The Day My Alarm Failed

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You are reading a series called “In the Life of a Homeschool Mom of Many” which is running throughout the month of October.

October 2, 2014

So, I had my alarm set for 6:00am and it never went off! I checked on my alarm to see what had happened (it was on my phone) and as soon as I opened it I saw the 6:00am alarm checked and then right before my eyes, without me touching a button, it unchecked itself. So, apparently there was some type of glitch going on there. For someone who has struggled to get out of bed and was actually looking forward to getting up, this was a huge disappointment!

Needless to say, I got up around 7:15am and the children were fighting. I rolled out of bed to neutralize the situation, which was honestly difficult because each party had probable cause. However, yelling back and forth was accomplishing nothing except hurting the other party.

It’s a good thing our devotions have focused on compassion, kindness, and humility this week (ahem).

I poured a cup of coffee and sat down at my desk to check social media while my children finished breakfast and did their morning chores and routine.

We started our devotion time at 8:30am, which was consistently interrupted by my youngest children who struggled to sit quietly during the lesson. This is reality folks. 

At 9am we began our formal lessons. I started with four children and we learned more about maps and globes. We then started a leaf and bark collection from our yard. They really enjoyed doing the bark rubbings and checking our field guide to identify the trees.

Leaf Study
During this time my eldest daughter is working independently on her Tapestry readings. She is learning about the Viking Age. My two boys (9 and 7) are swinging between Tapestry and My Father’s World because what we are learning in MFW interests them as well. Hey, why not?!

In between all this I manage to get a load of towels in the washer washing.

After we wrapped up this project, these same four children learned about the water cycle, too. Then I did spelling with two separate groups of children. Once we finished spelling, we took a break for lunch. That was at 12:10pm. I gave the children 50 minutes to eat and spend some time outside playing and burning off some energy. And boy are my boys LOUD — even outside! I sure hope no one is trying to sleep during the day anywhere near our home!

This may (or may not) be a good time to note that I have not gotten dressed yet. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Seriously. That is how it goes.

So, after lunch and “recess”, we started on our math about 1:00pm and worked on that for an hour and a half. Which is really good considering 6 children had math lessons and it usually takes 2 or more hours.

It’s now 2:30pm and I’m starting to get sleepy. Homeschooling is hard work! So after math, I allow the kids to go outside and burn off a little more energy by playing soccer again.

Time to teach writing. Teaching writing to one child while trying to oversee the other children is a challenging endeavor, let me tell you. The other children are generally capable of being able to be independent for a little while, but often there are squabbles to handle.

One thing I struggle to embrace are the constant, constant interruptionsI, personally, find interruptions rude and inexcusable if it’s not an emergency. But, since my kids are kids and not adults, they need to be constantly trained to remember this. It can get frustrating at times (as it did today).

It’s 3:30pm and between interruptions, I finally get writing complete with my eldest.

I go upstairs to get dressed and realize the two littlest (ages 4 and 6) had trashed the upstairs hallway. Apparently they emptied out a closet all over the floor. Nice. So I call them up to clean it. Then, I get dressed, check email and instruct the girls to fold a load of laundry and the boys a load of towels before we leave for ballet class. I know that sounds bad, doesn’t? But it wasn’t leisurely email — it was work email. Then we all work together, trying to get the house tidied before we leave so when we come home it’s not a complete wreck.

We left at 5:00pm for ballet class. Class started at 5:30pm so I hopped over to the coffee shop over in the mall. The ballet class is in the lower level of the mall. So I get comfortable with my lap top to do some client work and the other children socialize with friends while we wait for my eldest daughter’s class to end at 6:30pm.

On our way home I am trying to figure out how I’m going to get dinner made and to the table within 10 minutes of entering the house because I know the kids are hungry and the one hour-to-make dinner I had in mind is just not going to work tonight.

So I give the children a choice: chicken and potatoes which will take about an hour to get on the table or chicken sandwiches which will take about 15 minutes in the oven. The verdict rules: chicken sandwiches.

But my husband calls and has a better idea: Burger King. Yes please. So it’s 7:30PM and we take our food to the living room and turn on an episode of Little House on the Prairie. We are all pretty tired so I am completely OK with this.

The children get to bed by 9pm and the hubby and I unwind with a couple episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Whew! Did it tire you out just to read that? I wanted to add more details, but I didn’t want to end up writing a book!

