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Library Fun for Kids

Recently, I shared a video on YouTube featuring some memories during our time at the local library. I’m grateful that our locations offer programs geared specifically towards homeschooling. Here is some footage of my cool kids enjoying library fun.

Hope you enjoyed the video! If your local library has not created programs for homeschoolers yet don’t be afraid to ask them. The efforts of myself and my friends encouraged our locations to create opportunities for local homeschoolers to socialize while we play and learn. A push from your homeschool community might do the same in your neck of the woods.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Enjoy Moments of Motherhood

Happy Mother’s Day!

It was my desire to share a new video, recorded a few months ago, about motherhood but time got away from me. Thank God, I had already had this queued up from last year and totally forgot about it. The feeling of invisibility can come over all mothers occasionally as we go through the first years, working extremely hard to raise our children. This monologue is a grand reminder that no matter what we must appreciate our creation role, let the small stuff go, and cherish every moment. The years fly by. Hear me again, THESE YEARS FLY BY so cherish every moment. Understand that your are a pivotal of God’s story for your children so enjoy your role and be grateful for the blessing of motherhood.

‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’

Happy Mother’s Day


The Invisible Mother
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, ‘Can’t you see I’m on the phone?’ Obviously not; no one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I’m invisible.

The invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??
Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being. I’m a clock to ask, ‘What time is it?’ I’m a satellite guide to answer, ‘What number is the Disney Channel?’ I’m a car to order, ‘Right around 5:30, please.’


Some days I’m a crystal ball; ‘Where’s my other sock? Where’s my phone?, What’s for dinner?’ I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She’s going, she’s going, and she’s gone!


One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, ‘I brought you this.’ It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe.

I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: ‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’

In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

  1. No one cany say who built the great cathedrals — we have no record of their names.
  2. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
  3. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
  4. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, ‘Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, no one will ever see it.’ And the workman replied, ‘Because God sees.’


I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, ‘I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, ‘My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.’ That would mean I’d built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he’d say, ‘You’re gonna love it there…’
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.

From one mommy to another…
The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

The actual title of this drama monologue is “The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees” and was written by Nicole Johnson who performs it at many Women of Faith Conferences.

You. Are. Beautiful.

Earlier this week Princess was chatting with Kevin and he asked: “Who’s the prettiest girl in the whole wide world?” She proudly responded, “ME AM!” This moment had me completely amazed because even in her toddler language she could proudly express that she was loved. I enjoy watching her beam with confidence because her father finds her completely beautiful. Even when he disciplines her, Kevin always reminds her of how valuable she is. It is such a blessing to watch her receive the same loving kindness I have over the years.

Moments like these can just be appreciated naturally because they are so precious. You can also take the spiritual application and be reminded that your confidence should come from your father. Your father is there to love you completely and discipline you appropriately because you are beautiful to him. My confidence has never been in question because my father instilled those values consistently. I am so grateful for my loving father and I know I am beautiful to him.

On the other hand, there are those that did not have the best (or any depending on the circumstances) relationship with their father. I can only imagine the wounds that come from the situations but do note that everyone has issues with their parents growing up. Also, find hope that though your physical father may not be up to par your spiritual Father will never fail you. His love transcends time, space, and long before you were even created he has loved you perfectly. You too should walk with confidence because you are beautiful to Him.

One of the best gifts we have as Christians is God the father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ. We are beautiful because we were designed in the image of the creator of all things. God has parented us well before our own parents were created and that simply blows my mind! He gifted us the Holy Spirit to guide us, speak truth to us, and strengthen us to speak truth to others. Most importantly he gifted a salvation through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ. Even in correction, God’s love is shown because the word clearly states time and time again that discipline is love.

Finally, I know that God believes that we are beautiful because of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. None of these things are deserved but the Lord freely gives them to us a myriad of times. Then after we use those up he comes in and does it again. He is the perfect epitome of the definition of love. He is patient. He is kind. He is faithful. He is God.

I could go on forever about how amazing he is! But instead, I will leave you with a reminder from the little girl in my home (and the little girl inside of me). Look up at your Father and smile sweetly because you are loved and beautiful.

