I've just been trying to keep the house generally clean and my spirit calm this past week. Fernando says--and I've said this before--that homeschooling is my #1 priority. But I need to figure out how to balance everything else, or there will be no clean clothes, and no dinner on the table.
Our anniversary was on Sunday, a wonderful day to have an anniversary on! Celebration--part of which will be a surprise to Fernando--to come tomorrow afternoon!!
Homeschool and College
We're still trying to sort out schedules and get into a smoothly flowing routine. Jacob missed most of his late-start Psych class which started on Tuesday, because he thought it started next week. Then, he somehow thought his 7:30am Thursday class started at 8:30am. After double-checking his schedule, he grabbed a nectarine for breakfast and tore on out the door.
Danny had his first on-line chemistry class. It was strange to hear voices--especially girls' voices--emanating from the basement throughout the late Wednesday morning hours. I'm still not used to this whole internet/headphone/voice online class thing. Good grief, I used to get up and walk across the room to change the TV channel!
Thomas and I are getting along famously in school. He is pretty much keeping me on track. He won't leave me alone. I can't blog when I want to. (This is a good thing.)
|Experiment in physical science|
My Kitchen and Garden
I picked several more tomatoes this week--yay! And there are lots of jalapeños still growing; I'm leaving them there until I'm ready to try making green tomato salsa. Since this weekend is packed, hopefully I'll be able to grab a few hours one day next week.
I was able to snag some time on Friday to (finally) bake some bread. Hopefully the eight loaves will last through next week...
|Double-long loaf of whole-wheat bread|
The Lord blessed me with a suribachi!! It is a Japanese mortar and pestle, unique in that the inside of the unglazed bowl has a ridged pattern helpful in mashing garlic and herbs. I had read about them, then researched a little, and by God's grace, found this one for only $10.
|My new suribachi|
Am I the only one who thinks a birthday salad is great?? I used farmer's market lettuce, and tomatoes, green pepper, carrots, and onions from my garden. I topped it all with homemade creamy garlic herb dressing, and my tummy sang "happy birthday to me!"
|Stick a candle in it!!|
My Project Desk
On Friday I wore a French blue blouse which I bought at Goodwill. This week I sewed hooks/eyes on to prevent gapping, and I took in the sides so I look like I have shape. Because I'm broad-shouldered and, um, blessed up top, I need larger blouses. But then they look like tents on my waist! So I developed and cut out a template, which I used to take in the sides so it flares out a bit at the bottom and gives me shape. Photos to come later, I hope. :)
I also made a wedding card (and a bookmark) for Tim & Evy's wedding this afternoon. I took apart their wedding invitation and used several pieces to make it. The pocket which holds the pull-out "card" is a section of the invitation.
|Tim & Evy's wedding card|
Behind the Lens
I'm sooo happy to have my camera back. I took so many pictures last week! It was great to be able to take Ellie to downtown Chicago on Sunday to capture Elliot's baptism and some artistic photos at 12th Street Beach. Besides Sunday, I've been taking pictures all week, of anything and everything! I'm also trying to capture images specifically for my blog. Any excuse to use the camera! Here is my favorite photo from downtown at Lake Michigan.
|Grace in motion|
In all the busy-ness of this week, in all the driving around seemingly for no purpose, in all the frustration of mounting laundry and what's-for-dinner, the Lord desires that I stop, and still my heart, and focus on Him.
"Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Psalm 46:10-11 nasb (emphasis mine)
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captured by Christine Anne