Wednesday 30 April 2008

Some things...

Here is a photo diary of some of the things we have been doing recently, playing with remote control boat at Ice House Hill Park,
Star Gazing with other Home Schooled children,
Painting a craft Sean and his friends have been making with cardboard boxes,
Finding and putting bugs under the magnifying glass!,
Attending his friends school play,
Playing Cricket & Doing 'men' things, chopping and sawing fire wood!








How did it happen?


How did it happen that Sean went from this...
to this???!!!!


Sunday 27 April 2008

Garden party




Last week I was reading an old magazine that Jean left before she moved to Virginia. The mag is called 'Southern Living' and is an old issue dating back to June 06. Anyway, I was enjoying reading it and I came across an article about a group of friends who get together every year and have a 'garden day'.
They start in one couple's garden and have breakfast then after a while they go to another garden to have lunch and then off to another one of their gardens and have tea etc. I think it is a lovely idea and have already put the idea to a couple of people I know. The weather here in Ireland isn't that great at the best of times and not exactly Texas, but we do get the odd scorcher and so I think I will continue to look into this idea and see if I can stirr up any real intrest...

Friday 25 April 2008

Another book

I wrote a post about a book I had read in conjunction with a study we are doing called 'World Proof Your Kids' by Tim Siwmore. As you might be able to tell by the title it talks and gives advice about bringing up children in a world that has things like tv, internet, phones, play stations etc.

Well, last week I started reading Niall Postman's 'Conscientious Objector'. It is a book of essays and I am finding them rather good. Niall is a critic, writer, communications theorist, and professor of communication arts and science at New York University... Well, at least that is where he was when he wrote his book 21 years ago!
What I find interesting is that he was able to foretell the awful consequences that TV would have on the lives of our children and on society at large. Here is an extract from one essay titled 'The Conservative Outlook'.

"Television screens saturated with commercials promote the Utopian and childish idea that all problems have fast, simple, and technological solutions. You must banish from your mind the naive but commonplace notion that commercials are about products. They are about products in the same sense that the story of Jonah is about the anatomy of whales, Which is to say, they aren't. They are about values and myths and fantasies. One might even say they form a body of religious literature, a montage of voluminous, visualised sacred texts that provide people with images and stories around which to organise their lives.

To give you some idea of exactly how voluminous, I should tell you that the average American will have seen approximately 1 million television commercials (don't forget this was written 21 years ago... Ruth), at the rate of a thousand per week, by the age of twenty. By the age of 65, the average American will have seen more than 2 million television commercials. Commercial television adds to the Decalogue several impious commandments, among them that thou shalt have no other gods than consumption, thou shalt despise what is old, thou shalt seek to amuse thyself continuously, and thou shalt avoid complesity like the ten plagues that affected Egypt".

I have started reading another of his book, 'Amusing Ourselves To Death' and so far am enjoying this and having my eyes open. But I should point out, if you want a Christian perspective on the effects that technology has on out family do read Tim's book, as mentioned above.

Thursday 24 April 2008

Prayer



Leslie has written a post about the importance of prayer here at 'Lux Venit'. It really encouraged me when I was struggling with my sin, so please check it out and let a sister encourage you too!

Risking.... for the cause of God

Andrea over at 'The Flourishing Mother' has blogged about risking your life.... style for God. It's a good post and well worth checking it out.
It helped me to remember why I am living where I am. The area I live in is quite rough and not the kind of place you would want to bring up your children in. As a matter of fact, before I was saved I swore that I would never live here..
Well, God saved me and changed my view on many things, this being one of them. When Niall and I married we prayed about where God wanted us to live and this is where He directed us. The thing is, instead of putting us into one of the old type houses where there can be a lot of trouble sometimes, he put us in the area, but in a newly built small estate with only 48 houses, most of them in a square with a green and trees in the middle. So, we are still a part of the larger area (over 800 homes) but live in a quiet pocket where most of my neighbours are making the effort to keep it peaceful.
My neighbours are nice and there is even a small Community Centre here that I keep clean and get a small wage from. I am involved in a Bible club here and try to be a help to my neighbours any way I can.

The point is, God put us into an area that is potentially tough and dangerous but He is minding us.
He is protecting us.
He is keeping us.
He is giving us all that we need that pertains to this life.
He is giving us good standing with our neighbours as we live this 'different life'.
He is faithful.

