Hello All! We have entered into our second week of Homeschool! Oh how it’s already been an exciting adventure. We have had our moments of breakdown and breakthrough! It’s amazing! We had a great first week and our second week has started strong! I thank you all for the positive encouragement! I definitely need it! I’m not going to lie, Homeschooling is hard! At the same time as it’s hard, it’s so incredibly rewarding! I’m still in the early stages of learning how my boys learn and trying to get into a good routine with them. So far, we’ve been waking up in the mornings as if they were still going to public school and getting dressed and ready for the day. We have a little added distraction running around (Ellie). She’s beautiful and crazy about her brothers, so she wants to be all in the mix of what they are doing! I’m sure we will get all our times worked out soon enough. As of now the boys are working hard and doing great! I’m loving that the state of Texas allows me to do a mixture of curriculum! I have been able to tailor it to things that will help them each learn the best way possible. I’ve already been able to experience those “Aha” moments that i’ve heard many homeschool moms talk about. (When you kids finally “get” something that they have been struggling with!)
As for me, I’ve had my moments… Those moments late at night where I think i’m totally screwing my kids up or when I think about all the comments from others who say kids that are homeschooled are further behind when they return to public school. I’m learning how to deal with the negative talkers. I know everyone is not going to agree with my decision to homeschool, but i’m okay with that. I’m being guided by God, and i’m doing what he leads me to do. When negative thoughts come swarming into my mind, I’m overcome with peace as God speaks to me that i’m doing the right decision. He trusted me with these children and has fully equipped me with everything they need. That’s all I need to know.
I’ve had to remind my self of this very thing, Everyday may not end the way I want them to, but i’m sewing valuable life seeds into them that they will remember forever, eventually those seeds will take root and produce an amazing harvest. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. Even if you don’t homeschool, sew into your kids lives. Leave a legacy that will continue on for many generations to come.
SO HERE WE GOOOOO!!! I officially withdrew Alex from school! EEEEKKKK! Huge step for me! I know i’ve been contemplating Homeschooling and we waited since we got pregnant with Ellie last year, but now I think it’s time! Alex will be starting 3rd grade, Naelen-Joel will be starting Kindergarten. I’ve bought all our curriculum and we are ready to start. I can’t help but to feel excited and nervous at the same time! It is definitely going to take some time to get used to our new routine but I know I’m not going to regret a single moment. I’m going to be documenting our whole first year, so be on the look out! Send us a prayer as we embark on this amazing new journey!
I’m having a blah mommy day! Both boys have been sick for the last 5 or 6 days, they’ve somehow caught an ugly little virus that keeps wanting to stick around! And my wonderful hubby came down with pinkeye, in not only one but both eyes! 👎 I so can not wait for everyone to be better! Luckily little miss Ellie and I have yet to get anything too serious! Thank You Jesus!!! Thankfully I’m a praying mommy and I have no time for the enemy to attack my family. So sickness has to bow down in the name of Jesus! If you’re a mom or wife, be sure to pray constantly over your family! Your prayers are powerful! Pray without ceasing. I tend to pray while I’m cleaning, doing dishes, taking a shower! Just like anything, it takes time to form a habit, but I promise it’ll be the best habit you start! Start Speaking Life, Health, Healing and Joy over your family. Check out Isaiah 55:11 NIV, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” You blessings will not return void! I hope that can be an encouragement for you and your family. Yes Blah mommy days or even weeks aren’t fun, but any “blah” day is better in the hands of Jesus then a day without him.
P.S. I have to share this adorable picture of my sweet little ones while they ran outside yesterday to get a breath of fresh air.
