So much has happened……..

It is hard to put two thoughts together to update my blog, but I shall try to give you a brief update. I last posted on May 18. I spent the rest of that week getting ready for the NCHE convention. It is always on Memorial Day week-end, and this year Memorial Day was early.

On the last day of the conference, I received a phone call that an elderly relative had a medical emergency. I had been helping take care of him since my grandfather passed away in December. So I finished up my duties at the convention, and I was able to participate in my daughter’s graduation ceremony at the convention.

But once I returned home, I spent a lot of time either at the hospital or commuting to the hospital. It was not a quick trip each day. When I returned home each day, I had children and a husband who needed me, and I had business matters to attend to. And I started online classes to get my bachelor’s degree.

Somehow in all of this, my blogging fell way off. I posted quick prayer requests on Facebook, but that was about all I had time for each day.

My great-uncle passed away on June 7, 2009. And I was heavily involved in the arrangments. I did have help and support of extended family. And now I am in the waiting mode to work on the estate stuff this fall.

I spent most of last week getting caught up in my house and office. And, now, I think I have a little time to spend blogging. Not a lot though…..I have a research paper to write. This is my 4th one for this class. And it has been a looooooong time since I wrote a formal paper for a class.

The kids are all doing well, and I am trying to inject some fun into our summer. It has been a very rough year.

As far as my business goes, I could use some more customers. :-) I am running a good Saxon Sale right now. You might want to check it out at http://www.dhss.com/shop/custom.aspx?recid=9.

I hope you are having a blessed summer!

Enter to WIN a new Rosetta Stone!

Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language and has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — and you can WIN the *all new* version 3 Rosetta Stone Homeschool LATIN program… FOR FREE! This is the first year you can get Latin in the brand new Version III update.

This is a $259 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!)This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever! Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress- I love that!), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.
To win this most excellent Latin program copy these paragraphs and post them in (or as) your next blog post, and/OR link to the contest from your facebook page and/OR email the information to your homeschool support group – Then go to the original page http://Jeneralities.com and leave a comment saying that you’ve posted about, or have linked to, the contest. Please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post. And good luck!

Pray for Baby Noah

Many of you know the Estes family of Hands and Hearts. Their two-year-old son, Noah, is very sick tonight. He could use the prayers of all the saints of God. Please pray for him and his sweet family. This is personal for me for a few reasons. I met Noah when he was a small infant, before they ever knew he was sick, and he is a few weeks younger than my youngest son. This family is the dearest, sweetest family. And they have been through so much in a few short years. I can see God’s Hand on them, and I beseech you to pray for him as you are led.

You can read their updates at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ourquiverfull.

Thank you for praying!

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

This is my first entry in Not Me! Monday!

Mondays are not my favorite day of the week. When Monday rolls around, my weekly chores get started up again. After taking Sunday off from laundry, Monday always brings full dirty clothes bins. Monday also brings floors that need vacuuming, bathrooms that need cleaning, children that need educating. Would I take a Monday off and do something fun? Not Me!

Maybe I need to challenge myself to take a Monday off and take a field trip with my children. We can’t do it this week. We are taking time off from a few regular things to attend to a few doctor’s appointments.

Our daughter fell on Friday night, and she broke her wrist. So she will need an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Monday.

Our baby, who is 2, is sick with a stomach bug. He may need a visit with the pediatrician for evaluation.

The other 4 boys are happy and healthy. Thank you, Lord.

So would I take a Monday off for fun? Not Me! Not this Monday! But maybe one Monday I will!

Have a blessed day!

Technology is moving along…..

I just sent this short message from my cell phone to my blog, and it posted!

“Testing my text to blogger posting.”

There have been a few times when I have had time-sensitive prayer requests or updates that I would have liked to post my blog quickly. With my cell phone and text messaging, I can now do that.

A few years ago, I attempted to live blog from a convention, but my laptop was always tied up with ringing up customer sales so that I could not use it to post updates to my blog. Now I can LIVE BLOG from my cell phone. How cool is that?

I also learned tonight how to Twitter from my cell phone, and it will post my tweets to my sidebar on my blog and on my Facebook page. What a fun night I have had!

I have also started a new blog for answering all of the homeschool questions that I receive. You can check that out at Your Questions Answered About Homeschooling. It has only taken me a couple of years to start putting this particular blog together.

So check me out on the web! I am in a lot of different places!

