Homeschool Mother’s Journal: First Friday of December

 

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As years of homeschooling ahead of me have dwindled to months ahead and soon weeks, slowing down to reflect on the week just behind me is all that more precious.

 

In my life this week …

It was all about change.  We toured my son’s first choice in transfer colleges (he’s getting his AA in the spring) causing all to long to live on campus and get/finish a degree of one kind or another.  A chlorinated, non-alligator infested lazy river outside the upper classmen dorm?? 

 

In our homeschool this week …

My daughter began volunteering at a local (just a few blocks away) pregnancy crisis center.  I love when they love!

 

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share …

Plan for a balance of input and output, both for your children and yourself.

 

I am inspired by …

Minimalist holiday celebrators!  Smile

 

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing …

On the way to Dudley Farms for old-fashioned farm fun, we had our traditional Orange Shop run for fresh squeezed juice by the half-gallon and a 1/2 bushel of rare Page oranges.  Hadn’t heard of Page oranges before (probably since they are rare) – now they’re a favorite! 

 

My favorite thing this week was …

Having an hour to myself at home, listening to Christmas music and of course, crocheting.   They carry Epi-pens and I carry them … handing them to God often.

 

What’s not working for us …

Dishes.  The dirty ones.  Just as I announce, “We need to adjust the dishes washing schedule,” it’s the end of the semester and everything changes anyway.  Now, that’s good timing.   Smile

 

Questions/thoughts I have …

Is the price of fancy yarn (something other than Red Heart’s Super Saver is fancy to me) worth it?

 

Things I’m working on …

A Christmas gift for my mom (shhhh, don’t tell!), my to-do list which gets longer the longer I ignore it, a cup of coffee.

 

I’m reading …

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy on my Kindle. Sometimes we just need a good anti-hero.  At least he is so far. Reminds me a bit of Prince Charming on Once Upon a Time.

 

I’m cooking …

 I made homemade veggie soup last night, adding Penzey’s Chicken Jerk as a seasoning.  Mmmm, between that and somewhat caramelizing a little of the shredded carrots, mushrooms, and onions before adding the rest of the ingredients, it was a hit. And no leftovers!  Oh, and I added some cooked quick cooking barley to the pot near the end.

And I cooked up some collard greens (fresh from Dudley Farms’ garden!) as a side for tonight’s dinner:  Sloppy Joes a la My Son.

 

I’m grateful for …

The ability to speak up and press on.

 

I’m praying for …

My friends who have lost loved ones recently.  Hugs and love.

 

A photo, video, link, or quote to share …

Palm Tree @SuzBroadhurst

Bye for now! (waving my palm!)

Bye for now!

REALITY CHECK:  It’s good to have a body with self-limits.  As long as I can have something to do at all times.  Read in, write out; sc ‘til the end of the row, weave in ends; find a new recipe, cook dinner …