Got a Lot of Things Going On

We are battling a great many things currently at my house. While I know at some point I will share the struggles with teens and suicide and depression and now recent diagnosis of autism. Today the focus is to keep my end of the agreement with my son. Here is another song he has written. In case you didn’t catch his others ones: All I Want for Christmas Is a Friend and Self Esteem

Got a Lot of Things Going On

Uh got a lot of things going on.
That’s why I’m writing this song.
Trying to process a lot.
Cause I have a lot of thoughts.
Just learned I may have autism.
Trying to figure out what that all means.
Wish I could’ve known before I was a teen.
Wondering what other people will think.
Will they think I’m crazy or not care at all.
Will they avoid me as I walk down the hall.
I hope not. I know I shouldn’t worry about this but it’s hard trying not to.
Trying to view it as a blessing instead of a curse.
Cause that will make everything worse.
Sometimes I even wonder who I am.
Like what makes me me.
I wish I could see past the negative parts.
But that’s where I always start.
I know what I’m bad at, But what am I good at?
One things for sure I’ve learned how many people care for me.
I thought they all couldn’t see me.
I felt all alone like nobody cared.
Then people all wrote letters showing they cared.
They really helped and I’m thankful for all of them.
Trying to remember what I did to make me happy.
Not used to feeling a lot.
Like how happy should I be?
I don’t know.
But at the end of the day I’m still determined
Gonna keep fighting till I win.
No matter what I’ve got to make it through.
Gonna do what I need to do.

By A. Lane

 

In Sickness and In Health

In Sickness and In Health

After an evening of intense fellowship with my husband, or in other words sharing of harsh words, he finally looked at me and asked,

“Why do you stay married to a man who is sick and is only going to get worse?” In that moment I could only repeat the question back to him. “Why does anyone stay married to a person with a chronic illness?”

Silence fell in the kitchen. What more could be said? The quick answer could be because I love you, but sometimes you reach a point when the quick easy answer won’t communicate the deepness that is needed. When I my head collapsed on my pillow that night I cried out to God, I need your help in answering this question. I need you to reveal to me how I can address the fears of both of our hearts. How do I have a godly marriage through this situation?

Read more of my quest post on AngelPenn.com

She has organized an amazing series of marriage posts on this Journey of I Do.

At the end of this journey I want to be able to praise Him for walking me through this hard situation. I don’t want to get lost in the “why did this happen” I want to be able to glorify His name.

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Self Esteem Song

Self Esteem by A. Lane

Yes, my son is still writing songs. Did you catch his first song “All I Want For Christmas is a Friend”, he really touched my heart and the song opened up a great dialogue between us. I told him every month he could publish a song here on my blog.

I hope they can provide a chance to share with your kids and maybe start some discussions about things your kids are experiencing.

Self Esteem

Verse 1
Uh man when I was younger I didn’t think much of myself.
Stuck my self-esteem right on the shelf.
I always beat myself up without ever letting up.
I told myself I would amount to nothing.
That I would never amount to something.
I believed I was the worst man alive.
I don’t know how I survived.
I believed I was dumb and nothing but a bum.
I foolishly thought I was being humble.
Instead it just caused me to stumble.
But by God’s grace I got through.
Now I want to help you.
Chorus:
Maybe you’re just like me and you feel the same.
Always giving yourself the blame.
But think of The Lord who gave you your name.
What would he say? Would he agree?
Verse 2
I know what He would say.
Go take a look in his book.
In Isaiah 64:8 it says God made you.
There’s your first clue.
He made you just how he wanted you to be.
Don’t you see?
Now picture someone you love calling themselves stupid, silly, and shameful.
How would you feel if you could see that?
Well that’s how God feels when you say that.
It makes his heart ache.
Every time you say you are a mistake.
So please stop tearing yourself down.
Which causes God to frown.
Chorus:
Maybe you’re just like me and you feel the same.
Always giving yourself the blame.
But think of The Lord who gave you your name.
What would he say? Would He agree?

