Oh my, I am almost too busy to blog now that we are homeschooling again. I am happy to say, though, that our new schedule, that I mentioned in my last post, is working great. We are all eating breakfast together at 8, and school starts at 9 on the dot. Unless we can’t find Grace. Then it will start when she is found. At 9:10. Then, we all sit around the kitchen table and sing our hymn of the week (“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” is this week’s hymn). (I’m very thankful for our printer/copier…I copied out the hymn so that each child has their own copy. David finally understands how to follow along the verses and stanzas.)
After our hymn, we do our history reading. This morning I was reading along and then stopped to ask Caleb, “What is a drought, Caleb?” He said, firmly and confidently, “It’s a FISH. A BIG FISH.” I was taken by surprise and almost began to laugh long and loud….but I just laughed a little (Caleb is five and does not like to be laughed at)..and explained that he was thinking of a TROUT. A drought is a time of no rain, when the land gets very dry.
After a morning of school, we clear the table and set it for lunch. We eat around 11 and after lunch the kids play and I put Seth down for his nap. This is our new morning routine and the time simply FLIES. We get a lot done, but there is always a little more school to do in the afternoon. There is one thing I will never give up and that is a QUIET TIME FOR ALL. At this moment, all seven of my children are either sleeping (the 2 babies) or quietly playing (the rest of the children). I absolutely need a little bit of down time for myself. I’ll blog, or read, or nap, or sip coffee on the porch…. for a good solid hour and then everyone will be up again to finish school.
I’ve wanted to blog for days now because Rich and I took the kids on a walk this weekend and I took along my camera and got some neat pictures. It is such a lovely time of year, with clear, bright skies and fresh cool air. It is such a blessing to have a small state park not far from us. We went to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffees and donuts and then went to the park. I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!
Isn’t it amazing that Seth is this big now? I love his curiousity, his crazy toddler antics (and, sometimes I don’t!!). He sure enjoyed his big donut. The sweatshirt used to be David’s…then Caleb’s…and now his.
We put Sarah and Seth in the double stoller and started walking up the mountain. It’s a small mountain, but pretty steep. I could never push the stroller up, but Rich enjoyed the work-out. Here is a picture of David and Caleb. Caleb got up on the rock like a billy goat, and told me to take the picture.
Caleb took this picture of us, once we reached the top. Rich and I sat and watched the kids explore.
It was pretty dangerous, I was afraid that Seth would fall, so he had to sit in the stroller.
He’s got glazed donut crumbs all over him, but those eyes!!! are gorgeous!!
Well, I got all soft and decided to let him out after all.
And of course.
The older kids went and collected these prickly things. We wondered what sort of nut was hiding inside. I say beech nut but I still haven’t looked it up. They were as sharp as cactus!
Rich is going through a terrible time at work. One of his friends committed suicide at the end of last month. It’s been so hard for Rich as he was good friends with this man, and is now directly involved in the process of getting the office through the grieving and moving on……..in fact, today they have to clean out the man’s office, and this Saturday is the funeral, in North Carolina. Rich is going to it with a couple of his co-workers. Please pray for Rich, he is not sleeping well at night and I know it’s from stress. Our family life is not suffering, thank the Lord, and he is getting a lot of comfort from me and the kids here at home. I feel bad for him, but the Lord will get him through………it’s just hard to watch and wait. I love my husband so much.
My husband, with our beautiful babies. Mind you, Sarah needs hair.
One of the whole family~
These wonderful boys of mine…..they are the best of friends and it is a delight to behold. We all laughed and talked about all sorts of things.
This picture is especially for my friend, Christie~
Well, I suppose I must be done here. I’m going to make myself a cup of coffee and finish up the book I’ve been reading. Maybe have some ice cream? It’s QUIET TIME after all! A wonderful interlude for the hard workin’ Mama……