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Snippets of Life Around Here These Days

Spring is springing around Love’s Farm and we have been busy. Steve completed a very large greenhouse and I am in awe of how this man can do anything!!

Here are some snapshots of the process:

  

He is hopeful that he can expand our growing season here. After all, our mission with our gardens is to share in our abundance. We are using Love’s Farm as a ministry to share not only our food but God’s love in the process. Because nothing we have is really ours…it all comes from the Lord. Follow along on our journey here.

A bit of sad news here too. We have lost several animals this week. My beloved Daisy the duck seems to have been taken by a predator and our last guinea hens as well. Many of you will remember my photos and videos of these crazy birds on my deck all winter knocking on my door with their beaks! They were also known to peek in my front windows and come to the front door as well. If they could, I am sure they would have found a way to ring the doorbell. Oh, how I will miss these birds, as crazy as they made me!

I had just posted this picture of Daisy on Friday. <3

We are definitely going to get more ducks and guineas…we are also looking into getting a goat! My 8-year-old is an animal lover and aspires to be a farm vet one day. We thought the 4H would be perfect for him next year, so we are looking into this for him. He’d love to raise a goat, so we will see. As you know, this is all new to us! Please contact me or comment below with any and all advice! 😉

We are also winding up the school year and it feels great finally be so close to summer (my very favorite time of the year- bring on the hazy, hot and humid days!)

Simply Living for Him Retreat


As we approach summer, I can’t believe our second ladies retreat will be upon us already! I truly can’t believe it is coming up so fast and that a whole year has passed since the very first one. You can read about that amazing weekend here.

We would LOVE for you to join us in July. There is still room for you at the retreat! Register NOW!

 

I am looking forward this summer to keeping my kids as unplugged as possible. Here is a list I made last year of some ideas. What are your favorite ways to enjoy #Simplesummer? Use that hashtag this summer to show me how your family enjoys the simple!

Follow me over on Instagram where I will be sharing lots of hobby farm like and simple summer pictures!

Join Me at a Homeschool Mom’s Day Out!

If you are a homeschooler, join me in August in Chester, NJ for a homeschool mom’s day out of encouragement! We will be focusing on preparing spiritually for our homeschool year! All the info is here.

May Bible Reading Challenge

Don’t forget about our Bible reading challenge! Head over to the Facebook Page to see the video replays!

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Stop Coveting in a Pinterest World

It is pretty hard to avoid the sin of coveting these days when we are literally bombarded with images daily. Whether it is our houses, crafts, fashion, hairstyles, homeschooling, whatever it is…you name it…there’s a photo showing you how it should look.

We want and want and want. It is our sin nature to seek after pleasures of the flesh and these images arouse our desires to fill our life with stuff. Things are beautiful. Things makes us feel good. Things make us feel accomplished. Whatever it is about things, we can’t deny the fact that they provide satisfaction to some degree. Yet, if they truly satisfied us, we would stop once we attained it. But we don’t. Once we have one thing, we simply move on to the next.

Living in an Internet world just appeals to our fleshy nature even more. We are visual beings and those images promise us something.

But what if we stop and step back and realize before we begin coveting the newest things…what are we truly going to achieve once we have it?

What if we called out our covetousness? What if we chose to seek what His Word says about stuff rather than what the world says?

We do have self-control. We do have a choice. We can choose the greater- the eternal– the only things that last.

It doesn’t mean we have to stop seeing images or spending time on the Internet, but we can control what we do with those images. We can see it for what it is- a fleeting enjoyment– and let it remind us even more of what is to come when the things of this world fade away.

We can stop being the victim of sin and understand Jesus has conquered our sin nature. Choose to embrace it and live in it. The things of this world don’t nearly seem so satisfying or pleasurable when we look at them through the lens of Jesus.

Stop and take a moment to look around you right now. Not one thing you see will last into eternity. Recognize it for the fleeting pleasure it is, and choose to seek after the things that will last.

Relationships, living out God’s Word, sharing the Gospel, and loving others. These have eternal value. These satisfy forever.

When we start to look at everything in this way, the appeal of images and things will no longer take hold of us, rather they will point us even further to the ultimate satisfaction of our souls- Jesus.

A great example of this in my life was several years ago when Steve lost his job. We were homeschooling and that year I had no budget for any fancy decor in our school room. There was no room for me to buy any extras for curriculum. And that was the year my homeschool truly changed.

