Hip Homeschool Moms » Hip Homeschool Moms http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com A Community for Families Living the Home Education Lifestyle Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:01:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 10 Ways to Get the Most from a Homeschool Conference http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/04/10-ways-to-get-the-most-from-a-homeschool-conference/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/04/10-ways-to-get-the-most-from-a-homeschool-conference/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:01:48 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33518 After more than 20 years of homeschooling, I have been to my share of conferences, book fairs, and seminars.  I have been overwhelmed, underwhelmed, and occasionally both at the same time. Conferences these days are bigger and brighter than ever before.  They bring in the big speakers, have hundreds of fascinating vendors, and often there […]

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Lisa and her husband have homeschooled their 9 kids from the beginning. Her oldest three are graduated and with only 13 more years of teaching to go she declares, “It’s all downhill from here!” Her family lives on a hobby farm in a small Texas town where she is constantly in the middle of a DIY project or scheming up new ideas. She writes at The Pennington Point and runs Shop24 on etsy with her daughters. There’s always something exciting happening around her place!

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After more than 20 years of homeschooling, I have been to my share of conferences, book fairs, and seminars.  I have been overwhelmed, underwhelmed, and occasionally both at the same time.

10 Ways to get the most from a homeschool conference (or any conference really!)

Conferences these days are bigger and brighter than ever before.  They bring in the big speakers, have hundreds of fascinating vendors, and often there are dozens of sessions happening at once. It’s hard to know how to get the most from such a huge event!  I mean, you got your kids all taken care of and you have a whole weekend to decide what you will do for next year’s school and purchase all of the materials you will need.  No problem.  #faint

This is why I go to a conference prepared and armed for battle.  And I want to share my tips with you so you can get the most of your big weekend.

1. Check out their website.  Conferences will have a site that lists all of the participating vendors.  Make a list of the ones you want to check out so you don’t get caught by surprise when your favorite one isn’t there.  If you have time, you could also look at the websites of the vendors you want to know more about.

2. Get the schedule ahead of time.  If possible, find out the sessions ahead of time and plan your weekend.  At least make sure you know the few that you absolutely do not want to miss.  If you are there with your friend or spouse, you can divide and conquer so you don’t miss anything.

3. Go to bed early.  Conferences are tiring, and you want to be your best.  So get plenty of rest the night before and don’t stay up late doing last minute things.  Spend the few days before getting little things ready so you can go to bed in time to get a whole night of sleep (remember those?).

4. Comfortable shoes!  I like to look cute and, while I refuse to wear my running shoes to a conference, I do wear something comfy…like the shoes I wore to Disney.  There is a lot of walking and standing at these events.  Your feet will thank me.

5. As soon as you arrive, scope out the scene.  Right after I register, I spend 15 minutes checking the entire place out.  I find the restrooms, a place to sit down when I’m tired (or to nurse if you have a baby with you), where each session room is, and if I have a stroller I find the elevator.

6. Make a thorough list of what you need.  I like to write down each of my children and list the classes we want them to take the next year. I also go through my shelves and see what we already have.  Then I write down what I still need to for during the conference.  Math, for example…..if you want to get math for your 8-year-old, there will likely be several vendors selling their programs.  Go around and ask them questions.  If they have a session, attend the session and see if you think what they do is best for your child.

7. Have a budget.  If you only use one of these suggestions, let this be the one.  The budget comes from 2 things….what you need and how much money you have.  Write them both down and decide what is reasonable for you to spend while at the conference.  I will always run my budget amount past my husband so he doesn’t go into shock when I get home.

8. Do your Christmas shopping.  Beyond school needs, these conferences will have products you won’t see anywhere else.  I love to pick up gifts for my kids’ Christmas and store them away.  So in addition to my school budget, I add some money for gifts.

9. Remember, you don’t need everything at once.  You might be able to wait a few months before you will use some materials.  So get the contact information for the vendor you want to reach later, and order it in the future.  You don’t have to walk away with everything for a whole year.

10. Make some down time.  Just sit.  Talk to people.  Force yourself (if you’re an introvert like me) to talk to strangers and see how they do things in their homes.  Every hour or so, just stop and regroup for a few minutes.  A slower pace will make the conference experience so much richer!

Most of all, have a good time!  If you don’t like a session….slip out and go to another one.  Skip the sessions one hour and talk to people.  Most homeschool conferences offer the recordings of the speakers so you don’t have to miss anything.  The main goal for me was always to get my tank filled so I was motivated to keep going with this very hard job of being mother and teacher.

What conference/s will you be attending this year? Do you have any tips to share with us?

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Lisa and her husband have homeschooled their 9 kids from the beginning. Her oldest three are graduated and with only 13 more years of teaching to go she declares, “It’s all downhill from here!” Her family lives on a hobby farm in a small Texas town where she is constantly in the middle of a DIY project or scheming up new ideas. She writes at The Pennington Point and runs Shop24 on etsy with her daughters. There’s always something exciting happening around her place!

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HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop 3/31/15 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/hhms-featured-posts-the-hip-homeschool-hop-33115/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/hhms-featured-posts-the-hip-homeschool-hop-33115/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:01:42 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33505 Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Check back next week for our favorite posts! Guidelines for the hop: Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post. Please no pinterest, fb, twitter, or other linky links! You can link up kid activities, homeschool related, or homemaking/recipe posts. […]

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Why Love Must Be the Heart of the Homeschool http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/love-must-heart-homeschool/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/love-must-heart-homeschool/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:01:48 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33295     “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”  1 Corinthians 13:1   So begins the famous passage so often read at weddings and so desperately needed in the home and the homeschool.  Love is patient, love […]

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Cassandra is humbled daily by the love of Christ Jesus and her need for His grace and guidance. She has been married for ten years to her best friend, Wesley. They have been homeschooling their three {awesome} children since the start. Their family is passionate about the simple life - finding beauty in God's creation, embracing quiet afternoons in wide open spaces, and playing around with their funny pet chickens. She enjoys sharing her heart for living the unplugged life with parents and educators of all different backgrounds. She blogs at The Unplugged Family

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Love

 

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”  1 Corinthians 13:1

 

So begins the famous passage so often read at weddings and so desperately needed in the home and the homeschool.  Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, does not boast… and we can insert the word “Mama” every time we read love for some added effect.  Or guilt.  It depends, doesn’t it?

