Monday, June 29, 2015

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, June 29, 2015

In the great outdoors...a rather hazy day, with temps rising again after a slightly less hot weekend.

Within our four walls...a little taste of routine as chores have been reestablished.

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Yet, also as much rest as possible today. The past two months have been utterly exhausting. We are ready for rest!

A heart of thanksgiving...for air conditioning; for a less busy week; for the chance to begin to reintroduce routine and cement the settling-in process.

A heart of prayer...for a precious family leaving the only home their children have ever known. Since it’s a move from overseas back to the US, it will be a much more permanent goodbye than ours was. My heart aches for them, especially as today is a homesick day for my kids. So, I feel the mama tug of what my friends are dealing with on a much larger scale. But I’m also excited to see where God leads them next!

Random observations...I’m not a big fan of summer. Praying for a cool spell so we can work in the garage and the yard. 

My fantastic children...are rolling right back into the chore schedule without a word of complaint. So thankful for them!

Thoughts from the kitchen...leftovers, probably.

On my bookshelf...stacks reminding me of the need to reestablish a reading schedule.

Projects...this week the primary project is school stuff, I do believe. And a little preparation for joining a local AHG troop.

Sounds of the moment...a lawn mower outside; music wafting in from the living room.

From Hibbard Academy...planning and prep

A favorite thing from last week...Saturday night date night after a full week without much hubby time.

The planner...a couple of lunch dates/get togethers; a bit more progress toward routine.

Because visuals are fun...the dining room floor. Why? I have no idea. The picture was on my phone for some crazy reason. So, I thought I’d share it with you. Because that’s about where I am mentally today!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Steven’s New Hobby

The other day, Steven came to get the Jenga blocks. Next thing I know, he’s calling me to his room to see the domino effect he’d created! Oh, how I wish I’d had my camera! It was really neat!

Then, he pulled out the dominoes to go with the blocks, and moved to the living room to create another display. He quickly learned the frustration that comes when you’ve made a great deal of progress, only for a domino to tip and set of a premature collapse.

Daddy to the rescue with some spare bookends, placed strategically along the path. Only one little section at a time could fall.


His final creation was a little hard to photograph because it wound under tables and around furniture.


The tail end, though, was a pyramid – a bowling pin setup, actually. Had it worked properly, the whole thing would have ended with a delightful “strike”!


Unfortunately, he accidentally bumped it, and it went backward. Which means it didn’t work right. This time.

We’ll help him build another one. His creativity is fun!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Field Trips, Museums, Choates, and Lots of Pictures!

For the first time in nine years, the Choates and Hibbards live relatively close to one another. Not quite as close as seminary housing, when Joanna and I could join our sweet friend Charlene for a brisk walk every morning. But, it’s still just a 45-minute drive from house to house, and Little Rock is right in the middle. I call that a win!

This week, our in-the-middle meeting point (moms and kids only this time around) was the Historic Arkansas Museum.

If only our kids liked being together as much as Joanna and I do…




Much of the indoor exhibit space is currently under reconstruction, but we arrived shortly before the next grounds tour was scheduled to begin. So, after spending a few minutes in the children’s area, we headed outside.

This particular museum began out of a desire to preserve early Little Rock history. Original homes and buildings dot the museum grounds, some transported and others simply restored where they stood. A couple of other buildings were destroyed over time, but have been rebuilt according to the original specs.

This well still holds water.


As Sonlighters, both of our families have learned to love living history!


The printing press was a delight for all seven book lovers.

inking the press


a little more inking


preparing the paper


Angie rolling the paper into the press


examining the letters


Benjamin noticed that the top tray was Greek and Hebrew – not quite his languages of preference!

Meanwhile, the goofy kids enjoyed a bit of a rest on a bed in the corner!



Of course, Angie’s favorite part was the reproduction of Arkansas’ first lending library – just a column of shelving in the print house. AHM11

When the tour was over, we stepped back inside to cool off and enjoy some visiting and play before finding our picnic spot. After a quick perusal of the Native American exhibit, we headed back the children’s area where the kids played Arkansas Twister and were their general silly selves, while Joanna and I sat on the floor and enjoyed one another’s company.


beautiful spectators


These kids love squeezing into tight spaces together to see if they can all fit! I count seven smiling faces!


Finally, we headed back downstairs to peruse the gift shop.

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The museum folks kindly unlocked the door to let us back outside for a picnic under the trees. The day was shaping up to be a hot one, but the Lord blessed us with low humidity and a wonderful breeze, making our lunch spot absolutely perfect!







We never want to say goodbye to this sweet family. But at least for the time being, goodbye only means “until the next field trip,” instead of “until you’re in the country again.” We’re going to absorb every moment of Choate time we can while they’re in Arkansas!

After all, who can resist friends you can be completely goofy with?