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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Let's Build a Community Together?

As homeschoolers it is so important for us to be a united community.  Some new homeschoolers have mentioned they have not made homeschool friends yet.  I can tell you from experience, it does take time.  Starting out as a new homeschooler either with Kindergarten or transferring from public school, it is easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond.  We were there a few years ago and now have friends in a widespread area.  For instance, it is great when we are in Cleveland, Medina, etc, to catch up with friends.

I enjoy seeing families who have met through our field trips and encounters, and have become friends.  It is a blessing!  That is one of the goals of the blog, to meet others, while kids enjoy experiences and education together.  God wants all His people to be in community:

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."  Hebrews 10:24-25

There are groups, and I am not sure how I feel about the word group?  It is sometimes difficult to be the "new" person in an established group.   Some groups do require a membership fee.  My blog, anyone is welcome to join at anytime :) and there are no membership fees to participate in field trips and opportunities posted.

Our family is always open to meeting and assisting others begin their journey or help along the way.  I try to establish one on one meetings or playdates as well as group activities.

If offer interested Moms, a Moms' Support Group.  No fees, but would like to have regular participation to make it worth everyone's time to meet!  We would likely meet every few months and then see if there is interest for monthly?   I believe it is important for Moms to gather, support, encourage and share/exchange information.  Also as the Word states:

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."  1 Thessolonians 5:11

"For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone."  Romans 14:7


We are all homeschooling for the benefit of our children.  Where there are many, there is so much more to celebrate and rejoice in:


"What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up."  1 Corinthians 14:26


We can strengthen one another, where one lacks skill or expertise, another is there to guide: "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."  Proverbs 27:17


With community, it is nice to know there is someone that you may call upon with questions, concerns, help with the kids or when hubby is out of town to share time and a  meal with.  Game nights get the husbands more involved and the ability to get to know each other.  Wouldn't it be great for them to have friends to lend a hand?  If you are like us, we do everything around the home ourselves to save money.   I know my hubby would have enjoyed a couple spare hands helping paint our home this past summer.   By working together and with many hands it makes the work light, and builds and strengthens relationships.  Helping others also makes you feel amazing:  you feel good because you are helping them and they feel good because they are receiving help!!!  Everyone has talents and resources to share.  Let's build a community together :)  Will you join us?


Please email you thoughts to Kim, DecadentChocolate@gmail.com.  Merci Beaucoup!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beckwith Orchard

This will be a great educational tour of the Beckwith Apple Orchard.  We will learn how trees are pollinated, kids will ring a school bell, go through a corn maze and more.



DATE:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TIME:  Join us for lunch in the barn at 12:30PM; Tour begins at 1PM

ADDRESS:  1617 Lake Rockwell Road, Kent

COST:  $3.50/person

Everyone will enjoy an apple and apple cider after the tour - YUM!  We will be divided into groups of 15-25.  They have a store and bakery, so if you would like to bring some extra cash?  

All RSVPS need to be made to Kim at DecedentChocolate@gmail.com by September 16, 2014, so the Orchard may schedule enough tour guides to accommodate our group.

"In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."  2 Corinthians  4:4



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Looking for a New Dentist?

Hi All!

I just have to share our dentists as they are most loved and worth the gasoline :)  Maybe they will be closer for you???

PEDIATRIC DENTIST

Dr. Laura Adelman
9964 Vail Drive, Twinsburg
(330) 425-1885

WHY???  Besides being highly talented and knowledgeable, keeping parents in the dental process, fantastic staff, having a beautiful office, she offers some great things for the kids, such as an Annual Patient Appreciation Day at Patterson Farms and the photo is from her 10th anniversary party she hosted for her patients!!  It was a glow bowling party, buffet of food, laser maze and more, such FUN!!!!
Our one child has had so much dental work and needed braces at the age of seven???  It is great to be able to have faith in our health providers.  We have a relationship with her that we give each other hugs, just like Olaf in "Frozen" :)  She is top-notch, everyone will be HAPPY!  We're SO Happy and love her :)


MY DENTIST, My Friend

Dr. Daina Matas
7650 Chippewa Road, #208, Brecksville
(440) 526-1422

Daina, or Dr. Matas as you would probably call her, is completely hands on in the chair.  She is so sweet and takes the best care of her patients.  Rather than saying you need a filling she will offer homeopathic remedies if things can be reversed :)



ORTHODONTIST

Dr. John White
89 1st Street, #209, Hudson
(330) 650-1660

When our Pediatric Dentist told us she wanted us to visit an Orthodontist, I was surprised.  Knowing how our child's teeth were I was not totally shocked, but only being seven, I began recollecting my days of braces.  Now our child who was so much younger may be going through the process I felt a little uneasy.  Visiting Dr. White for our consultation, we saw all the issues ahead of us and what he and his staff would be able to do for our child.  Even after only a few months we have seen such a difference!

I feel confident recommending him to other families and think your children would be happy patients.  He is also an instructor at Case Western Reserve Dental School!  His staff is amazing, connected immediately to one of the ladies working there :)

"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."  3 John 1:2

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The ZOAR we LOVE!

ZOAR is always a pleasant step back in time!  There is so much information, that each time the kids remember a little more :)  If you visit, make sure you visit the Cannery, their Blackberry Sauce is amazing!

Please mark your calendars for these not to miss events:

September 26, 2014

9AM - 3PM

Civil War School Day

What will you discover at Civil War School Day?
  • More than 20 stations about Civil War life
  • Meet Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Jennie Wade
  • Try woodcarving, rug hooking, spinning, weaving, breadbaking, bandaging, and more!
  • Costumed reenactors demonstrate battle tactics
  • Zoar and the Civil War – Pacifism and Patriotism
**  $4/student Teachers are FREE

Open to public, private, and home schools. Reservations are required by 5pm on Tuesday, September 23. Call Becka Lash at 330-874-3011 to make your reservation!


