Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Homeschooler of the Month: October

Hello lovely peeps!

This month, our Homeschooler of the Month is a wonderful friend, homeschooler, and Christian.  She has a blog,, so please go check it out!!!! She posts funny stories, great music and all kinds of fun gems. Thank you so much Em for answering my questions! <3
So without further ado....

1) Introduce yourself!  Your name and age (if you don't mind) When did you start homeschooling?  What are some of your life aspirations?
Hello hello hello! My name is Emma: writer, bookworm, music-listener, movie-quoter and God’s peculiar treasure. Greetings! I’ve been homeschooled most of my life, and whenever people ask me if I want to go back to public school, I gotta say, nope! This chick and homeschooling definitely go hand in hand, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. :D 
As far as life aspirations…I want to travel. The world is so beautiful and there’s so many adventures just waiting to happen! And I love a good adventure. 

2) What curriculum do you use?  What is your favorite subject or part of
I don’t use a one particular curriculum for every single subject; I use a variety of different kinds. Life of Fred for math and Writing Strands for writing are two, for example. And I really enjoy both of those. 
My favorite part of school…well, I really like writing. (Writing is so much fun.) And this year I’m enjoying math. (Score!) I like learning a different language, so there’s that. Oh, oh, and chemistry! I like doing the experiments. …wait. I think I just named off pretty much all my subjects. Well, there, I guess there’s your answer. I’m basically enjoying everything about school this year. 

 3) What do you do for fun when you're not homeschooling?
So many things, oh where do I begin! I have a great many interests besides schooling. In fact, there are many things I would rather be doing other than school (thus the reason I have the motto of “Get up and get it done”) but that is beside the point. 
As I mentioned before I love a good adventure. An adventure, for me, can be pretty much anything. It can be getting lost in the woods or trying a new recipe for cookies that didn’t turn out right. Or it could be almost running into a tree on your bike. (I did this once because I turned too sharply for the speed I was going and headed straight for a tree. I opted for hitting my handlebars on the telephone pole guide wire instead, and walked away unscathed and a much wiser cyclist.) 
Anyways, I very much enjoy anything outdoors and anything active, as well as baking, writing, reading and photography. 

 4) What kind of books do you read for fun? What book character do you most
 relate to?
Is there any other type of reading than fun reading? Actually, yes, I will answer my own question and say yes. Some books are just very hard to get through. But I don’t read those, I read the fun books, like The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn. There are 12+ books about Christy as she goes through life’s challenges of growing up and grows stronger in her relationship with God. It’s my favorite series. ROBIN WRITES AMAZINGLY. But I like reading books like those. :D 
Arghhh. This is so hard. I think I would have to identify with Christy the most. (Who is Christy you ask? See above paragraph.) I don’t know why—I just do! She’s relatable. 

 5) What is your plan for after high school?  Is college part of your plan?
 If so, what college(s)?
My plan. Hm. Well, isn’t this a good question. I will come back and answer it when I’ve figured it out myself.

 6) What is one thing you'd like to do when you're grown up? (serious or
My friend and I are going to live in a house made of moose tracks ice cream and jump on a Jell-O trampoline. 

7) Do you get any interesting questions when you tell people you're
 homeschooled?  What are some?
Sometimes! People ask about my friends…do I see them often? Yup, I still got my friends! :D I’m a social butterfly. But our homeschool is actually named. We named it because we got sick of answering all the questions that come along with saying “I’m homeschooled.” I recommend this if you get tired of explaining why you’re not in school to grocery store clerks. It works wonders.

 8) Who is your favorite role model?
I’ve never thought about this before, really. And I really don’t know how to answer this question. There are plenty of people that I admire and look up to, like my parents. But I mean, ultimately, Jesus is my absolutely toppity-top favorite role model. I’d rather not be like other Christians; I’d rather be more like Christ. :) 

9) What is the most memorable thing about homeschooling?  Do you have any
 funny stories about homeschooling?
One day there was a beautiful, juicy watermelon in our fridge. It was begging to be eaten. Eat me! Eat me! Okay, well, it wasn’t actually saying eat me. That would be weird. But it was perfect. (This all has something to do with homeschooling, I promise) At the time we were also reading this really terrific book, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. It was also a really beautiful day.
So we decided what better day to skip those horrifying math problems and scientific lingo than today? The watermelon needed to be eaten up anyways, and the book wasn’t going to read itself. Might as well! We sat in lawn chairs, moving to keep in the sun’s warm rays and read and ate watermelon.  
It’s one of my fondest memories of homeschooling. 

