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September 19, 2017
by Allison
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Young Adult 102 Hormones – Don’t Always Believe Them

So all of the sudden you discover your life is terrible.  You have no friends.  You will never be good at anything.  Your parents don’t understand.  You are so disappointed in the way things turned out.  You wish you had the things your friends have.  You look ugly.  You just want to scream or cry or both!

What to do?

Let me introduce you to Hormones.  They lie.  They pay surprise visits at the most inconvenient time.  They cause acne on your FACE and other places.  They make you mad or sad for no good reason, or sometimes for every reason.  They cannot be reasoned with.  When they strike you have to recognize the symptoms above and go on the offensive.  They are great because they make the men have a fighting spirit and the women a nurturing spirit and sometimes the other way around.  But there is too much of a good thing, and sometimes that is what you get.

When you are in despair or mad at the world there is a way out.  First, pray.

1.  Are you tired?  Is it 11 PM at night after a long day?  If so tell yourself you will deal with this stuff in the morning.  Read a short passage from your Bible and go to sleep.  Everything will be better in the morning or at least manageable.

2.  Do you feel everyone is being unkind to you?  Singling you out?  It is time to get others focused.  Do something nice for someone else.  Clean something up for them.  Do their chore.  Then get some exercise.  Go for a walk or better yet a run.  Try and beat your pushup record.  Some exercise will lift you out of the dumps.

3.  Do you feel extremely ugly because of your hair, skin, or fitness level?  Make a plan.  Get a new skincare routine. Put some effort into your hair, and decide on a fitness plan and do it.  Just having a plan will boost your confidence immediately and your efforts will pay off in time as well.  Strive to be healthy, and you will become the beauty God created.  Love the body God gave you and take care of it.  It is a gift.

4.  You have no friends.  Well, it is time to be a friend.  Pray that God will bring people into your life that you can be a good friend to.  Have you neglected the friends you had?  Make a call, text them, or join them in an activity.  Are you being a friend to your siblings?  Recognize God uses seasons without dear friends to strengthen your friendship with Him.  Spend time in prayer and Bible Study and make the most of the time.  God will provide, and be your companion Himself as well.

5. Your parents don’t understand.  That’s OK.  No human can understand everything all the time.  You do what is right and pleasing to God.  Honor your parents.  Respect their wishes, but strive to please the Lord.  He sees you exactly as you are and always understands and knows what is best for you.  Trust Him with your future and with your parents.  God even used evil kings for his purposes.  Surely he can accomplish his will with your parents in charge.

 

September 19, 2017
by Allison
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Young Adult 101 Accepting Correction

Accepting correction is not natural. It goes against our natural defenses. Since we all make mistakes it is necessary. Be prepared and you will not turn into a bucket of tears or a raging bull.

When you are being corrected by someone in authority over you, ignore the emotions involved, that is just their reaction to the problem. Listen carefully, and ask yourself these three questions and then respond accordingly.

Listen:
1. What is the problem? (e.g. I made everyone late, I lost something, I was inconsiderate, etc.)

2. What is my responsibility? (e.g. treat others as I want to be treated, take care of what I have been given, etc.)

3. What am I going to do in the future? (e.g. get ready 15 minutes earlier, replace the item I lost, consider others first, etc.)

Respond:

1.  State the problem. (e.g.  I made everyone late)

2. Acknowledge your responsibility. (e.g. I should be ready early so no one has to wait on me and I can be helpful)

3. Apologize for missing the mark, and commit to specific actions to correct the problem. (I’m sorry I made us late, and I will be ready 15 minutes early next time)

What NOT to do:

1. Do NOT criticise the way the offended person explains the problem or expresses emotion. (That’s not exactly what happened, I think you mean….,  you don’t have to raise your voice)

2.Do NOT try to mitigate the significance of your mistake.  (e.g. It could have been worse, I don’t usually…)

3. Do NOT place blame on others.  (If you had reminded me more… if he hadn’t taken so long…)

4. Do NOT accept responsibility for other people’s choices or responses. (I’m sorry I made you mad, I’m sorry you signed me up for the class)

5. Do NOT pass judgment on yourself. (I’m a disappointment, I’m a terrible person, you must be disappointed in me etc.)

I Corinthians 7:8-11 (NIV)

Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while—yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.

Correction is an opportunity.  Don’t miss the opportunity to grow, or let it damage your relationships.  Use the sorrow you feel as a call to action, to make a change for the good.  It is a chance to put to death an area of selfishness and live in the power of the Holy Spirit within you.

March 1, 2017
by Allison
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Art for Early Elementary

I wish I had discovered this tool long ago.  Instead of turning on a show for your elementary student, try giving them an art sketchbook and turning on Youtube.  There are lots of instructions for drawing that they can follow without any extra help.  Our recent favorite is the Young Rembrandts channel.