When all the extras were stripped away, I was left with teaching my children beyond any distractions. My true purpose in teaching them at home was not hindered by me shopping for anything extra or focusing on the next best thing. I realized I already had all I needed. It was such a transformational time. All the cute little things I wanted for our school room and all the extra planning programs and curriculum were stripped away leaving me to teach my children and remember why we were homeschooling in the first place. I praise the Lord for stripping it all from us that year.

So today, choose to remember, if it all were stripped away, and you were left with the most important, what exactly would that look like? Are your priorities shifting? Take some time to seek His face and let Him show you the value of things that matter.

Join me this summer at the Simply Living for Him Women’s Retreat!

Take some time to slow down, unplug, and recharge. Find quiet and stillness in a gorgeous setting!!
Seek Him, pray, worship, and rest.

Tickets still available!

Get My NEW Book!

 

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A Seasonal Homeschooler?

I was chatting with a friend this week about how we waiver between homeschooler and unschooler at times. Well, not really. But I was remarking how at different times of the year, our homeschool rhythm changes. It took me years to realize this is actually okay and to go with what works for us!

So what do I mean by “seasonal” homeschooler? Let me explain…

My homeschooling style tends to vary by what season we are in throughout the year.

September: The Excitement of a New Year!

In September I am a really “good” homeschooler. 😉 We are all ready to get back to a routine after a carefree summer and schedules are welcomed. All the new books are still exciting, the new supplies are still neat and tidy, the pencils are sharpened and lined up,  and the freshness and newness of the school year have begun. Attitudes are usually motivated and positive. This is a great month for us in our homeschool!

So realizing this over the years, I know that September is a month to go the extra mile. Taking advantage of the motivation, excitement, and energy levels, this is the time of year where I pursue extra assignments, fun projects, etc. This is the month I know I can push hard. We usually have much longer homeschool days at this point and, hey, even get ahead of ourselves sometimes.

On the homefront, I usually have a (simple) meal plan in place for at least a month, I’ve stocked up on groceries, and everything is in pretty good order. Again, because of the summer wrapping up, we are in “organized” mode- sort of a reaction to the lazy days of summer 😉

Holiday Schooling

A few months into the school year, energy levels dwindle a bit, the weather turns a bit colder, and before we know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. This is the time of year where we may set a few of our usual routines (which have become much less exciting since September) aside and do some fun holiday learning. Books, crafts, and projects tend to be focused on Thanksgiving and Christmas. December is usually an abridged schedule, but we replace many activities with holiday activities! The energy levels are turned toward the fun of the holidays and we learn many life lessons during this time for sure.

Winter Doldrums

Then comes my least favorite season of the homeschool year. January. It’s dark, it’s cold, the holidays have ended and the anticipation is over. The rest of the school year looms and feels really long. Motivation is low. The only glimpse of hope for me is the dawn of the new year does help me to implement some order again now that the loosey-goosey schedule of December is passed.

I do, however, use January as a time to make use of our indoor time for projects we normally wouldn’t do otherwise. I try to incorporate more fun and hands on stuff. Sometimes a unit study is in order- a snow unit study makes a great way to pass the days. It’s also a great time to cuddle on the couch for read-alouds and documentaries when the weather is really dreary.

We use winter to push through with school and rarely take any “days off.” We know that spring is coming and use the time we have in January to really push through our work.

Spring School Springs Forth!

As we move out of the cold of winter, the days grow longer and signs of spring are in the air! This is my absolute favorites time of year- the weather turns warmer, flowers bloom, and we are immersed in nature everyday.

This is also an extremely busy time, especially as our spring has changed the past several years with incorporating traveling to speak at homeschool conventions. Our schedule involves more days off for traveling, which means adjusting our work accordingly. At this point, I am thankful for the extra work we finished in winter.

Science usually takes place in the woods, on the farm, and by the stream. We know that learning is taking place, it just may look differently than it did in September with those textbooks. We also have lots to do around the farm, so hard work and life lessons abound. Learning takes place in different ways.

Glorious Summer!

And then comes glorious summer! Oh, glorious summer! We are still embracing life lessons, but formal school gets put away for a bit. Summer schooling involves some ongoing reading and math, but most learning in summer involves life lessons. Until the cycle starts all over again in September.

So, that is my look at how I homeschool seasonally. I take advantage of the different rhythms of the year and tailor our life and school accordingly. How about you? Does your homeschool change throughout the year? Comment below!