Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Now mind you, it is great that the oldest is off to work, he has graduated and is a working man now. But my girls, hmmm. They are working for the rest of the season at a local corn maze. It will only be a few days a week, and maybe even one day a week, once our homeschool group starts. One of the fun things about homeschooling is the flexibility in their schedules.
So, I am home with my little ones, and missing my daughters, who are great company and helpers to me, and wonderful sister friends to their little sisters and brother. The little ones are really missing their sisters, and I will need to be creative this afternoon to give them some distraction. Evenings will be fun when we pick them up, and Daddy is home when we get back!
I will have to plan something fun for this evening to celebrate their first day. Oh, grandma! What is temperature of the pool water????
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
As I have mentioned before, I am participating in a mentoring program called "Apples of Gold", through my church. As hard as it is for me to believe, I am one of the mentors. In my mind of course I am only about 25 years old, but in reality I am in my early 40's and married almost 20 years now. I have a heart to encourage young women in their daily lives, and am so excited about helping with this program.
That being said, we had a meeting yesterday, going over the lessons, and then discussing what we will serve for lunch and what we will demonstrate, as in a household/cooking skill.
We start in about 2 weeks so this meeting was long, about 4 hours! We can never believe how the time flies by!
Then after being home for about 1 1/2 hours I took my son to an orientation meeting for his new job, and went to the church where our homeschool co-op meets. We had our first meeting of the new school year, where the parents come and sign their children up for classes and sign up as to where they will assist.
I arrived early to spend a bit of time praying and getting my thoughts together, and to set up chairs. There was a teachers meeting before the regular meeting, and then the meeting which lasts from 7:00pm - 9:00pm and then the parents sign up. It was a great evening, and so good to meet the new families and to catch up with the returning families. There are always questions to answer and things to discuss. When I got in my car to drive home last night, the clock said 10:55 pm!
I arrived home 20 minutes later, exhausted but content.
God is good.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Firstly, let me say that I am always so disappointed when they take "modern sensibilities" and place them in a period movie. This is what I didn't like about the recent "Pride and Prejudice" starring Kiera Knightly, can you imagine Lizzie telling Mr. Darcy that he could call her "goddess divine?" Yikes! But I digress.
I do not like that Tom Lefroy reads to her from a nature book about birds mating. I do not like that the filmaker thought it important to show Mr. and Mrs. Austen in bed, having a moment, if you know what I mean. I do not like that they show Tom and Jane's brother's bare bottoms. I don't like these kinds of things in any movie, as I do not want to see people having their "moments". I know that married people do, I just don't want to see it. Or implying that Jane's brother and cousin are sleeping together before they marry. In Jane's day that kind of behavior would have been highly scandelous and would have damaged the reputation of the whole family, and thus the chances of unmarried daughters, to marry someone decent. She wrote about it in Pride and Prejudice, about Lydia and Wickham.
I don't like it that I can't let my teenage daughters see this movie. I don't want them exposed to the innuendo, and bare bottoms.
I do like the movie midway through, when the relationship between Jane and Tom is blossoming. I love the way he Looks at her while dancing at the ball. I like that she thought of his family and their need of his supplying financial support, and that she sacrifices her chance of marrying him, for their greater need. I like that he named his eldest daughter Jane.
It could have been a charming, enjoyable movie if not for some of the things above, and if it didn't pretend to be Jane's life story.
I won't be buying this movie to add to my collection, but that James McAvoy has amazing eyes.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Sarah was definately the leader, she sang all the songs and kept her fellow performers in line! She was amazingly at ease!
Kyle played the recorder, as did Rachel.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
establish grass and then switch the horses to that side, and do the same to the other side of the pasture. In the meantime, we built this temporary area for our horse to graze.
Lindsay, with Sandy our quarter horse, and Emily, with Static a standard bred gelding who boards with us.
Sandy and Static.
A well loved red wagon.
A tired daddy after work, a girl happy that he is home.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I love this thought. I do not often think that my dish washing, making beds, cooking meals etc, is sacred and well-pleasing to God. But it is.
