Stayin’ Alive

I’m stuck.  I mean I’m not really stuck.  We’re just waiting on God.  Actively waiting on Him – but we’re waiting on His timing all the same.

We know waiting goes against life in 2015;  GET it NOW.  DO it NOW.  BE it NOW.  We COULD try to MAKE it happen but we’ve lived and walked with Jesus long enough to know that when we try to make something happen on our own, especially something like this, things just don’t go well.  And we could fail.  That’s okay.  We’re not afraid of failing.  If we fail, then at least we tried to do what we feel led to do to help kids.  (What is worse?  Failing?  Or not trying at all?)  Our goal is to help homeless teens by giving them a safe place to live for a while, teaching job and life skills, and leading them to have closer relationships with Jesus.  If we are trying to do God’s Will, He will go before us and make a way when we can’t see a way.

Some people are laughing at our faith. (That’s okay.  If people laughing at us was gonna stop us, we’d have had to stop as soon as we started telling people about all this that God’s put on our hearts.)

Some know this is for real and are praying with us. (Thank you!  This means SO much to us. Thank you!)

Some HOPE all this is real. (Guess people will have to watch and see what God’s doing. Fly or fall, we’re in this and there’s no going back.  God opens doors no man can shut and He shuts doors that no man can open.  We’ll keep walking in faith toward this homeless teen shelter work He’s been leading us to unless He shuts the doors and steers us another direction.)

We know it’s real.

I keep thinking about people wandering in the desert for 40 years and can’t help but think, “Isn’t that what so many of us do all our lives? We wander.”

I mean, sure we make plans and do stuff. We go to school and to work. We’re part of a church. We have a family – or not. Some stay single. Some get married (some, a few times.)

 

But we wander.

 

I wonder if our wandering isn’t so far from the stories about people wandering in the Bible:

“Hey, believe God is doing this.”

“Nope.”

“Okay, then. Have a good life – or at least as good as YOU think YOU can make it as you wander around aimlessly.”

Then – after all the doubters are gone from this generation, God will do great works that you’ll always wish you’d have gotten to see.

Today I prayed something like, “God, I’m feeling afraid; a little discouraged and intimidated by this homeless teen center quest You’ve got us on. I mean, we can’t quit and don’t even want to because this is the most amazing work You’ve ever done with our lives, but at the same time, the magnitude of this work seems so far beyond us and our abilities – and it is, FOR SURE – and the heartaches we’ll hear about are already breaking our hearts. Would you please send some encouragement?”

I was walking through a thrift store looking for fleece shirts for my family while I prayed this when I hear a song I’ve never heard before in my life.

Not joking. The song sings, “Baby, you got what it takes.”

That made me smile.

Then I was on an aisle all by myself when a woman walked just 2 steps past me and we spoke a moment about finding the right sizes. I said something about colors I hoped to find. She said colors don’t really matter as much. I agreed and said I know warmth is what matters most and told her that we’re moving to Alaska. She told me she goes fishing there sometimes. I said we feel God’s moving us there to take care of homeless teens.

THEN she told me they’ve made friends with a family in Alaska who also felt called by God to do work there (and have been now for a couple years) and they have 2 sons who homeschool and she’d like me to call her to have another family to talk with.  ((Thinking out loud about grammar stuff… Yes, I end sentences with prepositions sometimes.  I don’t even mean to.  The important thing is that it won’t keep me out of Heaven.))

(Coincidence? I think not.)

Ummm… so this brought another smile.  And some much needed comfort to my heart.

A little while later I’m thinking of dangerous situations we may encounter with people and animals in Alaska.

Not even joking.  The song Stayin’ Alive played over the speakers.

This made me laugh!

God is good and He hears our prayers. (And the even cooler part is that He answers.)

 

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We are asking for prayers for finances, houses, buildings, donations (including desks, beds, clothes, money, vehicles, food, books, and everything else I’m not thinking to mention,) volunteers, and for God to keep leading us as we keep walking through the doors He opens.

Thank you and may God bless you so big that you can’t help but see Him.

 

We are UNhurried schoolers.

We are UNhurried schoolers. It’s a beautiful way to learn!

Yes, we’re homeschoolers.

Yes, we’re unschoolers.

Yes, we’re interest-led schoolers.

Yes, we’ve been public schoolers (many years.)

Yes, we’ve attended private schools (a couple years.)

