Tag Archive | gratitude

Return of the Blog

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These past few months have been crazy hectic for us, so I have taken a break from blogging. We began homeschooling again at the beginning of this month and have been establishing our new routine. As the kids get older the workload and the extracurricular activities have increased considerably. The kids many extracurricular activities have also begun this month, which I feel is a great opportunity (and possibly a necessity) for the kids to let out steam. So our calendar is turning out to be pretty full this year.

The past three weeks, we have been experimenting and getting a feel for this new homeschooling year. It started with the kids full of optimism, enthusiasm and eager to learn. However, as we are continuing with Calvert homeschooling again this year, it seems that the teaching manuals and daily plans for the kids does not give much time to practice and get used to a specific topic or principle before it is already introducing the next one. It has slowly had a negative effect on the kids lowering their enjoyment of learning and making school feel more like a chore. So this week I have been rearranging the daily planner/manual. I have been busy attempting to synchronize the lessons so that we as a group are all learning the same topic but at different levels. This can allow us to go on great field trips relevant for everyone.

I have seen a few other homeschooling mothers worried about overbooking their family calendars. I am really hoping that is not the case for us and we can happily get through this very busy year. This calendar of ours is full of potential and opportunities but nothing is written in stone and we always make time for family and friends and any unforeseen circumstances. We can only take things one day at a time with much required patience, a positive attitude and always wearing a smile.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

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Gratitude and The Most Uplifting Blogger Award

ImageI would like to take some time today to show my gratitude for a number of things and kill two birds with one stone by showing my appreciation to http://jcmorrows.wordpress.com for nominating me for The Most Uplifting Blogger Award. I am very humbled that anyone could feel uplifted by my blog. Just like many others, I am a very busy mother striving to do right by my kids and responsibilities, whilst worrying that I’m doing everything wrong. I began blogging in order to find someone to uplift and inspire my daily life. I wasn’t disappointed as I have been moved, inspired, intrigued and uplifted by many other bloggers!

Therefore, here are my seven nominees for the Most Uplifting Bloggers. I look forward each and every day to reading their posts and am never disappointed.

http://africatoamerica.org/

http://cristianmihai.net/

http://culturemonk.com/

http://ivyleaguehomeschooling.com/

http://homeschoolpaleo.com/

http://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/

http://amyallenfitness.wordpress.com/

Thank You, for uplifting my days and many others.

It is impossible for me to ever list the things I am grateful for in life as they are innumerate. Just the brain that God has given me which allows me to not only understand but feel gratitude, I could never be thankful enough for. Therefore this is a very very short list of things that I am currently very thankful for:

I am thankful that God has chosen and allowed me to recognize, worship and love Him

I am thankful that God is giving me a chance to succeed in life, just by breathing

I am thankful for the family and loved ones God has entrusted with me

I am thankful for the good health, warm bed and dry shelter my family and I have during this very cold and rainy night

I am thankful for the abundant provisions God has provided for my family and myself

I am thankful for the love and mercy that God has put between the hearts of my family and myself as well as many of us human beings

And finally, I am thankful for the bloggers who share their struggles through life, encouraging others to strengthen their spines and realise that they are not going through life’s struggles alone.

I would also like to take this opportunity to show my appreciation and thank anyone who actually reads what I write. I have so much on my plate, I never thought I would have time to write blogs but I have enjoyed writing immensely. I have always journalled as a young girl and loved scribbling notes here and there and I am grateful that I have found this blogging community which has given me an outlet for my musings. As a result it feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I have had more time to just relax and lie back with the kids than when I was too preoccupied attempting to sift, prioritize and think through the colossal amount of thoughts in my head. Where I once believed blogging to be an added burden to my day, It has become a great relief. I highly recommend it! Keep up the blogging!

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” 
Alphonse Karr