Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We got rain! It started last night and rained into this morning. Oh it was lovely! Our gauge measured 1.6 inches, but I think it missed some of the early rain from last night. It all makes today’s grayness that much more tolerable. How I love rain!

Something about the Week

It’s a bit of an odd week, but obviously also a bit more flexible, as I’m actually getting back to writing! Whew! The first couple of weeks of February were a little crazy.

Something I Have Observed

God doesn’t teach us things in a vacuum. Often, a brother or sister is learning the same thing at the same time. For me, it’s sometimes someone else at church. But, more often than not it’s my precious friend Joanna. Even across thousands of miles – and sometimes even when we aren’t able to chat with one another – God so often works on us in similar ways. It’s such a precious thing!

Then, there is when it’s within my family. I love that the most. When God is working on Doug and me individually, but we don’t really realize it until we hit a certain point that ties it all together. Or when one of the kids comes with a question they’ve been mulling over for a while, and I am so excited to discuss it because I’ve been mulling over something similar. Or we all share the same insight from a Bible reading.

We were made for community, and God reminds us of that every time He teaches us something new!

Something I Have Read or Heard

“All relationships require effort. But how can we compare knowing the one and only God to any other relationship? It’s overwhelming. How are we even worthy to learn?

“And yet our great God has spoken. He has condescended to communicate to us, revealing his character in a covenant treaty.”

- Aimee Byrd, from Theological Fitness

Something on My Mind

Parenting is tough. Praying for myself and several dear friends as we navigate and balance raising Christ-centered kids in the middle of this ugly, nasty world. Wow. The greatest joy is knowing that each of our children can personally connect with the Lord Jesus Christ. The grief is knowing that, at some point, they can each also choose to turn away from Him. There is not a perfect parent among us, and I’m sure all of our children could point to mistakes we have made or will make and blame us for their decisions. But, ultimately, we can only obey the Lord as best we know how each step of the way, learn from our mistakes, and continually entrust our precious, precious babies to Him. And pray. Oh so very much!

Something I’m Thankful for

Watching answered prayers roll in and hearing my kids shout, “Yay!” when I share them.

Also thankful for the rain!

Something about My Kids

We went on a field trip last Friday. We asked each child to write something about the trip so I can post it on the blog (coming later this week or next week, as I have time). Their personalities have been so clearly revealed through their contributions! Angela sat down and spent all of Saturday morning typing up a 4+ page report of the trip!! Steven sat down and slowly churned out his five sentences. Olivia – my writer – still hasn’t written a thing. Why? Because it’s not school and it’s not her novel or her poems. Silly girl.

It’s so much fun to see their personalities come out through things like this!

Something I’m Working on

Getting back the flow I had in January. And trying to write 10,000 words toward a novel this month, as well as the other writing I need to do. It’s an ongoing process of learning to let each day flow according to God’s design rather than my plan, yet still living within a diligent routine. And, I may or may not reach that 10,000 word goal. But I’m sure going to try!

Something from Hibbard Academy

For the first time EVER, we are on target to actually end a school year at the projected time. Not only that, but that projected time is before Memorial Day. Oh, and not only that, but some subjects will be finished early! This has been a good year.

Something That Makes Me Smile

Discussions during morning quiet times – that aren’t always so quiet because we’re discussing. (And Angie’s face because she couldn’t figure out why I was taking a picture of the discussion!)

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Oh, and this cute face.

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Something Coming

Let’s see…relative normalcy the first half of the week, but I leave Thursday morning to go work a homeschool convention with my boss. If you’re at the Texas GHC this weekend, stop by Well Planned Gal’s booth and say hi!

The girls get to go bowling Friday night and will be working a temp job Friday and Saturday. So, there’s no telling what mischief Doug and Steven will get into! Then, on Sunday night, we have a missions fundraiser meal after church. Looking forward to that, too. But, I think I’ll be crashing on Monday!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Different Sisters

My girls get along beautifully. They love each other and live together well.

But they do not share interests.