Tomorrow I’ll try to focus in one one event of the day. ;)

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When Unexpected News Clouds the Day

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You are reading a series called “In the Life of a Homeschool Mom of Many” which is running throughout the month of October.

October 1, 2014

This morning my husband got his cast off after having it on for six weeks. His instructions are restricted to light work. And I’m not sure this is truly good news. Since he works on a commission of sorts, he is only making money when he pushes out work.

Since he took three of the older children with him to his appointment, it threw our school day off a bit. (But I love that they were able to have that freedom to go with their daddy at a moment’s notice).

So I came downstairs and grabbed some coffee while the kids finished up breakfast and did their morning chores and routine. That means clearing and wiping the table, sweeping the floor, unloading and reloading the dishwasher. Once that is complete, they get dressed, make their beds, and brush their teeth.

While they worked through that, I did some work online for other bloggers I work for. Typically that means scheduling out social media for the day. Sometimes I’ll answer some emails as well. Since today was different and all the kids weren’t home, I waited to do devotions and allowed the children a little extra free time while I worked online a bit longer.

I worked through math lessons with a couple of children who wanted to get it done early and then by around 10am the other children came home, had a snack and then we did our devotional.

We are currently working through Our 24 Family Ways. We completed Way 5 last week and due to the nature of its content, we took a little detour this week and are working through The “Put On” Chart Lesson Book from Doorposts.

Christina with Paper Doll
After devotions I worked with Jeremiah (7), Christina (8), and Margaret (11) on some My Father’s World lessons. They are learning about maps and globes, as well as ecosystems and biomes; and I am happy to say this has helped their interest and understanding better than Tapestry of Grace. So I am glad I made the switch for them this year. Jeremiah is doing a little of both–Tapestry and My Father’s World.

My older children are able to work mostly independently.

Shortly after we finished those lessons, I made the mistake of checking Facebook real quick. I really try to avoid doing that in the middle of the day because it’s too easy to get side-tracked. This was one of those times, however it’s not what you think. I got a message from a high school friend of mine asking if I had seen the news of a mutual friend of ours, also from high school. I replied that I had not, but I would go see.

Turns out, this friend, who is 32 years old, with 3 small children, just found out last night she has stage 4 breast cancer. She went in to the hospital last week thinking she had pneumonia, but it turns out the cancer had spread to her lung, liver, bones, and a small spot on her brain. The whole thing takes my breath away. She is so very young. The cancer in her bones has weakened them and caused two broken ribs and a broken vertebrae.

Team Annette
So…after crying my eyes out for a bit and wondering when I should head to the doctor’s for my own “check up”, I decided I needed to pull myself together so I could finish getting through lessons with my kids. We only made it about half way through what was on our lesson plans. The day seemed like such a blur in comparison.

I am still tweaking and making room in the schedule to fit everything in. Most days, math takes 2 hours for me to get through all the children. Just math. So, as I went about my day, I was reevaluating things in my mind.

After lessons, we took a trip to the store to pick up a few clipboards so all my children had one. I plan to hang them all on the wall in the hall way and use them for chore charts, assignment sheets, and anything else the children tend to forget about if I am not constantly reminding them. This will be easy for them to go to and find because it will always be hanging in the same place. I hope to share that with you in the next few days.

After we returned home, hubby and I sat on the porch while some of the children played soccer in the front yard and the girls had a snack before leaving for ballet and tap class.

Hubby took the girls and rest of the children to dance class and I stayed home, showered, checked a few emails, cleaned the table for dinner and started dinner. Tonight’s menu? The infamous “breakfast for dinner”.

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Dinner Time
After dinner, the children did their table chores, tidied their bedrooms, and put their pajama’s on. I supervised and helped where needed.

Then we met in the living room for our family evening read aloud.

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After we read for about twenty minutes, I had the children go brush their teeth and come back. My husband did the Bible reading, with some help from “My Time With God“.

Once they finished the Bible lesson, we turned on one episode of Little House on the Prairie and after that the children were off to bed. My husband decided to turn in early since his first day back to work in six weeks is tomorrow. And here I am typing up this post, and probably used way too many pictures. LOL It’s almost 11:00pm as I wrap this up and I will be heading to bed, in hopes of waking up around 6:00am to get a head start on the day.

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Celebrating 14 Years of Marriage

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You are reading a series called “Life as a Homeschool Mom of Many” which is running throughout the month of October.

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September 30, 2014

So, today is my 14th wedding anniversary and I have been quite content to simply catch up on some work online and allow the children to have the day off homeschooling. It’s nearly 3:00pm and I am still in my pajamas. This rarely happens so I am OK with it.

