Friday, September 14, 2018

Another Event You Don't Want to Miss

Flowers growing from a crack in the patio at my sis-in law's house
The Not Back to School Summit began this week at Home Education Council of America. There have been numerous talks this week that have been helpful to me. We were out of state until Wednesday evening and dealing with jet lag Thursday so I missed a number of presentations.

But there is another full week of wonderful speakers and topics to come. As a basic free member of HECOA one has access to all live sessions and a complimentary 24 hr replay. Sign up now to catch today's and possibly yesterday's presentations. 

Jillian Newkirk started off with helpful tips for ending the power struggles between adults and children.

Joseph Hoffman taught about music and pointed us to his academy where he offers hundreds of free lessons. 

Greg Denning tells how to simply and successfully teach teens. Greg comes from a broken home but found the help he needed to succeed in life. He now mentors teens while being a father of seven and traveling the world with his family. (He's the one who inspired our sons to stay away from sugar a couple years ago. He himself has been sugar-free since age 16.)

Dr Angela talked about how to understand your children who have gifts that can seem like hindrances, e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, ADHD and etc. She recommended books by Ron Davis- The Gift of Dyslexia and The Gift of Learning. It was eye-opening and empowering to hear the stories she told regarding children and adults she has helped to appreciate and work with their gifts.

Andrea Hall taught us how to make math real through everyday living. Learn decimals in the grocery store and fractions while baking in the kitchen. Do square foot gardening to learn counting, measuring, and much more. Look at shapes in nature for geometry. There are so many ways to make math tangible for your children.

Come join the fun, be inspired and enriched. Maybe you will even be stretched and learn something new! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monday Is For Meal Planning

Sunday  5
Invited out
Tortilla chips 
Monday 6
Scrambled eggs
Divided lunch
Cukes & dip
Chicken patty sandwiches
Cucumbers & dip
Tuesday 7
1 help Lloyd
Spaghetti (GF)
Lettuce salad
Sausage gravy
All at one job
Carrots & dip

Thursday 9
Fried eggs and beans
All at one job
Friday 10

Egg biscuits
All at one job
Cheese sandwiches
Veggies & dip
Saturday 11
And so I will post it on Tuesday. 😀 Need some inspiration?

Some of the recipes are linked to what I use or something similar. Waffles and muffins are made with light buckwheat flour. For bread and biscuits I use spelt flour.

For the lunch menus I write down what is happening for jobs so I know how to pack.

There will likely be puddings throughout the week as well, using up milk. Breakfast will include homemade yogurt as often as possible.

What are you cooking this week?

Here's what we saw Friday morning in the western sky. Of course, a picture never does justice. It was a full arch, double in some places.
Have a tasty week!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thomas Jefferson Education Convention

For the last several years I have been studying the Thomas Jefferson Education (TJEd) philosophy. Take note- this is not a curriculum, it is a philosophy of learning. Some time ago I shared the "Inspire, don't require" key of learning/teaching.

This past week the TJEd Convention 2018 began. I'm sorry to introduce this just now, because if you didn't know about it before, you have missed the early bird pricing. But even so, the price is reasonable.

And the content is life changing. We have been part of a "conveyor belt model" of education for so long that we think it is the normal way to be educated. Then when our children don't meet our expectations or don't do well with this "normal" way of being academically educated, we panic. Our children feel like failures and so do we.

"It worked for me!" we say. "Why doesn't it work for my child?" 

We find our children coming away from a formal academic education with a hatred for learning. They slam the books shut with a hurrah and want nothing to do with them forever after.

Is that the education we want for our children? No! A resounding no! 

We want our children to know their purpose in life and be educated in a way that will equip them for that purpose. TJEd will help us know how to accomplish this. 

Sign up here for the convention. (Scroll down to the box that says "The 2018 TJEd Online Convention".) I've listened to Rachel's first two videos and am feeling excited about the upcoming school year.

If you are unable to listen to the convention and would rather read, check out the book A Thomas Jefferson Education.

Saturday, August 4, 2018


Matthew (16) and Melvin (14) gave me a most precious gift this week! They pulled a dishwasher out of storage and replaced the one in the house that has been out of service for years. 

It is so wonderful to be able to put the dirty dishes in there and let them wash while I do laundry, sweep floors, wash windows or sleep!
Happy dance!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Flower Show -Lilies

There are some pretty lilies hiding in the weeds around here.

 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Matthew 6:28-30 NLT

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Milk Products

A gift from one of my Sunday school students. The perfect dish for butter!
Have you ever wished for a family cow? It's wonderful! And then sometimes... the load (or overload) of milk is exhausting.

Our cow gives seven or eight gallons of milk per day. We are doing a cow share with another family of eight so that takes care of the between days. But we need to do something with the other twenty-eight gallons that are produced in a week.

Today I am making or have made...

Butter draining in a sieve.
Milk cooling after being heated to make yogurt
...tapioca pudding (baby pearl).
Cooling in a sink of water
And here is a gallon of milk that I am contemplating what must be done with it.
Condensation on the jar
Often we set it out in a bucket to sour/clabber and then we feed it to the chickens. But as much as I'm able I like to keep it edible for humans. I also make hard cheese and cottage cheese.

What would you do with gallons and gallons of milk?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wore Out

You come home at night
Sit down for a bite
And you're wore out!

You're hardly able 
To get up from the table
'Cause you're wore out!

You crawl into bed
Sleep like you're dead
'Cause you're wore out!

In the morning you wake up
Can't seem to get up
'Cause you're wore out!

You get up on Sunday
Dread to see Monday
'Cause you're wore out!

You go set in church
And your back starts to hurt
'Cause it's wore out!

The choir starts to sing
And you can't feel a thing 
'Cause you're wore out!

You pray the sermon and song
Won't last too long
'Cause you're wore out!

You go for a ride 
In the car with your wife
And it's wore out! (The car, that is!)

She starts to worry 
Tells you not to hurry
This car is wore out!

You don't know where you're at
One of the tires has gone flat
'Cause it's wore out!

From the sound of the motor 
We'll soon have to tow her
Cause she's wore out!

When we get to heaven with Jesus our King
We won't have to worry about anything
We'll be happy and free and our bodies won't be
Wore out!

We'll be happy and free 
Nothing there will ever be
Wore out!

Know the feeling? Here's a rendition of this song that I like. And to be honest I really identify with this song currently. 

Learn who the author is here.