Treasures from Heaven

Educating children's hearts and minds...True education isn't just about learning facts and figures, but developing character as well. History teaches courage; science teaches integrity; math teaches discipline; and composition teaches humility. Training minds and molding hearts are what parents do best, after all.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mary loves Rachel's Puppy!

Mary has loved meeting my sister's new puppy, Brownie! She spent time today with Rachel and Brownie and has come closer to this puppy than any other. It's touching to see how comfortable she's getting! Thanks, Rachel, for letting Mary get to know her.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Reasons why I LOVE homeschooling:

1. Hyrum enjoyed working on his homework in a tree last week, making a Pinewood Derby car with his Dad, and attending his Knights of Freedom class where the boys discussed Thomas Edison. His love of reading has taken off!
2. After discussing the Revolutionary War we enjoyed popcorn while we watched the American Girl movie about Felicity. We talked about what we would do. Can we stand up for our beliefs? Even if it means losing a friendship?
3. Lincoln enjoyed learning about worms in a park while Samuel climbed up as high as he could in a nearby tree to get his P.E. time for the day.
4. Orson & LauraJo started using the little potty after being encouraged all day by the older siblings to keep trying. They sing "Twinkle Twinkle", and the primary song called, "I Know That My Savior Loves Me". Soooo cute! I hope to capture it on camera/video.
5. I get to go to sleep at night wondering how I am going to prepare myself to inspire them the next day!!! Who needs an extra dose of love? What are my first priorities? Am I ready to face the unexpected?
6. I get to spend my quiet time in reading and preparing myself spiritually earlier than the kids. I LOVE my time to read, pray, and make my choices ahead of time to unconditionally love my children a little better each day.
7. We are reading The Island of the Blue Dolphins now and the kids don't ever want me to stop! We love to stop and guess what's going to happen and then ask each other what we would do if we were the girl.
8. I get to start preparing next year's curriculum. I love shopping for curriculum!!! (Yes, I'm very peculiar....and love it!)

There are plenty of reasons that I'll have to list another time!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Time with Cousins

My kids LOVE to go on walks around the neighborhood. When Sidney and Reagan came for Piano Lessons we planned to let all the kids play. After the request to go on a walk they all climbed trees, slid down the favorite green hill many times, and even got stuck in some mud! I don't know who was more tired at the end, but my kids were happy!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eventful Week!

We really enjoyed this past weekend for a couple of reasons:
1. My Grandmother, Mary Anderson Taylor, has been struggling with her health and passed away last Tues., Feb. 2nd at 11pm. I love and miss her dearly! Yesterday we held the funeral to celebrate her life. The reunion of distant cousins was awesome!
2. Due to the above mentioned event my brother brought his family over from California. This brought 7 more kids to add to the bunch and my kids had a ball!
3. We were able to celebrate all the February Birthdays at once while they were here! It was fun to see how Dad surprised Mom for her 60th B-Day with all the pics of her kids and grandkids.

A Glimpse into My Life

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE being a mother!!! Married to my sweetheart, Greg, and bring in six amazing children down to earth has been the most wonderful experience! Our kids keep us busy with their curiosity and excitement for life. We laugh, learn, cry, read, and pray together all the time. The memories we are making as they grow up are ones I wouldn't change for the world!