Thinking about homeschooling?

Are you thinking about homeschooling your child(ren)? When our oldest child was old enough to start school, we did what everyone else we knew did, we sent her to public school. After 4 years, that did not seem to be working for her or our second child, and thus, our homeschool experience began. That was in the year 2000. Now, we are in 2009, and we are weeks away from graduating our oldest child from our homeschool.

I did a lot of reading over the years about homeschooling and the various methods of homeschooling. And I found a “fit” for our family. We love being together and being active. So we do a lot of projects together. It amazes me what our youngest children, who are 5 and 2, have picked up from their older siblings. I think it is referred to as “trickle down education.” It was how the younger children learned in the one-room schoolhouse, and it is how my children learn today.

How do you start homeschooling? First, research the homeschool laws in your state or province. Home School Legal Defense has made it easy for you to find out homeschool laws in all 50 states of the United States. It is legal to homeschool in all 50 states. But each one has its own laws governing homeschooling.

Next, you need to figure out your family’s mission statement and goals for education. This is essential in determining what curriculum to use in your homeschool. I would also recommend reading a book on the various methods of homeschooling. There is a book called, Homeschooling Methods. I sell it on my website, and it is a good synopsis of the various ways you can educate your children at home.

You have the rest of the spring and summer to do all of this, so start reading and researching! You care also welcome to leave your questions in the comments section of this post!

God is so good!

Hello,

I have had one of those days where I know God is close and ordering my steps. We had a barn fire today. It happened at lunch time when we were home. On Fridays, we are sometimes somewhere else at lunch time. But today God had us at home. I was sitting down to eat with my boys, and my daughter was taking a load of towels out to hang on our clothesline. She heard a noise toward our barn, and she went over to check it out. She saw a small fire in one area of the barn and ran to tell me. I immediately grabbed my phone and dailed 9-1-1. At the same time, I walked out to survey the damage. We had chickens, feed, hay, and assorted tools out in the barn. Our volunteer fire department was here very quickly, but the barn was engulfed in flames by the time they arrived. It was located very close to our woods, and I was very concerned about a brush fire. God had that under control. He sent us two days of rain this week, and it was just damp enough that it did not spread. If it had been drier out there, it would have been a very different story.
I am very thankful that our family, our house, and our neighbors’ houses are all okay tonight. God is so good!
My husband was out of town during all of this, and he arrived at work only to have a front axle fall off and tear up two front tires. It is now sitting in the parking lot at work, and we will have to have it towed later. God is good in this, too. It happened just as he was backing up slowly. It did not happen while he was driving faster down the road. Thank you, God, for your protection today!

Here are a few pics:




Discount Home School Supplies is giving away a microscope!

Join Discount Home School Supplies in celebrating SPRING!

Discount Home School Supplies is giving away one SMD-04 Microscope. We sell this microscope for $68.95 on our website.

Here is the description:

A 3D Exploration!

We’re proud to introduce the latest in the My First Lab series of quality microscopes. Designed for viewing solid or three-dimensional objects rather than traditional glass slides, this scope makes it possible for students to view virtually anything. The binocular head allows comfortable viewing with both eyes (no more squinting) and the built-in light illuminates all specimens for premium viewing every time. Real glass optics provide high-quality images and battery power makes it portable for outdoor use.

Perfect for collectors and hobbyists, it allows users to explore the infinite diversity in nature, making it an ideal – and fun – educational adventure for young and old alike.

Features include:

  • binocular eyetubes
  • built-in light source
  • real optical glass lenses
  • 20X magnification
  • portable battery power
  • vinyl dust cover

Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

How can you enter this contest? It’s very simple! Tell your friends via your blog, Facebook, email, or other social networking site about the Spring Shipping Special Discount Home School Supplies has from March 19-April 1. You can copy and paste the following, and once you have posted this information, you can leave a comment on my other blog at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Tami/670229/.

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Join Discount Home School Supplies in celebrating spring with special shipping rates. The more you buy, the lower your shipping fees will be. You can read more about the special on the front page of Discount Home School Supplies’ website.

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This contest is open to residents in the 50 United States. I am sorry that I cannot open the contest worldwide at this time.

The contest begins now, and I will draw the name of a winner on April 2, 2009. You can enter the contest more than once if you blog about it more than once, or if you announce it more than once.

Thank you for spreading the word!