Friday, November 17, 2017

What I Enjoyed This Week: A Typical Week

Checking out groceries at the Children's Museum.

We had our typical, busy week which I'm getting used to.  With CC, piano lessons, and Bible study, we're out of the house three days a week.  I don't find that ideal, but it's life right now.  I have a feeling that our lives will only get busier and busier as my children get older.  :)

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • Bible study.  The study is convicting, and the fellowship is wonderful!
  • getting a nagging errand done.
  • yesterday afternoon I received an invitation to an Usborne book party drop-in.  I texted John to see if he could come home early, so I could go.  And he was able to!  I enjoyed looking at some books and getting some suggestions for Christmas presents for my children.  
  • how much the children in my CC Essentials class enjoy it.  The material can get dry, but they all love to learn.  
I've been looking forward to this weekend all week; we have no plans on Saturday!  It's the first time in almost a month we haven't had at least one soccer game, a race, a work party, etc., enough to fill our day.  Finally, I can get some of my normal Saturday chores done on Saturday!  (The little things that make me happy.  ;)

On Sunday I'm meeting the mothers of the children in my afternoon Essentials class to watch a DVD on what we're teaching next.  I have to admit that I'm a little bit of a nerd, and I actually enjoy watching Andrew Pudewa teach, but mostly I enjoy the time with these ladies.

Then next week is Thanksgiving!  My parents are coming into town, and friends are coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, too.  It should be a fun week!  

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Friday, November 10, 2017

What I Enjoyed This Week: Running a Race with John

Hannah loves to be read to, and I love that some of her older siblings are willing to do it.

Running has become a bigger part of my life the past couple of weeks because of the two races I participated in, but even more so because John and I ran one of them together.  Well, we didn't actually run together because he's so much faster than I am, but we did run the same course at the same time.  :)  I forgot to mention last week that I came in third in my division in the race, and then I won my division last weekend.  (Honesty and humility require me to tell you that there were only seven women in my age division two weeks ago, and I was the only one in it last Saturday.  But I figure that you should take what you can get, right?)  John, however, came in third in his age division on Saturday, and I'm so proud of him, especially since he hasn't run a 5K in almost twenty years!  And no, we don't have a picture of our sweaty selves to put on my blog.  ;)

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • the cooler weather.  It's been in the 60s a couple of days!
  • Bible study yesterday.  We didn't meet for a few weeks because so many ladies couldn't make it, so yesterday was especially nice.
  • Hannah said her first word this morning!  "Baby."  We were looking for her baby doll.  
  • John made it home in time last night to have supper with us!  It was lovely having him home with us all evening.
We're hosting our church's Bible study tonight.  Tomorrow Sarah Beth has a soccer tournament, so she will play three games.  Isn't that crazy?!  And we'll be there for all three of them!  Don't tell her, but I'm looking forward to the end of the season:  more time at home!

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Book Review: Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Sisters Rebecca and Flora are traveling through the Egyptian desert, on their way to a remote monastery to find ancient Biblical manuscripts they hope are there.  On the way, they have problems with the sheik who is taking them there.  The journey also reminds them of previous trips they have taken where they were younger, and how they learned more about themselves and the Lord on them.  Their reminiscences are woven into their present adventure to create a poignant read.

I have loved every book by Lynn Austin that I have read, and this book was no exception.  The description of the middle to late 1800s Chicago was wonderful, including the flight from the Great Chicago Fire the sisters took.  I also really appreciated how the author wove in the historical finds from that time period along with some apologetics as the sisters converse with themselves and others.  Historical fiction at its best, I cannot recommend this book more highly.

I want to thank Bethany House Publishing for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Friday, November 3, 2017

What I Enjoyed This Week: Learning Something New

Loving on one of my dolls from when I was Hannah's age!

I learned something this week:  not to run errands on Monday.  We took Monday off from school to run a bunch of errands, and it was not a good idea.  We got most of our errands done, but we arrived home exhausted.  I still had a bunch of things I needed to do to get ready for CC on Tuesday, and I just didn't have the energy.  Somehow I got everything done.  Phew!

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • I took the kids to a science show yesterday.  I think they learned some things, and I know they enjoyed it.
  • Getting most of my errands done on Monday, so nothing is hanging over my head.
  • Moms' Night Out last night.  It was women from my new Bible study, and I really enjoyed getting to know them better.
  • the Astros winning the World Series!  We stayed up much too late some nights to watch the games.
John convinced me to run another 5K tomorrow, this time with him.  Date night?  And Sarah Beth has a double-header tomorrow, too.  It's going to be a busy day! 

