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Keeping Christ the center of Christmas - with a Grown Family - Issue 367
December 05, 2014
Hi there! ....

This week was the beginning of Christmas parties and wrap ups for us. Sunday was the boys Taekwondo grading - which they both passed. They now have a little while off. Mid-week we had our homeschool co-op pool and pizza party. I made a hard decision to let the other families know I'll be stepping away a little from the co-op next year and won't be the organiser. The co-op has been a big part of our family life for many years, and something that I have enjoyed doing, so that was a little sad. Today we go to a farwell breakfast - unfortunately, a part of living in a transient community is that you seem to say goodbye a lot - but it also means you get to say hello a lot too - so we have to keep that perspective. And in keeping with that idea, we spent most of Thursday with friends who lived here over 10 years ago - what fun to catch up with them on and off over the last few weeks.

In amongst all this social activity the kids have worked at keeping their mornings focused. Daniel finished his geography course, and continued to chip away at his other lessons. Naomi is reducing her studies to the absolute necessary - Bible study, math, writing, piano and art. Making Christmas presents is a high priority; Naomi completed a few, whereas Daniel hit a bit of a snag at each turn so his time was spent designing and buying supplies.

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This week I wrote about What to do when Homeschooling isn't working (part 1) and (Part 2)

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Blending Life with Lessons e-book - Does your everyday life challenge your homeschool ideas? This is my journey as I discover that it is possible to disciple my children in today's busy lifestyle.

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Restoring the Heart, Mind and Soul of Christmas Do your Christmas celebrations line up with what you believe? Do your celebrations help your children learn more about Jesus?

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Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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