Things I’ve learned in quarantine thus far…

Number 1… I have two sides. The introvert side of me enjoys quiet mornings before my kids are up doing their Zoom college classes and homeschool work. I get to spend some time in prayer and in the Word with my cup of coffee which is a vital part of my day because after kids get up side two comes out. That is the extroverted side of me that tries to keep everyone motivated and arguments to a minimal.

Number 2 … As much as I love my home I need to be outside. Outside is good. Outside keeps me sane. Outside loves me… oh wait… is that…. pollen? (*sneezes* runs back inside.) …. Inside is good. I love the inside.

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Number 3 … I can only read so much. I can only do so many puzzles. I can only color so many coloring books. I can only clean… wait what?

Number 4 … Apparently when you have nothing to do shopping online is additctive. My hubby needs this thing to end ASAP cause I need to STOP shopping. Oh is that FedEx in the neighborhood?

Number 5 … I am like Ariel… I want to be where the people are. I am also like Jasmine…. I need a whole new world. Maybe even like Elsa … I may need to go into the Unknown and hide.

Number 6 …. Ummmm I’m not sure but I’m sure I can think of something for next time. 🙂

Hope you have a great safe-at-home day and giggle just a little.

Trust God, Do Not Fear

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We are in a time right now that seems like things have just turned upside down. Schools and businesses are closed or running at half capicity and the spirit of fear around our nation and the world is strong. All from a virus. A new virus. One that has a very high percentage of contagion and does not have a “cure” or “vaccine” yet. So its scarey. I totally get it. Things are uncertain right now.

That said, I have to remind the children of God no matter where you are that you do not have to fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” We must remember that we can trust God to protect us from this disease. But we also must be smart. Do what you know to do and then let God handle His part.

Never in my lifetime have we had to be quarantined. It was like overnight we went from the “busyness” of our lives to being forced to slow down and spend more times with those we love. Rather than seeing this as an interruption to our lives, which it is, take it as a time of being together. Spending more time with our families. Enjoying some togetherness and focus on our spiritual fitness. Maybe you can take this time that you have and spend more time in the Word and prayer getting to know the one that created you and that fights for you.

For me I have been meditating a lot on God’s Word. I’ve been listening to worship music and I’ve been refocusing my mind on what is important. I’ve allowed it to help me to put things into perspective and it’s reminded me yet again that we are strangers in a strange land. We are not of this world. We were meant for another place. It’s reminded me yet again that what is spiritual will last not all the activities that we do. What I do for the kingdom of God is so much more important than whether I am a good sales person. Not that there is anything wrong with that because we can represent God no matter where we go or what we do. But are we even doing that? It’s made me really think about that.

This thought process didn’t start for me with this current situation it actually started at the beginning of the year. I started re-evaluating what I was doing and started taking steps towards where I felt the Lord wanted me to go. Even just this week I took a step of faith in an area of ministry that I know I have been called to do but was so afraid to step into. God blessed that and gave me favor and really it’s not even about me. It’s about Him and what He has called us to do for Him. It’s about enlarging the kingdom for His glory not our own.

It’s also about how quickly life can change and whether we are doing what He has called us to do.

This post has not gone the way I was expecting it to go. But God leads and I guess that other thing is for another day. But God is awesome and His ways are perfect.

Regardless of whether or not I am babbling just remember that God is with us through this outbreak. Be smart but trust God most of all.

Praying Blessings, health and favor over each person that reads this today.

Battling our Thoughts

There are times you make decisions and you know it’s the right one. But immediately afterwards you have to deal with thoughts. Thoughts that bombard you and tell you that you’re a failure. Thoughts that make you feel as if you are just doing something out of selfishness. Even though you know for a fact that is not true. But it doesn’t matter becaue satan likes to use those things to make us feel bad and question are motives.

The truth of the matter is we had to make a tough decision recently, one that we never thought we would have to make. Although we have always kept this option open because we knew there may come a day when we would have to do it. But we had always believed that day would never come.

We made this decision after much prayer and talk. We are at peace with this decision. But then satan came right up behind me and starting whispering those little lies. The ones that tell me “I failed” and that “I’m not good enough”. The ones that make you want to question each decision you have ever made. You know they are lies. But every now and then they will just crawl into your mind and the next thing you know you have to shake yourself up and tell satan “Get thee behind me”.

