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Guest Blogger: Sin, Forgiveness, Redemption and a PG Movie (Elizabeth Doan)

Earlier this evening, my daughter came to me and said that she had watched a movie with some bad words in it with a friend. I could tell she was struggling and I wanted to “freak out.” I said a quick prayer in my head for God to guide me in how to deal with this one.

After all, she did come to me and tell me.

A few moments later, God gave me an answer that I hope she will keep with her always. I told her that the little voice that was telling her that the movie wasn’t right was God’s Holy Spirit nudging her.

When she asked Jesus into her heart, the Holy Spirit took up permanent residence.

I told her that if she was ever not sure what to do, to pray and let the Holy Spirit guide her. I let her know that I wished she would have chosen not to watch the movie as soon as she felt that it wasn’t right.

She was feeling pretty awful as I spoke.

Then I told her the best part.

I told her that all she had to do was pray to God and ask for forgiveness and that He promises to make us clean again and to throw that sin as far as “the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12).

I explained that when Jesus died on the cross, He covered us and made us clean and white as snow when we mess up, that we’re a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). I finished by telling her that after He throws our sins away that He expects us not to keep repeating the same sin and that it’s our gift back to Him to do better and listen to the Holy Spirit.

She cried and hugged me and thanked me for comforting her. Oh my heart!

Sin, Forgiveness, Redemption and a PG Movie

I know that a movie may not seem like a big deal. But I also know, that throughout her life, she’s going to mess up in things both big and small. I don’t ever want her to feel like it’s all over, that she is damaged.

That’s the devil talking and God offers us so much more.

I want her to remember that the Holy Spirit will be with her always and she needs to listen to it.

I also want her to know that there’s forgiveness and grace.

I want her to know this message so badly because her Momma has messed up so bad on so many things big and small.

In those messes, I let Satan tell me that I’d never be good enough, that I was damaged goods and that God could never use me.

I believed him for so so long.

Then one day, redemption set in…God’s grace.

Let me tell you, He’s blessed me with my hearts desires and my cup runneth over every day. I’ll never been the same now that I’m on this side of His grace.

I know a movie choice isn’t life altering but if she is able to learn about His grace and forgiveness now, it will forever change her steps. That is my prayer for her and for all of my children.

Thank you God for making me their Mom.

Thank you for your wisdom when I am at a loss.

Thank you for using my failures and making them your victories.

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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

There is NO SHAME in the ‘Ask’ & Girlsfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling

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Pride.

Appearing to have fallen short.

Being judged.

Felling like a failure.

Drudging through.

Shame.

Embarrassment.

Self-condemnation.

More often than not this list of ‘perceived draw-backs’ can cause us NOT to seek help in our homeschooling.

The story that we tell ourselves in our heads often cause us to go on and on in the circles of seclusion and lack of confidence.

Today, I met with a homeschooling Mom. She’s been homeschooling for nine or ten years.

I’m SO proud of her!! She reached out to me and said, “May we talk? My homeschooling isn’t going as well as I would have hoped this year. Maybe you can shed some insights on it. Or give me some suggestions.”

She needed to:

*hear my story

*get some ideas

*hear that she is doing pretty darn well

*receive affirmation

*walk away from ‘her story’ that she was telling herself in her head

*receive some encouragement

*know that she wasn’t alone in how she was feeling

After our time today over coffee, some laughs, discovery of how much we are SO MUCH alike (red personalities), curriculum suggestion, hope for her future path of homeschooling and a hug……

Her countenance totally changed!

Somestimes just talking is all you need!

Just talking things out.

It is my desire to be able to sit with each and every homeschooling Mom, with a cup of coffee and chat over some things that’s heavy on your heart!!

However, I can’t do that with each of the hundreds of Moms in my homeschooling accountability association.

But….I sure can do it virutally and in a group.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling with Angela Jordan Perry is just that!!!

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I want it to be an exchange of convesation, suggestions, encouragement and connecting with other friend girls who homeschool.

