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Should we “direct” them?

Is direction needed?

Three, four and… Let the strings begin. Our summer has been filled with the sweet melody (well, most of the time) of beginning violin. Truly, under the instruction of Dr. Jaffe and the Abeka Strings DVD program, learning violin for AbiNoelle (as opposed to Mommy’s first grade experience) has been music to our ears! After over 40 lessons, orchestra rehearsal sessions have begun, even including the wedding march, no doubt in honor of our 15th Wedding Anniversary this summer! With an orchestra, of course, comes a conductor, yet according to Dr. Jaffe, trial and significant error brought today’s view of the man and his baton. Apparently, in times past, the musicians gathered and played somewhat “together” as their own ears directed. Eventually, general concensus called for a conductor to create perfect harmony. Yet still, the conductor needed something that would insist upon a unified tempo amongst the instruments. Hence…..the BIG STICK. Seriously, can’t you just picture today’s finest orchestra playing a minuet to the thudding beat of a Moses-like staff! The turning tide, so the legend tells, is that a conductor, so intently stamped the beat that when he mistakenly hit his foot, the injury turned deadly.

The extreme’s of no direction to the BIG STICK brought us to today’s small but not insignificant baton that can draw a clear path to delightful sounds.

Extremes –

it seems, even in times past, man is constantly gravitating from one extreme to the other.

From the live-as-you-go to a schedule that will make the marines shudder….

From a hodge podge of books at the library to a syllabus listing hours of assignments…

From no make-up to the Jezebel look…

From the composed funeral dirge song time to hopping, swaying, and praising…

From Kentucky Fried to Keto-for-Life…

From couch potato to 5k…

From the “can’t throw it away” to the Marie Kondo’s Extreme Declutter…

Certainly, some ideas have their merit. Nonetheless, extremes are always out to yank us here and there, intending to consume us and many times bringing fatal consequences spiritually, emotionally or physically. I Corinthians 15:58 says, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Philippians 4:5 reminds us to: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.

Thinking back to AbiNoelle’s K5 Abeka DVD days, Mrs. Reese said that “for the Lord” she just wanted to be “the same everyday” – Not meaning that she didn’t want to grow and improve, but simply that she wanted to be consistent not moody or unstable.

In this “extreme” world, this is our challenge for the 2019-2020 school: To be consistent, strong and abounding in our work for the Lord using proven tools in a balanced manner.

With that in mind, we continue on beyond a wonderful summer of travels, Spanish, violin, sewing, playing, book adventures, game time, etc. and welcome a new Abeka Academy school year with great anticipation and excitement.

The “big kid” days are upon us as AbiNoelle steps up into the real elementary-like classes with Miss Heindel. The all-new Abeka third grade curriculum offers excellent history biographies, lots of hands-on opportunities in Science, an adventure around every page in reading, “tons” of math concepts, awesome art projects, and life-challenging lessons in Bible. This biblical approach, high academic standards, and exciting learning method fits our school year goal to a “T.”

After day one, AbiNoelle said, “She’s (Miss Heindel) GREAT!” “I really like Math, but I really like Language too!” She is super excited about giving trial spelling tests a try and can’t wait for art time on Friday. Spanish, violin and sewing continue only in smaller segments, and Tweety-Pie Junior Tutor is full-steam ahead as we edit upcoming video lessons and look for our new book, The Constitution Defender, to arrive from the printer soon!

And, not to be forgotten, AmiJoy thinks she can do anything big sister can. Her busy little self enjoyed the first days of school by singing in Bible time, coloring on the chalkboard, working on her colors, and trying out AbiNoelle’s preschool desk. Her “JOY” interrupts regularly, but is learning to keep her hands busy in her own “school” space.

So….here we go…

not as a lost orchestra

not with the thud of a BIG STICK

but movement by movement directed by THE MASTER CONDUCTOR’s baton.

Life, under His direction, will have its high notes and low notes, yet complete a beautiful song.

Abeka Academy 2nd Grade Cross Stitch Lessons

What an important time! In the midst of life and ministry, we were chugging full steam ahead to finish up AbiNoelle’s 2nd Grade school year. (The beautiful weather was calling us outside!)I was busy and she came running in saying, “Quick, Mommy, I need help finding my special paper…Mrs. Chappell is teaching us cross stitching today.” My head immediately popped up and I turn full view to say, “Cross Stitch? Are you sure? What kind of special paper are you talking about?” My mind was quickly rushing through the days assignments and coming up with NADA for Cross Stitching. “Oh Mommy, you know, in writing, we’re going to take a word and write it down our paper [Light was beginning to dawn on me and a smile was creeping across my face] and then we come up with a word to go with each letter.”

Continue reading “Abeka Academy 2nd Grade Cross Stitch Lessons”

KJV Card Designer with a Cherry on Top!

The assignment was given! The young people were challenged to complete an at-home project creating a hand-made Christmas card that shared the gospel message. ANDDDD she was off! – Not to the races, but to her creation station. Cardstock, glue, glitter (YIKES – says Mommy), markers, pens, and a few ideas from Google and you’ll never guess what happened!

Continue reading “KJV Card Designer with a Cherry on Top!”

The Genealogy thrown away!

