This blog has posts for all sorts of things! As I am in the season of completing plans for our new school year, I thought I would bring you along for the adventure.
I am teaching something new this year....Marine Biology. This course will be for our 12th grade daughter who will also be attending our local community college as a dual-enrollment student. Our main text is Exploring Creation with Marine Biologyby Sherri Seligson. While I simply love Apologia Science, I have to always include a technology component. Being an instructional technologist, I find it hard to teach without interjecting technology into each of our studies. So let's dive in!
As I begin to expand each of the 16 modules in this text, I am finding an incredible amount of resources to support the reading portion of each day's lesson. It is hard to narrow it down to just a few.
I have always been a reader. This past year I found that I read many more books than usual. Today I wondered ...why? Staring at the titles on that stack of books...I realized I was looking for something in each of those books....looking for the answer to a question. I wanted to know why...why had my heart hurt so deeply...why had I shed so many tears...why had I allowed myself to invest deeply...only to have been betrayed. God knows....God knew....the reason. I wanted a neat and tidy answer to support my decision to never invest in another friendship again. There! I was focused on the negative....I was focused on the hurt...I was focused on the lies of three women.
I was wrong. I forgot, no I dared not to trust God with my anger towards these women. I should have left this in his hands right from the beginning. But I did not. I was hurt...
I began reading, delving into great books...surrounding myself with great Christian authors. Digging into the scripture. While each of the books I read, brought me comfort and a closer walk with the Lord, my children and my husband....it still did not answer my question.
I found a book, aside from God's amazing word, that reminds me to focus on the goodness of God. This book is life-changing and thought-changing.
One Thousand Gifts by Ann VosKamp.....is taking me on a journey. A journey to forgive, to live every moment to the fullest, focusing on God's goodness! This journey takes one to find one thousand gifts....
Today was creative day......thankful to have this day to create!
You see, I needed extra protection for my iPad. The nifty iPad cover just is not enough. Yes, I am just well a little hard on my gadgets. :-)
Being creative, making something, and feeling productive refuels me. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment. If there is one piece of advice I often give to homeschooling moms, I explain the value of being creative. Creating a wonderful meal, a scrapbook album, or even an iPad case can recharge my confidence to tackle another week of curriculum planning and teaching.
These are the pictures of the iPad case I made today. I like the zipper pocket in the back for my little journal or notebook and my charger.
It was not hard to make...I used a pattern I found on a blog....the link? I won't share the link here as the author has some inherent sewing mistakes in her pattern which led me to ripping out stitches, making a call to my expert seamstress (Mom) and reworking the pattern a bit. So just a warning to following patterns online...always read through it before completing the project! (Thank Mom for the help!! :-)
I can't believe how long it has been since my last blog post!
Life has been busy....I am learning to live in the now, versus trying to plan for the future.....yet I am the eternal planner.
What have we accomplished since September....
We finished another school year...the girls finished well!
Nick completed his first year of college...he finished well!
What is God teaching me?
That HE is in control.
That is it okay to trust another person.
What is filling my thoughts?
When we as women are hurt, brokenhearted and mistreated....we have two choices: to openly share our heart again no matter the cost.....or to simply hide our hearts away.
Having been hurt deeply by a former friend, I find in incredibly hard to share my heart again.....God is working on that. Seeking Joy is hard when you have been wounded by a friend you cherished. Betrayal is a terrible thing. Forgiveness brings freedom and joy. :-)
What is on the horizon? Seeking God daily to order not only my steps but my thoughts and actions!
Seasons change all the time. How do you handle change? Sometimes we handle change well and well, other times....maybe we fight it.
At our home we have what we call a "new normal". Our new normal includes having only part of our family home. Our son is away at college. My husband is surrounded by women. He feels a bit outnumbered sometimes, but enjoys it nonetheless! There are less dishes, less laundry....but also less Nick. While that may seem sad, it isn't. We are so excited for all the changes we see around us from Nick being away and Katie learning to drive to Aimee being part of an outstanding triple threat discipleship program numerous hours a week. I am enjoying every single minute of this new normal. And yes...I am overjoyed with my job! I hate to even call it a job...because I love it so much.
God has been leading us through this season of change well. In fact, on Friday, our family Bible time was this very timely verse:
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
What an awesome reminder! God wants us to be strong and courageous and then promises to be with us - our protector. I don't know about you...but I can rest easy knowing I have a GOD who is with me!
So as I am still striking a balance between work, family, home and life, I find my creative moments being inspiring and a recharge to my spirit. I enjoy decorating our home for the seasons that are limited here in Florida. In the picture above, I filled a few apothecary jars with artificial pumpkins, squash and various fall foliage. This way I can enjoy the season, without having to dust at the decorations! And it saves all these wonderful goodies from the cats!
(The apothecary jars I purchased at Old Time Pottery and Home Goods. The decorative items are from Old Time Pottery as well.)
Enjoying the great and excellent quest with my husband and children. Writing and designing curriculum for families and businesses. A good day? When I can create something wonderful!