Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the great outdoors...real summer is here. So thankful it waited until late August.

Within our four walls...everyone seems sleepy. Well, almost everyone. Steven seems to have all of the wakefulness the rest of us lack.

A heart of thanksgiving...for rain yesterday. I love rain.

A heart of prayer...for encouragement where it is lacking – a struggle that seems to be shared by multiple people in various forms of ministry right now.

Random observations...Choffy is good. The cats drive me crazy. Wow, my muscles are tight right now! The gravel parking lot across the street that has been smoothed multiple times is pretty rutted this morning after yesterday’s rain. The tag is coming loose on the cloth binder I use for school.

Random enough for you? That’s how my brain is working this morning. It’s going to be a very interesting day.

My silly children...have a certain way of saying, “Daaad-dy!” in response to Doug’s teasing. I can tease them, but I rarely get a similar response. I got it this morning. I was so proud!

Thoughts from the kitchen...not only do we have a menu plan, but now Olivia has 30 minutes blocked off in her school schedule to help with lunch every day. It’s nice! I’m not sure what’s on the list for today. But, Doug’s going to be gone unexpectedly, so it might change today.

On my bookshelf...a whole lot of things I am determined to intentionally make time to read, especially now that I’m starting to see how the schedule is translating from paper to real life.

Projects...robes, birthday presents, same old stuff. About time to start thinking about Christmas. 

Sounds of the moment...clacking and banging. Chores seems to be holding interesting noises today.

From Hibbard Academy...first full week. Tweaking. Adjusting, but realizing that this year’s schedule was actually much more successfully planned than I expected! I love it when God guides and I actually pay attention.

The planner...just home. School and work and church. That’s it. For two weeks in a row. How did that happen? I don’t know, but I’ll take it!

Because visuals are fun...Napoleon the Penguin well dressed and in his carriage. Drawn by two camo-capped horses, driven by a cow and a puppy. Ah, the delight of watching my children play!2014-08-15 08.44.412014-08-15 08.44.52

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Thursday, August 14, 2014

In the great outdoors...another beautiful summer day. I have always dreaded August with a horrific dread. I’m actually enjoying it this year.

Within our four walls...chores finished early. Doug using Calculus for Dummies (a review book!) to dispel fear of calculus in Olivia. (That makes this math-dreading mama smile.) Steven shooting nerfs. A freshly steam-cleaned school-room carpet. Angela finishing little things in her recently reorganized/rearranged room. She’s the one who is least inclined toward rearranging. But, she had an organization problem to solve. So, on Sunday, she and Olivia holed up in her room, figured out a solution, and implemented it over the next few days. It was fun to watch!

A heart of thanksgiving...for this beautiful summer; for a forecast of rain; for a smooth start to school; for a menu plan; for the incredible privilege of being a part of Home Educating Family; for my amazing husband and children; for the peace of contentment.

A heart of prayer...for friends/family and their various needs; for school; for all of the rain that comes through to be gentle and to fall in the right places; for our aging vehicles

Random observations...

My silly children...don’t know how much fun they are. I love the silly things they say and do. I love their antics. Sometimes they do get a little overwhelming…okay, so maybe a lot overwhelming. But, I can’t imagine how dull life would be without their chaos!

Thoughts from the kitchen...Doug can always work wonders with. Today he took leftover rice and leftover calzone filling (ground pork and veggies in a creamy/cheesy sauce) and mixed it all together to create a delightful rice casserole. Mmmmm…

On my bookshelf...several review books to tackle.

Projects...robes for the girls; Angie’s birthday present. 

Sounds of the moment...the swishing of Steven cleaning the ceiling fan in this room.

From Hibbard Academy...day two of the new school year! A lot of newness, from curriculum to separation of children to schedule. We are trying out more of a “period” schedule right now to help me get a good grasp on how long assignments take each child. Yesterday our new schedule endured the typically first day challenges – introductions required more time. It seems that our Thursday schedule worked perfectly. So, I look forward to seeing how tomorrow flows.

A favorite thing from last week...seeing Steven thoroughly enjoy himself at Cub Scout Day Camp and seeing the girls’ great work on the quilts they made with Mom.

The planner...not a whole lot for the rest of the month. Pretty straightforward. I like that.

Because visuals are fun...I shared these on Facebook, but for everyone else, here are the girls’ scrap quilts…

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And here are Steven’s accomplishments – first place in the archery contest and second with the BB gun. (He was in a skit a few minutes before in which he was a law enforcement officer.)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Steven!

We are coming to the end of a precious day – the celebration of my brand new eight-year-old! I just looked back at last year’s birthday pictures, and I find it hard to believe that it has been an entire year. Then I look at the growth chart. Nearly three inches taller. Yep, it has been a year!


In so many ways, my sweet boy has not changed a bit. Last year I talked about his love for Legos and Star Wars. That is still the same. He still enjoys absorbing all sorts of fictional characters into his play.


He still loves snuggles and is still a tremendous helper. He still races to the sink every time I start washing dishes. Sometimes he will sneak right in past someone else who just thought they would step in an help instead.


But there are ways he has changed. When the girls were at sewing camp four afternoons in a row, he entertained himself perfectly. Last year, that would not have happened.


When it came time for Cub Scout Day Camp, he boldly and happily waved goodbye to us and joined in the play, even before anyone familiar arrived. Four years ago, Steven would barely speak to anyone outside our family. Now, he loves people. He is always sitting with someone else at church.


He tackled the Chronicles of Narnia this year. Like his sisters, he has now read most of the books multiple times. I believe he has recently moved on to The Hobbit. Earlier today he casually began opening his present from Olivia. Then he noticed it was a gift of books, and he suddenly could not unwrap the gift quickly enough! His excitement could not be contained.


Steven is not too sure about school starting back, but he is definitely looking forward to getting back to Latin. And he is enthusiastically taking piano lessons from his big sister.


Happy birthday, sweet Steven! I cannot wait to see what God does in your life in the coming year!