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  1. We do give 10% to our church, and we also contribute to the needs of missionaries we know and of the local homeless shelter on top of that. I used to have an awful time giving (I'd obsess about giving off of gross income vs. net, etc. etc.), but it seems that the more we give, the easier it becomes. It's a shame when churches become obsessed with money and it's wrong, but the bottom line with giving is that it's between you and God and how tightly you hold to the things of this world.
  2. Does anyone know where I can get a book of blackline masters of the states, regions and the whole USA? I'd like something that I can make a copy of, say... New England, and the kids can color in the states and label them. I haven't looked tooooo hard, but I was just wondering if anyone had something like this and could advise.
  3. WW is great. It's hard, though, once you "get there!" I've been at lifetime for several months now and it's a struggle, every day. But, that's not a problem with WW. That's a problem with me. But, it's probably the most "natural" way of dieting. You're eating regular healthy foods, at moderate portions and exercising and getting enough water. Good luck!
  4. Sure! For example, in lesson 3, there's one page on Leif Ericson. So, I'm planning on taking a couple of days studying the Vikings. I've got "Who were the Vikings" Usborne Starting Point History, which seems like a great resource. We'll read, narrate a few of the interesting sections. I also got the coloring book "The Story of the Vikings" by A.G. Smith and will copy off and color a few of those pages. Read "Leif the Lucky" by the D'Aulaires. So, that's my plan for the VIkings. There's a nice (but not too detailed) chapter in HS on the Native Americans, so I'll supplement with library books and I've been looking at some activity books on Amazon. I plan on doing that for most of the biographies and the Pilgrims and Jamestown. The reason I'm going with BJU is I want my kids to have a very strong background in US History and I think BJU will afford that (with a little supplementation).
  5. Mine looks a little different for my boys. Phonics & Math - A Beka History - BJU Press Heritage Studies 1 Science - WTM Bible - CLP Music - Our homeschool group has a choir/music appreciation classes I'm really looking forward to next year. I'm just using BJU as a spine, and going a little deeper studying the Vikings, the Aztecs, Jamestown and the Pilgrims, etc. It's been fun planning it all out.
  6. "How to have a new kid by Friday" and "How to make your children mind without losing yours" by Dr. Kevin Lehman.
  7. That is strange. All three of my children are adopted and even before they were finalized (we did fost-adopt) I was never required to show paperwork for anything. Even when the name on their Medi-Cal cards were different than the names we were calling them, and even for the 15 months when my daughter didn't even have a legal name (long story), we didn't have to prove anything.
  8. Thank you for sharing. I, too, am an adoptive mother. We're infertile, so all three of my kids are adopted. Two are bio brothers. The boys we adopted at 13 months and 4 months, my daughter when she was 2 days old. I find myself at times just freaking out about how to answer the questions and all that when they really get old enough to be curious and start putting the pieces of information together. They're 6,5 and 3 right now. They all know they're adopted, but they don't really know what that means. We have honestly answered their questions, but we don't initiate conversations. Frankly, their pasts aren't pretty. But, part of the reason I don't initiate conversations with them about their adoption is that I still have that horrible fear of rejection when they realize I'm not their "real" mother. Yes, yes, I know, I know that I am their "real" mother. We have bonded and attached (sometimes I feel like they are too attached:tongue_smilie:).I know all that in my head, but somehow I can't get that knowledge into my heart.
  9. I do hide them. Well, I let them peruse through them the day they come, for a little while, but then I put them away. I feel dumb about doing it, but I don't want them to wear them out before we even get to them.
  10. It's worth it for us, and it's a 45 minute drive. I get milk for 1/2 of what it is in our local supermarket, refried beans are less than $1/can, in our supermarket they are $1.25. Yes, I have to buy in bulk, but canned stuff lasts. When I was buying diapers, the quality of the Kirkland diapers and wipes was better than Target's store brand. I get cheese there much less than the grocery store. I love their individually frozen chicken breasts. I haven't comparison shopped those, but they're much better tasting than the "fresh" chicken at the supermarket. Their meat is high quality and we have a deep freeze. We've also bought appliances there - my kitchenaid is from there, our kids' play structure is from there. We do have a card that gives us cash back, too, so that helps with the membership fee. Plus, when you go there with kids, it's great when they have all the food samples out!:)
  11. My mother, who is a ps teacher, is so incredibly against my homeschooling our kids it's amazing. I can't ever have a conversation with her about problems I'm having with my oldest's behaviour because her stock solution to the whole thing is, "Well, maybe a year in ps will do him and you some good!" as if ps is the solution to all behavior problems. Drives me nuts!
