Friday, 23 March 2012

HSMJ 19 - The difference between entertaining and Hospitality

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 home school 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 Home school Journal and lets encourage one another on our home school journey.

In my life this week…
In our home school this week…
  • We started our Morocco Expedition Earth study.
  • Went on a trip to see the HMAS Castlemaine
  • We did a Picasso Inspired piece of art.
  • Have not completed Morocco this week as I intended so will need to finish on Monday when we start on Kenya.
  • Finished the letter "V" in spelling.  Wrote some letters to Grandad and Nanna.
  • Worked on math facts for the number seven.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I am inspired by…
  • Waste Time on this NOT that over at Relevant.  Here is a sneak peak: There is a danger of getting sucked too far into the online vortex, but it’s a danger that’s easily averted if we approach our time at the computer with a healthy sense of perspective and balance, along with a few basic goals............... Remember to head on over to Relevant and read the full article.
  • Living on Rice and Beans over at Always Learning.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • Monday was a busy day we visited a friend for her birthday and then went to a home school mothers meeting.
  • Tuesday we joined my mom and some homeschoolers and went on a trip to see HMAS Castlemaine.
  • Wednesday  and Thursday we were at home.
  • Thursday night Paul and Sir N went on another night time adventure with some friends and came home very cold. Autumn has definitely arrived in Melbourne.
  • Saturday are going to visit a home school family for lunch / afternoon / evening catch up we have been trying to organise for over a year.
  • Counting down the months, weeks and days

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Listening to Sir N's exclamations of pleasure and excitement when he realised it's only seventeen sleeps till we fly out to South Africa.

What’s working/not working for us…
  • the laundry ....... 
2012 in 2012
  • Read about this idea over at Behind the Scenes and was really intrigued.  I think I will give it a go.  Won't make 2012 I don't think but it will definitely help me de-clutter.
What  This Week Balance
2 Thrown Away 0 2
0 Sold 0 0
0 Donated 0 0
8 Returned to their owner 0 8

Running Total out of the goal 2012


Questions/thoughts I have…
  • I've been asked to do some guest posts at a Home school blog and been wondering what sorts of things I should write about .........
Things I’m working on…
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  • Flathead Fish Cakes
  • Ambrosia
  • Looking for a Moroccan Dish to finish off our Morocco studies.  Any ideas ??
I’m grateful for…

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
  • There is a difference between entertaining and offering hospitality. Entertaining seeks to impress. Offering hospitality puts the emphasis on others so they feel refreshed, not impressed, when they leave your home. - Karen Ehman
Don't forget to pop over to read what other home school Moms are doing


  1. I love that quote! So many times I find myself worrying about things like that instead of worrying about will they leave refreshed from my home. Thanks for reminding me of that!!! Have a great week :)

  2. I'm going to have to check out the "Dating your spouse" post. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I was so encouraged reading that post. I hope you will be too !

  3. I love that quote. Such a good reminder for me. I kind of freak about entertaining.

    1. You are not alone in that boat ! Me too.

  4. So, so agree with your final quote. For months I've had a post rolling in my head on this very subject

    1. Look forward to reading it (your post). I would love to read her book it looks wonderful

  5. Thank you for sharing these links, Chareen. There are some real gems here - I'm enjoying browsing them (loving Always Learning).

    Great post, as always, Chareen:)

    1. You're welcome Vicky :) I agree I enjoy my time at Always Learning and always come away encouraged.

  6. Love your quote as I try to teach my girls to be hospitable to others:) Looks like another great week! I really enjoyed your Picasso inspired artwork!

    1. Thank you Jen. The quote inspired me too !

  7. What a comprehensive post! So many great links.
    (Now I know what you mean about spending time writing up your posts.)

    Hope you enjoyed HMAS Castlemaine. We did the tour there last year and liked it. Did you have a peak into the Maritime Museum across the road?

    1. We did enjo the Caslemaine visit. Didn't know there was a museum there. I will need to go back and have a look :)


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