Sunday, August 1, 2010

Just When I Was Enjoying Our Little Break!

My calendar says that tomorrow is our first day of summer school. I'm planning on keeping the next four weeks simple before our vacation. Our routine really won't be any different except we will be throwing school subjects in with the diaper changes, the naps, the toddler patrol and the nursing infant. Oh, I almost forgot the new puppy, too. She takes a bit of time as well.

We're already not getting a very good start. Everyone went to bed later than usual. We were busy watching old home videos and rearranging pictures on the walls. Now, that Esther has joined the family, we've found that the wall dedicated to pictures of the children is getting smaller and smaller. So, as of tonight, we've upgraded the pictures to the big wall in the living room.

Did I mention that I don't even know what subjects we're covering? I have thought of a few things to study, but I realize it's going to be a challenge to give them work to keep them sharp and yet keeping it simple. I'm thinking a little Bible, Math-U-See, reading, character training, Botany and some history mixed in and I think we have a plan! Of course, I'm also praying that God will direct me during this month and we will cover what we need to cover.

And, so it begins. But, it never really ended. We've been learning a lot this summer. We learned about what it means to grieve when a dear pet dies. We are learning how to take care of a precious new puppy. We've picked blueberries and learned to freeze them and bake yummy recipes with them. We're gardening and continuing to take care of our other animals. We've had field trips to the zoo, the science center and Amish country. We were encouraged during our annual home school conference. The older ones are helping take care of the younger ones. We've had many opportunities of practicing our conflict/resolution skills in this family and as always, we are reading God's Word.

I was enjoying our little break, but I am going to enjoy a few weeks of more directed study. More than that, I will continue to be thankful for the freedom to disciple and teach our children at home. I will be thankful for all seven of these "little blessings" and I will be thankful for however long I have to serve my Lord on this Earth.

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20

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