New, improved site!!!

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Okay, so I broke down and purchased my own website:)  I now have my own domain name and I can now run Rafflecopter giveaways!!!

Here is the link:  Mt. Olympus Academy

If you currently subscribe, would you mind re-subscribing on my new page?

For those of you who entered in the See the Light Giveaway, your entries have been transferred over into the Rafflecopter in the order in which they were received.  I will comment on your previous entries with any details you may need.

I hope you guys enjoy this site!!!!

Love Dare Day 7

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Dare:  For today’s dare, get two sheets of paper.  On the first one, spend a few minutes writing out the positive things about your spouse.  Then do the same things on the second sheet.  Place both sheets in a secret place for another day.  There is a different purpose and plan for each.  At some point during the remainder of the day, pick a positive attribute from the first list and thank your spouse for having this characteristic.

Background:  How much time do we spend thinking about the negative things our spouse does?  How much time do we spend thinking about the positive things?  If you are anything like me, I bet you spend more time thinking about the negative things than the positive things.  It is so easy to see our spouse’s negative attributes, yet we forget to take time to think about everything good they do.  Even if our spouse has many faults, they also have a few redeeming qualities.  Let us spend more time dwelling on the positive and start giving grace for their downsides.  Kendrick explains, “As you choose to mediate on the positives, you will learn that many more wonderful character qualities could be written…this is a crucial step as you learn to lead your heart to truly love your spouse.”  We do this because we love them, not because they deserve it.

My Experience:  I thought this dare would be easy to complete.  I was sure that my negative list would be longer than my positive list.  However, as I started thinking about my spouse, I found it was not hard finding things I loved about him.  My positive list ended up being longer than my negative list.  Once my lists were composed, I found a second to thank my spouse for one of his positive attributes.  Although he kind of brushed the compliment off, I hope that he knows how much he is appreciated.

Which list was harder for you to write?  How did your husband react to being thanked for something?

Love Dare Day 6

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Dare:  Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation.  Begin by making a list below of areas where you need to add margin to your schedule.  Then list any wrong motivations that you need to release from your life.

Background:  This dare is all about being irritable.  We do not want to be irritable…irritable people are not fun to be around.  Kendrick points out two main reasons people become irritable:  stress and selfishness.  Even if you do not feel stressed, you can be.  Stress is not just caused by having too much to do or too little time to do it.  Stress can be caused by bitterness, lack of nutrition, lack of rest, lack of exercise, arguing, overworking, and overspending.  We need to learn to balance and prioritize to help us live a less stressful (more fulfilling) life.  Selfishness also causes irritability.  Analyzing our motives for keeping certain things in our life can help us see the areas we are being selfish in.  Some motivations can never be satisfied, so cutting them out will help us feel better about our life and ourself.  Love should be our motivation for all things.  Kendrick states, ” Love will lead you to forgive instead of holding a grudge.  To be grateful instead of greedy.  To be content rather than running into more debt.”  Look at the things you do and list why you do them.  Can the desire you want ever be met?  Are you giving something more important up in exchange for that desire?

My Experience:  I have said it before…I am BUSY.  Many days I feel like I am too busy.  I thought I could not cut anything out, even though my husband and I were unable to spend any time together.  Then I read this dare.  Here is a list of everything my schedule is comprised of:

  • Church
  • Husband
  • Children
  • Grad School
  • Homeschool
  • Tutoring
  • Girl Scouts
  • Blogging
  • Dog
  • House Work
  • Exercising
  • Finances
  • Babysitting
  • Errands

I think I got it all.  And I did not include the things I like doing, but hardly have time for (sewing, reading, etc.).  The biggest area of selfishness right now is Grad school.  It takes so much of my time, and it is not necessary at this time in my life.  With my BA and teaching certificate, I would be hirable as a teacher if I ever needed to get an actual job.  I am still young (just turned 25 today!!!), and I can always go back to school when my children are older and more self-sufficient.  My husband and I have had a long talk and I have decided that not continuing with my own schooling would be a good decision for our family.  Although my husband graciously offered to do whatever it took to keep me in school, I have decided that I am not willing to sacrifice my time with him or my children to earn a degree I do not need in the immediate future.  While I am a little sad, I feel a HUGE burden lifted and feel much more relaxed.  I still have many things on my plate, but I am hoping careful planning and consolidation will help me feel like I have more time to spend with my family.

In which areas do you need to add margin?  Will it be hard for you to give up?

See the Light Art Class Review and Giveaway

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This week, I am teaming up with See the Light for a review and a giveaway!

See the Light is an art program I have been looking at for awhile now. My husband is a very good artist, and I hope my children have inherited his talent.  I am not artistic, but I do think it is an important subject to teach and I am always trying to enhance my own knowledge of the subject.

As soon as the Volume 1:  The Basics DVD arrived in the mail, I decided to work it into our afternoon routine.  I gathered the following supplies and set them up in front of the TV:

  • Clipboards (One per child) – this was not on the materials list, but my kids LOVE to use clipboards
  • Paper (One sheet per child) – I just used white computer paper
  • Pencils (One per child) – just plain old #2 pencils

An eraser was also called for, but I have misplaced our good art eraser and I did not feel like it was really needed for the first lesson.

We then sat down to watch the first and second lesson.  The first lesson discussed the different art supplies we would be using.  Pat Knepley, the master artist, explained the benefits and disadvantages of each tool.  She also taught us how to use our supplies correctly.  In the second lesson, we learned about different types of lines and practiced making them all.  We then tried to draw an apple without looking at the paper we were drawing on.  My children thought this exercise was hilarious and enjoyed shouting “Don’t look at the paper!”  Here is what we ended up with (from the youngest to the oldest, with my husband’s last):

What I liked:

  • This course really does offer a biblical worldview.  Each lesson brings up a biblical story and an application to daily life.
  • Lessons are short enough to keep our attention but long enough to teach us.
  • Supplies are simple and inexpensive.
  • My children enjoyed it, and I had to make them stop watching it!
  • My husband (the artist in our family) believed the content to be accurate.  He liked that it started with the basics of art instruction and was excited about the concepts they were learning.

What I thought might be a potential problem:

  • Lessons move a little fast in some parts.  Keep in mind that my children are all 6 and under.  Pausing the DVD to allow time for each child to complete the instruction easily solved this “problem”.

I asked my oldest (also my student) if she wanted to keep using this program once a week.  She said, “Just once a week???”  Needless to say, this art program will become a staple in our homeschool routine.

Now…on to the giveaway!  See The Light has graciously offered to give away one copy of See the Light Volume 1:  The Basics to one of my lucky readers!  This giveaway will end October 31.  Winner will be drawn randomly using Random.org and will be announced November 1.  Upon winning, an address will need to be provided so you can receive your prize!!!

To enter, please leave a comment for EACH task you complete.

*Disclaimer:  I was given See the Light Art Class Volume 1:  The Basics DVD for free.  However, all opinions are my own.  I have been honest about my review and have expressed my feelings about this curriculum.