February 24, 2017
by Allison
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Dear Younger Me…New Mom

Now that I am forty, there are a few things I would tell myself as a new mother.

  1. Cherish every second.  Kids grow up so fast.  In just five years they are in a completely different stage of childhood.  Babies only last a year.  Especially yours since they walk at 9 months.
  2. Trust your instincts.  If you see a change in behavior check for an ear infection or food allergy.
  3. All in one cloth diapers are fantastic, just make sure you don’t get a high efficiency front loading washer.  There is just not enough water exchange to get them clean.  And buy the biggest container of Charlie’s Soap laundry powder.
  4. Buy all white linens for the beds, that way you can bleach them if needed and they are all interchangeable.  You will be washing them constantly. Oh, and have a bed in the nursery for you.  You will want to be close when your little one is sick.
  5. Help your husband plan date nights.  As much as you would like him to constantly surprise you with his thoughtfulness, you have great ideas he will never think of even if you tell him.  He will enjoy himself when you get there.  Ignore any initial responses, he hasn’t had time to think this through.
  6. Play “Stop” and “Go” (Think red light, green light) with your early walker.  It keeps them safe when you are out and about.  Just stay “Stop” when they drift down a grocery isle or head toward a parking lot and they will wait so you can catch up.
  7. Keep junk food out of the house.  They will develop a taste for real food.  The first time they taste American “cheese” they will alert you that this is not really cheese and remove it from their sandwich.
  8. Be consistent with bedtime, and have a bedtime ritual that includes reading.  Eight o’clock is a great time for bed, and kids can just stay up a little longer reading in bed as they get older.  This is built in time with your husband after the kids are tucked in.  Enjoy it.
  9. Infant swim lessons are worth every penny.  Watch the instructor with your first kid, and then you can teach the rest.
  10. Be kind to yourself.  Your daughters are watching.  Love and care for yourself like you want them to care for themselves.  Be thankful for each day.  It is a blessing.
  11. Honor your husband, and speak to him truthfully even if it isn’t what he wants to hear.  You need that from him, and he from you.  Love builds up.  Be his biggest fan.

November 13, 2016
by Allison
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How We Homeschool

Over the years our style of schooling has changed out of necessity with four kids in different grades now.  We began following The Well Trained Mind by Susan Bauer, fell in love with books with Charlotte Mason style instruction, and finally found freedom through self-directed learning with Robinson Curriculum.  Our current style is a mix of all three.  We participate in Community Bible Study for our Bible curriculum (non-denominational, expository, book by book study).

School is five days per week.  No electronics during the week.  Electronics time is Saturday until noon and 2-4pm on Sunday.  Lights out is an hour after bedtime, and each kid has a reading light so they can read in bed if they like.  I fill out a weekly assignment chart for each child so they can check off their work as they go and I can easily see how their day is going.

Kindergarten-1st Grade :

Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills by American Education Publishing ( K and 1st Grade books)

Zaner Blozer Handwriting (Only the student workbook, the teacher guide is unnecessary.)

Hooked on Phonics (K-2nd grade)

Memorize math facts (add, subtract, multiply, divide), counting to 100 on the number chart,  and skip counting.  We love TimezAttack (download HERE) and Xtramath for fact practice.

Abeka Science

Abeka History

Miscellaneous workbooks on Geography or other topics of interest.

Music- piano

Sports- ASK Karate , private tennis lessons

Chores- daily chore

 

2-6 Grade:

Zaner Blozer Handwriting (one page per day)

Vocabulary/Spelling- Wordly Wise online (one lesson per week) discounted at Homeschool Buyers Co-op

History- Veritas Press self-paced history

Math- Saxon Math beginning with 4/5 once math facts are mastered (at least add and subtract, keep working on multiply, divide).  Kids complete one lesson per day and grade their own work (Younger kids start at half a lesson per day and work up to a full lesson).  Lessons must be repeated if they are below 90%.

Grammar- IXL (discounted at Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op) 20 minutes per day.

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Science- Apologia Science and ABeka Science readers.  Science is a reading assignment only.  Kids will complete many of the experiments without being asked.

Writing- copy work then original work at 10 years old.  Each day of the week has a different topic for writing: Monday- Scripture, Tuesday- write a letter, Wednesday-fiction, and Friday-science.  There is no writing on Thursday.  We use composition books for the writing assignments and the expected length of each assignment is increased with age and ability (1-3 pages).

Keyboarding- Typing club in 4th grade.  One lesson per day.

