Saturday, September 29, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Isn't away such a great place? But home is even better...I love going but I love coming back even better. So where was I you ask? I was at a women's retreat this weekend par excellance! So so spirit filling. I'll give you the details of it shortly because its alot to write and I'm in a hurry, but couldn't resist posting this picture my oldest son took while he was also 'away' this weekend. It was just the icing on the cake for me.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
We've had some sad news...our cat is dying. He's a wonderful 13 year old tabby that we adopted from a barn. What a love our sweet Murmel has been in our lives...He has the cutest purr, sometimes its so loud you have to raise your voice if he's nearby your conversation. Not much of a cuddler, he loves his space, but when he plays hockey, well, he loves an audience. We'll miss him so much. We don't know how much time he has but he'll be loved into a coma if I say too much to the kids...so, they know what's going on but not too much. I just don't want them to find him dead one day and not even have a clue it could happen. So, we just wait, which I think is almost the hardest part. Oh sadness creeps in...
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Well, we've made a bit of a dent into our schedule and find out along the way what looks good on paper isn't always what works. And so we tweak and bend and squish and squash and it comes into place. Happy days coming too...we have some nice things planned. Friday is a Field Trip to the Locks at the Welland Canal Museum, then we have a Thanksgiving Party to plan for the 5Th, and a Public Speaking Festival to pull together. Lots of neat activities to get the year off to a good start. Things are good on the High school front, the oldest having a J.O.B. now after school a few days a week...its good. Things are really, really good. I do love my little family and covet the time we share together.
Today was tomato day at my mother-in-loves house. We boiled 5 bushels of tomatoes for canning and it smelled gorgeous out in the shed all day. I was freezing and my hands were cramping while cutting down the tomatoes. But it was just so lovely to be making sauce with my family. Then it was off to help my sister-in-loves house to help her with a little critter situation. God Bless. And finally off to my mummy's for dinner to celebrate my son and brothers birthdays with my Aunt. And so we rolled home with full belly's and happy memories. What a great day.
Friday, September 7, 2007
So week one is almost done! What a great way to start school. We have a tradition in our homeschool that we go out for breakfast on the first day of school to celebrate the time we have to spend with each other and not have to rush out the door. My oldest son went to high school last year, so sadly, he misses out on our traditional breaky! But, we let him by lunch at school on the first day so he still gets a treat...not that caff food is a treat, but he's happy. So this week we started a new math program with Saxon Math called DIVE CD's which are basically the whole lesson taught on video by a professional math dude. Talk about taking the pressure off me! I'm not a math girl and I don't have the language to explain it well, so this CD is already blessing my daughter. She does math twice a day right now because she wants to be done one book by Christmas and a second by June. This way she's in great shape if she goes to highschool and if she stays home, the pressure is off a little. My littlest man is having summer free time withdrawal. He is a stander at the school table and will not sit for very long. There is always something to discover. Its like if he presses his bum into a chair, his brain shuts off. Which is cool, because I know that boys learn differently than girls. My oldest son did the same thing. And now he sits through 70 min classes everyday just fine. I think boys bums have springs in them the propel them into movement if they rest too long. So all in all it's been a great week and now we look forward to a fun weekend of camping with our whole homeschool group. We'll be playing bocce and soccer baseball, fishing and hiking! So pray for good weather for us, so far its really hot and looking like rain, but really, there's nothing like sleeping in a tent with a gentle rain falling around it. So, I'll post some shots next week of the great event! Until then, happy weekend!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Today was the big court day and may I have a resounding AMEN! It is finished. My brother won and its over. I'm telling you the poor guy was dressed just adorable in his WOOL jacket (you have to know we are in a heat wave, well not official but its really hot 37 degrees on my deck in the sun) his 1980's skinny leather tie that he's had since high school,nice pants and you got it...running shoes. Now, you have to know that my brother is Autistic and going to court was a huge challenge to begin with. But dressing for court is a challenge on its own. He's a very large man and nice looking clothes that he can afford are hard to come by. So the fact that he chose all by himself to wear a jacket and tie tells me that on some level, he gets it! The court support workers were amazing and so helpful. And of course storming the gates of heaven with my prayer warriors was a wonderful blessing. Knowing we were covered before we got started was fantastic. So, bottom line, the issue was dropped and he is free to roam his city in peace without worry that he could unknowingly break the peace bond and go to jail. That would be horrible. So all in all, a very good day! But man, its hot!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
I say that tongue in cheek...I did make it and it was a largely busy week but I was busy in a good way. Once I got over myself, I was able to tap into some really interesting qualities about myself that need further exploration. They are as follows...who is that man I married? Will I know him when my kids are grown and gone? Who is that woman in the mirror staring back at me? Will I know her ever again? Am I wrapping myself too deeply in my kids? Do I have the ability to let them go when the time comes? Can I actually put myself out of a job? And will I retire at the right time or drag it on way too long? I pray not. I learned that I have alot of letting go to do and this week was about me in a way I didn't expect. Because I really thought it was about Simon. Praise God that he can teach and show and grow us even when we aren't looking for it. As for Simon? Well, he was just fine and had the time of his life. Truly. For real. He loved it more than I can even imagine. God is so much more capable of showing me how to parent my kids than I let him be. So, this year, our school theme will be one of holiness. Growing in holiness, coming further in trusting God's plan for us and moving further into his will. And that involves trust. Hmmm, I feel a new talk coming on...