is great thanks! The week may have begun with a cold that I cannot kick, but it also included a wonderful first day of our fall homeschooling co-op and is ending with the celebration of Jack being 15 month’s old today and Mike and I seventh betrothal anniversary. Yep, seven years ago today, as the sun set over the sea, it rose on the beginning of our lifelong commitment to each other. With a betrothal at the beach, followed later by a marriage in the church, we doubly-promised each other our steadfast love and that is one promise we honor!
In our homeschool…
- delighted in our first day of Catholic Homeschool Co-op and playground fun on Monday.
- called off Montessori Morning studies on Tuesday because of Mommy feeling beaten down by congestion, headache, earache, slight fever and general malaise, but still enjoyed snuggled-up reading time, some practical life around the house, free time outside in the yard, work on Jack’s speech development at his Early Intervention appointment, use of self-control and courtesy during Jack's well-baby appointment and a bit of formal learning and assessment for the big kids. (Luke read Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers to me and Nina shared which letter sounds she knows.)
- got our mouths “more familiar” with sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash soup in a family (minus Daddy) food study with our super feeding specialist on Wednesday, worked our minds and bodies in the waiting room or sensory gym (depending on who you are referring to) during Luke’s OT appointment, enjoyed a Mommy Blogger luncheon for Signature Moms, had storytime snuggles and enjoyed some time outside, when the kids built fairyhouses.
- made and used some three-part reading cards to go along with the first few Bob books that Luke is working on, did a little letter study with Nina, played with our St. Jerome and the Lion story basket, practiced deep breathing during our behavior modification appointment, did practical life work (or chores) together, enjoyed Drama Kids classes and more on Thursday.
- stayed home playing with our St. Jerome and the Lion story basket props on Friday morning instead of joining one of our co-ops at a playground because Mama not only feels cruddy but has almost no voice left and then ???? Let’s let the day unfold.
|Helpful homeschooling tips or
advice to share…
Let your classroom or learning environment reflect your philosophy. We revamped ours with Montessori and Sensory ideals in mind this year and have been learning and living in it well so far.
I am inspired by…
As we turn the calendar page to October tomorrow, I have been thinking about the cancer journey, followed by marital issues, my eldest sister faced seven years ago as I was heading into marriage. It was such a tumultuous time for her, yet she still bubbled over with happiness and hope for me as I entered into my hopeful “happily ever after”.
Today, like all of us, my sister has crosses to bear and challenges to meet. She remains strong through them and models resilience so often.
I do not get a chance to speak with nor see my big sister much, but I often think of her – all we shared as kids, all we do not share now, but don’t “need to” because even when our lives’ paths have us running in different directions, we know the true north of our family love keeps us bonded… Also, of course, how amazing she is to have survived cancer and divorce and to still come up fighting.
As I face far lesser challenges, I think about my sister’s strength and pray that I will never have to call on similar fortitude. But, if I do, I know she is there – to understand and to cheer. In truth, she is there for that anyway, just as I am for her.
Praise God for keeping my sister here with us through cancer and prayers that hope, strength and a sense of faith blossom within her daily.
My favorite thing over the past week was…
enjoying simple moments, such as pre-bedtime board game fun with a
What’s (not) working for us…
is my cold and our weekly rhythm!
With the symptoms of a cold in full force, I am so off this week – throughout the day and night. That only complicates the fact that I seem to have neglected fully considering some key elements of keeping plates as parent, homemaker, Dramakids teacher, homeschooler and person with an interest in writing balanced when I established our Fall 2011 weekly rhythm earlier this month. In particular, the whole homemaking plate seems to be piled high and toppling over. Gotta fix that!
Question I have…
Is a rewards-based behavior modification system really right for us? The behavior mod people we are working with are lovely folks who specialize in
Things I’m working on…
To be honest, it might take less time and space to list things I am not working on. Or, rather, to be really honest, it might be so if I were considering things I was or will be… Today, I feel so cruddy that as soon as I complete this entry I plan to hunker down, turn my mind down as much as possible and simply pace myself for the day while attending to the children.
I’m grateful for…
And, that was just since I woke up. Truly, my gratitude list is long. I should focus on it more often!I’m praying for…
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to find many examples of encouragement, reality and hope.
I am also sharing this post at Heavenly Homemakers since this past week was filled with such gratitude for me.