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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Random Pics and Misc Things~

Awhile ago my friend Kay asked me to post pics of our two eldest next to me to see how they have grown. Our 15 yo has totally passed me up! It still is a little shocking to look up to HIM ...Our Sweet 13 yo dd is just short of me.

This is a totally random post. We are finishing up our second week of Homeschooling. It has kept me a little busier than our laid back summer where my deepest thoughts were whether to head to the pool or the beach.

I often think of Blog Posts I would like to do but by the time I sit down at night my mind is mush.

We have had a really great two weeks. I am doing something I swore I would never do in our homeschool and that is... UNIT STUDIES. We are all loving them! Well, our 2 eldest are doing something different, but I have noticed when they are done with their school they are hanging in the kitchen with us ;o) We are all learning so much and having fun together.

My main motivation in using them this year was to create a love of learning in our older children who came to us through adoption. I could do a whole post on the blessings and challenges that encompasses and maybe I will.

Sometimes I feel badly that my Blog is not totally focused.. I wander from Big Family Issues to Adoption Issues to Homeschooling and so on..

However, that is our life. :o)

Is everyone Back to school?

I hope you are having a Blessed Day!


Laurel said...

We're not back to school yet. Out here in Wa. State, many of the public schools (and most homeschoolers) wait until after Labor Day to begin school.

We're doing something new this year, also. I've looked at the Sonlight curriculum for many years, and this year we are taking the plunge. (The change also has a lot to do with our new kids, and their needs. But, I think it will be really good for everyone.)


mama of 13

darci said...

I for one love your posts-don't apologize for being unfocused and wandering around, that is totally how my brain works lol!:) Sometimes I think I should have a 'theme'..but there's now way. I laughed when I read how you have something you want ot post about and then sit down with a brain of mush-me too!! I often think of 'great' posts (at least I think so) in the wee hours, but there's no way I'm getting out of bed then!
Love the pictures!

Renee said...

Hi Laurel!

I love Sonlight and have used it for years. We are still using the readers but our Ghanaian children really needed something more hands on to light their fire.

I am so excited for you and your fam and the path the Lord is taking you on.

Renee said...


EXACTLY!! I am such a faithful and inspiring Blogger in my mind_HA! It just never quite gets typed up. Thanks for the kind words. Praying for you!!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Rene! I loved seeing them next to you. That looking up to your son thing is weird at first, but I soon got to loving it! Mine now tower over me.

As another totally random blogger, I love unfocused blogs. Much more interesting to read. Much more like our real lives, not easy to categorize.

Ann said...

Life is all about the journey--including wandering. I love your posts and how they include a wide variety of topics--perhaps because I blog the same way :-)

TexasHeather said...

Renee, I love your blog just the way it is! I love that you very often have a verse of Scripture to tie in with your words, and I love that your blog is "real life" -- scattered, random, and yet the 'theme' that runs through it is LOVE, loud and clear. Love for our Saviour, Love for your children, Love for your family in general, and just LOVE. His Love, shining through.

Don't change a thing!

And, we are in school b/c we follow the Brazil schedule of schooling Feb to Nov. We are nearing the end of our year : )

Shonni said...

I love the way you write...I think like that too...
We have had a good start to school also...
and I would love to hear more about your schooling with you children home through adoption...
did that make sense?
It's still early here and I need coffee...

We are Grateful!!! said...

Thanks for the post. I am interested in the unit studies...we have not tried that angle. We use Sonlight with a mixture of other. Our new ones will join us in a month or so. I meet them in a week! I am most concerned with adding them to the homeschool fold. Please do post on homeschooling older adopted children. Blessings to you and your sweet family. Tami (There i've gone and done it too...homeschool to adoption! :)

Jennifer said...

Hey Renee!
I love you blog too!

And I wanted to tell you that Ryan's favorite saying is:
"Do you want your tall son to get that for you mom?"

He loves it! I must admit it is pretty handy at times.

:) Jennifer

Robin's Reports said...

It is still shocking to me N not only passed K in a short time, but you too. Oh and that man voice.....

Is this what I can expect?

Btw,I'm the shortest one in my Civics class except for Big M who is getting close to even w/ me.

I love the Albert Einstein quote above too. Very perfect words from a genius.

Grateful for Grace said...

I think your blog reflects your family just wonderfully. I love reading it. The only thing I'd change is that you post more often, but you've been doing that lately. And honestly, if I have to pick between you being with your children or blogging... I pick the children.

I'm glad the LORD led you to a style of schooling that is a blessing in a new way.

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

I think your blog is just wonderful as it is.

Debbie B said...

They tend to grow up - way too fast. We started back homeschooling in early August. My baby, Paul, is doing his eleventh grade year. Where has the time flown?

I am pretty pleased with the curriculum he is using - Chalkdust Math for Algebra 2 (he's already done Algebra 1 and geometry), Notgrass American History (this also includes Literature and Bible), Apologia Chemistry - which DON'T think he's doing!!!! I may be buying Lifepacks for him in Chemistry. Let's see... Rosetta Stone French. He's doing a few more subjects, too. However, I think that ALL he wants to do is play the guitar, do his Psychology, and he's getting into God and studying the Word - a lot.

Okay, I rambled. You have never met me and probably don't care to read this mess.

BTW, Deborah's children are beautiful!!!!!!!!

Pam said...

Wow, they grow up so fast don't they? Your older children look so grown up!! And just as handsome/beautiful as their parents. I love your random posts too, that is real life. So glad that unit studies are working out well for you, may your Ghanian children grow to love learning at home!! We are starting our third week tomorrow. The summer went by way too fast, yet it is so nice to be back to a semi-predictable (??) routine.

Love and blessings,
Pam/Giggly C

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

Oh wow... my oldest is almost taller than I am... AND she is doing her first unit study.

Great post!

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

I was thinking the same about our blog not being totally focused too but I guess that's what families are all about... a great mix of everything!