A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Tonight, Devin and I have been looking over our newest edition of our blog book saga. For Christmas last year (or the year before), Devin put my entire section of blog posts from Cameroon onto a book. Now he's working on Finland. It's almost done. I'm reading through the posts and looking at the pictures and it brings back such fun memories! I'm so glad I was so good at blogging! I realized that I haven't been quite so good here. I need to do better. Part of that is that I'm homeschooling and MUCH busier than I used to be, but really, that's not quite it. In all honestly, part of the problem is that every evening for the past year or two, Devin and I have sat down and watched tv together. We watched all of the Cosby show (8 seasons), the first 7 seasons of Psych, and we recently finished watching Monk. While they're very fun, and it's nice to 'unwind', there are quite a few other VERY good things we could be doing with our time. Like I could spend a few minutes writing about my day...or week... So, that's our new goal. Movies/tv only once a week or so, and instead, so good things, like read, study, write in my blog, or play games. I have no idea how we got pulled into tv in the first place. Neither one of us are people I would consider media addicts...
Anyway, today was our first day back at church here in Jordan after our vacation. It was so fun to see everyone again. I loved playing the organ again. I enjoyed being in primary--I just wish my kids would be a little more respectful. I got to go to relief society! I enjoyed all the talks and lessons today, as they really answered some questions that I've had.
For a few years now, I've felt this anxious little itch deep down that I've really wanted to go back to school. I've even sat down and started filling out applications to do degrees online!! However, after starting, I would start to feel very frustrated and than I'd stop. No one ever had what I REALLY wanted to study. I didn't want to have to reapply to colleges I've already attended or have to go scouting around for my transcripts. It just wasn't right yet. Besides, I can't really do deadlines right now, since I have ALL of my kids at home and I'm committed as their full time teacher. I LOVE doing that, but I've just felt like I need to do something that empowers me and pursue something that will be beneficial for the future.
When we were in the states, I started chatting with my mom about essential oils. She sells them for a company and I started looking through some of her books and things and realized how much I could learn from this and enjoy it! So I decided to join up and sell them, too. I don't do it actively--I don't go door to door, or even solicit people to buy from me, but I think essential oils are good and useful and I'd like to get the word out.
So that was one thing that started me thinking...
Another was, this summer I decided to do a little unit on edible and medicinal plants for the kids. We did an herb walk with my mom, and played some herb games and I read some books... In one of the books, an herbal book for kids, the appendix mentioned taking continuing ed courses on herbs. That really struck my fancy!! So I looked it up!
Holy cow. It is AMAZING! And EXACTLY what I've been looking for! I can take courses to become a professional herbalist! I can become a certified, registered aromatherapist! These are vocational, online schools that offer these classes that you can do on your own time and gain some serious, focused knowledge on things that completely fascinate me! I'm SOOOOO excited! I'm excited to further my knowledge on these things and use them for the benefit of my family and friends! Hopefully, someday, my kids will call me what I called my mom: "Dr. Mom, Medicine Woman"! :) I'm really looking forward to this process and the opportunity to study alternative, holistic medicine. Who knew that one day I'd be excited to study chemistry, botany, and anatomy and physiology???? I know, though, that I've been led to this point and to this decision, and I'm very grateful for that.
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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