You can catch some more precious moments with our Princess via this recent YouTube video.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 KJV

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

9 Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? Hebrews 12:5‭-‬6‭, ‬9 KJV

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139:13‭-‬16 MSG

FREE Printables to Personalize Your Homeschool/Teacher Planner

I’ve been using the Simple Homeschool Planner every since our oldest son was in kindergarten.  I love the useful extra pages, scripture used throughout, and the décor is always beautiful.  This planner is made and sold exclusively by Mardel, a Christian bookstore.  The price point is great and you can always apply a coupon to sweeten the deal.  I also like that the company offers FREE shipping over $9.99, saving me a trip to the store where I will be tempted to buy all the matching accessories.

You can see how I personalized my Simple Homeschool Planner via this recent YouTube video.


You can see our homeschool lesson plans and how I decorated this planner via another recent YouTube video.


This school year’s planner was the most gorgeous one but it was also poorly constructed.  The spiral kept malfunctioning and my pages kept falling off.  I attempted to exchange it for a new one but the planner was never in stock at my local Mardel.  I also couldn’t get it online or at any Mardel within 25 miles.  I tried my best to fix it or just bear through it but ultimately,  I decided to purchase a different homeschool planner.  I’m not sure if I’m completely sold on giving up on the Simple Homeschool Planner for our next school year but for now, I’m happy with the new system.  A review on my new homeschool planner will be posted soon.

For now, be sure to get the FREE HOMESCHOOL PLANNER PRINTABLES by clicking this helpful hyperlink.   **These printables were obtained via a FREE DOWNLOAD from The House on Hillbrook blog. **

Make 2018 Grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

December Planner Spreads

2017 is coming to an end and I must say that I am truly happy with the new planning hobby that I started earlier this year.  Throughout the past ten months I have come to find a sense of tranquility when I am decorating my planner and peace when I see things are organized for the month or week.  Of course, I still leave room for spontaneity especially because I am married to Mr. Spontaneous himself, but I find comfort in knowing the bill payments have been scheduled, the appointments are set, and the meal plan is complete.  Next year I plan to add Memory Planning to my hobby and I look forward to creating some beautiful scrapbook photo albums.

december faith planner

My December planner spreads are filled with plenty of glitter, sparkle, and color.  I love the holiday season so my planner spreads definitely reflect my love for Christmas, family time, and making lifetime memories.  This month the spreads feature stickers from the Me and My Big Ideas (Happy Planner) sticker books as well as washi from Dollar Tree and Amazon.  You can see my monthly and weekly planner spreads via this recent YouTube video.

My faith journal monthly spreads include a breakdown of a beautiful card made by my friend Catina, along with other goodies available in detail via my recent blog post.

 

Hope your holiday season is off to a great start and I pray that you enjoy making great memories for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.

 Make this season bright,

Ta’Neisha K.

Our Homeschool Testimony

As November comes to a close, I wanted to take this Homeschool Wrap-Up and share another testimony about how we started on this remarkable journey.

Bear was approximately four years old and we’d been praying about where he was going to go to school for kindergarten.  He was attending a preschool co-op on and the other mothers seemed a bit confused when I didn’t know where our son would be attending school.  The neighborhood elementary was one of the least popular in the district and after visiting; we definitely didn’t want him to attend.  We heard a preacher on the radio mention homeschooling and decided to look into it.  After much prayer and adequate research I asked Kevin if I could attempt kindergarten with our only child.  He agreed and the Team KEMP Academy was subsequently created with a few books from Dollar Tree.  I’m still extremely grateful for books from Dollar Tree for all my students!

Throughout the years this journey has been full of ups and downs but even during those hard moments there is no place I’d rather be.  I am so grateful for the daily precious memories and that I am present for every child’s lightbulb moments.  I get so excited when Bear crushes a test and finds out his hypothesis is correct during a Science project.  I love hearing Bam Bam play with Princess, correctly point out 3-D shapes, and recite scripture from memory.  I adore each time Princess learns a new shape, color, or letter in the alphabet but still manages to cook a delicious plastic meal in her kitchen.  I also look forward to the days that daddy gets to hang out with us in-between conference calls, interviews, and meetings. 