Music- weekly piano and voice lessons and daily practice

Sports- Golf (Arcis golf lessons), ASK Karate , private tennis lessons

Chores- daily chores

Testing- Beginning in fourth grade, we use Abeka testing services to take the Stanford 10 from home.  The test is online and administered by a teacher who is on the phone the whole time.

 

7-8th grade:

Science –DIVE online science lecture based science course/curriculum with online grading (Earth Science, Integrated Chemistry and Physics)

History/Literature/Theology- Veritas Press self-paced Omnibus I and II, Primary and Secondary .  We complete Primary first then Secondary instead of consecutively as suggested by Veritas Press.

Math- Saxon Math ( Math 7/6 and Algebra 1/2 minimum)

Vocabulary/Spelling- Wordly Wise (one lesson per week)

Grammar- IXL (20 minutes per day)

Writing- PREP Reading and Writing 1 & 2 (IEW writing course), available in Katy and Cypress TX.

Foreign Language- PREP Latin or online Spanish or OneDayAcademy Spanish I.

Music- weekly piano and voice lessons and daily practice

Sports- Golf (Arcis golf lessons), ASK Karate , private tennis lessons

 

9-12th grade (still building these years)

Science- DIVE online science lecture based science course/curriculum with online grading, plus AP Prep courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

History/Literature/Theology- Veritas Press self-paced Omnibus III, Primary and Secondary and Omnibus IV,V,VI Survey live online courses.

Math- Saxon Math, plus AP Prep courses Algegra 1, Algebra 2, Pre-Cal, Calculus 1 minimum (Geometry is built in to Saxon Math and is not a separate course)

Foreign Language- PREP Latin and Spanish 1 and 2 via Homeschool Spanish Academy or OneDayAcademy

Personal Finance- Dave Ramsey HS online course.  May be discounted at Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op

Music- weekly piano and voice lessons and daily practice, and learn a second instrument if interested

Sports- Golf (Arcis golf lessons), ASK Karate, private tennis lessons

For an exhaustive list of home school classes available in the Houston area go HERE.

 

November 6, 2016
by Allison
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Pressure Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy – Gluten Free

Total prep/cook time 45 min.

4-6 servings

Ingredients:

3 T corn starch

2 t salt

1/2 t ground black pepper

1/2 t paprika

1/4 t mustard powder

2 lbs top sirloin steaks, cut into 1″ cubes

2 T avacado oil

1 onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 T Better than Bouillon Beef

Add 2 T of avocado oil to pressure cooker pan.  Saute beef until brown, then add onions and garlic and saute until onions are clear.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Add 1 cup water. Stir well.  Pressure cook for 25 min on manual setting.  Quick release and serve over rice or noodles.

 

 

September 1, 2016
by Allison
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Everyday Scripture

Psalm 119:11King James Version (KJV)

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

My challenge is to fill the minds of my family with scripture.  So, here’s the plan.

1.Scripture memory system.  I have an index card box that sits on the breakfast table so we can practice our verses throughout the day.  Kids will just open the box and challenge each other, and my husband is really good at practicing with the family after dinner at night.   The whole system is available for FREE here.

2. Scripture memory songs.  These are available in kids tunes at Christian bookstores, and I particularly like Integrity Music’s Scripture Memory Songs.  Here’s one example at Amazon. “God’s Grace”  These songs are appropriate for adults and kids with all kinds of different music styles incorporated with the scriptures.

3. Use scripture daily.

2 Timothy 3:16-17(NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

When the occasion arises, speak scripture.  Declare “This is the day that the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.” when you get in the car for a drive.  Remind the kids to “Do everything without complaining or arguing”.  Reflect that “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise(Prov. 17:28).”

4. Read the Bible daily.

This year we are reading the Bible as a family every night.  If we miss a night we just double up readings to keep on track.  We are using a one year chronological Bible in an easy to understand translation.  The kids love it and take turns reading.

 

July 18, 2016
by Allison
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Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 Tbsp vodka
  • 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and add water to fill up the bottle. Spray away!! Please make sure you are using therapeutic grade oils.

full article at: http://livingtraditionally.com/mosquito-repellant-linked-to-neurological-damage-use-this-natural-mosquito-repellent-instead/

June 7, 2016
by Allison
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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Eggcakes) GF

These were a hit.  Another way to eat fresh eggs in the morning.

Ingredients:

(serves 2-3)

1 ripe banana

2 eggs

Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Beat banana and eggs until smooth with a hand mixer.  Pour sand dollar sized circles on a 350F griddle.  Sprinkle chocolate chips in the batter on the griddle.  Cook until bottom of pancakes is medium brown then turn with a quick spatula.  These are delicate cakes.  Serve immediately.  I made two batches for four kids.

 

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