Mama is patient, kind, not proud, never rude… Mama is not self-seeking, Mama is not easily angered, Mama keeps no records of wrongs…  Mama always protects, always trusts, always hopes…

But does she?

Let me humbly say it- Friends, I’ve been the clanging cymbal.

Oh, yes I have.  And especially with my husband and children, because isn’t it all too often the ones we love most that get the worst of us?

If you’re anything like me, you can spend hours researching books and homeschool curriculum and planning weekly schedules and printing out activities.  We have wonderful ideas for every-which-way to teach.  We post Bible verses on the walls and read our devotions every morning, and we find the best books and the best programs and the best of everything we can get our hands on.

But how many times have we sat down in the quiet and truly considered the reality of 1 Corinthians 13?  Especially in how we relate with our children.

If I have not love…

So, I can plan the most interesting and engaging activities, buy the best books and studies, and teach deep biblical truths – but, if I have not love… I’m just a loud, clattering, annoying cymbal to my children.  Anything positive I’m trying to teach gets completely crowded out and stifled by my lack of love.

I learned this {huge} lesson when my oldest son was younger.  He was (is…) a highly spirited child, and we butted heads for, oh, the first seven years of his life.  There came a season in our homeschool where all ‘school’ (so to speak) had to completely cease.  The reason?  Because the Mommy/son relationship was in shambles.  Completely compromised by weeks of battles for control and flaring tempers.

My words and my ‘teaching’ had become clatter to my son’s little ears.  He was hurting and I had failed him in more ways than I like to remember.  He didn’t need math lessons. He needed heart and soul therapy.  He needed a Mama who was spilling over with true love and understanding.

And I’m the first to stand humbled and admit that I can’t be true LOVE by my own power.  Only through Christ can I honestly reflect that 1 Corinthians authentic love to my children.  And not even close to perfectly.  But consistently, I can show them a humble heart that longs to live love far more than I long to be right.

Only after taking time off of our ‘studies’ and rebuilding our bond and trust did we finally settle into a healthy, fruitful relationship that was the very foundation for the closeness we have today.  When I surrendered myself and grasped instead for the Father of Love – things were set right. When I consistently reflected a heart of love, in time, he began to hear me again.

Eyes and hearts open when love is poured out.  But without love, children shut down.  They turn away.  This is why, as moms, we need to desperately cling to One who can breathe love and light into us daily.  Not only for our own good and for the glory of God but for our children.

 

Does your homeschool needs a love-makeover?  Have your children shut down or become angry?  Do you know you lack the love you need to truly nurture your children?

Here are some suggestions from one broken mama to another:

  • Pray for the Lord to reveal truth to you.  What is causing this breakdown?  Is there sin in yourself that needs to be dealt with?
  • Pray that God would show you where you are lacking love and grace with your children.  Ask Him to help you reflect His love.
  • Pray your children’s hearts would be softened and you could easily speak to them and begin repairing hurts.
  • Wake up and daily surrender your life, your heart, and your emotions to the Lord.  Ask Him to guide your every step and pray before you react to difficult situations.
  • Remember, grace covers a multitude…

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Cassandra is humbled daily by the love of Christ Jesus and her need for His grace and guidance. She has been married for ten years to her best friend, Wesley. They have been homeschooling their three {awesome} children since the start. Their family is passionate about the simple life - finding beauty in God's creation, embracing quiet afternoons in wide open spaces, and playing around with their funny pet chickens. She enjoys sharing her heart for living the unplugged life with parents and educators of all different backgrounds. She blogs at The Unplugged Family

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Educating the WholeHearted Child Book Club – Week 10 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/educating-the-wholehearted-child-book-club-week-10/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/educating-the-wholehearted-child-book-club-week-10/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:01:08 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33487 It is week 10 of the Hip Homeschool Moms Book Club. This week is the first week of discussions about wholehearted learning methods. More specifically, this week’s chapter has to do with the study of the Bible. If you haven’t been participating in the Book Club, you’ll just need to pick up a copy of […]

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Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon.

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It is week 10 of the Hip Homeschool Moms Book Club. This week is the first week of discussions about wholehearted learning methods. More specifically, this week’s chapter has to do with the study of the Bible.

If you haven’t been participating in the Book Club, you’ll just need to pick up a copy of the book here and start reading. To join in the discussions, you’ll need to be a part of the Hip Homeschool Moms Online Book Club on Facebook.

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If you’d like a copy of the bookmark that the folks at Apologia created for us, you can get that by clicking here. That link will take you to both the color and black & white bookmarks. I like to keep one in my book and one out where I can see it to remind me to do my reading (and to create each week’s study guide)!

You may want the Study Guide for Chapter 10 this week. It’s free for anyone who’s participating in the book club. (Please help us out by not sharing the study guide or the study guide link. If you know someone who wants the study guide, please direct her to this post–where she can download her own. Thank you!)

If you missed any of the previous weeks, you can get the study guides for those weeks by using the links below:

EWHC Book Club Week 1 

EWHC Book Club Week 2 

EWHC Book Club Week 3

EWHC Book Club Week 4

EWHC Book Club Week 5

EWHC Book Club Week 6

EWHC Book Club Week 7

EWHC Book Club Week 8

EWHC Book Club Week 9 

Each day, Trish will post in the HHM Facebook Online Book Club where that day’s discussion will be held. This week, Monday, March 30, through Saturday, April 4, we will be discussing chapter 10. You can post your own comments, observations, or questions in that thread each day.

