Monthly Archives: September 2009

Watch Out Mr. Goodbody!

Did I tell you all that we joined a co-op this year? Well, we did and it’s kind of a big deal for us because it’s a 45 minute drive there AND it starts at 9 in the morning! Yikes!

Nonetheless, it’s been a really good experience and we have learned that we CAN get up and make it on-time when we plan ahead.

Each of the boys has 4 classes. Jon is taking Human Body, Discovering Great Artists, Patriotic Activities, and P.E. Jake and Joe are taking Quiz Bowl, Chemistry Lab, American Art Appreciation, and Spanish. They are all enjoying their classes and learning so much.

I got a quick video of Jon practicing reciting 21 bones for his Human Body class and thought I’d share it with you all. Tony actually helped come up with ways for Jon to remember the "hard" ones and practiced quite a bit with him. But I’m really proud of him considering he only knew a couple of these a week ago!

Sorry, the video is sideways. I can’t quite figure out how to fix it!

I really appreciate all of the moms who organize and teach the co-op classes. I love being able to watch the boys make progress with their classes even when I feel like things get off-track at home. And that, my friends, is SUCH a blessing!

Spotted on the Farm Today

One fat black sheep trying to stay dry under the trampoline.
His faithful friend, the horse, standing nearby, enjoying the rain and munching on grass.
I cherish these moments.

Lessons Learned From My Dad

I was thinking about my dad the other day, well actually I think about him every day, but something just kind of clicked this time.

When I was a teenager, I was in A LOT of activities: band, theater, choir, dance, etc… And even though none of those were really his idea of fun, he came to all of them.

My dad worked long hard hours so sometimes he’d lovingly grumble about other things he’d rather be doing, but nonetheless he always came.

And at the time, I took it for granted. I thought all dads did that. But as I’ve gotten older, I realize not all dads do. And part of me can really understand. As a mom, sometimes I get tired of going to sporting events, car shows, and the such. They’re not my cup of tea. But then I remember how my dad went out of his way FOR me. Even when he didn’t love the event, he went because he loved me. 

My dad wasn’t great at saying I love you, but his actions spoke louder than words.

I’m still learning from him even though he’s been gone for over 7 years. Saying I love you comes easy for me, but I still want to make sure that my actions match my words. I hope that long after I’m gone, my kids (and their kids) realize that I loved them even more than they knew.

And I hope it all points them directly to the One who loves us all more than we can ever know.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Eph. 3: 17-19

One More Chance

I know a lot of you (over 3000!) took advantage of the Labor Day $7.95 special, but in case you missed it, here’s one more chance.

I have a coupon code to make The Old Schoolhouse Magazine $7.95 for a one-year U.S. print subscription. It’s FB795 and it’s good through this Friday, Sep. 18.

This link – –  will take you to the new one-year print subscription, but you can click from there if you need to renew or are buying a gift subscription.  This really would be a great time to order a gift subscription for a friend for under $10 and since the subscription would start with the Winter issue, they’d get their first magazine in January so it would be sure to get 2010 off to a GREAT start for them!

Just be sure to use that coupon code – FB795 to get the special price. Offer expires this Friday, Sep. 18th.

I hope the magazine will be a blessing to you. I took a break from writing for a few issues, but I should be back in there in Winter.  Just pray the Lord will give me the words he wants me to write. I’ve been battling major writer’s block!

Photo Scavenger Hunt

This month I volunteered to plan an activity for our homeschool teens during our support group meeting. Since we all know each other pretty well, I asked the parents if they would be ok with me organizing a photo scavenger hunt around our town for them.

The parents said, "Sure!" and I lined up a few parents to do the driving and began thinking of clues for interesting places around town.

We only had about 1 hour for the actual hunt so I gave each team 7 clues. The teams were told that the drivers couldn’t tell the kids the answers, but that if they needed to stop and ask for help or "phone a friend" they could do that. Also, the drivers acted as photographers. I wanted the kids in each of the pictures.

For each group, I tried to include clues about:

  • a local landmark
  • a statue
  • doing something at a local park
  • an area business
  • a charitable group
  • a government building
  • specific words on a sign

I gave bonus points for bringing back brochures and extra-creative pictures to keep things interesting.

This clue said, "This notable boulder inspired a local restaurant."

This team had to be climbing.

This team had to find the 22,000 pound replica of King Arthur’s Table!
(It’s kind of tucked away in our town – a hidden treasure!)

This team had to figure out where the Two Chiefs statue was.

And this team had to strike a "dramatic pose" outside of our downtown theater.

It was SO much fun and I think both the kids AND the adults learned some new things about our community. I did learn one thing though. You can’t take pictures outside of our courthouse. 

One team’s clue said for them to take a picture at the building where you go to get your driver’s license. I knew that the kids probably couldn’t go inside because of security concerns, but I didn’t think there would be a problem with them taking a picture OUTSIDE. Mercy sakes, the guard came over and insisted on seeing that there wasn’t a picture on the digital camera and everything. I felt kind of bad about that. That team came back to the church saying, "Well we might have won if the cops hadn’t stopped us."

Not exactly the impression I wanted to make.

Oh well. I had called many of the businesses to explain that the kids would be stopping by, but had not anticipated that issue at the courthouse. Now we know though and we shan’t do that again.

See, EVERY day is a learning day.

Have a great week!