Thursday, September 28, 2017

What time do you wake up and start your homeschool?

My wake up and homeschool start times have varied a lot over the years depending on my husband's shift, his work week, our activities, difficult pregnancies with bed rest, new babies, etc.

Sometimes I was up very early (before 6). Other times, I woke up after 8. I did what worked best for us in our current circumstances and never cared what anyone else was doing. It doesn't matter what "they" are doing. What matters is if I am doing my very best at keeping priorities in check, at staying on top of my responsibilities, and at seeing progress in my children's academics.

I've been homeschooling since 1995 (22 years) and have three graduated children who are doing better than their peers in college and the workplace. My 16 yo will graduate high school in a month. My 14 yo will graduate high school before January. My oldest son is the sys admin over two industrial plants (since he was 21 years old) and bought his own home when he was 23 without any help from us other than opinions on the structure. My seven living children range in age from 25 to 9 yo. I am happy to say that all of them are also serving the Lord.

Homeschooling has built us a strong marriage, parent-child, and sibling relationships. There are SO many ways God has blessed us through homeschooling. I am very, very thankful He led us to this way of living.
Looking back over the years, I do not see where an earlier start time was of any benefit. It was the consistent and mindful effort that gave the results.

Interestingly enough, a friend of mine took a poll on wake up and homeschool start times a couple of weeks ago. Most of them woke up after 9 and started in the late morning hours. Most of them reported they did not make their beds because there were things of more lasting value to spend their time on.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Need Help with Your Flat Stanley Project

Flat Stanley Visits

I love where I live and love sharing our history with others. Feel free to use these images for *your own child's* school or homeschool project. 

I retain the copyright to these images, and if you desire to use them in any other way, please contact me for permission.

If you have not purchased your Flat Stanley book yet, please consider using this link: Flat Stanley Books on Amazon The very small proceeds will benefit my family's homeschooling and sends me a "thank you" for keeping the photo album available to families.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester

Help! I am having nausea and vomiting in my first trimester and can't keep anything down!!! I am trying to eat healthy, but I keep throwing it all up!

I had severe hyperemesis gravidarum from 5 to 40 weeks with all of my pregnancies. I was on medication and IVs. is a hyperemesis support group which has a support board with a list of foods that are easier on the stomach. It is called Foodments. There are also volunteers who may be in your area. I was sent books and a list of HG knowledgeable doctors. As a volunteer, I have helped women in my local area. 

I also took Unisom and B6. The sleep center and vomit center of the brain are in the same area. Unisom and Benadryl are safe to take while pregnant, and it does help slow down the vomiting, but you will be sleepy. 

I was told by my doctor that the nutritional stores in my body would carry me through for a good long while. Your baby will get what he/she needs but it will come at your expense. However, if you have been taking care of yourself, my doctor said, it will be a while before you see any of the effects. I was told to do the best I could, eat what stayed down, and not to worry because my body would provide what my babies needed for the short duration.

If you would like prayer support, please drop me a message at the email in the header. Our family will be happy to pray for you and your baby.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Prayers for Friends in Irma's Path

Update 9/9: My friends are in the Dominican Republic. Both of them were put on a plane this morning. I believe US military intervened. They are waiting for a flight to get to the US and plan to fly to their home in GA. They were told Monday would be the earliest. The DR is also hurricane damaged but not as extensively. They are in a hotel and eager to get home. The situation in St. Maarten was deteriorating rapidly. The hotel had to have blockades and armed guards around the clock. Please continue to pray for my friends and the people who have been affected by Irma.


Update 9/8/2017: Michelle is flying off St. Maarten tomorrow morning thanks to the military. They are taking the elderly, women, and children off first. I was told she does not know where she will land. She will have to arrange a flight from wherever to her daughter's house in TN. She can't fly into GA with Irma in the way. Scott will have to shelter in the concrete bunker of the hotel. I read from a reliable source that food and water supplies were getting low. There are some news reports that there is looting and men with machetes in the street robbing people. Thankfully, a plane with rations of food and water for 40,000 people for five days landed today. Other supplies were said to have been brought in today. Please pray for Scott and the rest of the people of St. Maarten. Thank you to everyone who has been praying.


Update 9/8: If anyone reading this has experience on how to help evacuate Americans from a Caribbean Island, please let me know so I can pass that information on to my friends' family. They have asked me to help. They are in danger. There are men with machetes in the street robbing people. The shop owners have just opened the doors rather than have mobs break in and destroy things. This situation is deteriorating.


Update 9/8: This is from Michelle's mother: "I just got off the phone with Michelle, they have no wifi so she can not post updates, here is the latest.
They were able to get into their room and get their luggage, the glass door was blown in and the hall door also but luggage was all ok. They are staying in one big public room with all the others, they are no longer "guest" but are refugees, they are receiving rations of food and water.
They have set up a Medical Center where they are both working, along with other "refugees" that are Drs and nurses. They were able to round up enough medical supplies, but luckly there is not a lot of injured people, mostly scratches and blisters.
The damage is great, there is NO control tower at the airport and no building, only planes that can land are military as they know how to land without a control tower. She has heard it could be up to 4 weeks before they might get out.

They are safe and she sounded very good (to this mothers ears). Please pass this on to anyone that might not read it on here, and please continue to pray for them and all that are living in this disaster."


Update: My friends were able to call a family member of theirs and let them know they are OK. Conditions are bad, but everyone is safe!


5 a.m UPDATE: If you are awake, my friends need immediate prayers for safety. They were sheltering in a room of the hotel, but a roof near that area came off. They had to relocated in another room. My friends are asking prayers that all lives will be spared.

Clint and I have friends trapped on an island in Irma's path. They were told is was OK to go and that they would be evacuated if needed. They tried very hard to leave, but the service they went through refused to reschedule another flight, then Delta, their airline, did not send extra planes to facilitate the evacuation, then the government closed the airport. It didn't help that their taxi driver scared them with images of extreme damage from a previous hurricane or that the hotel forced them to sign a waiver for responsibility for their life/property or leave their room. Please keep them in your prayers.