Monday, August 22, 2011

Starting School Again...

I realize my title makes it sound like we're old pro's at this homeschooling thing, but that is hardly the case.  I have been more nervous this year than the previous two years.  I think with each year there is more pressure and more responsibility, and this year, my little So "S" is so very mobile!!  I'm going to be researching other moms ideas for how to keep a toddler entertained while trying to teach/read with my two older ones, who are now in second grade and preschool.

So, today was our first day back... I really wanted to wait till tomorrow or even Thursday to begin, but my girls were so excited and ready to start that I couldn't say no.  Overall, I found it to be a glorious day!  The day began with Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Daddy and hearing him spend quality time with the girls in their devotions.  Couldn't ask for a better start!  Then, we covered geography and communications by skyping with Dad and Mom across the world wide web from here to Okinawa.  So much fun!

Our official school day entailed taking pictures on the front steps to commemorate this new school year.  The girls did surprisingly well, even "S"!  The pledge of allegiance came next with our workboxes following close behind.  Handwriting, spelling, and reading were our primary focus today.  "C" already finished her reader that was supposed to take her three days to read (according to the Sonlight's curriculum).  We began our new read-aloud called Red Sails to Capri, which has captivated me already.  Lastly, we enjoyed our yummy ABC cookies from Trader Joes.  I kept our studies simple today (mainly because I wasn't ready to teach everything yet!) and my expectations positive.  I couldn't ask for a better first day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

All the messes

Today was a day full of messes!  Everywhere I turned my creative little girls were getting out more things or "helping" me put away other things.  But this morning as I was attempting to fold some laundry (something that I'm still doing at 10 tonight), my littlest one came ever so close and squeezed herself between the basket and me and just sat down right there in my lap as though she wanted to really help mommy with the laundry.  What a sweet moment!  As I went through the motions of doing such a mundane thing as fold clean clothes, my sweet little girl gave me such pleasure in that little moment!  Savor the moments!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The meaning behind it all...

After the birth of my third little girl, I remember listening to short video that inspired me so much.  The one phrase that stood out the most was to choose "to invite the glorious into the mundane" in every area of life.  Sometimes as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of three, it's easy to let the mundane take over my feelings, my attitude, and often my response to others, especially my family.  So my desire is to instead find the glorious, meaning the God-glorifying perspective of every part of my life.  Instead of complaining while washing 23 sippy cups, I desire to be thankful for the precious little girls that are healthy enough to drink from them.  I am certainly not perfect, and this blog isn't trying to be either.  It's just about a messed up girl whose been cleaned up by an awesome God.