Happy Friday! I told someone yesterday that I was already living in Friday mode – that I wouldn’t get anything else accomplished this week because of it. Which is not strictly true because I can hear the washing machine running right now! But I did sleep in this morning and as I was getting dressed and venting to my husband about how sleeping in ruins my entire day, I realized I was trying to fasten a second bra over the one I had already put on!
Even though I was living for Friday on Thrusday, I managed to put together a couple cute card kits, hoping to clear out the last of my Ippity stamps by adding some great paper and card blanks to the mix for the cost of the stamp set. I’ll have some kits posted in my Etsy store later today, so if you’ve been putting off buying some of these sets, you know you have a good excuse now! And since I’m in Canada, cost for shipping in North America is one flat rate!
This is one of the card kit cards – each kit includes a sample card (or two) to inspire the buyer. The paper is from Neighbourhood by Crate Paper. I’m linking up with Friends with Flair so if you leave a comment, you could win free stamps! Visit the Unity blog to visit the rest of the Friends with Flair entries.
In my last post about avoiding venting, I got several comments encouraging me to keep talking! So you are okay with me not being strictly professional? You don’t know what you’re in for!
ElisabethB tells me she wants to hear more about my homeschooling adventures – well, this week was a good one. Homeschooling is interesting because while it has really grown as an option over the last few years, the reasons for doing it are as varied as the people who homeschool. And we can be an interesting bunch! I started considering homeschooling out of a desire to protect my children from negative influences and teachings that run contrary to our values until they are at an age to be able to evaluate what they see and hear, and today I teach less out of a fear of the “evil unknown” than an overwhelming excitement that in homeschooling, I can give my children a great education built upon a love of learning!
I try very hard not to overachieve when planning our homeschool day. I love books and learning (I was home educated myself) and it is very tempting to try to pack in a year’s worth of education into a day, or to plan a ton of extra-curricular activities, or to put together a Language Arts curriculum that includes creative writing, Latin, poetry and grammar on a daily basis. Last week I realized that if my third grader cries every time I ask her to write a paragraph-long book report, perhaps she would become more comfortable with writing by copying the blurb off the back of the book jacket, and I don’t have to push her to come up with original sentences – yet. Now we both feel more relaxed about writing, and the hour she spent writing “clews” for a treasure hunt can be counted as Language Arts, though they were done outside of school hours – another thing I love about homeschooling!
Like I’ve said many times – choosing to teach my children at home is a sacrifice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “If my kids were at school right now, I could be working out/crafting more/taking an art class.” It is because my husband and I believe it is best for our family that I do this, and it is something we evaluate on a regular basis. I wouldn’t quit just because some days are really hard and I feel like I’m failing, or because it would make my life easier. Seeing the way my kids are thriving makes it worth it.