Get off the deck!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some writing from earlier this year.... We have had a family of robins build a residence in the Y of one of our gutters. Last week, three baby robins began their fledgling life into our big backyard. Now, our yard would be a perfect place for these little ones to learn about the world if were not for Allie, the demon cat, and Hank, the insanely jealous dog. So, as Hank was out to do his business later that day, Papa and Mama Robin were not happy. They were chirping out warnings, and dive bombing poor Hank. The diving commenced any time he stepped more than 2 feet of the deck. Hank would run after his ball. Papa and Mama Robin would swoop straight for him. Eventually, Hank did not even want to get off the deck. He would stand there, right on the edge, waiting and watching but too afraid to take the chance and move. The birds know Hank is powerful. They know that he can destroy them and their young. They are attacking because he has the potential to ruin them. Once Hank realizes he is bigger and stronger, those baby birds are in trouble.  Mom and Dad Robin are just trying to keep it from happening.


 The thing is -  This happens in my life too. I am like Hank waiting to step off the deck into the big thing God is asking me to do. But the moment I take a step in that direction, Satan starts fighting. He sends his bombs in the form of temptation and doubt and unbelief, and I run back to the safety of the deck. But I have the very Spirit of Christ living in me. I have been made more than a conqueror (Romans 8:23). Satan's blows are nothing more than hot air. It is posturing. He knows through Christ I can defeat him and fulfill my purpose.  The minute I step off the deck into what God has planned is the very moment I receive the strength I need to do God's will.


 A lot of things are going on over here. Not bad things by any means. But changes. The Lord is stirring some things up. I am not sure what is going on in your life. But I do know...over here...it is time to get off the deck.

Time4Learning Review

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I was offered a free one month trial of Time4Learning in exchange for a candid review of the program. Never heard of Time4Learning? Time4Learing is a Pre-K through 8th grade online curriculum for homeschooler. It is comprehensive, and you can use it as your entire homeschool curriculum, or, as in our case, you can use it as a supplement to you current curriculum. Time4Learning can also be used by a parent as a supplement to a private or public school curriculum.

Time4Learning
has many great features. As mention before it is a comprehensive program. Every grade covers every subject for that level, Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, etc. Time4Learning also has a playground area for the students to play at after a set time to give them a break from their studies. You can think of it as recess at a virtual school. Time4Learning tracks the students progress so parents can know exactly what the students are learning and how well they are doing.

Personally, I love the concept of Time4Learning
. I love the freedom that is gives me as a parent. I love that my kids are not dependent on me for every aspect of their education. My kids enjoyed the lessons that they did at Time4Learning, and liked learning things in a new and different way. However, since we were using Time4Learning as a supplement to our regular homeschool curriculum, many days we just did not have time for another activity and Time4Learning was forgotten or skipped. Another disadvantage for our family is the price. The cost for the curriculum is 19.95 per month for the first child and then 14.95 per month for each additional child. That is just too much of a monthly expense for our three kids to use as a supplement.

Overall, I was pleased with what the lessons my children did at Time4Learning. If I was looking for a complete online curriculum to use in place of our current curriculum, I would definitely consider Time4Learning. Right now, however, we just cannot afford it as a supplement.

For more information visit the Time4Learning website located here.

Time4Learning

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. Time4Learning can be used for homeschool, afterschool and summer skill sharpening. Be sure to come back and read about my experience.

Happy Thankgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Halloween 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The kids over here love Halloween. It is the one day a year you can pretend to be someone your not, and you Mom lets you do it in public.

This year, we had...

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Mario, Luigi, and Ariel


I tried to get Sweet Pea to be Princess Peach. I would have loved for her to fit in with the theme, but Ariel is her favorite princess. She just could not pass up the costume.

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Of Course, the boys were not willing to be Prince Erik or Sebastian either.

Hiking

Thursday, October 28, 2010

We headed to our local state park this week end and did some hiking.

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All three had to have a walking stick.

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We made it to the top of the hill which was around 800 feet above sea level. Now I realize that is probably not that high. But we are dealing with 5 people not accustomed to hiking and one of them being a 5 year old with very short legs.

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The view was not bad either.


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It was a wonderful family time, and a definite do again.


It has been a while....

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

a very long while. In fact, almost a year since I have posted here. I am funny like that. If I get too far behind instead of working hard to get caught up, sometimes I just shut down and ignore it. Like a good friend of mine says: If you ignore it long enough it will go away. Right? Well, the blog did not go away. We did not fall off the face of the Earth. This has just been one of my least priorities. In fact, it probably still is. There is no way for me to post a whole years worth of stuff in a timely manner. I still haven't decided whether to go back and "catch up", or just move forward. But if anyone is still out there. I will be writing soon. I hope.