Even if you can’t join in the discussion, you may still want to get your own copy of the book, Educating the WholeHearted Child, just because it’s such a wonderful resource for Christian homeschooling families! (We will do more Book Club books–both secular and Christian–in the future, so if the current selection doesn’t fit your needs, you’ll want to be sure to watch for the next one that will be announced some time in May.) And of course you are welcome to visit the posts from weeks 1-9 (listed above) in order to download your own study guides for each of those weeks.

Also, in case you don’t know about it, we also have a Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Community that is a private community for homeschooling moms. Just click this link to ask to join.

We hope you enjoy the reading and discussion of chapter 10 this week!

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Wendy

HHM co-owner and owner/writer at Homeschooling Blessings

Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon.

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Trust Lesson & Activities (with FREE PRINTABLE) http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/trust-lesson-activities-free-printable/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/trust-lesson-activities-free-printable/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:01:25 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=32996 How does the saying go? “Do as I say, not as I do” or the other way around? We all know that children learn by example. They learn by what they see. But we are also verbal beings. We have the gift of communication. And communication can be such a great asset when used the […]

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Tanya

Owner/Writer at The Natural Homeschool

Tanya is a homeschooling mom to two children, a son and a daughter. She focuses on following their particular learning interests at their level and in building a strong Christian foundation in their hearts. To cater to their high giftedness, she uses an eclectic teaching approach, which complement each other and maximize the fun in learning. Tanya has a degree in elementary education, a minor in French and a Master's degree in school administration. She is happily married to her best friend and enjoys sharing her life and experiences in her blog to provide inspiration and bring new ideas.

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How does the saying go? “Do as I say, not as I do” or the other way around? We all know that children learn by example. They learn by what they see. But we are also verbal beings. We have the gift of communication. And communication can be such a great asset when used the right way.

Now, let’s talk about “trust.” Why is trust important? We know that our children trust us because of how we act around them, how we treat them, and because, let’s face it, most of us are creatures of habit, so they learn our predictabilities.

Trust Lesson & Activities with Free Printable

Talking about trust with our children is very important. Why? Because by talking, discussing, studying, and brainstorming about it, we can do so many awesome things like: come to conclusions, be on the same page, DEFINE TERMS (such a big problem when miscommunication happens), learn together, grow together, and practice together.

Here you will see a lesson and several trust principles with activities that you can easily employ in your homeschools. You can make them as simple or as complex as you and your children want. These lessons are geared toward ages 3-6 (approximately), but all of them can be easily adapted and expanded on. I hope you like them and find them helpful, especially the FREE PRINTABLE!

Memory Verse

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The memory verse that I chose is Romans 15:13a because it is such a positive prayer and verse to learn and take to heart. It reads, “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him.” I have made a free printable for you with this verse so you can easily keep it in a visible place for you to not only use during this Bible lesson, but also to memorize as a family.

Lesson (Part 1)

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The story of Joseph in the Bible is amazing and rich with Godly principles to live by. For the first part of the lesson, read Genesis 37. I like the NIV (New International Version) because it is easier for children to understand. Joseph’s parents were Jacob and Rachel. Jacob loved Rachel very much, and because Joseph was her son and because they waited so long to have a child together, Jacob loved Joseph more than his other brothers. His father took good care of him and gave him gifts. He wanted what was best for him.

Activity

Play two simple trust games. Parents and children participate. In game #1, set a small obstacle course in the living room (like a maze with pillows and other soft objects). Parents will blindfold one child at a time and guide him or her through the maze. Parents can do this by holding the child’s hand or by using their voices or both. For smaller children, I would use both. If you don’t want to do the maze, then make it simpler. Blindfold the child and give him a cup. Guide him to the table where he can safely place the cup on top of it.

In game #2, play the typical “trust game” where the child stands about 2 feet from the parent (front to back). The child then lets go and “falls” backward. The parent catches her by the armpits. The first few times, the child will probably want to step back to “catch” herself, but the point is to trust that the parent will catch her and keep her from falling.

 Lesson (Part 2)

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Continue on with Joseph’s story. Read Genesis 39 (NIV is recommended, but any version will be great). Discuss the hardships Joseph went through and how he continued to faithfully trust God. Draw or write thoughts on the printable card.

Activity

Trust Lesson & Activites

 

Make a simple craft. On a piece of paper, write “I will trust God is with me in hard times, too.” You can write a similar message if you would like. Get a few short strands of yarn, thread, or ribbon (about 6-8 inches each) and have the children tangle them up into a blob (see above). Glue onto the paper. Discuss how sometimes we make wrong choices and get into messes or sometimes trouble just happens and we feel like that wad of knotted threads. But God is faithful!

Lesson (Part 3)

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Read Genesis chapters 40 and 41. Then talk about Joseph interpreting dreams in prison and how that helped him get sent to Pharaoh to interpret two very important dreams (that were warnings). Not only was Joseph put in charge of this very important job, but he was made second in the entire Kingdom of Egypt. God gave him the courage to carry out God’s plans for him and for millions of people who would’ve died had Joseph not known that a famine was coming and that they needed to be prepared.

Activity

Personalize it! Take an encouraging verse or chapter and change all the names and pronouns to each family member’s name. Here is my example:

Psalm 23
The Lord is (Tanya)’s Shepherd. (Tanya) will not be in need.
He makes (Tanya) lie down in green pastures. He leads (Tanya) beside still waters.
He restores (Tanya)’s soul. He leads (Tanya) in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though (Tanya) walks through the valley of the shadow of death, (Tanya) will fear no evil, for You are with (Tanya).
Your rod and your staff comfort (Tanya). You prepare a feast for (Tanya) in the presence of (Tanya)’s enemies. You anoint (Tanya)’s head with oil. (Tanya)’s cup runs over!
Surely, goodness and mercy will follow (Tanya) all the days of (Tanya)’s life. And (Tanya) will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!

