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School choices

Thoughtfully penned on January 19th, 2011 and generally concerning E, School

We’ve come to that point in our lives where our oldest child will be entering Kindergarten next school year. I don’t really understand how my tiny little bit of girl can be on the verge of school, but so it is.

So, the great school debate has been raging. At least in my mind, Matt might be a little less dramatic about the whole thing.

Public school was never really an option for us. We revisited this decision several months ago and still found it to be true. Now, don’t get me wrong, we are not anti public school in any kind of dogmatic way, it just isn’t the right choice for our family right now.

That being said, let me throw out a bit of the reasoning behind our decision. First, we have a complete and fundamental difference of opinion with the public school system when it comes to worldview. I know there are a lot of great Bible believing teachers in the school system, I know quite a few, but I also know that often their hands are tied by red tape. Second, I don’t like the idea of full day Kindergarten and that is all our school district offers. I could go on, but there is really no need.

I can’t fully articulate my desire to have Little in half day class, but it is one of my personal educational philosophies. And, I kind of like having her around. Think of me what you will.

So, private school? Due to financial considerations (and the full day vs. half day Kindergarten thing), a lot of the private schools in the area were out. The school where Little is currently attending two days a week has a great half day Kindergarten. That was really our only viable option other than homeschooling. On days like today, I still consider it a viable option. But we have to decide quickly, registration started today and their classes usually fill up very fast.

And here’s my biggest draw back to sending her there…I would have to get 4 kids (yep, you read that right, 4) up, ready, and in the car to get Little to school by 8. Then we would have to unload everyone to walk her into school. And then repeat the scene to pick her up at noon (there’s the downside of half day Kindergarten). Again, think of me what you will, but these are very real considerations in my life right now.

And now we come to homeschooling. Let me start off by saying that just because I’m addressing it last in no way indicates that it is our “fall back” option. I’m not so naive as to think it won’t be painfully difficult, especially in the early going. In fact, homeschooling has long been our first choice.

So I think this is where we’ve landed. I’ve been reading the laws that govern “home schools” in our state, researching curriculum, and praying that this is, indeed, the right choice for our family right now. We have been blessed with a large number of homeschooling families in our life, and the feedback, encouragement, and ideas I’m getting are wonderful! We also have a great homeschool support group in our area, and, of course, Matt’s parents who have “been there, done that, and lived to tell about it.”

I believe that there are times in life where we have to choose between the “good” and the “better” or even between the “good” and the “good”. And I believe that, for us, this is one of those times. I also believe that God equips and supplies, and we are relying on His provision as we enter this new chapter. Matt and I truly believe that this is the right choice for our family (our WHOLE family, not only Little) at this point in our lives. Your prayers, feedback, and words of encouragement are coveted.

One year old!

Thoughtfully penned on January 18th, 2011 and generally concerning S

I am one year old now! These days I am…

…standing alone for a few seconds at a time.
…taking a step or two every now and then.
…saying mama, dada, bye bye, hi, and baby.
…eating only table food. Try to feed me with a spoon at your own risk!
…weighing in at 16 pounds, 6 ounces!
…wearing 6-9, 9-12, or 6-12 months size clothes!
…learning new ways to terrorize my siblings.
…making it very clear when there is something I want but don’t have.
…still sporting 6 teeth.
…drinking whole milk from a sippy cup.

Sorry for the lack of picture, I’m posting from the iPad during nap time. I’ll try to get one up later.

The weigh in results…

Thoughtfully penned on January 13th, 2011 and generally concerning Uncategorized

Baby Girl gained 13 ounces this month!

We still have to go back next month for a weight check, but the doc says that Baby Girl’s gain this month tells her it isn’t something that is preventing absorption of nutrients.


Thanks for your prayers and to everyone who has called to check on her. :-)

Oh, and by the way, this is my 500th post!

One year old check up

Thoughtfully penned on January 13th, 2011 and generally concerning S

I have a couple of birthday posts that I plan to write for the Baby Girl (as well as some 2010 wrap up posts, but we’ll see when that happens), but right now I don’t have time to do pictures and such.

So, Baby Girl turned one this week (where did the year go?), and our big one year old check up is today. With the other two kiddos I’ve gone into this appointment with no questions or concerns. And it’s not that I really have concerns about Baby Girl, but I am a bit nervous about seeing the doc today.

You see, we’ve spent the last several months fighting a failure to thrive diagnosis. At about 8 months old she basically just stopped gaining weight. We’ve been going in every month for a weight check, and her “gain” has been 1 ounce (8 to 9 months), 6 ounces (9 to 10 months), 0 ounces (10 to 11 months).

That makes today the big day; the day that she will or will not be “diagnosed”. Labeled. A course of treatment determined.

For the last month we’ve had to keep a food journal listing everything that she eats. Do you know how hard that is for a baby? Sometimes she picks things up off the floor and I don’t even know it.

So today is the day. The big weigh in.

I think she’s gained weight.

I hope she’s gained weight.

I pray she’s gained weight.

We’ll see in a couple of hours.

Reading List 2010

Thoughtfully penned on January 2nd, 2011 and generally concerning Uncategorized

I’m finally (yes, now that it’s almost March) getting around to posting my reading list from last year. It looks like I read 26 books last year. As usual, the books I have read/am reading in 2011 will be posted in the “Bookshelf” in the right sidebar.

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor

An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by e.l. konigsburg

Hannah’s Dream by Diane Hammond

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My Life in France by Julia Child

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

True Colors by Kristin Hannah

Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin

Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

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