Mental Health/Mental Illness on deck: Homeschooling. Therapy. Please Help!

Dearest Homeschooling Momma,

Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling with Angela Jordan Perry Episode 105 was the first time a dialogue about homeschooling and mental health was in one of my personal conversations.

Listening to this sister unwrap her personal story of mental breakdown Continue reading “Mental Health/Mental Illness on deck: Homeschooling. Therapy. Please Help!”

Monthly UCHU-AA Virtual Homeschool Mastermind Meet-Up!! Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

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UCHU-AA Yearly Members,

This Thursday, September 13, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

we will be having our monthly Mastermind Continue reading “Monthly UCHU-AA Virtual Homeschool Mastermind Meet-Up!! Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 8:30 p.m.”

Simple. Easy. Quick. Daily record keeping for South Carolina Homeschoolers.

Just today and frequently I have families who are homeschooling in South Carolina inquiring about ideas on how to stay on top of their record keeping which is required under Option 3 law.

While there are so many ways to do this:

*Excel spreadsheet

*Automated google sheet

*Cellphone App (LOL Portfolio ) is Continue reading “Simple. Easy. Quick. Daily record keeping for South Carolina Homeschoolers.”

UCHU Homeschool Consignment Sale!!! Friday, June 15, 2018!! It’s almost here!

Our yearly UCHU Homeschool Consignment Sale is almost here!!

Are you ready to do some homeschool shopping?

Are you ready to do some homeschool consigning?

Mark you calendars!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

@Landrum United Methodist Church, Landrum, SC

This one day consignment sale is less than a month away.

All hands on deck.

Tell a friend.

Find your homeschool items to be consigned.

Request a vendors package.

Sign-up to be a consignor Sign-Up to be a Consignor When you do you’ll receive your complete consignor package!!

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Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry

Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Real, Raw, Realities….Baring it all (reposting)

This late night I could not stop the racing of all the thousands of words flowing through my weary Momma brain.

It all started when I quickly ran back to the kitchen sink to turn off the water. I started filling up a pitcher of water. And it was overflowing in the sink.

I felt convicted to have this Clean. Fresh. Well water. be wasted into the drain.

Why?

Because there are so many children, people in the world that don’t even get to experience such a blessing. The blessing of fresh water.

Just moments before I was starting to feel a wave of sadness come over me.

What in the world? Perhaps I’m really tired and need to get to sleep after lathering up with my Lavender essential oils.

You know how women (homeschooling or not) can get all emotional and tied up in a knot over anything. Just depends on……what’s going on in us at the moment.

At any rate….the overflowing, wasted water SNAPPED me out of that prior wave of sorrow that was slowly making its way to overtake me.

Then I started to consider all of the things that I have to be thankful for…….

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My fake tattoo

Then the fresh, clean thoughts of gratitude started to overflow.

* It’s almost midnight and I’m about to go to bed with my husband to lie beside me. I’ll probably snuggle up beside him. It’s our normal sleeping position.

* Today I’ve been told so many times, “I love you” that I don’t know the count.

* My kids hugged me tight before they went to bed.

* Today we had the resources to be able to pay some bills. It’s not always the case.

*I’m so grateful to have unlimited data on my cell phone. Ha!

*I drove to Hendersonville twice after dropping off my 16 year old off for her first *solo* paid violin gig AND made it back home each time without any accidents or problems with our vehicle that’s over 300k miles.

*My almost 19 year old African American son is STILL alive. He called me yesterday from bootcamp to bring me up to speed on him being processed to come back home due to some medical issues. He told me, “I love you SO much Mom. I can’t wait to get back home.”

*Yesterday I made a new friend. She’s a *white* homeschooling lady. We shared a 1-1/2 hour drive yesterday to a meeting concerning *justice* for *black* people. She moved me to tears by sharing her testimony of God’s saving grace in her life. She shared the most intimate of her testimony with me……right off the bat. We are just starting to get to know each other. She trusted me enough…to tell me her story though. :/

*I had strength and health in my body to clean my bathrooms, mop the floors of my house, repair a few things in the house, wash dishes, send out emails, make some calls and complete some homeschool paperwork for my association.