When there is trouble with our neighbours, He shows us from His word how to cope with it and then He helps us. What about Sean? Well, we are here almost 6 years, since he was four years old and thus far the Lord has more than looked after and blessed him.

Sean is different...
He is brought up by Born Again Christians.
He is home schooled.
His family have no regular TV.
He has no consoles.
He doesn't celebrate Christmas....

He has great little friends who accept him as he is and see nothing different in him! Now that's got to be from God.

Thank God!

However, here is an excerpt of a post on Nicole's blog, '168 Hours' blog where she describes her friend's life... Quite different from my own...

After all, my friend who sent me the email is writing from the perspective of someone who has left home and comforts behind, is living in a little house in a small village in the middle of a malaria-infested jungle, bringing up three small kids including a new baby, and has been straining at the bit to be able to get back into combining all that with a one-to-one ministry among the wives of the Bible college students!

Click here to find out what she says about her other friend 'Lara'.


When God tells you to go somewhere or do something, just do it. Never mind the 'what if's?' Just trust & obey.

Monday 21 April 2008

Confirmation

On saturday I was walking towards my home and I saw a neighbour of mine. He is only about 12 and he was dressed to the nines with a suit and tie. A short while later another boy came out dressed the same. Why? They were off to make their Confirmation. Making your Confirmation here in Ireland is a catholic affair. I made mine when I was 12 and I too wore a suit. Mostly it is about money (children taken to every relative and friend, hoping to get a tenner [€10] or more from them). My friend's little brother got the grand sum of €1,200 just two months ago for his confirmation, although I have to say that he bought a goat for some poor people who live in Africa courtesy of the charity 'Concern'.

I like the boy and really wanted to go over to him and tell him how well he looked and how I hoped he would have a good day, because it is a big day for them. It's almost like a wedding there is so much spent on it. Everybody in the home gets all dressed up, sometimes in new clothes and after the 'event' they go off to a restaurant where the family pays for all the relatives... Sometimes the celebrations can continue on into a pub where, sadly, the child can be forgotten in the drunkenness... It can become a big expense.

I didn't go over to him to say "Hi" and congratulate him or to give him money although I wanted to. I sat in my sitting-room watching them fool about and kick a ball (in their new clothes!) and wondered what I could compare it to spiritually and this is what I came up with..

Suppose I had a best friend who had just left her husband. Imagine I met her down the town with her new lover. What would I say to her... "Hey, you two look really nice together?"

No, I wouldn't say that and I can't let the kids think that I in any way approve of what is happening. They know I am born again and it's not simply you have your way and I have mine. There is only one way to God and Heaven and it's not that way.

God forbid that I would let the children, that I witness to through a Bible Club etc, think that it is ok to do what they're doing. Although on the outset it all looks harmless enough, it's not. There's the difference between Heaven and Hell. It's that serious.

So, this is one tradition, one celebration that I won't take any part in, no matter how much I would like to. The stakes are too high...

God help them.

Monday 14 April 2008

Sabbath

Andrea at "The Flourishing Mother" has posted about the Sabbath and was asking "how do you spend your Sabbath?" so I thought I would follow suit and write a post of my own on it.

When God saved me 6 years ago I was a single parent of a 3-year-old, mourning the death of my partner Sean who had died in a car accident before my son was born. I started to go to the services every Sunday morning and Sunday evening. I just loved going, but found I was exhausted physically and mentally by Sunday night and would sometimes just sit down and cry, I was that worn out.

I eventually spoke to my pastor Stephen and explained the situation to him. Very kindly and gently he said that I should keep going to the services because even if I wasn't 'getting' anything from being there, I was an encouragement to others as sometimes others are an encouragement to me and that, after all, I was part of the body.

Stephen could have soft-soaped me and told me what I wanted to hear and not what I should hear. He could have said not to worry about it and wasn't I just great to get to the Sunday morning service. He could have said lots of things that would have catered to the fleshy part of me... but he didn't. In love, he showed me what I should do and encouraged me to do it.

Around this time the Lord was teaching me about what the Sabbath really means. He showed me that this day is to be spent with Him and His people. That it is to be a day of rest. It is to be the first day of the week given to Him and His people - to start the week off on the right note! Normally I would clean and vacuum, shop and cut the grass. I started to pull back from working on a Sunday. Initially, it put me out because I liked keeping up with these things and used Sundays to do it. However, out of obedience to what God was showing me, I stopped shopping, cleaning etc.

