Sunday, December 10, 2006


We took the kids on a field trip to St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Cleveland on Friday. Just before we left, I got a call that my Grandma, Step-Grandma actually, Stella Adams had died in her sleep just that night. We went on our field trip anyway because there was nothing for me to do at home and the kids could definitely not help by staying at home. There will be no calling hours, no funeral, and no graveside service. There will be a "Celebration of Life" service at a church next Sat. at 2PM.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


How time flies! Apparently, I have had nothing to say since MAY!

We are homeschooling now, and things are so much more relaxed. Joey is finally progressing. He is so much happier without the stress of school. It took a long time to get him to remember that learning new things can be fun. School teaches that learning is hard work. Well, that is true to some extent, our eyes and ears and brains have to work to process the information, but the actual gaining of knowledge should not be considered work! Learning should be an exciting adventure; it should be about discovering new information that we can apply to other areas of our life. We should teach our children to apply what they know. MEMORIZATION is hard work; RECALLING answers to questions on meaningless tests is hard work. Tests are the only way that a teacher in a classroom situation with 20 or so students can evaluate the children's knowledge. Did you know that the public school system was established to help the less advantaged among us prepare to get a job? Privileged people went to private schools or were tutored at home! Google "Thomas Jefferson Education" to find out more about home learning. I urge every stay-at-home mom in America to look into homeschooling! It is NOT difficult. If you don't know something that you have to teach, you get to learn about it! I am learning so much not only about all of the subjects that I am teaching, but also about my children, about myself, and about how I relate to my family. I am learning just how much I LIKE my children, what tremendous blessings they are, and how SMART they are. I don't mean book smart; I mean just plain clever! I am learning more effective ways to communicate with them, and, most importantly, I am becoming more patient with them. I can read their moods better, and I am learning that by patiently listening to THEIR side of the story, I gain insight into their minds - how they tick - if you know what I mean.

The screen is blurry now so I think I will go to sleep. More later...