What do you consider to be your Best Years? Do you cling to the past for what you had? Or are you chasing after what you can have? I often wonder how many people live in the past. I know it has to be a lot because I used to be one of them. I even noticed my kids had their own “Golden Years” at 7 and 4 years of age. I’m over living in the past, I’m about living in the now, living in the future. I didn’t really realize that what I was reflecting on, constantly thinking “Oh, back then was so much better” was making me miss out on the most amazing moments now. Now don’t get me wrong, I love replaying memories in my head, but that’s not the kind of living in the past i’m talking about. I’m talking about the “Oh life was so much better back then…” thoughts. Your life can be better now! It’s all about the mindset you choose to have. Quit thinking of Then and start changing the Now! Life is happening every second and i’m choosing to grab ahold! Our lives are about to take a change for the better! I’m taking hold of God’s promises! You should too!
My life with kids is truly incredible. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without them. Here’s a little love letter to each of my babies.
Alex, My First born, You are my favorite. You are my favorite because you made me a mother. You opened me up to an unknown world of motherhood. Looking at you for the first time was breathtaking. I experienced a love unlike any other. We shared all of our firsts together. I had never known what it was like to want to do everything for another person other than myself. You had this precious calmness about you, like you knew to be patient with my learning of all of your needs. You are born to be a leader. You make each person feel special, your personality is full of love. You always walk into a room like you own it, God has designed you for great things! You my son, are my favorite.
Naelen-Joel, My Second born,You are my favorite. You are my favorite because you were born with such purpose and character. From the beginning I knew you would be a strong one. You proved that by coming 5 weeks early and having no problems at all.I wasn’t afraid to enjoy you and all your moments. I felt at ease with you. You truly were the epitome of a “mama’s boy” and I loved that all you wanted was your “mama”. You have brought laughter and silliness to our lives.My love for you is unlike any other. I love that you know what you want and you won’t settle until you get there. God has destined you for greatness. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. You my son, are my favorite.
Ellie, My Last baby, You are my favorite. You are my favorite because you are my only daughter. You have brought our family much sweetness of all things girly. I will enjoy all of our lasts with you. I will hold you just a little longer. I’ll keep you a baby as long as I can. You may not like it, but one day you’ll understand. I see all of me in you. It’s so hard to believe at times that you are my daughter. You were a testament of God’s incredible love for his children. You are an answered prayer. God has a great calling on your life. You my daughter, are my favorite.
Tonight I’m sitting here holding my sweet sleeping 5 month old daughter, my legs entwined with my husband as our boys are tucked in bed. Life is great! I couldn’t ask for a better family. My life has become so much sweeter since getting married and having kids. I can’t even begin to imagine what my life would be like without them. I know I know… Mushy love stuff. But it truly is a gift from God. IF you are single, wait for the man/woman that God has for you. There’s nothing better. Sure we have our up and down moments, but who doesn’t? We make each other better, we balance each other. If you are married, cherish your spouse. There’s no one else in the world that will have your back more than he/she will. There’s no one else who will push you to become better. There’s no one else who will Love you the way that a spouse is supposed to love. I think today’s generation has taken for granted what Marriage means. I recently read that 1 in 2 marriages will end in divorce. That literally makes the marriage rate 50/50. How heartbreaking is that?! How is that you commit yourselves to each other, recite vows and yet take it so lightly? Marriage is such a sacred convenient. It’s supposed to be exciting, full of love, hard. It’s not meant to be given up on so easily. Marriage is a complete give and take relationship. It’s NEVER meant to be 50/50, it should be 100/100. Sacrifices come from each side but you should do it all in L.O.V.E. <3 To all my married friends, make God the center of your Marriage, He will guide you in exactly the way you need to go in order to benefit your relationship with your spouse. He will help you both grow together. There’s nothing better than praying and seeking God with the one you love. To all my single friends, seek God with all your heart, and he will lead you exactly where you need to be.
Thanks for checking in. Just wanted to share a little bit of LOVE that was on my heart tonight.
So again, I had to take a break from writing! I was put on complete bed rest at 34weeks pregnant. And life for everyone in the family became much harder. We were trying to keep our sweet girl cooking until November, but she had other plans! We welcomed Ellie Adelina into the world on October 16,2013 at 10:46pm. Truly the most beautiful little girl ever! What a sweet blessing she is! It has been such a joy having her complete our family! Now that she’s here and things have finally settled down I’ll get back to posting more!