Reaching the Heart

One of my adopted daughters had an incident when, after lunch, she shut down. After being home three months, I continue to learn and try to understand what triggers these times and how to best handle them. My flesh wants to react because that is what I am so used to doing. But I am grateful for the Holy Spirit who always intervenes.

While I do not want to encourage or condone manipulative behavior, I am not so sure that’s what this is — even if “the books” say it is. My daughter cannot be locked inside such a box. So, I tried both ways. I told her that this type of behavior — where she ignores everyone — is not OK behavior and that if she needs something she needs to come to Mommy or Daddy so we can help meet her need. Her need was that she was still hungry. I offered her one of 3 choices of fruit (all of which she likes).

Unfortunately, that conversation didn’t help to bring her back. And my goal and my heart is to truly help her feel safe, secure, and loved. So I went back and had another conversation with her, where I built her up with my words. I told her that I love her and that I want to meet her needs but I cannot do that if she doesn’t tell me what they are. I told her she is good kid and that I understand the adjustment to America with a new family has not been easy. I kissed her on the head and left.

A few minutes later she came out and I cut her an apple.

My husband stayed busy finishing up a table he built for himself to sit beside him on his recliner. Something sturdy. Here it is before he stained it.

Side Table

I must admit, seeing this table (after it was stained) in our living room makes me want to redecorate!

Anniversaries Aren’t Immune to Conflict

In the evening my mother in law took us out to dinner, but of course right before we left my husband and I got into a little spat. It was so stupid but it fizzled out before we made it to the restaurant.

If we were younger, it would have turned into an all out fight. God has really taught us how to tame our flesh to not react — at least not as severely. The last thing I wanted to do was end my anniversary fighting with my husband. So regardless of how I felt or how “right” I thought I was, I bit my tongue. It just wasn’t worth it.

We had a great time celebrating with our children. Fourteen years is something to celebrate!

We finished our evening watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes on Netflix. We’ve been on a Star Trek kick for about a year now. That’s how we wind down. Though, I do admit, I miss reading or writing a good post! :)

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The Life of a Homeschool Mom of Many

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31 Days 2014
 

Day 1 – Celebrating 14 Years of Marriage

Day 2 – When Unexpected News Clouds the Day

Day 3 – The Day My Alarm Failed

Day 4 – Mommy Work Day

Day 5 – Saturdays

Day 6 – Sunday’s Are For Rest

Day 7 – Distract of the Dog

Day 8 – Terrible Tuesday

Day 9 & 10- Last Full Day

Day 11 & 12 – Family Workout Weekend

Day 13 – Chicken Breast Parmesan Bake

So, starting tomorrow (Wednesday, October 1), I will be sharing my raw life as a homeschooling mom of many for 31 days. My hope is to give people a realistic picture of what being a homeschool mom of many children really looks like.

Believe me when I say I have the ideal in my head, but reality doesn’t always play out that way. I have our schedule and our lesson plans but this isn’t just about homeschooling.

Homeschooling takes up a large (very large) chunk of my day. But I am also a work at home mom and I have to make time for my clients as well. If you don’t work at home, don’t let that discourage you from following along. I do not work full time hours. My working hours simply replace some of my own free time. I really enjoy what I do, so I don’t necessarily consider it “work”.

So, here is how I am going to set my posts up so they don’t feel all over the place.

I will do a few hour by hour posts throughout the month.

I am going to try and focus on a theme each day. However, if a theme fails to really present itself, I will just write about our day.

It will be a journal of sorts, and I will get personal into my own heart and struggles and write them publicly.

I will write in *almost* real time. What you read on a given day will be words from the day before. So I have not pre-written these posts for the month. I will write them as each day comes and goes.

Today is my 14th wedding anniversary, so tomorrow’s post will reflect what we did today as a family. I can tell you right now that I’ve canceled our lessons for the day in order to celebrate. :D

I will use my own photos as much as possible to offer a realistic picture rather than a stock image.

I will not worry about word count. Some posts will be longer than others and others may be short and sweet. They will ebb and flow with life within these 31 days.

You may find me sharing tips and recipes I use throughout the month as well. I honestly have no set plans or goals which is probably a huge no-no! Ha ha! I just want to write and be helpful where I can. But I will do my best to present the days in a way that will be helpful for you and easy to read.

October offers me a unique opportunity to share my experience at the Allume Conference–so I will be leaving my family for 4 days. Something I only do once a year.