I will admit….I don’t know it all. Ha!!

But 16 years under my belt will allow me to give and share what I do have to give.

Why connect with Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling?

Because weekly we will have live fb feeds, live Youtube recordings, live Google HangOuts….where we can:

*chat over morning coffee

*get your questions asked and answered

*hear triumps and struggles of other Moms

*hear interviews from Moms who have gone before you

*be refreshed

*get some ‘how tos’ under your belt

*get creative ideas

*learn from others

*know that you aren’t on the journey alone

*connect with other ‘friend girls’ along the way

The schedule that we will meet will be TUESDAY MORNING at 7:45 a.m. for 45 minutes! We will wrap it up at 8:30 a.m.

Pass on your questions via the website. I’ll get them and we will have discussion time with them.

If our ‘meet up’ time end up having more homeshool ‘Girlfriends’ then expected…..then we will add another day into the mix during the week!!!

Any homeschooling ‘Girlfriend’ can join in. So please spread the word!!

You can find me on fb live on the ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling‘ page!

Non fb folks can join live on Youtube and inter act with questions there. You tube channel is ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling.’

Or find me on Google Hangouts – Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling

Right now…go to the fb page ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling’ and LIKE page.

https://www.facebook.com/GirlfriendsGuidetoHomeschooling/

Follow my Youtube Channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAnqMtHj6lZMnmWo3P3NHrA

It’s my prayer that our time together will be beneficial in more ways than one!!

Be sure to share this post with other friends. This just may be the resource of encouragement that they are looking for!

Let’s make this homeschool ‘Girlfriends’ group BIGGER than ever!!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, President of Women’s Empowerment Toastmaster-Greenville and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Pixy dust, unicorns and homeschool fairytales.

The glass is half-full.

Look at it through different pair of glasses.

Nothing is impossible.

Yes, you can!!

Just believe.

Have faith and keep moving forward.

My personality is a positive one!

I don’t often, if hardly ever, allow negativity to come out of my mouth.

I mean, I may think it but I will NOT say it. (most times).

Additionally, I am an encourager. That is my ‘ministry’ in addition to being a leader.

So put encourager, optomistic leader all together and you have ME.

Often that ‘ME’ may appear to some to be a ‘pipe-dream’ or the PERFECT life or living a fairytale.

Well……it really depends on how you see things.

I thought I’d shine some light on who I am as a homeschooling Mom of 16 years and homeschooler of eight children (2 are graduated now).

My days are not greeted with birds singing and sweetly chirping at my window.

More like our six guinea hens making the most loud indescribable, irritating noise ever. (But on good days I do enjoy hearing them on our farm.)

Nor are my days greeted with order, perfection and ‘candy’ love filling the aroma of every crevice of our 1400 sq ft home for our homeschooling family of TEN (save our full-sized basement).

I do not live in a castle of perfection. 

Frocklicking along with pixydust upon my head with unicorns on our farm and a homeschooling fairytale to be told every day.

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Nothing can be further from the truth.

Like most homeschoolers after the holiday break it was time to get back into our greatly desired ‘imperfect’ but workable schedule to start the second leg of the homeschooling year.

Monday, January 9, 2017 was the day I realized for sure that as positive and optomistic as I am and the wonderful blog post I wrote up, “Where is your homeschooling heart?” on this particular Monday, that although I treasure my homeschool, I also wanted to pull my every. single. strand. of hair out of my head!!!

It appeared that my five year old forgot how to read and my 7 year old forgot all of the hard work we did to learn how to borrow and subtract. She decided to start subtracting from the hundreds place INSTEAD OF THE ONES place.

Oh….after that morning of our ‘happy day to start back school’ I wanted to kill every guinea hen in my yard that was singing those ‘unsweet’ melodies all morning long!!! Ha!

Alas……my husband was home as we were still snowed in from the weekend. He saw my frustrations…..I mean the sprinkling of pixydust on my face and decided to serve me a cup of his peppermint coffee.

