Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Outside my window...more green than I’ve seen in a while. A few fallen branches, some quite large, from our recent storms – the day we were going to clean up the yard and mow, it rained again; we didn’t complain! A few clouds building up in an otherwise pale blue sky. Much stillness.

I am thinking...that there are days when I wish I could send my kids off to school. There are days I would love for my schedule to not have to make room for regular interruptions, questions, or hours of teaching. There, I said it. And, contrary to the warning voices screaming in my head, I surprisingly do not feel like a horrible mom or homeschooler for saying that. I just feel like an honest homeschooling mom. Thanks for listening. I feel better – and ready to keep on going.

I am thankful for...the cooler weather. Words cannot express how much better I am functioning since the heat broke last week!

I am wearing...blue flowered skort, white polo.

I am creating...a record “book” (really just a couple of pages in a notebook) for keeping grades. This is a first for us, but the girls and I talked and we all felt that regular progress reports would be helpful. 

I am remembering...our first trip to Jordan 27 years, 7 months, and 16 days ago. Mom and Dad are making their last trip back to the States today, opening the door to a very new and different life for the entire Browning family.

I am going...to finish the couch cover this week – maybe even today!

I am reading...Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto. Just started it. Not too sure about it, but we’ll see.

I am hoping...to get started on Christmas gifts this month. 

I am hearing...the kitchen fan rattling and the kids playing, reminding me that I need to go tell them it’s time to move on to rest/independent school time.

On my mind...my parents moving back to the States permanently; the Choates moving back to the village for a month; our friends Bart and Tara moving to Texas; college friends the Palmers moving into their first full-time ministry position. Moving is tough, whether you do it several times a year or are doing it for the very first time. Many prayers going up for all of these.

From the learning rooms...light and color, the start of World War I, the Wright Brothers, and our official promotion to new grades: Olivia – 5th, Angela – 3rd, Steven – KG.

Noticing that...it takes a whole lot longer for me to recover from a sleepless night (or two) than it used to.

Pondering these words... Where there is no passion for the Word of God, other passions take over. D.A. Carson

From the kitchen...leftover spaghetti and the need to menu plan.

One of my favorite things...fall; it’s coming!

A few plans for the rest of the week...not much out of the ordinary that I know of.

A picture worth sharing...we gave the kids milkshakes one day. I looked back and saw this. Her logic? Preventing brain freeze!

Preventing Brain Freeze

2 comments:

Laurie said...

Oh how I look forward to Autumn every year too.

I love her idea to prevent brain freeze, hoped it work!

Ann said...

Well, I heard no complaints of brain freeze! :-)