Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Checking In for the New Year

Hello all,

Just popping in to say Happy New Year. I'm very late but at least I'm consistent (seeing how my Christmas cards are still sitting here).

As you can see, I've made a few changes to the blog. I felt like going retro!

I'm trying to simplify everything in my life and this blog is apart of that. I will continue to streamline things here so they are easy to navigate through.

If you have any suggestions, I would truly love to hear them.
I know where everything is on this blog so it's hard for me to be objective.
So input would be good.

(Think No. 5 in Short Circuit, "Input! Input! I neeeed input!)

We are back to school this week and are finishing Week 11 of Rome to Reformation.

I have to say... we're all moving a bit slow. But, coming up later this week I hope to:

• have a new video demonstrating the Apologia Science activity on pulleys and mechanical advantage.

• the Mcklinky for Weekly Homeschool Highlights (open to all homeschoolers not just MFW users)

• a video demonstrating the sewing on of ribbons to ballet slippers because I have had an ordeal (!) and I couldn't find any help online. I hope someone out there will learn from my pain!
Just kidding about the pain part :)

Over the next few weeks, I also hope to get some Practically Speaking posts up as well as another addition to "From the Inbox"

Thanks to a friend (who has no idea she helped me), I realized that things were out of balance here at Mishmash.

My header says, "Encouragement • Education • Everyday" and I do try to keep things in that order.

I knew things were getting a little out of balance when my blog was moved from her "Where I Find Insights and Encouragement" to "Homeschool Blogs I Enjoy." Yikes!

I think that most readers are here for homeschool stuff but I know that the Lord would have me encourage people in Him first, help with homeschooling second, and share our day-to-day life third.

Whew, well, I think that's it for now. I have lots of new things "cooking" right now-- January 18 I'll be starting a new bible study with a group of amazing women.

I've got new projects a brewing.

I'm excited for what the Lord is going to do in 2010.

So, how are you? Back to school? How was Christmas? Whatcha doin'?

Tap, tap-- Anybody there? Just checking... :)




MB said...

you are so cute. We are back into school as well, but I'm in week 15 so you saying you were only in week 11 actually made me feel better because I have felt SO behind. We also started the first week September, but have had many weeks here and there off. So hard to stay in a routine with Christmas and stuff. I really don't have anything against your blog. It's nicely set up and I can find things. Sorry, that probably isn't a help! Well anyway, have a blessed day you busy lady.

Four For France said...

I had just been pondering writing a blog mission statement for myself, and I appreciate how clearly your "blog mission" is defined and right up front. THAT alone encouraged me!

Lainie said...

Michelle thank you for your consistent "cheering" of me on. You are a blessing!

Jenn, I know you are so busy. Thank you for taking time to drop me a comment. I'm continuing to pray for your funding and how the Lord would use you while you wait.

Jennifer Sikora said...

I love your new website!

Let me ask you something...when you did CTG did your kids like it? We are finishing up ECC this year.

How old are your kids? Do you think I could beef up CTG to use with a 15 year old? My 11 year old wants to do CTG but I do not want to purchase two sets of curriculum.


Lainie said...

Jennifer thanks for stopping by. If my answer needs more clarity, just message me on FB.

CtG is designed for students up to 8th grade. There are 8th grade supplements already laid out for them. If your 15 y.o. is in 9th-- that is high school and would need to do high school credit level classes which of course would be waaaayyy too much for an 11 year old to do.

Unfortunately, your kids have reached that age where they can't really do the majority of their school "together." BUT, the good news is that CtG would run great along with MFW 9th grade Ancients/ and Old Testament survey. They would complement each other great!!! Lots of activities could be done together.

HTH, again, if you have ??s, just message or email me.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Lainie! LOVE the new look! I do heart me some retro.

Suzanne said...

Hi Lainie - I love checking in with your blog. Even though I'm a h/s, I get so much godly encouragement about life in general from your posts, so keep up the good work. Just thumbs up from me.

Heather said...

Blog looks good...thanks for sharing what's on your mind for the next few weeks. I've been dumping my brain contents onto real tree-grown paper around here since the new year and it's really been helping me focus.

We're finishing up Week 17 of RtR today and tomorrow and we are loving the middle ages.

Lainie said...

Suzanne thanks for the thumbs up! I love stopping by your corner of the blogosphere too!

Heather-- I am so glad you commented. We are at the end of Rome and honestly, we are all Rome'd out. I can't wait to jump into the Middle Ages.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

You just reminded me that my kids have not seen Short Circuit! They have got to learn about No.5!!! :)

Lainie said...

I thought the same thing and realized I remembered it as more benign than I think it is now.

I started to watch it a few years ago and stopped about 1/3 into it. There is enough innuendo and language that we passed on showing it to them.

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