Friday, 9 December 2011

A Philosophy of Parenting

This is another simple, insightful and encouraging post on Christlike parenting.

It's really important for me not to be deterred from my most important role on this earth to love and disciple my children.
Since being away for nearly 2 weeks, from technology in particular, I found I was more focused on my family. I think for me it has been an important lesson on being more discerning about what I spend my time doing. May you feel blessed as you read this article and many other words of inspired wisdom that Sally posts.
Blessings, Renelle

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Christmas Party Breakup for 2011

Last evening those who were able met for a special dinner at Cafe P'CINOs at East Maitland. The cafe was lit with an assortment of fairy lights, flowers and had a lovely ambience. Some people chose desserts, some a special cup of tea or coffee and some had entire meals. We were all spoilt once again by Rae our host with special Christmas star shortbread dusted with icing sugar wrapped and tied with a bow, as well as chocolate Christmas pudding chocolates. Unfortunately I neglected to take a camera so I have no real life photo's but trust me it was a lovely place to chat and be served with fine food. For those interested the menu ranged from  $15-$19 for main meals.

The conversation was delightful, happy and meaningful. It was a blessing to see mum's supporting and sharing with each other from their own experiences. We laughed, we dreamed and sometimes asked others opinions. It was a simple celebration of the year gone by, with prayers and hopes for the year to come. We all take different approaches to our home educating lifestyles and there was no judgement. Acceptance for individuality is a wonderful thing and God is a God of variety so it only seems natural that we should all be different.

Keep tuned to the Hunter Home Educators Pro-board for details for next years get-togethers and if you can push past that desire to get into your jammies, slippers & cosy chair/bed at night and make it out to the Mum's Encouragement Nights please do we would love to see you, EVERYONE is welcome and it is worth the 1 1/2 hours a month to meet with others.

Have a wonderful, joyous, peaceful and blessed Christmas for 2011. Hope you are able to hang onto that sense of holiday joy to take into the new year. Blessings to you and all yours.

Warmest wishes, Renelle

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

What Fruits Would You Like To See?

If I asked you what is the most important thing in home education to impart to your children, what would it be?

This was the main topic of discussion at the most recent Mother's Encouragement Night (Wed 26th Oct 2011). The night was led by Annette M she spoke of what and how she overcame her teaching background in order to home educate and what are the fruits of home education. Annette has been home educating for 10 years, has 5 children, one of them at university and another graduating this year.

So back to the question. Here's a comprehensive list of some of the fruits that would be most desirable:


Not a bad list! Do any of these ring true? Did you notice academics haven't even made the list? There is no way we can be or do all at once, these are goals for a lifetime.

What is in a mans heart comes forth through his mouth and his true nature is revealed. The heart is the centre of our intellect, our emotions and our will.

We can understand with our heart - Deuteronomy 8:5,
we can pray with our heart -  Isaiah 1:12-13,
we can meditate with our heart - Psalm 19:14,
we can hide God's word in our hearts - Psalm 119:11,
we can doubt in our heart - Mark 11:23,
we can ponder in our heart - Luke 2:19,
we can believe in our heart - Romans 10:19,
we can sing in our heart - Ephesian 5:19,
the heart provides wisdom - 1 Kings 3:12,
we can have joy in our hearts - Deuteronomy 28:47, Acts 2:26,
we can have grief in our hearts - Psalm 13:2,
we can harbour an ill-temper - Deuteronomy 15:10,
we can love - Deuteronomy 6:5, Philippians 1:7,
we can have courage - 2 Samuel 17:10, Psalm 27:14,
we can be fearful - Genesis 42:28,
we can have gladness - Exodus 4:14,
the heart can be yielded to God - Joshua 24:23,
we can discern good and evil with our heart - 1 Kings 2:44,
we can request a pure heart - Psalm 51:10,Matthew 5:8,
the heart can be devoted to seeking God - 1 Chronicles 22:19,
the heart receives from God - Psalm 21:1-2,
the heart can be turned to God's statutes - Psalm 119:36


Ministering to the hearts of our children is one of the most important ingredients in an unbeatable home ed lifestyle recipe, US and OUR relationship with God and each other is the most influential ingredient. Like in the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, a family can be delivered from the land of oppression and slavery to a system and led to freedom. If God did it using Moses (who was slow of tongue!) for the slaves in Egypt, surely he can do it for us and our families. Trusting in God produces peace, fear produces only worry and anxiety. Home educating our children in Australia isn't nearly as hard as Moses' task was. God knows what our children will face in the future and He will give you what you need to educate them in the way they need to be educated. After 2 years home educating I finally realise that it is not by my power or understanding but by God's that all will work out. Chase after God and His wisdom.