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Friday, October 27, 2017

What I Enjoyed This Week: A "Normal" Week

Rachel and I at The Secret Garden two weeks ago.

Our new normal week is just busy, well, busier than I would like.  I'm coming to terms with that.  ;)  My ideal week would have us staying home for three days, having CC on another, and running various other errands (including Bible study and piano lessons) on the last.  But it just doesn't work that way.  Now I feel fortunate when we're home for a whole day without leaving the house.  :)  Yes, I'm a homebody!

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • a new family is joining our CC campus!
  • while I did not enjoy not having Bible study this week, it was nice to be home that morning.
  • we're a little bit ahead in school, so we're going to take Monday off to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation along with running a few errands.
  • some time with Sarah Beth and Rachel.  They had a doctor's appointment yesterday, so I took them out for that and a few other errands.  (I left the other three home with a babysitter.)
  • getting some needed errands done!
Tomorrow I'm running my second race of the year.  It's supposed to be cold, so I hope I don't freeze!  Afterwards, John's work is throwing a party for the families of its employees.  My children are looking forward to that!

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Book Review: The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

from the back cover:  Jesus spent more time talking about money and possessions than about heaven and hell combined.  But too often we've overlooked or misunderstood His most profound teaching on this topic from His words in Matthew 6.  

Far from discouraging His followers from pursuing treasure, Jesus offers us life-changing investment advice.  He actually wants us to store up treasure for ourselves -- just not here on earth.  Instead He urges us to store our treasure in heaven, where they will await us, and last forever.  We can't take it with us -- but we can send it on ahead!

When I saw this book was available for review, I snatched it up!  I have enjoyed everything I have read by this author, and this book was no exception.  Jam-packed with Scripture backing up his claims, Alcorn lays out the case for not hoarding our wealth here on earth.  Rather we should use the resources God has blessed us with, and in so doing, send treasures ahead to heaven where we can enjoy them forever.  The author does not have any problems with wealth; he just wants to encourage his readers to use their wealth to further God's kingdom.  This short, little book will help you think about your possessions in a new way -- if you let it.

I want to thank Blogging for Books for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Friday, October 20, 2017

What I Enjoyed This Week: Time with my Children

This week has been crazy!  At least, it has felt that way to me although I have a feeling that when I type it all out, it won't sound so bad.  :)  It actually started on Saturday when John left.  He's been gone all week, and that always throws a wrench into things.  Then I was gone almost all day, first to Sarah Beth's soccer game and then taking Rachel to see The Secret Garden.  We really enjoyed spending time together, but, well, the musical wasn't as good as I had hoped.  

Monday, I was again gone for a long time, most of the afternoon and evening.  One of my children had an appointment north of Houston, so I enjoyed spending that time with her, but it was a long drive!

I was able to schedule my week around these things, but we had plans Thursday and Friday that would keep us from doing school.  Thursday is my new Bible study.  Just as I had things figured out, friends gave us five tickets to the Houston Children's Museum.  How nice!  The only problem was that they expired on Friday, today!  So I had to rework my schedule -- again.  But this kind of opportunity doesn't come up very often, so I wanted to take advantage of it.

But then I was able to move things around on Friday so we could do school in the morning.  And Bible study was cancelled because no one else could go.  So my week ended up not as crazy as I had thought.  :)

Oh, and I made dermatologist appointments for two of my children that I had to cancel, and I had to schedule a meeting with some of the CC parents.  Two more things to deal with.  :)

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • the time with Rachel at The Secret Garden.
  • Sunday rest.  I needed it!
  • being home most of Tuesday.
  • Kroger's QuickPick because I certainly did not have time to grocery shop this week.
  • the wonderful time we had at the Children's Museum.  My children were old enough to enjoy it and to stay with me.  Except Hannah, of course, but chasing down one child is easy.  :)
  • being home Thursday to do school even though I missed Bible study.
  • the Homeschool Summit.  An online homeschool conference with wonderful speakers?  Yes, please!!  I listened to an excellent talk by Andrew Pudewa yesterday.
  • spending time with the CC mothers even though it was watching videos about CC.
  • the cooler weather.  We actually had to wear jeans a couple of days this week!  It is fall!
Sarah Beth has another soccer game tomorrow morning, and I look forward to cheering her on.  Other than that, I think it's going to be a quiet week.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?