Special Needs? Keep Your Head Above Water! with Heather Laurie

      Mommy Jammies Night with Heather Laurie of Special Needs Homeschooling

Keeping your head above the water when YOU are the one with special needs!

5 Aspects of Life to balance

Years ago I was supermom. Okay so maybe just marginally awesome mom. I was the head of my growing church’s nursery. Went to co-op with my 5 kids who were all dealing with special needs. We were in the van most days of the week zipping here and there doing all sorts of thing… busy things… things that I filled my time with.

We lived an intense life but I never really considered what if… what if I became the one with special needs? I had medical issues but they were stable at the time and part of me just thought I’ll be like this, sick but able bodied.

That is not what happened.

  1. Create a Plan and set of Goals to reach for-

    1. How often do you hear oh we homeschool so you can just take a day off…
      1. 1 day, 2, a week when does it become too much?
    2. Goals help you establish a baseline
      1. Am I pushing too hard?
      2. Are we on track? Even if it doesn’t feel like we are
  2. Structure and Routine

    1. My natural inclination is relaxed homeschooling but my situation requires
    2. We developed a routine for the family because we are a truly a special needs family
      1. If the kids are upset and out of sorts my efforts will be 10x just to get a calm less intense result
  3. Year round Homeschooling

    1. This is not the only way to do it just how we do.
      1. Flexible time
      2. Consistent learning that doesn’t require review in the fall
      3. Anxiety that a normal child can have with mom or dad in and out of the hospital is eased by a constant
  4. Homemaking takes time and spoons!

    1. Menu planning saves $, time, and energy
      1. Brain fog at the end of the day
      2. I need a rest.
  5. Healthy Living

    1. Go to the dr, dentist, therapist, chiropractor
      1. Shows your children to care for and tend to their own bodies
    2. Sleep!
    3. Take your medications if necessary
    4. Rest is good.. I know opposite of how we started but being able to acknowledge that we all need a rest is good. Take an In-service day.

It’s not always easy to get from struggling or just plain not making our goals and feeling depressed about our own performance as mom, wife, and homeschooler to functioning, progressing, calmer person. Like in a real pond there are those stones on the edge that are slime covered and you may fall. Get back up and keep trying.

I wake up each and every day because the Lord has blessed me with the strength to carry on. I acknowledge and welcome that comforting fact.  

 

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Jesus and Moms with Gina Glenn

 

Jesus and Moms podcast

 

Jesus and Moms Gina Glenn

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Show notes: What I’d like to share tonight is a way to embrace the vocation and high calling of motherhood that keeps our eyes on Christ. We’ll look directly to the Lord for the equipping and lay aside advice from Dr. Phil, and others (at least as far as they disagree with Scripture).

First, let’s look at how Jesus taught. This will help us in our daily, minute-by-minute instruction of our children no matter what age they may be. This is also called relationship.

If we look at the life of Christ we see that Jesus was loving. He repeated spiritual truths over and over so that people might understand. He walked among the people healing them, by asking them questions, and by imparting truth through ways they could understand (Mark 4:34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.)

Jesus was someone who attracted others. He had a way of pointing to the Father that satisfied the needs of people. He knew how to satisfy their greatest spiritual needs. Even when they just returned for more bread, he knew they had a greater need.

Here are ways he did just that, and how as Moms we can be encouraged that if we will follow the master Jesus will meet their needs and our own.

  1. Children need to feel safe, loved, and important.  Do you have a consistent temperament? Do you meet as well as you are able your children’s basic needs for clothing, shelter, and food? Is your discipline consistent or are your children unsure of what to expect? Can your child confide in your? We are especially admonished not to provoke our children to anger or discouragement (Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.Jesus makes us feel safe, loved, and important in his very life (lived sinlessly), death (for our sins), and resurrection (for our justification) that we might have peace with God the Father, Romans chapter 4.
  2. Children must trust their parents Do you keep your word to your children? Do you keep your word to others so your children witness this? Do you do your best to make sure that your children are influenced by trustworthy adults? Remember when we talked about how Jesus patiently repeated things to his followers (and for our benefit) so we’d understand? This built trust. We can trust him because He did exactly what he said he would do. Read Mark 8,9, and 10. He said he would suffer, die, and rise. He did.
  3. Children need to know their worth Do your children understand that their value as a human and made in the image of God? Do your children see how important they are to you by the time and real attention you give to them? Are you full of distraction? God’s Word tells us children are a heritage (Psalm 127) and fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), and that the Father would hold nothing back in saving them should they stray, and in fact he didn’t hold back his only son. (Matthew 18 and the parable of the lost sheep)
  4. Children need to see their purpose and calling Do your children see that they’ve been created by God and live in the culture and time we live in “for such a time as this”. Do you? Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  5. Children need chores Constant entertainment is soul-destroying to anyone, but especially to a child. There is value in work that sparks their creativity and curiosity and helps them see their place in God’s world. Again, Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  6. Wisdom and role models- Children need your guidance and the guidance of trusted adults, especially as they become young-adults themselves to help grow discernment. Who do you know that exhibits wisdom that would be a good influence? Do you exhibit wisdom to your children? Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Learn more about Susanna Wesley here.