You can try the memory verse or any other verse that your family likes. Write it down on the printable sheet if you’d like.

Printables

I have made two sets of printables for you. Both are the same, but one trust printables set (SMALL), fits all 4 cards on one letter size sheet. See below. These would be good to print for your older children and teens, since they will most likely be writing down their thoughts and personal insights.

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The second set of trust printables (LARGE), have one card per letter-sized sheet of paper. I suggest these for younger children. Print the large ones because they will most likely be drawing their own impressions of what that sentence means to them.

Trust Printables SMALL               Trust Printable LARGE

I really hope you enjoyed these three activities and that you will do them with your family. We made one each day for three days, but if your family is engaged in it and you have the time, then do all three in one sitting!

My family found these activities to be fun and helpful, and I hope your family does too!

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Tanya is a homeschooling mom to two children, a son and a daughter. She focuses on following their particular learning interests at their level and in building a strong Christian foundation in their hearts. To cater to their high giftedness, she uses an eclectic teaching approach, which complement each other and maximize the fun in learning. Tanya has a degree in elementary education, a minor in French and a Master's degree in school administration. She is happily married to her best friend and enjoys sharing her life and experiences in her blog to provide inspiration and bring new ideas.

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Kelli lives on the coast of Southwest Florida with her Pro Fishing Guide husband, Mark. They were introduced 16 years ago at the beach, and quickly discovered they had grown up in the same church. They were married on that island beach, and now have three little boys who play & explore there together. She is ever grateful for God's faithfulness. It was in the midst of a booming real estate career, that God called them to homeschool. Once she recovered from the shock, and stepped out in obedience, they have never looked back! The boys are now 13, 10, & 9 years old. You will often find them kayaking, hiking, camping while exploring God’s creation. They share these learning experiences with Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies on the family blog.

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Some of the best homeschool lessons do not come from books! Real life can be the best teacher of all.
baby cottontail lessons from nature

 

Nature School 

This week we’ve had a wonderful opportunity in our homeschool to enjoy unexpected lessons from nature! Spring is a great time to get out and explore as the weather is nice throughout much of the country. In Southwest Florida – it’s baby bunny season, and there are a LOT of little bunnies hopping around. Sadly, this little guy lost his mama bunny to a coyote.

Be Certain It’s an Orphan

disclaimerWhat’s a homeschool mama to do? Well, take him in and make him a homeschool mascot, of course! My boys have the opportunity to learn first hand quite a few lessons from the experience.

*It is important to note that MOST wild bunnies you come across are NOT orphaned. The mothers do not stay with the babies during the day. We initially put the bunnies back in their nest and went back in the house. Unfortunately, we found remnants of the coyotes dinner and knew for sure that this little guy was on his own. Also, the best thing to do is to get a wildlife professional to help if you know for certain the baby is an orphan. My husband and I are both pretty adept at caring for wildlife and have been called upon to help in our area. A bunny this new was a first for us, so we have done some extra research.

Lesson and priority number one was to find out what this day-old newborn could eat. We had some great suggestions, such as kittens milk from the farm or pet store, and we went with goat milk, which was kindly (and frugally) donated by our friend’s goat.

What We’ve Learned

Just as with human newborn babies – it took him a moment to learn how to eat. There was very little, almost nothing, in his system.

We used a piece of a rubber glove and a child’s medicine syringe to feed him. The first day, he barely ate anything. With a lot of patience, he took in maybe a dropper of the fresh goat’s milk. I reminisced with the boys about their first feedings and how it took a bit of patience to get them eating too.

On day 2, our sweet baby bunny decided it was time to get serious about this eating thing. He is now feeding in the evenings, like there is no tomorrow! I also feed him a little bit in the mornings, and offer it several other times during the day and night. I hold him gently in an upright position and pay close attention that he does not aspirate.

He does best in the evenings because in the wild, the mama bunny will leave the burrow during the daylight hours. This keeps her scent from bringing in a predator to where the babies are kept.

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God gave the bunnies the instinct they need to survive. By staying away from the nest, the mama is protecting her babies! As we learned, they cannot all survive. Some are food for predators. Others just won’t make it. But, by visiting the nest instead of staying there, more of them are able to make it.

As a matter of fact, it is fairly rare for these little ones to make it in captivity. We are not out of the woods by any measure. But, because I am at home, I can devote the time it will take to help give him a fair chance. He is not quite a week old. His eyes will open in a few days. He sleeps in a box with cloth comforts to re-create the nest feel . . . right in the middle of my bed. I have a heating pad on low under a portion of the box.  I check on him constantly. He is growing and seems to be getting stronger, but I keep reminding my boys that he is not yet out of the woods.

We really hope he makes it and will do all we can to ensure that it is so. We are doing a rabbit study, and the boys are learning about the important role (in life and in death) that these cottontail sweeties play in the world. It is not always a gentle world.  The lesson in the end may be a hard one but, for now, they are learning to be gentle, patient, and vigilant in caring for all of God’s creatures. They are learning that they have a responsibility to care for the “least of these,” in this case a slightly furry one. That gentleness will carry over into other service projects as the boys continue to learn about serving and caring for others.

As you get outside to enjoy fall (or spring!), remember that you can turn it into a wonderful learning adventure. Take a camera and a notebook to sketch pictures and notes about wildlife flora and fauna that you come across. Use it to inspire your children to WANT to learn. Your local library will provide many books to peruse, and you can watch free creation videos on a variety of topics with NW Creation Network.  Answers in Genesis  is a terrific free online resource with articles and videos to help you learn exciting facts about animals and nature. Download FREE Wildlife Binder and Notebooking pages from AdventuresInChildRearing HERE. 