Guess what she said on her birthday! It was a wonderful day to praise the Lord for the years of precious life He has granted. What a miracle it was for us to be given such a special gift just “7” years ago. After fostering-to-adopt four children and enduring miscarriages, we thank the Lord daily for looking upon us with grace and the blessing of AbiNoelle (and the answer to her prayer for a sister, AmiJoy). In our family, this is the season of birthdays, beginning with Daddy and AmiJoy in September and Mommy and AbiNoelle in November. AmiJoy is on the move and showing her personality more and more each day. When her words come, no doubt we will have content overload in our house, but, for now, AbiNoelle maintains the lead in that area. On her birthday morning, she said, “Mommy, I kept waking in the night so excited for today…why I’ve been waiting a whole year to be seven!

Too funny! – Waiting a whole year to be seven! Life is precious and exciting! But life can also bring difficulties. In our prayer list, we are praying for

….a friend who just lost a baby and one who is expecting to bring one home soon. 

…a missionary’s family who is resting in God’s comfort after his tragic death at the hands of unrest in their country.

…a pastor’s wife who watched her father take his next step into the presence of the Lord.

Life is important and must be used effectively and carefully for His service.

I was just speaking with a friend whose husband works in genealogies. Shockingly, he recounted how many times, a family member has walked into the genealogy library with a box of family records only to state that the “heritage” of records was unwanted by their family. While a treasure for the genealogy society, but what a sad moment in that family history, to think that someone’s years of research was boxed up and so quickly handed over to strangers. 

Family and heritage can have such influence and impact on our lives – for the good or bad. The cycle of divorce, drunkenness, and all others many times is passed from generation to generation. Most foster children look back in their history to a trail of brokenness. Yet the Bible reminds us of a goodly heritage that we can all strive for – breaking the cycle of sin and passing on the amazing, life-changing difference of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

AbiNoelle and I had the special privilege of attending a Mother-Daughter Retreat. This intentional togetherness left us no doubt closer and more understanding of each other. The speaker challenged the Mom’s to be “Women of the Word” and the daughters were also taught to exercise purposeful kindness everyday. One important take-away gem from a lesson was that families should create a “Mission Statement” to be learned by all members and exemplified to all watching. What a great way to emphasize the importance of life, family, and heritage! Just the other day, I heard a  preacher lamenting the fact that statistics show that millions of Americans attest to living under a Biblical Worldview, yet a test of their Bible knowledge proved that only a small fraction understood the Bible that they said they lived by.

Mother-Daughter Retreat Craft time.
Mother-Daughter Retreat

Our prayer is that we might raise our family to live intentionally for the Lord and that those watching might see great evidence of God’s Truth growing us, leading us, guarding us day-by-day.

Family Moments

Don’t forget to check out AbiNoelle’s latest Tweety-Pie, Junior Tutor Lessons on Vimeo.

The Ban on Little House and our Surprising New Fact

I was once told that “History is the key to our past,” yet, while so true, it seems that many are trying to get us to jam that key into another door – a door that would open the minds of young people to a world where truth has been re-interpreted, twisted or erased to meet the agenda of a leftists few. After reading of the stripping of the Laura Ingalls Wilder award by the American Library Association, I was all the more tickled to hear AbiNoelle’s gasps as she rushed out of the schoolroom to tell me this surprising fact: Continue reading “The Ban on Little House and our Surprising New Fact”

Abeka Seatwork and Why we start at 7AM!

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It’s Back to School and all those cute little pics are blowing up your feed. Our “posed” shots are coming soon, but the reality is that AbiNoelle is actually four weeks into her second grade year with Mrs. Chappell and the Abeka DVD program. Let me just say, this school year is off to a great start! So great that I wanted to share it with you all. It’s all thanks much in part to our routine change in two areas. I know, many of my homeschool friends are ready to faint at that word “routine,” but it works for us, and just maybe a few quick details might inspire you. Continue reading “Abeka Seatwork and Why we start at 7AM!”

A View of the Bar

Yes, you are correct. A view of the Bar? Bar means BAR! – as in beer, drunk, Asheville, NC. Our beautiful Asheville, NC, set in the Great Smoky Mountains has been quite overtaken by the liberal left and become the prime spot for Craft Beer and Breweries. “Oh be careful little eyes what you see?” song ditty has turned into “Oh be careful better close your eyes for sure” every time we venture downtown for a mail run. On this day in point, we rounded the corner from the Post Office and stopped at a traffic light. Right outside AbiNoelle’s window was a old mechanic shop turned beer joint and with a quick gasp she looked and said,  Continue reading “A View of the Bar”

Where we don’t go and why.

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Fun, Springtime Swinging
It was a busy day…school, errands, doctor’s appointment…and then, it happened! The making of a lesson-learning, memorable moment thanks to a restaurant advertisement and the mind of a six-year-old. Continue reading “Where we don’t go and why.”

A Truck, Boogers, and a Window

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What are you thinking?

Is there such a thing as Holy Imagination?

The imagination of a child is unique and many times, unmatched. In this day, with mesmerizing stimulation forefront in daily activities, a child’s imagination can look like a withered, yellowed plant burdened and depressed by bugs, environment, predators and the like. AbiNoelle’s mind, rarely so encumbered, is always spinning and whirling with ideas, thoughts, stories and questions all spurred by an audio story, family activities and conversations, and, now the chapter books she is easily devouring. This thinking recently related Scriptural truths to, you guessed it, a truck, boogers, and a window! Continue reading “A Truck, Boogers, and a Window”

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