Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Sunday Session - Dark Road

We are joining in again...but with just one song...
This is the Sunday Session - Something my sister Thea has started.

This song has brought me to tears many times. There are some things in this world that I cannot stand by and watch. The women featured in this video are normal women like you and me. They just happen to live in a very dangerous time and place. It is a dark road that they have walked.

Their hope and dignity needs to be restored.

There are teams set in place to perform operations and plastic surgery on these women, to help them begin the healing process. Many of the women who come into this project have been left widowed or abandoned. They need assistance with their basic needs.

"The wounds and scars are a constant reminder of their past and they’re also part of the reason for the harsh rejection they receive from their community and family."

Please help us raise money for the Watoto Living Hope project in Uganda.

We have a Facebook page set up called Auctions for Dignity and Hope. Just pop over there and ‘like’ us, then help us spread the word.

The next auction will run from the 25th to 31st of March.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Raising Healthy Happy Resilient Children

I just wanted to highlight a blog post I read today over at Every1Matters. Joni recently spent time with Melinda Tankard Reist, and is sharing her interview. Melinda is not a parenting expert but gives some fantastic thoughts to the process of parenting.

Warning: some strong sexual abuse topics discussed

"What advice can you give parents trying to raise healthy children in a sex-saturated culture?

There are a number of things I advise parents and I’m not saying I’ve got it all right. It’s a constant challenge to raise happy, healthy, resillient children in a culture which undermines our efforts to do that."

Check the rest of the interview out HERE

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Benefits for the Kids - Why We Home Educate Part 4

As I have mentioned in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, we have many reasons for home schooling. Yet when I asked my children what they liked most about doing school at home, their answers where quite simple. I tried to ask them separately so that the didn’t influence each others answers.

So, here are their benefits

Mr 10 said, ‘I like how I can finish at 10am and then have the rest of the day off.’
‘I like my teacher.’ That would be me *grins*
‘I like being around my family.’

Miss 8 said, ‘I like seeing mum.’
‘I don’t have to do the hard things.’ Ahem… it’s not like she finds most of what we do easy.

Miss 7 said, ‘You have to stay at school for a long time, I like staying home.’
‘I can finish school work early and then play.’ And some days she decides its time to play before she's finished!

So they really do loving hanging out with their family and playing together. It would be nice if they never argued and always played nicely…but it is nice to hear them say that they like to play together.

Yes, we will keep home educating, until circumstances change, which may be never.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A great article... Should I tweet

Now and then I come across a great article that I just want to share with the world. This article over on Publishing Perspectives answers some questions ... Should I tweet?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hot Tip for PiBoIdMo

As I mentioned lasted week, this November I’m participated in both NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) and PiBoIdMo (picture book idea month).

You can find my quick tip for those out there entering the journey of NaNoWriMo HERE

This week I thought I’d pass on a tip on a great way to fill your mind with picture book ideas. I confess. It’s not my own tip. I’ve heard it many times. So the super fantastically wonderful tip is….


Yep. The ideas that pop into your head when you are out and about just may be the most fruitful and unique and perhaps the very idea that pops and wows the agent or publisher.

I’m loving this challenge of finding 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. I’m also looking forward to finding some time in December to tease these new ideas out and write some classic best selling picture books.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Something in the Water - Sunday Session - Generosity Water

Sunday session… something my sister Thea has started…

So I thought I'd join in...

This song is my absolute favourite song at the moment.

Speaking about water…..

Water... how good do we have it when we can turn on our tap – always - running water that is safe, clean, drinkable, and ready for us to use whenever we so desire.

Imagine a life without taps. Without that constant supply of water. Imagine having to walk miles everyday, at times with a baby strapped to your front or back and then fill a bucket or pot with dirty water that possibly contains diseases. Imagine carrying that load of water back to your home. This for many women in our world is a daily requirement to stay alive.

Imagine if you could buy a gift here for someone, in our wealthy country, to say, ‘Hey I’ve given someone fresh healthy water this year for Christmas on your behalf.’

And in that one small act of kindness… you can help a whole village have water in their local area. A well, with fresh, clean, healthy water.

You can be the difference. Visit My Generosity Water to find out how.

Or find your another charity organisation to support this Christmas people need living water. 

Do you have a favourite charity organisation?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Benefits.. Why We Home Educate Part 3

I recently posted Why We Home Educate Part 1 and Part 2. These posts covered a lot around what was happening in our lives when we made the decision to change. And since then I have made some discoveries.

Yes, we do love home education our children. It suits our family. Our children are progressing well through their primary school years.

But, if ever it became obvious that traditional school would suit them better – we’d put them back in school.

In saying that…

Here are my personal benefits …

1. Sleep in… pretty much every day
2. I finished a writing course
3. I am nearly finished a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry
4. I write every night
5. I sometimes write in the afternoon… between 2 and 4
6. My children make their own lunch
7. No uniforms to wash
8. No morning rush
9. No panic to get homework done on busy weeks
10. We can go out at night mid-week & all sleep in the next day

That’s 10… and I guess it looks a little selfish… but as I said – if the time comes to put the kids back into traditional school… we would… and I’m sure I could find another list of personal benefits of traditional schooling.

But until then… I’ll continue to enjoy the above listed benefits while home educating.

Why we home educate Part 4

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Why We Home Educate / Home School Part 2

You can find Part 1 HERE
Now for part Part 2…

At the point in time when we made the decision to pull our children out of traditional schooling, it was becoming obvious that they were missing their dad. He was out most nights, he worked every Saturday and often Sunday as well. He would take a day off during the week and do the school run – but before and after school after home work, doesn’t leave much time for play.

Our second child didn’t seem to be coping with prep (the year before grade 1). She would cry hysterically every morning, refusing to get dressed. I sneaked a peek on a couple of occasions to see if she was mixing during the breaks and it broke my heart to see her standing on the edge of the play ground by herself.

Our eldest was one of the best behaved children. I would often see him being a toilet buddy or walking someone to the sick room or to the office. I asked his teacher about him being out of the room so much and she said that he was the most mature and responsible. Hmmm we were paying for private education – not to have our boy ushering other children around the school.

I also found that I was missing watching them learn. I wasn’t allowed to be hands on in the class room because I had a preschooler with me and I didn’t have the right qualifications.

A close friend had started home schooling. She was loving it and the whole family was thriving.

I have many more other reasons why we made the decision to home educate – these are only a few that come to mind.

The big question people often ask us, “What about socialization?”

This was also a huge concern for my hubby. We both wanted to keep our children mixing with others, we booked them into drama, music, little athletics, swimming, football, gymnastics and dance. Plus we hooked up with other home schooling families and started joining in with the organised home school excursions. (Yes, we have a couple of groups of organised excursions to choose from)

Next time you see a home schooler, home educator, un educator or natural learning family, perhaps you’ll see them as not weird but just choosing to do things a little differently to suit their family lifestyle.

Why we home educate Part 3

Why we home educate Part 4

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo Tip

NaNoWriMo... So perhaps I’m procrastinating….

Something that I read last year was to NEVER delete anything while NaNoWriMo is on. Leave the editing until December, January or later.

It’s a great idea but I found when I went back to my 2009 Nano, some parts were confusing.

My 2010 Nano Tip – if you want to delete it … put brackets around it, change the font colour or underscore. That way when you come back to editing, you’ll have a good idea of the parts to delete straight away.

Have you got any great NaNoWriMo Tips?