Monthly Archives: March 2007

Homeschool Moms: The Beatrice Brigade

I was reading over at Patricia’s Pollywog Creek and saw this wonderful entry which links to an entry at Scriptorium Daily about homeschool moms.

It was one of those things that I’m going to print – to share words of encouragement or to read when I need them again.

In this piece John Mark Reynolds says:

Home school mothers are the heart of a traditionalist revolution that is driving life back into the homes. To these women, and the men blessed to be married to them, homes are no longer assets or places to share a microwave dinner at the end of an exhausting day of separation. Spreading like some beneficial virus, men and women are returning basic educational, economic, and social functions to home where they have always belonged.

I love that phrase "a traditionalist revolution". In reaching back to the basics and truly embracing family, we are making a difference. We may not get the limelight in mainstream media. And we may even be a bit embarassed of some of the women who do and the choices they make, but quietly without a lot of fanfare, we are making a difference.

Don’t underestimate how you are touching the future.

Boyhood and Beyond

After years of hearing that I would love, love, love Boyhood and Beyond by Bob Schultz, I finally purchased it the other day.  It says that it’s written for boys ages 10-14, but I wouldn’t miss out for one minute on discussing it with our boys by just having them do it themselves.

This one had me at the first page when I saw this poem.

[IF]

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

The Voice of Homeschooling

I just wanted to let you all know about this great homeschooling radio show online. www.HomeschoolingRadio.com. They emailed last week and invited me to visit on their show and talk about The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

So guess what I did, I dug out my winter issue so I could tell them all about what I loved about it, and I got our managing editor to give me a sneak peek of the Spring issue so I could chat about that too. Wow, you all are going to love the Spring issue. You can listen Monday – Thursday and hear all about it.

Of course I also told about all of our free resources and the new Spring subscription special. And guess what else? It was supposed to be just a one-hour interview, but I just talked and talked so now they’ve decided to make it into a whole week with The Old Schoolhouse.

Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29:
"A Week with The Old Schoolhouse Magazine" 
We will spend four days talking with Nancy Carter, Public Relations Manager for the Old Schoolhouse Magazine, about their site and all the features they offer. We will also discuss their Spring promotion happening right now! You don’t want to miss these four days!
Guest: Nancy Carter

I hope you all will get a chance to listen in. Just ignore my country bumpkin voice and any stuttering and stammering. The Flemings are fine folks and you’ll be blessed by their show!

Kid’s Writing Contest

Everything’s Coming Up…
Including HomeschoolEstore’s Spring Essay Contest for kids ages 5-18!
Have your child write and submit a short essay entitled "Everything’s coming up" and they could win a brand new MP3 Player, a Mousepad Speaker or a Writing Kit and be featured on the HomeschoolEstore homepage! Dale and Sandy Larsen, authors of Igniting Your Writing, will be judging the contest. So, shake off those winter blahs and give your child something to ignite their writing, today!
Click here for contest details and more information about the prizes:
http://www.homeschoolestore.com/catalog/hses_contest_coming_up.php Contest submissions are due by March 31st.

The Sweetest Thing

My five year old is such a loving kid and he’s still just trying to find the right words to say what he feels in his heart.

He usually says things like "I love you the whole world" which means a whole bunch cuz the world is pretty big!

So the other day I said to him, "I love you to the moon and back" trying to top him.

Not to be outdone he said, "I love you whereever you are"

And that I can’t top.

It reminded me so much of how God meets us whereever we are and He loves us right there. Yes we can love people to the moon and back, but sometimes it’s even harder to love them whereever they are.

I am so blessed to have a little guy who loves me like that and a Heavenly Father who reminds me of how I need to love others…. whereever they are.