Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving with the IN-LAWS

Thanksgiving Day, It's that day that you spend with your family and friends and enjoy a meal together.  Today I got to spend time with my husbands side of the family.  My nephew and his wife fixed a wonderful meal for us to enjoy.  We had deep fried turkey, baked ham, mash taters, mac-n-cheese, dressing, potato salad, gravy, pumpkin and apple pies.  That was enough for a herd.  I got to see my brother in-law, nephews, and my great niece and nephew, my mother in-law and my father in-law, and my nephews mother in-law, and my other nephew's spouse.  We had a house full, but it was so much fun.  The bible tells us 

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;(Romans 12:10) 

I believe that is what was shown today.  Brotherly love to each one.  So Thankful for my in-laws.  They are both good people and so much fun to be around.  As for the rest of the family, they are who they are and will always be great.  I love each and everyone of them to the moon and back.  From riding 4-wheelers, go-carts, and lawn mowers to having a good ole' mud fight, all in all it was a great day.  It can't get any better than that.  Yes, we a little country but really who ain't? Missed those couldn't be with us. Maybe next year.

My prayer is that each one reading this had a great Thanksgiving with their families and friends.  God Bless you all.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Homeschool Journey Math Day 53

Proverbs 18:15 - The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Today was once again a Math Day for the girls to come over and have a math lesson.  As the verse states above, I am trying to teach them to be prudent, and seek.  To be prudent means to show care or thought for the future, and to seek knowledge means to search for or achieve.  Math is not either child's strong point, as its not in alot of people.  My desire is to see them grow and come to love it.  Math is something they will use throughout their lives and they need to know how to use it and apply it.  When all the English, History, and Science is said and done with Math is the one subject that will continue to be used in day to day settings.

We started off by doing some math worksheets with the youngest child. Working on her 4X's multiplication facts.  She did very well with those today. We also worked on the 2's, 3's as a refresher course today.  Since she knows her 5's already, we will move on to the 6X's facts next week. Trying to have her on level by January, without rushing her too much. 

With the middle child we are working on Ratio's, Rates and Proportions. It was pretty easy to her, but we still need to work on where she flips her numbers. Instead of putting 2/5 she is putting it at 5/2, when she is working the fraction out, which is messing her work up. Its a simple mistake when dealing with fractions.  She will get the hang of it, I have faith that she will. We are using Landmark Freedom Baptist Curriculum for her math which is Pre-Algebra.

With the oldest girl who is in the tenth grade we are using Geometry, which we just started a few weeks ago and Business Math from Landmark Freedom. She is doing great in both.  She catches on really fast, and that is a plus. Ask me in a few more weeks how Geometry is going. HAHA

I enjoy teaching these girls, it is such a blessing to me.  They are very respectful and kind. Than is a plus in my book. So until next week...

My prayer is that these girls will learn to love math and seek and be prudent about math. Amen.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Season of Thankfulness.

As we go into this month of November we are reminded that Thanksgiving Day is just a few weeks away.  To understand Thanksgiving, we must know the beginning.  Where it came from. Lets look at the History of the day itself, and them examine what it means to us in present time. 

Native Americans
Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, the area was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower. The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations.

The Settlers
The people who comprised the Plymouth Colony were a group of English Protestants who wanted to break away from the Church of England. These ‘separatists’ initially moved to Holland and after 12 years of financial problems, they received funding from English merchants to sail across the Atlantic to settle in a ‘New World.' A ship carrying 101 men, women, and children spent 66 days traveling the Atlantic Ocean, intending to land where New York City is now located. Due to the windy conditions, the group had to cut their trip short and settle at what is now called Cape Cod.

Settling and Exploring
As the Puritans prepared for winter, they gathered anything they could find, including Wampanoag supplies.

One day, Samoset, a leader of the Abenaki, and Tisquantum (better known as Squanto) visited the settlers. Squanto was a Wampanoag who had experience with other settlers and knew English. Squanto helped the settlers grow corn and use fish to fertilize their fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was made between the sttlers and the native people and they joined together to protect each other from other tribes in March of 1621.

The Celebration
One day that fall, four settlers were sent to hunt for food for a harvest celebration. The Wampanoag heard gunshots and alerted their leader, Massasoit, who thought the English might be preparing for war. Massasoit visited the English settlement with 90 of his men to see if the war rumor was true. Soon after their visit, the Native Americans realized that the English were only hunting for the harvest celebration. Massasoit sent some of his own men to hunt deer for the feast and for three days, the English and native men, women, and children ate together. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, far from today's traditional Thanksgiving feast.

