Dec 27, 2013

Homeschool Highlights: after Christmas

Last Christmas, pic taken at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and put Christ at the forefront of the season (not Santa). It's not always easy with the abundance of commercialism this time of year, but we have to be intentional Christians in every aspect of our life, every day of the year.

We have had a very active month and it seems like it was even busier this week with Christmas falling on Wednesday. We had our church Christmas play last Sunday, and our little angels sang "Come on ring those bells", and were angels during the play, which was the recitation of the John 3:16 story about the homeless child in Chicago. 
 She kinda has a funny look on her face in this pic...and I didn't even snap one of Jellyfish! We had lots of good fellowship and snacks afterwards. The kids are making new friends fast at the new church we are attending. Still not sure where God will land us, but we are praying for his direction. 

One of our family traditions on my side of the family is to order ribs for Christmas dinner, with plenty of sides. It saves us some work in the kitchen, and from a turkey overload after Thanksgiving. This year we ordered ribs and shredded pork, and fixed sides of mac n cheese, baked beans, fries, rolls, and of course dessert!

(Check out the one curl hanging down...that's her ornery curl!)
Present time is quite messy, but very exciting with 5 kids in the house. We always open gifts on Christmas eve, then we get together at mom's the next day for leftovers, and lots of games. We usually save a present for the kids to open Christmas morning, and a few stocking stuffers.
We are finishing out Christmas on Saturday with the hubby's family, and we are taking a break from official homeschool, and enjoying our new toys. 
Christmas morning

I'm so thankful for our family, memories, and the many blessings God has given us! I'm thankful for the freedom to homeschool (for now anyway).
Was you week as exciting as ours?

Dec 26, 2013

The Countdown is Over!

We counted down the days by taking a loop of our chain each day. The star represents Christmas day, and it is now the only one left. This is a life-savor for all of the "when is Christmas?" questions from our kids. 

Our family does not celebrate the secular meaning of Christmas; for us it's all about Jesus. We do not talk about or decorate with Santa, and its quite funny when someone asks our four year old, "What's Santa bringing you for Christmas?" Because she knows where her gifts come from.

    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights...       James 1:17

    We want our kids to be lovers of Jesus in all areas of their life. Santa is the world's way of drawing attention off our Savior. Why do Christians fall for this seemingly innocent practice of deception and distraction?

    Which story takes precedence in their mind: 
  • Santa: who has awesome powers of traveling from place to place magically, brings awesome presents, drives a team of reindeer, looks like grandpa, and is assisted by a team of cheery little elves. It's a magical, mesmerizing tail, don't ya think...
  • Or Jesus: born as a simple babe in a dirty, lowly manger. His birth and death mean everything to us, most of all eternal life. It's not tangible, doesn't have cute litter glitter and sparkles, and cannot be wrapped and place under the Christmas tree.

Something to think about...

Dec 16, 2013

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

We started out with the object of making homemade Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree. We have a 7 1/2 foot tall tree and after an entire afternoon of messy fun, we only walked away with about 8 or 9 ornaments.

Winter Fun!

Our first round of winter weather for 2013 dumped about an inch of ice on us followed by about 8 inches of snow. I love to see the snow falling! Our road was iced over for about a week, and only my husband finally braved it to go to work in his company van.  We were stuck (for about 30 minutes).

The kids were ecstatic, and daddy even got to have one snow day this time. Of course, I stayed inside and took pics from the comfort of the doorway. 
One of the many uses for a Direct TV High def satellite dish...

 My Sweetie...
Snoopy, our dachshund, was quite the snow dog! Even though his little ears were shaking by the time hubby sat him inside the front door. week...but I'm so glad the sun is shining and the temps are scheduled to hit the upper 40's by the end of the week. Time for the snow to go! 

Hope your snow day was as fun as ours,