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Homeschooling and Fresh Starts

Hello everyone!  I know, long time no post.  I went on a two week RV trip that was AWESOME (more info on that here) and have recently just been getting ready for the new school year.  There are a lot of changes happening in my life this school year, the biggest of which being that I am starting high school and, for the first time ever, being homeschooled.  Homeschooling is something a lot of people don’t know very much about, and when I tell people that homeschooling is my plan for high school, I usually get one of three responses:

  1. The person gets very excited because they or someone they know has had experience with homeschooling and they absolutely love it.  They tell you that it is such an adventure and you are going to have an amazing year.  Then they give you a bunch of co-op and online course recommendations and maybe even some free textbooks.
  2. The person says, “Wow!  That’s really cool!”, and you can tell that they are honestly being sincere.  They admit to not knowing much about homeschooling, but they are interested in learning more.  “So does that mean you get to do school in your pajamas?!?” Yep, that’s right my friend.
  3. This is the person who has untrue stereotypes about homeschoolers tattooed in their brain.  They say, “Oh!” and fake smile when you tell them your high school plans, but you know they are really thinking, “This girl is going to turn into an unsocial nerd who sits around at home with no concept of the real world!!”  Ok fine maybe it’s not that extreme, but it’s obvious they think it’s weird.  They might even try and “politely” voice their opinions on homeschooling.

I for one am very excited about starting homeschooling and getting a fresh start this school year.  I am going to continue blogging, but I am not going to have a set posting schedule.  The content on my blog this year might be a little different, because I really want to just be myself and share my opinions and beliefs on things.  I’m going to post when I feel inspired to do so and when I feel passionately about something, not because I feel like I have to.  Yes, there will probably still be book reviews and school advice, but I also want to start posting about what I think of homeschooling and my thoughts and beliefs about faith.  Bear in mind that my thoughts on things might be different from some of yours.  They might be exactly the same as yours.  That’s OK.  One of my pet peeves is when people share their opinion and act like they are right and everyone who doesn’t think the same as them are wrong.  That is not what I am here to do.  I am here to tell you guys what I believe so you can get to know me better and maybe think about things in a way you never have before.  I want to encourage others with Bible verses and encourage you in your faith.  So, there you have it.  My little spiel is now over.  **takes a bow**

If you know someone who would enjoy this blog, please please please let them know about it!  I love getting new readers!

Comment below topics or post ideas you want to see me write about!  Until next time, Au revoir.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND TRIP TO MAINE

Hey everyone!  I hope you all have read my latest book review on The Calling by Rachelle Dekker!  I am posting again today with a little announcement; Tomorrow, my family and I are leaving on a two week east coast RV trip all the way to Acadia National Park in Maine.  A lot of people have asked me and my family to send them videos of our trip experiences, and with this in mind I decided to create a YouTube channel where I can post vlogs (video blogs) of our trip!  I am so excited to be able to share our trip with all of you!  Click on the link below to watch my introduction video.  Please, please, please make sure to subscribe to my new YouTube channel to follow our trip!  To be able to subscribe, click on the YouTube icon at the bottom of the video, and then click the red subscribe button once you are on the YouTube website.  Enjoy!

20 Facts About Me

Hey everyone!  The school year is over (at least for me….. high school!  Yay!), and that means my Do Hard Things project is over!(read more about that here.)  For those who didn’t know, I created this blog for a two year school project, and since the project is now over………………………………I’m going to continue writing!                                                                                                               *cues loud and energetic cheering*                                                                                                                                                 I want to kick off summer with a post that is a little more laid back than usual- 20 Facts About Me, so all of y’all can get to know me a little better.  Here we go.

1.  Were you named after anyone?                                                                                                                  No.  I do have an ancestor on my mom’s side named Emma, but the reason I was named Emma was just because my parents liked the name.

2.  Do you like your handwriting?                                                                                                                     Ummm….I guess.  It’s not terrible.

