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Here at Home/Monday


Monday is almost always laundry day.  I try to get it started as soon as I get up and have it all finished before I go to bed.  It doesn’t always happen that way but a lot of times it does!  Years ago when I was homeschooling, I read about the Pilgrims and how they came ashore on a Monday after being in the harbor for a while.  When they came ashore, they had lots of laundry from the voyage over and did their washing right away.  That is why washday is always on Monday.  I don’t know if any of that is true but I liked the idea and followed.  I notice that “days of the week” towels always have Monday as laundry day so maybe there’s some truth in it after all!

Mondays are also for straightening up the house after the weekend.  There are only two of us here now but it seems like we always have a lot of things out of place after the weekend.  I’m not sure why that is because we’re usually out and about on the weekends.

I also like to spend some time at my desk planning for the week ahead; checking my calendar, planning meals, planning chores, etc.  It makes the week go so much better when I know what I’m doing ahead of time!!

I’ve been working at getting the rest of my homeschooling books together to take to a used curriculum sale next Monday night.  I did really well there last year so I hope to do the same.  If I don’t sell what I take, I’ll bring them home to get ready for the state convention in June.  Whatever doesn’t sell there will be donated.  I don’t want them back in my house!

I read a great article this morning about setting the tone for the day.  Our thought life can either encourage or discourage us even before we get out of bed.  Thinking about the Lord and all His goodness to us and being thankful for Him can really make the difference between a good day or a bad day!

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Books and Memories

I am in the process of selling off the books in my home school library.  I’ve been doing it little by little over Amazon but haven’t yet done a curriculum sale.  Well, tonight I am.  I’m taking 11 boxes and hope to sell a good chunk of them.  Whatever is left over, I’m donating to a local home school group.  I hope they will be a blessing to someone.  Our state convention is coming up in a few weeks and I think I’m going to sell the rest there and donate what doesn’t sell.  I’m at the point where I just want to get them out of the house!  

As I was going through the books one at a time and pricing them, I was overwhelmed with all the memories associated with them.  Especially all the books we read for history, using the TruthQuest Guides.  When they were younger, we used Beautiful Feet study guides.  What good memories I have of reading these books aloud and the children working on notebooks, projects, speeches, etc.  I’m so thankful that I spent the time to have a home library while we were home schooling.  It really was a blessing to be able to hand one of the kids a book on whatever subject they were interested in at the moment!  

As of right now, I only packed up most of our science and about one-fourth of our history books.  And about one-fourth of the fiction books.  I haven’t looked through all our picture books but I know I’ll be saving a lot of those.  Lord willing, I will read those to grandchildren one day!

daily life, homekeeping, homeschooling, simple living

Repost: Margin

I wrote this post in January 2007 but thought I would share it again now that school and other activities are starting up again. The concept of “margin” has been such a blessing to me and I hope it will be to you also.

The first time I heard about “margin” was at a workshop given by a local homeschool speaker, Shelley Hendry, in 1998. She was giving a workshop on the Titus 2 woman and encouraged us to put margin in our lives. Like margins around the edge of a sheet of paper, we need to have margins around all the areas in our lives. 

The principle of margin is from the book, “Margin” by Dr. Richard Swenson. He has also published a book called “The Overload Syndrome”. I highly recommend both of these books if you wish to put the principle of margin in your life.

What is this margin and how do I create it? Margin is a “white space” around all you have to do during the day. It’s allowing time in your homeschool to work on character qualities when the need arises. It’s allowing time for the unexpected when you are heading out the door to church or on errands. It’s thinking “can I do this (activity, work, etc.) without relationships suffering or losing my sanctification?” It’s having enough time in our day that we can joyfully go about our duties as wives and mothers. It’s planning your life with a cushion for mistakes.

One practical way to do this is when running errands. If you have little ones, you know that nothing takes “ten minutes”. Allow extra time for things to go wrong. Remember that an errand involves stopping what everyone is doing, getting ready, getting everyone into the car, driving to the errand, doing the errand, loading everyone back into the car and driving home. Once you are home it takes a while to unload everyone (and things if you’ve gone shopping) and to unwind and get back to your daily routine. Allow time for this!

Allow margin for time to do important things. If you are so tightly scheduled that when your child asks you an important question you don’t have time to answer it, then you need margin. If you have outside activities so crammed together that you are in a panic when a child loses a shoe or there is a detour in the road, then you need margin.

