Friday 6 July 2012

HSMJ - Like thieving quilters we steal ...

In my life this week…
 I have had so much fun using the rafflecopter to draw and announce the winners of my blog birthday giveaway.
Visiting homeschool friends and planning a birthday dinner later this month, and realising that it's only four months till we drive with my parents on an adventure to far north Queensland to see the TOTAL solar eclipse in November.
Exploring the resources available on Pinterest and discovering some great YouTube clips for a unit study on the Olympic Games.

In our homeschool this week…
Top L - built a lego Sea Shepherd  R - Colouring the South African Flag
Bottom L - Night Zoo  R - Expedition Earth Passport

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I am inspired by…
  • Loving the Mothers we are.  This is a must read for every homeschool mom you know.  I think I need to read this once a month !  Short sweet to the point and deeply impacting.  Here is a snippet:

    One of the hardest jobs we face is learning to appreciate the mothers we are. Like thieving quilters we steal bits of other mothers, from dreams, books and playground conversations, and stitch them together into an ideal mother. We hold it up to the light and admire its colours and patterns and despair that we will ever match its splendor....

    do pop on over and take a moment to finish reading this over at Handmade Homeschool. I have struggled in this area for years. My goal this year is to be true to myself.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • On Saturday we went to see Peter Rabbit's Birthday at the Clock Tower.
  • Wednesday we visited with some friends for a play date.
  • Thursday we joined another family to visit the State Library of Victoria. We had a great time exploring this beautiful old building.
  • We also went to Werribee Open Range Zoo to explore the Zoo after dark.

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Having some of my thoughts on blogging confirmed when I read Guidelines for Blogging by Keenpin' it Real. I feel so encouraged when I see the Lord answering my questions through others.
  • Looking through my Sonlight Catalog and deciding what we need to purchase to upgrade my Sonlight Core B 
What’s working/not working for us…

Questions/thoughts I have…
  • I am looking for bloggers who homeschool and have an "only" child.  With Sir N being ten years younger than his siblings I feel like I am on this steep learning curve and looking for some support.
Things I’m working on…
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  • Gluten Free bread. 
On Pinterest I found...
  • Teaching Blog Addict.  Wow what a great set of boards.  If numbers are anything to judge a board by they have those with 6685 followers. They have 64 Boards and 2380 Pins. The boards are set up by Grade and subject.
  • Sara Hart  has 71 boards and 10 430 pins for you to have a look at.
  • Penny * Arnold has 156 Boards and 6860 Pins.

I’m grateful for…
  • The extra hours my husband has been given at work this week. Our car needed a service and now we have a little in the bank to take it in.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
"If you are in a "lonely place" its because God is calling you to "The secret place". Its a place away from the praise band, choir, noise, and the view of man. Its the place God calls all of humanity, though very few find it...Intimate Fellowship.."  - Deborah's status on Facebook.

Wow what a week !  My favourite part of this journal is linking up and reading what my new bloggy friends are all up to.  Don't forget to pop on over and check out, support and encourage others on this journey.


This post is linking to:
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
iHomeschool Network
Collage Friday


  1. I LOVED that quote about the lonely place being a secret place. :o) I am sometimes lonely. The path I have walked often calls me to loneliness. For the most part I feel I've done pretty good with it over the last 20 years. :o) But, yes, every now and then I feel it more so.

    Hoping to get my journal done this afternoon. :o)

    1. That quote needs framing. I deeply identified with it this week.
      Looking forward to readng your Journal.

  2. The interesting things you do are very inspiring, Chareen! You're doing such a great job of homeschooling Sir N. I have friends who homeschool an only child. He's nearly 15 and has a passion for art. Like you, they have travelled and given their son lots of great experiences that we're not able to do so easily with our large family. We each have different advantages which makes me think that homeschooling can be successful for any size of family. If it would be useful, I could put you in contact with them.

    Thank you for sharing these links, Chareen. It's another interesting list that you've found:-)
    God bless:-)

    1. That would be great Vicky. I would like to build a network of homeschoolers with one child. Be in touch soon.

  3. I put off joining Pintrest for a long time but was so glad when I did! I am now addicted to it and have found so many new ideas for HS, house and fun!!! I always wanted to do a night zoo field trip but we live a ways away from any larger zoos that host them. There is a local safari park that is working on having a "slumber party" night in one of their tree houses they are building. I think it will be opening late next year and we are going to try to do that!

    1. Night Zoo is fun although cold! Brrrr I look forward to reading about your night zoo adventure.

      I agree with you about Pinterest and I always keep Jimmie's post in mind when I use it not to let it paralise me.


  4. What an awesome, fun-filled week! You do so much with your son-- you are making awesome memories that will last a lifetime. :-) I love that quote, too. Thank you so much for sharing it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! God bless, Lisa

    1. I am looking forward to the weekend. Sir N and I have a trip to the firestation today to celebrate a birthday.

      I agree the qote spoke deeply to my heart

  5. I loved Sarah's post about keeping it real blogging, too - it was one of my favorites from the past few weeks. Thank you for all of the wonderful links. I'm off to check them out now!

    Thanks for linking with Collage Friday!

    1. You are welcome. I agree with you about Sarah's post.

  6. I left you a long comment, but I think it disappeared!! Well, thank you for all of the links - off to check them out now. AND, thank you for linking with Collage Friday!

  7. Thanks for sharing Loving the Mothers We Are. It was a good read and good reminders for me.

    1. Hi Becca

      I think that that post is the highlight of my week. I want to print it and put it in my homeschool folder to read as a regular reminder as I am guilty of going down that road far too often.

  8. Ooh, how fun to be able to see the total eclipse!!

    1. I can't wait ! We had fun getting up for a total lunar eclipse a year ago. Now to find out how to photograph it :)

  9. It's so cool to me to imagine you teaching your children about the Olympics from Australia and me teaching the Olympics from Oklahoma, United States. The Olympics really does bring the world together. Can't wait to see what resources you are planning to use.

    1. Nicole. I hadn't quite thought about it like that. What will you be using ? I am aiming to put up a post with my finds on Tuesday.


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