Yes, we’re teaching our kids about survival, writing, reading, math, history, science, home economics, Bible, financial peace (with Dave Ramsey,) and much more.

But not all at the same time.

The best part about learning with my Homeschool Homies is that we are absolutely NOT in a hurry anymore.

We are learning. We are learning every day (even in the summer and on holidays.) And my kids LIKE it!

Today as I was teaching my 12 year old daughter how to use the sewing machine, I heard one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard in my whole life.

As we were not rushed… (because I do not believe true learning happens as quickly as many teachers are being told they must move…)

As we were not frustrated… (because several projects aren’t due for several classes where each one has a deadline…)

We are not worried about if the teachers would say she did the job “right” enough to pass a standardized test…

We are not focused on 10 different subjects every day.  We focus on 2 or 3 subjects each day.

We are learning to sew. Right now my kids are learning to sew with a sewing machine.

And it’s great!

Some of the most beautiful words I could ever hear came straight from my daughter’s heart today.

“I really like doing this stuff with you, Mommy.”

Praise God for UNhurried learning (and moments) like this.

Praise God for beautiful UNhurried words.

Lord, please UNhurry each of us and show us Your amazing plan for our lives. Amen.

 

Private vs Public vs Home School for us

School officially starts tomorrow (August 1st) at our house.

I think there is A LOT of great stuff about public, private, AND home school. Each kind of school has some good and some not so good.

I can say that this is the first time (possibly EVER) since my kids started preschool that we’ve snuggled more, had less stress, looked forward to learning and to the start of school.

I have spent days and weeks frustrated about getting to school on time for so many years. I was a grouchy mommy some mornings because we had to be somewhere or else tardies made life not fun and sometimes my kids had one speed and sometimes that speed did not match public (or private) school standards.

Schedule for many school years so far:
Hurry and get up.
Hurry and eat breakfast.
Hurry and brush teeth.
Hurry and get dressed.
Hurry and get your shoes on.
Hurry to the car to get to school.
Hurry and get out of the car or the drop off line is not moving fast enough.
Hurry to the car after school or the car pick up line is too slow.
After school snack – not hurried.
Hurry and get your homework done.
Hurry to spend quality time with mommy and daddy.
Hurry and eat dinner.
Hurry and get your teeth brushed and a shower and get to bed so we can hurry again tomorrow.

I think we are done with the “hurry” schedule. I’m not sure it is good for any of us to fill our days with stuff that makes us hurry all the time.

We actually talked about homeschooling a couple of times in past years. The answer was clearly a big “NO!” This time it’s right. This time it’s different. This is something we’ve prayed about and know that is right for our family AT THIS TIME. We are all glad about it.

(NOTE: This does NOT mean we believe homeschooling is right for every family at this time. Please do not send hate letters. I am certain you are making and will keep making the best choices for your family.)

First school assignment: My kids are writing about the pros and cons to each school type because I’ve asked them to and we’d like to know what they think because we enjoy their input about most things in life.

From a 7th grader:
Private school Good:
-Get to see some friends every day.
-Less stress.
-Easier to learn there than in public school.
-Less bullies.
-Study the Bible at school.

Private school Not so good:
-It costs a lot.
-Less family time.

Public school Good:
-I get to see some friends every day.

Public school Not so good:
-Not very many friends every day because I didn’t have many good friends.
-Less family time.
-Bullies.
-Harder to learn there.
-Too many people.
-Don’t get to study the Bible at school.

Homeschool Good:
-Easier to learn.
-Less people.
-More family time.
-Less stress.
-I get to learn more things that I WANT to learn about.
-No bullies.
-I get to study the Bible at school.

Homeschool Not so good:
-I don’t get to see my public or private school friends as much.

From a Junior in high school:
Private school (Preschool) Good:
-I don’t remember much good (or bad) about preschool.

Private school Not so good:
-Cried a couple days every week because I didn’t want to go to school very much.

Public school Good:
-A lot of teachers.
-Different levels of classes.
-A lot of room for creativity like for clothes and dress code.

Public school Not so good:
-Some teachers feel they’re not paid enough to care.
-The classes are too simple or too demanding. There is no in-between.
-Some teachers don’t really care if you can keep up ’cause if you can’t it’s a personal problem.

Homeschool Good:
-Most of the time not far from my mommy.
-The rest: To be determined.

Homeschool Not so good:
-Most of the time not far from my mommy.
-The rest: To be determined.