Jesus and Moms Gina Glenn

Lost and Found with Kendra Fletcher

Mommy Jammes Night Kendra Fletcher Lost and Found

 

Show Notes:

Scripture references: Romans 8

  • God’s got this
  • God loves you
  • God’s not surprised by anything in your life
  • Our trust is in Jesus alone
  • Surround yourself with supportive friends

About Lost and Found by Kendra Fletcher:

“The “right” homeschooling philosophy. The right brand of theology. The “right” meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting. Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all “right,” until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic ruptured appendix. Lost and Found is the story of how God used those events to transform her family’s self-righteous religion into freedom in Christ. Fletcher’s debut book is the gripping true story of how God used suffering to save her family from empty religion. As wave after wave of crisis hit, the Fletchers discovered that getting religion “right” wasn’t a good substitute for a living relationship with a loving God. Through their suffering, they learned about misplaced identities and false hope, and they threw themselves wholly into the arms of Jesus where they found the grace they needed. Fletcher, a well-known writer and conference speaker in Christian homeschooling circles, addresses the quiet legalism that so easily infiltrates Christian communities and exposes the dangers of focusing our hopes on the “right” ways of worship, work, and family life. More than a memoir, Lost and Found invites all of us to give up the things that hold us in bondage and find our value, worth, significance, hope, and identity in Christ alone.”

If you enjoyed the podcast…

Be sure and check out Kendra’s book here and connect with her via her blog and social media and don’t miss her podcasts on the Network as HomeschoolingIRL. 

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A Remnant of Righteousness

A Remnant of Righteousness

with Anne Marie Gosnell

Anne Marie Gosnell Mommy Jammies Night with Gina Glenn A Remnant of Righteousness

 

Join Anne Marie as she focuses on moms being leaders of the remnant. We will dig into the book of Judges and pop into Ruth as we discuss teaching ethics and sanctification to our kids. Let’s make sure they know the WHY and the HOW of being a Christian.

Freebie from Anne Marie: Checklist-1

Giveaway from Anne Marie: http://ultimateradioshow.com/giveaways/

 

Show notes:

The Remnant of Righteousness

Introduction:

  • Look up Judges 2.
  • Story of futureflyingsaucers.com name
  • Disclaimer to moms – Surround yourself with mercy and grace.

Judges:

  • Set the stage from Joshua
  • Why does the oppression in Judges happen?
  • It only takes 1 generation
  • Cycle of sin

Ruth:

  • God always has a remnant no matter how dark and oppressed the world gets.
  • There was “something” about Naomi
  • What a blessing Ruth was to her generation and to those afterwards

Remnant of Righteousness Still Exists

  • Average Christian Life vs Normal Christian Life
  • Your WHY + HOW = WHAT

How Do We Teach the WHY and HOW to our Kids?

  • Isaiah 30:21
  • Shadow Stepping
  • Ephesians 5

 

Connect with Anne Marie:

Anne Marie has a graduate degree in education with a focus on developing curriculum and instruction. Her life journey includes over 25 years (so far!) in Children’s Ministry: Sunday School, Puppetry, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Church, Awana Bible Teacher, and various outreach ministries. She is the founder of www.futureflyingsaucers.com where she shares creative, engaging resources so parents and teachers can share Jesus without fear.

Anne Marie’s blog: http://www.futureflyingsaucers.com/christian-parenting-the-remnant-of-righteousness/

 

True Womanhood

real womanhood mother jammies nightTrue Womanhood with host Gina Glenn & Guest Speaker Felice Gerwitz

What is true womanhood? Being a woman means so much more than the movies and the celebrity media tells us. In this presentation, Felice Gerwitz shares the truth about womanhood that will set you free.

What is true womanhood? Is it marching for a cause, like the women did in the Washington D.C. for the Women’s March? Or is it women marching in Washington in the March For Life? In this episode, Felice explores what it means to be a woman, the joy that comes from true freedom and how to pass on a legacy of true womanhood to our children.

