Sometimes I need to step back and approach my life through the eyes of my camera, to gain a different perspective, to remember His blessings, and reevaluate priorities. So here is a glimpse of what a day in the life of our homeschool family looks like. (I will preface this post by saying that yesterday was one of our better days. Other days are not so easy.)
Two of my favorite things: coffee & homemade granola. A great combo for a few minutes of peace before the crew awakes.
Daddy working on a puzzle with the younger two to keep them out of the kitchen during breakfast prep
Our independent Sophie, trying to undo buttons "by myself!"
Breakfast of champions: frozen waffles & apple juice
Family devotions: Reading the story of the Passover & reviewing our monthly verse (Check out my Facebook later to watch all three girls reciting the verse together... sort of.)
School work begins: Pledges, prayer, and daily calendar time (incorporated this week).
Chloe working on cursive.
Mommy & Sophie working on colors & patterns with the help of M &M's.
Naomi trying to help teach Sophie her numbers. Interesting, to say the least!
Sophie finally getting to watch Daniel Tiger on the I-pad
Helping Mommy fix lunch... Can I please lick?
Daily lunch routine: Adventures in Odyssey to give Mommy a break
(aka. browse Pinterest while they eat & listen).
Rest/reading time: Chloe has read through almost all the chapter books in the house & just started on the Little House on the Prairie series. We read them as a family a few years ago, but hopefully they will last her a few weeks while I gather others from the library. Naomi listens to her music during this time while looking at books & Sophie usually takes a nap. Mommy took this hour to exercise & finally get a shower.
Naomi's newest adventure: her fort/art center/place of refuge
My latest endeavor: bread making. Found this great recipe on Pinterest.
First, make the dough in the bread maker, then make into rolls or bake bread in the oven.
After rest time, we enjoyed a snack of fresh rolls & hot chocolate. (Don't you just love Chloe's addition of the pine cone to our table centerpiece?)
No pictures for the rest of the day. We left a little earlier than usual in order to get gas in the van, grocery shop at Aldi, and pick up a pizza at Little Caesar's for supper with Daddy. We were at church from 5:40 till 8:30. Bedtime for the girls and a couple episodes of The Office finished up our day. Overall, it was a good day. In the eyes of some, it may seem mundane, but as I look back over the snapshots of the day, I find it to be quite glorious.
I love this quote by Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, "Enjoy the tempo of a God-breathed life by letting Him set the pace."