Myths about homeschooling

30 09 2008

I have come across many myths about homeschooling….feel free to add your own.  These are just ones that have be said to us or I have read.

1. Our children have no friends.  TRUTH: My children have many friends, some who are on the other side of the world, others that are just right down the street.

2. We (moms) think we are the best teachers. TRUTH: I am only going to talk for myself here, but I know that there are many moms and teachers that are better at this than me.  I just feel that God has called me to be home and to educate my children.

3. It is awesome because we can change the schedule whenever we need to.  TRUTH:  This statement is 1/2 true.  We can change the schedule whenever we need to, but it is not always AWESOME!  I had to drag all 3 children to the laundry mat because our washer died this weekend.  At one point I was wishing they were in school and I was there with just 1 of them.

4. We love being teachers.  TRUTH:  I struggle with sin everyday and one that I struggle with a lot is laziness or filling my day with useless stuff.  So I don’t LOVE doing this EVERYDAY.  I do love doing it, just not everyday.

5. Home-schooled kids are always excited to do every assignment.  TRUTH:  My kids struggle with sin just like every other child does.  This includes pride and obedience.

6. We (moms) like to do crafts everyday.  TRUTH: I love to do crafts, but it is work for me to pull out paint and play do…see my post here.

7. We (moms) have endless joy for “teachable moments”: TRUTH:  This is hard to do and is even harder to keep consistent with!!!!  It is just easier to let it go.  I don’t want to let it go, but I don’t have endless joy over it.

Okay, this post is kind of a downer.  I am writing it because I don’t like when people put unrealistic expectations on my children or myself because we have chosen to home-school.  I enjoy teaching my children, just not every moment.  It takes discipline, just like any job.

Update on the washing machine….

30 09 2008

We really can’t afford the washing machine we think we are going to need with a growing family.  We are really praying right now to add another child sometime next year.  So with that being said Dave has decided to try and fix this one.  He wants it to hold out until we can buy the one we will need in the future.

So he is off buying a new water pump (the second one already for this machine) and praying that is all that is wrong with it.  Even thought we both think it might be something else.

So if it can last until mid February, then we can purchase another one with our tax return.

I really didn’t want to….

28 09 2008

Go and buy a new washing machine tomorrow morning (before 10 am, because then Dave has to go to work).  I feel TOTALLY unprepared!  We like to shop after we have read everything, thought it out etc.  I feel like I am trying to do a rush buy on a machine that I will have in my home for at least the next 10 years and it is something I will use everyday of those 10 years!

Don’t you think my washing machine should have given me some notice that it was going to break down with a full load of clothes in it that have not be spun yet?

I don’t even want to think about how I am going to get the clothes out and cleaned before they mold!!!!

A Family Video…of my sister…Enjoy!

23 09 2008

Here is my sister on her 23rd Birthday….Enjoy….We love you Melissa!


23 09 2008

This past week has been a little crazy in the Ferraro home, but it has been loved and enjoyed none the less.

In the middle of 60 percent of Louisville with out power we had Grace’s first dentist appointment and Isaac’s second appointment.  Isaac loved having his teeth counted and cleaned!  Grace on the other hand was a little scared. 

Isaac at 4 years at the dentist

Isaac at 4 years at the dentist


Grace at 3 years.  She asked Isaac to hold her while her teeth were cleaned.  It was really cute.

Grace at 3 years. She asked Isaac to hold her while her teeth were cleaned. It was really cute.


Then later in the week my mom, dad, nephew, sister and brother -in-law came for a visit.  It was an AWESOME weekend, too short if you ask me!

We went shopping, to a balloon glow, the movies, out to eat, church and just hung out.  The kids loved riding bikes and playing with grammy and papa in the backyard.  We counted down the days until they arrived and then wished the days would slow down once they were here!

My boys getting ready for the Louisville Slugger Museum

My boys getting ready for the Louisville Slugger Museum

More pics to come, but my computer is being WAY too slow today!

UP and Running…

16 09 2008

We have been without power since Sunday before noon, and it has just come on here this morning (Tuesday).  We lost everything in our fridge, but some wonderful friends took us in (and our freezer food).  We had a great place to sleep and hot showers.

It has been a stressful few days in our home.  Tonight we head to the grocery to restock the fridge…along with the other 100,000 people that have their power restored…..we just thank God we are not the other 180,000 still without power.   They are calling this the worst storm in 50 years….and we didn’t even get any rain…..just a wind and sunshine….it was really crazy!!!

So, I haven’t been on-line…for good reason….and we hope everyone else is doing okay!

A Funny Little Email

11 09 2008

I am not one that post emails or forwards often…but this one is great!  For all the dads out there…enjoy.  Mamas you will get a kick out of this as well!


Subject: RE: Only from a mom

A man came home from work and found his three children
 outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food
boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

 The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the 
house and there was no sign of the dog.
 Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had 
been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.
 In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a Cartoon channel, and 
the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

 In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled 
on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled 
on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile 
of sand was spread by the back door.
 He quickly headed up the stair s, stepping over toys and more piles 
of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, 
or that something serious had happened.