So…here we go!

Oh and be sure to get your ticket for the Homemaking From Scratch conference coming up October 7th-9th. If you purchase your ticket before the conference dates, you’ll get over $200 of homemaking resources FREE. I will be speaking on Biblical Motherhood. Would love for you to join us! Click below for a full spread of topics, speakers, and the free resources.

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It’s the Little Things

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Joy in Simplicity

I miss the little things

How about a little reality? While I certainly aspire to greater things, it’s often a one-step-forward, five-steps-back type of accomplishment. There is no straight line in life. And I am a detail girl. I like to really hone in on details. I see joy in the simplicity of hot coffee and a beautiful blue sky.

But over time I lost focus of the little things and found myself constantly frustrated because I couldn’t live up to my own expectations. And it’s not that I want to drop high expectations, because I think that’s truly where growth takes place in some respects.

But I want to focus more on the journey rather than always worrying about how to make it perfect. I want to remember to look closely at what is going on right in front of me, not worry that I’m missing out on something somewhere else (like social media…ahem). Social media is fun, yes! But too much of it can just leave you feeling empty. I think often I used it for escape or merely out of habit; browsing aimlessly and wasting time.

Homeschool days

As of late, my days have been filled with homeschooling and evaluating our learning environment with two new additions to our family. I’ve discovered that it will be best by splitting into two different curriculums this year to best meet the needs of my children. Talk about a detour! But that’s real life. It may not be what I pictured, but it is still beautiful and will be better than what I originally imagined, for everyone.

Today, we had quite a full day of lessons, and we’re not quite in the full swing of homeschooling yet. I continue to ease in new subjects and activities each week. We are in our fourth week and I believe the biggest wrinkles have been smoothed out. I am using Tapestry of Grace: Year 2 and My Father’s World: Exploring Countries and Cultures.

The burden of blogging

In addition, not blogging these past couple of weeks AND not worrying that I haven’t blogged has been so freeing for me. I have been able to fully focus on the needs at home. I’m able to see more details throughout the day and tend to my home and my children on a deeper level. Not blogging for a few days used to really bother me, but it doesn’t anymore because nothing I write here matters much if I am not fully engaged at home. And truthfully, it has been so much more rewarding to be able to focus again on the little things; the smaller details that bring me and my family joy.

Such as asking my children what they would like to drink with their lunch rather than telling them they can help themselves. While they are quite capable of getting their own drinks (mostly), it was so much more rewarding for me to be able to anticipate their need and serve them rather than run to the computer to meet it’s “demands”.

Back to writing

I also miss journaling, which by the way, is what this post really is: a journal entry. I am simply laying down some of my thoughts in written form. I am not thinking about SEO, or key words, or even post format and headings. I am just writing what’s on my mind. I guess you could call it a Coffee Break, but you may see them as more the norm around here. And you might receive my posts closer to evening hours because I find that’s the best time for me to write.

And writing like this? So freely, even if it is imperfect? Priceless.

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I am sooo excited to share something that has been going on behind the scenes for weeks.

Jami of Young Wife’s Guide and Jolene of The Alabaster Jar having been busy building the site and putting speakers in place.

I will be speaking on Biblical Motherhood and would LOVE for you to join us that weekend!

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The conference is PRE-RECORDED so you can watch at your convenience, pause it, walk away, or finish it the following day.

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Stay tuned for more details…in the mean time, be sure to sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale! I am so excited to invite you into this wonderful opportunity!

Chicken Pot Pie {Recipe}

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Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Fall is my favorite season and I love pulling out all my Fall comfort foods!

I’m going to share a chicken pot pie recipe that was passed down to me from a friend, who had it passed down to her. :) I will warn you, though: if you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, this is not it. If you’re looking for a healthy, low fat meal; this is not it.

But, this is by far the best meal I’ve ever eaten and it’s worth every bit of effort and calorie. :D

We’re going to start with the filling. So gather your ingredients.

 

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{You can find the recipe at the bottom of this post in it’s entirety}

Measure out the water for the chicken bouillon and get that boiling on the stove. Put a potato in the microwave and begin browning your chicken. I use chicken breast. You can use whatever you want. Even leftovers!
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{My 9-year old daughter helping me} :)

Cut the vegetables: carrots, celery, onions
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Add butter to a large frying pan and add cut up vegetables. Cook until onions are transparent and carrots are firm {but not hard}
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Add your bouillon, milk, and flour. Let simmer on low until thick and bubbly.
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Add your baked potato, peas, and cooked, cut up chicken here. Then, add poultry seasoning, salt & pepper, to taste.
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Now, you can set that aside. Either leave it on the stove while you make the crust or put it in the refridgerator until later. {I make my filling in the morning or early afternoon, when it’s less hectic}.
Next, we’re going to start the dough.

