Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Porch

I have been looking for a good day to open the 29lincolnavenue Porch, and today is looking like a great day! The weather here, has been amazing, I have a great story to share with you compliments of my friend Michelle, and the grill is fired up! So, kick your shoes off, grab some sweet tea and pull up a rocking chair for some pre-summer fun!

First of all, I want to share with you the most amazing Grilled Chicken Recipe. I promise, this is worthy of your recipe book!

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
2 squeezes of honey from the cute honey bear bottle (about 1 tablespoon)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 oz each)

Combine everything except the chicken and mix well. Pour over chicken. Marinate covered in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Grill chicken until done.

While that is cooking, I want to introduce you to my friend Michelle. When I came across this story on her blog, Some Girl's Website, I actually laughed out loud. I love sharing a joy story with you to open Porch time. I want this to be a place where others can share their story. Some stories will be like this one - pure joy! Others, might be about a faith step or a lesson learned. Either way, you will come away feeling like you just had a great chat with a new friend! This story also fits perfectly because we are hooking up today with Robynn @ Our Homeschool Home for her Weekly Grill Challenge. Enjoy...

I Would NEVER Homeschool! But Celebrity School...

My boys and I were driving in the car on our way to enrichment classes the other day when my oldest one started telling me all about the race car he was going to have in the future. How fast it was going to be, how it was going to look, how he was going to drive it on the street, not on a track, but that he wouldn't drive crazy, and then he said the sweetest thing... "And Eli can ride in the back, 'cause he's my best friend." I thought that was SO sweet! And it made me so thankful that I homeschool... so glad that they have extra time together.

You see, I didn't start off wanting to do it. In fact, when people asked me if I was going to homeschool (because I was a teacher by trade and most of my church friends did) I would always answer, "Absolutely............ NOT!" There was NO way I would ever homeschool! I need a break!

Then, last year, a friend at church asked if I homeschooled and I said, "NO WAY!" Her response made me scratch my head. She said, "I guess God hasn't laid that on your heart yet." huhhh?

Now, I'm not one to say anyone "should" be homeschooling or not homeschooling... you know how I feel about "should-ing." I feel strongly that parents need to look at their children's needs and learning styles as well as their needs and parenting styles to make a decision on what's best educationally for their children. Every child and parent is different. But this is what happened to us....

After a long strand of things, which I just spent a lot of time writing but were all erased with the mistaken push of some little button, I finally decided to try it. I admit I wasn't fond of the idea. I couldn't even say the "H" word for the longest time. It wasn't until I was talking with one of my neighbors and mentioned the fact that my husband was quitting his corporate job, and we were going to be able to travel with his photography business, and because of that we were going to "you know, the H word," that I finally came to grips with it. She said, "That's what the celebrities do." Wallah! I wasn't "weirdo homeschooling" I was "celebrity schooling!" I know that sounds strange, but I had made homeschooling out to be something those weird people do with those weird kids... this new view helped me rethink the whole issue. My children and I didn't have to be weird to homeschool, and we didn't have to be weird because we homeschooled! It's too bad homeschooling carries such a bad rap.

Now that I do it... I LOVE IT! We have been able to take a two week road trip up to New York in the fall, several little trips here and there, spend most Wednesdays with Poppy teaching Social Studies (who is coming over in a little bit to plant a garden with the boys) and, most importantly, we've been able to "just hang out" together. All of this has fostered a wonderful relationship between my boys. Enrichment classes and Wednesday playgroup/Bible study helps me get the break that I need and him to get the socialization he needs. The rest of the time we are learning together, in a modified Charlotte Mason style.... a lot of life learning, some book learning.

Now, I am SO thankful we've homeschooled this year. People ask me what I plan on doing at junior high and I say, "I'm homeschooling this year (first grade) and we'll see what happens next." I have no plans yet. I did sign my oldest one up for a full day of enrichment next year at his wonderful little "school." But, I will play each year as it comes.For now, I'll press on with "pulling teeth" in reading in order to foster sweet relationships in my children with each other, their family, and God. I'm glad He did lay it on my heart! ♥

Btw, I write this knowing homeschooling isn't for everyone... but if you have an inkling of desire, I'd encourage you to consider it for just a little while. It gave me comfort knowing that most schools accept students at any point during the year (and it gave my son motivation knowing that... ;) ). I won't say it's easy, but I can now look back at this year and say it's been worth it!

