In My Life This Week: We had our first house guests...ever. We have lived here for 14 years and have never had anyone other than the girl’s friends stay. Such fun! The girls paired off and slept in their rooms and my friend spent the night on the couch in front of a roaring fire. I loved being able to share meals, morning coffee, conversation and quality time together. I love that we are comfortable enough in our friendship to not care about bed head, or matching pjs. I love that our girls each have their bonds of friendship and they overlap and blend and shift. It is beautiful to watch two create evening wear, then swap and become engrossed in a conversation or play Minecraft while others play a card game. Oh...there was some Poker playing. I learned. I am not very good!
In Our Homeschool This Week:
Grace is working away on her Key to Measurement. She reviewed perimeter and conversions in measurement. She took an excel class this week where as luck would have it she was the only child which meant a private one hour lesson! Lilah completed six lessons in her Life Of Fred book. She commented there is “more math” and less humor in this book.
We finished Apologia’s Zoology 1: Flying Creatures and are set to begin Zoology 2 this week.
Both girls are working on their new stories for our Writer’s Workshop that meets at our house every Friday morning. I am enjoying this time. The girls are getting to know one another and we have discussed story leads, metaphors, similes, adverbs and story development. This week I pulled some books off my shelves and we took turns examining the lead and discussing what we liked/disliked about each. I loved that this activity inspired the girls to borrow books to read this week.
It felt soooo good picking up Story of the World after focusing on US History for the past six months. We left off at a good place, the Crusades. We watched a History Teacher’s video and the girls were left with some complex unanswered questions about violence in the name of God.
Music is really not a “subject” I list out but the sheer amount of music being played and listened to is worth mentioning. Grace is loving her guitar lessons and is working on Green Day’s When September Comes. She learned who Jimi Hendrix was and watched a youtube video of his National Anthem played at Woodstock. For some reason I associate that song with Hurricane Katrina and I find it hauntingly beautiful. Lilah completed her work on Coldplay’s Paradise, another one of my favorites!
Time was set aside this week to delve into art and poetry through a journal page. We explored a poem that moved us and we each chose watercolor as a medium to work with. This was followed the next day by our regularly scheduled art journaling session in which I realized that these girls are growing and maturing in their approach to journaling (separate entry to follow).
Places We’re Going and People We’re Seeing:
This is a bit off-topic but Greg and I have discovered Downton Abbey. We are a little late to the party, but we are catching up quickly! I love that this is something we enjoy together. When the girls go up at 9:00 to read in their bedrooms, we make a pot of Nighty Night tea, and settle in for an hour, sometimes two. We just finished season 1 last night!
What We Are Reading:
My favorite book so far in this new year was Ask Me Why I Hurt. It was heart wrenching yet inspiring. The power of one person to affect change is not be taken for granted. It has caused me to reflect on my life and our family life and how we can do even more.
Speaking of this....Karen’s daughter @ Homeschool Girls spent her 13th birthday (and her birthday money) doing exactly this...affecting change. Her light shines so brightly. Watch her video HERE!
Questions/Thoughts I Have:
Last may I tore a muscle water skiing in TN. I never went to the doctor and now eight months later I am still struggling with the healing process. In hindsight I probably should have visited the orthopedic doctor or at the very least done some kind of physical therapy and I worry that I have caused myself permanent harm.
I began a beginners yoga class this month that is helping my muscles heal. It is hard and I feel old. I remember when I was in my late 20s studying karate and how easily it was to force my body to do what I asked of it. Now, at 41, it is much more of a challenge. It is a good challenge and it makes me feel strong in body and in spirit. When I read Eat, Pray, Love, I learned that yoga has been used to prepare the body for prayer. While I am holding a pose or breathing deeply through a particularly hard stretch I find that I am able to think clearly with no outside thoughts or distractions creeping in. I take this time to thank God for my blessings. My health, my ability to move my body, my family, my ability to give and receive love, my faith and how it has grown much stronger over the past few years. While I rest and lose myself in the quiet, I pray. It came as a shock to me that I could actually say a prayer uninterrupted by my own thoughts. This has been a goal of mine since I wrote this post in February of 2011.
Yoga is something that I need to do more than once a week and I am searching for what will propel me out of bed and onto a yoga mat to begin my day.