*This week….every day this week, I received an email or text message saying that something I posted on social media encouraged them greatly. They thanked me!

*Several people this week asked me to pray for them. They honored *me* by asking me to partner with them in faith for the situation in which they were walking through.

*These same people who asked me to pray……believed that the God of all the Universe whose Son is Jesus Christ, in Whom I serve, can intervene and change their situation.

*I asked for their prayers too.

*My husband called me, “Babe” and told me he loved me. He blew a kiss at me when I quickly stopped by his mobile coffee truck.

*Last night, I had a friend tell me to pray for her as she was forced into a divorce that she doesn’t want from a spouse she still desires to be married to.

*My relationship with my husband isn’t always so *sweet* and *mushy.* Earlier this week it was a bit cold and distant.

*My Mom is still alive. She messaged me on FB and sent me a Marco Polo message. She said she was praying for me…..for my strength.

*Yesterday, I encouraged a teen boy who isn’t living with his family nor parents right now. He misses them and wants to go home to them. He’s in foster care.

*I realize how amazing and wise my Mom is. Sadly, I’ve not always held these sentiments.

*This evening the Lord gave me fresh vision and plans for my homeschool Academy!

*He’s (the Lord) confirmed my purpose in the homeschooling community. I’m humbled.

*I’m not where I want to be in the growth of my MLM business.

*My business team is building up confidence and are making it happen.

*I get to work from home and stay with my children, raise them, be with them, teach them, instruct them in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

*Often I don’t act as if I’m grateful.

*This week I’ve experienced every emotion possible. I was brought to tears of joy. Tears of sadness. Tears of broken-heartedness. Tears of gratefulness. Joy accompanied with laughter. Shock at unexpected news. Concern. Fear. Anger….Pizza Hut botched my Academy order again. this week. Frustration. Humility. Praise. Overwhelming gratitude.

*I’m still alive! And can *feel.*

*Tonight, I started to compare my body with another women’s body. Then I remembered all the things the Lord allowed me to get done with strength, His breath in my lungs. I then gave the Lord thanks for who she was and who I am. 🙂

*All week I played Christ Church channel on Pandora. It encouraged my heart over and over and brought me closer to the Maker of My Soul. I even sung out loud….Really LOUD in worship to Him.

*This week as is a normal practice…..I kicked some *devil butt* through warfare prayer! Ha!

*The journey of Unschooling is coming along well. My children all told me they are loving Math so much. They want to be *super smart* in math.

*This morning and every morning…..I had a Bible to read. I read it. I received some amazing promises and reminders through God’s Written Word and spoken Word to my heart.

*I heard of a story of a woman who is Arabic and was told the gospel message of Jesus over three years. She was given a Bible. She cried for tears of joy when she received it. She never would have ownership of a Bible otherwise if my *new* friend didn’t give her one.

*Same woman said she believed the gospel message but if she accepted it as her faith she’d loose her children. 😦 She has six children.

*My faith in Jesus the Christ is without possible persecution (as of this writing).

*This week I made some one pretty angry and she let me know in some many choice words. I spoke about *racism.* I boldly rebuttaled without biting my tongue. I stood up *justly.*

*A homeschooling mom shared with me that she is walking through a very tough time with her teenage sons. She’s single as her husband passed some years ago.

*I was able to identify with her. My heart is breaking over a child too. But my husband and I are together. Standing together.

*Today I spoke with several homeschooling members of my association. They were grateful for my service.

*Every day this week…..we’ve had food to eat in the Perry home. Many were not as fortunate. I know.

*The families of my homeschool Academy told me they were grateful for me, my children and my family. They blessed us with hugs, money and speaking good of our name. (A good name is to be desired above rubies.)

*This week I cried out to God for someone who played a part in bringing a place of sadness to our family. I’m not hating. I’m loving her towards repentance through prayer.

