Angie

I am a child of the KING! I am also a full-time mom, the home school teacher of 2 wild but precious boys for going on 7years now and I have been married for 20 yrs to the love of my life!! I am B.A.M. (born and made in the image of God) and I love my Creator, Lord, Savior, and Friend with all my heart!!

Sep 132012
 

It seems as if everyone has that ONE THING that they desire, hope for, seek out, and pray for over and over. There are so many things that in different seasons of our life we want so badly. Such as: to get married, to have a child, then another, a good job, more money, time off, a new home, a new car, money to go to college, a dream vacation, a dream wedding, to be great at something, and so on, and so on, and so on. If you look back at your life I imagine you can think of all the times you actually thought ” if I can just have this ONE THING”, then I will be so happy. I won’t need anything else if I have that ONE THING. Then when we do happen to get it, something else takes the place as the ONE THING we desire, hope for, seek out and pray for over and over.

You know what? GOD wants to be our ONE THING. HE wants to be the ONE THING we desire, hope for, and seek out with everything in us!!

“ONE THING” have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. Psalm 27:4

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but ONE THING is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41-42)

We (GOD’s Creation) were created NOT for an individual purpose for ourselves. We (humans) were created for a relationship with GOD. HE wants to commune with us, HE wants us to come into HIS presence, and HE wants people to want to abide with HIM. Of course HE goes on to create an individual plan for each of us, and makes sure it gets carried out when we are in relationship with HIM through JESUS. Though the reason we (people) are here is for HIM, not for ourselves.

I pray that I will more and more choose as Mary did. I  pray that you will also choose HIM more and more. As JESUS said, when we choose HIM, we choose what can’t be taken away!

Let GOD be your ONE THING and all the other things will fall into the proper perspective according to HIS amazing plan for you.

Aug 282012
 

(Praying Mantis Egg Case)

“Nature study has a purpose that is deeper than some of us may realize. I encourage you to take advantage of nature study and use it as a tool to teach children to behold the face of their Creator. “~~HUFI

What do the children do? The children are to be “let alone, left to themselves a great deal to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heavens.” Give them time and space to wonder, grow, watch, see, hear, and touch. During the nature walk, they may sketch and record their observations. In addition they may want to collect small natural treasures in a bag to take home for further study. If they would like it, the children may take along magnifying glasses, binoculars, nets, and containers for viewing up close and catching small creatures. But don’t encumber them with too many things. Let them be free to explore with open hands most of the time. ~~Inspired by CM

I have to confess I really messed up, I let go of a true treasure. This treasure is called Creation Study a.k.a. Nature Study. We used to have the wonderful habit of including Creation Study in our home school every week, and unfortunately I let this treasure go. I was recently reminded of how wonderful it really is, it is a treasure and a true JOY!! Creation Study has such value, but at it’s core, it is a JOY because it brings GOD’s creation to our attention. If you give it your attention, you can’t help but be amazed by our amazing Creator! I have decided to do what I have to do, to make this a habit in our life again. I think the best way to do this is to start all over. Yes, I am going back to the basics!

“As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child. Every day’s walk gives him something to enter: three squirrels in a larch tree, a jay flying across such a field, a caterpillar climbing up a nettle, a snail eating a cabbage leaf, a spider dropping suddenly to the ground, where he found ground ivy, how it was growing and what plants were growing with it, how bindweed or ivy manages to climb” (Charlotte Mason, Vol. 1, p. 54).

We will be using The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, along with the wonderfully planned Creation study topics and challenges by Barb at the Handbook of Nature Study blog. Barb calls her weekly challenges the Outdoor Hour Nature Close to Home. I am going to begin “again” with Barb’s very first Challenge Outdoor Hour Challenge #1 Let’s Get Started. Here is a link to her first 10 challenges, which I will be completing with my boys. We need to go back build a foundation of Creation study before we move onto anything new.

Miss Mason recommended two activities during a nature walk 1. Sight-seeing or exploring expeditions In this activity, you send the children off to a specified area with a task: “Go explore over there and come back when you can tell me all about it.” When the children return, let them share verbal descriptions of everything they experienced. 2. Picture-painting or mental photographs Picture painting is more stationary. You choose a scene to study and then sit and look at it for several minutes, taking in as much detail as possible. Then ask the children to close their eyes and recreate the scene with words. If they are not sure of something, they can open their eyes and look. This activity will develop both observation skills and narration (telling back) skills.