Verse 3
Think about that for a minute.
Then next time you want to tear yourself down.
Please shutdown that voice that wants you to.
You’re special, spectacular, and sufficient.
Don’t listen to anything that says different.
You’re not perfect but you’re not the worst either.
Please tell someone who is wise what you’re going through.
They’ll know how to help and what to do.
You don’t have to do this on your own.
You can’t do everything alone.
Chorus:
Maybe you’re just like me and you feel the same.
Always giving yourself the blame.
Think of The Lord who gave you your name.
What would he say? Would he agree?

Leave a comment! My son loves getting feedback. 

End-of-the-Year Writing Review with WriteShop

End-of-the-Year Writing Review

with WriteShop

We have worked hard in finishing our WriteShop Book E this year! I am excited over the progress my son is making with his writing.

I created this End-of-the-Year Writing Review to allow my son a chance to evaluate his own work. I wanted to give him the chance to share his thoughts on his writing assignments.

I decided to have our review with snacks in the afternoon. I knew if I included snacks it would create a more willing attitude in my son. Writing is not his favorite subject so extra incentives help.

End-of-the-Year Writing Review Snack

We followed the directions for School Book Sandwiches I found on Pinterest. I had my son select names of books he had read or titles from some of his writing. I found the food markers at our local craft store.

After chatting about things over sandwiches and root beer, we opened his briefcase. His briefcase is where he stores all of his writing assignments. I then gave him the awards I created and had him select which of his writing assignments he felt deserved the awards. I even let him create an award for one of his assignments and this is where we edit adolescent boy humor 🙂

You can download for free from my Teachers Pay Teacher store, Writing Assessment. 

Writing Review

He was really proud of his book report. I think in part that had to do with writing about his favorite book. He gave the book report his Best Assignment Award.

Our End-of-the-Year-Review became a great chance for him to notice how much hard work he accomplished throughout this school year.

I handed him the writing award from the WriteShop program and he colored in his trophy. I think he was happy to not be assigned a writing assignment and I was happy to end our year with smiles.

Good news! WriteShop is having a sale this month! 

 

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Winter Blessings to Battle Winter Blues

Winter Blessings to Battle Winter Blues

A friend once told me to write about situations I have already experienced because your perspective is different from when you are currently dealing with situations. I guess it is the basis for that hindsight is 20/20 scenario.

Yet I am writing this post huddled under my electric blanket while temps are below zero outside. With my thyroid acting up resulting in what I refer to as my thermostat is broken; my feet may never warm up until Spring. I have zero desire for them to touch the cold floor and actually set about accomplishing today’s activities.

How can I offer great ideas to battle winter blues when my toes are the same shade? So I have scratched any thoughts of writing some top 10 list of things to do to battle the winter blues.

What I can offer is a rowdy chant of “you are not alone in the struggle.” 

Now I am going to hope one of my children will bring my a nice big cup of coffee and by the time I get to the bottom of the cup I may have found the desire to get on with the day.

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Participation in the giveaway is consent to receive email from sponsors. This is how winners will be notified and announced and digital prizes delivered. Prizes cannot be transferred or returned for cash value.
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Chances of winning vary based on the final number of entrants. Giveaway ends Jan 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email on Jan 20, 2017. Each winner has 48 hours to respond or they may forfeit prize. Respective Sponsors will be responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact katie {at} paradisepraises {dot} com. FelizPreneur LLC, Po Box 416, Andrews, NC 28901.

 

Laughter is my Word for 2018!

My word for 2018 is laughter!

And she laughs without fear of the future.  Proverbs 31:25

I have come to enjoy this ritual of selecting a word each year. If you select a word let me know in the comments.

In 2017 I chose Thank You instead of saying I am sorry.

In 2016 I chose Clean Slate, Clean Slate…fresh start…even if the last 20 years of writing goals has ended in failures…I can still try again.

In 2015 I chose Stones, so I could focus on God and not the giant attacks.