Mix together your flour and salt. You can do this by hand, with a mixer, or in your bread machine on dough setting. If you do it in your bread machine, you’ll want to add all the ingredients at once, following the instructions for the pasta/dough setting. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer. I mixed on the first setting.
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Cut your butter into pieces and add them to the mixer.

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Next, add your water 1 tablespoon at a time.

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Allow it to mix until it comes together in dough form.

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Divide your dough into two balls.

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Roll it out.

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Fit your dough into your pie pan. This is not the time for perfection. Just make it work. Trim the edges and tuck the excess under the dough resting on the edge of the pie pan.

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Add the filling. (I always double the recipe, that’s why you see two pies. The recipe below is for one pie).

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Cover with the other pie crust. Trim the edges and fold under the remainder of the dough to rest on top of the edge of the pie pan. Cut slits in the pie crust to allow for venting. Notice my lack of perfection. It will still taste the same. I promise.

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Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes and you have…

Chicken Pot Pie

…need I say more?

Recipe:

Chicken Pot Pie
Makes 1 Pie

Filling

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 T butter
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 2 c. chicken bouillon
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 baked potato, diced
  • 2 c. diced chicken
  • 1/3 c. frozen peas (thaw)
  • Poultry seasoning, salt & pepper to taste
  1. Saute’ the carrots, celery, and onions in butter, until onions are transparent and carrots are firm, but not hard
  2. To make rue: slowly add the bouillon, milk, and flour.
  3. Heat on medium until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly
  4. Add peas, potato, and chicken. Mix well.
  5. Add filling to pie pan lined with pie crust dough

Pie Crust & Completion
Makes two crusts. One for bottom layer, one for covering top.

  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 1/2 c. butter {cold}
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Mix together flour and salt
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (if doing by hand) or cut butter into pieces and add to mixer
  3. Add water one tablespoon at a time. Knead or continue mixing.
  4. Roll dough on floured surface
  5. Line pan
  6. Add filling
  7. Cover with second pie crust dough
  8. Trim and tuck edges. Cut slits into the top
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes

I highly recommend doubling this recipe any time you make it. Since it is not a “quick” meal in any sense of the word, having a second pie to freeze will be a great when you’re in a pinch one day. Or it allows you to enjoy it a second time without all the work!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

 

Expect the Unexpected {Coffee Break}

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Coffee Break with Christin

A Broken Wrist & 6 Weeks Out of Work

A couple weeks ago threw some unexpected trials our way. After being home with our girls and settling in, it’s not surprising that life decided to pick back up again and keep us busy and learning to rely on God.

A couple Sunday’s ago my husband was running with our dogs (picture a 6-year old greyhound and a 1 year old great dane). Our great dane decided to cut in front of my husband while running and there was no time for him to catch himself before falling over her and landing {wrong} on his wrist. He broke his wrist and it put him out of work for 6 weeks. But God has been so faithful to provide for us. We are two weeks down and have four to go.

Honestly? I see this as a gift to our family to be able to have my husband home to be with his family for six weeks following a major life change in our family and in the life of our adopted girls, who are no doubt feeling apprehensions of their own.

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Then, Tuesday evening we had a severe thunderstorm that took out our power for 24 hours. I know, not really a major crisis, but we had to spend money we didn’t expect to spend and I lost time on working on my Moms in the Word post. You know, sometimes in blogging you just have to admit you can’t always do what you plan to do.

I was excited, too, to write about bridling the tongue. I don’t know about you, but I know I struggle with that — more than I’d like to admit.

What’s so exciting about talking about bridling the tongue? Revelation. Admitting it and talking about it is a great start to stopping the issue. I don’t know about you, but reading and applying God’s word actually excites me. The Holy Spirit has put a desire in every Christ follower to walk in His truth and that’s what I desire.  Only God working through me can accomplish His good work. Nothing in my own strength will produce fruit. That much I know well.

 Labor Day Weekend

I was hoping to get all my homeschool lesson planning and organizing done before Labor Day weekend, but it just didn’t happen. So, I had family in over the weekend and come Monday evening, I was scraping together our plans for lessons on Tuesday. I decided to be satisfied with a half day of lessons and it seemed to work well that way.

