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July 14, 2014
by mrscrumley
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Praying through camp

By my calculations, in about 30 minutes (because of the time zone thing), Fuller will be waking up in a tent, possibly hearing Reveille over some speaker system.

Webelo Fuller
Fuller ready for camp!

Leading up to yesterday I was so excited for Fuller to get to go to his first overnight away camp. I spent a bit too much time fretting over how he would pack (and now I’m fretting over him packing himself to come home). But after our Cub Master answered all my questions, it all worked out. And when we said good-bye to him yesterday afternoon, I knew he was going to have a great time.

Saturday night I spent time writing him some special notes for him to discover when he unpacked and to open each day. I wanted him to know I’m praying for him everyday and how proud I am of him going on his adventure.

Today I’m praying for all anxiousness to leave him and to take on all challenges knowing his strength comes from God. Specifically I am praying Philippines 4:13 all day, not just for Fuller but for me as well. Fuller’s worry and anxiousness isn’t unique to him, but I passed on a large bit of it to him just by being his mother. However I have 37 years of coping mechanisms in my back pocket, and he just has 9. So, today I pray he overcomes fears, lets worry pass him by, and just enjoys the new experiences he gets to have.

Will you pray for him too?

July 8, 2014
by mrscrumley

Digging and planning for the new year

School Room Before

There isn’t a lot to say about the picture above except, “What a mess.” And really, the picture doesn’t do it justice because you can’t see the pile right by the door, the pile of pencil shavings I found under another pile of clutter, and the slew of costumes we had hanging in the closet.

This is the school room on summer vacation.

But next week, we start school for one of our students and I know I won’t be as productive with my new student if I/we continued to let the mess fester. So yesterday I cleaned the closet, 2/3s of the floor (yes, I vacuumed the pencil shavings), and dug out two bags of trash. The costumes from the closet are currently in bags in the living room, since we need to sort them and cull out the ones that are too small or not used.

Today my time in the schoolroom will be limited (it’s Tuesday, so it’s library day!) but I’m happy with the progress. Getting ready to start school next week… well, I’m not as gung ho about it as I thought I would be.

Tebow’s going into Kindergarten!

This is a big deal. So proud of Tebow jumping in over and over!
My kindergartner conquering fears.

I keep reminding myself the mantra from Fuller’s Kindergarten year, “It’s only Kindergarten.” But my mantra isn’t working because the stream of anxiousness keeps saying over and over: Tebow is the second child and Tebow is the one who can’t read (Fuller could read before Kindergarten, but don’t compare Tebow to Fuller!) and our school year isn’t going the way Fuller’s did and I’ll be juggling two students, not just one… the rabbit hole gets a bit darker from there.

I feel like this week isn’t just about digging out the mess, organizing the shelves, and making sure I have enough pencils, but really, I seem to be psyching myself up for being Tebow’s teacher and remaining to be Fuller’s teacher. I know as the tide rises and our schedule falls into place, things will settle down in my mind.

I have been reading Tsh Oxenrider’s Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and I reread the section on education a few times. As she reminds herself to go back to what is best for her children and for her family, I too remind myself of our reasons for homeschooling.

  • freedom to choose our children’s curriculum
  • freedom to choose our schedule
  • freedom for our children to learn in a style suited to them
  • student teacher ratio
  • sleep
  • Ok, the last one isn’t a great reason for why we homeschool, but I do see it as a great benefit to the homeschool lifestyle, because I truly believe children need as much sleep as they can get. (In fact, this morning Tebow was up at 6 but not ready to be up, so I sent him back to bed and now, he is still asleep.)

    But even if today I’m not psyched to start school next week, in the fall when we take three day weekend to travel for football I can look back on my small list of reasons and I’ll be psyched we chose this path again. Who knows what the school room will look like then?

    May 30, 2013
    by mrscrumley

    A mom’s thoughts on Scouts and their recent changes

    The Scout Oath:

    On my honor I will do my best
    To do my duty to God and my country
    and to obey the Scout Law;
    To help other people at all times;
    To keep myself physically strong,
    mentally awake, and morally straight.

    A week ago a decision was made by the Boy Scouts of America to change their membership rules and allow all boys to join the Scouts, regardless of their proclaimed sexual orientation.

    This ruffled many feathers, including our own Scoutmaster’s, who immediately resigned his position. According to news reports from various sites, he isn’t the only one and several churches have backed off as sponsors of Boy Scouts as well.

    And this all bothers me greatly.
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