Well…..it didn’t help!

Folks…there’s no homeschooling fairytale happening over here at our Shine Bright Christian Academy!!

It was a hard Monday.

Hard Tuesday.

But not so hard Wednesday (today).

My purpose in writing this topic of this blog is to encourage you on this Wednesday….hump day.

No one gets a ticket to perfect. That’s my new slogan.

Although perfect it may seem.

And perfect is what you may think you perceive.

And perfect is the picture you’ve painted in your mind about EVERYBODY’S homeschooling journey besides yours…..

Well….. there’s no unicorns in ‘nobodys’ yard/farm.

There’s no pixydust that is getting sprinkled anywhere

And there’s no homeschool fairytale of make-believe happening.

Stop painting those pictures. 🙂

Bring it all back to reality.

All of us who continue on in the homeschooling ‘struggle’ do so with the weapontry we choose to pick up and utilize day to day.

This weapontry is….

*Prayer.

*Determination.

*Resources of encouragement.

*Associations. (those we associate ourselves with)

*Affirmation.

*Conviction.

*Commitment.

*Books.

*The cute little sleeping faces we care for daily. (You know how cute they are when they are sleeping. They make you forget all about the rough schooling days.)

*One day at a time.

That’s all the ‘magic’ most of homeschooling Moms and Dads have.

Maybe there are a few other tricks up our sleeves. But the reality of it all – is that we each put on our morning sweat pants one leg at a time. 🙂

Oh….Back to my Monday…….

We did make it through the day. I realized why my son forgot how to read. I forgot to pull out the ‘point sheet’ we use whenever he is schooling. For him, schooling is a game. He is looking to earn points for everything he does right. And if a point isn’t given then ‘he don’t know nothin.’

And my daughter…I forgot that whenever I offer a treat for doing something right (I told my three 3rd graders if they get their subtraction problems right they’d get a little chocolate hersey candy bar) she totally freezes-up and forget’s everything. Even her name!!

SMH! Lol.

Hey….if you have any pixydust to spare I’d sure like to borrow some.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

Here’s to reality homeschooling!

(Share this blog post with a homeschooling buddy. This may just be the homeschooling enouragement they need to hear in order to stay on the homeschooling journey.)

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/administrator

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, entrepreneur, mad’am farmer, Toastmaster and follower of Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

10 things Entrepreneurs and Home Educators have in common

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Being a home educator for the past 16 years and an entrepreneur for the past 16 years it finally dawned on me that these TWO ‘professions’ are so similar in character make-up.

With an affinity for reading and utitilizing quotes, its come to my attention that the motivational business quotes I enjoy also can be used in homeschooling too!!

Why?  Because Entrepreneurs and Home Educators have a lot, a lot, a lot in common.

While this list is not comprehensive it expresses the point at hand.

As you bare these thoughts in mind and have ever considered becoming an entrepreneur…be encouraged.

You have the quality traits it takes as a home educator to dive into entrepreneurship. And what you lack you can find help to fill in the gaps.

Maybe you lack funding or administrative skills or organizational skills.

Entrepreneurs nor Home Educators ever allowed their lack of something to stop them from moving forward.

They find a way to make it happen.

10 things Entrepreneurs and Home Educators have in common

  1. They are visionaries.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators see the possibility of what can be if they put their effort into it.

2. Willing to go against the norm.

Both Entrepreneuers and Home Educators are willing to swim against the flow. Not being moved by the norm. They are risk takers. Risking it all if they feel their convictions are warranted and of value.

3. Status quo changers.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators aren’t moved by the fact of what everyone else is doing or say one must do. If needed they will set a new status quo often challenging ‘what is’ to ‘what can be.’

4. Not afraid of hard work and long hours.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators can attest that this is TRUE. Hard work and long hours is our staple of life. The payoff does manifest but maybe years later. 🙂

5. Resourceful.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators will find a way. There is absolutely NOTHING that will stop them from ‘making it happen.’

