Tuesday, September 15, 2015

School Days

   This is our tenth year of official homeschool or twelve if you count pre-k and kindergarten. We're in week six and so far I'm happy to say that I think it's our best year yet. Somehow everything is flowing smoothly, we're loving the curriculum and the additional studies we're doing as a family researching history.

   Even our three year old is soaking up school and loving every minute, or at least he was until we got to a picture of an apple he was supposed to color in one of his pre-k books.


   "It's too big Mama," he declared wearily after starting to color it. He does well with staying in the lines in smaller pictures, and since I remember how much I used to detest coloring big pictures I didn't ask him to color the entire thing. No need burning out on school by insisting huge pictures need to be fully colored.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Roadwork

Roadwork is like a thorn in my side.

Yes, I realize it's necessary, and that the roads are better once it's done, but the process itself is about to drive me batty.

The road that goes by our house has needed to be repaired for the past five years already, and every year the potholes kept getting larger until it was getting to be rather interesting traveling on it. Somewhat like an obstacle course of sorts trying to dodge the worst places on the road.

After someone lost their bumper on their car after hitting one of the bumps in the road several different neighbors took it upon themselves to start calling the state an complaining about how hazardous it is trying to travel our road.

It must have paid off because the road crews arrived. We're happy that the road is getting fixed, but the speed at which they work ...... I really don't see how it would be possible to work any more slowly. And the noise, well, it's about to do me in.

The worst was when they were grinding off all the pavement from the bridge. The entire house was vibrating, I could feel my brain bouncing in my head, and my ears were popping. I wanted so badly to get out of the house, but it was raining and that meant I couldn't simply load up the children and head a few miles up the road to the park to get away from it, and I didn't want to barge in unannounced at some friends, so I simply suffered through it. By the time they were done I was sick.

They're paving this morning, and I'm looking forward to the day when they're done and we're left with a nice road. Maybe then I'll say all this aggravation was worth it.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Thoughts and Ponderings

There is hardly anyone not aware of things that are happening, and how it seems as if the whole world has gone crazy.

As Christians this shouldn't surprise us. Jesus told us we shouldn't be surprised if the world hates us, because the world also hated Him.

However given what happened a little earlier this week I couldn't help but think that things could have been different had these verses been heeded.

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 22:3 It is repeated in Proverbs 27:12

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Proverbs 23:9

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Matthew 7:6

What should we then do? Should we forsake our convictions and standards? Absolutely not.

I do think it's time for Christians to look at themselves, and not worry about the rest of the world. We can't force those who are of the world to conform to Christian standards and morals. It can not and will not work.

If those who are called by His name would humble themselves and repent of their sins, then we would see change in our land.

Unfortunately it's easier to point our fingers at those living in blatant sin, not caring at all for the things of God and thinking it is all their fault, if we could only get them to change their ways, change their way of thinking.

That is going about it wrong. Evil will always be evil, and we as Christians should begin the change we would so like to see, right here in our own homes, in our own lives, by seeking first His kingdom, His righteousness and living our life in faithful service to Him. How many seem to ignore Jesus' teachings in the gospels, while expecting the world to conform to what they think they should do.