Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement: Perfect Peace (Guest Blogger)

Perfect Peace

            Being a homeschool mom was not even on my radar when my son entered kindergarten.  However, as one week turned into the next, I began to feel unsettled about it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the school.  I taught at the school for 8 years before staying at home.  His teacher was the best of the best.  Still, something wasn’t right.  I just didn’t have a peace about it.  My husband and I prayed and prayed about what to do.  Homeschooling became something that was on my mind more than it wasn’t.  At the end of his kindergarten year, I decided just to try homeschooling.  My thought process was, it’s first grade.  What am I really going to mess up?  I don’t remember much about being 6 myself.

It was very strange that next August.  All of my friends were posting pictures of their kids with their new clothes and backpacks holding their chalk board signs with their new grade written on them.  Sam started his first grade year in his boxers. I don’t even think he put a shirt on until his daddy came home! (His choice).  His little sister wore an old flower girl dress with a crown and decided she would start school too.  She even dressed the baby for the big day!

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That first year was NUTS!  But I felt a perfect peace.  That doesn’t mean that our days were always perfect.  Some days were SO HARD that I wanted to cry and did cry.  However, I saw God’s hand in our journey.  He sent encouragement through new friends, through aha moments from my children, through his word, and so many other ways.  On top of that, my kids LEARNED, sometimes much to my amazement!

We’ve been homeschooling now for 4 years and every year we continue to pray for God’s will his sweet peace in how we educate our children. I understand that our journey is not another family’s journey.  Mercy, I wouldn’t push homeschooling on anyone.  I’ve found myself in the middle of the homeschooling vs public schooling debate when I’ve least expected it. In those times, I yearn to be a turtle and just stick my head in my shell.  That’s not my fight.  I’ll quickly find a good excuse to flee. I see Satan all over that.  He loves to pit momma against momma.  It’s legalism in the worst way.  Sometimes, a mother will come to me asking advice whether to homeschool or not.  My advice is always the same.  Pray about it.  Pray for God’s will and peace about your journey.  Our journeys are not the same, nor should they be.  Let’s encourage each other mommas.  In the end, we’re all hoping to be in the same place.

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on you,

Because he trusts you.”

-Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

 

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Elizabeth Doan is married to her hubby David for 14 years.  Mother to four wonderful kiddos: Sam (10), Sarah (8), Evie Joy (4), and Sadie Rose (6 months).  Homeschooling Momma for 4 years with 17 years to go!   Elizabeth’s favorite quote in the whole wide world is: “Life is frittered away by details.  Simplify, simplify.”  -Henry David Thoreau

 

Teach Them This Tuesday: The Solar System

Did you know we actually have EIGHT planets?

When I was in grade school there were NINE planets.

Here is a creative way to teach your homeschool student about the planets and the solar system.

Draft planets? Well what’s that?

This video will explain it clearly and really simple so that a child can understand.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b25dPQ9ORY

This video will help you understand exactly what those are.

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Perry,

Website updates

As GREAT resources become available I am quick to add them to the website.

Here are a few resources that have been added:

*Saylor.org – this link has been added under the *Homeschool Resources tab* under *Free Online Curriuculum* tab

Saylor offers FREE college prep courses in which your student can earn credit

*Four-Year Plan form – this form is located under the tab *Homeschool 101/GED info* then head to *Homeschool Forms* tab, then *Homeschool Forms link* finally choose *Four-Year Plan*

This form will allow you to map out the proposed courses for your homeschooler. This form will also allow you to *see* what courses you’d like them to complete in order to ensure they have completed all of the desired courses in order to graduate.

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Funny Fridays: Why You Should Embarass Your Children to Get Love (Guest Blogger)

Lady T (Teisha Houston), UCHU Homeschooling mother of 5, Speaker, Author, Business Coach, Minister, First Lady, Talk Show Host.

Teisha empowers with motivational workshops, spiritual retreats and 1 on 1 coaching that helps you stay focused, balanced and profitable with practical and spiritual methods.

Her wit, directness and motivation are just a few of her qualities that makes her “Lady T – Momprenuer.”

Find her at:

http://www.thebusinesscoachformoms.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheBusinessCoach4Moms?_rdr=p

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/imtheboss

 

Teisha Houston

Teisha Shelby-Houston coaches, teaches and empower! Helping moms grow into mompreneurs and inspiring women everywhere to live a life of purpose, passion & power!

South Carolina resident, Teisha (Lady T) is a professionally trained seminar leader and specializes in empowering women by customizing her professional and self development seminars, keynote and motivational workshops to accommodate the needs of your group. She makes sure that your meeting objectives are met and that your audience learn practical, hands-on skills in an interactive environment.