*We gathered a lot of good advice from this online source. If you find a bunny in the wild and are certain it is orphaned – contact a pro:   Wildlife Rehabbers US States A- M, and Wildlife Rehabbers US States N-Z and International Rehabbers

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Kelli lives on the coast of Southwest Florida with her Pro Fishing Guide husband, Mark. They were introduced 16 years ago at the beach, and quickly discovered they had grown up in the same church. They were married on that island beach, and now have three little boys who play & explore there together. She is ever grateful for God's faithfulness. It was in the midst of a booming real estate career, that God called them to homeschool. Once she recovered from the shock, and stepped out in obedience, they have never looked back! The boys are now 13, 10, & 9 years old. You will often find them kayaking, hiking, camping while exploring God’s creation. They share these learning experiences with Wildlife Adventures Unit Studies on the family blog.

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HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop 3/24/15 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/hhms-featured-posts-the-hip-homeschool-hop-32415/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/hhms-featured-posts-the-hip-homeschool-hop-32415/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:01:54 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33412 Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Our Favorites This Week: Heidi from Starts at Eight appreciated the Homeschool ACT and SAT Practice posted by Annie and Everything. Heidi commented, “I am always on the look out for new resources, especially when it comes to helping my teen navigate her high school years. I found some in […]

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!

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Our Favorites This Week:

Heidi from Starts at Eight appreciated the Homeschool ACT and SAT Practice posted by Annie and Everything.

Heidi commented, “I am always on the look out for new resources, especially when it comes to helping my teen navigate her high school years. I found some in this post!”

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Trish, HHM co-owner and writer over at Live and Learn Farm, chose to feature HHM Team Member, Heidi’s (Starts at Eight) post King of Israel – A Christian Board Game.

Trish said, “Y’all know, being Messianic, I have a very special place in my heart for Israel. I love this! I can’t wait to get my hands on this game! Thanks Heidi for such a thorough review of this game. It is now on my wish list!”

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Wendy, another HHM co-owner and the author of Homeschooling Blessings, had two picks to feature this week:

First, Wendy liked Finding Joy in the Journey’s – The Seasons of Homeschooling.

Wendy shared, “Because I’ve been homeschooling for so long (18 years) and have been through many different seasons of homeschooling, I really enjoyed this post!”

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Wendy’s second pick features the post Making Me Smile…..The Baker’s Dozen shared by A Little This…A Little That.

Wendy said, “It’s a lovely post about things a mom is grateful for, and I think it’s a great reminder to be thankful for the little things each day.”

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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You May Be Homeschooled If … http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/you-may-be-homeschooled-if/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/you-may-be-homeschooled-if/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:01:07 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com?p=33150&preview_id=33150 Recently, a fun question was circling around our forums with some hilarious contributions as answers.  Many of the answers were too good not to share, so head on over to our Facebook page to see what the Hip Homeschool Moms Community has to say.  Or, keep reading here for 21 of our own ” you […]

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Owner/Writer at Hazy Days

Taryn Hayes calls Cape Town, South Africa her home. The crazy antics of her husband, Craig, and their four kids feature regularly over at their family blog, Hazy Days. Taryn is also the author of the youth novel, Seekers of the Lost Boy, about a 12-year-old homeschooled boy and his family. They end up on an incredible adventure after finding a mysterious message in a bottle, washed up on the beach one morning. Read more at her author site: http://tarynhayes.com

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youmaybehomeschooledifRecently, a fun question was circling around our forums with some hilarious contributions as answers.  Many of the answers were too good not to share, so head on over to our Facebook page to see what the Hip Homeschool Moms Community has to say.  Or, keep reading here for 21 of our own ” you may be homeschooled if … ” answers.  If they’ve been in any way inspired by your own contributions, you’ll spot your name at the end of each quote, so keep a look out!  Here goes:

 

You *may* be homeschooled if…

 

your kid sister is in your class…

… and she arrives wearing PJ bottoms with a ballet tutu, ballet shoes, and a camo jacket.

you wake up early to get written work out of the way…

… and then skip away to play Legos or continue writing the 23rd chapter of one of the novels you’ve got going. (Natasha E)

you enjoy doing math…

… upside down on the couch. (Michelle N.)

your school days start with prayer…

… and you pray out loud voluntarily and then get into a vigorous discussion about theology. (Carrie A)

your teacher is your mother…

… and she refuses to allow you to go to school until your bed is made, even if it means you’ll be tardy.

your mother is partial to long skirts…

… and your hairstyle is the not-so-stylish “bed head” look.

(or) in an attempt to avoid stereotypes, your mother dresses like a ‘regular’ mom…

… but you still like to dye your hair green, or blue, or pink … with food coloring.

your teacher reads aloud to you everyday…

… and you beg her for ‘just one more chapter!” (Amy S.)

you suggest skipping school to go for a hike…

… and your teacher thinks it’s a great idea, and she then proceeds to pack snacks for the whole class. (Dee W)

it’s a snow day for regular schools…

… and you’re bummed because it means your Internet connection will lag thanks to all the kids in your apartment playing Xbox.

you stayed up late to listen to the last chapter of The Hobbit…

… so your teacher lets you sleep in and then wakes you up at 9 am with hot cocoa.

when you forget your eraser again and your teacher yells at you…

… to go get it NOW … from your bedroom. (Bronwyn L)

when your teacher feels bad about yelling at you…

… so apologizes with lots of  hugs and kisses.

when your teacher calls you out of class to tell you to feed your pets because you did not do it at chore time…

