Monday, May 20, 2013

Blogging again... probably, maybe... well, I hope so anyway

Hello dear, dear friends!

Life is beginning to settle into a somewhat predictable routine (hooray!), and I'm contemplating blogging again.  I say "contemplating" because if I make it sound like it is a for sure thing the gods will make all of us sick or strike us with some sort of catastrophe just to make it impossible for me to actually keep my word.

Homeschooling has been wonderful!  It was a hard year in many, many ways, but homeschooling was a bright point for all of us and turned out to be a much more positive experience than I'd even hoped.  We will try it again next year (double hooray!).

Baby Joseph is growing, Matthew is growing, and even I am growing... and after much thought I've decided to start a different blog.  I'm not transferring anything from Tired, Need Sleep over to the new blog, but I will leave it up here for those of you who enjoy using the printables.  In fact, if I make any more printables, I will most likely post them here and/or on my Learning by Heart site.  I want the new blog to be more about us and less about ideas/projects in my head... more of a journal, I guess.  Something the grandmas can read without thinking I'm crazy.  Something more about the positive side of homeschooling than what I've written here (which was a lot of defensiveness of my desire to homeschool, I know).  It will be a little bit of everything, I think.  I'm sure to ramble, so prepare yourselves.  If you'd like to join me there, please go sign up on the right sidebar!  Not many posts are up yet, but I'd love to read some comments!

Happy, beautiful spring to all of you!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Advent 2012 – The Jesse Tree

jesse tree button 

Advent is almost upon us!  How did that happen?!  I hope you are all more on top of your holiday planning and gift buying/making than I am… oh my.  I’d forgotten just how much time caring for a newborn takes.  Totally worth it of course (but I do miss blogging)!

I’ve had about a dozen emails in the past few days asking about this year’s Jesse Tree packet.  Thank you all so much for reminding me to get this together!  I needed that little push and it is nice to know many of you use it.

Thankfully it was super-easy to put together this year.  Last year Advent had 27 days – the maximum number of days possible for any year.  So this year I am re-publishing the pack of ornaments, prayer cards, and Scripture references we used last year.  You will have 4 extra ornaments, etc. because Advent is only 23 days this year (it begins on Dec. 2nd).

I’ve included a schedule specific for this year (click on the image to download it):image

This is the schedule my family will be using.  We have taken out the ornaments for the second, third, and fourth Sundays as well as the ornament for the prophet Daniel.  All the other ornaments will be used in order, showing the lineage of Jesus and the history of his plan of salvation (from the creation of the world to his birth).

However, if taking out 4 different ornaments/cards makes more sense for your family, feel free to make up your own schedule!  I feel it’s important to keep in all the people that were Jesus’ ancestors, so I take out the Sunday ornaments and then begin taking out prophets until we’ve reached the correct amount of ornaments for the particular year we are in.

Click the image below to download the pack of ornaments, prayer cards, and Scripture references.


Have questions about the Jesse Tree?  Please feel free to leave them in the comments.  I will do my very best to answer them!




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