One Homeschool Mom’s Ideas to Keep Kids Positively Busy

One Homeschool Mom’s Ideas to Keep Kids Positively Busy

I am a homeschool mom of 5. I have homeschooled all 5 since kindergarten. Two are now in college, two are in high school, and one is in middle school. As Covid-19 hits and public schools get ready to go online, my friends who are public school parents are trying to figure out what do do with their kids all day. I have had several friends ask some variation of the request to share worksheets or something, anything really, to give their kids to occupy them for the next few weeks, while also keeping their own sanity. I mentioned this to my kids, and one of them said, “What are worksheets?” Now, that may not seem funny until I tell…

Great Expectations:  Does Your Pastor Have To Be Superhuman?

Great Expectations: Does Your Pastor Have To Be Superhuman?

  Here are some interesting statistics from https://www.soulshepherding.org/pastors-under-stress/ 75% of pastors report being “extremely stressed” or “highly stressed” 90% work between 55 to 75 hours per week 90% feel fatigued and worn out every week 70% say they’re grossly underpaid 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month 78% were forced to resign from their church (63% at least twice), most commonly because of church conflict 80% will not be in ministry ten years later and only a fraction make it a lifelong career. On average, seminary trained pastors last only five years in church ministry 100% of 1,050 Reformed and Evangelical pastors had a colleague who had left the ministry because of burnout, church…

A Captive of Stuff

Some of you know that a couple of months ago we had a problem with the sewer in our basement. A drain in the floor of our basement got clogged and backed up, coming out all over the carpet, ruining much of our subfloor, and generally creating havoc in our lives. The basement is where we kept our homeschool library, file cabinets with papers and office supplies, DVD and CD collection, and all other sorts of stuff. Some of this stuff was actively in use. Some of it, not so much. For example, most of our homeschool library was picture books covering all kinds of stories and topics. We had picture books covering everything from Gilgamesh to Paper Airplane construction,…

A Finger Raised Through Time And Space

I love cultures. I love thinking about cultures. Our church’s small group lessons for this term have made me think about it even more. In Ghana hubby and I saw something that made us go ”Wow!” 😮. I don’t know if anyone else has ever noticed it. What I am about to tell you isn’t on the internet anywhere else that I can find. If you have been around African American church culture you have seen folks raise the index finger of their right hand as they leave to use the restroom or whatever. It’s even in the urban dictionary (linked below). Snopes lists as “undetermined” the theory that it comes from the days of slavery and people asking to…

All The Bells And Whistles

I found out yesterday that the Hammond B3 organ I play every Sunday was made in 1958. It is in pristine condition. Over the years it has needed a vacuum tube or 2 changed (yes, it runs on vacuum tubes), but otherwise it has been faithfully whirring on demand for the past 60 years.  I recently borrowed a coffee pot from my in-laws. People were coming over and I needed to make both decaf and regular. I only have my little 4-cup cheapie coffee maker. (By the way, who defined a “cup”? A pixie? A leprechaun? Because I need several “cups.”) My mother-in-law informed me that it was a wedding present for them about 48 years ago. I used it.…

Support for Depression

Support for Depression

I was speaking to someone recently who was trying to minimize their antidepressant medications because, well, you know… It got me to thinking. Why in our world is having depression and taking antidepressants a shame? Folks that have diabetes take insulin. That’s a very normal and accepted thing in our society. My thyroid doesn’t put out the proper amount of chemicals, so I supplement with daily medications. Nobody frowns on that. The funny thing is, depression can be a symptom of that thyroid problem. Purely chemical. Correct the thyroid and the depression goes away. These kinds of medications are not frowned upon. And yet every time I speak with someone who is fighting depression they kind of whisper it or…

A Song Selection

(Stick with me. I go somewhere at the end.) I am the Director of Music at our church. Part of that job includes choosing music for our services. We are a diverse Pentecostal church, diverse in age, shade of skin, nation of origin, rural/metro mindset, denomination of childhood, etc. Since music is a very cultural thing, basically that means I can never make everyone happy. Sometimes I can make some people happy. I do try to draw us into a mindset of praise and worship, away from the distractions of life to a place where we can focus our attention on God. I’ve spent much of the day combing through music in an effort to add a few songs to…

Of Grasshoppers and Giants

Here’s my Deep Biblical Thought for the Day. (Not implying or promising that there will be another one tomorrow.) Numbers 13 tells how the spies coming back from spying out the land of Canaan gave a negative report, saying sure, the fruit in the land is nice, especially with all the milk and honey to go with it, but there are walled cities and giants and really scary stuff there, so nope, we like the desert. We get down to Numbers 13:33 (NLT) and it says: “We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” Now somehow I doubt they interviewed the giants, saying, “So, Mr Really…

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

A gentle reminder for the mothers out there (and fathers can benefit too): In ancient history the mother of the future king was often one of the most powerful people in the kingdom, sometimes 2nd only to the king. Why? Because they knew her influence on the future of the kingdom was immense, often more than any other person. In our society today, though, motherhood takes a backseat to so many other things. Even the most powerful lawyer, the most skilled surgeon, the best executive, can and will be replaced the day after they retire, but a good mother is literally irreplaceable. Let’s not sacrifice our largest influence (motherhood) for secondary gains (literally anything else). That looks different for different…

Cuba As I See It, Days 14 & 15

Cuba As I See It, Days 14 & 15

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one or two days of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will…