My kids love nature and anything that grows or moves especially excites them. This weekend the boys dug up the summer garden and all of them brought me the last remaining flowers that found their way there. Gress used the vines from the watermelon and pumpkins to cover up his newly built hideout. Just this morning Mcree was ecstatic to find a praying mantis on his window and commentated on his every move. We planted a flower garden just outside our screen porch and it has been so fun to see the many butterflies that have visited. God’s creation is AMAZING and we are always in awe at the beauty all around us.
September 2015 archive
These brothers are tough yet sweet, fearless yet mannerly, loud yet gentle. They love their little sister and put up with her constant demands or destruction to their creations and rarely complain about her love to follow them around incessantly. They know what she loves, how to make her laugh, and are always happy to include her in their adventures. Sweet sweet friendships growing here!
A few sick kids here this last week so not many smiles to capture and too many moments I’d like to erase from my memory. Dreaming of the wide open sea and fresh clean air!
The days seem to be flying by and as I look at these photos it’s hard to believe all that happened in one week. Last week the boys got a lesson in how to mix and lay a concrete pad (their friends even learned too), the kids and I had lunch out at Chickfila, my sweet farmer friend Melissa came by for the day to hang out with us and all the kids had a blast playing outside while we caught up on life, and the kids and I hung out at home learning, playing and just being together. Slow down time!
(Mabry loves her babies…real or fake she loves them both!)
It’s been awhile since I have sat down in front of my computer. I blame it mostly on a book I read titled The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It has changed my perspective on the things I own and only keeping those things that bring me joy or that I use on a regular basis. Every free minute (which isn’t many in a regular school day), I am focused on the next category of purging, tidying and organizing. Donations have been piling up out the door. It feels awesome! So I apologize for the delay in blogging.
The kids and I had an adventure at Fort Pulaski one day last week. Gress put on his Junior Ranger Badge and really took more interest this year in learning about the surroundings. He kept asking me questions I couldn’t answer. A history teacher I am NOT but we did read lots of signs and he sketched a few cannons.
The photo at the bottom was taken exactly one year ago. Wow has time flow!
The rain has not let up lately and while the grass is extra green, the boat has been sitting alone for too many weekends in a row. Lucky for us the sun was shining yesterday and after Rad took the boys to Tybee for a beach 4-H program, we headed out on the water in the late afternoon. Rad and I were dragging our feet to make it to the boat but once we set sail all the efforts seemed worth it. The sun was shining low in the sky, the clouds were magnificent and life was good. We fished, tried out surf casting, and swam. We sailed back into the sunset and arrived back after dark. There’s just something about being on the water that makes life extra rich!
How did 2 years pass already? I look at the photos of little girl as a baby and realize how quickly these days are moving along. 2 years ago we had just bought a house that Rad was in the trenches of gutting. 3 days after we closed on the house this sweet little girl was born. I had no idea what life would be like with a girl (honestly we were both a little scared). She is COMPLETELY unlike the boys and such a blessing to our family. Her little personality keeps shining through these toddler filled days and I love to see glimpses of who she will become. Life is definitely more special because of her!
I’m almost embarrassed to say that we went to the beach more than once last week. Ahh it was so needed. And lucky for us our souls were not only renewed by the waves but filled to the brim by good friends. The farmer’s had a beach house for the week and we couldn’t stay away. Rarely do we get time with them and the fact that they were a short drive away pretty much meant that their vacation was going to include just a little bit of us. We laughed, cried, boogie boarded (yes even the adults), dined on delicious low country boil, and the farmers even showed up unexpectedly one night at our house to watch our kids so we could go on a date. Sweet sweet friends we have. We have no doubt let the distance make our visits fewer and fewer in between. I am thankful for friends who renew, encourage, and invite us to share life with them (even when they are on vacation)!
How’s homeschooling going? It’s a common question I keep getting asked. I don’t really know how to answer that because each day is so very different. But overall it is going great and I can see progress in only a few short weeks. Today our classroom was extra special. The boys woke up begging to go to the beach. Not sure why they would even think that was an option as we had a lot of work to do. Ha. Who am I kidding. The beach is the best learning environment there is (but it took Rad reminding me that this is the real reason we homeschool to have learning of all kinds!). It was glorious and a great educational day! And lucky for us we have a sweet friend that was easily convinced to go with us!