Delightful Oak

Christ, Marriage, Family, Philosophy, Art

A Homeschool Mom’s Morning Schedule

Yesterday I discovered The Flylady had written a pdf specifically to get homeschool parents organized.

Homeschool Teacher Control Journal (FlyLady)

If you aren’t familiar with her methods, she is extremely gifted in the area of organizing your life and keeping your home well-managed. I’ve dabbled in her and her influence on me has always been a good one. One of her suggestions in the Homeschool Teacher Control Journal is to write out a morning, afternoon, and evening schedule for you and each of your kids. It’s to help you prioritize the important things above the things you’d rather not spend time doing. So yesterday, I worked on those for me and the kids. Here is my morning one, so you’ll get an idea.

Mom’s Morning Schedule
7:00 Wake up
bible, pray, journal
fill 3 water bottles for me for the day
Get dressed
make bed
bible with the kids
skip counting (I like her idea of marching around the house with a drum while we skip count)
15 minute clean-up (me and the kids) (set a timer)
School session one (math, reading, sight words, kindergarten)
break/computer (1 hour)
school session 2 (writing, spelling)
lunch, free time, no computers.

It’s easier to see how far off track you’ve come, when you actually sit down and write out what you want your day to look like.
I’ve learned it’s good to plan, but to hold plans loosely, with an open hand, letting the spirit breathe life into them so they can bloom. When I hold our homeschool plan too tightly, my children and I both suffer. We burn out, and anger and rigidness enslave us. The only balance I can seem to find when I plan is when I pray throughout the day for strength, guidance, insight, and gentleness.

“Ah stubborn children, declares the Lord, who carry out a plan, but not mine,” Isaiah 30:1

I remember that no matter how much I plan, the Lord is in control of my day, not myself. Like waves hitting a boat, I can follow a star to get to the correct shore, but He is the ruler of the stars, wind, and the sea and without Him on my side, I’m doomed.

So Lord, I submit these plans to You. Give us strength and perseverance to have self-discipline, give us compassion for one another when the winds blow hard, give me gentleness and patience as a mom, help my children to have obedient, soft hearts towards Your ways, let their motivation be great love and not fear, let our home be filled with Your peace and Your presence.

Flying With Homeschoolers (FlyLady)

Thoughts On Shame

Recently, I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around the idea of living in the kingdom of God versus living in the world. It’s a big idea.

“In Luke 17:20b-21 Jesus said, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst (or, within you.)” The Kingdom is of Heaven is here with us now.” ~New Life

When we are living in the world, we are never enough.
When we are living in Christ, He has made us perfect.

I thought I had this shame thing down, I am not ashamed, I am not one of those people, I’ve got a handle on this…
Then I thought about my weakness, my area of sin, my daily struggle, my weakness with food.
I live in shame.
But God says we are made new, even if our bodies and sins continue to be weak.
He will forgive if we repent.
His mercies are new every morning.
We can step into His kingdom or we can live in the world’s
Only through Him can we be made perfect.
I kept thinking if I tried harder, did better, quit sinning, that someday I would reach “good enough”.
But I now think that even if I did reach that secret scale number that represented “good enough”, it would ruin me.
I would believe I was better than others, or that I could live on my own. I would be cursed to live in the world where I was in control and could accomplish whatever I planned.
But through His grace, I can’t seem to reach “good enough”, so I am forced to fall into His arms for any drop of “enough”
I am enough because of Him
He has me exactly where I need to be
until I understand deeply the difference between the world’s perfection and His perfection
The difference between living in the world or living in Him

Child’s Forest Bedroom Inspiration

Solveigh has decided on a forest theme for her bedroom, so I’m gathering inspiration on Pinterest before I begin painting her walls. Here are some of my favorites.

Ruth Morehead Forest Friends Collection Ilustraciones Vintage Cards

Chuck Groenink
Severine Aubry
add glow in the dark paint for nighttime fun
BORDALO II: Garbage, the new street art aesthetic

for more of my favorites, visit my pinterest site: forest bedroom ideas



My neighbor (who I’ve only just met) came home the other day and I was outside and asked him “How are you?”
He looked at me seriously and said “It’s been a bad day, I’ve been diagnosed pre-diabetic.”
I could tell he was upset, so I answered empathetically, then he mentioned how his wife and mother were worried and how he was taking steps to overcome it.

All I could think about was how I’ve been pre-diabetic ever since I had gestational diabetes.
Then I thought about how many Americans are undiagnosed diabetic, they are simply in denial.

Diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States
Total:29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes.
Diagnosed:21.0 million people.
Undiagnosed:8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).
all ages, 2012 ~Centers for disease control and prevention

He made me step back and re-evaluate how I’m treating this “condition” in my life. I’ve never considered myself “pre-diabetic”, instead I shrug it off as non-important, insisting that can’t be me, denying.

