So I thought about abandoning this blog many times for I thought I lost the desire to write. I used to write all the time. I wrote through the entire first year of being a stay at home mom after Grace was born and I wrote through the entire year of becoming a homeschooling stay at home mom. I wrote about what we were up to, the classes we were taking, the places we were going, and all the beautiful things we were learning. Blog books fill an entire shelf of my bookshelf as a literary history of my family. I wrote when I was happy and when I was sad. I wrote when I was frustrated and when I was eager to begin a new chapter of my life. Suddenly the writing stopped. The words literally dried up and faded away.
This year has been a hard year. When I look back at last year (2014-2015) it is filled with the very best of homeschooling. It is filled with high school portfolios, internships, new musical opportunities, new travel and wonderful moments that came from rich learning experiences like book clubs, writing groups, art classes, horseback riding lessons, and new puppies. When I look back at this year (2015-2016) I see three things: pneumonia, the flu, and surgery. Our year was derailed. Sickness and the investment into our health took time and travel. Time was lost on the couch and in the car going to doctor after doctor after doctor. Sickness came in waves. Just when we thought we were back on our feet another wave came over us and swept us out again.
Here it is May and we should be finishing up subjects but we can’t, not yet. We have some catching up to do.
Tucked in the trenches of motherhood were some sparkling moments, moments that hopefully shine so brightly they will shade out the not so great memories from this year.
Wolf Conservation Class. Oh my how we loved this class. It was a high school level class conducted on site at a wolf conservation center in New York. We watched documentaries, researched animals on the endangered list and presented findings as a brochure, worked on a lapbook about wolves, learned tracking technology, and as a result feel deeply connected to the plight of the wolf in the US. This was not time intensive enough to qualify as a stand alone class, so it will supplement Biology.
Photography. No words needed here. Instagram communicates more clearly than my words ever could.
One Year Adventure Novel. We are ALMOST done! Chapter 11 is almost done for both girls. I am dreaming of the day when these stories will be printed and bound. They are good, so good.
Christian Movies. For Confirmation preparation, Lilah had to work on the curriculum Decision Point. The app is free and the videos are worthy of our time. The accompanying workbook can be personalized any way the author wants. We decided to use the workbook as a scrapbook of her year. We began watching movies and we watched The War Room, Miracles from Heaven, Once I was A Beehive, What If, God’s Not Dead, Brother White, Grace Unplugged, Saving Christmas, When The Game Stands Tall, Heaven Is For Real. Along with this came a love for worship bands. We saw Kutless and 7th Time Down in concert and this summer we will see Chris Tomlin. We play music 24/7 and when we encounter a hard moment in our day we bust out into song. Grace has joined a high school youth group and learned Good Father on the piano. We attended a missions conference and Lilah used scripture to help her get through surgery. If I put academics aside, this area has been the biggest area of growth for not only the girls, but for our whole family and I can honestly say that I am filled with the Holy Spirit and He is working through our family.
Math. We found Math U See, a curriculum that is working for us. Grace has an A average in geometry. She is studying and working hard to finish this curriculum by September. That may not be possible, but it is our goal. Lilah is working in pre-algebra, also with an A average, and her ability to grasp concepts has come so far this year despite not doing as much daily practice as I would have liked.
So perhaps I will blog a bit more and see where the rest of the year brings us. Teachable moments happen all the time, we just have to open our eyes to them and stop and appreciate them for what they are.