 10) What is your favorite Bible verse? Do you have a favorite quote?
My favorite Bible verse changes a lot, depending on what I’m going through at the time. I’m not sure I have a favorite right now…I have a lot of verses that I really like. I will share a couple. 
2 Timothy 1:7 ~ For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 
Isaiah 40:8 ~ The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.


11) Do you have any advice for beginning homeschoolers or people
 considering homeschooling? (from a student's perspective)
THANK YOU to Sarah for asking me to be Homeschooler of the Month. It’s been fun to answer these questions—hopefully it was fun for you to read them! :D  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. Jesus loves you! Emma xo

Thank you, Emma!!!  I'm so glad you could do this!  You're answers are great.  May God bless you!  

Don't forget to go check out Emma's blog here!  If you have any questions for Emma, please do comment below, or go to her blog!!!!

God bless! <3

Friday, October 9, 2015

What??? I'm in 11th grade?

I can't believe it!  I've been doing school for a little over 4 weeks, and I haven't even posted about it yet, AND THIS IS THE LIFE OF A HOMSCHOOLER! :O

Anyway... :)

I'm now in 11th grade, crazy, I'm a junior!

My courses are:
Algebra II
Bible Study
Henle Latin II
Medieval European and Spanish History

I am really liking all of my subjects this year and I'm staying up to date, which is AMAZING!  I think my hardest subject is Biology.  My favorite subject is Latin.  Algebra II is good and challenging.  For history I've been reading stories like Beowulf, The Ballad of the White Horse, and Murder in the Cathedral.  They are interesting, but their stories are told in a round about sort of way.  You then have to answer questions that help you "pull" the real meaning out of it.  That's a little hard for me, but I'm hoping it will train me well for TAC.

Hopefully, if my school schedule allows and if you all would like, I can do a more in depth look into each of my subjects.

Anyway, my life otherwise has been filled with school, schola, school, friends, longing for summer and the TAC High School Great Books Program, and trying to finish one of my 9 blog post drafts. 

And since I'm growing up, I thought this video would be fun and truthful for both guys and girls.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy Feast Day of St. Therese! {And Giveaway!}

Happy feast day, St. Therese of the Child Jesus!

Today is the feast day of my favorite Saint!  She is such an example of heavenly aspiration.  She tried to attain Heaven through little things, thus creating her Little Way. 
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Excerpt taken from Carmelite Spirituality in the Teresian Tradition By Paul-Marie of the Cross, O.C.D. Translated by Kathryn Sullivan, R.C.S.J.
Statue of St. Therese in the gardens of the Carmelite Sisters
 Motherhouse and Sacred Heart Retreat House, Alhambra, CA
“Those who concentrate on the life and doctrine of this child of Carmel who died at the age of twenty-four are seized with wonder and admiration. They discover, in fact, that her contribution to spirituality is as original as it is profoundly traditional. They also discover that hidden under the Gospel-like simplicity of her message of ‘the little way of childhood’ is a spiritual structure both strong and perfectly balanced from the theological point of view. Her life of love of the absolute and of absolute love is of rare depth and fullness. It was a combination of certain interrelated spiritual principles and constitutes a true doctrine: this is ‘the little way of childhood’. This doctrine is derived from a rediscovery of the central teaching of the Gospel, which may be expressed in this sentence: We are, in Christ, God’s children, and we ought to love our Father in heaven with a filial liove full of confidence and abandonment.
St. Therese had very great desires, yet she would never admit that she was a great soul or that she had the strength necessary to do great things, like the saints who had been proposed to her as models. So she had to find a way in keeping with this littleness of which she was so deeply conscious. More than this: she sought a way that depended on this very weakness. Had not the Apostle said: ‘When I am weak then I am strong’…Confidence in God led St. Therese by paths of self-forgetfulness and poverty of spirit, to a wonderful simplification of the spiritual life. As she made spiritual childhood her own, so she made poverty of spirit her own. She aspired to be nothing more than ‘a poor little child’ who looks to her Father for everything and who obtains everything from Him because of this same poverty.
When we look at the life of St. Therese of the Child Jesus we are struck by its simplicity and wonderful transperancy. We are amazed to discover through her not only the purest Gospel teaching but Christ Himself. We also notice that the unity of her spiritual life, and death are of a price, yield the same tone, and are proof of an equal plenitude. Like her Master, Therese is true, and also like Him, her person and her message are one.

St. Therese, Pray for us!

+Pray to Jesus for us!+

It's not too late to enter this beautiful St. Therese giveaway at Shower of Roses!