Archive for February, 2012

I’m a ToG Booth Hostess!

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

I was just informed yesterday that I’ve been selected to represent Tapestry of Grace as the lead booth hostess at the Southeast Great Homeschool Convention.

I’m excited. I know I’ll be on my feet. I know it will be work. I know it will be a tiring endeavor. However, I truly love our curriculum and I’m excited to share it with others. Encouraging other homeschooling mothers is a passion of mine. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a salesperson. However, when a product has blessed my life, I can’t help but share my enthusiasm. I wonder how many Bosch mixers, IEW products or Tapestry year plans I’ve “sold” (without commission:) over the years! So while I know my time as a booth hostess will be tiring, I am very much looking forward to it.

I also am delighted that Marcia and Scott Somerville will be at this conference as speakers. Marcia wrote this curriculum after coming close to quitting homeschooling. She’d been at it for ten years and felt pulled in too many directions (something that resonates with me as I am ending my 11th year and busier than ever with our children’s education.) The Lord led Marcia to write Tapestry of Grace for her own six children and for a co-op where she taught history. As she taught her classes, the plans she created developed into this rich, Classical curriculum. Now thousands of families, my own included, are blessed by her wonderful product. Marcia also is a gifted, encouraging speaker. Of all the conference speakers I’ve ever heard, she and Sally Clarkson are my favorites. Both of these mentors of mine possess a gift of encouragement. Every time I’ve heard Marcia, I’m not only inspired to better my teaching skills, but I’m encouraged; just encouraged – that I’m a child of God, a wife, and a mom to six wonderful children and that the Lord will equip me in every way. That I can work in her booth and represent her company is an honor.

If you are planning to be at the Southeast Great Homeschool Convention March 22nd-24th, please stop by the Tapestry of Grace booth. I’d love to see you and say hello!

If you’re in need of teaching inspiration or encouragement in general check out Marcia’s blog, Love the Journey. I’m on a blog fast right now, but hers is one I frequent, normally.

Harder Than I Thought

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I have given up facebook and blog reading for Lent.

The Lord has been prompting me to do this for a while. In the mornings, sometimes after quiet time, sometimes not, I open my computer and check my e-mail. I quickly delete most new arrivals because it’s that superfluous “stuff” that I actually allow in my life: homeschool devotions; health encouragement; message board summaries… things I like, but can’t really invest the time to read every day. I respond to any urgent e-mails. With my homeschool co-op, I often have questions to answer. With six very active teens, e-mail is a critical means of staying on top of their lessons, both curricular and extra-curricular. 30 minutes pass. And then I check facebook. Another 30 minutes.

Then there is my iPhone… a portable computer. A little device that informs me anytime “news” arrives; texts, e-mails, facebook notifications. I could check it ten times an hour and find something new each time. I love my iPhone… but it is addictive.

The Lord has shown me that slowly I have become addicted to so much “in-coming” information. My desire for HIS incoming information is not what it should be. My husband challenged all the children to read through the Bible this year. That was a goal of mine in January and it’s not too late to do that, but I must make time for it.

As I was praying about the lack of time in my life and my desire to hunger after God’s Word, the Lord whispered, “Give up computer time… for me.” I decided for the next 40 days, the computer will remained unopened until I read His news and the iPhone will stay in my purse nearby, but not in my pocket throughout the day. I am completely giving up Facebook and blog reading.

Yesterday was the first day of Lent and I woke up eager and excited. As I made my way downstairs with the house quiet, I anticipated my time with the Lord. After telling Daniel my plans and leaving my computer upstairs, I began my quiet time routine… coffee, Bible, pen, journal… and disappointment.

Yes, I wanted to check on “news.” I didn’t think I’d care, but I did. And that little gnawing feeling didn’t leave all day. I continued to desire updates. As I watched the Presidential debate later that evening, I didn’t peruse Pinterest. I have no idea what any of my “friends” are up to. And I realize more than ever why the Lord asked me to put aside social media. As friends came to mind, I prayed for them. As the desire to sit and surf hit, I prayed. And I went to bed a little earlier, grabbing the first book on my “to read” pile… a pile that has gotten taller with each new blog or newsletter I’ve subscribed to over the years.

I’m not discontinuing my own blog. It’s a way I can journal and my few readers (mostly family) can keep up with us. I pray that the next 39 days fasting from facebook and blog reading will give me perspective and that my desire for God’s Word will increase. I’m saddened that even my first day proved harder than I thought. Yet I’m thankful that God loves me enough to ask me to put it aside.

Esther’s Prayer

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

My sweet Esther became a Christian today.

I had no idea that Daniel was filming with his iPhone. What a precious blessing to have a portion of our conversation recorded! All day I’ve smiled thinking this will be such a treasure!

Before he began recording, Esther came down from her room to proclaim that the Bible says in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me.” This has been a verse she’s been working on in AWANAS. “Mommy, I want to be a Christian and I need to know how right now!” she proclaimed. She had been talking with Bethany who encouraged her to talk to Daniel and me.

We discussed sin and her need for a savior. I can’t even begin to describe how precious her words were. Shortly after she admitted she is a sinner, Daniel began the recording…

Sure… She doesn’t have a complete theological understanding. She is young. But Jesus calls little children unto himself. He is working in my little one’s life. She “wants to believe those things.” (And about those earrings… I wore some big hoops today with little jade beads. I think they were a tiny bit of a distraction:))

I am rejoicing that she is a child of the King!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14