Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A little bit of life.

I've got a few random thoughts this morning. It's a little bit of catch-up, most of it a little late, just a little bit of life. 

~I've been thinking on this quote from Max Lucado.

"The grace-given give grace. 
Forgiven people forgive people. 
The mercy-marinated drip mercy." 

And I pray that I give grace, that I forgive, and that I show mercy, because goodness knows, we all need it. I need it.

~Grady's 5th birthday was two weeks ago, and I'm just now getting around to these sweet pictures. We celebrated with my parents and my grandfather in Melbourne a few days before his official birthday, since they weren't able to make it to his party. Bella and my mama made him a chocolate cake with brown sugar peanut butter icing. It just might be the best cake ever, it's my favorite, for sure. Bella decorated the whole thing by herself.

We sang, and he blew out trick candles over and over, and then he and grandpa dug in.

On the eve of his big day, after all the children were asleep in their beds, I decorated a bit.

And then before I went to bed, I stopped by to gaze upon the sleeping face of my very favorite little boy during his last minutes as a four year. Oh, how time does fly.

The next morning we celebrated with breakfast on the special celebrate plate.

~Two weeks ago, Bella brought a friend to dance class. This week Lilly's friend Ella came along with her. Aren't they so cute?!

~Our little girls are growing up. 


Leafy and Rosie

~My kids. I love them. They are each unique and special in their own way, and I am so very thankful for the time I have to be spending with them.

~Thanksgiving at my parents house was a little late this year, but for a super good reason. My sister and her family from Denmark just got here. We celebrated Thanksgiving a little late, and will be celebrating Christmas a little early before they leave, but that just means all the more celebrating we will do! 

My parents have had a chicken coop for quite a while now, and have been waiting until all the grandchildren were here to pick out the new babies. They have five cutie little chicks, one for each grandchild.

This beauty sat on the power line right behind us, watching... Needless to say, since the last hawk/chick incident, we were none too thrilled with this visit.

So much, and so many to be thankful for! 

~And finally... Home school. Down and dirty. Nitty gritty. Tellin' it like it is.

A post or two ago, I mentioned that I was having a hard time with Bella's motivation in school. And by "school", I mean the actual seatwork. A few nights ago we had a heart to heart. "School is boring, mama..." Here's the deal, I don't care. I don't care if school is boring. There. I said it. Homeschooling mothers everywhere are cringing. I'm not artsy fartsy (really, I'm not) and I don't pull fun filled school related games out of a hat, keeping things lively and constantly entertaining. I am a get it done kind of person, and "school" is one of those things. Sometimes it's like a job. Get it done, so we can move on. It's part of life.

Life is not intended to be constant entertainment. Life can be hard, and it's hard work. And there are some things, that we don't dilly dally around getting done, we just buckle down, and do it. Write your stinkin' cursive, yo.

The thing is, while I don't care if school itself is constantly entertaining and fun, I do want learning to be fun. Once our school seatwork is done, we can go to the library and check out books about whatever they are interested in. They can curl up with that good book, and actually enjoy knowing how to read it. I want them to count their own spending money just like we learned how to do in school, while we are at the store, actually doing it. I'd like them to paint pictures, and be able to write letters (in clear handwriting) to friends and family that need encouraging. I want them to be able to speak intelligently with adults. I want them have fun baking cookies using measurements that we've learned about. Most importantly, I want them to see what we've learned in school being used in practice, and be aware of its importance in life. And I want them to enjoy getting to use those principles and techniques.

The good news is, once the seatwork is done, we are able to spend some time doing "fun" stuff, and that is one of the joys of doing school at home. We do the work, and then get go to the park, meet friends for a playdate, or just spend some time playing together. And it's good. And it's worth the occasional struggles.

Have a great day, yo!

1 comment:

  1. Write your stinkin' cursive,yo! "priceless" Miss you at work girl!