Quite honestly, my blogging is being pushed lower and lower on the priority list as my family has grown over the years. There just isn’t time for everything and in this season of homeschooling seven children, ages 12 and under, there isn’t much left at the end of the day for anything extra.

This is the second week in a row I have missed putting up the Moms in the Word link up and while my goal for the Moms in the Word community is to be in the Word, it’s not necessarily to blog about it. I find that Instagram is the best place to connect the Moms in the Word community, so I want to encourage you to find us there by looking up the #MomsInTheWord hashtag.

At The End of The Day…

At the end of the day, I’m exhausted and I do not have a sense of completion that brings me rest. Not because I feel unfulfilled, but because there is always something left undone; always something I need to “catch up” on, and as my family has grown, so has the “incomplete list of things to do”. And quite honestly, it’s becoming rather overwhelming.  I’m talking just everyday life: laundry, cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, bathing kids, caring for dogs, and some work I do from home on my lap top (1-2 hours a day).

As I finish up this post, Wednesday is Margaret’s 11th birthday and she has requested Homemade Chicken Pot Pie for her birthday dinner. This is about a two hour ordeal in the kitchen — one I wasn’t planning on until I asked her at dinner Tuesday night what she would like. And I totally know it will be worth the effort, of course. But such is life, something’s gotta give and a regular blogging schedule looks to be the case.

It may be best to find me on social media during this season, where I can share shorter bursts of motherhood quotes and wisdom: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Google+. I don’t show up to each one everyday, but I do show up to at least one each day. ;)

Coffee Break with Christin

What’s So Great About eBook Bundles?

(This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure.)

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I know people see promos flying around for different eBook bundle sales. I usually promote 2 to 3 per year that I find extremely awesome and useful for myself. (And I only promote the best). And I get that sometimes seeing these promos can get really annoying. I get that. But because there are some people online different times of the day, promos will be shown a lot. If it’s something you’re not interested in, that’s totally fine! Just ignore the promos–they’ll be gone in a week.

Ebook bundles are designed to offer you an incredible deal on a bundle of specific resources that would otherwise cost, literally HUNDREDS of dollars purchased separately.

The Omnibus is something only offered once per year by the iHomeschool Network, and it is the largest and least expensive homeschool bundle out there. The iHomeschool Network is a network made up of all homeschooling moms who work to help other homeschooling moms, and this is simply one way we do that. We write materials to help you and once per year, we offer an awesome bundle of things we sell at a rock bottom price so that you can take advantage of some fabulous resources.

This bundle contains 83 eBooks and 24 audio mp3’s about different topics surrounding homeschooling. There is something for everyone, including the kids. There are planning materials, curriculum (some pretty awesome Pre-K curriculum, I might add), parenting resources, marriage encouragement, printables plus more.

Here are five reasons to get the Homeschool Omnibus Bundle:

1. The Price is Right

100 resources for just $25? Wow. There’s a reason we only offer this bundle once per year! ;) That’s only .25 per resource!

2. The Quality is Excellent

You’re not just getting subpar content here. These resources are written, created, and put together by blogging homeschool moms who listen to the needs of their readers and create products based on those needs. These are not poor quality resources. They were created with YOU and YOUR needs in mind.

3. The Writers are Experienced

We aren’t talking about someone writing a book based on theory or what was known 20 years ago. These are on-the-job homeschooling moms writing what is currently working, in the here-and-now. The material is new and fresh. In fact, this years bundle contains 83 BRAND NEW titles that were not in previous Omnibus bundles.

4.  Homeschool Moms Need Encouragement

Let’s face it, homeschooling is HARD. It just is. This bundle is jam-packed with encouragement and direction, and who doesn’t need that? Do you need help with time management? We have you covered. How about an art curriculum in chalk pastels? That’s in there, too. In need of a planner? There are several to choose from.

5. See Number One

I know, that’s only 4, but I cannot stress enough what an incredible deal it is to receive over 100 resources for only $25. That’s about .25 per resource. Twenty-five cents! Some of us have spent months and months working on these resources — because let’s face it, writing or creating something of excellent quality takes time when you’re homeschooling!

The sale ends Sunday. I do not promote something unless I 100% believe in it.

Some fine print before you proceed:

> The deadline for refunds is September 5.

>Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.

>The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network  for more information.

>DVDs can be purchased until September 20.

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