Friday, May 30, 2008

A Home Educator!

Hey everyone, So something that has been on my mind for quite some time is schooling for my little ones. Eli has already learned his alphabet and can count up to 13. He knows all his shapes and colors even the color Tan. I was in the public school for most of my life and then went to private school during my high school years. I never even considered homeschooling until I got to Sacramento.

I've always wanted to be a teacher and being a mom you become a teaching automatically! I just went to a conference tonight put on by SCOPE. "Sacramento Christian Organization of Parent Educators. " It was very in formate, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time.

I talked to some people I knew who home schooled. I have two young women who watch my boys some times and they were homes schooled. Hearing the positive it had in their lives was so encouraging. Then I asked their mother how she went about starting to home school. She told me there was a conference and I went. This conference is once a year!

How interesting that it all fell into place. Well, I thought it was sort of weird and then I thought some more and it was a, as my mom would say, "God thing".

They have curriculum that incorporate the bible! I never knew that. My children could be learning their numbers and reading but also about stories in the bible at the same time. I was excited about that!

This is something that I will be praying about and asking God if it's what he wants me to do for my children!

During the talk, the speaker said that God comes first and then your Husband! Our children need to see us and our relationship with God. It's not something we need to do while there asleep or napping. I understand that if your doing a bible study and you need to concentrate then do it when they are sleeping. But just your daily conversations with God don't always have to be in your head. Start when they are young.

I could write so much more and I might continue tomorrow! For now Have a most wonderful night!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Support!

It is so important to have support in you life! I feel like I'm just finding my support as a mother! I am in a great mom's group with people who are so giving with advice and help! I'm also in another group that will start up in the fall called MOPS. A wonderful support group as well as fun events! We all need support from our husbands, family, and friends. It can be really challenge raising kids and to do it on your own is even harder.

Someone who supports you always is God and even when your not with him, he is with you! To be honest with everyone my relationship with him has been very far and few between. Haven't been talking with him or getting to know him. I've been going through life on my own.

Maybe he is giving me a wake up call or maybe I've come to the realization that I can't do this at all on my own. This right now have been pretty stressful and I've been feeling a little lonely and alone. But I'm not and I'm glad I'm not!

So, here I come God back to you! Sorry it's taken so long. I want to say thank you to all my Christian friends who's lives and their walk with God encourages me to come back to him as well. Some of you don't even know you did that but God knows!

My faith will become stronger again as time goes by!!

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength!"

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Magical Moment!


So, I just wanted to share this with you all. There are times in your life were things happen that make you feel many different emotions all at the same time! It's quite over whelming yet magical! For all of you who know me, one thing that has never changed is that, I feel things deeply. It's just the way God wired me.

Okay, this afternoon I had a magical moment with my son Alex! Out of my two children, Alex is the one I worry about the most at this time. He has been through so very much and is still going through lots! He had Erb's Palsy when he was born, he started having seizures at 3 months old. He's been through many tests and he has been taking a strong medicine called Phenobarbital to keep him from having more seizures! With all of this going on in his life, I was worried about his physical development. We've been going to physical therapy twice a month to work on his arms and back.

I was concerned that the Phenobarbital was effecting his physical development. He did really want to start to crawl. Or at least make the movement of the rocking back and forth and moving his knees under his stomach. Well, today he did. He even got up a little and rocked back and forth. To most of you this is not such a big deal. Yes, it's very exciting but "what a magical moment." I was so incredibly proud of him. Joy, sadness, relief,excited, LOVE, and Pride all consumed me. Tonight I am going through the camera and remembering that moment, and I just feel like crying out of joy!

"Magical Moments are gifts from God!"

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"Keeping up the the Jones!"


I'm up late and I have a lot on my mind! We all "want"! We all want more in our lives! It's human nature! It not necessarily a bad thing to want until it overwhelms you. You can want good things. For instance health for your children and husband! For love, happiness, for security,better future for your children and yourself! It's when you starting wanting just to "keep up with the Jones". It when the materialistic things creep into your life, your head, your desire!

To see someone else's house and think, I wish my house could be like that or even I wish I had a house! To see how someone looks and the cloths they wear and say wow, I wish I could afford that for myself.

There are some points in your life when you just can't have what you want. Well, my friends, I'm guilty!