3. What is your favorite lunch meat?                                                                                                            Turkey.

4.  Do you still have your tonsils?                                                                                                            Yes.

5.  Would you bungee jump?                                                                                                                     Not for fun, but if I would win a million dollars to do it then of course.

6.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?                                                                                                  MINT OREO

7.  Red or Pink?                                                                                                                                            Pink, because why not.

8.  What was the last thing you ate?                                                                                                      Hummus.

9.  If you were a crayon, what color would you be?                                                                                    Either a mint green or a baby blue.

10.  Mountain hideaway or beach house?                                                                                            Beach house, for sure.

11.  Hair color?                                                                                                                                              Dark brown.

12.  Last movie you watched?                                                                                                                           School Of Rock.

13.  What color shirt are you wearing?                                                                                                It’s like grayish-blackish.

14.  Favorite dessert?                                                                                                                                           Usually anything with chocolate, but I do love me my fruit pies too.

15.  What book are you reading right now?                                                                                                     The Calling by Rachelle Dekker.  It is the second book in the series- should I do a review about it?

16.  What’s your favorite vegetable?                                                                                                       Green beans.

17.  What is your middle name?                                                                                                               Grace.

18.  Do you have any pets?                                                                                                                    Sadly not at the moment.

19.  Where were you three hours ago?                                                                                                        The pool.

                                                                                                        

20.  What are your hobbies?                                                                                                              Dancing, reading, blogging……..

Thanks for reading!  Comment below some of your answers to the questions above, and any post ideas you want to see me write!

2016!!

Happy New Year everyone!  I love starting a new year because it gives us a fresh start and so much to look forward to.  It also gives us a chance to reflect on the past year, in this case, 2015.  What big milestones happened in your life this past year?  What was a happy thing that happened?  What was something that was not so happy?  We already have some big things on the horizon for 2016.  We have a presidential election coming up, as well as the Olympics!  I know in my case I will be starting a new chapter in my life; graduating 8th grade and moving on to high school!  While we can anticipate all these things we know will happen in the coming months, God has so many things in store for you that you have no idea about yet.  Some may be happy surprises, and some may be sad surprises.  You never know what God has in mind, but you can know that it is all in his master plan for your life.  Whatever happens, God is using it to make you stronger and build your relationship with him.  Go into 2016 with confidence and trust.  I hope you have a wonderful first week of this year!

Comment below about what you are looking forward to in 2016, or what you think I should write about in the coming year!

7 Things I Learned at Public High School

(Note from Emma: Hi Everyone!  Today’s post is from a girl who has had more experience than myself at being a Christian at a public school.  School is right around the corner, so I thought it would be helpful to have some insight into what it’s like to go to a public school while being a Christian.  I hope you enjoy this post, and if you do, be sure to subscribe to her blog!)

Guest Post by Grace

Around this time a year ago, I was in a new place. I had my schedule and my map, and a backpack full of brand new school supplies, and I was trying to find my way around this big monster called high school. 

Before then, I had graduated 8th grade from a very small K-8 private Christian school. All my life, I had either been there or been homeschooled. My 8th grade graduating class had sixteen people…

…I came into a freshman class of over 600, at a public high school. It was a totally new style of learning, a totally new group of people, and a totally new lifestyle for me. 

The good news? I survived it! I made friends, kept up with the work, and made it through to the end. And I’m a lot wiser now than I was before.  I’ve learned many things that I want to share with anyone starting public school for the first time.

1. Being openly Christian is hard, scary, and embarrassing.

Early on in the year, I put up Bible verses in my locker. A few days later, I took them down. I was that insecure about my faith. 

Thankfully, I can say that I’ve grown a bit since then. Some different Bible verses went up in my locker later in the year—and they stayed up. I no longer mumble when I tell people I’m going to Christian Fellowship after school. But I’ve got a long way to go. 