…and then tells you to hang the laundry out to dry while you’re outside. (Lulu vR)

you’re allowed to skip school on your birthday…

… and so are all your siblings.

you’re doing all your high school physics classes on a patio…

… overlooking the ocean, while on an educational road-trip with your family. (Morne L)

you want to do an online computer course, but can’t decide between two…

… so you decide to do both. (April L)

you’re sometimes an impromptu substitute teacher…mornephsyics

…and you dress up like a wicked witch to make learning place value fun for your little brother.

your teacher believes you when you say your dog ate your schoolwork…

… because she was the one who found it.  But she still scolds you, because you shouldn’t have left the puppy with your schoolwork on the trampoline when you took a toilet break from class. (Morgan K)

(or) normal lessons are suspended to watch and video your pet snake shed his skin…

… and then you spend the rest of the morning making a mini documentary on snakes. (Romona T)

on cold days, the whole class climbs into the king-sized bed together…

… and watches documentaries on Netflix or reads through 10 chapters of Prince Caspian. (Lisa M, Annie R)

 

Recognize any of these as your own?  Tell us! Have some more to add to our list?  Tell us! We love to hear your contributions too.

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Taryn

Owner/Writer at Hazy Days

Taryn Hayes calls Cape Town, South Africa her home. The crazy antics of her husband, Craig, and their four kids feature regularly over at their family blog, Hazy Days. Taryn is also the author of the youth novel, Seekers of the Lost Boy, about a 12-year-old homeschooled boy and his family. They end up on an incredible adventure after finding a mysterious message in a bottle, washed up on the beach one morning. Read more at her author site: http://tarynhayes.com

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Working Homeschool Moms – Are You an Engaged Parent? http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/working-homeschool-moms-engaged-parent/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/working-homeschool-moms-engaged-parent/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:01:16 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33021 If you’re anything like me – a working homeschool mom – I’m sure educating your children became a huge commitment the moment that you took that first leap of faith and entered into the somewhat intimidating world of home education. I can guarantee that all of us have totally turned our worlds upside down to make […]

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Owner/Writer at A Nurse's Wildflowers

Heather is a Christian gal who lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she married her high school sweetheart in 2001. She has 3 children ranging in ages from 4-12. Asperger's and sensory processing issues are also in the mix. At this time, Sonlight is their main curriculum which Heather and her husband find nice for the working homeschool family. Heather juggles the responsibilities of being a part-time RN and police officer's wife. She has a reputation of creating kitchen disasters, but loves collecting new recipes and learning about natural, holistic living. Also in the family is a bunch of animals like chickens, goats, a few dogs, and cats....

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If you’re anything like me – a working homeschool mom – I’m sure educating your children became a huge commitment the moment that you took that first leap of faith and entered into the somewhat intimidating world of home education. I can guarantee that all of us have totally turned our worlds upside down to make it all function smoothly…or at least we’ve designed some kind of organized chaos. Simply put, we make educating our kids priority, and we don’t let work limit us, stop us, or infringe on our kids’ educational potential. This last month I was stalking the web reading other working homeschool mom posts when I came across one which had a slew of comments. One of those comments has prompted me to write today and ask you the question, Are you an engaged parent?

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In the post, the author, Jennifer, explains that she works at home with her freelance writing business while also homeschooling her children. She encourages her readers to be intentional and flexible while also getting enough sleep and facilitating a team at home. It was a breath of fresh air to read her post and also the comments. There are so many working homeschool moms that have done very well – even with all of the challenges that come with this rebel-like school and work setup.

And then I read this (paraphrased) comment below which caused me to pause…

I was homeschooled while my mom worked. It can be done, but I suggest using caution. I learned and I read, but I did not have an engaged mom. If working while homeschooling your children is what you choose to do, I can’t tell you it won’t work, but I can tell you what I experienced. I also suggest that you be wary of encouraging other mothers to make this choice.

Okay. Well….hmmm….

That’s kind of a downer to read, wouldn’t you say? Ya know…for us “working homeschool moms”…

At first glance at this comment I immediately became defensive. I’m human. I’m also highly sensitive to any critique to the choices I’ve made in my home when it comes to educating my kids the way I WANT. I know that I have put almost my whole life into my kids. I’ve made career changes and pauses for my kids. I continually sacrifice a whole heap of what I’ve wanted so that my kids could have a better chance at life. I’ve spent oodles of time and money to make this thing called homeschool work. Heck, I’ve even gained 10 pounds in the last year with all the sitting (and snacking) that comes with school. I spend most of my wakeful moments with my kids when I’m not at work or driving to work. I’ve spent much of my thoughts on my kids and how they are doing. I’ve done a lifetime of worry about how it will all turn out. I have put my all into this thing called homeschool.

How on earth can anyone tell me I am not being engaged?

And then there’s the part of that comment at the end….the part that urges caution when encouraging other mothers who want to work and homeschool. Does this commenter feel that I am encouraging other mothers to jump off a cliff? I mean, seriously. At first glance this comment is frustrating to say the least. What I do is encourage mothers (and fathers) to take charge – to not give up and to actually take ownership of their children’s education. How on earth can this be “unengaged?!”

After pondering over this comment for…a while…I tried to think about where this person is coming from. I don’t question that she may have had a difficult time with her mother and her school situation. I’m sure she did. However, I do question what the other dynamics were. Why was she pulled out of school? What was going on in the family at this time? Were there any learning difficulties or illnesses present? Was there a bigger goal in mind? Were there other things going on that she was unaware of? Ultimately, what were the extenuating circumstances that may have convinced this daughter that her mother was so utterly unengaged that prompted her to speak out on a stranger’s post that encourages mothers to not limit themselves just because they work?