October 17, 2014

10 AM - 4PM

Harvest Home School Day

Experience the harvest in Zoar! Explore the cellars of Zoar where food and drink were stored for the winter. Try activities that help get the village ready for snowstorms and dark nights. 10a-4p. 

**  $4/child (4-17) one adult FREE ----   additional adults (18+) $6

Historic Zoar Village
198 Main Street
Zoar, OH  44697

Phone number for reservations:  (330) 874-3011


"And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all."  1 Thessalonians 5:14

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tea at Three

Hi Homeschoolers!

Are you gearing up for the new year?  Do you love tea?  We enjoy tea and have thought learning about tea and tea etiquette would be thrilling.  I am calling it teaducation :)  Our summer tea party was so much fun that we do not want to wait another 10 months to enjoy tea with friends :)  Girls enjoyed a fancy table with glass dishes and tea cups, so cute!

There is so much to learn about and share with tea:

Tea can relaxing
Tea can be invigorating
It is a part of so many cultures
Great on a rainy day
Great on a sunny day on the porch or patio
Wonderful when shared with a friend
It helps when you are sick
Tea can be sweet, strong, hot or cold

So I will be offering small intimate tea parties at our home.  Themes may be different types of tea, formal tea, history, cultures, seasonal tea, napkin folding, etc…anything that is tea related.

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour devoted to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. – Henry James

Thinking little girls could wear dresses?  Boys that have an interest are welcome as well.  Most likely on Fridays once a month?  I would like to keep them small, easy to manage with schooling, etc. so maximum would be five guests.  We are interested in getting to know other homeschooling families better and share our knowledge and party planning (my assistant has been idle ;).  If you would be interested, please email and let me know.  I will then contact those families and see if our schedules coordinate.  Praying December will not be too crazy as it would be a lovely tea!!  Will you join us for a cuppa??  Please email Kim at DecadentChocolate@gmail.com.  Grazie!  Merci beaucoup :)  Thank you!  Muchas gracias :)

Next summer will probably be the next larger scale tea party for Moms and daughters!  Please keep in touch, invitation only….

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."  Hebrews 10:24-25

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Alpaca Farm Tour!

Hi All!

Alpacas :)  I love their sweet little faces!  There are two breeds of Alpacas, we will be seeing the Huacaya Alpacas.  Please join us to learn more about them:

We will be meeting there after the Kent Bog hike/education.  So, we will be bringing a bagged lunch.  At the Alpaca Farm they will have some tables for us to eat at, or bring a blanket to relax on.  There will be a table display of raw fleece, roving fleece, yarn, and finally finished product.  Kids will be able to touch some alpacas…along with informational sheets on them as well. 

Family Jewels Alpacas - LogoDATE:  Friday, September 5, 2014

TIME:  11:15AM, after the Kent Bog tour :)

ADDRESS:  Family Jewels Alpacas, 7678 Seasons Road, Kent

COST:  FREE

I am anticipating 30-40 for the Alpaca Farm.  Please email Kim to sign up for this tour at DecadentChocolate@gmail.com.  Thank you!!!!

"But wild animals will lie down there, and their houses will be full of howling creatures; there ostriches will dwell, and there wild goats will dance."  Isaiah 13:21

Friday, August 8, 2014

Portage County Historical Society

Dear Homeschoolers!

I am so excited to share this experience with you!  We were just at Liberty Camp at the Portage County Historical Society - AWESOME!!!!!  It was an amazing time, the kids had so much FUN!!!  So we are going back :)


DATE:  Thursday, October 2, 2014

TIME:  1PM - 5PM?

ADDRESS:  6549 N. Chestnut Street, Ravenna

COST:  $5, ages 5 and up

Number:  I have reserved space for 30 kids, if there are more, I will see about accommodating with more volunteers :)

We will tour the historical house and all the buildings (barn, general store, land office, feed store, log cabin, etc)

The kids will also spend time with Dakota Bob!  They will more than likely learn about the American Indians, wigwams, make ceramic beads, etc….FUN!!!!!

Please join us!  To register, please email Kim at DecadentChocolate@gmail.com.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?"  1 Corinthians 3:16

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summit Metroparks Hiking Spree

Dear Homeschool Hikers!

We are planning on beginning the Summit Metroparks Hiking Spree in September.  Last year we earned our hiking sticks, and this year we would love to earn this year's badge :)   Everything is BETTER when shared with a friend or two, so we hope you can join us!!!!  This is the beginning schedule for us:


     Monday, September 01, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

      FIRST HIKE 
      Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for the first hike of the Fall Hiking Spree. Good for spree credit. DLQ 

Tuesday, September 02, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
EVENING SPREE HIKE 
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for an evening hike to earn Fall Hiking Spree credit on Indian Spring Trail. Good for spree credit. MF/Lake Area 
Tuesday, September 09, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
SPRINGFIELD BOG AT DUSK 
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for an evening spree-credit hike at the bog. Good for spree credit. SFB 

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
EVENING SPREE HIKE 
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a spree-credit walk along the Rock Creek Trail. Good for spree credit. FR/Brushwood 



Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
REDWING RAMBLE 
Join Naturalist Pat Rydquist for a spree-credit hike of Redwing Trail. F/Tuscarawas Meadows 

If you would like to join us and possibly make plans for dinner or a picnic/potluck beforehand, please email Kim at DecadentChocolate@gmail.com.  Thank you!!!

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."  John 13:34