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How is your Thursday going?
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It’s like a weekend wonderland over here. Daddy had too much vacation, so he’s been “helping” me entertain the boys while I plan school. They have been building LEGO things while mommy prays, reads, writes and dreams up the school year.
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I had an asparagus, onion, celery leaf and parsley buttery omelet and made myself a matcha latte for brunch. Tonight’s dinner will be some sort of grilled chicken courtesy of daddy. All the dishes are washed and I just have to water the plants before we can snuggle up for a movie tonight.
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Back to the planning with me... have a super weekend - if yours hasn’t started yet, it’s just around the corner!
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A kiss to build a dream on... (and a life together). Hope these two are bringing a little bit of cloud nine ☁️ ✨ back with them after the honeymoon.
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I read through More Charlotte Mason Education today (by Catherine Levison, who consequently is one of my favorite homeschool mentors around). I put so many colored sticky tags in the book to take notes on (one of the ways I learn best for retention is writing ✍🏻 notes), that I may end up just rewriting her book for fun. Seriously, something great on every page. I ran out of sticky notes and had to switch to small post-its.
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So, if you ask me, can an old homeschool dog learn new tricks? Yes, she can. Is all of the information new? No, it’s not. After 17 years you hear this and that and learn much... but just like your Bible never gets old, so goes self-education for a teacher.
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Brush up on your skills. Learn a few new things every semester. It will keep you fresh and less burned out, more in touch with the big WHY you are doing this, and better able to tackle the long days ahead (many of which will be off-plan and stressful).
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I’m truly thankful for all the pioneers and veteran homeschooling mamas who are willing to walk ahead and reach down to help others. Be that lady in someone else’s life when you reach your finish lines.
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Shine like diamonds 💎 precious friends.
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Philippians 2....13For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good purpose. 14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world…
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That verse implies that there WILL be darkness ... just keep shining your light. Be the lighthouse in the storm.
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#philippians #philippians2 #bethelight #bealight #bethelighthouse #keepshining🌟 #shinebright #shinelikeadiamond #shinelikestars #nogrumbling #nocomplaining #countyourblessings #bibleversedaily #bibleverses #inspirationquotes
I love free plants. Especially bonsai trees. 💚 Check out these cute little house plant “pets”.... @littlejadebonsai
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This time of year I like to think it’s all new again; back to homeschooling never gets old or easy. Homeschooling as a way of life becomes familiar, but there is struggle and challenge that makes each year unique. Every veteran HS Mom will tell you that “just when you think you have it figured out, the game will change”. It’s true.
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So while I have collectively homeschooled since 2001 and I have a trust in God that all will be well (since He loves my kids even more than I do, and I’ve got older kids who are amazing products of His work in this journey), I can never get too comfortable in my teaching or preparing.
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What worked last year may not this year. There may be new challenges. There may be character traits that need honing, gifts that need developing, behaviors that need to be corrected... and all of those things present new obstacles to overcome along with growth seasons and hormone changes that happen naturally in kids.
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The point of this is to remind you of you are a new homeschooling mama... don’t think that all these pretty school room pictures are without their share of tears and frustration behind the square/scene. These mamas may look like they have it all together out here in social media land... but there’s still nap time drama, peanut butter sticky messes, math meltdowns, mama stress, and lesson plans that get abandoned for whatever reason.
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You don’t have to be perfect to be a homeschool mom... or any kind of mom. Your kids don’t have to be perfect, either. You just have to love them and want to spend time with them teaching them about the world. Teach them what you know and trust that God will bring you all the things you don’t know so you can learn it all together. No one knows everything on the shelves in the library. .
We are all just learning together. In the end you will find that those sweet kids teach you just as much as you teach them. Maybe more. .
Finished in comments ...
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A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant,” 1820
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Hello September. Good bye, August.
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Time to get in high gear and roll right through the school year... September always feels like a starting line for me. And I don’t catch my breath until Christmas break.
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You can ignore that I just used the word Christmas in the last bit of Texas summer... that was taboo. Sorry.
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Little red teeth...
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Happy Saturday, y’all.
