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post #41 of 542
It is so much easier for the brothers since they are up on the stage so much, huh? With me working and homeschooling it is so hard to learn a new language and then have to teach it to the boys too. We just feel like all of the praying we have been doing is guidance to go back. I am glad that you guys are succeeding in your endeavors to be where there is a need.
post #42 of 542
I think that it is better to be certified, but I just never got around to it. I had a ton of births under my belt, so it made the moms feel comfortable with me, so that helped. The first few I did at a reduced rate too.
post #43 of 542
I'm here lol! Again. Too late after everyone else!

Hi Bakerswife! I actually wondered if that was you, then I thought it was too big a coincidence.

French would be a fun language to learn I think....well, fun until I realized I couldn't do it : I don't seem to have a very good brain for learning languages...I'm trying to teach ds some sign language but I think he's too young to figure out what I'm doing lol.
post #44 of 542
Did you guys have a good weekend? We were busy as usual! So much to do these days with studying etc. Got to have fun with friends we have not seen since the DC last year and went to the zoo with the kids. Had a blast......

Hope you guys are good...............
post #45 of 542
We had fun.....went up to the mountains after meeting yesterday and spent all afternoon in the rain and cool winds. We loved introducing Davey to the outdoors....it's too bad he was too little to enjoy it for the most part, couldn't run around & play quite yet
post #46 of 542
Pretty soon you will be chasing Davey through the mountains and will wish he was little again so you did not have to worry about him! LOL.....

Sounds like you had a great time.....we want to go to the mountains again, but we live far away from them. Hoping to go next year again. We usualy go every year but have missed it two years in a row.....
post #47 of 542
Oh don't I know it!!!!! "No you cannot climb up on that rock just because your Uncle Russell can!" I can hear it all now......////
post #48 of 542
Hello! Can I join in here?

I had no idea this thread exsisted.

hmmm.. let me introduce myself, I'm from San Antonio married 7 1/2 yrs with 2 girls aged 2 1/2 and 10 months.
We just got back from our 3 day in Belton. Ours was actually the first week of July but we went the 2nd week of August since it was the only one my mom could get to and she always needs help. She ended up having to quit her job.

and WOW. let me tell you. What a convention!! Next time I am bringing a tape recorder tho since I end up spending alot of time in the nursing mothers room and DH spends time soothign the girls in the hallway. I'm sure this will pass as they get older but in the meantime I missed out on alot of timely information.
Thankfully a disabled sister in my cong. is going to let me borrow her tape of the Symposium on friday.

hmmm.. what else? I SAH with the girls. Thinking about homeschooling - we'll see.
We are going to have to move to the other side of town for my DH's work - not looking forward to it since i LOVE my congregation. We've been here 4 yrs and thats alooooong time for me. I've moved so many times since childhood that I've been in almost 20 congregations! My DH spent 23 yrs in the same one so for him it;s an all new adventure to move.


anyway! Nice to meet ya'll!
post #49 of 542
forgot to sub.
post #50 of 542
wryknowlicious - Nice to meet you......I am supposed to be getting my last day of the DC this Friday (in English since I went to all of the DC in French in July) and I can't wait! I am so excited........

I work part-time at home and homeschool my boys......we really do a lot of unschooling, but use a curriculum too as DS likes to do book work too, and I can't wing it on my own so I needed someone to tell me what to do every day with him........LOL

I know that moving is hard when it comes to the congregation, but you will be fine! :-) I have done it a lot too.....just allows you to make more friends....we are going to be moving here in the next few months too, to another town where we know nobody so it will be a new adverture for us. It is nerve wracking though! Just praying for my sanity!
post #51 of 542
subbing too!
post #52 of 542
Hi Mama!

I'm Lori, with a 7 month old son in Tucson. And I spent most of my convention last month in the nursing mothers room so I missed a nice portion of it :

We'll see where we are in this system down the road....I'd love to homeschool ds but husband wants him in public school to "learn how to deal with people" and plus I can't teach higher math....I barely understand it. I can do the basics but forget it for anything higher than long division If nothing else, I'd like to get preschool and kindie curriculums from Oak Meadow and then maybe get ds into a charter school or the local free school....prefering the latter. Actually I'd just prefer to be in the new system at this point lol.

