First Annual BlogHop: Moms with Boys Club (I think I qualify)

28 July 2011

Mothers of Boys

Welcome to all Moms with Boys and thank you for stoppying by!! This theme is taken from M.O.B society and I am participating in their 1st annual boy/mom Blog Hop today!


Mother of Action is what I titled my blog because I feel as a Godly woman, like in II Timothy 1:5, I have to model the desire of being Christ-like and teaching them in all ways to honor our Lord in everyday living...hence, Mother of Action.

Yes, we have four sons (and no daughters). It has been quite the journey considering I am the oldest of SIX sisters (with no brothers). I have been known to ask my husband, "Is this normal for a boy?" My boys are fun, loud, obnoxious (at times), and they definitely keep me on my toes!

My blog is mostly about our homeschool journey as a military family living in Germany--it's like my own journal to keep track of the things we do. My husband is currently deployed to Kuwait and has been there for over 9 months and we are now on the home stretch and looking forward to re-deployment. We pretty much know where we are headed to next... Fort Sam Houston, TX!! I am so excited to go back to the States (we've been overseas for the last 5 years) and the bonus is that of going to my homestate of Texas. Can't wait for an actually HOUSE, finding a new home church (heard there are several), and finding a Co-op to learn and have fun with!


DS1 is 13 years old- he loves to draw (mostly dragons, action figures), love the medieval era, Science-guru (mainly geology), and wants to be a Zoologist or Forest Ranger.

DS2 is 9 years old - he loves to play sports; especially baseball. Love cuddles and nature walks. He's the all-American boy. Good heart, loving, easy-going.

DS3 is 5 years old - boy, if I ever had to butt-heads with a child, he is the one. He is a stubborn, independent boy I have ever seen. He loves hugging his momma though and likes to give her flowers (has been known to take from another person's garden though *sigh*). We had to have an immediate intervention on that event. He loves learning and I love being his Kindergarten teacher!! It's SUCH A BLAST!

DS4 is 2.5 years old - He's my cutie pie--- He loves to eat! LOL!! He's as big as his 5 year old brother (as in height/weight) but portioned right and healthy--just tall for his age. So people think I have twins. Ugh. Somedays I feel like I do. He loves his momma and his momma's hair as his blankie!! **IF ANYONE has a remedy for how to have my son stop pulling my hair out before I go bald (the hubby won't like that too much) --please comment below. Thank you in advance. What can I say--he's my baby boy.

We follow the Charlotte Mason method for homeschooling and this is pretty much our first full year trying to use all of her teachings...So it should be a fantastic year! We have already started homeschooling for this year (we had our official day on Monday) Well it's going a bit slow, but it's an adjustment period for them and for myself to get back into our homeschool schedule.

If you'd like to see what we are doing for this year you can visit here to view. I would like the boys to start on their reading lists --mostly the list is from Beautiful Feet Books for Early American History (Intermediate for DS2 and Jr. High/High School for DS1). *Can you tell what there favorite subject is?? Can't wait to use timelines and notebooking for the 50 states.

Advice for raising boys?? Wow, believe me I am still learning...but I would have to say one or a few things:

1. Read, 'Raising Real Men' by Hal and Melaine Young -- I love this book.

2. Embrace Nature! LOL! I wasn't a bug person before my boys, but with the CM education, Nature Study is an everyday thing...boys live in Nature and so they should despite my rants about dirty clothes.

3. Love them and do show kindness, forgiveness, and show of respect. I constantly FAIL in this department, but I pray everyday to be better. Besides, I have once read - We are raising them to be a Godly person and for a wife and family. How do you want him to view God and how'll he be to his own family?? --Those are some pretty serious questions.

Well, I hope I let in a little enlightment on our family of boys...more to follow for sure~! Thank you for stopping by and come again! Link up today if you're a mom to boys here.

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Alle said...

So excited to "meet" you - this Blog Hop thing is incredible! Thanks for all the resources - we're just starting our family (our Little Lion Cub is 4 months old) and know that we want to homeschool. I was homeschooled for 8 years, hubby all the way through high-school. So, I'm gathering info/resources/community NOW! Your boys sound like so much fun - can't wait to see more of my guy's personality develops as he grows!

ChristiS said...

