Sunday, September 7, 2014

Back in the Saddle.....

As I sat thinking about how to begin this entry the song with the lyrics "back in the saddle again" began reeling in my mind, though I don't think I have ever heard the entire song but only a clip from a movie scene that I don't recollect at this time. Funny how the mind works and remembers and at the same time doesn't. Never the less this week we hopped back in the saddle again, beginning a new school year, leaping forward from the last with little reprieve.



The girls completed last years assignments the last week of August, as they spread out their vacation days throughout the year. We spent Labor Day weekend here with my parents who came for their own mini-vaca. It was a time of great fellowship with one another, shopping, eating, and resting. But all things must end at some time. Monday came and my parents went. Tuesday arrived without a skip in the beat and Chris was painting a porch, I stayed home handing out new text books and assignments, and the girls were back to school again. 



Ariana, my 16 year old, is finishing her high school requirements this year, with a minimal work load. She is glad to be done with science and math while enjoying a second semester of a cooking course, rhetoric, government and economics, and modern history and literature. We are encouraging her to take some college courses as time comes available, either during the second semester or summer session. They do grow so quickly as my grandfather always said and the idea of her graduating is still quite surreal. We take one day at a time as we work to figure out her next steps, understanding that she does not plan on investing much time college bound. She is considering college courses to advance her knowledge in writing but her utmost desire is to be a wife and mother. We can only wait and see and trust in God and his guidance.




Taylor, my spunky 12 year old, is now in 7th or maybe its 8th grade. One of the dilemmas of homeschooling is never really knowing what grade your child is in because they are a year ahead in some things, or not. Taylor likes to remind me that she takes 8th grade courses. So be it. Last year she began Omnibus, an intense history, literature, and theology course, which she did quite well in. We continue to work on maturity in writing and look forward to seeing her progress in her second year of Omnibus. She is also taking pre-Algebra, logic, and a general science course which she is excited about. She loves the experiments and is nature bound.





Our week went off without a hitch. While public school kids were waiting for Thursday to start their first day, Ariana and Taylor were in full swing. There were no highs or lows, no melt downs either. Just simply doing what is a normal day in our home.

....the adventure goes on.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy

We have been busy this past year, and it has been a long time since I last posted on this blog. Lawlor Family Painting went into business the spring of 2013 and the past year has been a whirlwind. RiverGlass Creations has been more of a hobby business and homeschooling has become a juggle between independent learning and "homework" help. Thankfully Ariana and Taylor are very independent learners and were able to transition rather smoothly to my dividing myself between home and painting. I am a proud mother and appreciate the helpful spirit and maturity both my daughters have displayed this past year. 


The summer is coming to an end and I have had time to breathe, re-collect and set up for the fall. The new school year begins in two weeks and the girls are excited and ready to start their studies; to put away the old and start the new. I have organized their schedule so that I am able to come alongside Taylor as she begins secondary level studies. Ariana is finishing up her high school curriculum and preparing to start taking some college level classes until she graduates.

 I have begun producing and posting new jewelry for our online store at RiverGlass Creations, and have also been updating our website and social media sites. I am excited about our new Princess Collection which has had a lot of comments and praise from family and friends. I hope you take the time to look at our new jewelry pieces and provide some feedback also. 



Lawlor Family Painting is booking for the fall. Chris and I have worked out a schedule (we hope) that allows me to better function as wife, mother, business owner, and business partner, while he completes his theological studies, prepares for his Sunday School series, and provides as a husband and father. That's a full plate! Ariana and Taylor have both taken on small responsibilities as well to make Lawlor Family Painting a true family business. 

Join us in our adventure!



Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber-Monday!!

For today only, RiverGlass Creations is offering an extra 25% off any item $40 and greater when you use
coupon code: HOLIDAY2013
Visit our Shop page now
and take advantage of these great savings!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

RiverGlass Creations and Cyber-Monday


On Cyber-Monday we will be re-opening our online store at Etsy.
Be sure to shop our holiday specials beginning Monday! 
 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

School and RiverGlass Creations

January is gone and February is flying by. Before you know it spring will be in the air.

