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My Daybook – September

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE….a beautiful spring is truly magnificent!

My morning walk, down the back of our block.

I AM GIVING THANKS….. that the term is nearly at an end. Holidays are in sight and we are taking time out to go down south for a week – I can’t wait!

I AM PRAYING FOR……..a dear friend’s children who have been in a car accident.  And I am praising God that they miraculously came out ok.

I AM LISTENING TO….Zac cooking an omelette for his breakfast. At 8 years old he is quite a whizz in the kitchen….he makes awesome omelettes and scrambled eggs.


I AM THINKING ABOUT….how to add more steps into my day. I bought a fitbit for my birthday with some vouchers that I had. I am so pleased that I got one, it is really helping me to get more steps into my day. Hopefully I am going to be fit enough to climb Bluff Knoll in a few weeks!

I AM LEARNING….all about the gut. I am reading and enjoying ‘Gut‘. The big boys are also reading it. I love that they are learning so much about their body at such a young age.

I AM READING…. I have a number of books on the go right now. ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘A Story Formed Life‘ ‘Gut’ and ‘Brain Maker‘.

I AM CREATING….checklists to show my homeschool moderator. I know any day now she will call and make an appointment to come and see me, and I want to be prepared!

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are enjoying our world war one studies. I have been using Bloom’s Taxonomy with the kids lately and it has really enhanced our homeschool experience. Here is a good post explaining how to use it in your homeschool.

We have also just finished ‘On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness’. It was such a fun read-aloud we didn’t want it to end! Now I have to decide on the next family read-aloud. Any suggestions?

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….as always… our GAPs food and plenty of ferments.

IN THE MORNING BASKET…a new read aloud! I don’t know what yet. We are also learning about Handel by listening to these. Maestro Classics is a wonderful site for teaching the kids more about Classical music. They also have downloads to integrate into other learning areas.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….How much fun it is playing games with the kids. We have plans to spend most Saturday nights playing games. Last games night I played Labyrinth with the younger kids and then once they were in bed Paul and I played Dominion with the big boys. Our games cupboard is quite extensive as I buy the kids a new game every Christmas. One of my most treasured childhood memories is playing games with my sister. We still reminisce  about the games we used to play. My kids still play the exact games now, in fact Labyrinth is from my younger days. I can’t wait to play games again with you one day my lovely sister!

The fire after it had burnt down a fair bit


We had an awesome bonfire on Saturday night. The kids had a ball riding the motorbike and playing tag with friends in the dark. They also played ‘King of the Castle’ on a huge pile of dirt. The aim was to stay at the top of the dirt pile as long as you could – all the other kids would try and pull you down. As you can imagine, they were all filthy and black by the end of the night – I wish I had a photo of that!

The dirt pile…it looks bigger in real life!

PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD…organising costumes for our drama concert and trying to finish off subjects for the term.

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My Daybook – February

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…. a ‘pirate ship’ that was created at morning tea play.


I AM GIVING THANKS FOR….. our wonderful dentists!

I AM PRAYING FOR……..Dom’s tooth – that it will not die in the near future, family members who are sick and also our sick parish priest. I am also joining a friend in prayer this Lent. She has asked for a special intention.

I AM LISTENING TO…. Beth and Isaac playing ‘Castles’ in the playroom. It’s their latest imaginary game. Jay is playing guitar, Dom is doing electronics and Dami is fast asleep.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….what a priest said to me on the weekend, “Do not fear what tomorrow will bring because what you are afraid of might not happen anyway.” So I am just trying to live in the moment.

I AM LEARNING….patience in prayer. I am quite a patient person, but when it comes to something I am praying for I am not so patient!

I AM READING….I recently finished reading ‘The Hunger Games’ series. I must admit, I quite enjoyed them.

I AM CREATING…. nothing!

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….just plodding along trying to get though everything. Here are a few pictures from today….

I was given a lot of ‘tea’ and ‘cake’ while I was teaching today.
Subtraction with regrouping
We have been reading about Benjamin Franklin in history. Dom was very happy when I told him his activity was to ‘invent’ something! He has designed his own wooden combination lock.
Beth was very happy to draw Benjamin Franklin’s ‘kite’ experiment. Of course her kite has lots of pretty bows on it.
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Jay is reading about the French Revolution for history. Such an independent learner – he didn’t quite understand it from the text so he googled it and watch video after video until he understood it. He said that the ‘Horrible Histories’ video was the best!

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….nothing exciting. Just lots of healing foods; bone broths, beef gelatine jelly, green smoothies and lots of fruit and veg.

IN THE MORNING BASKET… we are creating a ‘Jesus Tree’ in our doodle books. Each morning we read from the bible and draw the relevant symbol in our doodle book. Here is an example with the printable symbols. We are also reading ‘Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library’.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….Dami’s bed time routine. I get on Dami’s bed and tell stories. They used to be about a little mouse who lived in the corner of the room. I exhausted all my ‘Little Mouse’ ideas, now we are onto dragon stories. ‘Mr Dragon’ lives in a cloud above a country town. He has all sorts of adventures. When the story is finished Dami tells me a story. These are quite amazing and full of adventure. I would love to capture it on video sometime. He then has a drink and his essential oil massage (lucky boy!). If we are lucky he will go to sleep quickly, but most nights he takes quite a while and he keeps Zac awake by talking too much.

PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD….trying to catch up on housework! Everything has been left the last few weeks due to wrist and tooth fractures 😦  I am a little slow with this cast on, but I can’t stand the mess so I’ll get through it gradually.

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Life. Is. Hard. We all know how difficult life can be. Everyone has their own sufferings. What may seem like nothing to one person, is almost more than another person can bear. I have found myself sometimes even looking at someone’s life and thinking that they have it easy, only to hear that they have sufferings in their life which they have never told anyone about.


We live in a world where everything is available to us right now. We can buy anything we want on the internet 24 hours a day. We can find out the answer to any question within seconds on our devices. We can become quite selfish because of this.  But when it comes to suffering, the answers often aren’t there. We can’t google  it. We can’t buy anything to fix it. Suffering does help us to grow though. Though we don’t feel it at the time, looking back we can see how we are now a stronger person because of it.

I was talking to the kids the other day about suffering. They are in pain. All of them have just got retainers in their mouths…and they really hurt. Their gums and teeth are hurting and they are uncomfortable. One has ulcers, another has cuts all through his mouth, another has sores. They know someone suffering a lot more than them at the moment though. I asked them to offer up their pain for them. Their pain then is turned into a sacrifice, a special prayer. Much harder than just, “Please God, help this person.” But so much more meaningful and more beautiful.

They get it. Even the 7 year old gets it. They will still complain, I know that. But I can gently remind them of their special prayer, and they will remember that there are more important things in life. And people who are suffering more than them. Hopefully it will help them to become less selfish. Even if only to step outside themselves for a minute.

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