Listen to Felice’s podcast – Vintage Homeschool Moms 

Thanks to our sponsors – ElephantLearning.com/MediaAngels

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Be sure to like and give a star ratings on iTunes and follow this broadcast.

Links Felice recommends – True Womanhood.

Blog Post – Here

Issues about sexual confusion here

Feminine Genius – FemineGenius   The copy resides here but there was an error on the website.

Show Notes: True Womanhood

True and authentic womanhood is a gift from the Almighty God – something that NO one can take away from YOU – because YOU have been entrusted with a very special gift – and now I want to share that gift.

  1. True womanhood is closely connected to love, it gives life it is balance
  2. True womanhood remembers the gift of our feminine genius – this is the charism that the Holy Spirit gives to women.
  3. True womanhood understands we have our dignity.
  4. True womanhood isn’t an either or – it isn’t a revolution it is a gift given to us as good by our very nature, the fabric of our womanhood. Gen 1:28 “Fill the earth and subdue it” [Given to both men and women.]
  5. True womanhood is realizing by our very nature, we are the only ones who are called daughter – mother – wife – no other. We are gifted with intuition, sensitivity generosity, and self-giving. We are gifted with loyalty… women are fiercely loyal.
  6. True and authentic womanhood is knowing who you are despite being marginalized by society or the circumstances in your life.
  7. True and authentic womanhood gains its strength from an infilling of the Holy Spirit.
  8. True womanhood is the courage to take this gift we’ve been given and pass it on as a legacy to our children.
  9. True womanhood is the gift of being an equal partner (not better or worse than) our male counterpart. Genesis 2:20 “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” [The help is not one-sided but mutual—womanhood expresses the “human” as much as manhood does but in a different way.]
  10. True womanhood remembers the greatest example in history and that is the mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and that is Mary. She exemplifies all that is good and holy in motherhood.

One Wise Choice That Can Improve Any Relationship

one wise choice that can improve relationshipsOne Wise Choice That Can Improve Any Relationship with Jennifer O. White

Jennifer shares that in life there are many decisions that can ruin our relationships with each other – especially our spouse.

Show Notes: One Choice That Can Improve Any Relationship –

 

  • There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus –  but we are exposed to the temptation and darkness.
  • What we think about God is the most important thing about us.
  • God is delighted in us – we lift these things up in our minds to defend ourselves against the enemy.
  • God is delighted in others – such as our spouse
  • We believe that God delights in others –  we should practice this
  • We can become stabilized in this truth, how God delights in YOU it will change our lives!
  • If you are sure that God loves you – that confidence, it will bless you each day
  • You love for your spouse is your reflection of God’s love
Connect with Jennifer White
Jennifer O. White is a natural encourager ready to cheer you on in your pursuit of knowing, praying and acting on God’s Word. She is a veteran of one failed marriage and one rescued by the marriage Savior. In her book, Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress,1 Jennifer helps wives recognize the spiritual battle behind the scenes of every marriage. Her book, blogs, and her new prayer greeting card line all direct our attention to God who is able to do exceedingly MORE in our lives and marriages than we dare to ask or imagine.
 
Connect with Jennifer online here: JenniferOWhite.comand PrayersforNewBrides.com/blog
Check out her greeting card line: http://www.jenniferowhite.com/product-category/greeting-cards/

5 Prayers For A Wow Year

5-prayers-for-a-wow-yearMommy Jammies Night special guest –

Jennifer Odom White.

Topic –  5 Simple Prayers for a Wow Year! 

Jennifer O. White is a natural encourager ready to cheer you on in your pursuit of knowing, praying and acting on God’s Word. She is a veteran of one failed marriage and one rescued by the marriage Savior. In her book, Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress,1 Jennifer helps wives recognize the spiritual battle behind the scenes of every marriage. Her book, blogs, and her new prayer greeting card line all direct our attention to God who is able to do exceedingly MORE in our lives and marriages than we dare to ask or imagine.
 
Connect with Jennifer online here: JenniferOWhite.comand PrayersforNewBrides.com/blog
Check out her greeting card line: http://www.jenniferowhite.com/product-category/greeting-cards/

 Show Notes:

  1. Asking for the Holy Spirit to strengthen
  2. Believe and Ask!
  3. God has unlimited resources
  4. How would having more faith change your outlook?
  5. Pray ahead of time for grace to deal with issues in life
  6. God = Love –> therefore, love provides!
  7. Love is present with you – and protects you.
  8. Love casts out fear
  9. God has resurrection power
  10. Experience God’s love and sit before the Lord

Jennifer shares four prayers with us – listen to the audio –> 5 Simple Prayers for a Wow Year!  for more!

