There’s Something for Everyone


So many of us want to make a difference, to leave our mark . . . yet we feel defeated. We want to add something meaningful to this symphony of life, but feel trapped by our circumstances; this thing called reality, that pesky nemeses who steals our dreams and replaces them with something dimmer, something harder, something far less noble.

But wait, maybe reality isn’t the nemeses after all. Is it possible that reality is our ally and perception out foe? Reality is in Christ. Reality is being part of a body in which even the weakest parts are indespensible (1 Corinthians 12:22).

I often feel like an eye, seeing the hurt of others but lacking the capability of the hands to dress a wound. I feel like an ear hearing great sorrow without the capability to speak words of comfort. And quite often, the eye feels blinded by darkness, the ear plugged with the chaos of life. Yet I long. I long to be the flower among the thorns, the apple of my Father’s eye.

Perception. Is it truly about perception? Lord give me ears to hear and eyes to see, and please tune this instrument to the perfect pitch of your Spirit. Help me not be blinded by the darkness or to deaf from the chaos of this world. Help me to trust that if I am an eye, I can see. You will help me see what needs to be seen so the hand can do it’s job well, for without the eye, the hands cannot be as delicate and precise. Lord, if I am an ear, help me hear the intricacies of the songs of your children that the words spoken for their comfort may reach to the depths of their souls.

Help me to trust you, to understand that though I can’t see my mark, You still hold the quill. Help me to trust that though I feel defeated, You are victorious. Help me to understand that a reality different from my dreams doesn’t mean I bring dessonence to the beautiful sound of the orchestra, rather it means I’m singing a lovely harmony that matches the melody I have yet to hear. Help me remember, that just like the members of the body, there’s something for everyone . . . even me.

She Reads Truth | Resource

 If you’re ready to dive into some Bible study, and don’t know where to start, I highly recommend shereadstruth.com.  They have some awesome Bible studies and group studies.  You can do the current devotional with them or go back to the archives and do an old study.  I love that they include grace days if you’re joining them in real time.  When it comes to Bible study, sometimes mamas need a little grace.

I have been enjoying the app and use it for my daily devotions.  Before I go to bed  I turn my phone on airplane mode and opened the next devotion in the app so that when I grab for my phone I can start my day right away by digging into God’s Word without any distractions.  The ladies there also provide wonderful wallpapers for your phone like the one to the left. So, if you’re looking for something to help you dig into God’s word, check it out!

It’s a Journey

12038283_10207803359704245_5791049135623336579_nEvery time I come back to my blog and start writing again, I wrestle. It’s hard to write on a blog that’s not fresh and up-to-date. I tend to want to refashion and repurpose it for the place I’m at now. I want to delete all of the seemingly irrelevant parts and start all new, bright and shiny and squeaky clean.

I also feel like I need to make a commitment, like I have to purpose to write on a schedule and have wonderful gems to share on topics that are near and dear to my heart: learning to live a life of stronger faith, family, natural health, homeschool, recipes, etc. I also find that I tend to want to nail down how my YouTube channel and my blog will work hand-in-hand. Then I think and I plan and I aim to see it through to success – whatever that is. And I do it. . . For a few weeks, sometimes even a few months. Until I ultimately burn out and become overwhelmed. I am silenced and have little to say.

Yet, as I reflect even on this process, I am again brought to the title of the blog – the title that has remained the same these past ten years. At Jesus’ Feet: learning daily from the Master Teacher, and that still rings true. Life is a journey and I am ever learning. I have learned many lessons over the past ten years and I have many more still to learn. I have shared some of the lessons and others have stayed closer to my heart, not to be published on the World Wide Web.

So here I am, writing a post again. I’m not committing to writing more or on certain topics or for a set amount of time. But, I am embracing the journey. I am embracing the ups and downs the times to share and the times to hold close. So here I go.

When Life Becomes a Classroom


Today I share about trusting God to fill our insecurities and watching the joy and wonder come alive as we allow life to become our classroom in homeschooling.

When Life Becomes a Classroom

Homeschool Log | October 27-30

  
Timothy’s Age: 2.5
Samuel’s Age: 5

A lot has been going on in our world in the last month-and-a-half including a cross-country move. I am eager to start sharing our homeschool logs again. Despite my desire to plan and prepare, there is something said to truly following the interests of the boys.  So, without further ado, here is some of what’s been going on in our house this week.

  

10/27 Tuesday

We are all sick today, so structure has pretty much gone out the window. Despite our tiredness, scratchy throats and runny noses, lots of learning has been going on.  This morning, Samuel was talking about the hundreds of songs in his head and asked to listen to the “Dun dun” song by Mozart. We read a little bit about Mozart and listened to some of his works all morning long.

The boys exercised fine motor skills while tearing paper and making tiny paper balls for their recycling truck. Timothy learned about physics with our marbel works set.  He actually did a really amazing job of figuring out what pieces to put where for his marbles to do exactly what he wanted.  Both boys have also been having fun with their toolset, learning about the names of the different tools and putting on their worker hats, pretending to be construction workers.

  

10/28 Wednesday

We were waiting for the FedEx man to deliver several packages today, so as we waited, we practiced using our observation skills. We counted birds, talked about the things we saw, compared sizes and played logic puzzles (i.e. how do you know that tree is in their back yard?). We also read lots of books while we were waiting.

