There’s a lil beeper that goes off every day in our HomeSchool space. I think it’s a stop watch of some kind and can not find it! But every day during our class time, it never fails… *beep beep beep*. We ignore it. Sometimes Derek is working hard at his desk, stretched out on a blanket reading, going over work or we’re talking & sometimes laughing. The point is… we’re together.
Every time I hear that beep, I’m reminded that one day…later in his life, he will be responding to all sorts of “beeps” as in alarms. It saddens me to know he’ll soon be grown & gone off on his own all too soon…just like his older sister Candace.
But one thing… once he’s grown & gone… every time he hears a “beep”… I pray he thinks of me/us.. and smiles. Times we struggled with math, laughed over a story, colored pages, wrote letters to his pen pals, prayed together or read the bible.
I pray he remembers & chuckles at all the funny times we’ve shared while homeschooling.
Some Derek Quotes I love:
“Good Morning Crusty Crew.”
“Mom, you should just accept my sweetness.”
“I’m a Momma’s Boy & I’ll always be a Momma’s Boy!”
That last quote is what every mother wants & loves to hear. I knows it’s only for a Season… so..
Happy Birthday Derek! Mother loves you so much! I’m so grateful you know that Jesus loves you more! 🙂
Thanks in advance to all who read this and/or leave a comment.
As we gear up to start a new home school year, I’m always reminded of our first year. Kindergarten is such a beautiful time in a child’s life whether they’re in public school, private school or home school. The memories I have of my daughter being in Kindergarten are priceless. So naturally, I was looking forward to our son starting Kindergarten, too. However, I did start “homeschooling him just for fun” when he was 3 years old. So when he started school, he already knew how to write his name and 1,2,3’s/ABC’s. After about two months, the Lord truly moved on my husband’s heart about homeschooling. The truth is, once it was time for him to start Kindergarten, I was not ready to let him go.
Once we did start “officially” homeschooling, I wasn’t prepared me for the struggles of homeschooling only one child. Everyone I knew who homeschooled at the time were teaching two or more, including my sister. So there we were, just him & I trying to find out what was gonna work for both of us. At first, I didn’t have a Curriculum, just work books for every subject purchased at Wal-Mart. Every weekend, I planned our upcoming week and it was tiring, draining, and exhausting. Trying to make it fun everyday can be difficult, but is rewarding.
We have found the Classroom setting works best for us. We both really enjoy our School Room. He’s always loved pinning up things on our bulletin boards, putting books back on the shelf, doing our pledges and writing the date on the dryer easer board.
So now, here we are getting ready to start the 5th grade! We just have a couple of more things to get/do this week, like taking him to the Trophy Shop for his 5th Grade T-Shirt. He has the colors and scripture already picked out. 🙂
Our School Room renovation may not be complete before we start our 5th grade year, but we’ll still make his 1st Day of HomeSchool – the Best! 🙂
I maybe a little teary-eyed now about him growing up so fast… but once things get rolling, there will be nothing but smiles! In Jesus’ name! Amen!
God bless all us Mommas!
As you all know, I’ve been thinking about Derek turning 10 since April 1st. Yes, a part of me really sad my youngest baby is getting older… but, another part of me is very happy and filled with joy. The Lord has blessed me so much with a ton of memories and many more to come. So here are just a few milestones I’ve been thinking about for him:
Dear Derek, You came into this world the most beautiful baby boy I had ever seen. With each passing year, you have made my heart swell with such love. 🙂 Bear with me, as your Mother takes a look back:
At 1 year old, your were learning new words. Your most used words were “ball”, “car”, “momma” & “Dadoo”. You also loved to walk & run all over the place.
2 years came quickly! You were so smart! You knew your name, ABC’s & 1,2,3’s. You talked a lot and loved to explain things.
When you were 3 years old, you were 100% potty trained! Yes! Mommy finally figured it out! 🙂
4 years old, you could write your name! You loved writing it in the sand outside.
Turning 5 was super special because you gave your heart to Jesus in July during VBS. I will never forget you asking me if you could go up to the altar after a salvation call. I started crying before you left your seat. For Christmas that year, you went around singing, “All I want for Christmas are my 2 front teeth.” Oh, how I loved your toothless smile! 🙂
You were a big boy at 6 years! Your drumming skills were getting so good that daddy thought it was time you had your 1st real drumset!
You loved music all your life, so at 7 years old, we took you to your first Third Day concert. Dad wanted it to be special and made sure you were able to meet your favorite drummer David Carr.
While you were 8 years old, you learned to write in cursive. You were so excited because you worked so hard.
Being a 9 year old was a special time for you. Dad took us on our first real vacation. You rode on a plane then we got on a cruise ship. You loved the ocean and appreciated the deep blue color of the water.
So here’s to your “10 years on this Earth, baby!” I’m ready for the next set of 10,20,30 years of milestones!
I love you very much! But please always remember Jesus loves you more! 🙂
My Sweet Boy 1 year ago today on Grand Turk Island.
It’s New Year’s Resolution time again! However as my birthday approaches, I want to stay focused on many things I want to change about myself instead of just that one thing. I know it won’t be easy by any means, but I really feel in my spirit these are things I can only accomplish if I keep my eyes on The Lord by giving Him all my time ~ not just some of it & not so preoccupied by my daily routine. So here’s my List:
10:Keep this blog. (yall know I’m a “deleter” – LOL)
9: Keep negative thoughts to myself. (this one will probably be the hardest. LOL)
8: Totally give up Diet Soda
7: Finish Drawing For Dummies
6: Live life like there is no FaceBook! ::edit:: Ok, *TRY ::/edit::
5: Be a better HouseWife/Mother
4: Be more positive!
3. Completely lose 20 lbs or more, and KEEP it OFF
2. Spend more time with my family
1. Spend more time with The Lord Jesus in His word & His presence.
Just 10 things … I am thankful for my whole family & grateful for another year with them. I am also grateful for wonderful friends who really know how to make my days!
2009 has been a great year! I pray 2010 will be an awesome year for us all! 🙂
Lord bless y’all!
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Starting a new blog is so hard. It’s so lonely with no comments, links, blog roll or cool widgets. It’s also bland, nothing fancy and kind of hum drum. So why am I so drawn to them? I guess it’s because I’m forever changing things. I deleted my personal blogspot months ago. One reason was because I found it really boring. Every public blog I’ve had, the comments were always turned off. I’ve tried many types of blogs. I was just never satisfied with my Blog experiences. The first blog I had was on Live Journal 2002. I wasn’t happy with that one, so in 2003 I went onto Greatest Journal when no one was there. Well, some people were there. It just wasn’t as popular as LJ. Eventually, it became ovewhelming, so I deleted that one as well. Some friends have followed me on to FB & Twitter, so that’s pretty cool.
So here I am Word Press! You’ve seemed to have gone through some changes since my last visit! I hope this will be the beginning of a wonderful relationship!