Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Thursday, September 27, 2007


We are having so much fun in school this year!  Last week, we started learning the importance of names as an intro to learning the different names of Jesus this year.  We also learned about Leif Ericsson and the Vikings.  We started our timeline and made sugar cookies with our names on them.

This week we are learning about how Jesus saves, and about Christopher Columbus.  Today we made boats out of tin foil and sailed them across the "ocean," otherwise known as our bathtub LOL!

What fun!  Tonight, Daddy's going to build a small wooden boat with Vincent. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2nd Grade

Well, we have completed our 2nd day of second grade (any Veggie Tales songs come to mind? LOL!).  It’s going really well so far!  We are studying American History this year and it’s going to be so fun!  We have started a binder for our US History Notebook…I can’t wait to see this thing grow.  :-)   For our first day, we had a snack of yogurt, blueberries and strawberries.  We did a brief review of the Pledge of Allegiance, and we are doing a brief overview of maps.  Vincent got his own NIrV bible, and we will be focusing on the names of Jesus this year.  When I gave Vincent his bible, he wanted to look up John 3:16 :-) .  Last year in first, we learned all the books of the bible.  It took him awhile, but he found it and read it on his own.  I love it!  Vincent’s reading has really been coming along…he was able to read the directions and complete pages in his math and spelling books all on his own!  Friday we will kick off reading in history about Lief Ericksson.  We are also doing "I Can Do All Things" for art…starting off with very simple exercises, but we are both loving it.
Next week, we’ll explore his bible more, learn about Christopher Columbus, start music (starting off with "God Bless America"), start the "fun" science, and start Spanish.  I found a really good free resource for this here.  We want to eventually do Rosetta Stone, but we couldn’t afford it this year, so this will be at least a pretty good intro.  Vincent seemed a little leery when he learned he would be doing Spanish, so we’ll start gently and just see how it goes.  If he’s struggling, we’ll wait.
We’re both very excited about the year.  I love American History, even though I know there’s a lot I have forgotten, so it will be fun to re-learn things this year!  And it will be way more fun than the way I learned it (not homeschool).  :-)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Box day!

Yesterday, we got our box with 2nd grade curriculum!  Box day is one of my favorite days of the school year LOL!  It's almost as good as Christmas.  I couldn't get the photos on my other blog, so I am showing them here.

The first 2 pics are the 2nd grade I ordered from My Father's World, Adventures in My Father's World.

These are the toddler toys I ordered for Andrew.  He will get to play with these while I'm doing school with Vincent.

The stuff came right before lunch, so we were exploring things while we ate. 

I am so excited...this is going to be such a fun year!  We are going to start Tuesday.  We will be doing Tuesdays-Saturdays, at dh's request, so that we have the same days off that he does.    Hopefully, I will be able to keep up on posting pictures of our projects and such as the year progresses...I really want to keep a record of what we're doing.  Needless to say, I've had my nose buried in the teacher's manual since last night (I actually fell asleep over it last night in bed LOL!), and probably will until Tuesday!  So, if you don't hear from me, that's where I'll be LOL!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Curriculum day???

Yay!  Nick said we are going to go through the budget today and that we will most likely be able to order curriculum!  I am so excited!  If we order today, we should get it by Monday or Tuesday, so we won’t be starting very "late" at all.  We will be ordering the deluxe package here, and will be using Primary Language Lessons for English, Singapore Math, and Spelling by Sound and Structure by Rod & Staff.  Oh, and dh also said we could order the toddler package for Andrew!  So, it will be fun for him to get something, too.
So, once again, I decide to stop worrying and give it to God, and He is letting me know that HE is in control and that He has everything taken care of.  God is ALWAYS good!  Even in the midst of the situation at hand, I will praise Him because whatever happens, God will put us where we need to be, and where He wants us to be.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Happy Labor Day!

Well, it’s been a pretty good week!  I’ve come a long ways as far as de-cluttering.  The main floor of my house is complete, and I have started upstairs now.  I told hubby it’s kind of like paying off credit cards lol…once you get one paid off, you have more money to apply to the next and it just snowballs.  The more I have stuck to de-cluttering, the more time I have to actually get more de-cluttering done.  The house has been getting easier and easier to maintain.  So, even though I have more time to spend on projects that need to get done, I also seem to have way more time to just relax and hang out with the boys.
Speaking of the boys, we still haven’t been able to get curriculum yet.  But I’m not going to sweat it…we just finished first grade barely a month ago.  Tomorrow I’ll probably just start doing a few things from Ambleside just for some brain exercise :-) but for the most part, we are just going to enjoy our break.  Besides, it’ll be nice to have some time to make sure everything gets (and stays!) clean and organized before we officially get back into the school routine.
On the financial front, we could really use some prayers.  We will be meeting a bankruptcy lawyer soon to discuss options.  We may not file, and we really don’t want to, but we may not have a choice.  We are going to see if we have any other options, and we will have to file as a last resort after we’ve ruled everything else out.  Hubby is really stressed out to be at this point, but I am behind him 100 percent!  I do hate to see him like this, because he truly is working so hard to try and fix our past mistakes.  We both understand that God WILL provide our every need, but I do understand that he still worries about what’s going to happen.  Hubby’s prayer is that he’s not somehow resisting God’s will.  He’s really trying to listen and follow God’s leading in this.  All I know is that God has already done some amazing work here.  Because if we would have been in this spot before we found the Lord…let’s just say it would not be a pretty picture.  I hate to even think of what this home and family would be like.  But the Lord gives us all the strength we need to get through these times.  The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!