 He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the 
bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap 
and more toys strewn over the floor.
 Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared 
over the mirror and walls.
 As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in 
the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him,
smiled, and asked how his day went.

He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’

She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come 
home from work and you ask me what I do all day?’

 ‘Yes,’ was his incredulous reply.

 She an answered, ‘Well, today I didn’t do it.’

Converstaions with my Children….

10 09 2008

Isaac this morning:

Mommy, how is God going to get us all in heaven?

Me: well, when you love Jesus and make him your Lord, when you die you go to heaven to be with God and Jesus.

Isaac: No, mommy how are we going to fit?  He is so big He is going to crush us up in Heaven! (using his hands to show how big God is and then pushing himself up against the wall, showing how it will be in heaven)



Mommy, how do babies come out of your belly?

Me: God made a special place for them to come out of mommies.

Isaac: Can I see it?

Me: No, you can’t.

Gracelyn (3 years old): Mommy is it your Vag**na? (I stared it so I don’t get tons of weird searches on my blog) ( I think she said this because her and I had just talked about how we don’t show or let anyone touch her there etc, we tell them that starting at 3 years of age, so she too smart, she put that together on her own)

Me: umm, uh, well, yes Grace that is right.

Grace: Yeah, but it is just mama’s, not little girls.

Me: Your right Grace, only mamas.

Isaac: Are you sure?

Me: Yes, Isaac, but you can ask daddy when he gets home from work if you would like. (That is exactly when he did when Dave came home… should have seen his face at dinner that night when Isaac asked)


Grace: Mommy, when you have my sister I will help with her.

Me: Grace I am not having a baby right now.

Grace: Okay, can I have the baby for you?

Me: No, only God gives babies to mommies.  You are a little girl, you can’t have a baby yet.  You have to grow up first and get married.

Grace: Okay, but when you have my sister I will change her diaper.

Me: Grace, I am not having a baby right now.

Grace: Okay, I will tell daddy.  He wants me to have a sister.

Me: Okay, but you might want to ask God instead.


Me: Owen what do you want to wear this morning?

OWen: (does the sign for dog) *dog* (he is asking for a new shirt I just bought him that has a dog on it)

Me: You can wear that it is long sleeves and it is too hot out.

Owen: Uck (truck) (He is asking for his truck shirt)

Me: Okay

Owen: (does sign for hat) *hat*

Me: okay, you want a hat.

Owen: dada

Me: yes, just like dada wears.  You little smart man.  (Owen is 14 months old)

Have you ever wondered?

9 09 2008

Have you ever wondered what I would have looked like in 1968 as a senior in high school?  Well, just in case you ever did here is a photo….


Becky yearbook photo 1968

Becky yearbook photo 1968


How about 1984?  Oh, come on……I know that you were just talking about this last night at dinner….I wonder what Becky would have looked like had she graduated in 1984.  I don’t you to have to wait any longer so here it is….

Becky in 1984...if I had been a senior

Becky in 1984...if I had been a senior

Snack and Lunch Ideas…..

4 09 2008

A couple of my friends have asked for ideas for snacks and or lunches so I am going to give a list of some of the things my kids are eating this week.


Homemade trail mix: equal parts raisins, peanuts, goldfish cheese, goldfish pretzels and m&ms.  I make a big bowl of this, then use the snack size ziplocks (off brand) and put 1/4 cup in each one for my children, this is a GREAT grab and go mix.

Berry Banana Splits: I cut a half of banana per child length ways, then top wih strawberry yogurt and teddy grahams.

Peanut butter on Graham crackers with blueberries on the side with a glass of milk.

For lunches:

Crackers, cheese, pears and carrots.  I put the stuff on a platter then they grab what they want to eat.  You can add add or turkey lunch meat as well and they can make their own “homemade” lunch-ables.

Bagels with cream cheese and fruit.  This is a hit with my kids!  They love it!  We didn’t have a veggie with this at lunch so I had them have one with a snack that day.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese.  My kids love to top their tomato soup (I have a great rec. for that in the recipe section of my blog) with goldfish and cheese or sometimes sour cream and tortilla chips etc.

Speedy Quesadillas (sp?): I just spread re-fried beans on a tortillas shell and top with cheese, then fold over and grill on stove for about 2-3 mins. each side, then I cut it up with a pizza cutter to make little triangles.  They love to dip it in sour cream or salsa.


When making lunches or snacks I try to make sure I have a protein, complex carb and quick sugar.   So we only use whole wheat breads and crackers and I try to make sure they have at least 2-3 servings of veggies a day and 2-3 fruits a day as well.


Some things on the menu for next week are:

Fig newtons with a 1/2 banana and milk to drink

Lunch Chicken ceasar salad ( some cooked chicken in bite size pieces, salad and grape tomatos) served with grapes and milk.

Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich (spread salsa on 1.2 the tortilla, top with chicken lunch meat and cheese) Fold and cut in triangles.  Serve with green peppers to dip in ranch and fruit.

Snack: Chocolate pudding ( I use the yogurt if it is on sale) wtih apples and teddy grahams.


I hope this helps anyone out with meal ideas!  Enjoy.