In the Lawlor home things have been busy as always. Both girls have been working independently with their studies. After the trials and errors of the past few months with my youngest daughter, I decided to let her work more on her own. I make sure to touch base with her on every subject each morning to see if she wants help before she gives it a go. Today, for example, I went down her subject list to make sure she understood all that she needed to finish and asked if she wanted me to go over anything with her. She replied she would do it by herself and went to work. Once she began her math assignment, she worked at it for about 15 minutes and then came to me and asked if I would explain what she was learning. I reviewed it briefly and had her do a sample problem then she went and finished the rest. Most days she is able to learn it without my explaining. While I am very proud of her progress and ability to start to be more independent there is also a sadness in it that causes me to realize that she has grown up that much more.
Isn't it so like us to push the first as we are anxious to see what the next thing is going to be like, and with the youngest we want to hold them back and keep them young, knowing that we will never have that time again.

Well, with this new found freedom I have, I am able to stay on top of grading their work as well as putting more time into RiverGlass Creations. I have been very busy promoting and making jewelry and have had a few sales already this year. We have been updating our webpage, which I encourage you to check out: www.riverglasscreations.com

I have added ribbon necklace to our line-up and am excited to continue expanding our product line to include men's necklaces and gifts also. I am mostly in the brainstorming phase at the moment and would love any feedback others may have about men's gifts. Other than key chains and paper weights I am drawing a blank. 
In the future I am hoping to work on bracelets and rings as well.


There is so much more to share but that will have to wait for another post. Until then........

........the adventure continues.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Learning

   While homeschooling brings great joy, at times it can also be extremely difficult. Rising every morning to train young minds to grow in knowledge and wisdom is hard enough in itself, but the one doing the teaching often times needs to be willing to learn as well. Learning is hard work! It is not quite as simple as opening a book, reading the texts, following the examples given, and working practice problems with the "student". The teacher must often times re-learn those things as well. This, however, is not exactly the learning that I am referring to when I say learning is hard work.

   Nothing seems to highlight individual flaws as much as another individual. Working with my daughters I see my own short-comings staring me right in the face daily. My patience is tested. I need to remember to keep my anger and frustration in check. Being kind and encouraging does not always come easy. There have been times when weeks go by and I seem to be fighting the same battle, hitting my head against the same wall, over and over..and over again. And while I can be frustrated with a simple task one of my daughters will not learn, I, at the same time, am refusing to learn that I need to find a new way to win the battle and not to keep bumping into walls! Ironic, isn't it?
  
   There is a joy that comes on the other side of these difficult moments. Not only do I get to grow closer to God who sanctifies me through these small trials and learn that I truly am reliant upon His grace to raise my girls to be strong, wise, and godly women, but I also get to see the fruit of my work as they are sanctified during these trials, hopefully learning that they are also reliant upon God's grace to guide them as they grow in knowledge and wisdom.

Sometimes we fail each other. Sometimes tempers do flair. Sometimes tears do fall. 
 But we have great love for one another and "love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8
 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Into the New Year!

Last year went out with a bang. As I looked to see when my last post was I reflected on what had happened since then. Four months flew by like a whirlwind carried along by events that took over our lives. September began with a new year of school, which in itself is exciting and stressful as we learn how to re-cope with schedules, learn which subjects can be worked independently, and which subjects need more attention. I would say the school year began well and despite the very eventful fall season we plowed through rather successfully. I think the full year schedule we implemented for this year has been a great help in that because it does allow for interruptions and unexpected hindrances in our lives without the stress of falling behind. Towards the end of October we mourned the death of my father-in-law which meant an unexpected trip to Virginia, which was both bitter and sweet.
The girls and I also prepared for my husband to travel to Taiwan and Cambodia for five weeks.
While Chris was away we celebrated Thanksgiving with family, visited other family in Lake Placid, and worked heartily at catching up with missed weeks of formal education.
After my husband returned we were on the brink of Christmas and New Years.
For a solid two months I believe we were flying by the seat of our pants trying hard not to stray too far off the path that had been set before us this school year. Now that the new year has finally arrived things have simmered down and we are back to our normal routine, and I am able to get back to some jewelry making as well blogging every now and then.
....and so our adventure continues.