It made a great difference to me! Instead of feeling under pressure and not fully enjoying fellowship with my new brothers and sisters, I looked forwards all the more to Sundays and the services!

I love the Sabbath now. I get up with my family and go to Sunday school. Then I enjoy the main service. When we get home Niall cooks the dinner and Seán lights the fire. We settle down for the afternoon watching something or playing a game/snooze etc. Seán has his tea and we go back to the church building for a Bible study we are currently doing. Sometimes we bring friends back and sometimes not. Sometimes we invite people here for dinner, sometimes we go visiting friends for dinner.

The long and short of it is that Sunday in our household is for spending time with the Lord, His people and my family, resting...

Wednesday 9 April 2008

The problem with things..

These past few weeks and months I have been brought face to face with thinking about things... material things. In Sean's life in particular. Like I said in a previous post, this country has gone through some major changes in recent years and people have less children and more money to spend on them and this, of course, has the potential to impact in a terrible way on the Christian family. I was reading Tamara's blog and she touches on the whole idea of kids and things in her post "Material Kids".

The reason Sean has been on my mind recently is because his birthday is coming up in June. (yes I know it is months away!) Anyway, because of the amount of gifts Sean got in December and the toys he already has, Niall and I decided not to allow him any more toys until next December. You might think this is extreme but tell me; what is the point of making him give up some of the toys he already has, say lego, and then buy more for him? There's just no sense in it.

This is what we have been doing with Sean since the Lord saved me 6 years ago in August when Sean was 3. That Christmas, after talking to adults and children in the Church, I decided not to bother with the Santa thing, and to tell him the truth. I was assured that it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference. (and it didn't!)

Because of the nature of his father's death, Sean has never been short of good presents from well meaning relations and gets them on a regular basis, December and June. Following the good example of my friend and sister, Jean, I got Sean into the good habit of passing on some of his toys before each birthday and before December.

Anyway, he developed a great love of lego and every year gets boxes of it as gifts. This, and his model trains has been the only toys that we didn't pass on and so he has quite a lot! Every week he plays with his lego.

It's the same with money. Niall and I give him 3.50 euros a week pocket money. He gives some of this to the Lord, puts one euro away every week towards paying for gifts for his friends and family, and has, for months now, been saving the remainder.
Other people give him money every now and again and he is a great wee saver. Last year he saved 40 euros and gave it to the Church for buying paint for the toilets!!
We haven't had a birthday party for him these two years because his Nanny has one for him and he always used to share one with a friend from the church in their home! When we has a party for him 3 years ago he asked for money from his little friends, instead of gifts, and gave the money to a school... (having said that, he still had all the major gifts from family!)

Why am I saying all this? Well, I am getting to it! For his birthday in June he wants an Apple ipod touch. (300 euros) It seems to me to be a lot of money and also a gadget only teenagers and adults have. It wont cost us a penny because like I said, he has saved over 100 already and the rest will be given to him in the form of cash presents. Whatever he gets in cash as gifts he always (happily I am glad to say) tithes.

I got a book recently which I blogged about, called 'How to world proof your kids' and I have to say that although my first thoughts were to cringe in anticipation of reading it and having al my faults and mistakes in rearing Sean exposed, I was happy and surprised to find that we are not doing a bad job on Sean after all!

So after talking to my pastor and two friends,we are letting him go ahead.

Although we are not to gage ourselves by what the world does, this is what his best friend has..
Play Station3
X Box
Nintendo DS
Wii
PSP
Satellite Stations etc...

We don't have regular tv or any satellite stations, we don't have any form of consoles, PSP, Play Stations, Nintendo's or anything else of that kind. It's been a bit hard to keep them out of the home, especially since only last year we were offered, 2 Play Stations and a PSP for free!

I spoke to Sean yesterday while going shopping and told him a little about how I had felt before reading the book and he was very surprised! He said, "Mum, you should ask me, you are doing a great job! Just ask me questions and I will tell you.' So I asked him about things that we wouldn't allow him to have and watch as a child, and he had only positive stuff to say about it all. He can see why we did it, and even said that he was talking to one of his friends recently about Eugeo cards that his friend collects and his friend said that although he didn't like them, he was addicted to buying them...


