September 2008


If you’ve perused my blog then hopefully you have seen the post on my homekeeping journal inspired by Ann’s. Now, Ann has a new post up actually leading the reader through how to make one’s own visual journal…it is just lovely and inspiring–like the woman herself.  Please go take a look. And while you are there take a look around Ann’s beautiful blog and be inspired and encouraged.  She has a gift that must be shared.

Coram Deo,

Lola

FOR TODAY, Wednesday, September 24th…(I know these are supposed to go out on Mondays but Mondays are not a good blogging day around here!!)
Outside My Window…dew wet grass, leaves just barely showing sings of change
I am thinking…”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”~~Eph.2:8-9
I am thankful for…God’s un-ending, mind-boggling, lavish Grace!
From the kitchen…Greek yogurt sweetened with honey and sprinkled with walnuts, orange juice, and coffee with milk
I am wearing…capris  and a blue t-shirt
I am creating…lesson plans and more lesson plans
I am going…to enjoy teatime this afternoon with my girls
I am readingSense and Sensibility
I am hoping…that Dear Knight enjoys his week away at a photography workshop…a birthday gift from me to him…guilt-free!
I am hearing…children talking as they wait for me to get off the computer!
Around the house…messes and more messes, slowly diminishing tower of laundry, beautiful sunlight stretching across the hard wood floors.
One (or three) of my favorite things…quiet mornings, cool autumn breezes, the patter of sock clad feet on wood floors
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Heading up the raod to Apple Hill later this week with a good friend and her two daughters…I can hear the pies and cider calling my name already.
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I try to limit my computer time during the school year…some days I am better at it than others.  Usually I get bogged down reading the few blogs I visit regularly.  Some days I just can’t help it.  They inspire me and then I’m off on a rabbit trail.  This time it is a trail of beauty and domesticity.  I love autumn.  I drink in the cool mornings and evenings.  I savor the the tastes and smells of the seasons: apples, pumpkins, drying leaves, dew damp grass, and later in the season the scent of wood smoke.  And I truly want my home to reflect the beauty I feel in my heart.  I light the scented candles that mean “comfort” to me and they burn all day long. I start planning meals that will feature homemade soup and stew–although they have to wait until the daytime temps are cooler than the 90’s…around the end of October.  And I rely more and more heavily on my Vivaldi and Mozart cd’s to fill our home with the sounds of the season.    We plan our annual trip to Apple Hill were we load up  on fresh apple pie, crisp, just-picked apples, and  gallons of freshly pressed apple cider to enjoy back home.  This to me is beauty…and I just hope my children will remember it as such.

Coram Deo,

Lola

Well, here it is the second week of high school for the Boy…and he’s bored! He doesn’t have enough to do!  He says his Geometry and Biology are TOO EASY…his Ancient Literature is boring and that history is the same old stuff.  So I did what any good homeschooling mom would do…I’ve ordered  a logic course…not too easy now; I’ve added  Plutarch, Josephus Thucydides,and Livy to his history reading: not the same old stuff anymore!  And he’ll be starting a Spanish course in the next couple of weeks…I don’t think the Boy will be bored anymore.

Moral to this story:  Be careful what you wish for!

*as an aside…this isn’t punishment…the Boy is definitely up to the reading…he reads a couple of grades higher than his own, and the other courses…I was actually waiting to add them as his year progressed to see how he would do with the added pressures/expectations of High School…he just wanted them sooner than later…so I obliged–as any “good” mother would do!

FOR TODAY, Friday, September 12th…(I know these are supposed to go out on Mondays but Mondays are not a good blogging day around here!!)
Outside My Window…Morning light inching across the back yard lawn
I am thinking…I should have made a pot of tea rather than coffee!
I am thankful for…cool mornings and the scent of autumn in the air
From the kitchen…Cream of Wheat with a bit of brown sugar and a sprinkling of cinnamon & nutmeg and sausages frying on the stove
I am wearing…a slim denim skirt and a pink blouse
I am creating… in my mind: to-do lists for today’s activities!
I am going…to facilitate our local homeschool group’s  monthly Reading Rally (oral presentations)-the first of this new school year-later this afternoon
I am readingFamily Fragrance by J. Otis and Gail  Ledbetter (this is an amazing book giving practical ideas and advise on  how to fill one’s home with the A.R.O.M.A. of love)
I am hoping…that our day moves along as smoothly as this whole week has…even after the  unexpected trip to the radiologist to have the Boy’s hockey-playing-knees x-rayed (no word yet on the outcome)
I am hearing…Babycakes whining (sigh), children slowly coming into the kitchen  breakfast and the soft voices of our girls, The Boy’s geometry lesson by Teaching Textbook
Around the house…the detritus of a week of focused schooling: books on every flat surface, papers needing to be put into school binders, crayons and pencils scattered everywhere, and art projects drying
One of my favorite things…see “Around the house” above
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: (or the weekend in this case) Reading Rally today, coffee tomorrow morning with homeschooling mom’s, worship on Sunday
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Teatime Tuesday…
one of our favorite things about our homeschooling experience…thanks Bravewriter for inspiring us!  those are my late grandmother’s depression glass dishes, and teatime treats (with lemonade rather than tea for a change)
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