Monday, August 21, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

The solar eclipse didn't disappoint! Our area saw a 91% eclipse. I loved that when it first started Megan said it looked like Cookie Monster had taken a big bite out of the sun.
A trip to the library replenished my reading pile. 
The pictures in A Year of Picnics are like eye candy. They actually reminded me of something Monica The Homespun Heart would post. She is the queen of cute picnics!
We went to the fair with my in-laws and made tons of memories!
We enjoyed the show in the Pioneer Village that demonstrated how the old farm equipment worked. Megan took an interest in the history of wheat threshing.
After the show she asked a question and the man took the time to walk her through some things and let her touch and try her hand at threshing wheat. 
 I don't think you can learn the history of wheat threshing this well from a book! This is exactly what I imagined when we made the decision the homeschool. 

A dead tree was cut down on Saturday. We are blessed to have great people in our lives who are willing to help us!
There have been some amazing sunsets. Something I never tire of seeing. 
Art consisted of heating rocks (350* for 10 minutes) and then using crayons to create a design. A fun project! If you do it, please, remember it needs constant adult supervision as it would be easy to forget that the rock is hot :)
Fresh, sweet Indiana corn. Yum!
 I stepped onto the back porch and noticed that the neighbors tree is changing.
Ready or not the change of season is coming!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Random Thoughts

Cheryl from Copperwife advises to hold my plans loosely. Always great advise but I can really see the wisdom in it as I have started to homeschool.  During week one the math lesson plan was set aside and I went with plan B. Why? My girl needs some review in one area. It's easy to want to stay focused and to stay on schedule. Sometimes holding those plans loosely is the best thing in all matters of life. Soon we we will pick back up with the planned math.
Sleep is important! More important then a schedule. We had a late night and sleep in some. I should have let Megan sleep in more. We ended up with a few tears. (Hers not mine this time. *smile*) Only because my girl was tired. Lesson learned!!

You have to stick with your own convictions. When speaking with those who don't get homeschooling or even those super homeschoolers it's best to give short answers, smile and agree to disagree. The plan for my family may not be what you'd do, but the beauty is we can each do what we think is best. 
This, this post right here really spoke to me. I've always felt tremendous pressure to be more, to do more and this post made me realize that the life I live is perfectly fine. It made me cry and realize that maybe I am doing exactly what God always planned for me. 

I am having one of those moments where I am emotionally spent. The truck is broken, the lawn tractor died and I am having a health issue (nothing life threatening). I keep giving myself the pep talk to be grateful we have the van for Chuck to drive to work, be grateful that we have a push mower for the lawn and to be grateful that my health isn't worse. 

We tried to buy a new lawn tractor. Inventory is low so it isn't a good time. Let's just say it was a disaster. I returned it yesterday and almost cried when leaving Home Depot.  My guy came home I fell into his arms and all was right with me again. Life can be hard.  Honestly we were never promised easy, but I know it will all work out.  I have been praying for God to help me to trust and have faith.
I have joined instagram; wendib_well  My account is private so you'll have to send me a request to follow along. 

We have a jammed packed weekend planned. Friday we are going to the fair, Saturday we have people coming over to help cut down a tree and Sunday is our day of rest. After school I have to whip my home into shape and then do some grocery shopping for lunch on Saturday. You can't expect six men to work without feeding them. *smile* See you next week!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

Life has been keeping me busy. They will be a couple of weeks worth of pictures in this post.

The funeral procession for the police officer that was killed in the line of duty.  You might wonder how I can find joy in this.
 This is what I said on my FB page about it. "Walked to the main street and watched my community come together to honor fallen officer Lt. Allan. Seeing our community line the sidewalks made me proud to call this place home. Words can't describe what it was like to see a mile of police cars coming down the street. One of those things I pray is a once in a lifetime event."

A hard day but it was reassuring that in a world that seems uncaring and sometimes very evil there are still people who care. The officer and his family where people of faith and it was evident as all through this day. The end of watch radio call referenced John 15:13. 

Our Iowa family was in town over night. We ended up with some additional family over for a cookout the night they were in town. I took one picture the whole time. This Megan and her cousin Andrea. I guess you could say I was living in the moment. *smile*
 Chuck received free tickets to a baseball game from his employer.
 It was a beautiful evening and we really enjoyed it.

 There were some cooler days which meant I could make comfort food. Sadly the heat and humidity is back.

 Both Megan and I are thoroughly enjoying our adventure in homeschooling. So many things I could say about it but that will be a topic for another post.

The day awaits me so I need to run. Our riding lawn mower broke beyond repair so I need to go out and start pushing.  I hope to complete that task before the heat of day builds.

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

An Apple A Day...

We made an impromptu visit to the apple orchard. We were visiting my parents on Saturday and I mentioned that I had seen that some of the early apples were ready. Grammi looked at Megan and said "do you want to go to the orchard?" and off we went.
We walked the orchard checking out the trees and exploring. 
We didn't pick apples this time as most weren't ready. We could tell on our stroll that it won't be long. Yay!
There was a stop made at the concession stand to share a hot dog, fried biscuits with apple butter and apple cider slush.  Yum!
Good bye beautiful orchard! I'm sure we'll see you again soon and in the mean time we'll enjoy snacking on your crunchy apples. 

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Back to School!

We have started on our new adventure in homeschooling! I spent some time getting things set up. Our cart is full of new pencils, paper and fresh workbook sheets. The bulletin board has been spruced up.
It list our expectations, verse to inspire us and a spot to keep the spelling list so it doesn't go missing. *wink*
I set the kitchen up the night before. It makes things run much smoother when things are ready to go in the morning. 

 I started a batch of crock pot oatmeal before I went to bed. Yum!
 The banner and apple came from Target. They had some really cute back to school items. 
 After breakfast it was time for the obligatory front porch picture. 
 It was then time to hit the books. 
 Isn't math always easier when completed while laying on the kitchen floor? *smile*
 Our school day was finished off with the start of a science experiment. 
 Then it was time for lunch.
 Aren't these trays the cutest?! When I saw them I thought of lunch room trays and knew they would be fun. The set came with matching bowls, cups and even silverware. Cute!
 There was free time until it was time for an afternoon snack. 
 Snack was enjoyed on the back porch while our read aloud was started. 

My favorite moment of the day was when I realized it was 3:30 and Megan was outside playing. 
 In the past we would have been arriving home from school. The rush for snack, homework, and dinner prep would have awaited us. It was such a relaxing feeling to know Megan could be a kid and play without the added stress of more schoolwork.  
Each time I look over and see the science experiment turned table center piece I smile. I think I'm going to love this!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!