Howdy Bakerswife! You know, I don't know if I told you this, but you were the only person who actually "sat me down", so to speak, and told me that I could do a natural birth. Everyone else was wishy-washy ("don't beat yourself up if you can't do it," "trust your doctors," : ) but you actually told me I could do it and that I could believe in myself. With your words (and the confidence of dh and my mom) I went in without fear. And I thank you SOOOOOO much for believing in me!
post #53 of 542
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Originally Posted by thefragile7393
Howdy Bakerswife! You know, I don't know if I told you this, but you were the only person who actually "sat me down", so to speak, and told me that I could do a natural birth. Everyone else was wishy-washy ("don't beat yourself up if you can't do it," "trust your doctors," : ) but you actually told me I could do it and that I could believe in myself. With your words (and the confidence of dh and my mom) I went in without fear. And I thank you SOOOOOO much for believing in me!
That is so sweet of you to say! I just know that deep down anyone (barring complications) can have a natural birth if they try! I am glad that I was able to help you to have confidence in yourself so that you could have the birth you wanted! It is tough, but SO worth it to have a natural birth, and in water to boot, you just can't beat that! I am proud of you.....it gives me much joy to see a mom that has successfully had a natural birth feel that rush of confidence and excitement saying "Wow, I did it!" Makes me cry to think of it...........
post #54 of 542
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Originally Posted by thefragile7393
We'll see where we are in this system down the road....I'd love to homeschool ds but husband wants him in public school to "learn how to deal with people" and plus I can't teach higher math....I barely understand it. I can do the basics but forget it for anything higher than long division If nothing else, I'd like to get preschool and kindie curriculums from Oak Meadow and then maybe get ds into a charter school or the local free school....prefering the latter. Actually I'd just prefer to be in the new system at this point lol.
I get fearful about math and other stuff too, but there are many curriculums out there that offer assistance to the parents to get them through the rough spots.....you would be amazed at how easy it can be. Just keep that in mind, and keep your mind open to the possibilities.

As far as being in school to learn how to deal with people, that is a thought that many people have. I get that all the time in the KH about it. The thing that gets me is that I really want to keep my children home so that I can teach them what I want them to know and the values, etc., without the influences from others and their opinions. And for association, etc., we have a home school group that we do periodic field trips, park days with, so they are being exposed to other children but the supervision is different in that rather than there being 1 teacher to 30+ kids there is 1 parent to 2 or 3 kids....much better able to trust what is going on.

Oakmeadow is a great curriculum. We use Calvert, and love it, although lately we have been leaning towards more unschooling.

It is a personal decision, and is hard. It is just like home birth and natural birth. If it is something you believe it, stick to your guns. Just do your research. You would be amazed at how kids that are homeschooled are actually coming out more equiped to deal with people, etc., and are doing better in college, etc., because they are there to learn, etc. There are colleges that are seeking out homeschoolers because of the rep they have for wanting to learn and not just going to party, etc.
post #55 of 542
Yea!! Yea!!!Yea!!!!:
I'd never noticed this tribe before. I am so glad I happened to look here.

My name is Shianne. I live in Colorado. I have three boys(16, 9, 19 months). I homeschool/unschool mostly. I just had my oldest graduate this year. Makes me real sad. I remember everyone telling me that I would never finish high school...new system would be here. Then I would never get married and have kids...3 kids later. Then my boys would never go to school... Can you tell how long I've been in the Truth?
We have our DC this coming weekend. I can't wait.

I am so glad I found this tribe here. I really look forward to getting to know all of you more!
post #56 of 542
Hi Shianne,

Nice to meet you! I live in Florida, but my best friend lives in Colorado! She lives in Longmont....where are you? I love the mountains.....wish I could live there all the time.

I remember my mom being told that my brother and I would never graduate, now here I am with a 6 1/2 yo who is now in the "first grade"!

I would love to know "how" you unschool....that is really how my heart leads me but it scares me to have the nay-sayers out there saying that he should be reading, writing, etc., and that we need to be doing phonics...how important that is, etc, etc., :

So, how long have you all be in the truth? I grew up in a divided household. MOm studied with us...went to first meetings when I was 16 (without dad knowing), first DC in 1989 (release of the YPA book - great timing since I was 17), and baptized in 1991.
post #57 of 542
Hello Shianne & Lori ! :

I've heard that before about going to school to learn how to deal with people of the world. I guess thats one of the reasons why I am undecided about homeschooling.

