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