With the start of this new chapter in my life, blogging, I have had to learn a lot of new things. One of those things is that having our blog on a self-hosted site gives us more options. After much research and planning, our blog will have a new home. Don’t worry, the address is still going to be the same, http://faithfilledchaos.com. We still need to put the decorations up and get it ready for company, but we want you to know that we are in fact moving very soon.
Recently my hubby, James, just moved to a new department with the government. New department means, new job, new manager, new co-workers, and new building. The new building is what we all have been excited about. Yes, the new job, manager and co-workers are exciting and great, but the new building being half the distance from home. Now that is something to get excited about.
I should have known that it was going to be one of “those” kind of trips from the start. I was so unprepared. I had my menu app, shopping list with me but I forgot to add to it all the other things I needed to get. I was going to have to wing it. When we finally parked I only had one of my kids jump out of the car, the other pretended to be sleeping. Of course he would be the child sitting all the way in the back seat.
Let’s face it. Homeschooling takes planning. Yeah, we can get some school work done each day without much planning, depending on which curriculum we choose. However, taking the time to plan out our lessons, makes the school day go by so much smoother. I want to share with you some of my tips to get those lessons planned out, ahead of time.
Okay everyone, it is just about the end of January. I told you I would be checking in with you, to see how you are doing on sticking to your goals. So, how are you doing with your goals?
I love to research new things and I have found some awesome apps that really help keep me in God’s Word. Let’s face it, even if we make plans, sometimes we just get sidetracked. With these apps, I am able to stay on track a lot easier. I hope that you will be able to find at least one of these that works for you.
As a Homeschooling Mom with very busy, active kids, I do not have much time to menu plan. I have, in the past, sat down for hours putting a week’s worth of meal plans together. I would go through my cabinets to find out what we have, pull out our recipe books and pick which meals we could eat with what we have, write out a shopping list of what I would need to buy, pull out coupons to match and then finally go shopping. It really did take hours and hours, with most weeks at about 4 hours per week’s worth of groceries. I decided about a year ago, enough was enough. Something had to give.
We are taking some time each week to focus on Getting into God’s Word. We have talked about devoting some time each day to God and how we make that time with God into a habit. We have talked about where to start reading and why starting in the Book of John is my first choice for anyone just starting to read the Bible regularly. Now that we have gone over all that, it is time to expand on our time with God. How do we expand on reading?
Where to start, where to start, where to start. That is the question that I think everyone who has picked up a Bible asks. There are so many books, and so many choices of where to start. So how do we get started? Is there one book that is better than the others to start with? Actually, yes, there is one book I always recommend to start with. Let me explain why.
Our life has been beyond crazy lately. Lots of stress and tension has filled our house, but this past Saturday we were able to take a break from it all and do something fun together. Believe it or not, our kiddos have never been ice skating before. Yeah, I know, we live in what seems like a frozen tundra about half of the year so how could we have not tried this before? Sometimes what is right under our nose is what is the most easily missed.