Three days ago we scattered my father's ashes in the Puget Sound. A place he'd always loved. The week leading up to the memorial was rough and emotions ran high with everyone. I wanted nothing more than to forget about the whole thing and keep my father's ashes on my shelf, because as soon as they were removed from their place of honor, lonliness enveloped me. He'd been there since February, a constant companion in my home. It was time to let him go, but I wasn't sure I was ready.
Not long ago my husband and I contemplated purchasing a home, but as we began the process we quickly realized my student loans were going to be a huge (like $72,000 huge) hurdle. This led to our first aha moment. Even though this wasn't really a positive thing for us, and it was a huge disappointment, it came to be a huge blessing.
Recently I've been thinking about what I'm meant to do with my life. I'm almost finished with my journalism degree (finally!), but I don't know where I'm supposed to go from here. I've got massive student loan debt hanging over my head (and honestly, my husband's head since I stay home and teach our children and he goes to work every day, bending to the ever changing will of his employer--the USMC).
Each morning this week, after our one-on-one studies are completed, my kiddos and I take a break for some snuggles on the couch.
Homeschooling is a very new adventure for my family, and everyday we find something new to learn about it. We spent a month working on a unit study of volcanoes and working on a lapbook of them. That seemed to work well. During that time my daughter also worked through Life of Fred Butterflies for… Continue reading The Well-Trained Mind
I haven't had a whole lot of time to jot down my walk recently, but God is ever wonderful and amazing. I've been enjoying some time--although incredibly busy time-- in Hawaii celebrating the marriage of my dear friends. There has been a lot of deep thought in the wee hours of the morning since I've… Continue reading Hawaiian “Vacation”
We are all busy, and we all have important things we need to get done each day. Make time for the Lord, even if it is just a few minutes.
"I am weary, God, but I can prevail" (Proverbs 30:1 NIV) Yesterday I attended my daughter's final public school field trip. We visited the local zoo, and if I'm honest, I would have been happier staying at home and catching up on my own homework. (Shudder) This, of course, made me feel like the worst… Continue reading I Am a Weary Mother
My family and I have been battling the stomach bug for the last week. It started with our son (who turned ten months on the sixth), and is ending with my husband. I think I feel worst for him, because as a Marine he doesn't get to stay home when his body revolts against him.I… Continue reading Stomach Bug Blessings