The End of the A B See

It is hard to say goodbye to a good idea that just didn’t fly. The A B See Photomeme was a great idea and it was a lot of fun – but we haven’t had enough entries since we gave up the prizes to make it worth keeping on our editorial calendar. OH how we are going to miss your pictures!

Here’s a little slideshow re-run of some photos from the past:

However, … don’t give up on your picture taking – or even your alphabetical picture taking memes. You can do something similar to the A B See over at I Heart Faces. They have the prizes and the sponsors – and most importantly the participation – to keep the phonic fun going.

Thanks so much for being part of the A B See Meme in the past – it was awesome.


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March 2012 Edition of the Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips!

Now that the weather is warming up, and winter is thawing away, SPRING is in the air!!! Everyone in my house is itching to get outdoors… and itching from allergies and bug bites, too. We’ve enjoyed doing things with our local co-ops, regional co-ops, and just going to the park to have a picnic. What about you? Where have you been? What have you been doing?

Planetarium Fieldtrip last Friday #homeschool #motherletters

This was our latest adventure — a trip to see a National Geographic film on the planetarium dome screen in Killeen, Texas. Fun!

We love seeing your links and hearing about fun field trip ideas. Join us here each month (the last Friday of each month) to link up your field trips. Our readers showcase their field trip links, linking recent trips or not-so-recent trips here on our linky tool below. It doesn’t matter how old your link is, but please only post the link to a particular field trip once.

Wherever you are going – inquiring homeschool minds want to hear about it (and see pretty pictures!)…

Rules for linking up:
1. Your Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips post must be about a field trip and must contain photos.
2. There is no date limit on when you posted the article on your blog (ancient stuff from 2006 is acceptable).
3. You can include as many links as you want each month — the more the merrier (wow us!).
4. Do not link back to your main blog page — just the url from the actual field trip post and a title of where it was would be great: example — Sprittibee/Nature Center
5. Be sure to use the graphic for the meme either in your post or sidebar (or both)

Feel free to browse back through our older Fantastic Foto Fieldtrip posts to find great links and fun picture posts. Just click on the field trips category on our sidebar and scroll away!

We can’t wait to join you on your your adventures.



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Encouragement For Isolated Homeschoolers

Have you ever felt isolated as a homeschooling parent? Have your children, at times, felt the same? If so, then I have some encouragement for you.

Right now my family is experiencing an extreme case of isolation. We live in a foreign country where homeschooling is illegal to permanent residents. Because we are here on temporary military orders, our family is free to educate our children any way we desire. We can send them to the military schools on base, put them in the local (German) schools, or home educate. In our case, we chose to continue to homeschool.

In addition to none of our German neighbors being able to homeschool, the only pull we have is from a very small military homeschool group. This tiny group is constantly changing with families coming and going due to the needs of the military. So as you can imagine, this experience is very different than it was for us in America. It is during this move that I have found our family to be in extreme isolation when it comes to the ever-so-needed homeschool community. In addition to the lack of other homeschooling families, my husband left on deployment for a year shortly after we arrived. This was adding fuel to the fire and I knew that I needed God’s help to get off of this lonely path.

In my prayer and time reading the Bible, I found God speaking many things to encourage my troubled heart.

  1. I am not alone.… the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  2. It is important that we see with our spiritual eyes rather than our natural. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
  3. To rejoice in all things. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
  4. To be content no matter the circumstances. “Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” Philippians 4:11
  5. Everything I need is found IN HIM. “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
  6. The refinement process never feels good, but is necessary to become more like Him. “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness–in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].” Hebrews 12:11
  7. Trust and know that God always has my family’s best interest in mind. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

I want to encourage you to remain faithful in this season of your life. Remember that we create the atmosphere of our homes by the thoughts we think and the words we speak. Take this time of isolation and use it to take steps to improve your thought life as well as increase the time with your family and God. The beauty of my current circumstance is that although I am isolated from things that I know, I am not lonely. You are not alone in how you are feeling, nor are you ever alone because God is with you. Before you know it, you will be in another phase of life and will have a wonderful testimony to share with others. Hang in there, this too shall pass!

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