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GIVEAWAY 📚✨
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I’m at it again. I’ve got another stack of sweet goodies to give away. Come on, y’all - there are just a few entries on the last give-away. You have one week and I’ll be mailing these prizes your way! What a great way to start a new school year - with free books, magazines, curriculum, puzzles to keep those busy fingers moving while you teach, stickers, and supplies!
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There’s even a vintage Garfield bookmark from my own personal 1980s collection.
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In this set is a beginner science curriculum for the little ones, an Old Schoolhouse back edition from this spring, two fun puzzles, some easy grip scissors and happy face stickers!
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Want to gift this to a friend? Enter for her. You know you know someone! I figure there’s no better way to thin my bursting shelves than giving to my IG besties. ⛅️🌈❤️
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Winner announced next Friday as an update to this post! Must not be a private account to win. The same person can’t win both prizes. Winner chosen at random.
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🌟 1. Follow my IG account @sprittibee
🌟2. Like this post on Instagram (double tap)
🌟 3. Leave a comment below (which book are you most interested in winning?)
🌟 4. Extra entries (no limit): tag a friend (one per comment). Each comment is an entry.
🌟 5. Bonus - 5 entries - share this post to your IG account or story. Be sure to tag me!
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Happy birthday to my Mawmaw... who was born and died on August 30th. She had to do everything on a schedule. She’s where I get my mad organizational skills, my love of a good book, and my tiny farmhouse. She was a frilly, fancy, city girl wanna-be who started and ended in the deep back-roads country. Never met a challenge she couldn’t take on, a family member she wouldn’t take in, or a stranger.
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Her hugs were one of my favorite things growing up. That and her Spanish rice and skillet cornbread. I can still smell that Estée and remember her mischievous smile.
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The one thing I didn’t get from her? 8:30pm bedtimes. Like, what even??? Plus, she never set an alarm clock. She just told Jesus when to wake her up. For reals.
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She passed on her love of everything orange and earthy, distressed dark 70’s green milk paint, turquoise jewelry and antiques to me (my mama hated orange!)... and she gave me some great marriage advice. She told me if it wasn’t worth leaving, shut up about it. Ha!
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I miss her a lot. She was ready to go when she did, though. Colon cancer was just her way to escape this world for the after life. She got all her papers ready, talked to the preacher, gave away a lot of things, handed everyone a pamphlet on grief, and three months after the diagnosis, she died on her birthday.
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I’ve never seen anyone look HAPPY and 20 years younger in a casket... until Jessie. She’s having pie in the sky...and I can’t wait to hug her again.
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GIVEAWAY 📚✨
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Do you know any new homeschool mamas? How about ones with growing homeschooling families and little ones needing some fun states-themed letter tracing? Someone wanting to read a fun history read-aloud? A mama devotional (also great for teens)? How about some encouragement to have fun and celebrate your family and your kids - to laugh more? Some Charlotte Mason how-to inspiration by another homeschool veteran mom? I’ve even sweetened the pot with some stickers and a vintage Garfield bookmark from my own personal 1980s collection.
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Also included: fun book on the afterlife (recorded conversations with people of all and no faith/s) - so interesting!.... And a vintage wood ruler, a tiny Texas watercolor rainbow Texas made by me... a small music quotes book... and some pretty paper clips and tacks.
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Want to gift this to a friend? Enter for her. You know you know someone! I figure there’s no better way to thin my bursting shelves than giving to my IG besties. ⛅️🌈❤️
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Winner announced next Friday as an update to this post! Must not be a private account to win.
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🌟 1. Follow my IG account @sprittibee
🌟2. Like this post on Instagram (double tap)
🌟 3. Leave a comment below (which book are you most interested in winning?)
🌟 4. Extra entries (no limit): tag a friend (one per comment). Each comment is an entry.
🌟 5. Bonus - 5 entries - share this post to your IG account or story. Be sure to tag me!
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Note: the cover on one of my Levison books is peeling (darn this Texas heat and boxes 📦 that sat in a storage unit too long)... but I assure you it’s a new book and lovely on the inside.
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