Wednesday, September 4, 2013

School Days with the Family!

Blowing the shofar to begin our year.
Yesterday was the first official day,  in the classroom, of our 2013-2014 school year. This year is our fifth year of homeschooling. Homeschool is such a blessing to our family because it gives us flexibility to travel, to go Tuesday to Saturday instead of Monday to Friday. Most of all, my sister and I are able to be taught Christian values and lifestyles in addition to, and sometimes included in, our regular traditional academics. We also get to have much more family time than if we were in public school.

Posing with our new books and, of course, hot cocoa!
The first day of school is always a lot of fun. We traditionally will begin the day by going outside and blowing our shofar. The shofar is a horn used in Israel to anoint and bless things. Also we pray and bless our property, animals, and the school year. Then, with hot drinks in hand, we parade to our classroom. On our desks are most of our new books and our supplies like pencils, erasers, and other equipment for art, etc.. We go through our new books and start the day.

This year I am in seventh grade and eagerly looking forward to this school year. At the same time I am nervous because junior high is a BIG change. More work, longer days, more homework, more responsibility, and more chores. I hope to, this year, grow closer to God, my family, and be a better example for my sister and everyone else who might be watching. I don't want to be as selfish but more willing to give. Pray for me brothers and sisters! Pray that I may be God's hand and feet in everything I do- from school to simply being a witness. Thank you!

"Phew! I'm pooped! How do you girls do it?"

12 comments:

  1. THanks for stopping by and saying hi. I commented on your camp post last month. It's amazing how fast this month is going by! Love the picture of all you guys! I miss visiting with you!

    Hope the first week goes well!

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    1. I miss you too Andi. The first week do go pretty good. Thanks!

      P.S.
      I am working on a fan/ contest story. :)

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  2. Hey there! That's awesome you get to homeschool too. It sounds like you make the first day of school a big party! I'll be praying that this school year goes well with you.
    Just curious, why do you go Tuesday-Saturday, instead of Monday -Friday?
    Have a Blessed day :D

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    1. Thank you for your prayers. They are much appreciated. We some times go Tuesday-Saturday, instead of Monday -Friday because my dad pastors our church so on Saturday we can't really have a good family day because he is preparing for church. Monday is a much better day for family time since we are all refreshed with a new week. Have a great week.

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  3. Congratulations on your first day of school! Sounds like you're off to a good start! I will keep you and the rest of the family in my prayers. :) Please tell everyone hello!
    ~ Kierstyn

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    1. Kirsten, thank you for the note and especially your phone number and e-mail. Thanks for your prayers. We did, overall, have a good first week.

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  4. Hi Bethany!

    Very well-written and interesting blog entry! I enjoy reading about your daily activities since I can't be there on a daily basis to enjoy them with you.

    By the way, I was very surprised to see Riley inside the classroom, lying there like such a good boy! Good thing he normally chews cloth or plastic items and not paper ones! I hope he is learning to stop chewing those as well. Does his textbook cover that topic?

    I was most impressed with your heart's desire expressed as your prayer request. I will write all of that down and will be praying for all of those things. I so admire that you want to be a good example for your younger sister. I was an older sister, too, and sometimes I got tired of having to be more responsible and having to do more work while my younger sister got to play. But that's part of the deal, isn't it? Thankfully, another part of your deal is the blessing of knowing you can be used by God to help lead a little lamb down the right path.

    I really miss you guys! Keep the blogs coming so I can keep up on your lives!

    Love forever,
    Aunt Army Ant

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    1. I miss you a lot and I hope you can come down in November when we have Dream on our property. Yes, Riley is better trained and Mom only lets him in there when he is CLEAN! Thanks for the encouragement Aunt Army Aunt.

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  5. It is a joy to raise up you and your sister to know the Lord and to see Him and His hand in everything. What a privilege your mom and I have to homeschool you. We are very proud of you!

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    1. Thank you dad, for taking all the time to school us at home. You're the bomb!

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  6. I hope you have a wonderful school year!
    Just wondering, how many siblings do you have?
    Jesseca

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    1. Thank you. I have one younger sister. She is eight years old.

      P.S. On my blog I go by my real name, Bethany, not horse crazy gal.

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