Did you know? …… Homeschool Work Credit

Did you know that students can earn *credit* for:

*volunteer work hours

*internship

*paid employment

*apprenticeships

*and other types of work completed

To keep track of hours worked that you would like to count as credit towards a diploma. In order for these work hours to count they must be documented.

According to SCDE Regulations, 306 work hours = 1 credit.

UCHU-Accountability Association has provided a Student Employment Work Sheet  (click the link to go to that form) that may be used to help students keep track and receive verification of work hours by their immediate overseer/supervisor.

If you should have further questions regarding this subject feel free to contact me.

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Perry

 

Funny Fridays: “Motivation for the Selected Hearing”

motivational-speaking

Happy Friday!!!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Perry

Thought Provoking Thursdays: A New Hat (Guest Blogger)

Why Homeschool moms should have a home based business.

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Today is a busy day!

Let’s see, is today meal planning day or laundry day?

Wait, how many appointments are scheduled this week?

No, wait, a play date is scheduled later.

Do these scenarios sound familiar?

As women and as homeschool moms specifically, we are always wearing many hats. We are the caterer, personal driver, event coordinator, curriculum expert, etc. in addition to being wife and mom.

Throughout all of the busyness of your life, yes I am going to add one more hat to your collection.

Here’s the business owner hat, just for you!

Yes, you should have a business, a home based business.

Some use the term Mom Preneur. I like the term, Homeschool-Preneur!

I am going to share with you 6 reasons why you should have a home based business.

But First A Short Story.

As a child I always had aspirations to be “someone great.” First I wanted to be a model, then a lawyer, then an accountant. By the time I was well into my undergraduate accounting work, I knew that I didn’t want to be an accountant for the rest of my life. Of course, I wanted to finish my degree, “just in case.”

I added a backup major as well, “just in case.”Fast forward, years later, I started realizing that I wanted to be the one to set my income. There were many dreams and goals that I wanted to accomplish that goes beyond a 9 to 5 job. There is nothing wrong with having a job, but I wanted something to help fund my dreams, an extra “just in case.”

Reasons to Start a Home Based Business.

Here are 6 Reasons to start a home based business.

These reasons should promote excitement, stir up a desire to begin, and provide encouragement to keep moving forward.

  1. Extra income for your household.
  2. A great way to connect with like minded friends
  3. Use your gifts and talents to help others.
  4. Teach children entrepreneurship and how to create wealth.
  5. Lighten your husband’s work load.
  6. Live your dream;

Who doesn’t like extra income! Make every amount, count.  The average household has over $129,000 of debt!  As a homeschool-preneur, you can use that extra income to start chipping away at that debt.

If you are debt free, that is fantastic! You can increase your emergency fund or college fund!

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Who you give your time to is very important. When you are trying to move forward you want to be connected to people that share similar values, people that have the same drive as you do.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” –Jim Rohn

Wow, do you believe this?

I challenge you to write down the 5 people that you spend the most time with. What are their goals? What do they like to do? How has their life impacted you? Are they moving forward, staying the same, or moving backwards?

Friends should propel each other to move forward.

“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17.

As an entrepreneur you have a greater reach to use your gifts and talents to help others. Get your children involved! Children tend to model the behavior of their parents. If they see you stepping out of the box, into a path of uncertainty, they will be willing to take a risk and create their own businesses as well.

How many of you have husbands that work crazy hours? Work out of town? Wouldn’t you like to lighten his load? There are countless stories that I hear about ladies being able to match their husband’s income just by having a part time business.

Could you imagine being able to retire your husband from his job?

A great way to lighten the load is to get the entire family involved.  Initially, you may have to do the bulk of the work. Being consistent and doing a little each day will eventually pay off!

Ladies, it is time to live our dreams! Your dream may be to retire your husband, travel across the world, or fund an orphanage.

Whatever, it may be, a home based business could jump start your dream!

So how do you get started?

  • Write down your goals.
  • Break your goals down in detail as to how much money you will need.
  • Write down what your gifts and talents are.
  • Seek out opportunities where you can use your gifts and talents. Moneysavingmom.com is a great resource that you can utilize.
  • Start personal development: changing your mindset helps you keep moving forward.
  • Do something that leads you into the business that you are building.
  • Stay consistent.
  • Start a mastermind group of like minded individuals that will challenge you and provide accountability.
  • DON’T QUIT.

My prayer is that you will pick up your homeschool-preneur hat and get started.

You can do it!

