Monthly Archives: August 2007

Blessed Again

My last entry was about how we have learned to homeschool with out buying much curriculum if any at all.  some of you sent me some great links.  Thanks so much!!!

I wanted to share with you how God has blessed our school this year.  I sat one morning for my morning devotions.  I asked the Lord to show me how to utilize the materials I already had for school.  I knew that we would not be able to buy books again so I wanted to make sure I was well planned out.  I was a bit nervous though because my daughters are in high school & I really needed some good math & science for them.  I was hoping to piece together something from the internet, but wasn’t sure if I could do an adequate job.

Well, I was invited to dinner by a sweet friend from church.  She is one of my mentors & I looked forward to our dinner together.  She didn’t know any of our past financial struggles specifically.  She knew we had occasional times of hardship though.  At the end of our dinner she told me that she & her husband felt hte Holy Spirit prompting them to give us some money to buy our school books.  I was totally thrown back.  I couldn’t believe it.  A few weeks later I hel in my hand a check for an amount that was another shock.  I didn’t expect this much money.  I knew though that as much as it was it still wouldn’t cover the books that I had researched & chosen.  But still we were so thankful for it. 

I prayed once again and asked the Lord to help me to use this money wisely.  Show me what they really needed for this eyar & what we could do without.  I began marking things off of my list and I still needed about $300 more dollars.  I began shopping on ebay & amazon and found a few things.  Small victories, but still a victory.  Then we went to a store with used & new homschool supplies & I thought I had hit the jackpot.  I found most of what we were looking for, but still needed the HS math & Science.  I didn’t know how, but I knew we would get it somehow.  My daughter Sarah really wanted to do Biology this year & after looking many curriculum over we decided to stick with Apologia.  She said that she didn’t have to do biology she could do Physical Science instead. 

Here comes the fun part.  I was “catching up” with a friend and telling her about the money we were given & how cool I thought it was.  She asked if we had all we needed.  I told her no, & told her what we still needed.  She replied with “Oh, we have the math you need & we won’t need to use it for about 10 years so you can borrow it until then.”  WOOHOO!!

Then, the next day I stopped by a past homeschool moms house for something & she hands me 2 big boxes with biology & chemistry equipment in it, microscope & all!  WOOOHOOO  again!  So, I was sharing my good news with another email friend.  I told her that I guess God wants Sarah to do Biology, now I can’t wait to see how he provides the books.  She replies with, “I have them, don’t need them, send me your address, I’ll ship them to you.”  WOOOHOOO!!

So, we had just enough money left over to order the lab kits for the science.

All of this reminds me of Jesus feeding the 5,000.  So little food & so many to share it. 

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.  I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 

Psalm 9:1-2

This was NOT on my schedule!

O’k, today was our first day of school with almost all of our books.  We have been doing school for over a month already, but we were just getting back into the schedule and reviewing basic facts & waiting for the books to come. 

So, I planned out what all we would do.  I had looked over all of the new stuff & figured out how to do it.  I had planned out how much time we should do journaling, math, and our other subjects.  I had it all worked out so that we should be all done by 1:00.  You would have thought this was my first year to do this!!!

Then we actually started our day.  I forgot to plan in two important people.  My 2 yr old Gracie & 11 m old Sam.  You know what happenes when you try to ignore a crying baby to explain a mth lesson?  He only cries louder.  Do you know what a 2 year old can do if you don’t answer her call of “Mommy”?  She can take 50 crayon and break them into pieces & then color all over the wall with them UGHH!! 

One time I had Gracie screaming and chunking crayons at Zachary(5yr) and Sam crying and pulling at my shirt(wanting to nurse), Austin asking me about his math, Collin asking me about his Handwriting & Ben telling me that I was maing him do hard stuff too early in the morning.


The sad part is I think I do this every year.  It just takes me a few days to get back into the groove.  I think I have a post on here somewhere about what to do with your toddlers.  I think I need to go & read it again!