Diabetes has been a definite cause of death in my genealogy.
If it were anything else, I would be taking it more seriously.

Perhaps because diabetes is such a slow killer, is it harder to take serious?

Our entire church is being sensitive to people with peanut allergies, people with gluten allergies; because the consequences are so dramatic and immediate. But I’ve rarely heard a person refuse a treat with the line, “I can’t, I’m pre-diabetic.”

I’m Jenny, and I’m pre-diabetic. My children are pre-diabetic. My ancestors were diabetic. We live differently than others because of this.
We are serious about taking steps to make sure we are not doing anything that will damage our bodies.

grace: We are valuable Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.1 Corinthians 6:19-20

salt: We all have generational sin to deal with, we are sinners “The Lord…visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6-7, Deuteronomy 5:8-10”

grace: He is merciful and forgives our sins “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. Exodus 34:6-7”

Birthday Interview With A 5 Yr Old

My youngest turned 5 today

Nickname: Caci, Cacia, Caci-coo
How old are you? 5
What is your favorite color? magenta
What is your favorite animal? kitten
What is your favorite book? Barbie books
What is your favorite tv show? Sharkboy and Lavagirl (this is a movie)
What is your favorite movie? Frozen
What is your favorite song? Let It Go
What is your favorite food? cantaloupe
What is your favorite drink? milk
What is your favorite breakfast food? cereal
(has lost interest in interview, will have to come back to later)
What is your favorite snack? goldfish
What is your favorite outfit? princess dress
What is your favorite game? Frozen matching game (Memory)
What is your favorite toy? my Elsa doll that sings
Who is your best friend? Autumn (little girl next door)
What is your favorite thing to do? play with kittens
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with Olly (our dog)
What is your favorite holiday? my birthday
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? my stuffed animals
Where is your favorite place to go? Bonkers (this is a kids’ climbing place with an arcade)
What is your favorite restaurant? Chik-Fil-A
Where do you want to go on vacation? Disneyland
What do you want to be when you grow up? a princess

The Little Things

I’ve been listening to Jim Gaffigan’s audiobook “Fat Dad”. He is funny, and talks about parenting and life with such a humorous outlook. It’s making me remember how the little things are important. And someday I’m going to look back at this stage of my life and wonder how I survived it.
So here’s to the little things….

Yesterday, I had a day off from the kids; faced with the decision to tear off wall paper or go shopping, I went shopping and blew and entire $100 on make-up. It was fun, and extra fun because my husband didn’t mind. Thanks, Eula!

We all have colds. This is probably the 3rd time in the last few months I’ve gotten sick and winter hasn’t even gotten here yet.

We might get a new kitten today, Siamese. We’re all waiting anxiously for the email to come back from craigslist telling us we can pick it up.

Luke is taking me to a Josh Garrels concert tomorrow night. He is more Luke’s pick than mine, I’m only a little familiar with him, but I love all things music, so I’m sure I’ll be in love with his stuff after the concert. I love that we go to concerts.

Fruit flies have invaded my kitchen and won’t go away. I’ve resorted to walking around with windex and drowning them whenever I see one.

This is the first year I get to drop all three of my children off at Wednesday night kids’ church. I’m a little lost about what to do with myself and can’t believe I get free time every week. Maybe I’ll actually get to that wallpaper.

Solveigh spilled an entire bowl of cereal all over the floor this morning. I contemplated letting the dog in to clean it up, but he is so well-trained not to come in, I didn’t want the consequences, so I cleaned it up without him.

I’m making new friends, really good ones. We are still in the awkward phase with all the small talk, but it is exciting. I told my mom it took me 5 yrs to become “friends” with someone and not just an acquaintance and it made her laugh. I blame my roots where I grew up with the same 8 girls from Kindergarten through highschool.

I’ve put the kids on an ipad/computer fast for a month, they are mad at me but getting used to these weird things I do to them. Thinking about getting rid of all the cereal and feeding them oatmeal, but haven’t gone that extreme yet. Baby steps.

Sophia has began playing the violin and we’re so excited for her. Her orchestra teacher is kind and patient which makes this mama happy.

Homeschool Lunches

I’m rethinking school lunches, in the past I’ve always made kid food for my girls: chicken nuggets, mac&chz, spaghetti with marinara, hot dogs, quesadillas, sandwiches, rolled up deli meat….then I’ve made a separate lunch for myself, something healthier. Often, I’d be too busy or stressed and I’d finish off what they hadn’t eaten and feel guilty about it. But this year I’m going to make a change. Lunches need to be three things, easy, cheap, and healthy. The kids are very wishy washy about not liking things, even if I’ve made things I specifically know they like, sometimes they won’t eat it anyway. So I’m going to stick to a simple soup, sandwich, or salad plan and if they don’t like it, I guess they’ll eat something else later.