Read more about the start of our homeschooling journey here

Here’s a few accomplishments from the month of November:

  1. We celebrated several family birthdays and attended quite a few parties. 
  2. Bear’s football team winning Second Place in their championships and enjoying a weekend team getaway.
  3. We are so proud of Bam Bam for saying a speech at our church homeschool co-op Thanksgiving Luncheon. 
  4. We enjoyed spontaneous Chuck E. Cheese trips and cashing in 1700 tickets.
  5. Our new dog is enjoying his home and has settled in perfectly. 
  6. Princess has expanded her vocabulary tremendously! She has a response to everything and we are enjoying her conversations.
  7. I have maintained my commitment to reading daily and have read 5 books this month.
  8. Our Fall Break was perfect and we were able to rest after a busy sports season.
  9. We used technology to bring the grandparents in on Bam Bam’s birthday celebration. Video chat with grandparents is so much fun!
  10. Bear recorded, completed the editing, and uploaded a video for our current homeschool giveaway. 

 

As 2017 comes to a close I hope that you made time to thank God for something each and every day.  He is so worthy and without His love, patience, mercy, grace, and gift of salvation through Jesus Christ I don’t know where I would be.  I honor God because he started this world with the notion to supply our every need and though life choices, from Eden and forevermore, affected our relationship with him, he still showed us grace by offering his perfect son as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  Let’s not forget the new mercies he offers every morning because just by waking up we are given another opportunity to grow in faith.  Who wouldn’t want to acknowledge, praise, worship, adore, and share the good news about a God that is the definition of perfect love?!?!?!

Make today astonishing,

Ta’Neisha K.

Seek God BEFORE Making Decisions

Keeping with this month’s theme, today I’m sharing how God blessed us with our daughter.

We had just given birth to our miracle, surprise Bam Bam, (read that I didn’t know I was pregnant story via this testimony hyperlink) and afterwards the OBGYN came to tell me that we should never have another child.  I was a bit taken aback because I’d never met her prior to coming into the ER that day and after her horrible bedside manner I didn’t plan on seeing her again.  I asked why and she explained that I’d lost a lot of blood during this delivery and I probably end up dying if I tried again.  I told her that I understood but I also prayed that God would heal me and make me whole.  Plus, I had just had a surprise baby 24 hours before so I definitely did not want any more children right then. LOL

Fast forward a year and I started getting that baby itch again but after what the OBGYN said my husband was not in agreement.  Usually he was the one that was full of faith but this time he looked at me and said “I can’t lose you.” I told him I understood but I also reminded him that we’d prayed for three children when we first got married, Bear had been praying for a baby brother and baby sister since he was two, and that if God had done it before he could do it again.  Kevin was unmoved on the issue so I also informed him that I would not ask about it again until he told me his final decision.  One day during prayer time at church, I was on my knees when someone came up behind me and said “God said he can do it again and if you two want another child then you need to make the decision.”  Usually the first part would have people go into immediate worship mode but I was actually grateful for the latter portion of the statement, ‘make your decision.”  Those were the exact words used when I talked with Kevin and with God during my prayer time.  A few days later Kevin said he was ready, we would be alright, and he wanted another baby.  Soon thereafter we were pregnant with our Princess and we knew our family was complete.

Now that our Princess is two years old we all find it hard to imagine what our life would be without having her here.  Had we decided to take the only the word of the doctor and not seek God, we would’ve been content with our two sons and continued life without the sparkle, sugar, and spice only Princess could bring.  Bear has also wanted a brother and sister since he was three years old so I’m glad we listened. Our TTC journey was hard but prayer matched with biblical obedience and faithfulness helped us endure. God has given us beautiful blessings through our children! 

Can you remember a time when others tried to make you go one way but through prayer, you understood that God was pulling you in a different direction?

 Make wise decisions, 

Ta’Neisha K.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not saying to ignore doctor’s advice.  In the aforementioned  situation, the doctor was not familiar with my medical history, previous pregnancy history, and was only used because when I arrived to the hospital I was in the final stages of labor and my doctor was unavailable.