Sunday, October 31, 2010

NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo Eve

So today is NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo eve. Today I relax… go to church… enjoy lunch in a local club with friends. Today I try not to think of all the things I should be doing that I won’t have time to do from the 1st November through to the 30th November.

Today, I am extremely excited!!! I first participated in NaNo last year. It was a challenge. Spinning out 50000 words over 30 days … but I did it, and I loved it. And I’m happy with the novel I produced.

I have plotted, planned and created characters. I’m as ready as I can be to join the race. I’m a sprinter. I tend to give myself 10 minutes and I write like mad, then attend to the kids, dishes, and everything else.  I love Dr Wicked’s Write or Die online tool for sprinting.

This year will be a little different. I’ve decided to whip up 30 Picture Book ideas as well. There’s a bunch of others out there doing both NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo as well, I’m not alone in my craziness. I’m telling myself, ‘Seriously, it’ll be easy. My life inspires me with 100s of ideas daily… it’s the kids … and the stuff we do. I’ll come up with 30 easy, no problemo’ … and then I laugh at myself.

This is when I tell you that hubby and I are taking off for a week in November. Bahahaha NO!!!!! I can’t go a whole week without writing in NOVEMBER. Thankfully ... My darling hubby has given me his consent to pack the laptop.

NaNoWriMo & PiBoIdMo eve… a moment to pause… selah… breathe… because tomorrow, and every day during November, I’ll be writing like crazy every spare moment I have.

Tell me your experience with these kind of challenges…

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Why We Home Educate / Home School part 1

Part 1…

There seems to be a lot of mystery around the idea of Home Education. People who don’t home school, wonder why, what how etc. People who do home school have a multitude of reasons.

Home education or home schooling was something I thought I’d love to do when I was single and in my early 20’s. My husband had other plans. He had a great schooling experience. My school experience wasn’t very positive. He thought home schooled children were weird. I had met some rather normal home schooled children.

I visited my nutritionist when I was pregnant with #4 and he said that my body wasn’t coping. I had cut back as much as I could. All I was doing was looking after my house, my family and doing the school run-a-round. We thought about moving the children to a closer school or moving house, closer to the school the children were enrolled in, but I knew it was more than the long drive each day that was taking my energy – it was the rush in the morning, afternoons and nights. I felt like most of the time I was a psycho mumma.

While I was pregnant with #4, my husband happened to meet 4 different home schooling families through his work. Three were normal and one family was a little odd – but isn’t that the case in life? He also began to think homeschooling might be an option for us.

Why we home educate Part 2

Why we home educate Part 3

Why we home educate Part 4

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Love, Charleston ~ Book Review

I love being a member of The BookSneeze. They send me free books, I get to read… (I love to read) and all I have to do is pop a book review up on my blog. Pretty cool hey?

Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart is a story following 3 women, a bell ringer, a doctor and a writer who grew up together and one priest. With multiple points of view and a seemingly large amount of characters, the beginning was a little hard to follow for me.

I find the beauty of reading fiction is that you have a chance to take your own personal journey with the themes in the book you read. This book covers psychological issues, health, family, faith, friendship and marital/infidelity themes. Some great thought provoking issues to check in your own life as you read.

What I found enjoyable was the unpredictability and unique story lines. The characters, as in many romance novels, are relatively larger than life. One warning... there is one predictable storyline ... but it was sweet to read about. Overall I found ‘Love, Charleston’ a very enjoyable novel.

The book was sent to me free of charge to review from the Book Sneeze; Thomas Nelson

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Writing with shaving cream...

Our distance ed teacher dropped in for a visit last week. She noticed that 2 of my children found writing difficult. Possibly because they held the pencil too tight. She suggested that they play with shaving cream. So this what we did for handwriting practise.
scary eyes!!! 

not quite up to writing just yet!

And they told me that after this session of play... they found writing with their pencil much easier. We'll be doing this again I think.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I choose to enjoy my children...

Do you ever read a blog post and feel like the person has got inside your mind, extracted and downloaded your thoughts?

That is what I felt when I read this post ... although Jo writes way more eloquently than I ever could!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sometimes you fall apart, and sometimes you laugh

So when everyone is calling for your attention,
including the washing,
and the dishes,
and the cleaning
and you spill some milk...
well a lot of milk
choose not to cry...
wipe it up....
discover that the floor is really dirty...
continue to wash the floor
and the cupboards...
everyone is still calling for your attention...
speak a kind word to buy time
feed yourself ...
because breakfast was forgotten...
then one by one ...
attend to everyone
and everything
that is calling for your attention...
then cheer...
because sometimes you fall apart...
and sometimes you cope...
sometimes days run smoothly
and sometimes you laugh.

A couple of days ago, I didn’t cope, didn’t have a good attitude and didn’t laugh. Thankful that today is different. Even after I opened yet another rejection letter!

How is your day going?

Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12

Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Ephesians 4:26

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Moment to Rise Up, Not Condemn

With the Commonwealth Games on, I find myself challenged. Challenged with the amount of money spent of our sporting heroes, the money spent on the event, the amount of money we spend on everything and the fact that there are still children starving, people being trafficked and women being treated inhumanly.

Yes we do have sensational athletes in our country. Yes I do get excited when we win gold and I hear our national anthem being played.

But still I am challenged. Where does it stop? As we come into summer, I am tempted to get a spray tan (though I know I won’t), I have a friend offering specials on false eyelashes (that would be lovely). We can get spa treatments with one phone call to book an appointment, but I am challenged. Whenever I think – oh, that would be lovely, I remember the women in Uganda who are missing a nose or lips, the children who will go to bed tonight hungry and the crazy amount of people who are being sold into sex slavery.

I see this as a rise up moment, not a moment to condemn. I don’t see pulling money from our athletes as the answer to the problem. I don’t see eradicating spa treatments as an answer either.

We live in a country of abundance. Surely we have enough to do it all. This is a rise up moment. We can have it all, do it all and be the solution. Balance is the key.

Pop over to Auctions for Dignity and Hope now, you can make a huge difference.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Hello overly neglected blog.

Warning… this post does not contain joyful, happy or motivating content.

You see in the past two weeks I have said goodbye to an uncle and a Grandma.

I have been to two funerals and seen a lot of family I rarely see. I didn’t feel like talking much by the second funeral.

I was asked to read some prayers at my uncle’s funeral. That was hard.

I agreed to do a reading at my Grandma’s funeral. That was harder.

When we lose someone who is young, I find that we are sad because of all the life they miss out on.

When we lose someone who has lived a long life, I find that we are sad because of all the memories we have of all the things they have done and who they have been.

Both of my relatives were unwell. My uncle outlived expectations by 40 years. My Grandma survived many illnesses until cancer took life her at 85.

I didn’t write for over a week. I guess I had a case of writer’s block. But I’m back to it now.

Although I’m back into writing, it is a strain, and I don’t think I’ll be back to regular blogging for a few more weeks.

I have children to home educate, the bookwork for our business is needing attention and somehow I must keep my house in a manageable state.

Grief is an interesting time. Different for everyone. Taking most of my energy. But won’t last forever. It is a time to lean on God.

Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible)

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]