October 2009

Having been inspired by Ann and Melissa Wiley I’ve come up with these, Our Rules For Beauty, Goodness and Truth:

The goal is daily to:
~Read Good books–not twaddle–this one is easy!

~Appreciate/create beauty through art (other’s and our own), music, and nature-i.e. nature walks-when we get to them!

~Engage in discourse of good ideas, think and discuss edifying & encouraging, thoughts/ideas/tpoics–this is a little harder…two uncommunicative teenagers, one 11-year old who is just not there yet, and a 1st grader and preschooler…not a lot of in-depth deep thinking going on here!

~Encounter Truth through prayer/quiet time/bible study.

And I am really trying to “let go” and allow my children to have lots of unstructured time to explore books, crafts, games, etc… This is hard for me as I am so used to creating structure for those in the family that MUST have that structure in order to live (yes, I mean the men of the family ;D).


Coram deo,



Early yesterday morning as I watered my very dry potted plants I noticed a visitor to our yard: an orange and gray striped caterpillar lazily hanging out on our passion vine.  I had never seen this variety before and my interest was piqued.  However, it was Sunday morning and I needed to get myself moving to get ready for church.  Mr. Caterpillar had to wait.  He did wait until this morning; he and 5 more of his friends! Of course I called Tink and Babycakes out to see these little creatures…it is what any good homeschooling mom would do!  After our initial visit with them  I thought nothing more of Mr. Caterpillar  and his siblings until lunch time when Tink screamed,  “Mommy, come quick!  Mr. Caterpillar turned into a butterfly!!”  Of course I knew that even though Mr. C was big and fat he certainly hadn’t been ready to turn into a butterfly…the silly thing hadn’t even changed into a chrysalis yet.  So imagine my surprise when I saw this:

DSCN6065In all our oohing and ahhing over Mr. C we had completely missed seeing a chrysalis on an adjacent branch.  Mrs. B was just sitting there apparently having just recently emerged. More oohing and ahhing ensued.

Further investigation showed that Mr. C was still around.


But, I do believe he will be changing soon!  I’ll keep you updated.  For now here are a few more photos of our unexpected fall visitor:

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary


Coram Deo,