Samuel learned a bit about plumbing while helping daddy hook up the diaper sprayer; and once our packages FINALLY arrived ;), Timothy got to practice his fine motor skills with nothing else, but beloved bubble wrap. :)

  

10/29 Thursday

We have had so much fun with one of the packages that arrived – felts.  The boys have been having fun making up all sorts of stories as I finish cutting out each piece.  They have also taken a cue from all my cutting and have enjoyed coming up with their own cutting projects.

We have been continuing to enjoy learning about Idaho state history.  Our favorite part has been reading “The Boy Homesteader” by Mabel Rosamond Brose. It is beautifully written and filled with all sorts of true stories about a family homesteading in Boisie Idaho in the late 1800’s.  Not a day goes by where we don’t read at least one chapter. and we have learned about a lot of old tools and farming methods.  It’s been fun for everyone.

10/30 Friday

We did a lot of reading today.  Mostly about camping (in preparation for our weekend camping excursion), and fire safety/firefighters (in preparation for our visit to the fire station on Thursday). Needless to say, the boys are super excited about both events.  Timothy is excited about sleeping in a tent and Samuel is excited about being outside ALL DAY! :)  Samuel is learning how to stop – drop – and roll, and Timothy is having loads of fun pretending to be a fire engine, and then a firefighter.

Samuel is learning how to be a super duper vacuumer – going around the edges of the room and vacuuming in lines to be sure he doesn’t miss a spot.  He is doing great, and will soon be able to take over that portion of Friday chores all by himself. :)
Our main focus of the day, however, were social skills.  Both boys were having a hard time today, so they needed extra help learning how to share, work together and manage emotions.  I think we often forget that these skills are a VERY important part of school for littles, and on days like this I feel like I’m getting nowhere, but young children need lots of hugs, support and guidance.

Summary

This week, there has been a lot of learning going on, but I think the biggest learner has been me.  I am learning to let my kids be kids and follow their lead. They naturally WANT to learn, and I need to trust that and be there to facilitate their curiosity. What about you? What have you been doing at home? What are you learning? What about your kids?

A New Beginning

Act II: A New Beginning | Sowing Joyhttps://sowingjoy.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/act-ii-a-new-beginning/

I posted this a few days ago from a joint blog my husband and I started a while back. There is a lot going on in our world right now. :)

Homeschool Log| May 17-23

My boys are two and four. They aren’t quite old enough for “school” yet, but we like to do a lot of learning around here.  Although we don’t have a required curriculum or set schedule, I do try to provide lots of rich learning opportunities.  Sometimes learning happens thorough things I set up, other times, the boys figure it out all on their own. I thought it would be fun to chronicle some of the highlights each day from the school of life.  And these are my highlights, if the boys were writing, they may pick totally different things! :D

Usborne book shipment

5/19 Tuesday

We spent a lot of today looking at the fantastic shipment of books we got in for the year! :)  Samuel has been enjoying reading about Mummies and Pyramids and Emergency Services. Timothy has been having fun with his truck sticker book and reading Busy Trucks on the Go.  One of the characters looks like a friend of ours, so he has named them Silly Mark and Alex. It has been a reading kind of day – which means lots of learning!

DSC075725/20 Wednesday

DSC07574This morning for worship, we were reading about the Isrealite’s escape from Egypt.  As Samuel is interested in Africa, and we have been reading about Mummies and Pyramids in Egypt, we took a few minutes to look up Egypt in our atlas and found the Red Sea, the Nile River and even where mount Sinai was.

As we were driving to see Daddy’s new office, we saw lots of construction vehicles working on a road nearby.  Samuel quickly noticed the hydraulics system on the diggers and was talking about how they work.  He learned this when we were reading one of his new books yesterday.  It was cool to see things clicking for him. :)

Amma (Grandma) visited today, and Samuel found her Snap-n-Learn Number Bugs in the car and wanted to play with them. We had fun doing some basic addition by putting together different colored bodies and finding the right number for the head. It was a lot of fun. :)

5/21 Thursday

Samuel made a “whisper machine”.  He taped a bunch of toilet paper tubes together.  He discovered that if he held it up to someone’s ear, he only had to whisper very softly for them to hear what he was saying.  We talked about how sound travels and what makes the whisper machine work.

5/22 Friday

Anna HibiscusWe started reading Anna Hibiscus, about a little girl who lives in Africa. “Amazing Africa.” We talked about family structures and how Anna lives with so many people in her house.  We talked about all Samuel’s aunties and uncles. When we were done reading the first chapter, we tried to figure out where Anna Hibiscus might live.  Because the author is from Nigeria, we guessed there.  We looked it up on a map and saw where it was compared to Egypt.  We read a lot of things in our atlas about that area in Africa.

Samuel decided he wants to write letters to someone in Africa – preferably Anna Hibiscus, but if she can’t do it, someone else his age would work just fine. ;) We wrote the first letter and he’s eager to get it off in the mail (I happen to know lots of missionaries that might know a family or two we can write to).  Then we looked at Australia in the atlas – he thought that was pretty cool too!

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