In our corner of the world, it has been very cold with much snow on the ground. From December 1st until now, we have had the white stuff, with only a short period where the temperatures rose enough to melt most of it. It's back though and has been the cause of many a cancelled music lesson . If it's not the weather, it's sickness. Not only have we missed music lessons, but we've been missing church as well. We made it to church once this month, but it happened to be the week of the potluck dinner. I do hope we will be back for a service before the next dinner.
Of course, sickness has put a damper on our school days, as well. Paying close attention to each of the older children, I find the ones that are either not sick yet or I observe how sick a child is to determine what I can expect of them for any given day. If they have fevers, can't keep awake or are just plain miserable, they definitely get a break. When they are on the upswing, I know they can handle reading, practicing some math facts and listening to Mommy read. In our large family, it can take a while for all of the sickness to pass through the home. Sometimes, only a few come down with something, but the ones who remain well are expected to help. Besides their school work, they are gaining a vast knowledge of life skills. Wiping noses, comforting the little ones, making special "sick beds" on the couches are all part of "Caring for Sick Siblings 101". It also helps all of us to practice patience because the little ones are extra needy during the sick times. There is usually more whining and more crying.
Even with sickness and bad weather, we are off to a good start. I don't make New Year's resolutions anymore except for one. That is to not make any resolutions. So, that's one resolution I always keep! Oh, I have goals and things I'd like to accomplish, but more than those, I simply desire to grow closer to Jesus and to my husband and children in the next year. All the other things pale in comparison. I pray that God will reveal those things that are keeping my focus off of Him and my family and that He will draw me closer to Him.
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith."