Thursday, May 27, 2010

Reflection on Love

Charity suffereth long,
and is kind;
charity envieth not;
charity vaunteth not itself,
is not puffed up, 
Doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own,
is not easily provoked,
thinketh no evil;

I have dealt with various things lately that have caused me much anxiety and stolen joy from my heart and time from my family. I am in the midst of quite reflection on things and people in my life. I have fervently asked God to help me get past some hurt, be less critical and not seek to return evil for evil. The verse above is plastered every where: on cards, plaques, and pictures, but I never really gave it much thought. Today the Lord has used it to guide me and I have fully read and studied each line. If I am loved by friends then it will look like the above verse, If I am truly loving others then I will be like the scripture. I can't give my time and energy for anything less. I can gauge my relationships by it and I can gauge my own behavior by it.  For the sake of my family I must cling to my vision of home and not leave my heart so open for distraction. I will purpose to give myself to my family and church and seek less of others. I need God's approval, not my peers. I need to serve God, my husband and  children. I am convinced I will find fulfillment in that like no other relationship can give. It has been a hard learning experience, it has hurt, but I am ready to move on.

This post is probably just for me.  A reminder, a bridge to get from where I am now to where I see in my heart that I want to be.  After all, a blog is nothing more than a journal for me. Perhaps it will help someone else, it has helped me by just writing it.

It is time to prioritize and set my face and not look back. I have a great mission field right here and now, I need to look no further for purpose or validation.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

I know my blog is generally light-hearted and upbeat, but there are valleys here at Treasures Unseen as well as mountains. :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Family Style Learning

My favorite!

She just learned to say "polar bear", "beaver", "wolf" and she loves her teacher.

It takes a lot longer to get through lessons with toddlers, of course, but I would not trade our life for peace and quite. I have been made into a different person by this sweet journey and for that I am forever thankful.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

All About Spelling

When I say that I have tried most spelling programs, trust me, I am not exaggerating. Here is a small list: Spelling Power, Spell to Write and Read, BJUP, Sequential Spelling....I'll stop there, you get the point.

I have been homeschooling for 10 years and I love the choices we have when it comes to materials. However, after reviewing most of those I was still dissatisfied with our spelling program. I felt it was important to teach the why's of spelling not just list of words.

Enter, All About Spelling.

I don't even remember how I learned about it. I am just glad I did. It takes the strengths of  most of the programs I listed above and puts them together in an easy to use, scripted format. My son (10) loves it and I am seeing that he retains most of the spelling rules. (Now, if I could just get him fired up about writing....that's another post). Review is built in, the materials are easy to use, gather and are pleasing to the eye.  The price is amazing for what you get!

If you have ever tried one of the very popular programs where the teacher/mom spends hours building her teachers guide and must watch DVD's to learn how to implement it? If so then you will be amazed that the Author, Marie Rippel, wrote a program based on those ideas and made it so easy to use that it requires almost NO teacher preparation time. I am not kidding!

It is a beautiful program. Check it out. If you have questions the author will answer your email herself. I dont think you will be disappointed.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Encouragement to Keep On

Well, If I cant put together a good thought right now, Kelly at Generation Cedar can and this is good reading.

Just click the link to read this post.


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