Hello, and so nice to meet you! I am a public school teacher, but pretend during the summer to be a homeschooling mom! :) Bless in one country while hubby is in another!! You've got to be one strong woman, with the Lord's help, of course!

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Christi for visiting my blog! I think we are all homeschool moms(technically)? LOL!!

Yes, it's all through Christ (that strenghth me). I could not do it without the Lord). Seriously.

Thanks for stopping by! ;)

Jessica S. said...

Alle, thank you for stopping by! We didn't always homeschool, but I have to tell you--it is hardwork, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! ;)

Take care! ;)

melismama said...

HI Jessica, I have not "been by" in a while but wanted to say hi when I saw you on the hop! I have had your button on my side bar for a LONG I need to "hit it" once and a while..blessings to your day!

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Anonymous said...

Visitng you from the MOB blog hop. I'm a homeschooling mom of six boys -- former military family. Come see us over at Layers of Learning.

Jessica S. said...

@Michelle!! WOW!! Six boys! I bet you have fun at your house 24/7!! Thank you for visiting and I will DEFINITELY visit your blog!! ;) Happy Homeschooling.

Jessica S. said...

@Melissa - LOL!! Thanks for stopping by! We chat more often anyway!! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, I'm visiting from the MOB BlogHop. I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 boys. I look forward to getting to know you as I am one of your new followers. Please hop on over to my blog if you get a chance!

Allyson said...

Stoppin' in from the hop! Thank you for letting me know that you stopped by on my blog :-). Enjoyed reading about your family. You're 1 brave lady, living in a foreign country with 4 boys and your hubby gone so much. I'm sure God has taught you many lessons in the midst of leaning on Him for strength. Excited to read more about your journey!

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Allyson for visiting! Yes, with the husband gone, I truly have learned to lean on Christ more--in which we all should. It's been a blessing under all the stress. ;) Take care!

Jessica S. said...

@K Mayo! Yes, I visited your blog yesterday and tried to respond, but I couldn't leave a message. I will try again today! Thank you for following this blog! ;) Happy Homeschooling your two boys and I like the idea of them reviewing their own materials! Good writing exercise! ;)

Liberty said...

I'm from the blog hop and I have 4 boys also! My blog is

Jessica S. said...

Cool Liberty!! I will definitely visit! ;)

The Petunia said...

Stopping by from MOB Society, love your site and love this blog hop! looking forward to getting to know you, come visit me!

The Petunia,

Meredith said...

Great intro post!! I am excited for you to be coming back to the states! That is wonderful!

I have two boys, 5 and 16months, and am a public school band director in the district (and in the building) that my oldest will going to Kindergarten in the Fall. :)

I learn so much from homeschooling mama's that I use both in my classroom, and in our home! Can't wait to follow your journey!

I have two blogs - my devotion, Bible study reflection blog: and my Life in General blog:

Jessica S. said...

Thank you for visiting Meredith!! I will stop by on your boys as well!! Kindergarten age is so COOL! A band director? That sounds fun! ;) I have no musical talent whatsoever. :( Outsourcing works for the boys!! lol.

Barbara H. said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! What a great-looking family you have! I grew up in TX too! The southeast part, though.

Meaghan said...

Visiting from the MOB Society. You have a wonderful family. From what I have seen on your blog you look like a great Mother of Action. I strive to be this way too. It's nice to meet you.

Sarah said...

Hi! Just hopping by from the MOB Society! I just have one son, Aaron, soon-to-be 4. I'll add that book to my to-read list! I'm often asking "is this normal for a boy" too! I'm from a family of 4 girls so I'm learning lots!!

Jessica S. said...

Thank you @Barbara for visiting. @Meaghan-I will visit your blog as well! @ Sarah, yes I ask that question almost everyday!! LOL! I am learning still and trying to have fun! Thank you all for being apart of this Blog Hop! I know I am having fun reading about boy families!

Rebecca said...

LOVE your post! Raising Godly men...and women, it's a heavy burden without our Heavenly Father leadding us, isn't it! So great to stop by and read your post....and I really appreciate you dropping by mine!

Anne said...

Visiting from the MOB blog hop... I'm fascinated by the CM approach to homeschooling... i'll have to look into your journey to find out more as I prepare my littles for their school journey.

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