A new year is upon us! One of my goals in this new year is to blog at least once a week. Life can be so busy, so crazy, and so full that sometimes I find myself just caught up in the whirlwind of it all. But I have missed blogging the last few months and hope to return to it, even on a part-time basis, in 2013. For now, after a five month silence, you might wonder what's going on with our family...
We are 1.5 years into a 4 year degree here in Kentucky. John has been doing very well (in my humble opinion) with his studies but has lots of work still to do. He is also teaching now for Liberty University online, which he can do from home; the perfect job, really, for a PhD student. We are praying earnestly about where the Lord would have us after this degree is complete. It's a few years off, yes, but we are seeking His will and direction so that we can perhaps begin to make some plans.
Our family became involved with Classical Conversations this past fall. CC is a nationwide organization but with local chapters. It is a way for homeschooling parents and kids to join together to help each other do classical education at home. Each week we meet on Tuesday mornings from 9-12 to learn together, and then I review and/or expand on the information the rest of the week during our home school time. We love it! Much of the information is set to music and so we spend a great deal of our review time singing things like the multiples of numbers 1-12, history sentences like "As the Heian government weakened in Japan, shoguns began to rule and expel all foreigners. During the period of isolation, circa 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry of the US restored trade, allowing the Meiji to modernize Japan." and a science snippet like "what are some plant systems? Some plant systems are photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration." It's a fantastic program and all of my girls are loving it. I am tutoring a class of 7 and 8 year olds on Tuesday mornings (including Clara Anne) and that has been great.
Clara Anne just turned 8 on Christmas Day and was so excited to order the Liberty Doll with her birthday money. She loves sewing, listening to stories, and creating artwork. She is very verbal and frequently uses words in their correct context that astonish us. She also loves to write stories and thanks to Grandpa and Grandma's gift of an "Illustory" she wrote her own book about Charis' birth and it was bound and sent back to her. What fun!
Chloe is 6.5 now and has a beautiful high singing voice that she often uses to entertain Charis. She lost her two front teeth just before Christmas and looks darling with a big gap there. She is thoughtful towards her sisters and usually quite sensitive to others' needs--my big helper in the kitchen!
Christin is 4 and doing well being a new big sister! She loves to hold Charis and often asks to "hold her just for one moment, Mommy." She has a dry sense of humor and can make us laugh just with her expressions sometimes. On our recent Christmas vacation when we were all sleeping in one room I overheard her say to Chloe during the middle of the night, "Chloe! You are not lying correctly on the bed!" (They were fighting over the available space. Unfortunately it was Christin who was lying the wrong way, as it turned out!). Christin is frequently determined to do things herself--which can be good or not so good, depending!
Baby Charis has been such a delight to our family! She brings us so much joy! She eats and sleeps well, and smiles at anyone who will give her a little attention. The girls can really get her giggling as well! She is not really mobile yet, so is in the golden age of babyhood where she still stays where I lay her down, but is interested in playing with toys or simply watching what is around her. She is a little blonde, blue-eyed girl, who totally looks like she fits in with the family. She's a precious little person; we're so thankful for her little life!
I've been busy with a new baby, teaching a few piano/voice lessons, tutoring for Classical Conversations, home schooling, and then selling Norwex. I had a fairly busy fall with my business so that was a blessing to the family finances. Sometimes I feel like I'm going 7 different directions but that is ok--trusting the Lord to help me prioritize my time and not waste it; time is a precious gift that we're given and I try to use well each day. Life is full and busy and wonderful, so I try to enjoy each day, no matter how nutty it seems, since someday I will look back and remember these crazy days with great fondness.