* My perspective have been shifting a lot regarding a lot of things in this life. I’m growing up….even at 44 years of age.

* I was given a book written by TuPac. I never thought I’d read anything from him. But I’m really excited to read his book of poetry. My son desires to publish a book of his poems. I don’t think this *gift* was given by accident.

So many raw, real, realities hidden within gratefulness that were trying to be covered up by a wave of sadness!!

I couldn’t go to bed this *morning* (12:42 a.m. now) without getting all of this off my chest.

Homeschooling reader…….social media friend……foe…….

Life is messy.

It brings wounds.

It draws us to places of rawness.

All of our emotions are tapped in some way.

And in all of that realness of life…..

I HAVE TO HOMESCHOOL.

I HAVE TO COMPLETE YOUTUBE VLOGS.

I HAVE TO LEAD VARIOUS GROUPS.

I HAVE TO ANSWER PHONE CALLS.

And……KEEP IT ALL TOGETHER!

I’m resolved.

My life is NOT worth living unless I am poured out like a drink offering.

I mean……

I don’t want my life to be just “happy, happy, happy.”

If my life is just “happy, happy, happy” then I’ve focused on myself and what I want to keep me happy.

I’m not a drink offering. I’m just a drink. Filling up my cup so I can enjoy the substance therein.

The reality would then be…..

I didn’t connect with other’s lives. Their raw areas.

I didn’t put myself out there to be:

disappointed, cut up with their words, misunderstood, hurt, conditionally loved, thanked, contacted for help, inquired for prayer, hear their stories, welcomed into the privacy of where they are…..etc.

Happy, Happy, Happy……..that life isn’t for me.

So tonight (this morning)…..

The real, raw, realities of my homeschool life is not perfect.

There are some places of hurt with open wounds.

But….. there is also SO MUCH MORE that is good, beautiful, lovely, heart warming, special, growing, blooming, God-sized AWESOME.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow. (It’s a homeschooling day for us….we are trying to get to 180 by the end of May…Ha!)

But for now…… I’m more than ok. 🙂

Just needed to slow down and think on it in bite-sized pieces of goodness.

It being…..gratefulnesses. 🙂

Why don’t you take some time to do the same?

Embrace the real, raw, realities to be found within your life as you homeschool and live.

Just know equally are the bite-sized pieces of goodness too.

Sending love, hugs and strength to You for the journey!

Be real. Be raw. Accept the realities. Count your blessings. Be a drink offering that’s poured out.

It is worth it!

(You are so welcomed to share this on your social media page, with homeschooling friends, family…humans. It just may be the encouragement they need.)

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

UCHU Members ….Newsletter is in your inbox!

UCHU Members……

Today, Monday, April 16, 2018 in your email inbox you should have received UCHU’s newsletter with lots of updates and exciting news!

If you did not receive it do let me know. I’ll forward the link to you.

As UCHU continues to grow I look forward to continuing to serve You and Yours!

Oh…..be sure to stop by the website to take a look. Changes, updates and special resources are coming for UCHU members for the 2018-2019 homeschooling year.

I can’t wait!!!

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

UCHU YouTube video released EVERYDAY!

Hi UCHU!!

Yes!! I’m alive.

While my blog posts have waned…….

I have been very active!! (Besides homeschooling my five children)

Did you know everyday I complete a YouTube video answering all of YOUR questions?

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Daily….I mean DAILY, I receive some great questions which provokes each and every YouTube video I do.

I first go ‘LIVE’ on fb on United Christian Homeschoolers Unlimited page. Then I load that video up on YouTube for you and all of the world to see.

I’ve not been loading the videos here on the website because…..It takes up my available space. Which then costs more money if I want to continue loading information for my readers.

Stay connected as well on Facebook at United Christian Homeschoolers Unlimited. You’ll find the link to the right side of this page.  >>>>>>>>>

or/and

Go Scribe to my YouTube channel at Angela Jordan Perry – UCHU.

Be sure to direct friends and family to those two locations (and this website as well full of helpful homeschooling info.)