I also want to really emphasize sketching and painting in our creation journals. It is said that the exercise of sketching and painting will really cement the image onto your mind. Sketching and painting has the same effect as when someone narrates (tells back) what they read. (All about Narration HERE)

One of the reasons a child should draw what he sees in the natural world is because we want to develop the habit of attention within him. The habit of attention simply means the child has learned to observe his surroundings very carefully whether it be the intricacy of a leaf, the patterns in a flower, the habits of a scurrying ant or the changing cloudy canvas in the sky. When a person develops these skills of observation while young, they begin to see the world in a heavenly light. ~~HUFI

Great links for Nature Journal and Outside time:

I’m submitting this entry to the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival.

Do you make a habit of nature study?

~By Angie, The One Thing

Aug 062012
 

A Day in the Life of a Charlotte Mason Inspired Home School.

(Family time – an important part of our lives together)

I have been using or should I say inspired by the Charlotte Mason (CM) method since I started home schooling. But lately I haven’t been following it as much as I had planned. My goal this coming school year is to fully get back to the CM method. I found it when I first starting researching home school and I knew it was the right way to go for our family. Over the last two years, I unfortunately got lazy and started leaving out the beautiful extras that the CM method has. Or I started falling into a more traditional method for the core subjects. So my plan for this year is to go back and follow the CM method just as much as I possibly can.

So as I came up with the plan for this upcoming school year, I kept this goal in mind! Right now I have to say that this post is more of a “hope to be” a day in the life of a Charlotte Mason inspired home school. This is the goal but it has never in all my years of home schooling been daily reality! This is a new year and a new season of life and I am hoping (in the LORD) for this to be reality for most of our days! I know one thing I have to do to make this a reality, I must work on Habit Training for my kids and especially for myself. I always say I am a work in progress and I acknowledge the LORD has a lot more work to do in me and through me. So I know for this to become reality (at least most days), even with habit training, and hard work in all areas of our life, it will still only be by HIS grace!!

*Here is the daily SCHEDULE I created to help me have days like I describe below.*

See my All about Charlotte Mason post HERE*

(Creation *Nature* Study  and Nature Journals are a BIG part of the Charlotte Mason Method)

  • Wake-Up (Me: 6am (Bible, Computer Time , and hopefully  a little exercise). The boys: 7:30am)
  • God & Me Time (This is where the boys have their own time with GOD)
  • Breakfast *8:00am (Read from one-two of our table books * Poetry, Church History, AIG resources, VOM magazine, etc* )
  • Morning Duties (morning chores, taking vitamin, get dressed, etc…)
  • Practice Piano

  • Bible* 9/9:30am (This is our time to get in the word together), keeping with the idea of short lessons, and using narration as a key component to the lessons as CM suggested.
  • Exercise or once a week a Creation walk

(Walk outside, observing and enjoying GOD’s amazing Creation)

(Hands-On-Art) 

  • The Extra’s*1:45 Outside Time, Artist/Picture Study, Music/Composer Study, Hymn Study, Folksongs, Hands-On-Art, Handicraft/Life Skills, Piano Lesson, P.E. games, Park-day, Creation Study & Creation Walk, Driving Range, Golf game, board/card games, blogging, e-mailing friends/family, Educational websites, t.v., dvd’s, games, etc.
  • Free Play*3:30pm
  • Dinner *6/6:30pm (Read from one-two of our table books * Poetry, Church History, AIG resources, VOM magazine, etc* )
  • Evening Time: Outside play, a walk, game night, movie time, literature read-a-loud, and free time

(Golf with daddy)

What is your inspired method of homeschooling or parenting?

 ~ written by Angie @ The One Thing

Today is for Reflection

 Posted by on July 26, 2012  No Responses »
Jul 262012
 

What is REFLECTION? According to Webster, reflection is consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose and a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation.

I think everyone should spend sometime reflecting on the good, the beautiful, the bad and even the ugly in their lives. We should first spend time on GOD, HIS ways and HIS word. We should spend time reflecting on our kids, our parenting, our good habits and our bad habits, our spouses, our relationships, our ministries, our past, our present, our future, our plans, our convictions, our environment (people, things, and circumstances around us), our hobbies, our home, our choices, our perspective, and our free time!