Relevant Resources

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Hicunni Chandler is the co owner of The Chandler Learning & Development Center, LLC, where their main goal is to encourage, equip, and educate homeschool entrepreneurs through online coaching and their membership community.

Some of Hicunni’s favorite things are reading books on marriage, finance, and alternative health; traveling; trying new restaurants; essential oils; and spending time with family.

You can learn more about Hicunni Chandler by visiting their website at https://thelearningdeck.com

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement: Whac A Mole (Guest Blogger)

Whac a Mole pic Elizabeth Doan

Whac A Mole… It was my favorite game at the Roller Land Skating Rink.  Sideways pony tails, tight rolled acid wash blue jeans, hair band ballads, disco lights… Oh where was I?  Oh yeah, I was hitting the living daylights out of that little fellow with my rubber mallet. If only I would have known how that game would represent how I feel about my grown up life.  Let me explain…

I’ve lived my whole life like that little mole, sticking my head up into the sunlight and being hit on the head with that oversized hammer.

Found the love of my life.  “Sunlight!”

Let’s start a family…miscarriage.  “Whack!”

Oh, we’re preggers and 9 months later we have my sweet baby Sam.  “Sunlight!”

My husband went back to school and finally graduated! “Sunlight!”

The company he interned with went through a merger and the only place they are hiring is in Idaho.  “Whack!”

Now we have three kids and we’re finally completely debt free!  “Sunlight!”

Surprise fourth baby on the way! “Sunlight!”

Very high deductible having to be met after having that sweet baby.  “Whack!”

Our sweet old dog gets very sick and passes on after lots of expensive treatments. Bring on the debt again.  “Whack!”

You probably are getting the pattern so I’ll try my best to connect it all for you with God’s word.  Just stay with me.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Gosh those whacks hurt but I love the sunlight.

Love it!

The sunlight in my life makes that whack so worth it.  I’d go through them all over again to experience the light!

Mommas, God didn’t give us a spirit of fear.  He gives us courage.

Courage so that we will keep poking our head out, because we know that even if the hammer comes down, it’s not the end of the game.

We know how this game ends.

Keep pressing on.

Keep popping up.

Let our kids watch us.

Teach your sweet kiddos to have courage in this life.

Teach them to pop back up too.

Encourage them when they get hit by life’s hammer.

I leave you with Aaron’s prayer of blessing from Numbers 6.

Be strong.  Be courageous.  The Lord will never leave you!

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 

-Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

 

Elizabeth Doan's fam pic

Elizabeth Doan is married to her hubby David for 14 years.  Mother to four wonderful kiddos: Sam (10), Sarah (8), Evie Joy (4), and Sadie Rose (6 months).  Homeschooling Momma for 4 years with 17 years to go!   Elizabeth’s favorite quote in the whole wide world is: “Life is frittered away by details.  Simplify, simplify.”  -Henry David Thoreau

Teach Them This Tuesday: All things Science: Mr. Wizard’s World

Growing up I was fascinated with science!

I enjoyed the experiments. The mystery. The unknown.

However, when it was time for Chemistry and Physics my enjoyment of science…… well, dissipated.

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Funny Friday: Monday Comes Back Around (Guest Blogger Tramaine Bullocks)

Happy Funny Friday everyone!

It’s my first year homeschooling and everytime I looked on different homeschool pages I would see all of these homeschool encouragement posts.

At first I used to think “Aww, how sweet”.

Then about a month in I came across this owl picture…..

Owl and Tired owl

and of course home school realities kicked in and I understood that all of this encouragement is actually needed!

Lol. See!

Tramaine Bullocks and son

That’s black magic marker on his face. :)

The picture of me to the left is how I feel at the beginning of the week, the picture to the right is how I feel by Friday lol

Be encouraged Mommas, Monday comes back around!

In Christ,

Tramaine Bullock

 

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Tramaine Bullock was born in Pordenone, Italy (military family), raised in GA and now reside in South Carolina. She’s never been a country girl but  admits country life is the life for her and the Bullock boys/Man. Married for 7 years to Darrell Bullock Jr., together they have three lovely boys; Jayden (6), Eli (2), and Yehoshua (1). (Yes, a girl is greatly desired just in case you were wondering. Lol, but God knows best!) Homeschooling now for almost a year has brought about a love for freedom; a love for the values that she and her husband are able to instill; and a love for knowing what her children are learning. In Tramaine’s spare time she co-hosts a radio show, “Say So with Tramaine and Sherry” based on Psalms 107:2. Tramaine enjoys reading, singing, white water rafting, bowling, fishing, and most importantly serving God as a family.

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