Yes! We can do it!!!

It’s been about 2 years since my last post. I’ve been wanting to write and document our homeschooling journey, but it’s been tough. An addition to brood of 6 is quite.. tough! Hehehe..


Anyway.. another school year is about to begin, and I’m so glad that I was able to attend Multiplelevel Homeschooling with Donna Pangilinan-Simpao and Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon.

It was a joy and blessing to be with Donna after such a loong time. I don’t think she knows, but, she has been my mentor from the very beginning. Pregnancy, child-rearing and homeschooling. Hearing her and Felichi talk about real-life experiences was just reassuring. A few tears were shed while talking about how their kids have graduated with honors and all they could say was “It was all by God’s grace”. Yes!!! I must agree. Only by His amazing grace can we continue with this homeschooling journey. It’s not “I can’t even!” but ” Yes! We can do it!!!” Only by His grace.




At the Jensen Kinder Farm

We decided to celebrate Ava’s 7th BIrthday at the Jensen Kinder Farm. It was the first birthday celebration held at JKF, we brought cake and a little decor. We were worried that the trip wouldn’t push through because of the strong downpour and flood in the morning! We were praying and asking the Lord to let the rain stop and YEY! He answered our prayers! It became quite sunny when we arrived, but it was still drizzling as we did the tour.

During homeschool in the morning, we were preparing and I was briefing them on what to expect. Here is what Farmer Stacy emailed me and we discussed it with the kids:

Our farm tour is composed of the following attractions:
·         TOUR IN THE FARM – Where kids and adults will be toured around the farm featuring concepts and techniques in urban farming.
·         A DAY IN THE FARM – The kids will experience some of the things that farmers do every day in the farm. They will feed the rabbit, fish and chicken; collect eggs; water the plants; and fertilize the plants.
·         INTRODUCTION TO FARM TOOLS – The kids will learn the names and uses of the tools we use in JKF. The teacher will show them how to use them and the kids will use the tools themselves.
·         HANDS-ON PLANTING – The kids will learn how to grow plants from seeds and through cuttings.
·         PLANTER -MAKING – The children will design their own SUB-IRRIGATED PLANTER. This will include free herb which they can bring home.
·         FARM KIT PER STUDENT – to help the kids jump start their interest in farming, we have included the one farm kit as part of the farm tour package.

We could not wait to go!!! So here are just some of the things we did…

Welcome to Jensen Kinder Farm!
Welcome! Hats and boots provided by JKF.
Start of the tour. The vertical garden.
Start of the tour. The vertical garden
Self watering!
Self watering!
The Nursery.
The Nursery.
Never knew you could breed your own Red Tail Tilapia at home..
Never knew you could breed your own Red Tail Tilapia at home..
Farmer Stacy explaining to the kids that the fish keep their eggs inside thier mouths and the farmers have to get the eggs out themselves.
Farmer Stacy explaining to the kids that the fish keep their eggs inside their mouths and the farmers have to get the eggs out themselves.
Stingless bees!!! And the rain collector.
Stingless bees!!! And the rain collector.


After the tour, TIME TO FEED the animals!
After the tour, TIME TO FEED the animals! They fed the fish, rabbit, hens and rooster.
Feeding the rooster..
Huge Mr. Rooster
They each got to collect an egg from the chicken coop!
They each got to collect an egg from the chicken coop! Trivia: A hen lays one egg a day. If the rooster is with the hen, she lays 2 eggs a day.. ahhhh…
Trying out the tools..
Trying out the tools..
And the other tools...
And the other tools…
A little bonus.. the kids got to harvest some petchay!
A little bonus.. the kids got to harvest some petchay!
Transferring some monggo to the trellis..
Transferring some monggo to the trellis..


Hands-on planting and planter making..
Hands-on planting and planter making..
Herbs we planted and propogated and took home.
Herbs we propogated and took home.
Busy little farmers..
Busy little farmers..


It was an afternoon well spent! And an unforgettable 7th Birthday celebration 🙂 We all had a wonderful time and we want to go back for more..

Best thing I liked is that even as we got home, the kids (and myself included) were still very eager to pursue backyard farming. We propogated the herbs we took home the next morning and planted the farm kits we got. More of the “after-party” next time…

Happy 7th Birthday Ava!!! Thank you JKF!!! :)
Happy 7th Birthday Ava!!! Thank you JKF!!! 🙂

Overcoming anger

“Mom! You didn’t get mad at us today!” Oh praise the Lord!!! What a wonderful thing it is to be joyful while we homeschool! We had a great day. We had a great week. Except for Monday. We started out terribly, but His mercies are new every morning! Great is Thy faithfulness!

I don’t know how to tag, or address the writer of this blog, so I just copied the link directly onto my post.

The only way to overcome anger, whether it is while homeschooling, disciplining, dealing with difficult people, is by the Word of God. I was just encouraged by this post, knowing I’m not alone in getting, mad, upset, disappointed, sometimes furious with the kids while we homeschool.

I really can’t do anything about the condition of their hearts but to pray for them and to pray for myself as well. It is only the Lord who can truly change their hearts.

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. – Proverbs 14:29

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. – Proverbs 16:32

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools. – Ecclesiastes 7:9

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. – Psalm 86:15

8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. – Psalm 103:8-13

Our Goals for our Children

As we homeschool, I tend to forget that I need to focus on the kids and not preparing for the school day/week/month/year. Reminds me of the story of Martha and Mary. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was distracted with preparing and serving the meal for the group. I usually get distracted with the lesson planning. But that shouldn’t be the case, it would defeat the purpose of homeschooling if I were to focus on the planning.

So before we begin another school year, I listened again to one of the most memorable and striking parenting seminars I’ve attended. God’s Priority of Parenting by Rev. Tim Carns.

My Notes:

What is our Priority as Parents?

Our aim should be:

To bring our babies to Jesus

Point our children to the Savior

Usher the youth to the feet of the Master
Make Christ known to our sons and daughters so that they could come to know Christ as Savior.
Our child’s greatest need is not a successful career, a good education, a productive life, or to keep them from becoming immoral or keep them out of drugs or wrong people. Nothing wrong with these, they are  all important things! BUT it’s not the most important.
What am I most focused on as parent?
There are a lot of moral people, but they never put their trust in Christ.
We want them to be moral and good. But we need to make them aim for the right goal- to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Acts 4:12‎ And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Teach them the most important commandment which is to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and mind.
That’s just one session. Need to listen to the others..


Only the beginning…

This is my attempt to write about and document our homeschooling journey. I want to be able to remember what we did, how we did it – just to keep track of the milestones and memories of  this awesome calling of being home (and away) with the kids and teaching them the way they should go, so that when they are older, they will not depart from it.

We’ve been homeschooling for the past 9 years ( officially enrolled for 5) and we aren’t a perfect homeschooling family. We are still adjusting to a lot of changes. There are good days, there are great days. There are bad days, there are terrible days. There are tears of joy and tears of sadness, tears of discouragement and tears of frustration. But they are all wiped by the Hands of our ever faithful, merciful and loving Father.

It is only by His GRACE.

May He alone be glorified.