You may be wanting to ask me what decision I am talking about, but I’m not quite ready to make that public knowledge on here yet. One day in the near future I will share about it, but right now I’m just not ready.

The point of this post is, when God gives you a clear answer about something don’t let satan beat you up over it. When you have inner peace, remind yourself that not all thoughts are from God and some thoughts are just planted by satan to try and keep you from doing things that God has already given you peace about doing.

Have a blessed day,

Week 6 in Review

Well after Day 10 of our Eco-system experiment we had a couple losses. Our two original fish have died but the 3 babies are still living and the snail is still living. We studied a bit more on Ancient China and We are reading about Persia.

In art Angel has been working on still lifes and she seems to really be good at it. We are working on Algebra more, and the week after Fall break we will be adding in some craft type of stuff. So we can both have the opportunity to be creative.

In my personal life I have returned to the gym. I’m sore but it’s all good. I have also picked up some more sales through my Paparazzi business and praying about my other job. I feel like I’m working hard and I’m wearing myself thin with not much to show.

But I keep plugging away. My hubby has been so helpful and supportive and God has given him favor with those he works with. We try to squeeze in as much family time as possible anymore. Which I love. I enjoy being with my kids and my hubby. I know some people can’t say that but God has blessed me so much in the area of family.

My creative side is burning to be set free and I’ve not had much opportunity to do it. But I’m going to make some time. I think Angel will enjoy it just as much as I will.

This week is fall break for us so no official “school” stuff will be going on but I’m looking forward to some creative fun time.

Have a great week.

Weeks 3 – 5 And Boy I’m Behind…

So I started blogging about our school weeks and got behind. I’m in a wedding this month and planning some other events both for church and our co-op so I got a little thrown off. Not to mention I still have to work and do school with my girl here at home.

We’ve kept pretty busy during weeks 3 through 5. Studying Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as well as China. We’ve been working on a closed bottle Science experiment for Biology which has been thriving. When we left our co-op we had 2 fish and 1 snail. By that evening we had 6 fish and 1 snail. The following morning we could only find 5 fish and 1 snail. Apparently one of our fish was pregnant. However, My mini me did an awesome job picking out the perfect environment or her creatures. Each student got to pick their environments and thus the point of the experiment. We needed to be able to keep the creatures alive without having to feed them ourselves.

Mini Me chose the following ingredients to make a suitable home for her environment: Lake water, dirt, rock with algae, plants and set it in a place where it gets partial natural sunlight. I guess those ingredients were the perfect fit for her tiny fish and snail. She named the fish but as she chose Japanese names for each of them I can not tell you what they are.

We are working on Algebra 1 in math and it makes my brain hurt a bit. But we are pushing through. We’ve been walking and exercising daily so she gets her PE time in. We’ve also been reading quite a bit about early American history on the side.

I borrowed a book from the library about the Lost State of Franklin. It’s been interesting but because it is set up as a “text book” it can get a bit boring. So I read it as much as I can at night until I fall asleep. Of course the book was written in the 1920’s so it can be monotonous.

Like I mentioned early we have a wedding this month that we will be in so we’ve got lots going on, so, if I forget to post on Monday about week 6 you will know why.

Also I want to share with you a picture I took this past week. I was kind of proud.

Sky, Sun and Church

And on September 14th (2 days after our 21st wedding anniversary), Hubby and I renewed our vows. It was a surprise to me and the first time in the 22 years that we have been together that he was able to pull off a surprise.

Week 2 and Getting Away

We finished week 2 of this homeschool year. It is still hard adjusting to only one kid. She is amazing and awesome but she is not used to having me all to herself.

As we both have had to adjust to new schedules and needs we have had to trust God to show us the path to walk. It’s a new journey and a whole different schedule.

You may think… “you’ve been through this twice before, how hard and different could it be?” So I will be completely honest… It’s completely different. She has a whole different personality, she has different needs. She still needs me. And for me that is all that matters. You see God put this child in my care for me to train up. So her needs are a priority. Right when I was beginning to feel overwhelmed and no longer needed is right when the revelation that this kid needs me now more than ever.