It’s sad that this woman had such a negative experience with homeschool that she felt the need to speak out. I’m sure she isn’t the only one that has felt her parents were “unengaged.” But I think this is rare rather than common. I also think that a child’s needs vary as do the needs of life from time to time. The child’s interpretation of how a parent engages is super subjective and varies depending on the child. I for one feel that if a parent is actually willing to educate her own children, she is far from being unengaged.

But, for the sake of the warning by this commenter, let’s take a look at what it means to be engaged. Depending on what dictionary you are reading through, there are a slew of definitions.

  • involved in activity
  • greatly interested, committed
  • involved especially in a hostile encounter
  • being in gear
  • entered into conflict with
  • interlocked
  • to secure for aid, employment, use, etc.; hire
  • to occupy the attention or efforts of (a person or persons)
  • to attract and hold fast
  • to bring (troops) into conflict; enter into conflict with
  • to pledge one’s word; assume an obligation
  • to cross weapons; enter into conflict

Looking at the definitions above, I can actually relate to some of these more than I want to admit. Sometimes being engaged is more like entering into conflict rather than playing with pretty little wildflowers. I think all of us homeschooling moms can attest to that whether or not we work. As you can see, being “engaged” can mean many different things.

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So what does this commenter actually mean to “not be engaged” then?

I am reminded of a zombie. I picture an emotionally disheveled mother aimlessly scuffling through life, with eyes glazed over staring at some distant place and with drool seeping out the mouth, completely uninterested in anything around her – like a zombie (that is unless this zombie is from The Walking Dead). Or maybe she is a couch potato engrossed in the latest popular TV show day in and day out instead of caring for anything else. Or maybe she is one who has a heart of stone. One who is uncaring, cold, unsympathetic, unloving, unfriendly – an unemotional nature down to the core. Or maybe she is the one continuously engrossed in her phone, the computer, or her own self. Or maybe being unengaged means that Mom is there but not mentally present at all — like a statue. Are you the statue mom? Do you have a heart of stone? Are you a zombie mom? Are you constantly distracted?

In all honesty, I can openly admit that I have definitely been “unengaged” at times. I’ve played that zombie role a time or two. Again, I am human. Aren’t we all? After a couple night shifts with hard cases…why yes, I’m unengaged…especially before I’ve gotten a couple cups of coffee in. Are you surprised? Life is hard. Winter is long. Hormones rage. Exhaustion creeps in. Anyone who dares to deny ever struggling with these things needs to think real hard on that. I’m sure we’ve all been there. Hopefully these seasons pass quickly and we can get on with life. Hopefully, if you are struggling with a “season” you can revive that spirit, life, and luster that will keep a sense of zeal in your homeschool and with your kids. God forbid you be accused of being unengaged.

Looking back at the commenter’s statement, I truly wonder if there was a deeper issue — one that involves relationship or a chronic distraction from her mother.

What being engaged means — what it truly means — is that you have relationship. You are involved at an emotional level. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you could spend an eternity with your children and still be accused of being unengaged. It takes more than just going through the motions. You have to be intentional. Spending time with your daughter does not just mean going to the grocery store together. Although I have been known to use this as “us time” with my 12-year-old on busy weeks. Personally, I get so much more quality time with my kids now than I ever would if they were at a traditional school.

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Being engaged means opening our hearts up to our children routinely.  It means looking at your kids when they talk and really listening. It means putting the phone down. It means turning off that TV even when all you want to do is decompress. It means notching out some time on a dependable and regular basis to grow a loving friendship with your kids too. Talk with your kids in a real conversation. Go on walks with them. Laugh. Encourage them. Love them. Hug them. Explore with them. Be interested in their interests. Don’t make homeschool just a bunch of check boxes. Have fun. Enjoy life together. Pray together. Learn together. And ultimately, work on anything in your heart that is causing you to have distance or a heart of stone that makes you unengaged.

Because we are working homeschool moms, we are tied down by time. We have less of it, so we base our days on schedules, deadlines, and check-off lists. We need to make sure that we are truly being engaged the majority of our time. It is impossible to be 100% awesome all the time, but let’s try to be more than not! Life is more than check-lists. Put some heart and soul into your day and I assure you, it will make for a smoother path — one with pretty little wildflowers sprinkled about. ;)

 What do you do to be “engaged” with your kids?

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Heather is a Christian gal who lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she married her high school sweetheart in 2001. She has 3 children ranging in ages from 4-12. Asperger's and sensory processing issues are also in the mix. At this time, Sonlight is their main curriculum which Heather and her husband find nice for the working homeschool family. Heather juggles the responsibilities of being a part-time RN and police officer's wife. She has a reputation of creating kitchen disasters, but loves collecting new recipes and learning about natural, holistic living. Also in the family is a bunch of animals like chickens, goats, a few dogs, and cats....

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Constance is a home cooking maven and professional recipe developer, a lover of snow, coffee and good chocolate. She has been an Army Wife for more than 2 decades. The mother of 3 mostly-grown kids, and now living in Alabama, she has been eclectically homeschooling for 13 years and has two homeschool graduates. An organic Christian, she loves studying scripture, and exploring God’s creation. Constance has maintained a food-related website since 1998 and has had her content published in several local and national publications. She loves to encourage others to come back to the family supper table with good food and family-friendly recipes.

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Sticky Chicken is flavorful chicken coated in a honey sauce – perfectly paired with a tossed salad.

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To begin, cut 1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken into 1 1/2 inch pieces. You can use breasts or thighs, whichever you have on hand.

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Place the cut chicken in a mixing bowl. Add in 4 teaspoons of Five Spice, a teaspoon each of salt and smoked paprika.

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Toss the chicken around to coat with the spices.

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In a large, non-stick skillet, heat a tablespoon of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Add in the chicken and cook until it is just browned.

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In a measuring cup combine 1/2 cup of honey and the juice of a whole lemon.