That and my main reason is I think that Texas public schools are awfull! My DH went to Texas public schools and he was learning in High School what I was learning in middle school in Connnecticut. I homeschooled my high school years tho.

I had to LOL @ FLDoula's mom saying the kids would never graduate! Technically.... i never graduated. I did everythgin necesary but alot was going on at the time and my mom never sent the state the paperwork. Since tyhen the laws have changed so I might as well just get my GED. (I'm 25 now) But I have never really penciled it into my scheduale. :

I know a sister in Connecticut who HS with Carver for 2 yrs and when her DD went back to public school (DH's decision, unbeliever) she was ahead and had to be placed in the next grade. So it sounds like a pretty solid program.

I'm pretty confident in my ability to teach higher math - since i think those things are fun. History, science etc etc. It;s the basics I'm afraid of. I have this fear that I can;t teach my own kids thier letters and numbers.

Heck I'm having an issue right now with Isabella my oldest (she;s 2 1/2) calling Jehovah a "silly man" Oh - and we were at Chuckie Cheese and the table next to us had a B-Day and now she sings the B-Day song to herself allllll the time when she thinks I can't hear it. I want her to not sing it since she knows its wrong - not do it behind my back cause she's afraid.

*sigh* I know these issues will pass. She's only 2.
post #58 of 542
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So, how long have you all be in the truth?

I was raised in the truth by my mom. My dad was disfellowshiped before he met and married my mom. She studied and got baptized on his recomendation, then he got reinstated. That all went downbefore I was 3. My dad fell away into inactivity by time I was 9. My mom was inactive by time i was 11.

I studied independatly and got baptized when I was 16 and about the same time my mom became regular. My younger brother was baptized 3 years ago also.

My DH was raised in the truth, his dad was an elder. His Older brother and his wife are in the international building work. His younger brother is out "finding himself" or something.... we'll see. He and I (my younger broither in law) were baptized at the exact same second not 3 feet from each other along with anbother good friend of ours. It was the coolest story. Not so much so now.
post #59 of 542
I live in Aurora. I grew up here, then moved out to SoCal for awhile and I finally moved back.

I know what you mean about the naysayers, but ya know, children are naturally curious that always leads from one thing to another.
Dusty wants to join the school, so what does he do, he learns to read. He's been at it for a little while now. He is really shy so he hasn't joined yet, but its his goal. Also, he has a lot of things he wants to learn about, so he had to learn to read to learn about them.
Also he really likes science, well, you need math to do science. He even surprises me how quickly he can add, subtract, multiply in his head.
Even though I don't force a subject, I present a lot of opportunities for them to learn. We go to different places and that leads to discussion, discussion leads to research...etc.
My oldest just graduated, and he "wanted" to learn trig and calculus. He did European Literature on his own, English comp...he spends hours and hours writing stories. He learned a bit of Russian and French on his own. He learned genetics, physics, and universal relativitity all on his own. So for those naysayers, I tell them that he has learned more unschooling than almost any child in public school and he did it willingly.
You can pm me if you have any questions. I would really love to help.

I've been raised in the Truth since I was about 5(1975). My mom stopped studying for a little while. She had some issues with the Truth that she had to deal with. But then started studying again when I was 9. I was baptised in 1990 when I was 19.
post #60 of 542
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Originally Posted by Shianne
I've been raised in the Truth since I was about 5(1975). My mom stopped studying for a little while. She had some issues with the Truth that she had to deal with. But then started studying again when I was 9. I was baptised in 1990 when I was 19.
My mom started studying again in 1975 too. She had gone to the meetings as a young child but my grandmother fell away so my mom married a military man. I was 4 when she started to study again. Dad opposed so there was a stuggle for many years. When I went to high school in Texas there were a bunch of bros and sis in school so that was when I started to go to meetings. My best friend's family took me in spiritually speaking and I went to meetings, etc., when I could when I stayed with them for the weekends. We moved to FL after I graduated and I continued to go to meetings without my father's knowledge, and got baptized when I was 20 (in 1991).

Now I am married to an M.S. and have two boys, and we are doing great. Dad still opposes, but he has mellowed some!
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