6. ‘Make it happen’ attitude.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators have focused, tunnel vision and do not believe in the impossible. They have no tolerance for it. It’s not in their vocabulary. And will demand the possibile be manifested – period.

7. Never quit.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators have a NO QUIT policy. It may come to mind to do so but it just isn’t going to happen. Their gut will not allow it be so. To clarify. Having to change gears is not quitting. Maybe revamping. 🙂

8. Committed to the task at hand.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators are committed. Committed to what they first start. And committed until the end of their assignment and goal.

9. Self-motivators.

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators know how to encourage themselves when the tough gets going. They’ve figured out a system that works for them to keep their chin up, eyes focused and spirits lifted.

10. Ingenuitive .

Both Entrepreneurs and Home Educators can make something out of seemingly nothing. Their skill and talent Creates. Dreams. Orchestrates.

What other commonalities do think Entrepreneurs and Home Educators have in common? Comment and share! Let’s keep the list going.

(Be sure to share this post with a fellow home educator or on your fb page. It may be the encouragement they need for the day and for the homeschooling journey.)

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/administrator/director

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, entrepreneur, mad’am farmer, Toastmaster and follower of Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Much?

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The message is plain.

The message is clear.

Positive or negative.

Successful or failing.

Good or bad.

Because rather you can or you don’t…it’s all up to you. And it begin with you thoughts.

How are you thinking? What are you producing?

I’ve talked to so many people who say their thoughts are all over the place. And depending on the flow of their thoughts and feelings depends on how optomistic they perceive their day.

My encouragement to you is to……

Start your day earnestly PRAYING.

Start your day positively THINKING.

Power of life and death is in our tongues. What we say.

Power of life and death is in our thinking. What we create.

We each have the power to form, shape and bring into being our ultimate desirable result.

Now, please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying doing the above will alleviate all challenges.

What I am saying is that doing the suggested above will shape your own thinking process….visual process…..faith process…..and reality.

Which ultimate can bring about beautiful days of schooling, precious expectations and different energy to operate from.

So how will you THINK today so you can enjoy the fruit of what you BRING about?

It all starts with how you choose to THINK!

So THINK well. 🙂

(Share this blog post with a fellow homeschooler along this journey the same as you. You never know if this word of encouragement is just what they needed today.)

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/administrator

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, entrepreneur, mad’am farmer, Toastmaster and follower of Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

Christmas, Children, and OCD, Part 2 – Elizabeth Doan, guest blogger

Last week I wrote a short post on simplifying Christmas gone crazy.  I shared how I pared down my attic full of decorations and my house full of trees.  This week I’m going to tackle wrapping and gifts.  Here we go.

Brown Paper Packages Wrapped Up in Strings…

For a couple of years now, I buy a huge roll of brown wrapping paper and use it for all gifts.  I have tons of ribbon in assorted colors and my children decorate each gift with magic markers and stamps.  I have found that family and friends totally prefer this to my stuffy packaging that looked pretty for a few minutes and still got torn to shreds.  I also throw all caution to the wind and let my children do all of the wrapping.  I’ve been doing this since they were old enough to use scissors and they love it.  Close to Christmas, I put my 3 big elves at the table with paper, tape, scissors, string, stamps, markers…and just let them go for it.  We play Christmas music and I think their handiwork looks fantastic!   

Here’s a pic of this year’s loot along with my tree that my elves decorated for me.

 

 

3 Gifts…Jesus got 3.  They do too.

3 years ago, we sold our house super quick and were totally unprepared for the next move.  We spent a year in a small house beside my parents.  By small, we had 1 bedroom that three kids shared and a loft that my hubby and I slept in.  Because it was super cozy, we didn’t have room for a huge Christmas that year.  We read the Christmas story to the kids and talked about the three gifts Jesus received.  We told them that everyone would be receiving three gifts just like Jesus.  We were very nervous on Christmas morning.  Even though they seemed okay after the gift talk, we didn’t know what to expect.  What a pleasant surprise we woke up to that morning.  We read the Christmas story out of the Bible and each child took their time unwrapping their gifts.  They were so appreciative.  So grateful.  Our house is bigger now, but we kept the three gift tradition.  Our children are still grateful and appreciative.  Where the gifts are smaller, the spirit of Christmas is so much bigger.  