In 2014 my word was Squirrel, because I needed to focus and stop chasing unnecessary things.

Laughter!

Generally I love a good laugh and watching my friends laugh, this kind of laugh goes much deeper.

Instead of the panic that grips my heart when hard times strike, I want to laugh with the knowledge that my Jesus will not forsake me.

I want to take a deep exhale when troubles come, resting in that laugh.

Countless times my family has witnessed the amazing grace of being sustained through trials. I even keep pictures of when God provides in a concrete way, so that we can remember!

Often when I am overwhelmed by multiple trials that come all at once, I want to throw myself on the ground like a 2 year old screaming “why me”. Life shouldn’t be this difficult and I am positive we have been through enough.

Yet taking a step back and allowing a perspective change I feel I can focus on laughing without fear of the future.

So right now on every month in my planner I am going to write the word laughter. I want to be reminded to schedule some fun things with my friends and family. I want to make sure I take time to laugh. I pray this practice will help remind me.

Then when, not if, trouble finds me; I will be prepared for laughter. 

Happy New Year! 

Planning Moved Me From Surviving to Thriving

Planning Moved Me From

Surviving to Thriving!

Somewhere on this journey of being a homeschooling employed momma; I became in love with planners! Seriously about two years ago I fell in love with a Color Crush planner that allowed me to plan with stickers.

I am a functional sticker planner. Most of my stickers are for events I need to remember. Occasionally I throw a pretty sticker in the corner. Thank you Etsy for connecting with planning stickers!

Every Sunday night I pull out my box of stickers and plan my week. When will I squeeze in work, what will we have for dinner and who needs to be where.

It fills my creative need. It allows me time to see the big picture of my week and helps me catch those moments when I am double booked!

Then this year I bought a planner for the blog. Now I am busy attempting to plan things to keep me from posting on a whim.

When I was not looking a friend gave me Michael Hyatt’s planner to help me stay on top of my goals for work. Yes, that makes 3 planners in my life.

But bouncing around from work…to blog…to homeschool…to life…is a lot to keep track of.

While you might think I have lost my mind in planner world, I generally only use the last two planners once a month. But now I have a place to help me remember where I left off at in my thoughts.

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All I Want for Christmas is a Friend

My teenaged son has taken up songwriting this year. I shared a few lines in the Special Needs Homeschooling Facebook group, since I knew they would understand. The struggle of any mom wanting their kids to have friends is very real. You are not alone moms in wanting this for your kids.

Sharing in the group provided an eye opening chance for my son to realize that there are many other kids out there struggling to find a friend. This is an expression of that desire to have a friend, my son hates math but it worked for the song. He is currently putting music to these lyrics.

All I Want For Christmas is a Friend

Dear Santa this year I want something different, not a Mac I already have two of them. No, this year I want something different.

Chorus

All I want for Christmas is a friend, I’m super lonely and lowly my only friends are pretend.
All I want for Christmas is a friend, Oh Santa can’t you help me find a friend.

Verse 1

I wish I had a friend instead everybody calls me weird and I feel like I have disappeared.
My Mom is my only follower and I have 0 likes with many dislikes.
Nobody ever texts me and asks me to hang out.
Instead I’m always left-out.

Chorus

All I want for Christmas is a friend, I’m super lonely and lowly my only friends are pretend.
All I want for Christmas is a friend oh Santa please help me find a friend.

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Field Trip Ideas for The Mystery of History Volume I

Field Trip Ideas for

The Mystery of History Volume I

The lovely ladies in The Mystery of History Volume I Facebook Group started a field trip ideas thread.

I thought it was a great idea to find easy inspiration for planning field trips. I have categorized by state. I have researched more places to visit. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

These include a wide variety of ages and topics. The topics might help you with keywords to do your own research on your surrounding area.

If you have a great field trip comment or send me a link!

Field Trip Ideas:

Alabama:

Alaska:

Arizona:

Arkansas:

California:

Colorado:

Connecticut:

Delaware:

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