Gotta run….just received two NEW questions during my care calls to my families. ttyl 🙂

Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist and follower of Yahweh. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC

GG2H Episode 7: Prepare mentally and keep your why for homeschooling before you with Chenoa Alamu (YouTube video)

Today was an amazing interview with professional violinist, homeschooling Mom from Illinois………..

Episode 7:   Prepare mentally and keep your why for homeschooling before you with Chenoa Alamu

Favorite quote: “Help, Lord Jesus. Help!”

Must have curriculum:

“Our History Revealed” by Alizah Israel

Homeschooing with Dyslexia website African American Homeschool fb group

Find Chenoa Alamu on fb

Chenoa Alamu is a homeschooling mom of two beautiful children, Victoria and Jonathan, ages 12 and 10. She’s in her second year of homeschooling. Playing the violin since the age of 3, she earned her Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music both in violin performance.

She’s completed 4 yrs toward her Doctorate of Musical Arts also in Violin Performance! Chenoa is the founder of AlaMusic Academy where she teaches violin and viola students. She teaches a beginner strings class at the local gifted school. As a violinist, she’s a member of the Illinois Symphony, Peoria Symphony and the Millikin Decatur Symphony. Her talents can be heard on the CDs of singer/songwriter Michael Card, whom she frequently tours.

 

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist and follower of Yahweh. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC

Episode 1: Homeschooling is a journey not a race with Angel Batson. (YouTube recording)

Girlfriends’ Guide to homeschooling FIRST interview episode with Angel was a great start to our journey together!!!

Angel’s Bio:
Angel Batson is a wife of 25 years to a wonderful man and mother of 3 plus an amazing daughter in love. She is in her 8th year of homechooling and has experienced all forms of education, public, private and homeschool. She is passionate about helping her children to not only be educated but live out their hopes, passions and dreams. She enjoys all the parts of homeschool but will admit her favorites are literature, history and arts and crafts!!!

Join Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschool’s fb page at https://www.facebook.com/GirlfriendsGuidetoHomeschooling/

(Please share this with other homeschooling Girlfriends’. This may be just the encouragement they need to hear! )

Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist and follower of Yahweh. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC

How is a student to know his/her strengths, skills and likes?

Homeschool students come in all sorts of flavors.

Those who know clearly from birth what they’d like to do with their lives.

Those who know they want to do something specific with their lives but just aren’t clear on what it is.

Those who have no clue about nothing and are enjoying being a student, staying home and chilling. (They do eventually figure it out but maybe later on down the road)

The reality is that each of our children, as well as we as parents, are given gifts, skills strengths, talents and abilities that are entrusted to us by God-Yahweh.

Often, these treasures aren’t tapped into or thought on until they are well into their adulthood.

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Well…what if you have a way to *help* discover these beautiful seeds of blessings that the Lord has given to each of them while they are seeking direction for their future?

Here is a resource I’d like to share with the homeschooling community that may help, could provide direction or provide some consideration.

Cliff Strengths Test may be a great help for our homeschooling high school students.

This test is often given to students while in college.

But why wait……this may be key to helping our students hone in their God-given talents  and strengths sooner than later which in turn could put them on a direct course for their life.

There is a small fee to take the test if you’d care to have your student do so.

The website (link below) will direct you as needed.

Click on the link to the website >>>> Strengths Quest Test

Also…..<<clearing my throat>> I am not receiving any compensation nor kickback for sharing this test.

My college daughter who attends a private Christian college recently completed the test and it is SPOT on correct. To the ‘T.’

So I thought I’d share it this resource with YOU! 🙂

This is suggestive. I don’t promise you anything. But offer you a resource to try at your own risk. 🙂

Share results or thoughts if you choose to allow your student to take part in this Strengtsh Quest Test. 🙂 I love to hear about it!

(Share this post with a friend. They may just be *hoping and praying* for a resource for their high school student during these formative years of preparation into adulthood.)

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, Racial Unity activist and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.