We’ve scaled down with a lot of other gifts too.  However, this is a little trickier.  I know there are spenders and there are savers.  Spenders love Christmas.  They love giving gifts.  Christmas is their super bowl and I totally get that.  Savers, like myself, spend the whole year budgeting, being careful with every dollar spent.  It is crazy hard to change that mindset in December and be ready to loosen the purse strings.   At first, I tried to suggest just giving gifts to the kids in the family or maybe just getting together to eat.  It took years to realize that I was stepping all over something that some people loved to do.  I’ve had to ease up a bit on this.  There are some get togethers where adults give the gifts as well and there are some where we just meet up and eat.  So I’ve delegated the grown up gifts that we do purchase to my husband.  You see, he’s the best at picking out gifts for people.  He always picks out the best stuff.  This year, he has a great idea for our parents and I’m letting him lead the way.  He’s awesome like that and I don’t stress out about it. Dilemma solved.

So, what’s left for next week?  Any ideas on other areas to simplify?  Chime in.  Let me know what you think.

Merry Christmas!

(Share with your homeschooling friends to encourage them this Christmas season)

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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

 

Christmas, Children, and OCD

I have a confession to make.  I went from loving Christmas as a child to dreading it as an adult.

 Let’s face it, when you are the momma, a lot rests on your shoulders to make it magical and I felt the full weight of it all. Add to that my OCD tendencies and wanting everything to be a certain way, you have a perfect blizzard of a storm.  

With the commercials, Facebook posts, and all things Pinterest, I just couldn’t keep up.  I exhausted myself for years and was left a little disappointed and let down by it all on December 26.

 I knew in my heart that it was all about Jesus Christ but the noise often was louder than the joy.

Four kids later, I’ve learned a lot.

 I don’t have it perfect but I am enjoying it so much more.  

Here are a few little things I do that make a big difference in our holiday.  Just simplifying how we celebrate allows more room for Jesus Christ and I love that.

So, for the next few Wednesdays, I plan on sharing a few ways that we simplify and put the joy back in Christmas.   

I hope an idea or two helps you as well.  

  • The Decorations – Don’t feel bad about simplifying your decorations.  About 5 years ago, ⅔ of my attic space was overflowing with all things Christmas.  Every  year, I’d send my poor hubby up the ladder and he’d have to drag it all down only to haul it back up a month later.  When we moved, we kissed a lot of it goodbye and haven’t missed it at all.  My house is still decorated but only with what matters most to my family.  To date, I have yet to miss the huge snowman collection, miles of garland, and 100’s of Christmas trinkets that went to Goodwill.  My hubby enjoys Christmas a lot more now also!

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  • The Tree – My tree will never grace the pages of Southern Living Magazine and that’s okay.  When we were first married, I had three trees.  Three!  Each ornament matched the decor in my house.  The tree was decorated with perfect symmetry and the lights were exact.  Now, the children decorate ONE tree with ornaments that are plastic or homemade.  The bottom half is lucky to have any decorations on it at all thanks to a certain one year old that loves to grab them and leave them in random places throughout the house.  I think it’s the prettiest tree in the whole world and it makes my feel happy all over every time I look at it.

Stay tuned next week and we’ll tackle gifts, holiday travel, and Christmas sweaters!

Merry Christmas!

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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

See you at the end of the (homeschool) bridge.

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“I don’t want to screw up my children’s education.”

“I’m not confident I can do this.”

“All of these homeschooling laws just scare me.”

Being a homeschooling Mom for 16 years I’ve heard more reason of fear to homeschool than reasons people feel they KNOW they should homeschool.

Fear is no joke.

It WILL paralyze us from doing even what we know we should do or what we feel we desperately MUST do.

