Tuesday, March 23, 2010

With Grace

Today was one of those days,



I can seek to unravel, let the introvert dig deep into self and inspect the faults, the things not done, the judgments others make against me for being different.

Or with God's grace I can walk forward, head up, as far as the east is from the west so far have I removed your sins from you...

I've pushed, strived, analyzed and pondered what I need to do to be a better person, a better mum a better teacher. It didn't help. Instead it undermined the good that was there.

God's grace is sufficient...for today. God's grace has undone a lot of the damage, made a new place a good place for us to grow in. God's grace is enough, even if today ends where I wish it wasn't. This blog greeted me this morning... this too is grace.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Patchwork of Days - Daybook

Outside my window,
Grey and overcast - Yes, another autumn morning without a frost and another day for my tomatoes and peppers, and zucchinis to ripen.

I am listening to...

Silence, it won't last for long but there is quiet in the rush of chores and hubby getting ready to leave for work.

I am thankful for...
Fresh eggs and veges from the garden.

From the learning rooms...
Slowly settling, every-time I think that we are there it seems to fall apart, but slowly my middle son is learning how to work, and there are less distraction in our day. We seem to have build up a habit that every-time their was sibling rivalry the day feel apart to it. With three string willed kids, to leader wannabes and a relatively high level of emotional empathy that can be very good or very destructive. Slowly we are working thorugh it and building a firm foundation.

From the kitchen...
Corn and Zucchini fritters, pasta with tomatoes and zucchinis and onions, roast chicken with home grown potatoes, parsnips and leeks. I've been enjoying having the garden dictate my choices.

I am wearing...
A Denim skirt and soft floral top, its still warm enough for summer clothes but not for much longer.

I am reading...

Till we have faces, I really didn't know what to expect, but I have really enjoyed what this book has taught us as a family.

An encouraging word
Yesterday my husband was speaking of how our curriculum choices and the e-groups I'd joined had become a source of Christian input both for me the kids and for him. It made my day to be encouraged in this way.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Keeping up to date and enjoying school, we have bible week this week, which means less reading for mum, phew, I'm exhausted as we head to the holidays.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

In the tradition of the Simple Womans Daybook

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Missing in Action

In the last few months the blog has sat idle,
School has restarted, shared its good and bad days,
We've made jumps, three children on separate strands,
that in itself could explain the absence,
A house freshly painted,
A vegetable garden enjoyed and preparing itself for autumn,
Jam made and stored,
Chickens and a chicken pen established in the heart of suburbia,
A daughter making her first dress,
Decisions on church home pondered, and unanswered,
Its been the most stressful start to a school year that I can remember,
but in one sense the first on that seems to have a real sense of "yes" we can do it.

I'm hoping to be back to posting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Literature : D'Aulaires' book of Greek Myths Week 2

Week 2
  • Day 1 read the stories of Hera, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Ares and Athena. Pages 24-37. Write short narrations describing each of them.

  • Day 2 read the stories of , Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and the sons of Poseidon. pg 38-49 Write short narrations describing each of them.
  • Day 3 read the stories of, Hermes, Hades, Persephone and Demeter. pg 50-63 Write short narrations describing each of them.

  • Day 4 read the story of, Dionysus. pg 64-69. Write short narrations describing him.

Literature : D'Aulaires' book of Greek Myths week 4

Mortal Descendants of Zeus
  • Day 1 Europa and Cadmus, Tantalus and Pelops narrate the stories and add in a picture to show what the robot protecting Europa might have looked like.

  • Day 2 Danaus, Perseus and the Gorgon. Read these stories and narrate them. From the book Dot to Dot constellations select at least two constellations that relate to the story and complete the dot to dots.

  • Day 3. Clever Kings. narrate the stories of Midas, Sisyphus, Bellerophon and Melampus. Include alongside them the constellation picture for Pegasus from Dot to Dot constellations.

  • Day 4. Hercules, read the story, to narrate the story tell who Hercules was, and describe the 12 feats that he has to do to atone for his madness. Include the constellation picture of Hercules.