It’s a lot harder to be an open Christian than you’re probably expecting. I’m still not completely comfortable sharing my faith with others, and many people probably don’t even know I’m a Christian. Be prepared that it most likely won’t come naturally.

2. Christian friends are precious.

I had several Christian friends this year that made everything so much easier. It makes all of the difference in the world to know that somewhere in the building there are those who share your beliefs, and to have someone who can support you when you have to stand up for those beliefs.  

You are not alone! Even if there is only one other Christian in your whole school, find them. Make friends with them. Christian friends are far, far more valuable in public school than you probably realize.

3. Just because someone says they are a Christian doesn’t mean that they really are. 

I met a girl early on who said she was a Christian. I just assumed that she was living the same life as me. It didn’t take long, however, for me to figure out that we were living our lives very differently and had very different opinions on many things. 

In public school, you will meet people who go to church and say they are Christians. Be cautious—that doesn’t mean that they actually are.  Many people think that being a Christian just means you go to church. We all know that isn’t the case. 

4. You have to fight against getting desensitized to the evil around you.

In public school, you will hear curse words used often. You will be constantly exposed to worldviews that oppose Christianity. If you’re not careful, you will stop caring about the evil. 

You’ll stop being offended by curse words because you hear them so often. You’ll stop seeing opposing worldviews and opinions for what they really are, the work of Satan. Even if you know these things are wrong, you won’t consciously think about that on a regular basis. You will just stop caring. 

Fight against it. Make yourself acknowledge that curse words are offensive. Test everything you hear against the Bible. Don’t let the world cause you to stop being offended by evil. 

5. Have your opinions about cultural issues firmly in place before you enter the school. 

This is so important. Know where you stand on issues big (like abortion and feminism) and small (like the dress code and dating), so that when people ask you about them, you won’t be tempted to cave to peer pressure.

Don’t just know where you stand; have a plan for defending your stance if someone ever challenges you. You might want to have different ways of defending your opinions to people who profess to be Christians and people who don’t—that will affect how you use the Bible in your defense. 

These things will come up in conversation. Know that they will, and be prepared.

6. Don’t be afraid to stand up for your beliefs.

This follows up from the last one. Have your opinions in place, and then when someone asks you about them, don’t be afraid to defend them and stand up for yourself. 

Remember that just because your beliefs are in the minority, it doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t be intimidated by people who try to make you feel stupid or like your beliefs are weird. Stand up for them, and don’t be afraid to tell people why you believe what you do. 

7. A true faith will be strengthened like never before.

I’ve heard it said that Christians shouldn’t go to public school because there is more opportunity for them to stop being Christians or fall away from their faith. 

Here’s the problem with that: if you stop being a Christian, you never were really one in the first place. If you don’t have faith already, the fake faith you do have will disappear when you face the pressures of the world. But if you have true faith, the pressure will strengthen it like you wouldn’t believe.

My experience was that being around people who didn’t believe the same as I did, and having to think through what I believed and defend it to other people occasionally, served to strengthen my faith by leaps and bounds. I hope that will be your experience too.

 

Being a Christian in such a secular environment can be hard and scary, but you have to believe that God has a reason for you to be in public school at this moment. Maybe it’s to grow your own faith. Maybe it’s because there’s someone there that needs you. But whatever it is, you are meant to be where you are, no matter how hard it gets.

Remember that there are many other people in the same situation as you all over the world, fighting the same fight, running the same race, and striving to hold on to their faith around unbelievers day in and day out. God will always be there for you. You are never alone. Don’t give up—keep fighting the good fight! 

What do you think? Were these points helpful to you? Have you experienced public school as a Christian, and if so, do you agree with them? What would you add? Tell me in the comments! 

Grace is a 15 year old Christian. She has a passion for using writing to share the Gospel and encourage other Christians in their faith. On her blog, she writes about God, faith, cultural issues, and the Christian life. She also enjoys reading, writing fiction, and dancing. 

You can find her blog here: trueandpure.wordpress.com


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