I find myself wanting material things not just for me but for my family! I want bigger and better toys for my kids! I want them to play and be happy! I think, they want that to but the only thing they really want is... to spend time with mommy and daddy!! To give them my undivided attention! To not worry about what the house looks like because they are only looking at me!!! To not worry about what toys they have, because they just want to play with a toy with me!

Gotta say, this is a lesson I'm probably going to learn over and over again! Maybe next time it won't be as hard as the last time!

It's amazing how much you learn from your children!

I'm learning what it means to live with limited budget! The stress that comes with that is over whelming, eye opening, and really test me! I'm failing miserably right now but knowing is half the battle. (smile)

Kids grow up so fast and if you don't look and enjoy it closely it will be gone before you know it!
My baby Alex is now 7 months old. Seems like yesterday he was just born! So, I let my house be messy for a few days,it can be fixed in one late night cleaning! The memories will last forever. Not just for me but for my boys as well.

I'm not saying don't want! Sometimes it's good to want. Just don't let it over whelm you. Because what I want is what I have and I am thankful and thrilled about it. Yes, even through the tough times.

It's through the tough times that you really do grow and learn! Sometimes it's not that easy but you get through it. I get through it!

Okay, not that I've written all this down I can go to sleep now!

Note: It is late and if I rambled, I'm sorry! If some of this does not make since, it's because I'm was writing as I'm thinking. That can be somewhat dangerous for those who know me really well!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sneak peek into the world of Eli Taylor


"Do me a favorite" translation "Do me a favor"
"Marote" translation "Remote"
"It brote" translation "It broke"
"Pinnano" translation "Piano"

I was talking to my son today. I said "This house is such a mess" It makes me so sad. He came up and gave me a hug and said "mommy, don't be sad." " It's okay".

It melted my heart. He was showing compassion. To see you child show that emotion was very memorable for me.

My husband, was working on the truck in the front yard. Latter my son comes up to me and says "Where is my hat?" Now, he has not put his had on for a long time. All of the sudden he wanted to wear it. I thought is was sort of odd. I played along with it and found him his old navy baseball cap. He put it on and we went outside to go to the store. When I saw Jason outside he was wearing his baseball cap on his head. Now it made sense. Eli wanted to be like his daddy!

Jason, worked a lot. So when ever Eli asks where daddy is, I always say "He's at work". So now he knows when Jason is a work he says, "I need to go to work." " I will go to work outside."

More for latter!!!!


Friday, May 2, 2008

Filling my cup!





So, most of you have heard the saying fill your cup. This means you need to do things for yourself so that you can do things for others. If you give and give to others and never give to yourself, bad thoughts start to creep in your mind as well as bad feelings! So to fill my cup I used to scrapbook! Love doing it. Still do but with two young ones at home I don't have any time. I will start it up again when they are older. I'll have plenty of years to catch up on. (smile) So I needed to find something else to fill my cup with. So I've started to take a cake decorating class. This is something I have found to be very fun and the results are very tasty! The things I'm learning will come in handy when its time for celebrations or even birthday parties. Here are some of my work.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I am losing my marbles!

I think there is something that changes in your brain when you become a mother! You start to forget things! You put the keys down and then a minute later you are tearing your house apart looking for the keys because you can't remember where you put them.

The worst part about it is when you assume your kids are at fault. The other night I was searching the house looking for my sons water cup for bed. Now in the past he has had it and placed somewhere and then can't find it. So I assumed that is what happened and I kept asking him where did he put his cup. So after me saying, " I'm so frustrated" he is put to bed with a new water cup. Five minutes later as I go to get a drink from the fridge. I see Eli's water cup on the shelf!

That's when the wave of guilt rushes over me! How awful I felt for thinking it was Eli's fault.
Good think kids forgive really fast!

I've gotta share a really cute story! We have started to say little prayers at the dinner table. We fold our hands and Eli repeats what we say to God. Well, he was out side playing with bubbles, talking to him self. Suddenly I see him set the bubbles down and say, Thank you for the bubbles, Thank you for mommy and daddy and Alex. Okay, now I can play with bubbles and picks them up and starts to play with them! It was so adorable to see him apply what he is learning!

I was outside with my two boys and I was paying attention to Alex. I could hear Eli talking to himself. Then I was starting to listen to what he was saying and he was singing the Alphabet song all the way through! I was so excited. Now when I ask him to sing the song for other family members he thinks and then says "NOT YET".

I love my boys!!
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