May you find joy in your Sacred work today.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Next month I am going to be teaching a homeschool co-op class on Jane Austen. We are going to study the times that she lived in, what the clothing was like, the manners of that time period, etc... We will be reading Pride and Prejudice and discussing the book. My students will be young ladies in grades from 7th - 12th. We will be learning to do handwork, perhaps make dresses, have a tea and I want to have a Christmas ball, as well. But the ball may have to wait for the Spring! I am purchasing a dvd that teaches the English Country Dances to children. We are going to have so much fun!
Before classes start, I will have the young ladies over to watch the 6 hour mini series that was shown on A&E, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. This will give them a much better idea of the book than the newer movie version. Pride and Prejudice is 19 chapters (we have a 20 week class) and they are not long chapters, but we will have some girls who are on the young side so I want them to be able to follow the story and participate in the discussion.
I am looking forward to this so much as are my two older girls and their friends!
Monday, August 13, 2007
One day my brain just had enough of all that and I had read all the books in my personal library, so I walked down to the library at the school. Low and behold they had a full shelf of classic literature. I picked up "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen and began to read. I was hooked.
I have read "Emma", "Sense and Sensability", "Northanger Abbey", besides "Pride and Prejudice". I still need to read "Mansfield Park" and "Persuasion".
I own the A&E miniseries of "Pride and Prejudice", the Hollywood version starring Kiera Knightly (way too modern than the book), "Emma" starring Gweneth Paltrow and a whole collection of the movies as done by the BBC in the 70's and 80's and are not very well done at all! I also own the very well done "Sense and Sensability" starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.
I have seen the "Emma" starring Kate Beckinsale, but I thought she made Emma seem mean. And I have seen "Persuasion" starring Ciran Hinds and Amanda Root. I want to own that! Very well done!
Mrs. Wilt over at The Sparrow's Nest, is doing a Fortnight of Jane Austen. I encourage you to pop over and join in the fun!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
This is the gentleman who cooked the pig for the luau. They put it on at about 6:30 am.
A view from above of some of the men and boys at the luau.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
I will post pictures tomorrow.
Today, we will attend church, sharing worship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and hear the Word preached. Then we will go home and have a restful day.
"This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Friday, August 3, 2007
He is so dear. He is lively, energetic, happy, and talkative.
He likes airplanes, trucks, cars, well, anything with wheels! He also loves to kick and throw balls.
He loves his family and shows his excitement daily when each one gets up, and especially when daddy comes home from work.
His grandma and grandpa enjoy his happy "dama" and "papa" when he sees them. His "Aunt Pada and Uncle Wabert" and "Uncle Dan" enjoy him as well.
All children are a blessing, and we thank God for sending us this little man, to brighten our days and to teach us so much!
Happy Birthday, little blessing!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Yesterday we started our new school year. Lindsay is in 10th grade, Emily 8th grade, Rachel 3rd grade and Sarah is in Kindergarten!
Tuesday night, as I was tucking them into bed, we were talking about starting school in the morning. Sarah, very dramatically, said "I'm not ready for kindergarten." hee hee She is very funny.
She is loving her math, and today we did botany for science using a great book called "Exploring Creation with Botany" by Jeannie Fulbright. You can find excellent science materials here http://apologia.com/ We learned about taxonomy today which is classification. We used legos to see how scientists separate the plants into kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species! We used blue legos and separated them out into size, kind, shade of blue, etc...
They are keeping notebooks, writing down interesting information, like classification. It will be great at the end of the year to have these fun notebooks, with drawings of plants and information in them. Lindsay is doing biology this year, so all the girls are learning about living things.
We are reading from James Ushers "The Annals of the World". It is interesting to see the dating system and how some historians have even dated the first day of creation to a specific season and day of the month. Today we were reading about Adam, Seth and all the way to Noah and the flood. This we are doing as the beginning of our world history, studying the beginning of the world.
It is so cool to homeschool!
Can you tell I am loving it? There will be days to come that are not so fun or glorious as these are, but learning will take place and we will continue to look to the Lord to guide us on our way.
Tomorrow is my little guy's second birthday! So amazing. He is really verbal and is a joy to us all!
Have a wonderful day!