So that's it. This year we have decided to have a barbecue at the beach for Sean on his birthday. We will be inviting my family, Niall's family, Sean's first father's family and of course the Church family! If God is willing, it should be a good day for fellowship and fun with the kids.

iPod touch

Monday 7 April 2008

Books

Yesterday evening I went to our Church building for our Self Confrontation study. We have just finished the part in it about child rearing. Stephen had said that he would go up north to a good bookshop and buy a selection of books based around family devotional times. Well, he did as promised and when I got home last night I got into the bed and started reading one of them.

It's called 'World-proof your kids' by Tim Sisemore with Ruth Sisemore and published by Christian Focus Publications Ltd.

So far it seems like an excellent read and I have underlined many passages. Here is just a taste.

In this first part Tim is discussing pure and undefiled religion as set out in James 1:27... Then he moves on to a trap some of us fall into...

"Many of us would say pure religion consists of a shortlist of dont's - don't watch certain movies, don't take drugs, don't miss church services, don't smoke and so forth. These are comfortable, for they focus on specific external behaviours that make it relatively easy to have 'pure religion'.
Or we might define it more positively by certain do's.' Pure religion would then be that I read my bible every day, I give thanks before every meal, I pray for my family, I listen to Christian music. This is a little more difficult, but doable.
Or maybe we might boldly combine aspects of the two. Still, these are fairly convenient and make us feel to readily that we have obtained our goal"


"Many children's programs portray violence as humorous and justified, while video games push the limits of our tolerance, the latest ones including the portrayal of cannibalism."

"The Christian faith is not intended to give us an advantage in reaching the goals those around us share. Rather, it focuses us on different goals altogether: God and His glory."

"We do well to consider the fruit of the Spirit as goals for our children, and to examine the ways of the world as they would hinder these fruit. Our children will be best kept unstained by the world if we... and they... are actively seeking God's fruit in their lives."


Tim goes on to discuss some of the reasons why some of are children are leaving the faith (or rather, why genuine faith did not take root in their lives) and says that some parents tell their children that if they become Christians they will not have problems, they will get good grades, make money, find the perfect spouse etc, and he says...

"It is almost as if we try to convince our children that God will help them have the things their flesh lust after."

"Sexual stimulation is as near as the television set, the Internet, the lyrics of popular music, or simply looking at the skimpy or sagging clothes of the other kids at school. This area is a downfall in many Christian homes, for parents as well as children. Parents may allow children to dress immodestly, tolerate sexuality on television, or even join in sexual jesting in an effort to be as 'cool' to our kids."

Here, Tim mentions the fact that maybe our kids are not converted.. Strong (but good) stuff.

"The most troubling sign in our prodigals is a lack of conflict in their souls. One wonders if such young people are in the Kingdom of God, and our prayers should follow that implication."

This is just a small sample of what he has written in the first chapter. I am looking forwards to finishing the book and then going back over it with my husband.


Another book I am reading at the moment is an old one I read within the first year of my salvation and felt it was so good that I wanted to read it again. It's a brilliant book about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. It's called "The Other Comforter" by Theodore H. Epp and is A Back to the Bible Publication.

For a bit of lighter reading I am dipping into "Men of Purpose" compiled by Dr Peter Masters who is pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. (Where Spurgeon was also pastor in years gone by)
It tells the stories of well known men and their conversions, such as the founder of a food empire - Henry J. Heinz, composer Felix Mandelissohn and Michael Faraday, a brilliat and renown scientist. All of the stories are, so far, good reading!

Saturday 5 April 2008

Home Education Week - Day 6

    This is the last day for us to write about our experiences and thoughts as home educators and the topic today is ......

    Looking Forward
    Saturday, April 5
    What are your goals for home education? What do you hope to instill in your children? Are you planning any changes to how you educate your children?

    My first goal is to glorify God. He led us to educate Sean at home and I am very glad that in this country, the responsibility of educating our children lies with the parents and not the State.

    As far as Sean's education goes, I hope that both Niall and I are doing the best we can in a limited and fallen world. We three are limited in what we can do and handicapped with our own sin.... but.... God is in control of our lives and as He says, all things work together for our good and His glory. I am not alone educating Sean. I have God's help and his encouragement and his comfort. With God for us, who can be against us?!

