Friday, 24 February 2012

Homeschool Mothers Journal {15} - 46 days of LENT ?????

The Home school Mother’s Journal began as a single post on a Friday morning over at The Home school 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…
Sir N touching a Little Penguin
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I am inspired by…
  • A beautiful post over at Princess Warrior Lessons by guest blogger Leah from Prayer Gifts titled: Wait and see. To whet your appetite here is a snippet:
       My son was my teacher today. 
    As I drove him across town to his friend’s house, my 15-year-old and I chatted about his older brother, all full of plans, heading off to college soon.  As we talked about how different things will be when Garrett moves out, Logan glanced over at me and said, “Mom, I don’t want to know all the answers. I just like to wait and see what happens.”..............
    head on over to Princess Warrior Lessons to finish this excellent post that will touch your mother heart with the deep abiding love of Jesus. 
  • What would I do differently ? over at Keepin it real. I wish I had had this information when I was a mum with very young children.  
  • When God wont hurry up.  Beautiful post and healing to the heart.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • This week it was our turn to host the home school mom's group.  It was good to see the ladies and enjoy encouraging fellowship.
  • Went to Granny's house for lunch and a haircut.
  • Went to Granny's house to celebrate her birthday on Thursday.
  • On the spur of the moment we decided to go with Paul to Melbourne Zoo on Thursday.  We enjoyed looking around. Did you know it's their 150th year anniversary ?
  • Counting down the months, weeks and days

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Conquering Mount Washmore and then destroying Mount Ironmore !! 

What’s working/not working for us… SOS HELP
  • I am a little confused!  This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and signaled the begining of LENT.  In theory there are 40 days to Lent and day 41 is Easter Sunday.  This year Ash wednesday is 46 days before Easter Sunday so how am I suposed to do this ?????? Day 40 is actually next Tuesday the 28th February.  Please HELP me untangle this ?
Questions/thoughts I have…
  • What does your daily schedule look like?  I need to make one and was wondering if I should do a little of each subject each day OR have a day for each subject other than the three R's.
Things I’m working on…
  • My overall fitness. I have been using Wii Active and enjoying it.  I am surprised by it's effectiveness.  I am not a game console person and I must confess that after each session I feel as though I have had a personal coach coaching me. I just hope I can see some results in my clothing size soon ;-)
  • Reading the books I have on Nature Journaling: Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie, Field Trips by Jim Arnosky, Chapters 33{Nature Study} , 34 {Nature for City Children} & 35 {Neighbourhood Nature study} in my Charlotte Mason Companion book. I am planning a once a month linky party for the Charlotte Mason Companion starting on Monday 19 March with these three topics to start with.  So if you have the book get reading, blog and join me. 
I’m reading…
  • All about the THE KOOKAGUMJOEYS who are the FIRST® LEGO® League Australian Champion’s Award Winners 2011. They are fundraising for their planned trip to represent Australia in Germany in June 2012.  If you are able hop on over and donate to help these girls get to Germany. 
  • His Dreams over at Keepin it Real.
  • The book of Leviticus.  My favourite chapter has been chapter 19.  If you are a new christian, an older christian wanting to be refreshed or simply looking for a good summary of boundaries to live by or things to teach your children about Godly living then this is the chapter for you.  I want to summarise this for Sir N's wall: Guidance for Godly Living.
  • Joshua - God's Warrior by Ellen Gunderson Traylor.
  • The myth of the eight hour sleep on the BBC News site.
I’m cooking…
Even the cat knew there
was good food to be had!!
  • Stir Fry chicken for wraps.
  • East African Chicken.
  • Omelettes filled with mushrooms, onions and capsicum.
  • Fresh flounder my husband caught last night. (5 Flathead & 2 Garfish on the board and Flounder in the sink)
I’m grateful for…

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
  •  Start by making your own home a place where happiness and love abound, through your love for each member of your family and for your neighbour.  Try to put in the hearts of your children a love for home.  Make them long to be with their families.  So much sin could be avoided if our people really love their homes. 
    Mother Theresa

This post is linking to:
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and The Homeschool Chick pop on over to read what other homeschool Moms are doing.


  1. Chareen, all of your ideas for observing Lent look wonderful - thanks for posting! I was still looking for a few things to do w/my children, I think I've found them. Thank you also for including our Jesus Tree in your post :)

    I am not quite sure about the timing of Lent, either! I did end up changing the number of readings from our Tree this year to simplify things a bit.

    Love your final quote....very inspiring!!

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    1. Thank you Collette. It was you who inspired me to look for some ideas. I had nver heard of a Jesus Tree before. I think I am going to start mine on day 40 to make it easier. I am pleased you were able to find some ideas for your Lent this year.

      Yes the lent timing has me very confused I hope someone can shed some light on it for us.


    2. When counting the days of Lent, you do not count Sundays. At least, that is my Southern Baptist understanding of it :) If you take out every Sunday between Ash Wednesday and Easter, there are 40 days. So you can partake in whatever you are giving up for Lent every Sunday.

    3. Thank you Amy. It was really doing my head in :)

  2. Hi Chareen! Looks like a great week! You always accomplish so much. The Sundays are not counted in Lent. :-) They are considered "mini-Easters." That is why no fasting is done on Sundays, either. Hope that helps! Many blessings, Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa

      Thank you so much. I like the idea of mini Easters.

  3. Sounds like you had a seriously busy week. You make mine look sad! of coursevwe were playing catch up from sick kids the week before. I noticed you are going to S. Africa in a month. That sounds exciting what bare you going there for?

    1. It was busy but not too busy. Good to hear that your children are getting better.

      Our family live in South Africa. We are going back for a 10 year reunion. It's Paul's parents 50th wedding anniversary.


  4. I haven't heard that quote before, but it's beautiful! Thanks for sharing it:) Blessings to you this week!

  5. Daily schedule? Well, I try to have the kids up and ready to do school at 9:00, breaking for lunch from 12:00-12:30, and finishing up any remaining school after that. (Usually it's just my oldest finishing up after lunch for another hour.) The kids do Language Arts, Math, Science, and History every school day.


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