I like the idea of soups because I can make it in my spare time and it will stay warm in the crockpot for when we get hungry. Also, soups are incredibly cheap. Beans are one of the cheapest and healthiest forms of food, and unlike eggs, they haven’t risen in price yet. I could give them toast along with it and skip the toast for myself. I could have a huge soup making day where I make several different kinds, then freeze them in gallon bags to pull out when we need them.
Hearty Two Bean and Lentil Soup (Darcie’s Dishes)
Jalapeno Chicken and Bacon Chowder (Darcie’s Dishes)
Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup (Darcie’s Dishes)
Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Our Favorite Soup (Briana Thomas)

With sandwiches, I will need to be careful with bread types so I don’t get too many carbs. I really like Joseph’s Lavish, but their are also several bread in a mug recipes that are low carb. Again, will have to make ahead in large batches, because lunch times are crazy times and I don’t want to put too much thought into it.
egg salad
deli meat
peanut butter and jelly

My kids really like making their own salads. I just have several things for them to pile on it and they choose what they like. Boiled eggs, olives, onions, bacon bits, cottage cheese, nuts..

and to finish this blog post, here is my journal entry from yesterday.
I am grateful for…
1. It’s nice having the girls do chores around the house.
2. My Sophia has been singing more, especially when alone in her room, this makes me think she might be happy.
3. My husband skipped his video games last night to sit with me. I love that he cares.

What would make today great?
1. I would love to go for a walk.
2. Eating supper together at the table.
3. Getting our homeschool done.

Daily affirmation. I am…a good reader.

Three amazing things that happened today..
1. we went on a family walk
2. supper together was fun, told round robin stories, lots of laughing
3. we’ve found a way to keep the dog off the trampoline

How could I have made today better?
I wish I had woken early to go for a walk and exercise.

5-Minute Journal Official Website

5 Minute Journal

I heard about the 5-minute journal from The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy podcast and decided to try it here today.

I am grateful for…
1. cooler weather, it is so nice to go outside and read or watch the kids play
2. Olly, our dog. I love how everyone runs to him as soon as we get home to give him loves
3. having a handy husband, some friends recently pointed out to me that this is not the normal for many wives. I am blessed

What would make today great?
1. to get Solveigh a cheap scooter at the children’s sale
2. to get supper made tonight
3. to go for a walk with Olly

Daily affirmation. I am…a good mom!

Three amazing things that happened today..
1. I made supper
2. The girls did a great popstar show in Sophia’s bedroom with costumes and pretend headband microphones
3. I got to do art.

How could I have made today better?
I wish we had eaten supper together at the table.

Freshwater Worship This is nice, have been exploring their website. Well-done worship, peaceful, I can lose my worries here.

5-Minute Journal


(girls reading on the trampoline with blankets and umbrellas)
(girls reading on the trampoline with blankets and umbrellas)

I’m feeling a strong need to do some serious pruning and weeding in our home. I did a pretty thorough job before the move, but it seems that was only to get me prepared for the real weeding of stuff I’m holding on to.
Also, need to get brave and get rid of the junk food in our kitchen. Why is that so hard? I’m always appreciative when 5:00 hits and I want a junk food fix and there is nothing. I would have to run to the store to get potato chips and brownies. Most of willpower seems to be planning ahead for my weak moments.

We began homeschooling yesterday, I was dreading it, knowing I wasn’t ready, there is still too much to unpack and do around here; but homeschooling was nice. We were all ready for a routine to be in place again, you could feel the relief despite the grumbles. Secretly, it felt better to know what they were supposed to be doing and doing it. I didn’t fix supper though, and they mentioned it, routine isn’t routine without that family meal….will be making supper tonight.

If you say you’ll stop and you don’t, you aren’t in control any more

“If you say you’ll stop and you don’t, you aren’t in control any more.” ~Justin

There was a scene in Elementary where Sherlock Holmes was getting his anniversary coin for being sober from heroin for a year. He didn’t want to accept it because he had a secret. While he was in rehab, on that first day off the drugs, he was sick, so he found a way to escape the center, get another hit, then he came back and got clean. Lucy (Joan Watson) said “it’s only a detail, Sherlock, it doesn’t matter, you’ve still been clean for an entire year. He looked at her and said, “I’m a detail person, it matters to me”.

It’s so easy to take our sin and pretend it doesn’t matter. It’s so easy to think we have things in control when we don’t. Christians can learn a lot from drug addicts when it comes to the seriousness of defeating sin. We need church rehab centers.

What sin is controlling you today? What steps are you taking to be free?

give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us from our trespasseses
lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
for Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever

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