Spending a lot of time nursing, during the day and in the wee hours, really makes one think. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about:
**Homeschooling. Aviana’s only just turned four, but we’ve been homeschooling from the start. I love to read and research and am continually looking for new activities and ideas to implement. At the core of our homeschool is Sonlight, with a Montessori bent. I came across these two books while perusing Listmania on Amazon (I love Listmania): Montessori Play and Learn and Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling.
**My family. My grandma who recently had to move in with my aunt and uncle all the way down in Springfield MO and said aunt were here for a short visit. It was delightful to see them, but I felt much like Aviana who cried and cried when they had to leave Saturday morning. We probably won’t be seeing them again until 2009.
We celebrated Grandpa Gary’s (Kevin’s dad) 76th birthday yesterday with some fishing (Cadrian and I stayed behind), some farm raised rib-eye and some German chocolate cake.
**Food. Now that Cadrian is nearly a month old, it’s high time for me to be figuring out how to once again be the Mistress of My Home (and by mistress, I mean, when I say it’s Pizza Night, you better believe we are breaking out the Pizza Pizazz!)
I made three cookie sheets of meatballs today to freeze for future use and soup for dinner is ready. Of course it helps that the girls are over at Grandma’s today.
I can’t seem to manage getting big projects done when I have all three of my lil cherubs. I operate under the premise of “Ignore it and maybe it’ll go away”, liberally sprinkled with, “I’m only going to do it if it can be done one handed”.
So on my list of things to do is make a grocery list–and actually get to the grocery store for a real shopping trip, not just a ‘milk run’ wherein we dash in to pick up whatever we can remember we are out of. Right now we are out of cheese and tortillas, and at my house, it’s heresy to run out of cheese and tortillas!
Also on the list is cut up a couple of melons and make some peach cobbler with farm fresh peaches. Both of which require two hands.
**The Corner. This is a depressing book I am reading right now. Depressing in that it’s true. Depressing in that there seems to be no help for it. Depressing in how clueless I am as I sit here in my spacious, well-lit Midwestern home with absolutely no idea what it must be like to struggle so vainly to simply exist in a ghetto neighborhood in Baltimore. Depressing in how this journalistic rendition of a year in that neighborhood makes me not want to read anymore.
Makes me want to deny that my fellow American lives with such despair and hopelessness.
Makes me feel a bit guilty that all I’m thinking about is making my menus and educating my children when to just survive the day is an accomplishment for the inhabitants of these neighborhoods.
**My children. I’m thanking God for their uniqueness. Praying for wisdom to deal with each one’s foibles and weaknesses. Enjoying their giftings and points of view. Loving how Cadrian is getting chubbier by the day (and well he should as the boy eats about every 90 minutes!). Loving how Brielle is better able to express herself and verbalize her thoughts. Loving how Aviana is so loving and thoughtful, caring so tenderly for me and her siblings.
**My husband. I’m thanking God for all his help, his ability to work hard for our family and still be a most amazing dad and wonderfully terrific husband. Praying for him to continue to love us and care for us and grow in his relationship with God. Enjoying his sense of humor and handiness at all things around the house and farm. Loving how he’s been so attentive and caring lately.