Sunday, June 27, 2010

Blog Walk

The TOS Homeschooling Crew is blog walking 10 blogs each week of those of us who are on the Crew (and this would be a good time for me to insert that I am on the Crew this year!). I just decided last week to set up a Blogger account to use instead of my old Wordpress blog, so I didn't post any of the links yet. So this week I have 30 blogs to visit! I am going to be a busy girl. Maybe you should visit some of these blogs, too! :)

1. All American Family
2. Growing Fruit
3. Learning to Teach
4. Codex Young Author's Publishing Program
5. Stairsteps Homeschool Academy
6. Kingdom Academy
7. Living Sola Gratia
8. Wynfield Christian Academy
9. The Cow Queen
10. Peace Creek on the Prairie

And then here is last week's blog walk....

1. Second Star to the Right and Straight On Till Morning
2. Surviving The Testosterone
3. Family Style School
4. School Around The Bible
5. 1628 The Story of The Goebels 5
6. Morris Family Madness
7. Homeschool Musings
8. Homeschooling (and then some!)
9. Heartfelt Homeschooling
10. Following Him home

And last, but not least, the blog walk from two weeks ago....

1. Reaping a Harvest
2. Pink & Orange Coffee
3. Live, Laugh, Learn!
4. Mrs. Mandy's Musings
5. The Fantastic Five
6. Refined Metals Academy
7. Just A Moment in Time
8. Providence Farm
9. My Journey
10. Petra School

I think I will spend a little time perusing these blogs. Jack is sleeping. Amélie is with Matt getting some iron pills (He gave blood last Friday and has had a headache ever since. He finally went to the dr today and she thought it was probably low iron. Still waiting on bloodwork results.). Of course...there are a gazillion other things to do on my to-do list. It's just that sitting here with a cup of coffee in one hand, my laptop in front of me, and silence all around me sounds very, very appealing!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I get so caught up in duty.
My things-to-do list.
The laundry.
Sneaking in time to read and write.

I often push off to the side the big stuff...
Like a husband who loves me and wants me to sit on the porch with him at night with a drink and without my laptop.
Like a daughter who wants me to watch her dance and sing to this week's VBS songs.
Like a son who wants to get a laugh (and utter dismay) out of me by running up to me and shouting, "JAYHAWK!"
Like a dog who would really just like me to sit and stroke her soft fur for a minute or two.

Why can't I just be? Why can't I just take a deep breath in...and a deep breath out...and just be with the people I love so much? Why do I spend so much time calculating in my head how much time it is going to take to clean up the fort that has overtaken my living room? Why do I grudgingly tear myself away from my to-do list when Amélie wants me to play with her? Why do I tap my foot with impatience as Jack takes forever to pick out the perfect M&M after going potty? Why does my mind immediately jump to the pile of dishes in the sink when Matt asks me to sit with him on the porch and wait for the smoking, eye-patched old guy who bikes down our street every night?

I live in my head. I think. A lot. But often there is a disconnect between my head and my heart.

When Jack runs to me with his arms up, I want to bend down, scoop him up, revel in the weight of his precious body in my arms, bury my nose in his sweaty little head, and breathe.

When Amélie wants me to watch yet another performance, I want to stop what I am doing, sit, truly watch her, applaud her, and then wrap her up in a big, long hug.

When Matt wants me to come take a tour of our garden to show me what is blooming and sprouting and growing, I want to push my list aside, walk outside barefoot, and wiggle my toes in the dirt as we explore the eggplant blossoms, the pollinating corn, and the wide faces of our towering sunflowers.

That is what I want to do. That is what I want to be. Present. Engaged. Mindful. In love. Loving.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

new blog! is my new blog. I am going to be doing some homeschool reviews this year, and I needed my blog to be easily followable (is that a word?). I could not, for the life of me, get Google Friend Connect on my Wordpress blog, and when I visited Blogger--voila!--Google Friend Connect is already right there on the page.
I'm not sure I am entirely happy with the layout (it seems a little busy to me), but we shall give this one a go.
So here I am.
And there you are.
Follow me! :)