In my Home
Daily cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc. are all running smoothly, thanks to the help of my young men. They've been great about grabbing the dry laundry and folding, sorting, and distributing it all. It's nice to walk back to the task room (my pantry/laundry/mud room) and see mostly empty baskets. Due to my compulsion to get things done, it's nice to check these chores off my list for the week. I've accomplished something! :)
Joe has come down with a nasty cold, and I think Danny and Thomas are next. Joe is doing better today, but the others still have a few hard days first. I feel so bad for them, while at the same time praying that I don't get sick!
In my Homeschool/College
Jacob is enjoying all his classes at the community college, which began this past week. It helps that Danny is taking Rhetoric with him. Their teacher is rather free-spirited, and doesn't care about grammar, which of course is both good and bad. Danny has declared that she's weird, because she showed off her new tattoo (don't worry; it was only the already-exposed shoulder), and used "colorful metaphors" (Danny's words).
Thomas and I have worked together a bit this week, easing into full-time academic work next week. My little guy is already 14 and doing all high-school level work now, which is practically incomprehensible to me. We've already had some good times together, and even enjoyed a walk together to the bank then the grocery store. He was in a chatty mood. It was fun. 'Nuff said.
In my Kitchen & Garden
I picked lots of tomatoes this week, but as I've noticed white flies here and there, I don't think I'll have too many more. Yesterday I had a pot of tomato sauce simmering on the stove, and it went into the freezer. The beets are actually growing--I left them in since they sat like lumps all summer. I'll check on them in the next few weeks. I also picked a few carrots; they were slim but not too terribly bad. I'll let them grow some more, especially as we're supposed to have more hot weather in the next several days.
Next year I've decided to limit my three raised-bed gardens to just a few different veggies, instead of a little of everything. It was fun to try new things, but I need a year of sticking to the basics.
I tried from memory a mostly-veggie pizza with great success, from a recipe I had lost. You basically shred zucchini, add an egg and some Italian spices, pour it into an edged pizza pan that has been liberally sprinkled with cornmeal, and bake it for 10-15 minutes. Then you remove it and add your normal pizza toppings; I added sauteed onions, olives, chopped green pepper, and Italian sausage from the farmer's market. Top with sauce and cheese, and back in the oven. It turned out fantastic. One piece is left in the fridge, for me! :)
At my Project Desk
I'm not a needlecraft person, and haven't really completed any other projects this week. I did make an engagement card for the daughter of a church friend last week. In the next few weeks I have to make a wedding card for the same young lady. I hope to use the tissue-paper flowers she had included in her wedding invitation, as well as some of the invitation paper. We'll see how that goes. I always agonize over the design!
On my Nightstand
My Bible is usually the only book on my nightstand, and I've enjoyed reading through Galatians with my husband every morning at 7am. It's a nice way to wake up--together, talk, read the Word, pray, talk some more. I'm thankful that he has to drive only four miles to work; we usually have time to be leisurely every morning! This week, I've expressed thanks to the Lord for not having to be under the Law. A few verses that have stuck out:
"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."
"And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise."
I've had the sense that the Lord is leading me in a different direction this year. Just in the last three weeks, He has removed most of my tutoring jobs through one circumstance or another. No Spanish class, no French class. No new flute students. And of my returning flute students, two sisters will come every once in a while, and the other one will be here every other week. I've gone from teaching every day except Wednesday to teaching Tuesdays and Thursdays, and that only every few weeks!
My husband commented, "Y'know, the Lord gave you all that tutoring business last year, which enabled you to buy all your camera equipment. He might be leading you in that direction."
Now, when my husband says something like that to me, I usually perk up. Fernando is so good about keeping the extraneous out of my life, whereas I am the one who wants to say "yes" to everything. God has given me a good protector! So when Fernando came out with that statement, I filed it. I'm now waiting to see what God will do in the photography department!
Typical Thomas. It looks gross, but it's just a giant pink marshmallow.
Another benefit to "no tutoring" is that I get to spend lots of time with Thomas, who is just entering high school. We are going to be spending lots of time together, one-on-one, and we've never had that much before. He is such a people person, and has always stuck his elbow in on everything his three older brothers are doing. Now he gets me all to himself. And I get lots of him. Thomas is my most fascinating son, in that he is always busy, and loves to laugh. He has a quick mind, and isn't afraid to use it. We butt heads a lot, since we're opposite in personality. It will be interesting, and challenging, but I know the Lord has worked out my circumstances for the good of our relationship. What a great year it will be to establish a solid one-on-one relationship with my "little guy!" I'm looking forward to treasuring up chests-ful of memories. :)
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captured by Christine Anne