KEEPERS CORNER: Don’t Ever Stop Learning!
I know ya’lll have not heard much from me lately, but I promise that I am still here.
Because of our new adventure into homeschooling our six kiddos, my time has been used differently and there has been no time for blogging.
I just wanted to give you and update on what we have going on in our home these days.
Freezer cooking, bulk cooking, or once a month cooking
After much research and thought, I decided to give freezer cooking a try.
Essentially, freezer cooking is cooking in bulk in order to put food in the freezer to have on hand.
The entire concept is to save time, money, and be prepared. For large or small families, this is a wonderful way to spend less time in the kitchenn and more time with family.
My first attempt went very well, even though I need to learn to manage my time better and not attempt this during such an important time (we began homeschooling).
In another blog post, soon I plan on sharing the how to’s and what I enjoyed about freezer cooking. So stay tuned……
Just when I find a schedule that works, life happens and I have to go changing it again. Now with all six of my kiddos home, my old block schedule won’t work and it must be adapted to accomodate the new changes.
The goal is for me to complete the changes on my/our block schedule within the next few days and I will be showing you those updates as well.
While we did homeschool two of our oldest daughters last year, this summer we decided to take the plunge and homeschool the remaining children.
As of now, we have six children at home for their schooling. We have a kindergartener, 2nd grader, 4th grader, 6th grader, 9th grader, and 10th grader.
This has been the most exciting, challenging, heartwarming, and stressful time for me. There are many things I need to learn and many I am grateful to have already learned.
However, because my husband and I both feel the Lord is leading us to homeschool; we know that He will provide the way through uncertain times and give us all that we need in order to do this endeavor as a family.
Overall, I am in my happy place with all of my babies home. The house is filled with laughter, teasing, and a lot of talking. (I did not plan for distractions, as I do need downtime for myself, so I will be working on that area soon).
My prayer is that we grow closer to the Lord through our time together and that He may be glorified in all of our efforts.
(I also love any tips and hints below from you expert homeschoolers for my new journey. Plese comment below).
Parenting and the Blessings
I thought I spent a lot of time with my children before, but now I am blessed to have them 100% of the time.
We now work, eat, play, pray, and stay together all day long. My kids are enjoying a less rushed day and time to get things done.
I am finding even though its been only a week that the kids are enjoying each other more, which is due to a relaxed schedule in our day.
I will be honest the most challenging time for me is trying to figure out how to get things done. Prior to this when they were all at school, I had little pockets of time etched into my schedule where the tasks have gotten done.
But the past few weeks have been a challenge to even accomplish the most simplest of tasks, such as folding laundry or dusting. (Didn’t I mention something about creating a better schedule? I guess I better get on that.)
These past few weeks have been crazy busy for my family, which means the Mister and I don’t have time for sit down conversations, but even in the busiest of seasons, I try to make the time to communicate with my husband throughout the day.
We often send each other funny memes, flirty emails, and quirky comments. As a couple, we love to make each other laugh and there is some truth to the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.”
Communication does not have to be an hour long conversation in order to be effective and show your love to each other.
Due to the various ages of our children, we always have some sort of activity going on in our home.
But with homeschooling, I have found that we can focus more on these personal, social, and educational opportunities and activities without feeling rushes or stressed in our day-to-day routine.
Below are just a few of the doings we have been doing.
*This week a few of my children started AWANA and next week the rest of them will begin as well.
*Two of my children took hunter’s safety, which means they can now go hutning with my husband. They also learned gun safety and the basics of hunting.
*My 14 year old daughter and her Titus 2 mentor have their welcoming ministry back up at church. They bake sweets and drinks for fellowship after church. This has been such a blessing to all who are involved.
*My oldest daughter has started band (she is a 6th year flute player) at our local high school.
*The kids recently discovered kite flying and that is their favorite downtime activity, besides running. Running has become the go-to physical activity for my kids these past few months. They run in pairs and have been encouraging each other to do better.
*My youngest child, Rachel, has become obsessed with riding her bike. So I find myself on the front porch at all times of the day watching her ride and showing me her new skills.
*I will be starting a book study with a friend next week. We will be reading one of my favorite books, The Excellent Wife, by Martha Peace.
*And after a summer of not hosting any get-togethers, I am looking forward to hosting meals and having friends and family over again. I miss the hospitiality in our home, there is something about the fellowship between families.
*We spend every spare moment in the woods cutting and hauling firewood for winter.
*My husband and I are on a HUGE decluttering project for our barn and basement, which is dirty but worth it in the long run.
I want to encourage you to never stop learning. No matter what age or stage in life you are, there is always something more to learn.
*Dig deep into Scripture, write those verses down, and memorize them. Lean on the Lord for understanding, not your own self.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
*Learn from older women in all areas: marriage, parenting, homemaking, and Biblical womnahood.
*Don’t be afraid to try new things. One of the main reasons why I blog is to teach my readers. How can I teach, if I have not learned it myself. My latest learning has included homeschooling and freezer cooking in bulk.
*Learn what is working for your schedule and what isn’t. Don’t be afraid to change it to do what it takes to become more efficient for your family. I have learned that a ‘set-in-stone’ schedule rarely works, mainly because we all getting older and things change. Be flexible enough to go with that flow.
And as Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home