Sunday, 8 January 2012

Homeschool Mothers Journal

The Home school Mother’s Journal began as a single post on a Friday morning over at The Homeschool Chick, and turned into a link-up for homeschool mothers across the blog-O-sphere to share a piece of their journey with one another each week. The link party is open from Friday to Monday so join me in The Homeschool Journal and lets encourage one another on our homeschool journey.

In my life this week…
In our homeschool this week…
  • We were still on break ... back to school on Monday 9th of January.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  •  "Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind."- Charlotte Msson
I am inspired by…
  • The Word of God. I have been amazed by the things I have learned this week as I have started my journey of reading the bible from Cover to Cover chronologically. I have been so blessed by my Mothers insights.
  • Charlotte Mason.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • Our friends the L Family who have six children who blessed us with dinner and fellowship.
  • To pick up the new car port we purchased.
  • Bunnings to purchase the extra bits we needed to erect the car port.
  • My parents for lunch.
  • On Monday it was 40'C (104 F) and our air conditioner has died. I really struggle with such high temperatures. God was good and He helped my brother in law to source one for an excellent price including installation.
  • My brother in law and his children came over for dinner with us while my sister was at work.
  • My sister came up with a novel idea for family gatherings.  She called it Cousin Day.  She chose a few locations and dates for us to get together.  Sent out invitations.  We have to discover the location using our map books.  She has left us the clue in the invite.  She used the page number and grid location.  It's so much fun and I am so looking forward to our time out today ...

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Watching Sir N learn to use a hammer and nail.  He was so brave when he missed the nail and hit his thumb instead.

What’s working/not working for us…
  • We have a new basket to store the library books in. Sir N is being a trooper and keeping the books together in it. 
Questions/thoughts I have…
  • The design of my blog.  The paper does not match my title.  I am searching for a new back ground theme.  I found one that I have tried on my practice blog.  What are your thoughts ?  Do you know where I can find some new paper for my blog ? I also want a narrower header as I feel this one is far to wide and takes up much to much space at the top of my blog. Sigh, my scrapbook software wont work with Windows 7 grrrr.  Do you know of any FREE software I could try to make a background and header with ?  I really like the book and pen on  Coffee Desk and my heart is totally in love with White Fence Rose on Shabby Lane but it is too small for my space here.
  • I have been pondering the question of: Who are the sons of God that the old testament talks about in Genesis and Job ?  Whenever I have thought about God I think about a Son (Jesus) now I read plural sons.
Things I’m working on…
  • Finding a way to organise my day / week to accomplish my goals for 2012.  It is a lot harder than I thought it would be.
  • Reba Bowman just posted a great read link about Keeping Your Resolutions on Facebook (Dare for More Ministries).  Excellent short blog post with a multitude of links worth reading.
  • Daily bible readings and my new blog over at One Year Through the Word.  I am really enjoying my mothers insights. (She is blogging with me :-D ) Our aim is to read the entire bible chronologically in one year together.  I would love your insights and inspirations.
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  •  The same old recipe's I really need to find something new to cook that is cheap quick and easy.  Any recommendations ?
I’m grateful for…
  • Friends who so generously share of themselves on the internet. I would like to recommend that you pop on over to Walking by the Way and see the wonderful list of FREE Kindle classics for Children list. There are some wonderful treasures on this list.
  • Ten Ways to Love.  I am pleased I found this list.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
  • We should always have something worthwhile to think about, that we may not let our minds dwell upon unworthy matters (p21- Ourselves) - Charlotte Mason

Don't forget to visit other Homeschool Mothers who are Journaling this week.



This post is linking to: The Homeschool Mothers Journal and Weird, Unsocialised Homeschoolers.


  1. Chareen

    Have you seen this site, might be template for you there

  2. Thank you Erin I will go and have a look around.

  3. A cousin's party sounds like such a good idea!

    Wow, 104 degrees! I pray that your air conditioning gets fixed soon.

    I will try the link you gave for free children's books on Kindle. Thanks so much for it! :-)

    Hope you have a blessed Sunday,

  4. Hey! I just found you at the weekly wrap up. I clicked through on your link to Wheat Belly, and I found that to be very interesting. I have suspected wheat to be a problem for me for awhile. My solution has been to try soaking or sprouting. Some of my friends feel that makes a difference. Have you tried those methods at all.

    Sorry to hear about those temps -- Wow! That's hot.

    Enjoyed all the links in your post. Thanks for all the information!

  5. Hi Michelle

    I have not tried some of those recommendations yet. A friend of mine soaks her rolled Oats and finds that works really well. I suspect I too have a wheat intollerance and plan to do an ellimination diet sometime this year to see.

    I am pleased you enjoyed the links.

  6. Hi, Chareen- thank you for stopping by my blog (& leaving a comment :)

    I don't know if you've settled on your background because I've not been here in awhile (sorry!) but I really like the red roses you have on your practice blog. It fits nicely with your blog title and the header you have over there is nice.

    Looking forward to seeing what you find and decide on.

    And, I know there was something else I was going to comment on but I seem to have a short memory and cannot recall at the moment! I may end up commenting twice! :)

    Hope you have a blessed day (it is Sunday morning here).

  7. I have really enjoyed my visit to your blog. What a beautiful family you have! And, I see my good friend, Erin, in the comments:)
    I'm wondering where you live that it is 104* F! On another Continent from me, I assume! LOL
    As for quick, easy recipes...perhaps you'll try this one if you enjoy sausage:

    5 cups "Bisquick" style baking mix
    1 1/3 Cups Milk
    Make a dough, cut in half, and roll out into two long rectangles
    Meanwhile, fry up some bulk sausage...2 packs per "rectangle"...drain and crumble
    Spread sausage down center of dough and roll from side-to-side (like you would, a jelly-roll)
    Bake at 350*, until golden
    Serve light gravy over-top
    Note: My family likes this "cold" as well as from the oven!

  8. BTW, LOVE the "cousin" idea...I have a friend who meets up with cousins at a hotel in a state half way between her home and the relatives; once a year, for indoor swimming and fun...she will absolutely LOVE your idea; can't wait to share it with her! Please, if you wouldn't mind, tell me some examples of places where your clues have led.

  9. Hi

    Our cousin day is great fun. At the moment the cousins are all very young so we tend to pick adventure playgrounds for our picnics and get together's The next on is our second one and we will be meeting down at the waterfront :)

    This recipe looks great. Thank you I will give that a try.

    I must confess I am pleased we do not have many 40'C days here ! When we do it certainly helps me appreciate the cooler weather.


  10. Love the Charlotte Mason quotes you shared...especially the last one!

    Sounds like you had a great week...minus the broken air conditioner! Hope it is fixed soon.

    I like the practice template- a lot!!


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