    What do we hope to instill in Sean? God's ways. A strong character. Strength and courage, so when he does go to school and into the work force he won't be a follower, but rather he will have the strength be his own person.
    The society we live in here in Ireland has changed rapidly and will continue to change. Nobody is content with little but all strive to live like millionaires. The poorest families in Ireland have psp's, nintendo, wide screen monster tv's etc. Sometimes it's hard to say no to this stuff, but it's so important.
    Both Niall and I often have to stop and re think where our lives are heading. We have to re-evaluate out lives constantly. Sean learns more from our lifestyle than from anything we actually say to him, so we have to be careful. Do we fall down on some things... Yes, lots!
    If Sean grows to be a man and marries and has children of his own, he needs to know how to be a real man. He needs to be able to support, protect and serve his family. He needs to know God. Niall and I can show and teach these things to Sean, but then we step aside and let him get on with his own choices. At least he will know that there are choices. As my friend and sister Mary told me the other day, we are our children's foster parents, God owns them and we are looking after them for Him!!

    Are we making any changes with Sean's education in the near future? I am sure there will be, but like everything else, we live, evaluate, live a little more and re-evaluate!



Friday 4 April 2008

Home Education Week - Day 6

Dana askes us to write on this subject...

    In Their Own Words Friday, April 4
    Share your children’s home education experience in their own words. What have they said about their education? What are their likes and dislikes? Share some stories, some quotes, or turn your blog over to your children for the day.


    So Sean says he likes...


    Working in bed!
    Working in my pyjamas!
    Mum as teacher and getting to learn Russian.
    I get more breaks that at school.
    I get to read lots of books.
    I get to have a LIE-IN. (he asked me to put that in capitals!)
    I get lots of help, in school I don't.
    I get to play with my toys and my hamster when I have breaks.
    I can have hot chocolate.
    I like arts& crafts.
    I like working in the garden.
    I like doing my work in the garden, the beach and the park!
    I can do my books downstairs, upstairs,in the kitchen and in my bed room... I can work anywhere!
    In school I have to work for 5 hours, here, I can take as much or as little time to do my work, so long as I have it finished: 1 hour, 2 hours, 5 hours, 10 hours!




Thursday 3 April 2008

Home Education Week - Day 5

Today Dana give us the following hints to write about...

    Show and Tell Thursday, April 3
    Show off those talents. Share a story, a special moment, a piece of artwork. Any accomplishment, great or small, is fair game. Activity: Make a brag book.


    Well, I am showing this photo because it is Seán attending the Children's Bible Club here
    in our estate. I am glad to be a part of this club because I enjoy it, God has gifted me for it, He has given me a love for the children who live in this area, the club reaches my own son who isn't yet saved and I love working with my sisters and brother and the club does a lot of arts and crafts. Also the children learn songs and it is another opportunity for Seán to mix with his peers.
    Sometimes I get use of the hall here in this estate and invite a group of Sean's friends and buddies over for an afternoon of structured play. Their favourite game is hockey but we also work on science experiments and jigsaws. Again, I try to make sure Sean has opportunities for group play.



    Samba Soccer is another club Sean goes to every Summer. He normally goes with a friend and then makes a few buddies there. He doesn't really play football during the year, just kicks a ball around with the guys but he enjoys this activity.



    Sean loves the ocean and anything to do with it. Playing at the beach, swimming, sailing, you name it, he likes it! This is his passion and in the Summer he sails most weekends and then has his Sailing Camp sometime in the Summer. This gives him lots of exercise and also a sense of achievement.



    About three times a year Sean goes to the local swimming pool for the swimming camp. This is a full week of swimming and play and where he learns lots about swimming, just from play! We try to get him to the pool every week and again, it is very good for him and good for building him up physically.



    The Summer Project is on every Summer. This is a whole week of outings for local children. They jump on a but and are taken all over the place on organised outings. The Zoo, Ulster American Folk Park etc... Sean has been on several of them along with me as a helper but I don't think we will be joining them this year.



Women's Mini Marathon


In Dublin City there is a Mini Marathon held every year on the June Bank Holiday. It is great fun and thousands of people participate in it. Serious and fit women run it, and the winner win's a car. The rest of us walk it and usually use this Marathon as an excuse to get out and about walking with our friends and raise money for different charities.