When we reflect; we remember, we think, we ponder, and we wonder. In the wondering, thinking, pondering, and remembering; we can find peace, joy, laughter, a memory, an answer, and maybe even correction. No matter what else the reflection might bring, there is a very good chance that it may bring emotional and spiritual growth!

So as you live out your day-to-day life that GOD was so good to allow you to have, I encourage you to take some time for REFLECTION! Let GOD use these moments to continue HIS amazing work in you!

I have spent time in my life reflecting on many things, and a few of them I decided to blog about, so I am going to link you right HERE to my personal blog, in hopes that something I was reflecting on, might be used of GOD to BLESS you in your day-to-day life with HIM!!! I will list some of my TODAY is for REFLECTION post below, but to see all of them just click on the word “HERE” above!

TODAY is for REFLECTION: When is Enough, Enough?

Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” ~~Matthew 19:27 When is enough, enough? We are tossing around the idea of getting a new camper. We really have out grown the one we have. We have looked at about four different camper places … Read more

TODAY is for REFLECTION: When…

When words fail to come, comfort, strengthen, heal, encourage, worship and love When hands fail to touch, serve, hold, work, worship and love When  arms fail to hold, comfort, serve, work, worship and love When feet fail to walk, run, move, stand, serve, work, worship and love When all else fails Jesus NEVER fails! So daily make the choice … Read more

TODAY is for REFLECTION: Comparing

Comparing… yourself and what you do to others can really bring on discouragement. It can be so depressing when you read a blog post, an e-mail, articles and books from people who do the same thing you do or are the same thing you are such as; parenting, home schooling, teacher, dad, main breadwinner of the … Read more

TODAY is for REFLECTION: Renew

RENEW in the NEW I believe the Lord put the above statement in my spirit last night when I was thinking about the new year. What does RENEW actually mean? Renew- To make new again; to restore to freshness, perfection, or vigor; to give new life to; to rejuvenate; to re/establish; to recreate; to rebuild. ..To … Read more

TODAY is for REFLECTION: Why?

Why do I immediately think of the worst thing when my kids get sick? Why do I pray for God to heal my kids, hubby or myself and while I pray the thought pops up “what if He doesn’t”? Why do I get anxious for no apparent reason? Why do I worry when I know I … Read more

WHY? A Psalm 51 Prayer

 Posted by on July 9, 2012  1 Response »
Jul 092012
 

Why do I do what I don’t want to do?

Why do I say what I don’t want to say?

Why don’t I do more of what I should do?

Why do I say NO more than I say YES?

Why don’t I look them in the eye and give them my full attention?

Why is making plans more important than carrying them out?

Why is this happening?

Why do moments like this and days like that come so often?

Why does the cyber world have such a hold on me?

Why do I sit when I need to get up and move?

Why do I struggle with following through?

Why am I unsure?

Why do I feel like I have failed?

Why have I stopped doing things I meant to do?

Why do I struggle?

Why am I busy with so much of what is not the most important?

Why do I waste time?

Why am I selfish when I should be selfless?

Why don’t I really get it?

Why do I question?

Why am I disappointed?

Why do I expect so much more than I see?

Why do I wonder?

Why am I not who and what I want to be?

Why, Oh LORD do You put up with me?

Lord I pray Psalm 51 to YOU with sincere heart. I pray it over my entire life; my relationship with You, the one with my husband, the one with my boys, as a wife, a parent, a homeschool teacher, a daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, fellow homeschooler, fellow church member and even as a stranger.

Oh, Lord, may all my WHYs be answered according to your grace, power, and plan. I need You Lord, Your word, Your guidance, Your power. I need all that You offer! I thank YOU for a new heart, a right spirit, a new moment, day and season in this life You have given me! I thank YOU that when I am so very weak You are amazingly strong!

Oh, Lord, love abundantly through me, work powerfully in me so that I do, say and act according to Your plan, not mine!

Psalm 51…Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned…Behold, you delight in truth in  the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart...Let me hear joy and gladness;  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a  clean heart, O God, and  renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not  your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit…..

~By Angie, The One Thing