Thursday, September 19, 2019

Counting it All Joy! - September 19th


339  | end of summer heat
340  | autumn dreaming
341  | hope in new seasons
342  | a new son-in-law
343  | foggy mornings
344  | new mornings
345  | evening sunsets
346  | "just because he loves me" flower bouquet
347  | the ritual of school returning
348  | electric friendship candles flickering
350  | friends across the miles
351  | reading aloud books with my girls
352  | autumn decor
353  | vintage books with cloth covers and thick ivory pages
354  | a new store in town
355  | cloud formations
356  | baby announcements


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Slow - caught in the moments


decorating for fall moments


preparing breakfast moments

viewing nature moments

dating my husband moments


sharing sweet treats moments

simmering spaghetti sauce moments

messy after-school moments


always someone hungry moments

makeup moments by myself


roasting marshmallow around a campfire moments

gathering elderberries moments

Monday, September 16, 2019

Lessons Unfolded - the first week


...the first week


The night before school was to start, I was still feeling a bit uneasy.  I have a sick daughter that is pretty uncomfortable all the time as we wait to get in with a Specialist to shed some light.  I was feeling tired from the heat of summer still looming around and the thought of adding more to my plate seemed heavy. It already felt like a burden.  I whispered my prayers and shared with a few friends and just decided to make the best that with the energy levels I able to give.

We jumped in excited, although, not in ways that my heart wanted to - there was no welcoming pretty table setting, books were not neatly laid out, no school pictures, and I didn't have a fun breakfast ready.  It was what it was.  It probably resembled the chaos similar to the first days of public school.

We got through attendance and introduced each subject, and we started unfolding morning time, math, language arts, history and then we started sharing with each other that it seemed different and not as fun as past years.  I had really tried to plan in advance to make our days run smoothly, but right away we all felt disjointed.  Our internet was too slow for some of the links.  We were all over the place in historical time periods, and some of the lessons seemed difficult for me teach effectively, and I could tell that my girls were going through the motions and not delightfully engaged.   We ended our first day with a much deserved visit to the ice cream shoppe and I was determined to try again the next day.



But, the first day was pretty much indicative of our entire first week.  We plugged away and checked off most of the boxes as assigned.  And the moments of delight came during our read-aloud time, and we nearly finished our 1st book because this was where a lot of attention seemed familiar, comfortable, and cozy.

love 

We loved our read aloud All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. 

do

  • Completed a week of math, language arts, history, science & morning time with Bible & art.
  • Current Events - we watched protests at our State Capitol and had many discussions of the law making process and sadly saw that what our founding fathers worked so hard to create was being destroyed.
  • Weather - Followed news Hurricane Dorian - such difficult news to watch.
  • We prayed for Eva Love, a 7 year old with a brain injury.

think about

I know that things will have to change.   Thoughts are a curriculum change with more of the focus on Ancient History and still use Morning Time as we had planned.  My target will be teaching to the younger and beefing up for the older - I find it easier to teach this way without losing interest of my younger child and still able to expect more and expand on for my older child.  Find creative ways to keep to our educational philosophy and goals.  If nothing else, always keep a good read-aloud ready to enjoy.  I need confidence to do what my heart wants to do.  Progress is progress even if it begins slow.  Remember to start with Morning Candlelight.  Create a rhythm that brings joy and a love of learning! 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Summer thoughts

 
Summer nature moments

 Summer table bouquets


Summer baking

Summer farm fresh eggs

Summer doctor visits - too many

Summer crepes



Summer Emergency Room


Summer pauses

Summer fruits

Summer cousins

Summer crafting

Summer Church gatherings

Summer homemade treats

Summer decorations


Summer sleeping beauties

Summer spaghetti sauce

Summer bride


Summer wedding

Summer views

Summer - missing the little ones who traveled away

 Summer was much too busy for me, and I had a hard time to feel the slow moments that my soul was deeply craving.  I'm going to date myself here, but the song from high school days is playing in my head - in some ways it was a "Cruel Summer" (caution here as I don't give promotion to  the music or video, but share only for those who may have it now nagging them trying to remember this reference). Today, I finally had a brief moment to look through summer photos and it blessed me to see some of the beauty that unfolded over the long, hot days, even among some really hard times.  

An emergency room trip gave me slow as I sat and waited hours and hours with my mom and my daughter.  It's not the slow I prefer, but the busy of life was paused and focused on my little girl.  Waiting in a doctor's office, several times, in great misery, gave me quiet and surrender to prayer.  Not the desired way I would choose, but this was my life.  The hour long drives down the mountain gave beauty in the view of grassy hillsides and wildflowers.  Summer unfolded messy and all over the place, but beauty of the Father's presence was always among us.  

As I gear up to enter my favorite season of autumn, I already see the messy, complicated struggles that will be challenging.  We face freedoms being stripped away, a possible move out of state, my husband leaving his career, and more health issues.  I'm broken in ways that words don't come to adequately express the shattered pieces. I see a broken world.   But, I do see glimmers of hope.  A new marriage and son-in-law added to the family, a new grandbaby announcement after great grief, the moon sharing light among the darkness.  I hold onto that very hope and faithfully trust that my God has this all planned out for me.  I need to rest in that.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Commonplace Journal - to be unfolded


"Children are not things to be molded, 

but are people to be unfolded." 

~Jess Lair


I saw this quote on an Instagram account and it stood out as something to ponder.  In general we hear that children are to be taught and molded, but this was thought provoking.  It had me deeply thinking about what the Bible says,

"...unless you change and
 become like little children,
you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 18:3

...we need to become like little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  I wonder if our perspective of these precious little ones changes and we are blessed see them teaching us as we unfold the depths of child-like innocence, giggles of joyful laughter, embracing moments of beautiful rest, and so much more.

It's an beautiful concept.  May I unfold that child-like faith, wholeheartedly - that blind faith and trust, and hold tightly onto this wisdom.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September Rhythms


Oh September, I'm sooooooo ready for the beauty you bring!  The leaves changing colors and the cooler evenings.  I even love the shorter days.  As I first thought about my goals for September, I had a flood of ideas of what I wanted to write, but then reality of life presses the pause button.  I must set realistic goals.  I deeply need a much slower autumn season to recover from the crazy busy of summer.

September Goals


-:- Finish homschool preparations & organization
-:- 1st day of school
-:- Apple picking & cobbler making
-:- Decorate for Autumn
-:- more steps into my days
-:- re-attempt a backyard firepit & s'mores!
-:- get back to blogging
-:- plan one field trip

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