We all know that change is not easy. And we all deal with it in different ways. But we can get through it. Right now she and I are helping each other to adjust to life changes. Voids from no longer having her siblings present during the day. Where she is my number one focus. I thank God for this kid because she is helping me to prioritize where I need to be. Which is right here. Family is number one. Everything else has to wait.

On the educational side of things We talked about Egypt. Started Reading Tom Sawyer (among many other things). Began prepping for our Co-Op year to begin and took a quick little weekend getaway over Labor day to see family.

Hope you all are having a GREAT week.

Blessings,

Week 1 Down 35 more to go…

Last week was our first week back in our school routine. It’s Angel’s first year alone. It’s her first week of highschool and I’m not sure she is enjoying this “alone” time. I know she will adjust. Just as I will. But its taking us some time to get used to a lot of one on one time.

This week we started studying World History. Sumer, Ancient Egypt and the Fertile Crescent civilizations. We talked about the geography of North and South America and started reading some Poetry to warm us up for Literature and Composition. Since she is doing her math and science via co-op (as well as an art class), We had a couple weeks free of some math and science. We are also learning about the four square writing method and adding in some additional grammar exercises as well as Health and P.E.

So all in all a good first week of homeschool.

Later in the week I will let you in on the books I’ve been reading. And then next week you can catch up on our week 2.

Have a great day.

Sunflowers

Two posts in one week. Wow. Crazy. I know. But I wanted to share some pictures I took of the Sunflower fields while we were at Ijams. They are blooming and there are 70 acres of them. So enjoy the pictures.

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© 2019 Dianna Auton
© 2019 Dianna Auton

Another Year and Another Graduate

So another school year has gone by and we are technically half way through our summer. It’s hard to believe. My second daughter has graduated high school and now I only have one left to educate. Phew!!! It’s exciting and yet seems hard to believe that I have two college kids.

Hope will continue her education in the fall heading to college and working on a degree in Media Technology for Photography. She will be attending the same college as her older sister so again both will remain home while spreading their wings a bit more.

My youngest will begin her high school years this fall and it seems so hard to believe that in only 4 short years we will be attending her high school graduation. I’m just so glad its not back to back like my older two. We are continuing to attend our co-op this fall where I have somehow been wrangled in to teaching middle school Life Science. 😉 Not quite sure how that happened but I’m kind of excited about it.

I’m trying to enjoy every single day that goes by with my family because I am not sure when one of my girls will end up married with their own families. As I have two that are old enough to begin a serious relationship. So you never know when they decide to bring home a young man. But they better be a good God fearing young man or else mama will be doing a lot of praying. Not that I already haven’t been praying for their future husbands.

Okay so lets change the subject now. I think I will be stopping here and I will update again when I am able.

Focus & Word of the Year

It’s amazing to me how God can get your attention just by the little things that go on in life. For me it is just little drops of things that will get into my mind and not go away.

This year I really felt like I needed to go back to a Word that I had a few years ago, Love. For my word of the year. Mainly because I felt like there is still so much more to learning to really love people than just what I got out of it. Love goes so much deeper than an emotion or feeling. Love is an action that you choose to do on a daily basis. So for 2019 I decided I really needed to focus on that again.

Of course for the whole of 2019 I have felt that I really needed to just get things into focus over all. Business wise, school, family, ministry, etc. I’m just trying to really hear the voice of God well so I can be a success. It’s about learning to say no to things so that I can do the things that he has called me to do well. It’s about seriously seeking the Lord to find out what he wants from me and what I can do for Him.

My word of the year is Love but my priority is to Focus. Focus on the important and letting go of what isn’t. Focus on relationships and letting go of things. Focus on my family and letting go of the distractions. I can not do the one thing God has called me to do (be a wife and mom) well if I do not focus on that.

Even though I am a mom, my kids are of the ages that they are taking care of themselves a bit more and I can focus on ministry and others areas. I’ve bee able to focus more on singing, writing and organizing.

He has also allowed me to start a business that I enjoy and I can set time to focus on that as well. But He is my first priority, my family comes next and then everything else. He has helped me to focus on the right balance and do the right things. I’m not perfect and don’t have it down yet. In all honesty I probably never really will but… I’m a work in progress and I see myself stressing less.

Blessings dear friends….