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Hey friends, I know I’ve been a bit quiet here since the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. I’m still trying to catch up on both rest and work, so bare with me as I’m also educating my tribe at home 🙂
In talking about homeschooling, I can’t believe we’re already into week 4. It’s wild how quickly these past few weeks have gone by. We’re finally getting into a routine and happily finding a groove that’s working for us. It’s been interesting, to say the least, in schooling two children all the while trying to keep up with a rambunctious toddler that needs busy work or can whirl herself into a flying tornado getting into anything and everything.
Although it sounds like it can be a bit insane (and it can be), I wouldn’t trade these days for the world. Besides the academics and being able to witness my children learn and grasp new concepts everyday, what I most love is seeing them grow in Jesus. Everyday we start in prayer and with a small bible study. Big Brother has been asking big questions lately about God and who he really is. He’s beginning to question his beliefs and together, we’ve been able to find truth and answer in His word.
Some days leave me absolutely frightened that my little boy is growing up. That he’ll soon be coming to an age where he will have to make up his own mind as to what he truly believes in. Yet, on other days, my heart is filled with one thousand more as I see a glimmer, a sparkle, from the depth of my sons eyes to the understanding of a God that loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son. This past week, Big Brother asked if I could explain to him communion and then wanted to partake himself. On a typical Tuesday morning, we took time out of school to remember Jesus and the sacrifice he made for us … just me and my boys. It was awesome and a huge confirmation from God that homeschooling is where he wants me fully, right now.
To me, this is why I homeschool – to make God real in the lives of my children. Sure academics and their immediate future is important to me, but their forever future, the one that comes after this is where I am investing most of my time in. I’m not sure their path that will end up to be, but I do have this time, this bit of smallness to make them see a big and loving God. So, I’ll do the best that I can.
September 3rd was our official first day of school.
As I like to start each year, we headed off to Living History Farms for a field trip. Not a bad first day of school, eh? This year we were blessed to start our school year off with all of our cousins as my sister is now able to stay at home as well as she also makes a part time income from this blog. See, isn’t God good!
The big boys led the way through the town of old.
We hurriedly made our way to the tractor to make our way through the 3 living farms to try and beat the heat of the sun.
The big boys enjoyed pushing the littles up through the rugged paths where we talked about biomes.
We made our way to the 1700 Ioway Indian farm.
We wound into the trail again and then headed to the 1850 Pioneer Farm … my favorite!
Our growing tribe.
The kids had fun stringing apples to dry. I think I may do this with the kids once we visit the apple orchard.
My favorite part about the 1850 farm is being able to see the working hearth. Be still my heart.
From there we headed to the 1900 horse-powered farm. The boys were able to use their leading skills they learned at their horse lessons last year.
By this time, the kids were ready for lunch or as Applegate likes to call it, Half Time!
Field trips made simple and healthy thanks to Applegate!
Since we’re a real food family, my children have never had those cute lunches in a box, you know the ones I’m talking about 😉 Well, you can imagine how excited they were to get their first lunch in a box. They LOVED these Half Time lunches from Applegate and I LOVE that they’re made of quality ingredients.
Each Half Time lunch includes an organic yogurt form Stoneyfield, Annie’s buttery rich crackers and snacks, and antibiotic free cheese and meats from Applegate. There are no antibiotics, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. A great combination if you ask me!
Since we have more field trips to come, we’ll definitely be getting more Half Time lunches from Applegate for the kids.
All in all, we had a great first day of school and the weeks to follow have been a blessing, indeed.
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Half Time Giveaway from Applegate
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