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Homeschooling Me! Things I Have Learned Through Homeschooling My Children


They say that learning begins at home.  When we hear that comment we usually think of our children and what they learn at home starting from an early age.  But that statement is so much more encompassing than that.  We all learn from home…and that includes me!

I’m not done with my homeshooling years yet.  But, after 19 years I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The last of our four sons begins high school this fall and what began as a journey which found me grasping at straws and groping in the dark has now almost come full circle.  I began thinking I was going to homeschool my children and I have. But surprisingly, homeschooling them has really “homeschooled” me.  For a gal who had received a great education and had even taught in the classroom myself, I had a lot to learn and so much of it had very little to do with subject content.  It seemed to have everything to do with my own heart, mind and soul and my own attitudes towards God, relationships and circumstances.

What began as a mission to homeschool my children has really been a mission of homeschooling ME.  I have been transformed by what I have learned alongside my children and because of my children. My life has been transformed by God’s word.  And so, I hope that by sharing the parts of ME that have been homeschooled through this process, (warts, wonders and all), that you will be encouraged.  I hope that you will find a source of laughter, of agreement, of resources, and of challenge….a challenge to allow yourself to be homeschooled.

What?  I’m going to be homeschooling me?  Yep….exactly!

(Over the next few weeks, I will be posting additions to this series of “Homeschooling Me”….I hope that you will be sure to sign up to receive these posts by email or RSS feed.)

Things My Grandmother Knew: How to Use a Pressure Cooker

My grandmother knew how to cook.  During college, I drove back and forth from South Carolina to Colorado at least twice a year and usually with a carload of hungry kids.  Being right off I-70, my grandparents house was the stop of choice and we always found a HUGE meal ready.  It didn’t matter if we came through early in the morning, during lunch, or at dinner time.  She always had food waiting for us.  Normally, we were driving straight through and we hit Quinter about breakfast time and we would find ourselves seated around a table of eggs, bacon, biscuits, gravy, hashbrowns, fresh fruit and well….anything else our heart happened to desire.

As I spent time at my grandparents home, I can remember my grandmother often using a pressure cooker.  I specifically remember her using it for green beans with ham.  Oh my goodness was that good!  However, I sadly admit to you…that I don’t know how to use a pressure cooker and I have sorted through some of my grandmothers recipes, I have seen her mention it on several occasions.  Thus, I’m looking for suggestions on some sort of tutorial on how to use one.  I’m scared to death of them.  If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times, pressure cookers can be dangerous.  I’m sure that referred to much older models.  BUT, the fear has been permanently implanted into my memory.

I even have my grandmother’s old pressure cooker.  Yet, again I’m afraid to use it because I don’t know how safe it is.  SO, I need to buy one if I’m going to learn this skill and I need to find a tutorial on how to use it.  NO….I do NOT want to read the instructions…I want someone to SHOW me how to do it.  I happened to find a video how-to that showed me what I wanted to know…and you know what?  The demonstrator lives at a high altitude, just like me!  Very encouraging!

How to Use and Care for a Pressure Cooker

So…what’s my next step?  I’m going to go buy a pressure cooker.  Then, I’m going to try this recipe for Country Green Beans and Ham.  If I don’t blow myself up, I hope to show you a video of my learning this skill.  Now, that could be quite entertaining!  HA!