  12. I agree with Happy. Ask a good nurseryman (or woman). Not one from a bigbox store, either. However, my first thought was verbena. That's pretty low maintainance.
  13. I taught jr. high science for 11 years before we adopted the boys, at which time I decided to be a sahm. One of the reasons I'm homeschooling is because I taught and I know what goes on in schools - and I taught in a good Christian school, too. It's been a hard transition, though. Jr. highers came to me knowing how to read - and this teaching my boys how to read is about sending me over the edge. I'd rather teach content than skills any day!
  14. It does seem that the kid is a little directionless, however, I think in our society too much is made of being passionate about what you do, about finding the perfect job. We think everyone should have big dreams and find their calling. It's kind of the same thing about finding the perfect "Harlequin Romance"-type spouse. It's a nice idea, but not at all realistic for most people. Most people, IMO, have gifts and talents in certain areas and could be good at a variety of jobs. Jobs that they would enjoy and find satisfaction in, but not necessarily be passionate about, and that's ok. But this idea of blowing a career's importance all out of proportion is crazy and puts a lot of pressure on a young person. Whatever happened to a liberal arts degree? Why are 4 year universities all the sudden glorified trade schools? You have to know what you're doing when you get in so you take all the right classes! I could have 2 college degrees with all the units I graduated with, because I changed my major a couple times. Back in the day, most people didn't have a whole lot of choices - they either did what their folks did, or they were apprenticed out. Now, there are so many choices, it's not wonder we have a lot of directionless 20-somethings who haven't graduated college yet.
  15. Someone told me once that if I were too perfect, I'd make life really miserable for my future daughters-in-law, because no woman would then measure up to Mom in my sons' eyes. I comfort myself with the fact that my future dils will be very happy! lol.
  16. We live 1/4 mile from where I grew up. But, to my credit, I went away to college, I taught school for 2 years in Sao Paulo, Brazil and I did live in the SF Bay area for a while before I moved back. So, it's not as bad as you might think. I do like my hometown. Now that I'm all grown up.
  17. Thick grass. That's what I grew up with. Actually, I grew up with thin grass and lots of sticks from an oak tree and I never got hurt. Even from jumping off the swing millions of times.
  18. We'd leave California, too, in a heartbeat, if we didn't have so much family here. My parents are getting up there in age and I'm the only one who's able to take care of them if/when they need it. There's no way they'd leave, so we're stuck here.
  19. I wear them to church and I'm more likely to wear a fun skirt during the summer because it's cooler and I'm not altogether thrilled with my legs.
  20. I have a raspberry bush I've kept alive now for a year. It flowered beautifully and looks healthy, so we'll see. It gets morning sun, but no afternoon sun and water every other day (we have to ration here in Califoria). I have great hopes for it!
  21. I generally didn't think 2 was too young to be trained. I know in the past, when cloth diapers were the norm, children were trained pretty early. My boys were trained by the time they were three. But my daughter... well, she was a different story. We tried everything that every book, and well-meaning friend and relative said, but you just can't make a kid pee if they don't want to. So, we let it go until she was about month after her third birthday and then a "crisis" happened, I lowered the boom, but she did respond well and was trained almost overnight. She is still very wet at night, but she does well during the day.
  22. Well, yes. But, eventually the kids are going to need something to write on. For little ones, it can be tedious copying a math problem out of a non-consumable textbook. When the boys were in pre-K, I wanted to do a little light preschool with them with free stuff I found on the Internet, but it gets expensive printing it all off, so I ended up buying the A Beka K4 curriculum, and it was cheaper than all the "free" stuff I was getting off the Net.
  23. I just throw in whatever, but what makes a good pasta salad, imho, is the dressing. I use Good Season's Italian Dressing and then sprinkle a lot of Salad Supreme (you get it in the spice section) on it. Yummy!
  24. I hate Saxon. Now, I must say I haven't taught it in a homeschool setting. I taught it in Christian school. I thought it was boring, but what frustrated me the most was that if the class didn't get the concept, ie. finding the area of a shape, then we'd have to wait to pick it up again. I found myself making a lot of re-teaching worksheets and projects so the kids could understand the concept.
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