May 29, 2012

What is Going On?!?!?!?!?!?!?

 Has it really been over a month since I last posted on here?  Really?  It totally seems like it was just last week.  Man, people are so right, the older you get the faster time goes by!

A lot has happened in the last month...more than I could possibly ever list here, for sure!  But, we did complete our first year of homeschooling.  We both survived and we both enjoyed it, so I am going to take that to mean our first year was a success!  In fact, she has asked that we keep doing our math word problems (whose child is this?  She must get that from her father!) and social studies (that's a little more like me!) through the summer. So, the plan is to once a week do some of the math and once a week do some Social Studies, among all the fun things that I hope we get to this summer.  Plus, I would like to try to do some work with Ethan just to ease him into things for the fall.  He is very interested in school (always wants to do "his schoolwork" while Sissy is working on hers), but his attention span is about as long (ok, short) as mine, so that will be our challenge!  I already have my list going for next fact...I only need to look up one more book and my list will be complete!  All those other home school moms were soooooo right when they said that once you started looking at curriculum, you'd be addicted.  I so am!  I just want to buy it all, but the budget says otherwise.  Now begins the search to get the best price.  I'll admit, that's not nearly as fun for me as looking into all of it, but it does feel good to get things at a great price!  I think we can all relate to that!

Kevin had the chance to head out for a week to NC to visit his brother and attend his graduation (where he was valedictorian of his class for ultrasound technology!) and we had the chance to have Grandma Carol here for about two weeks to visit.  Both were very fun!  Looking forward to being able to (hopefully) do both of those things again very soon!  We also got to go celebrate with my niece as she graduated from 8th grade.  Can you tell we like family?  Hoping that we can get things all worked out to head over and celebrate July 4 with my dad's family at their annual camp out! (No worries, I don't plan on sleeping in a tent or anything, my parent's house is a short walk from where they camp out!)

I am very excited to head to TX in July (hopefully, the plans are almost final) to spend some time with a few of the greatest friends I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  And they also happen to be amazing actors/actresses, playwrights, and novelists I've ever personally known!  We'll get to hang out, watching movies, watch our kiddos play together, help at a Creative Arts Camp for kids, and rehearse a show that one of them has written.  I CAN'T WAIT!!  Spending time with them is always a breath of fresh air and no matter how much time has passed since we last were together, it feels like it was just yesterday.  There will be lots of hugs, laughter, tears, and, I assume, BBC movies to be watched! I am so blessed!

This past month has also been pretty frustrating for me, personally.  God has really been using a lot of situations and people around me to show me just how immature, selfish and prideful I am.  My reactions to things are often knee-jerk and based on emotion, rather that actual fact.  And this isn't new, but God has shown me this is a pattern that has been going on for years.  And, I don't just let things go easily, either.  So, it's been a month of fluttering heartbeats, tears, anger, frustration, hurtful words, thoughtless actions, and so much more.  Lord, remove my pride and fill me with Your Spirit.  Help me to be the loving and serving person You need me to be in order to love my family and serve Your kingdom well.  Lord, pour out Your discernment on me to know what things I need to stand up for/against, and what things I need to let roll past me so that I can be salt and light in my home, my church, and my community.  Give me Your love and grace to pour out on those around me!