While Angela is busy knitting or crocheting anything she possibly can, Olivia is anxiously anticipating next Thursday’s science lesson.

She gets to dissect a worm. The dissection kit awaiting her also contains also a frog, a crayfish, and several other things. She’s very, very, very excited about all of this.

Angela, meanwhile, is perfectly content to put off biology as long as possible.

Warning: pictures will probably be forthcoming. Because dissection. Fun stuff! (Can you tell who Olivia gets it from? I still remember how much fun it was to dissect a shark in college, despite the horrific smell!) So, if you’re like Angela, you might want to skip those posts. Don’t worry…the title will be nice and vague so you have no idea what’s coming.

Oh wait. That’s not a nice thing to do, is it?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Tuesday, February 7, 2017

We were awakened by a loud thunderstorm this morning. The best part about it? It was only fifteen minutes before the alarm went off! There’s just something about knowing that you still got a full night’s sleep, even if you were awakened a little early and unexpectedly.

It looks like the storminess is passing on now, but it’s still a bit gray and gloomy out there. And muggy. I’m beginning to think that if we have a winter, it will be in March!

Oh wait, is that a glimpse of sun peeking out? Maybe? Hopefully?

Otherwise, today is a relatively normal day. That’s nice. School, work, and processing through the other routines and rhythms of the day. All while being glared at by a cat. You know, normal stuff.

Something about the Week

Most of our week is relatively normal. Or routine, rather. It’s also a week in which we are trying to get the rhythm of productivity and refreshment balanced back out again. We had it a couple of weeks ago, then kind of lost it for a week or two. So far, so good this week! (Yes, it’s only Tuesday, but getting through Monday is often half the battle!)

Something I Have Observed

Habits are easier to keep when I practice them regularly. I know…revolutionary thoughts, right?! Sometimes, that’s what my brain needs – a reminder of the obvious. Okay, more than sometimes.

Something on My Mind

Praying for Olivia as she takes the ACT this weekend and for Doug as he takes the MAT.

I also like it when, as I pray for others, God brings to mind ways I need to lift them up while also working on those same things in my own life. It’s not always fun, but it’s a great growing experience. And, it’s another evidence that prayer is not just about a prayer list; it’s about building a relationship with our Father and Creator. He uses those prayers to open our hearts to ways He wants to work in and through us.

Something I’m Thankful for

A flexible schedule. That doesn’t mean some of it can be punted or tossed out the window. It still all has to be done. But the order in which we do it all can change and fluctuate, typically. That’s helpful.

Something about My Kids

As I think about being thankful for the flexibility of our schedule, I can’t help but realize just how good my kids are with that flexibility. The last few times a school morning has been interrupted, they’ve found nooks and crannies of time to fit school into, all of them finishing close their normal finishing time. They are learning to go with the flow without letting that flow derail everything. I wish I’d learned that as a child. I don’t learn things as quickly as an adult!

Something I’m Working on

Nothing. Well, I’m getting writing into the mix, but not really working on anything out of the ordinary (since I’m trying to make writing much more routine). This weekend I’d really like to get around to starting a sewing project. It’s been far too long!

Something from Hibbard Academy

We don’t have “winteritis” like we frequently do this time of year. We seem to be plugging along very smoothly. Kids are focusing, and I am not in the “I’m tired of doing this!” mindset. I’m actually excited about pushing on and don’t feel exhausted when I think of planning a new year. That’s a huge blessing!

I might say that it’s partly because the weather is not cold, and that could be it. But, I actually love real winter. So, frequently when we don’t have one (like this year and last year), I’m more restless.

Something That Makes Me Smile

My kids praying for others, especially those in need of salvation.

Then there’s this…

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And this goofy monster.

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And this sassy face!

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Something Coming

Let’s see…Doug has a meeting tonight; church tomorrow night; Friday morning I’ll have a writer’s conference for an annual writing project; Saturday is test day; Sunday we’ll have a farewell fellowship for our interim music minister.