G.F. Ranch

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High Five


Sometimes I just need a high five and pat on the back to tell me I’m doing good.

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Passing The Baton


I struggle with this concept often!  I want my son to be an independent learner!  And in some aspects he is and others he’s not.  And this school year, I feel like I need to be more involved than I have been previously.  Not because of him, although he has never liked to be an independent learner when it came to math.  Even with using CTC Math last year, many times he just couldn’t ‘get it’ until I explained it to him.  Even though in my opinion, I said nothing different than they already expressed in the multiple ways they explain it. Maybe it’s just a connection we have that makes him ‘get it’.  But I won’t always be here, so he needs to learn for himself.

Will need to ask the Holy Spirit to teach me ways to pass the baton.

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Strong Bonds


Why do we get focused on the destination so much that we don’t enjoy the journey?  We are in our 4th year of homeschooling and I’m not sure if I actually ever looked at it as a destination.  I pray I can change my focus this year to enjoying the journey than just merely surviving it.

I never homeschooled my First Born. It honestly was never an option, not was it something God called me to do.  First Born is above average intelligence and I always felt, especially in high school, that he was gravely cheated from a good education.  Class standards had been lowered and the pace slowed down that he was rarely challenged.  I believe it was his Junior year that he was teaching the math class for the substitute teacher.

I try not to let myself focus on that though because 1) it’s the past and we can’t change it now. 2) God’s got this!!!  He was plans for First Born and apparently he didn’t need a super intense high school education for it.

Let’s focus on the bonds and relationships with our children!!!


Inner Exercise


Wow, this just fell on me like a ton of bricks.  It is one that hit me from both my view as well as towards Bug.  Homeschooling isn’t easy, at least not for us.  Nor is it super hard (not most days at least)! Not only do I need to allow the difficult days to strengthen me, I need to let Bug deal with his difficult times.

As a mom, we want to protect our children.  Not that we necessarily look to coddle them, sometimes that is what we end up doing when we don’t let them work through their own difficulties and adversity.  We cheat our children those opportunities to grow and mature.  When making a decision for your child, do NOT just think about the now, but think about how it will affect them in the long run.


Perfection Not Necessary


Did you need this reminder today?  I sure did! Why don’t we just take a moment and pray….

Dear Father,

Thank you for the honor to raise these children you gifted us with!  They are Yours and we are only stewards of them.  I thank you that You are greater than my biggest shortcomings and that You fill the gaps I can not. Holy Spirit, help me to teach him (her) all things good!



Don’t Be Shaken


This speaks to me!  I know God called me to it, but I allow myself to get shaken, stirred and frazzled.  I need to keep my eyes on the Lord!

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Putting It In Order

Finally finished the bookcase Hubby & I made to use for homeschooling.  We actually have a classroom.  As a matter of fact, that was the first room I painted when we moved in.  One wall was PINK! Solid pink.  I may be a girl, but loathe the color pink!  But after 2 years of homeschooling in this house, we hardly EVER used the classroom to actually do school work in and figured why force it? So in the past few months I have pretty much taken the room over and am converting it to Momma’s craft room!

Last week in the 1st ‘Official’ Day of School post I showed you the inspiration for the bookcase I wanted to build. The width ended up being a bit smaller than I had originally planned due to our issues of not getting the pieces for the shelves not lining up evenly.  It’s all good though, I still love how it turned out.  And with the new table saw I found last night, in the future, this won’t be a problem.


I first stained it a dark brown (Kona) and then made chalk paint with some gray paint I had and did a quick, sloppy paint job.  I knew I was going to distress it so it made for a stress-free paint job.  When I sanded it, it took it down to the wood and didn’t see much of the stain, so I put a little stain on bare wood and edges, then sanded agin.  When I reached the look I was pleased with I finished it off with a wax paste.


Now I am working on repurposing and decorating some cans to use for organization.  Will keep you updated!




Homeschool Encouragement

As I challenge myself to be more purposeful in homeschooling this year, I want to share the pieces of encouragement I find for myself.


Yes!! It’s a privilege!!!  The enemy is so eager to get us to focus on the wrong things.

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