Sunday, September 2, 2012

"Father, teach me today...

...the value of little things."
~unknown


Friday's schooling went well. We popped some popcorn and hit the books. Everyone worked hard, complaints were kept to a minimum and we finished around lunchtime! I am so, so thankful for the freedom we have to homeschool our children. There are great moments and not-so-great moments....but oh, the value of the little things. The facial expression that appears on a child's face when they truly understand a concept....the excitement and giggles all around the table when a workbook example uses mama's name (spelled correctly with the *y* at the end!)...the beautiful moments when children continually (and consistently) remember politeness with each other....how wonderful these little things are! It can be easy, when the difficult moments pop up, to forget these valuable times. I am so thankful when God brings them to the forefront of my memory. :)



My mom called Friday to ask if the children could come to her house that afternoon to help her with things (weeding, mucking horse stalls etc.). The children *love* to do that work when it is at "grammie's" house. After finishing our schooling, we prepared to go. I had to take the van to get it's inspection at the garage that afternoon. So, we were going to meet my mom there (as her office is located there too). Before leaving the house, though, I talked to my sister on the phone. I could hear Eloise in the background and expressed how I wished I could see them. Then it dawned on me...I could! Her husband, Cory, had plans he had to do in the evening...so it would be just her and El...and my children were going with my mom and Chris had to work on our wood splitter. *I* was free for the evening and so was my sister and Eloise! What a co-inkie-dink! I suggested to her that as long as my van passed inspection...that I should come over and we could visit and have supper together. She was in total agreement. :)

So...that's just what we did. I made the journey over to her house that afternoon and enjoyed time playing with Eloise and talking with Devon! We had Subway for supper and just had such a great time talking. I *did* remember to put my camera in my purse to take with me...but never actually took it out to photograph anything! I am pretty sure you are disappointed to hear that....so, to make up for it, HERE is a video my sister took of Eloise one day...it's hilarious and will make you giggle! :)

On my way home, later that evening, I stopped at my mom's house to pick up the children...

Mom's chickens, free-ranging...


Jasper, my mom's beloved pony (isn't he so handsome?)...


Saddling up...


Jax...


Boone, my mom's horse...


The kidlets taking turns riding Jasper...




We were getting ready to leave my mom's house and I saw the gorgeous moon and had to snap a picture. It's called a blue moon...


Saturday left me alone for most of the day. Pa (Chris's dad) called and asked if they could *borrow* Madelyn for the day to help work down at the meat market. Chris and the boys went to my dad's garage to continue working on our wood splitter.

I kept busy around the house. I hung out laundry and washed dishes, worked on knitting, did some reading and scrubbed windows...



We have lots (and lots) of wood for this coming winter. A kind neighbor cuts down trees for people. They needed somewhere to "get rid of" all that wood that was chopped. Somehow he found out that we have a wood burning stove and love firewood. He called one day and asked if we would like what they cut. We enthusiastically accepted it! What a *wonderful* blessing! The wood is pine...which is not the best sort to burn with...but it is wood and will keep us warm this winter!


The past week or two, he has been bringing and dropping off loads of wood....


So, Saturday, I put on my head phones and listened to music while working on stacking wood (singing and praising God, thanking Him for this gift of heat He has provided for us)...


I also spent a bit of the day planning our upcoming school week...


My family was all coming back home around supper time, so I got busy making a meal to enjoy. Hamburgers (chicken for me) at on the grill, homemade fries in the oven and broccoli on the stovetop...


Here is the wood splitter....fixed and ready to go (after supper, we got started splitting and stacking more wood...evenings and weekends will be busy for us until we have most of this cut and stacked)!


And this was so funny...Penny-the-goat found Madelyn's notepad on the picnic table and tried to start eating it! Mad ran over to get it and Penny was still trying to get the yellow paper from her! It was so funny! Why would this silly goat want paper to eat when she had all that grass around her!?


:) We are still doing our schooling tomorrow morning...I know it's Labor Day, here in the US, but I like to just keep-on-going. I hope you are enjoying your 3 day weekend and thank you for taking the time to visit me here!

***I have added some more video recommendations HERE if you are interested in good songs, sermons and snippets on youtube. I love to share the ones I like!

Until next time (Lord willing), sending warm smiles across the miles...

Warmly,
Katy

6 comments:

  1. I just wanted to let you know that you are truly an inspiration to me. I LOVE reading your posts! Everytime I open my "reader", I get so excited when I see you posted! You are truly a Proverbs 31 woman, and I hope to be like you one day. You give me such encouragment on homeschooling because this is our first year starting. Thank you for sharing tid bits of your life!

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  2. Sounds like you all have been busy. We are schooling tomorrow also the kids are disappointed because dad is home but we plan to finish early so that we can enjoy the day. Have a peaceful Sunday!

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  4. That video of Eloise made me giggle...funny girl!

    We are taking today off - I need a day to play and relax!

    Enjoy!

    Deanna

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  5. How I love your heartwarming posts!! They are like medicine at the end of a crazy busy day!!

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I am always so grateful to read your comments! I thank you for the time you took to visit and share your thoughts with me. :o)
May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy