Friday, November 16, 2018

Fall is Here

Fall has finally arrived in all its crisp, cool days. The boys spend much of their days running around the yard, raking leaves, digging holes, riding their bikes, and building forts. Picnics outside are usually requested (and it beats cleaning up after the crumbs inside - I am happy to let the ants do the cleaning outside). 

This branch fell during the last storm and it has been many things already, a playground, a grocery counter, a fort, a tent. I love their imaginations.  

He's as jolly as ever and becoming such a boy.  He's my roughest, toughest tumbler yet. Watch out world. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 - book 53

I liked some parts of this book.  I didn't like others.  Overall, it had some great ideas for homeschooling that I will use as the basic for some things that we do.

As I am learning with a bunch of books this year, take the meat and throw out the bones.

** Yes, this is book 53. I have already posted my 52 until the end of the year and don't feel like shifting them. So I am just going to start adding these in on Wednesdays.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dreaming of quilting again

Do you think I could make this quilt in a month?
I would have to give up reading...
And it needs to be bigger, so I will have to work on some adjustments...

Monday, November 05, 2018

2018 - Book 47

Pages 106

My MIL gave me this book years ago and I picked it up as I was recently planning a camping trip for the family.  It has all sorts of great tips for camping with kids (from travelling to cooking and activities).  I used it to jump start my lists for planning and to gather some good ideas to keep the kids busy and happy.

Happy Camper Principle Number 1
Camping happily requires what you need to camp happily.

AKA You need to decide what makes your family happy and will keep them happy.

For example: I would be perfectly happy sleeping in a tent on the ground. My husband - not so much.  But we don't need a giant camping trailer or a lodge. Normally, we would borrow my parent's pop-up camper and be perfectly content.  But this was a short, spur-of-the moment trip and we just decided that it was be simpler to rent a mini cabin at the state park. It was $20 more a night, but we didn't have to drag a camper along and there was electric.

Happy Camper Principle Number 3
Everything should be fun ... so make it so.

I think she also mentions making sure everyone is fed.  I learned in my 6 hour car ride (by myself with the boys) this summer that food is SUPER important.  So are trips to get out and stretch our legs.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Five things

1. I miss blogging. So here is something short. 

2. Age two is my favorite age.  I'm on round three and it is just as great as I remembered. They are the perfect size to sit in your lap and everything is still exciting. Exploring the world with them is just wonderful. 

3. I will be sad when Warbie turns four this month because he will stop excitedly proclaiming, "THREE, like I am threeeeeeeee!!!!!"

4. Ages four and five are moody. But I love them still. I just really love the little years and wouldn't trade them for anything.  

I just finished a great book on raising children - it is in my trilogy of best child books. I'll review it later this year. It has given me SO much to consider while interacting with my kids. And this that alone it might be the best of the three for knocking me off my self dependent throne and helping me rely on grace. 

5. There were 52 people at ESL last night and 17 kids. Guys, I'm out of space and staff and the people keep coming. It is a bit overwhelming.  Maybe that is one reason the book on grace hit home so much. It is not about me. I can't solve all these problems. I can't convince people to teach. Come Holy Spirit and do your work through us.  Pray for wisdom. 

Bonus: My children might be cats. Today my watch caught the sunlight and they saw the reflection on the ceiling and chased it all over the room for a least fifteen minutes. I made the mistake of shining directly into Martin's eye and then he figured it out. Then the sun went behind a tree and the fun was over anyhow. It was hilarious.

Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 - Book 46

Pages 90

I love a book with questions at the end of the chapter.  I will probably read through this again soon and try to write more thorough responses to the questions.  This is would be great for a discussion group or just to study as a couple and think about your parenting methods.

You are about to see a whole mess of books about raising children come through.  I am on a parenting kick.

Monday, October 22, 2018

2018 - book 45

Pages 375

I used this for devotionals in the morning.  Piper takes all the words of Jesus and categorizes them into 50 groups. Then he writes a short devotional based off of each topic.  Future Grace is slightly better, but this one is also worth the read! If you want to borrow my copy, let me know.