Deleting My Blog Here, Moving to Back to Blogger

Well, it looks like WordPress is ramming their support of today’s Supreme Court ruling down our throats. After years here, I’m heading back to Blogger and will be deleting this blog. It makes me feel sick every time I see one of my WordPress Admin pages with the rainbow banner across the top. This is not a great day for America. Our nation is under God’s judgment; we see it in this decision being able to go through.

God is on the throne, and we as a nation have turned from Him in allowing the unborn to be murdered and now the sacred institution of marriage to be desecrated. WordPress is acting unprofessionally and I have no interest in being a part of their domain now. I’ll miss those of you who follow me here and whose blogs I’ve enjoyed reading.

~Ann

Week 3 of Early Rising

There is a real feeling of satisfaction with getting up early in the morning. It’s hard to fathom that I’m in my 3rd week of this since we just returned from vacation, but alas, it’s true! One morning on vacation I was up at 5:30 am, WILLINGLY!!! Combine this with some exercise and a shower, the day really starts off well. If you’ve been feeling defeated in life, give this a try.
It’s free and effective!

Prayer German Homeschool Family Raided by Police, Kids Seized

oneintercessor:

Please take time to call the German embassy, and pray. ~Ann

Originally posted on Ezekiel Countdown:

German Homeschool Family Raided by Police, Children Seized

PURCELLVILLE, Va.,Aug. 30, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, in what has been called a “brutal and vicious act,” a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, forcibly removing all four of the family’s children (ages 7-14). The sole grounds for removal were that the parents, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.

As the family quietly began their homeschool day, they were interrupted by a ring at the door. Dirk Wunderlich described the frightening turn of events.

“I looked through a window and saw many people, police, and special agents, all armed,” he said. “They told me they wanted to come in to speak with me. I tried to ask questions, but…

View original 984 more words

The Real Kodachrome

While this song has continued to ring in my ears even though I don’t listen to secular music, or even the radio much (and then it’s talk radio), it makes me thankful that there is One who can make an aspect of our existence much better than any film. We can have real, lasting change based on convictions…even though sometimes it would seem that having no firm lines is easier. Albeit, in all areas of life, we can’t be dogmatic.

A relationship with the Lord will give a perspective on eternity that surpasses the misery of life here on earth, and the gospel is rightly “the good news”. We can be free from sin, free from the turmoil of this worldly culture….free from the wisdom of men, which I find more laborious to deal with than many things. So while Kodachrome added brilliant colors to photographs, it wasn’t change that could seep in to the people in the pictures. That sort of surface change is all we get from trying to also change our perspective on the world to be one with no absolutes.

Remember along with me-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLsDxvAErTU

Observations

Hard work is a cure for depression.

Consistently getting up early will force a person in to a habit of going to bed early.

A good work ethic is taught gradually, lesson upon lesson, to our children.

Failing to plan is planning to fail, even so, being ready to take God’s plan over our own is critical.

Honoring those we live with is not only right, it brings blessings back to us.

A gentle answer really does turn away wrath as God says.

The more you put in, the more you reap, so put in positive things. ♥

Literature…First Day of School

Our first day of school went really well; I was up nice and early so had plenty of time to shower, stretch and come alive. We didn’t do everything full boar, but it still took most of the day. Once I  managed to pry the bread out of the bread machine, things ticked along nicely.

In preparation for this year’s classes, I’m brushing up on Teaching the Classics by Adam Andrews. I love his approach to literature–the Socratic method. The Center for Lit website has information on live online discussions and this seems like a perfect way to keep a middle/high schooler on a reading schedule of some great classics. I’m already thinking of future years and using this service. How crazy since we’ve just finished day 1, but that is what I love about homeschooling; it is a process of making a whole (ideally leaving few ‘holes’ ha ha)

Something new that I am already really glad we’re using is All About Spelling. Gaps become immediately apparent with this approach. Not that I have any idea if filling those gaps and firming up the foundation will make any difference with spelling scores on achievement tests…wait until next summer for a report on that. I do like the multi-sensory approach AAS employs.

I hope your school year gets off to a great start,

Ann