I have walked it three times over the years and have the medals to prove it! This is not bad considering I don't really enjoy walking that much. I would like to participate again this year and so Becky, my neighbour and I are planning to do it.

Here is a photo of what it looks like and also a photo of Jean and I after we received out medals.







Wednesday 2 April 2008

Just not well..

Sean and his dad has been in their beds for 5 days with the most awful flu. Vomiting, pains, temperatures, coughing, fever etc.... All Sean wants to eat this last day or two are slices of rashers. (Bacon)

We were awake the other night at about five in the morning and he felt very sick and had a sore head. He couldn't sleep. I rubbed his back and sang to him but nothing helped. I prayed to God and asked him to help Sean sleep and then Sean prayed. Moments later we heard the birds singing the dawn chorus, so I opened the window a small bit for us to listen. Moments later (and I mean moments) Sean was sound asleep.

The next morning we told his dad and Sean said, "when the birds were singing to me last night I fell asleep very quickly". Just in case you missed that, he said that the birds were singing to "him"... I think they were too!

Today he seems to be on the mend. No temp, tummy a bit better and he wants home made chips! (Fries)

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I got this from 'MandyMom' blog. Many thanks!

A bigger version of this cartoon (which makes for better quality when printed) is HERE.





Home Education Week - Day 4

Today Dana gives us the following tips on what to write on...

    Recipe for Success Wednesday, April 2
    It is also National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! So share a recipe…figuratively, as in two parts love, one part creativity, or literally, as in a super quick, nutritious meal your kids scarf up. Think about what you do in the day, what helps keep it organised and you sane (or how you got past that need for organisation and saneness!), and curriculum materials you find effective.
Here is something quick to put together when you are sick... It's very simple. You cook rice, heat up baked beans, mix and serve! Doesn't sound very nice but it works. Seán, Niall and I have it, not very often, but we like it. I first started to make it up when I was pregnant with Seán and continued with it on rare occasions. I think it is a lot better than fast food and like I said, if you are sick or are almost out of food, try it.

Keeping the class room clean keeps me sane! Being fairly organised menas that I can break our routiene any time and just take off for the day with Sean.

As for curriculum materials, I just use the books that our primary schools use here in Ireland. I find them very good, so far, but I am not too sure about some of the ones I checked out for Sean's secondary years. One of them (English book) was full of rubbish with one of the questions being about "Posh Spice and Beckham". (Pop & Football celebrities in England) and also questions about the "Sex Pistols" a punk band from the 80's. Having said that I have looked through some very good ones so I remain hopeful.

Tuesday 1 April 2008

Home Education Week - Day 3

So today, if we like, we are encouraged to talk on this subject...

    April Fool’s! Tuesday, April 1
    And we have likely all felt the fool in one way or another. Share your greatest challenge. Or one of those terrible, horrible no good, very bad days where the only thing there is to do seems to involve moving to Australia.

I am being very honest here when I say that I really can't think of any great or small mishap I have had with Sean with regards to home schooling. I am cooking pancakes for lunch right now so I will go out into the kitchen and check up on them and try to think of something!

..... Ok, I thought of something. Normally I work with Sean throughout the year and take holidays when it suits Sean and us as a family. Last year I planned to work throughout the summer, and only take a couple of weeks off but I didn't take into account the fact that Sean had so many summer activities.
Every summer he has Samba Soccer Camp, Swimming Camp, Holiday Bible Club and the Summer Project. This gives me about another 5 weeks to work with him and finish his books in readiness for September. However, last summer Sean had an extra Swimming Camp and two Sailing Camps. By the time all this was over we were behind on his books. (not the crime of the century as it only took us about 3 weeks to catch up) The bad thing about this is that I felt under pressure.

To prevent this from happening again I took all his new books, divided them by 10 and marked each page. This way, I know if I am falling a little behind by what month is written on the corner of the book. We fell behind in December because my father was dying and so we spent time with him before his death, during the wake and then for the funeral. I didn't give a hoot about the books as this is one of the greatest parts of growing up and learning about death and families. Anyway, we both wanted to spend time with him as we knew he was dying.

So, I am looking forwards to reading about other people's "disasters" and hope they are more entertaining than my own!

Look at Andreas blog. She has posted about Home Education Week too.