Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rewards

****DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS MEANT TO BE THOUGHT PROVOKING, NOT FINGER POINTING!!!!! SO DON'T THINK I MEANT YOU, BUT IF YOU DO THINK THAT THEN AT LEAST THINK ABOUT WHY YOU THOUGHT I MEANT YOU!!!****

While this is an older post, with the current election cycle, I felt the need to share once again. We now have six children and despite the ruckus pro-life supporters make, I can't help but wonder why we still get such rude comments and stares. Are we done at six? Maybe. Maybe not. However, I can tell you that I, or I should say we are 100% pro-life. Hope this helps you to truly examine your stance.



Recently my husband and I found out we were expecting our fourth child. It came as a bit of shock, since our youngest wasn't a year yet. We hadn't planned it; discussed it yes, but planned it no. Since becoming pregnant this last time, I've found the reaction a little perplexing. We've heard everything...

"Don't you know what causes that?"

"Are you crazy?"

"How can you afford that?"

While I'm sure many say that in jest, some really think we are crazy and some are perhaps worried we are mooching off their tax dollars; both of these assumptions are false. The reason these reactions have been so bothersome to me is because so many of those we are sharing the news with are Christians that would undoubtedly say they are pro-life. So that got me to thinking...are you really pro-life when good godly couples continue to have children and you question their sanity or their means to support their family? Or are you just anti-abortion?

My husband and I began discussing this and thought about the reactions you hear with pregnancy:

The first undoubtedly brings joy and everyone says, "Oh you two will make such wonderful parents!"

With the second, "Now you're family is complete! Just a perfect little family is what you are!"

If you dare to go beyond the norm, you'll hear, "Really? Ok, well, that's nice. You're finished right?"

And for the fourth...well, you already know that answer at this point. So why does this bother me so much, well, because truly none of these reactions are biblical. If you look at what God has to say about children, how could even think that way?

Psalm 127:3-5 "Lo, children are an heritage of the the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are the children of thy youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." (KJV)

God says this is my inheritance! I'm only here once and I'm going to take everything He gives me and soak it up. I'm not crazy, I'm just blessed. We each have rewards and blessings and none of them are the same. I'm not going to grumble and complain and wonder how I'll feed these children, because my God shall supply ALL my needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19)! So thank you Jesus for this blessing and thank you for the provision you will make sure my family attains because of your blessings.

While we may not be perfect parents, we are trying our best to make sure these four arrows that You've placed in our quiver (which in the past held 7 or 8) this far will land on target. And I'm not ashamed that we didn't stop at two because we weren't the perfectly complete little family everyone said we were. I'm so grateful we listened to You and not everyone around us. Our children are a declaration of Your blessings on us!
Can't wait to be blessed with you #4!

My 3 amigos!
Are we finished? Most likely, but whether we are or aren't...I've learned the difference between pro-life and anti-abortion...what about you?

Rewards

****DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS MEANT TO BE THOUGHT PROVOKING, NOT FINGER POINTING!!!!! SO DON'T THINK I MEANT YOU, BUT IF YOU DO THINK THAT THEN AT LEAST THINK ABOUT WHY YOU THOUGHT I MEANT YOU!!!****

While this is an older post, with the current election cycle, I felt the need to share once again. We now have six children and despite the ruckus pro-life supporters make, I can't help but wonder why we still get such rude comments and stares. Are we done at six? Maybe. Maybe not. However, I can tell you that I, or I should say we are 100% pro-life. Hope this helps you to truly examine your stance.



Recently my husband and I found out we were expecting our fourth child. It came as a bit of shock, since our youngest wasn't a year yet. We hadn't planned it; discussed it yes, but planned it no. Since becoming pregnant this last time, I've found the reaction a little perplexing. We've heard everything...

"Don't you know what causes that?"

"Are you crazy?"

"How can you afford that?"