They played ball games, sang, and danced. Much of what most modern Americans eat on Thanksgiving was not available in 1621.

Although prayers and thanks were probably offered at the 1621 harvest gathering, the first recorded religious Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth happened two years later in 1623. On this occasion, the colonists gave thanks to God for rain after a two-month drought.
The Myths
Believe it or not, the settlers didn't have silver buckles on their shoes. Nor did they wear somber, black clothing. Their attire was actually bright and cheerful. Many portrayals of this harvest celebration also show the Native Americans wearing woven blankets on their shoulders and large, feathered headdresses, which is not true. The Englishmen didn’t even call themselves Pilgrims.

Modern Thanksgiving
In the 19th century, the modern Thanksgiving holiday started to take shape. In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a magazine called Godley’s Lady’s Book, campaigned for an annual national thanksgiving holiday after a passage about the harvest gathering of 1621 was discovered and incorrectly labeled as the first Thanksgiving.

It wasn't until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings; one in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and the other in November to give thanks for "general blessings."

Native Americans and Thanksgiving
The peace between the Native Americans and settlers lasted for only a generation. The Wampanoag people do not share in the popular reverence for the traditional New England Thanksgiving. For them, the holiday is a reminder of betrayal and bloodshed. Since 1970, many native people have gathered at the statue of Massasoit in Plymouth, Massachusetts each Thanksgiving Day to remember their ancestors and the strength of the Wampanoag.

From National Geographic 

The first Thanksgiving was declared by President George Washington in 1789 to be on November 26.  Then on October 3, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving. Next Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it to be the last Thursday as well.  That didn't go over well with the American people so he changed it to November 23rd.  This caused confusion amongst different states so in December of 1941 Congress changed it to the fourth Thursday in November, and there it has stayed every since.

Each year as we celebrate Thanksgiving we are always telling people who, or what we are thankful for.   In my family we celebrate it on the day of and have a big feast.  We invite all the relatives and friends to join us.  It is not unusual for me to have around 20-28 people for dinner.  We then have a great time in fellow-shipping with one another. That is what families is for.  We are to give thanks unto the Lord daily, because He is why we are here.  We are not one of those families that go around the table voicing what we are thankful for.  But we do show it through out the year.  Its just what we do.

I want to thank each and everyone of you that read this Blog.  I know its not much, but it has been a help to me, to get my words out of my brain and into something that might benefit someone.

My prayer is that God will richly bless you in whatever Season you may be in.  May you remember to thank Him for all his grace and mercies, that he bestows on us daily.  AMEN

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter

Friday, November 8, 2013

When a Storm Comes

What do you do when storms come into your life? Is it hard or do you just ignore it and think it will eventually go away? What can family do to help you through these storms? What can friends do to help? Who do you turn to? These are all very good questions. They are all hard to answer. Sometimes when a storm comes there is no one or anything that can help you through it, but GOD. I seem to rely on my God alot, and here lately it has been quiet a bit. As my latest two storms have came, I have felt like there is no one that I can turn to but Him. I know I should not feel that way. The storms that I face can only be taken care of in time. It can not be hurried, rushed or even put aside. The bible states in

Psalm 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still .

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

This gives me great comfort to know that He can calm my storms.

Sometimes when storms come its hard to know that He is still with you, because you don't feel that way at all. Just rest assured that He is always with you. I am reminded of a song that is sung in my church sometimes.


The storms may rage, the winds may blow
Cares of Life come against my soul
In troubled times I know just where to stand
No safer place to be than in God's hands
In God's hands I'm in good hands
My soul is safe and secure
In God's hands, sweet assurance
It's good to know I'm in good hands

Sometimes it seems a trial lasts too long
It scarcely past, and I must face another one
But when I've done the very best I can
It's time to leave it in God's hands
In God's hands, I'm in good hands
My soul is safe and secure
In God's hands, sweet assurance
It's good to know I'm in good hands
Weary and feeble I turn
to the solid rock strong and firm
In God's hands I'm in good hands
My soul is safe and secure
In God's hands, sweet assurance
It's good to know I'm in good hands
It's good to know, I'm in good hands

I am safe in His hands just as this song states. My fears will be taken away and a sweet peace of comfort will come to me. I thank Him daily for all that he does for me and my family.

My prayer would be that this would be of a help to someone.

Peggy McCoyle
SAHWM and Homeschool Supporter