I am very thankful to be sitting at a table in NC posting this blog entry. It is not often we are able to come and see our family. And I’m also enjoying the wonderful world of wi-fi. =) Its been quite strange not having cable, netflix or internet at our house. Last night I sat down and watched about 20 minutes of television. I realized its been about a year since I watched any television. And wow! what a difference when you sit down and see it. I was absolutely shocked by some of the ads. And very thankful that my children, husband and I are not continuously exposed to the garbage on it.

We are enjoying this advent season. As with every year we tried to stick with our advent Bible stories and Jesse tree each day. It is so difficult to do this, especially with all the special events and dinners.

I am finding myself completely disturbed by all the distractions around this special season. All the hustle and bustle, the parties, packing, shopping, lights and everything else that separates from the truly special purpose to celebrate this joyous day. And it seems like every year I have an even stronger desire to move away from it all. I want some peace. Some quite. Some time without busy schedules, without tv; some time to reflect on the love of God, the love He showed through the birth son.



Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus

 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to their own town to register.

 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.






Homeschool vs. Public School

I’m often debating in my head whether I should seek out outside education outlets for my children. Not really because I think its a good idea, but largely because my time is so consumed at work. I don’t want their education to suffer.

But this hit my inbox today and I’m looking forward to watching it. Once again, I’m completely convinced my children will not set step in a public classroom.

You can order the vidoe HERE.

If you need further convincing, check out this article. In 2009 this NJ school was investigated because the children were singing the praises of Obama. I’m certainly OK with respecting our national leaders, but in this case “One song that the children were taught quotes directly from the spiritual “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” though Jesus’ name is replaced with Obama’s: “He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama.”
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And while some schools are probably OK and not all that bad, you just don’t know. And you have really no idea what is being said to the children while they are there.