One of the things that Shelley said during the workshop that stuck with me all these years is “life is not a dot-to-dot”. It’s not about getting from one place to the next in the quickest way possible. We need to have time in our lives to worship the Lord, train our children, manage our households, and care for our husbands. If we are on a dot-to-dot journey, then those areas will be neglected and we “will malign the word of God” (Titus 2:5).

Do you have margin in your life? If so, can you share some of the ways you accomplish this? If not, will you prayerfully ask the Lord to help you in this area?
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Dear Stay-at-Home Mom

Here’s a letter of encouragement for all you stay-at-home moms. I’ve been home for 26 years now and I’m so thankful.  I’m thankful for my husband and his job that allows me to stay home. It hasn’t been easy but it has been a blessing.  I’m thankful that I was home to see all the milestones.  I’m thankful, too, that I had the privilege of educating my children at home.

As you go about your day, remember that to be a wife and mother is a high and holy calling from the Lord.  The world doesn’t really appreciate what you do but your work is important.  Living out the gospel is most important thing you can do!  Rest in Him and in His grace.

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Bookmobile Memories

I like the above poster because it reminds me of going to elementary school in the early 60’s.  It was such a simple time then!  Our school didn’t have a library but we did have a bookmobile that came every week; at least I think it was every week.

I can remember lining up just like this and waiting to go into that wonderful bus.  It was filled with books!  Every week I would hurry up and pick out the books I wanted to read.  The reason I rushed was so I could have time to read the other books that were there.  One of my favorites was (and still is) The Little House.  Oh, I loved this story and would read it over and over!!  Others books that I liked were Harry the Dirty Dog and No Roses for Harry!  How fun these books were to read and I’m so glad they are still in print.  As my children were growing up, I was able to read these to them and they have come to love them as much as I do!

I remember the inside of it looking like this with all the shelves full of books and I would sit near the back, out of the way, so I could read, read, read!!  I don’t know if there are still bookmobiles out there.  I hope so!  But if not, make sure you take your children to the library on a regular basis.  Cultivate in them a love of reading.

Now, go read a book!!

Julianne’s Graduation

Here’s some pictures from Julianne’s graduation last week.  Click on the picture if you want to see it larger.

Graduation Day!  It turned out to be a beautiful day.
Michael handed Julianne her diploma; she gave me a rose.     It was really very special.

It’s official!!

Julianne and I with some crazy people behind us!
Morgan and Julianne

Jared and Julianne

Me and Julianne
Morgan and Julianne

Me and my handsome husband, Michael.  Proud parents!

My mom and I.  She drove down from NJ to celebrate with us!

My wonderful family.  Me, Jared, Julianne, Michael, Grandma , Jessica
My favorite three children in the whole world!  Jared, Julianne and Jessica
Julianne’s school ring
Dancing at the Senior Banquet with a friend, Luke

At the Senior Banquet the night before graduation.  It took place after graduation rehearsal.
Julianne and her Daddy
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A Busy Week

This week has been very busy preparing for Julianne’s graduation and party.  Tuesday I went grocery shopping and picked up most of the items I need for her party.  My fridge is now full of 192 hot dogs!!  Tomorrow my husband and I will be picking up charcoal, etc. for the grills and also water bottles for the party.  I decided to go with water instead of soda because it’s healthier and it won’t attract bees!  (But I guess the hot dogs aren’t healthy.  Oh well!)
Speaking of healthy, I have not drank a Dr. Pepper since May 9th.  Woo Hoo!!  I have to say that I look longingly at the bottles when I’m in the checkout lines at Target or the grocery store.  Actually, I haven’t had any caffeine drink since then.  I’m trying to drink more water but truthfully it is hard!  Pray for me!
This afternoon Julianne and I went up to the local community college to take their placement test and apply to attend in the fall.  She did very well on the reading/writing part and “ok” on the math part.  But we expected that so it was fine.  Tomorrow I have to call to make an appointment to see the dean and give him some paperwork since she is only 16.  After that we can pick out her course of study and then wait until July to sign up for classes.  It’s amazing to me that this time has already come.  The years have literally flown by and we are entering a new phase in our lives.
I still haven’t put together Julianne’s scrapbook.  I asked a friend to help me tomorrow night.  I hope she’s available.  I haven’t a clue how to go about putting it together.  Well, I can put it together but need help making it look nice!!
That’s about all from here.  Things should get back to normal around here next week and I hope to be able to post more.  Until then may you have a blessed day!!