Week 3 update

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I didn’t want to write this post.  I want to be honest with you and to be honest with you have to be honest about how my week was.  Short story my week was horrible.

Last week I shared about hitting a few bumps but still being in the wagon and moving forward.  Well, those bumps caught up to me and bumped me out of the wagon and into a hole.

Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort

—J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit

Yes, that is how I feel.  I have fallen back into my comfortable little hobbit hole complete with pantries.  As I reflected on this past week, I realized how much I could relate this story to The Hobbit.  After all, Bilbo was quite happy to live in his hobbit hole, never leaving the shire.  Gandalf invited complete strangers to his house which made poor Bilbo so uncomfortable he was beside himself and very sure he wouldn’t go on the journey.  But then, then something change and he left in such haste that he even forgot a pocket hanky.

journey in the fog

I wanted a picture of a hobbit hole for here but this will have to do.

I need to leave my hobbit hole and the shire of poor eating and unhealthy habits and head into a land that although unknown, has to lead to a change in me.  And we all know that Bilbo wasn’t the same after his journey.

I’m hoping this will be a turning point, that even though it was a rough week, I won’t throw in the towel completely.  I will try to push through and still make changes.  I’m being honest and real here for a few reasons.

  1. In this day of social media we see so much of everyone’s “perfect” days, I want others to know they are not alone in their struggles.
  2. I’m not sure if anyone reads this but I want what they read here to be what they might hear from me in person if we might talk in person
  3. This is just as much for my accountability as it is anything else.

So the only thing that has survived this week is my exercising.  I’m on track to finish the Reach program next Friday.  This is really working on some weak areas in my body so while I’m not seeing any changes yet I do know it’s doing something.  Everything else, well it was left at the door f my hobbit hole.

Until next week, keep putting one foot in front of the other, even if sometimes it’s 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.


Knowing when it’s time to change

I feel very, hmm, what’s the word, maybe noncommital this year about school school.  Really that’s not right.  I did commit to old-fashion education but when I saw it not working for one of my children I knew I needed to do something else for her.  This was hard for me but I knew it was one of the benefits of homeschooling.  I decided to take her interests and see where they would take us.  I found a book from the library about food and can’t wait to use it.  However, it’s currently checked out by another person so I have to wait.  In the meantime God had already provided something because I had randomly picked up a book on chocolate, The Story of Chocolate to be exact. I also found a fun little lapbook/notebooking pages from currclick about chocolate that we are using.  It’s been quite fun.  We are also trying to get through the Hobbit before we see the movie.  I felt very blessed when I found this study on it at currclick especially on sale.  Now I will admit some of it is to advanced for her, but I’m quite sure I can modify things as needed for her.  I loved when after having to write some vocab words she started using them in context (and out of context because the one word sounds funny and she likes the way it sounds).  We are also using Foundations for bible study now and she loves bible drill.  Even though she wasn’t the fastest against her siblings, she still really enjoyed it.  Couple that with learning her Awana’s verse and continuing with Math Mammoth and I think we have found things that work.

My middle daughter, seeing the other stuff that the olderst daughter is getting to do, has now taken it upon herself to start something else too.  She is now doing a lapbook on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  This child is just going to town with this and really enjoying it.

I must say that making changes aren’t always easy.  You sometimes feel like you have wasted money on stuff you can’t use or that you are creating gaps, or that you are leaving your comfort zone because it’s not your learning style or teaching style.  But you have to move past that so that your child can become the person God wants them to be.