Friday, August 22, 2008

Why The Blog Is Being Updated So Late?

Its been a long 2 weeks. The Olympics have pushed our 10pm newscasts an hour or two later than normal. Last night, we were supposed to go on the air at 11pm, but with the mens volleyball finals and the gold medal win, we were pushed back another 30 minutes. I got in bed around 12:45am and had 2 smiling faces greeting me shortly after 6:15am this morning. I've enjoyed watching various parts of the competitions but my sleep deprived mind will be glad when its all over. I really feel sorry for those television stations in the eastern time zone!

In the last six weeks, I've lost 17 pounds. As I told you several weeks ago, I am on the liquid diet that Baptist hospital oversees. It hasn't been as tough as I initially thought as I continue to lose more every week. But, the emails continue regarding my weight.

Are you pregnant now? We are just wondering at my job. Signed, Christie

Hear rumors that you pregnant again with TWINS. Is that correct? If so, when are they due? Signed, Lois Womack

Me and my friend are having a fight over if you pregnant or not. I said no, she said yes. Please let me know. Signed Cora Fields

Of course, I explained to these viewers that what they are seeing is just some leftover baby weight and that I'm trying my best to get it off. Patience, people, patience....

Let me apologize for being tardy in updating the blog this week. We have started something new in the Bassett house--I am now a homeschool mother. After much prayer and conviction over the summer, it was what we felt was best for our Gracie, now a kindergartener. With my schedule of working afternoons and nights, I would not see my child until 7pm during my dinner break should we put her in regular kindergarten. She would not be with either parent until that time when both my husband and I would be home. That is a long time to be without any parental influence. I struggled with what people would say and if I could do it (after all, my life is already packed to the gills). Some people have asked me if I will continue to homeschool as she gets older or if I will homeschool Will and Lilly Faith. I don't have that answer and I'll wait on the Lord to tell me. We've completed the first week and I have to say, I've enjoyed teaching Gracie how to read and write. We've also involved my husband in the learning process. He does a Bible lesson with her at night while I go back to work.

With that said, on most days the blogging won't be finished until 9:30am or 10am as I have decided to put Gracie first. I hope you won't mind and I covet your prayers.

11 comments:

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

you do what you have to for your family (as far as the time of the blogging). we'll be here to read whenever you get a post up!

i admire you for all that you do. you are an amazing woman and such an example for those of us who are also mothers who work outside the home.

John said...

Barbie, I think it is great what you are doing. Mom and Dad is the greatest influence and there is so much help available to home schoolers now. Main thing is staying consistant, which I know you will and 5-10 years old is the ideal time for learning scripture.

samantha said...

I am a homeschool mom to four. Many days present new challenges, but God is faithful and always meets us where we are! I pray you are given an extra measure of grace and mercy as you begin this new adventure.

Drewe Llyn said...

Dear Barbie,
This is my 14th year to homeschool. (This year I have a senior and a 8th grader.) You most certainly can do all things through Christ Who gives you strength. There will be many who don't understand your decision and even question it. (You already know how to hand criticism; that will come in handy.) I wouldn't trade a day of homeschooling for all the money or prestige in the world. These days are precious. Enjoy them to the fullest.

Sara said...

Good for you for following your heart and God's conviction. Good things come to those who wait---so we can all be patient when it comes to the blog.

Jonathan said...

We homeschool our two kids as well Barbie. Or I should give that credit to my wife. I'm pastoring a medium-sized church during the week and finishing PhD work up when I get the chance. Life can be demanding, but the rewards of the sacrifice and demand are well worth it. Keep at it girl!

Joddie said...

I homeschooled my girls until the oldest was in 8th grade. At the time I too was concerned about what others would think. Some had already started TELLING me what they thought, but I had to keep in mind that I was being lead by GOD to do this, therefore it didn't matter who said what. I enjoyed that time with the girls and it also gave them that "firm foundation" they needed. God will give you everything you need to teach His child. I am proud of you and if I am, you know God is even more proud..looking down with a smile because a mother has decided her child needs her time :)

Janette said...

You can do it with the Lord's help!! I am a part-time music minister, and I teach piano 2 afternoons a week AND am in my 7th year of HOMESCHOOLING our 2 children who are now in 4th & 6th grade. So I know if I can do it so can you! I am so glad you are following God's plan for your children!

Ashley said...

I just found your blog from another homeschooling mom. I am so happy that you will be homeschooling Gracie. I must say that our decision to homeschool has been one of the best decisions we've ever made. We have 2 boys ages 10 and 3. We are also adopting an older boy from an orphanage in Ukraine. He will be 13 in Feb. We plan on homeschooling all of them. Enjoy this precious time you have with your children. My first year was the hardest so I am glad that you are having fun. Just keep having fun with it. Try not to pack too much work in and take lots of breaks. You are doing a great job. You will get a lot of controversy from people (family is the worst), but keep remembering what God has told you to do. You are making the best decsion for YOUR family. Your children will only be little once.

Seventeen pounds???? That's awesome! My son is 3 1/2 and I still haven't lost all the baby weight! You are doing way better than I would be with people asking you if you are pregnant. I think you look great, Barbie!

Beth Larkin said...

I am a teacher myself in the public school system and realize the scrutiny that many will give you over making the decision to homeschool, but we as parents have to seek our direction from a much higher power than our peers, our God. If your decisions are God led, than who can possibly question that. You go an spend time with your baby and treasure the memories that will be made.

Marie said...

Barbie, congratulations on the decision to homeschool. I am sure you will not regret it. My story is similiar to yours, ten years ago I was working as an Interior Designer, with much of that work on the evenings and weekends (when women are home to scheldule appointments!). This worked fine for my family until my children started school and on many days I begin to find myself going 2 or 3 days with little contact with my children. The Lord began to answer my prayers with thoughts of homeschooling, I became convicted and the rest is homeschooling history! Within a few months I quit my job completely, my husband and I have sacrificed many material items but God has continued to bless us through this decision. We now have 4 children, ages 19 all the way down to 19 months. Blessings to you and yours. Marie