Scripture Verses:

  • Ephesians 3: 14-20
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Ephesians 3:16

 

Vicki Tillman – Your Child’s Amazing Gifts

special-mjn-guest-vicki-tillman-subsribeSpecial Mommy Jammies Night presentation with your host, Felice Gerwitz and special guest Vicki Tillman.

Your Child’s Amazing Gifts!

Each of our children has a unique gift that God has given them. We have the blessing of helping uncover and develop those gifts. Vicki will talk about ways to help your children discover and build their gifts.

 Vicki Tillman’s mission is to advance God’s kingdom by investing in people. She has lived this call as an advisor to the upperclassmen in her local homeschool community for 18 years. A homeschooling mom for 20-plus years, all five of Vicki’s children graduated from homeschool high school and have completed (or are pursuing) various degrees at college and graduate levels.

A speaker, curriculum developer, and advisor to homeschoolers, Vicki shares her expertise in homeschooling, prayer, life and career coaching, and mental health topics through her posts at 7SistersHomeschool.com, 2:1 Conference (she is a member of the writing team), VickiTillmanCoaching.com, Pike Creek Psychological Center and VickiTalksPrayer.com 

Vicki holds an M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University and has worked as a counselor and coach at Pike Creek Psychological Center since 1996. She holds an M.O.M. from the School of Parenting 5 Wonderful Kids ?

A great offer from Vicki – Literature and History Electives

Great Christian Writer’s Full Year Literature Class 

Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

colleen hammond Put On Your Oxygen Mask First! with Colleen Hammond

Who has time to get dressed in the morning — let alone worry about looking amazing — just to homeschool, cook, and clean toilets? I mean, we’re not leaving home anyway, right? But don’t you feel better about yourself when you know you look good? Studies have shown that when we feel good about ourselves, our self-confidence soars, we treat those around us better, and others treat us with more respect. Isn’t that what we want to teach our children, too? Self-worth and confidence are modeled behaviors! As mom’s, we tend to take care of everyone else first and put ourselves last. But even the airlines know that we are more effective helping others when we take care of ourselves, first! Everyone wins!

Great prize – enter up to October 31st – here 

Colleen has developed a simple, proven process that every woman can master that will get you looking amazing in only a few minutes a day! Are you ready to look and feel your best every single day of your life?

Bio: Colleen is a former on-camera meteorologist for the Weather Channel who left it all behind to be a stay-at-home mom. A homeschooling mother of four (birth through college), she is also a best-selling author, speaker, Image Consultant, founder of the Total Image Institute, and creator of the Style Academy. She now devotes her time to teach women of all ages how to simplify their closets (and their lives), save money on clothing, and learn what is best for their body type, coloring, lifestyle, and personality. Subscribe to Colleen‘s newsletter list to get her free training and notification of her free webinars!

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Making Your Homeschool One Of A Kind

making your homeschool uniqueMaking Your Homeschool One OF A Kind

Special Mommy Jammies Night presentation with your host, Felice Gerwitz,

and special guest Jeanette Whittaker

Homeschooling is never a cookie-cutter style operation. You and your children are one-of-a-kind treasures. But it’s tempting sometimes to look around at your homeschooling friends and feel that you just don’t quite measure up. Other moms are so much more organized, their children behave better, their schooling seems much more successful…the list goes on and on.

Veteran homeschooling mom Jeanette Whittaker will share a timely reminder that you homeschool for an audience of One. He created you and your children. He has called you for a distinct purpose and is using you to lead your children to follow Him.

As we begin the homeschooling year, it’s enjoyable to ask other parents what they’ll be doing this year; but we still want to avoid the pitfalls that derail us and keep our eyes on the path where God is leading.

Mrs. Jeanette Whittaker, a homeschooling mom since 2002, enthusiastically encourages other parents in their personal homeschool journey. Building on the heart for learning which she cultivated as a child and youth (her Mom was her teacher), she has inspired homeschool students to explore, think, search Scripture, write, create mini-dramas out of their lessons, and realize that all learning is an extension of the character of God. She is grateful for the influence of her parents and family, her godly husband of 20 years, and her two teenage children.

Find out more about Jeanette here –

Here is the website: http://pilgriminstitute.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilgrimInstitute/

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