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Whisk together and pour into the skillet. Continue to cook over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid has thickened just a bit.

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Serve with a tossed salad.

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Sticky Chicken from Hip Homeschool Moms

Sticky Chicken
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Serves: 4-5 servings
 

Ingredients
  • 1½ lb boneless, skinless chicken (thighs or breasts)
  • 4 teaspoons Five Spice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tb coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • ½ cup honey
  • juice of a whole lemon
  • Tossed salad

Instructions
  1. To begin, cut the chicken into 1½ inch pieces. Place the chicken in a mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in all of the seasonings, and toss it around to coat the chicken.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Cook until just browned.
  4. In a measuring cup, measure the honey and add in the juice of the lemon. Whisk them together and add it to the skillet. Continue to cook over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid has thickened just a bit.
  5. Serve with a tossed salad.

 

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Constance

Constance is a home cooking maven and professional recipe developer, a lover of snow, coffee and good chocolate. She has been an Army Wife for more than 2 decades. The mother of 3 mostly-grown kids, and now living in Alabama, she has been eclectically homeschooling for 13 years and has two homeschool graduates. An organic Christian, she loves studying scripture, and exploring God’s creation. Constance has maintained a food-related website since 1998 and has had her content published in several local and national publications. She loves to encourage others to come back to the family supper table with good food and family-friendly recipes.

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Journey Through Depression Part 2 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/journey-depression-part-2/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/journey-depression-part-2/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:01:51 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com?p=32984&preview_id=32984 I look at my hands. “How did I get here?” I wonder. I am slightly aware of the person standing in front of me. “Taunya?” I look up and see her. A stranger. A stranger who can save me from the darkness that engulfs my mind. I walk slowly behind her, my stomach threatening to […]

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Taunya

Owner/Writer at Walking with Shiloh

Taunya began homeschooling in 2010. Currently settled in the Pacific Northwest her days consist of taxiing kids to various activities. When they can, her and her husband enjoy spending time with their three tween/teens exploring the US in an RV. Her greatest passion is to share her story of abuse, acceptance and forgiveness; giving a voice to the voiceless.

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journeythroughdepression-682x1024I look at my hands. “How did I get here?” I wonder. I am slightly aware of the person standing in front of me. “Taunya?” I look up and see her. A stranger. A stranger who can save me from the darkness that engulfs my mind.

I walk slowly behind her, my stomach threatening to upheave with every step. Fear taunts me. I walk into her office. We sit down. Her in a single chair. Me on the couch. A box of Kleenex beside me. I take a deep breathe. I cannot speak. Deep, heart-wrenching sobs escape my lips. I quickly compose myself.

Sorry.” I whisper.

She starts with easy questions. Where were you born? Who are your parents? Do you have siblings? Where did you grow up? When did you get married? How did you meet your husband? How many children do you have? What were their births like? “This is easy.” I tell myself.

Then she says “Tell me why you are here.” I pause. What do I say? Do I tell this person the horrible things I hear every day? Do I tell her that I’m terrified I will actually hurt myself? Do I tell her that I desperately just want to go to sleep and never wake up? Do I tell her that I keep myself from driving our car into oncoming traffic? What do I tell her? Can I trust her? I decide to tell her the truth. She doesn’t condemn me. She doesn’t threaten to take my children from me or tell my husband to leave. Instead she gives me hope.

We begin this journey through depression together, her and I. She gently pushing me to share more, me cautiously sharing my pain. She ceases to be a stranger and becomes someone that I cling to in the midst of the deep darkness.

A few sessions later we discuss different diagnoses. Bi-Polar. Personality Disorder. Clinical Depression. Anxiety. Postpartum Depression and Psychosis. “Basically, you’re saying I’m mentally ill.” I reply. I am devastated. I don’t want to leave this room. I don’t want to even live. I just want this nightmare to be done. I try to hide so I pull my arms around my chest and curl into a ball, begging God to please end my life.

Taunya.” She snaps me out of the familiar spiral. “We need to discuss your safety at this moment. Do I need to admit you to the hospital?”

I can’t hold on to a single thought. I feel like I’m drowning. I’m overwhelmed with terror. Am I really that sick that I need to go to a mental hospital? NO. Somewhere inside I scream against the darkness and the voices and decide I’m done.

“No. I don’t want to go to the hospital.”

She looks at me. I can tell she’s trying to understand how to reach me. She has no idea how deep the pain is; I’ve refused to tell her.

Ok. I won’t admit you to the hospital. But I am writing you a prescription.”

I have been fighting her against a prescription for anti-depressants. My momma had started taking Prozac and then divorced my father within the same year. She cannot convince me that won’t happen to me, so I stubbornly refuse the very thing that can bring me relief from the bountiful mood swings and stifling darkness.

This time is different. I’m tired of the pain and I either want to die or I want to feel better. I can’t stay in this place. No matter the risk, I have to do something different.

I leave with a prescription which the husband immediately takes to be filled. We get home and he’s putting me to bed again. “Please don’t tell your family…your friends..the church.” I beg him. He kisses my forehead, hands me a glass of water and the small pill. “Take this. Go to sleep. I don’t want to talk right now.”

I lay there alone. Somehow I know this medication will be the thing that will bring me back to life. For the first time in a long while, I pray. I ask God to help me. I weep for my children. I ask him to please shelter them from any pain that I’m causing them. He whispers “It will be alright.” I close my eyes and fall asleep feeling hopeful for the first time in months.

Thank you for reading about my journey through depression. If you are walking this road please know you are not alone.

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Taunya began homeschooling in 2010. Currently settled in the Pacific Northwest her days consist of taxiing kids to various activities. When they can, her and her husband enjoy spending time with their three tween/teens exploring the US in an RV. Her greatest passion is to share her story of abuse, acceptance and forgiveness; giving a voice to the voiceless.

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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