Friday, September 6, 2013

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Hurray! School Is In Session

Guest post with Crystal Willis.

A while back my daughter, Alicia, asked me to write a post for her blog, but nothing had really come to my mind until today.

For several years now we have a back to school tea party. Each year the theme is a little different, but with  each one  always celebrating a new year of school and starting out with a fresh slate. :)  I usually give them some new school supplies, or a new alarm clock, or just some treats to enjoy during the long school days.

I have been thinking that this IS really something to celebrate.  The gift to homeschool our precious children. 
  Many people had to fight for this precious right.  Some even went to jail for us to enjoy this freedom.  I recently read that on August 29, 2013, 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family's residence near Darmstadt, Germany.  They forcibly removed all 4 of the family's children on the sole grounds that the parents were homeschooling.  The children were taken to an unknown location and officials promised the parents that they would not be seeing their children "any time soon".  
There was no allegations of abuse or neglect.  Their crime:  wanting to direct their children's education themselves.  How horribly  sad to not even know where your children are.  I can't imagine the pain they are suffering right now.  I also, recently read that the  Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, denied the German homeschooling family, the Romeikes, political asylum in the United States.  They fled their home, country, family and friends after being prosecuted in Germany for homeschooling.  Their one desire; to home educate their children, something many of us take for granted.  The White House has showed so much leniency to millions of immigrants who have come here illegally in hopes of a better job, but it is determined to deport this ONE family who has come to America in search  of freedom to teach their children. The Romeike family faces thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time if they return to GermanyGermany's proclamation stated that its central reason for banning homeschooling is to suppress religious minorities. After reading this, I say  HOW   blessed we are to be here in America, home educating our children.  What a gift from God!  May we embrace each day with thankfulness for this opportunity. May we make the most of our days and time with our children, for the days are evil.

I just wanted to encourage those of you who are weary and tired, to keep on the course.  I have been homeschooling for 17 years now and I know all to well that there are times of burn out and there are days we just don't want to grade another grammar book or look at another algebraic expression.  As the mother of 8 children, I know how hard it can be to homeschool with little ones around.  I still remember trying to teach my 5 year old to read when the baby cried, so I had to say "hold on", while I went to get the baby.  I began nursing the baby, so we settled back down and began working on phonics, and then my two year old, who was being potty trained, messed her pants, so I had to say once again, "hold on".  After cleaning up everything, we sat down again to read.  Surprisingly, she became an excellent reader and now, even writes books.  All thanks to God! 

I just want to encourage you today to embrace this day of homeschooling with enthusiasm and thanksgiving for this wonderful privilege.  Remember why you are homeschooling.  To raise children who love the Lord our God with all their hearts, soul, mind and strength.  May the word of God always come first in our schooling.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 "These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou rises up."  As we teach our children math, history, language etc.  may we always remember Proverbs 4:  7-8 "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:  and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:  she shall bring thee to honour, when thou does embrace her." If my children become rocket scientist, but do not love God, I have failed.

Also, add some fun and celebrations in your school days,  like field trips, tea parties, park days etc... Ecclesiastes 12: 12 "Of making many books there is no end; and  much study is a weariness of the flesh."  Enjoy just being with all your sweet blessings.  The days go be fast.  With my oldest almost 22 years old, I know how fast the time goes and with my youngest being 2 years old, I pray that I CAN homeschool him through the years to come.

  So lets celebrate our freedom to homeschool and may you have a blessed school year!

Here are some pictures of our back to school tea:

This years theme was honey apple


Gum balls with pipe cleaners

Apple fritters & quiche
Wafer cookies w/bees

Chicken bacon wraps

Apple muffins

Molded chocolate

Chicken apple salad w/croissants

The blessings!
The goody bags

Hannah being a lady with her tea cup

Samuel with his mouth full

Sweet Sarah

Joyful Stephen

Isaac enjoying honey sticks

Here is a recipe we all enjoyed.

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (1 lb) package sliced bacon
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes
3.  Cut each bacon slice into thirds.
4.  Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
5.  Stir together brown sugar and chili powder.  Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture
6.  Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Place chicken on rack
7.  Bake for 35-40 min. or until bacon is crisp and chicken is done



  1. Great job decorating. That looks like a lot of fun. :-)

  2. Thanks Mom for all the hard work you do in homeschooling all of us! Your article was really good. Love you!

  3. Thanks for all the hard work you put into the tea and this post! :) Love yah lots.

  4. Great job Crystal. You are an inspiration to many!! God Bless you and keep you always.:-)You are making memories that will not soon be forgotten!!!

  5. Little Miss Blue EyesSeptember 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    The tea party was AMAZING mom! Thank you for organizing it for us! Also, the article was very nice!
    Love you Lots!!


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