Saturday, September 17, 2011

Up To My Eyeballs, Almost Literally

I'm up to my eyeballs in everything this week and should be in bed, but here is a quick wrap up of our week. 

In my life this week . . . I'm trying not to panic.  I have so much to do with what seems like little time, but I will not succumb to worrying about it.  "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you" is my mantra this week. 

My baby boy turned five on Tuesday but he is convinced that he won't be five until his party tomorrow.  This is fine with me.

In our homeschool this week . . . I had a realization about math.  The kids were getting frustrated with the curriculum going so slowly over every concept, over and over, ad nauseum, so we are skipping ahead to assesments and going from there.  It's amazingly freeing to do this and is one of the beauties of homeschooling.  Why would I make my kids sit and be bored with a subject when there is absolutely no reason for it?  We move on when we are ready and can sit and simmer on a topic whenever that is needed as well.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share . . .  It's hard to exhibit the fruits of the spirit to the children when I haven't eaten. Take care of your basic needs. Get enough protein and sleep. As I write this, it's almost 12:30 in the morning and I'm pretty hopped up on birthday goodie sugar, so you might want to take whatever advice I have with a grain of salt.

Questions I have . . . Why do I always overcommit myself?  Just what am I trying to prove?

My favorite thing this week . . . watching the kids go crazy with legos.  Charlie sleeps with his creation of the day each night.  He keeps it on a tray right next to his pillow.

What's working for us . . . remembering to use encouraging, life affirming words toward each other.

Things I'm reading . . . the same books as last week. 

I'm cooking . . . food that I know is good and not worrying about what the family says about it.     

I'm grateful for . . . my little lawnmower and trying not to wish I had a bigger, faster riding one.  Little Red will have to do for now.  

I'm praying for . . . true friendship for my daughter and for my son to be brave enough to eat what I place before him.

A photo to share . . .

The monster alien eyeballs cake...four layers of chocolate, sugar and butter,
guaranteed to whirl the birthday party into
a time of good old fashioned sugar induced mania.

 A video to share . . .

and the Homeschool Mother's Journal


  1. What a wonderful cake! Love it. Hope you make it through your next few weeks.

  2. I too LOVE that cake! Very whimsical!

    I also love your "What's Working for Us". It's something that we're diligently working on in my family!

  3. We too are working on the encouraging, confirming words at our house! Hope you have a great next week.