Proverbs 4:7 says - "Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom develop common sense and good judgement."

If you want wisdom you must decide to go after it. It takes resolve - a determination not to abandon the search once you begin no matter how difficult the road may become, this is a daily path of choosing what is good. (Proverbs 4:18)

Choosing what is good. Philippians 4:6-9 says - "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thanks Him for His answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind scan understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Jesus Christ. ............. . Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about these things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about." 

If you were to write down under these headings Relationships, Skills & Academic, what you wish for your children what would you write? Our group did this on the night and it was very easy to fill the Relationships and Skills sections but Academic was the least filled heading, which indicates the first two headings are most important.


To have honest open relationship with family.
To chose to love over selfish desire.
To be a glass half full type of person.
To understand others point of views.
To chase after God, to know Him, not just acknowledge Him

To specialise in their area of interest.
To use passions to be useful with time.
To lead healthy, practical lives.
To communicate clearly.
To be clear, engaging, truthful story tellers.
To live more sustainably, respecting God's provision in nature.

To love reading and learning so as to know God and His wisdom.
To be able to budget.
navigate this ever changing, complex world.
To be inspired by God's people throughout history and learn from human mistakes.
To know how to research any information to learn the above skills.

You might have very different ideas but these were just some of the ideas that came out on the night, there were many more though. It was an interesting exercise to do and it showed most of us that RELATIONSHIPS were at the top of the priority list.

I hope this sheds some light on our last get together. We mums can support each other in prayer and encouragement and living a life guided by the Lord. It was a very real and warm place where those attending were supported in prayer on the night and will continue to be throughout the weeks and months ahead. No judgement, no talking outside of personal things discussed on the night but a place where we mums can love each other by praying for one another as sisters in Jesus Christ.

This post is simply a reflection of mine from the evening and I would love to read others ideas and musings.

Warmest wishes,

Thursday, 25 August 2011


Do you journal?
What type of journal do you keep?
Is it a traditional written Journal,
A nature Journal,
A prayer Journal,
Gratitude Journal.
sketch Journal,
or do you use drawing as your Journal?
We discussed this last night at our monthly encouragement night.
We also  discussed Blogging as journalling as well. I woud say this is where my ideas are journalled.
I know some of us keep a private blog journal. We could have got absorbed there but Journalling was the topic.
So lets get back to journalling.
I keep a drawing journal. Its a way of journalling I was taught when I took a private retreat some years ago. I was meant to draw a circle and keep the drawing within the circle. Ha! I can't do that, so I have developed my own style. Using scripture and words to represent an event, a struggle or an emotion that comes to mind.
We discussed that journalling is very personal and everyone has such individual styles.
It was suggested to draw and journal with your children as well. Even from a young age. Keeping there thoughts alive and to look back on them in the future.
Bernie ran the discussion and showed us her various hand made journals. Wow. She is such an artist.
I would love to make my own journal.
And, in fact I can see myself doing just that.

There were a couple inspiring sites to view, including A Holy Experience , One Thousand Gifts , Remembrance press  .

It was a very inspiring evening that generated much conversation, much like the teens girls in the other room discussing there own topic.

Hopefully we may see more of you at the next Encouragement night on 21st September.

God Bless,

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Encouragement Nights for Mums and Teen Girls

Our Encouragement Nights have been going on and off for a few years now. They are a great place to connect with other homeschool mums. The topics are often Christian in nature but the core focus is on homeschooling.

Homeschooling Mums (or enquiring) and homeschool teenage girls are welcome to attend.

We start the evening with a light supper and then break up into the mothers and teenage girls discussion groups. The teenage girls discussion group is led by Ali a 17 year old homeschool girl.

We meet from 7pm to 9pm at Rae's place in Thornton. No cost is involved. If you need her address please email

Unfortunately we have no facillities for children at this event. We ask that you organise child minding for this event. Breast fed babies are welcome.

Our dates for the rest of the year are:

August 24th Topic Sanity tools Journaling

September 21st Topic TBA

October 26th Topic TBA