Thanks Michelle for spending time on The Porch! Now, go visit her:
Blog: Some Girl's Website
Twitter: @SomeGirlsTweets
Facebook: Some Girl's Website

And, find some more great recipe's with Robyn at Our Home School Home:

Our Homeschool Home

Looking Forward,


  1. Oh my goodness, as I read your comments about homeschooling, I am hearing echoes of my very own words in my head. Back when our oldest daughter was 3 years old, one of my sweet friends began talking to me about homeschooling. My first thought was, "um, no, I am going to wave happily at the little yellow school bus as it drives away!" Little did I know that after attending our very first homeschool convention in Columbus, Ohio, we would walk away feeling convicted this is what the Lord wanted for our family! Because our oldest was so very young, it wasn't too daunting (yet), so we started with some simple workbooks and curriculum when she was 4 years old. Now, almost 7 years later (she will be 11 this summer), we wouldn't think of having our home function any other way. I can't bear the thought of sending my sweet girls off on that school bus.

    And, like you, we are taking it one year at a time. If at some point the Lord convicts us of another educational path, we will obviously consider that because we want to be in His will.

    Until then, happy days here at home are so precious!

    Sorry so long, it's just that your words rang so true for me this morning!

    Blessings to you and yours!

  2. Thank you so much for linking up to On the Grill. This chicken recipes sounds delicious. {And we love the honey out of the cute little baby bear bottle!}

  3. That chicken sounds delicious! I'm going to try it this weekend, can't wait. As a fellow homeschooler, I'm off to check out Some Girl. Thank you so much for sharing her story!

  4. I love Some Girl's blog! This chicken recipe looks so good. We were having grill weather here, but now it is cooler and rainy, yuck. Maybe the sun will shine this weekend and we can try out this recipe.

  5. Susan, Thanks for the comment! It's always fun to meet others who have similar experiences! Nice to meet you! (I'll go check out your blog in the morning) :)

    Kelly, I'd LOVE to have you visit! I'll stop by your blog, too!

    Amy, you're SO sweet!!

    Stacey, Thanks for letting me hang out with you on your porch today! I had a GREAT time!


    ♥ Michelle

  6. We've been homeschooling for 10 years, and I LOVE IT. Such anytime. No homework or crazy papers coming home.

    It's the only way to live.

  7. This looks delish! Can't wait to grill!

    This is just our 2nd year homeschooling, but it is going great! :D

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. homeschooling. another one of those things i SWORE i would never do. but i am oh so thankful god didn't let me write my own story. b/c i would have missed out on so many blessings. my oldest will be in 7th grade next year and i, too, have taken it one year at a time never, NEVER really intending on doing it this long. but here we are. my 6th grader is doing school on the computer right now, my 5th grader is making chocolate chip cookies b/c she had a taste for some, my 1st grader is reading his bible, and my 4 yr old is running around playing something imaginary. ahhh, the joys of enjoying the simple things in life. together. we're all just bummed that daddy has to work and can't be home too. he's missing all the fun stuff! we'll save some cookies for him.

  9. Thanks for taking the time to read my story and leave comments!! ♥ I really do appreciate it!

    Julia, That sounds wonderful! I hope our homeschooling goes as well as yours for years to come.

    The Empress, You're talking my language! That freedom is one of my favorite things... and I think it's crazy that my son's friends spend all day at school and come home to do homework!

    ♥ Michelle

  10. Another home school mom here!:-) It is one of those things that you can't fully love or appreciate until you are doing it.

    That chicken recipe sounds divine.

  11. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm definitely going to try it. :)

    Great post Michelle - I don't have any kids, but I do plan to consider homeschooling one day. I don't think it's weird.

    Stacey - I'm kind of a lurker who reads your blog and comments rarely, but... I gave you an award. :) Cuz I really like your blog. Stop by mine to check it out. Michelle actually got one too!