While I'm sure many say that in jest, some really think we are crazy and some are perhaps worried we are mooching off their tax dollars; both of these assumptions are false. The reason these reactions have been so bothersome to me is because so many of those we are sharing the news with are Christians that would undoubtedly say they are pro-life. So that got me to thinking...are you really pro-life when good godly couples continue to have children and you question their sanity or their means to support their family? Or are you just anti-abortion?

My husband and I began discussing this and thought about the reactions you hear with pregnancy:

The first undoubtedly brings joy and everyone says, "Oh you two will make such wonderful parents!"

With the second, "Now you're family is complete! Just a perfect little family is what you are!"

If you dare to go beyond the norm, you'll hear, "Really? Ok, well, that's nice. You're finished right?"

And for the fourth...well, you already know that answer at this point. So why does this bother me so much, well, because truly none of these reactions are biblical. If you look at what God has to say about children, how could even think that way?

Psalm 127:3-5 "Lo, children are an heritage of the the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are the children of thy youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." (KJV)

God says this is my inheritance! I'm only here once and I'm going to take everything He gives me and soak it up. I'm not crazy, I'm just blessed. We each have rewards and blessings and none of them are the same. I'm not going to grumble and complain and wonder how I'll feed these children, because my God shall supply ALL my needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19)! So thank you Jesus for this blessing and thank you for the provision you will make sure my family attains because of your blessings.

While we may not be perfect parents, we are trying our best to make sure these four arrows that You've placed in our quiver (which in the past held 7 or 8) this far will land on target. And I'm not ashamed that we didn't stop at two because we weren't the perfectly complete little family everyone said we were. I'm so grateful we listened to You and not everyone around us. Our children are a declaration of Your blessings on us!
Can't wait to be blessed with you #4!

My 3 amigos!
Are we finished? Most likely, but whether we are or aren't...I've learned the difference between pro-life and anti-abortion...what about you?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: One Minute Reader

When I first began homeschooling, I never thought teaching my child to read would be nearly as hard as it turned out to be. We really struggled as we jumped in to one curriculum after another before finally finding what worked for us. Once we did my daughter took off, however, that battle created a great deal of reluctance from her when it came to reading. That's why when given the opportunity to review One Minute Reader I was more than happy to jump on board.


One Minute Reader is a free app developed for the iPad. It uses engaging content to help reluctant readers develop fluency in a fun, entertaining program. It was created by the husband and wife team behind Read Naturally. They combined three research methods to develop their strategy.

After downloading the app, your student will read a short passage for placement. Then you will need to purchase the various levels necessary. Prices range from $2.99-$4.99.

I cannot say how much fun my daughter found this to be!! She absolutely loved reading when working on this app! The format gave her the encouragement she needed to begin to overcome her reluctance.

Here's how it works:

Your student selects a story to begin with and does a cold reading. They get a score based on how many words they read before the time goes off. The next strategy used in the app is having the student read along with a fluent reader. It helped prepare her for words she struggled with on the cold read. They are then challenged to try to beat that score. Her score always improved which excited and encouraged her to keep trying and get further than the last time before the one minute was up. She was given five practice reads

The app also gave her the opportunity to explore some of the words that she didn't know the meaning of. Words that were slightly difficult were highlighted in blue and when tapped they were defined and used in a sentence to help her gain understanding.

She was then tested on understanding with a quick quiz afterwards that ensured her comprehension of the reading material. After answering questions, the quiz gives letters to solve a riddle at the bottom. The riddle is carried throughout several stories before the reader learns the answer, keeping them excited to keep trying to solve it. There's even a crossword puzzle for her to work using the vocabulary words she's learned.

I really loved watching my daughter grab my iPad and WANT to read! I would recommend this app to anyone that has a struggling reader. It is hands down an amazing program. My only criticism is that there were only five practice reads and my daughter wanted to be able do more! And don't worry if you don't own an iPad, there's a print version available for One Minute Reader too!!