Thursday, January 17, 2013

Our Tough-Girl Eryn

Eryn, showing us her tooth in her special  "toot" (tooth) box.

Our poor Miss Eryn had a run-in with the granite countertop at the end of last week, and so we ended up in the dentist's office on Monday morning. At first, we thought her tooth was only chipped, but on closer inspection, we found that it had split right down the middle. When our awesome dentist (our former bishop in another ward) took a look, he said it definitely had to come out.


But, because he's so awesome, it went quickly and not too painfully for our little sweetheart. I got to hold her the whole time, and he and his wonderful staff did all they could to make her comfortable.

If you look closely at the picture above, you may notice that her right eye has a little bruise on her eyelid. That was from her running into the table edge.


For such a sweet and gentle soul, she sure is strong! We are so grateful for her and for those that can help when life gets "tough."

Love, Mama Rachel

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Agency-Based Education

"Education is nothing like the filling of a reluctant pail.
It is the lighting of a fire."
~William Butler Yeats 

There are some  big and scary things happening in education right now, and so if you don't want to hear about it, I advise you to find another blog to read today. ;-)

Some may wonder why I care about the public school system, and the requirements that the federal government now places on  parents, students, teachers, administrators and schools. My answer is that when freedom is taken from one sector, the powers that be look around for other freedoms that can be destroyed. The homeschooling movement has come too far and done too much to remain unnoticed. Not to mention, many sacrifices have been made by pioneering home educators during the last century to restore the rights and liberty parents have to educate their own children, as our forefathers did for a millenia.

I will go into more of my opinions on the matters at hand in upcoming posts, but today I thought I'd share something that sets the stage for why "Agency-Based Education" is so very important to me:

I am SOOOO GRATEFUL for the freedom I have to educate my children as I see fit!!! I will do all I can to defend that right and the rights of future generations to do the same.

I hope you enjoy this video explanation as much as I do. :-)

Hugs, Mama Rachel