Personally, I’m not afraid to homeschool. I’ve had enough time and experience to see that YOU DON’T SCREW UP YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION. You teach them to become learners and they learn.

But…fear?

I am dealing with a place of fear in my own life right now. Fear of failure. Business failure.

The fear stems from not feeling that ‘success’ is for me. Only for those who are…… (fill in the blank).

Needless to say this is the little monkey that I constantly have to kick out of my mind.

Daily!

I know this to be a lie. Equal opportunity is there for everyone. I’m not afraid to do. It’s the lie that tries to keep me from doing.

I imagine that this is the same with homeschooling.

Why can’t a parent do a good job in directing their child’s education? (providing the parents has a GED or higher according to Option 3 laws)

After all, this is what homeschooling is.

DIRECTING THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILD(REN).

The lies…..

This is something that can ONLY be done by those parents that are rich.

Or only by those parents that have a college degree.

Or only by those parents that _______________ (fill in the blank.)

It’s all untrue.

So like me…..even if you are scared and really feel that success isn’t there for you…..You’ve ‘gotta’ do it any way.

The possibility of success is more likely if the effort is put forth vs. not doing anything.

Not doing anything already affords the likelyhood of no success.

So….kick the monkey out of your head daily, moment by moment (if need be) and move forward.

The only one that will stop you is YOU!

See you at the end of the bridge. 🙂

And just in case you are scared……just do it any way!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU director/administrator/director

Wednesday’s Words of Encouragement: Family Meal

Growing up, my mother always cooked a big dinner and we’d all sit down and eat when my daddy got home.  She did this every night while working as a teacher’s assistant.  I have no idea how she pulled it off, but she did.  There were veggies (one always fried), meat of some kind, and homemade biscuits.  Yum.  On the few occasions my dad had a meeting, we’d get to eat tacos or breakfast for dinner.  What a treat!  Dinner time is where we caught up.  The only negative to family dinner time is when my baby sister would refuse to eat something on her plate.  My dad would always say, “You can’t leave until you eat it.” She’d wait him out even if she fell asleep at the table.  Finally, he’d just give up. To this day, I don’t think she’s touched a brussel sprout of a lima bean.

I still love family dinners.  I love serving my family in this way.  We don’t eat out much but I enjoy cooking and being at home with them.  Going out to eat with 4 littles is no treat for me!  If we have too many activities and we don’t get to eat together, I feel off balanced.  Sure, there are challenges.  My husband just started third shift.  Children fall out of their chairs.  Sometimes I am just tired.  So I wanted to share with you a few quick tips to help dinner time happen.

  • Begin with a blessing. We all hold hands and say a simple one.  Even the 1 year old reaches for our hands and closes her eyes.  It’s so stinkin sweet!
  • Have a plan. I write out our menu for every two weeks with a pencil.  It may change (pencil erases) but I have this at my fingertips to keep me on schedule.  I usually write out a grocery list right after my plan, which is great for my budget too.
  • CROCKPOT! I love my crock-pot.  I always have at least 2 meals a week that I can throw into a crock-pot in the morning.  When I start smelling dinner cooking early afternoon, I feel so accomplished!
  • Go simple. I seldom make the meals my mom did.  I don’t think I could pull that off every night without eventually having a meltdown.  We do beans in the crock pot once a week and serve with biscuits or over rice.  Sometimes we have eggs and toast.  My kids love it and my husband isn’t picky (thank goodness).
  • Let the kiddos help. Put some music on (mine love the 1960’s tunes).  Let the little one tear up lettuce for the salad.  Teach the big kids to chop the veggies.  If they help, they will eat it (usually).
  • Ask each other questions about the day. This is a great way to teach the kiddos conversation skills and manners.  The more they are involved in the conversation, the less time they spend falling out of their chairs.

Bon Appétit!

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

-1 Corinthians 10:31

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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

Wednesdays Words of Encouragement: Your Biggest Homeschooling Fan

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Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU Owner/Director/Administrator

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