three students.  Not my largest or smallest class yet. The way we school is different.   We are more Charolette Mason- y.   We use a hodge podge of curriculum.  We love Heart of Dakota.  We read a lot!

They love it.  Oh they may not love "school" but they do love this curriculum and they are learning!

Just this past week..... I heard Wesley (our youngest)  say "this might be my favorite year so far... I really like this."   Our children learn more when they enjoy it.  Now, we all know that English or Math is not always enjoyable and somethings just have to be done.   Wes was my child who took the longest to read and didn't like reading until maybe last Christmas.....    so this is great.

After 24 years.....   if I was asked some tips to give moms just starting out, or moms with young ones ... I would say.... breathe deep, laugh lots, take walks, read aloud together.  When Wyatt/Wes were toddlers and I read with the older ones (if they were not napping) they sat on a small blanket with a couple toys (that they didn't normally play with) while we read.  This worked great. I would not stress over the small things..... if they are not reading in Kindergarten or first grade.... its OK!  If they are not reading in 3rd or 4th grade .....  it is OK!  Just keep on keeping on. THEY WILL GET IT.  I didn't change my phonics program when we struggled.... we just kept on doing it....  sometimes we would just put it up for the day and go outside or have a snack.   They ALL read well now!  The same with Math.   Do not stress.  

These years are fleeting......   I know. I know.  When Wes was 6 months and Wyatt was 2 (and screaming all the time) and Lysa was 6, Dakota 10, Mandi 14, Michael 17......   I just wanted sleep and we were in survivor mode.....    believe me I do understand.   Every now and then  I wish I could go back for a week..... month and have all the crazy and chaos!

Hang in there.... you got this.... and even if you don't  GOD does! 

Sponsor a child today!
Grace~ Teena

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Wait is Over.

This is a bit long.... but so worth it. Keep watching....  around 4:16 you will need a tissue!

The world tells us we can't make a difference but I beg to differ.....   I think if you could ask our sponsored children....  they would tell you different.  Our words make such a difference.  They can damage and they can build up.

We try to write our Compassion children every month. Either on line or ....  hand written.  It is so very easy and only takes a few minutes to write online.  When I write a handwritten letter ... I love to add stickers and little things.....   oh and pictures!

It only take a minute or two .... or ten to build up a neighbor, friend, husband, child.....    and that is the same with our Compassion children.

We can make a difference..... one child at a time!

Sponsor a child today... make a difference forever!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jesus Loves the Little Children....

This summer for the month of July our church~ GracePointe and GracePointe students started a Backyard Bible Club.  It has been amazing. At first the children were shy and not many came.....

Most of these are youth from our church......  but then they started coming......
 As the weeks past.... they would ask.... "are you coming next week?"  We would say "yes!" The last two weeks a few of their parents came to watch too. Our youth pastor Gus always shared how Jesus loved them...   for them to always remember how much He loved them. He would read from the Jesus Storybook Bible, talk with them and pray.


 I loved seeing the relationships grow and even how my youngest boys~ Wyatt & Wesley would talk about their new friends!

On our last Saturday~ our church rented a water slide!

  The children asked us when we would come back. A couple of the girls said they may be moving. My girl... Lysa said she wanted to keep in touch so she gave them her cell number. She loved the girls so much....

The great news.......  our church decided to continue our Backyard Bible Club ONCE a month! The kids were so excited! 

God is faithful. We were so very blessed by these children. They were happy and soaked up the love. So often we think we need to take Jesus to the less fortunate ....  but sometimes I often wonder if it is the less fortunate that bring Jesus to us!  Isn't that just like God. 

Change a life... sponsor a child today!
Grace~ Teena

Thursday, August 07, 2014

His Great Creation

I have shared here over and over how very much I love Destin.  I look forward to it every year and always hope we can go more than once a year. It is around 300 miles but the cost is VERY inexpensive for us.

I love the beach.....    really any beach.  Destin is one of my favorite beaches but I love the beach.

 I have shared here....  not very often....  and not many details about my sustaining longing/thorn in my flesh.  It is an on going  situation and God gives me daily grace to walk this journey. For the past several years though ....  as we arrive in Destin a sense of peace comes over me. It is amazing. Several well meaning friends and family....   make comments like "is that the only place you love," or "there are other places that are great too."    I do love other places and I know there are lots of great, beautiful places!"  Sometimes I would even feel guilty because I loved it so much. We stay at a military campground and it is very very basic. For years we would camp in our pop up.  Now we stay at the cabins.

My time there is something else.  I just can not explain it.  I truly believe it is divine. I know God is always with us and I do feel His presence else where .... all the time....   but Destin....  oh my...

This year as we were visiting the little book store that we go to each year....
I found that book "My Beautiful Broken Seashell."  It was like God just allowed me to see it .....  and it explained beautifully how my heart rejoices over Destin and how He cares about the desires of our heart.
~Dawn has broken on a beautiful day here at the ocean. I've come to refresh my weary spirit and to refuel my tired soul. I'm so grateful for the peace and the calm of the seashore, where time stands still and unrushed... where I can see and feel the beauty all around me. This is my first morning at the ocean and as I walk to the beach, feeling the rich warm sand beneath my feet....

~It is low tide and I watch, mesmerized, as the ocean rises slowly .... curls... and then spills its white-laced foam onto the shore...

~/Somehow, here at the ocean, I receive so many gifts. I am grateful for the inner peace that fills my soul. I take time to notice sandpipers playing along the shore.... beach grasses swaying in the salty breezes. I delight in finding simple treasures... a piece of smooth green glass... a transparent white stone... a starfish.... little book I found in our favorite little book store... in one of our favorite places in the world...

They way He loves us....   I have continued to read through this little book several times this summer. It does talk about a shell....  broken....  and I will share more about that too.... 

Also, this song....   has spoken to me this year.....   have you heard it? I just love it.

So many gifts.....   may we take the time to slow down .... refuel and refresh.....

Grace~ Teena