HMJ- First Week of School

  • In my life this week…

I have been sick for most of this week, so it has made for an interesting first week of school. Tuesday I barely had a voice, but we made due as best we could. Of course being sick also means my house has suffered, so next week I have a lot of work cut out for me to get things back in shape.

We also got to do some plumbing when our bathroom sink backed up and liquid plumber didn’t fix the problem. In that process my husband learned why we have had other plumbing issues, and now we have to price and save for having a professional plumber come out to take care of it all.

It actually wasn’t a bad week though. My husband and daughter really did their best to take care of me and help around the house as much as they could this week. They were also both very patient with not having fresh home-cooked meals for most of the week.

  • In our homeschool this week…

We had our first official week back to school this week. Danger Girl and I are getting back into our regular routine, and so far all is going well. There were no melt-downs or big arguments, so that is promising.

Last year we had some issues with Danger Girl shutting down when she got frustrated. This, of course, would cause my frustration level to rise. We had many discussions about this problem over our summer break, and they seem to have worked. I noticed Danger Girl start to get frustrated when she didn’t automatically understand a math problem. I was bracing myself for the shutdown, but instead she turned to me and asked for help.

That was a great moment for this mom. I know to some it doesn’t seem like a lot, but I was more proud of her in that moment than I was of all the correct answers she had. When she voluntarily asked for help we were able to look at the problem together and find out what she didn’t understand so we could fix it. Danger Girl actually noticed how much time this saved us, and I think she will ask for help more often.


  • I am inspired by…

I was happy to see how many other families teach without a dedicated classroom on the Not Back to School Hop. It was interesting to see how other parents made the most of the space they have, and gave me some great ideas for my space.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We will be taking a scavenger hunt nature walk on Saturday in the park. It will be a fun change of scenery, and I will be excited to finally crawl out of my little hole after being stuck in the house all week.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

My favorite thing was probably Danger Girl’s reaction to frustration during school (see above).

I also liked when my husband offered to help out with the dishes. I had already done them by that time, but it was still nice that he offered.

  • What’s working/not working for us…

One of the great things about homeschooling is that you don’t have to worry about sending your child off to school to be bullied. Of course, that doesn’t save them from bullies everywhere. Danger Girl is dealing with a little bully right now, and it is hard to know exactly how to handle it; particularly when the parents of the child think they have an angel on their hands.

  • Things I’m working on…

Right now I’m planning my reading schedule. I have a ton of books I have downloaded on my Ipad and on my computer, so I am planning which ones to read next so they aren’t just there taking up space.

I am also working on my list of things to do for the house. I plan to sit down with my husband and decide which things we should focus on first (for instance at this point plumbing will now need to come before re-painting).

In more exciting projects, I have been working on a give-away for the blog. The give-away will begin tomorrow, so stop by then to find out what I’m giving away!

  • I’m reading…

I just finished reading “Gray Storm” by Jennifer LeFort. You can see my review under the books tab.

I am still reading “The Total Woman” by Marabel Morgan as well as “Wrecked” by Jeff Goins. I am actually more than half-way through Wrecked, so I’ll let you know what I think of it when I finish.

I just got a new book to review for Book Sneeze, so I will be starting it soon. The new book is “Cruel Harvest” by Fran Elizabeth Grubb.

  • I’m grateful for…

While I was sick this week, a friend of mine was able to pick up my slack with the church bulletin as well as my Wednesday night class, so I am grateful for her willingness to do so. It is good to know there are people around when you need them.

  • I’m praying for…

I have had a couple of friends lose loved ones lately, so I am praying for these people. It is always hard to lose someone you love.

I am also continuing to pray for our homeschool year.


  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
I found this on Facebook and just had to share.

4 thoughts on “HMJ- First Week of School

  1. Oh, no! What a frustrating time to get sick, huh? But you’re feeling better now? And a nice “break through” moment with Danger Girl asking for help instead of shutting down. I have the opposite concern here – when the kids get frustrated they get loud, impatient and angry. We’re working on it though. (I think the key is GENTLE, CALM reminders until they have that break though.)

    1. I am better, thanks. Danger Girl gets it in her mind that if she doesn’t get something right away she’s not smart. I don’t understand why she feels that way, but she does. I have spent plenty of time this week praising her for her good attitude and I think that has helped as well. Good luck with the frustration issues in your home.

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