Friday, September 21, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: An Unplanned Trip to Houston

Neither of my girls had their soccer games last Saturday due to all of the rain we had had the previous  couple of weeks.  Since we were confronted with a Saturday with nothing (John thought) to do, he suggested we head up to Houston to do something fun.  My ever practical side squealed, "No!  I have too much to do!"  But I looked again at my to-do list and saw that I really did not have that much on it, and John helped with a couple of the necessary chores.  So we were good to go!

First we visited the Children's Museum.  Boy, was it crowded!  It seems that we weren't the only ones who needed to get out of the house that day.  But our children had a great time, and now we have a membership so we can return at another time when hopefully it will not be so crowded.

Then we did a little shopping at Costco.  I bought a membership a few months ago, but John had never been.  He wanted to see what it was like, so we dropped by and picked up a few necessities like chocolate chips.  :)

I must admit that I am glad that John convinced me to release my plans for last Saturday so we could go have fun with the family.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • the sunshine!  It did not rain all week although it is supposed to start again tomorrow morning early.
  • soccer practice.  The fields finally dried out enough for practice on Wednesday, so each girl was able to have one practice with her team.
  • there are other, little things like finishing a knitted blanket and reading a good book.
Rachel is supposed to have a game tomorrow, but there are supposed to be thunderstorms so we will see.  Sarah Beth is off this week.  John and I are going out tonight for date night!  Fun!

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Does Rest Have to Mean You're Alone?

Being an introvert, when I want to rest, I want to be alone.  Alone with a book, alone with my knitting, alone with my thoughts.  Is there any other way to rest from my work, really?  But Courtney Reissig in her book Glory in the Ordinary helped me to rethink my views with this quote:
What is the difference between rest and play?  Is it resting to read a book to your child?  Is it resting to eat dinner when you open your home for hospitality?  It can be difficult to discern what is work and what is play when it all melds together.  But if work is about people, our rest is as well.  Just as we are tempted to view our work as done for our own glory, we are tempted to view our rest the very same way.  I see this in my own life when I lament my lack of rest, when what I really mean is that I haven't had a break from my kids in a while.  I can rest while watching a show with them.  I can rest while playing soccer with them outside.  I can rest while eating dinner with them.  Sometimes rest is watching Netflix by myself, and sometimes rest is eating pizza in the living room with my kids.  (page 109)  (emphasis mine)
Instead of immersing myself in a book or leaving the room when my children turn on the tv, maybe I should play a game with them or watch tv with them.  As Reissig says, if my work is about the people in my home, shouldn't my rest be, also?

Don't get me wrong; I will always enjoy the fleeting moments that I have by myself.  But maybe, just maybe I can learn to rest while spending time with the people I love most.

What do you think?  Can you rest while doing something with someone else?

Friday, September 14, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: Soccer and NOT More Rain

It only took four daughters before I started playing with hairstyles.  

Last Saturday, I was worried about rain with my girls' soccer games.  Thankfully, God held the rain off for both games, at least while I was there.  I had to leave Rachel's game early to take Sarah Beth to get her team pictures taken, and after I left, the bottom fell out, and John and our other children got drenched.

We were concerned during Rachel's game when the other team scored two goals shortly after the game started.  But they fought back and tied it up.  After I left, both teams scored one more goal, ending up in a tie 3-3.  I am really proud of that tie because the other team was bigger and more aggressive.

Sarah Beth has come a long way since she started soccer two years ago.  Back then, she did not start games and played defender.  On Saturday, she started at center forward.  Then she scored two goals!  We are really proud of her hard work and increase in ability.

This week it has continued to rain.  And rain.  And rain.  With the storm in the gulf, we were afraid there might be flooding this weekend.  The Lord has been gracious to our area after two years of flooding, and He kept the rain to small enough amounts that there was no major flooding.

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • We had the week off from CC.  I love this schedule:  four weeks of CC, then a week off.  It gives us time to catch up on any weeks that we may not have learned well enough, and it also gives us a week off from getting up early to make it to class.  (Honestly, I don't know how people get their children to school on time every day.)
  • I enjoyed this extra day in my week without CC.  Since CC takes the whole day, when we don't have it, I feel like I've been given an extra day in my week.  Instead of cramming everything into the other four days of the week, I had five to spread things out in!
  • My children started piano lessons this week after their summer break.  Instead of teaching all four at once like last year, their teacher and I decided to split them up:  Rachel with Mary and Daniel with Sarah Beth.  Everyone said that it worked much better.
Rachel's soccer game for tomorrow has already been cancelled.  Most of the fields in our area have been closed because they are so wet, and the people-in-charge do not want them torn up.  We are still waiting to hear about Sarah Beth's game.  Since it's up in the Houston area, it may actually happen.  They have not gotten as much rain as we have.  

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Needing to Rest is Not a Weakness; Even God Rested

Sometimes when I get tired and feel like I need a nap, I berate myself for it.  I mean, who has time to be tired, to rest?  And yet, honestly, who doesn't have time to rest?  Resting was instituted before the Fall when everything was still "very good."  It is not part of the curse.  Here are some thoughts of Courtney Reissig in Glory in the Ordinary:
It's a common misconception that the need for rest points to flaws in our personhood.  I once heard someone say that sleep is for weak people, implying that to sleep is to admit defeat.  In our self-sufficient culture, that is the exact opposite of the persona we want to display, isn't it?  Personally, when I am confronted with my weakness, limitations, or need for a nap, I am bothered and feel like I don't measure up to my own standards for excellence.  It grates on me.  A number of years ago someone told me that only God gets His to-do list done.  And I'm not God, so I should stop trying to measure up.

The need for rest and reprieve from our work goes back to the beginning of creation, when God created Adam and Eve in His likeness, His image.  Work is one of the ways that we bear God's image, but rest is another....  Rest is a God-designed gift meant to point us back to the One who created us and sustains our weary hands in our labors (Ps. 127:2).  If the God of the universe, who wants for nothing, rested, then we His image bearers, who are in want of everything, need rest.  (page 98)
How do you feel when you are tired?  Do you feel like you're admitting a weakness?  Or do you take it as a sign that you actually need some rest?  After reading this, I am more willing to take a break when I need it instead of pushing though my weariness to get one more thing done.

Friday, September 7, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: Not the Rain!

It rained all week long!  Thankfully, it did not rain all day every day; the sun did come out a few times, but we still received a lot of rain while being stuck in the house.

Other than the rain, it was a fairly normal week with CC, Mary's ballet class, etc.  Here are a few more things I enjoyed this week:
  • Labor Day.  John was home all day!  He even cooked supper for us!!
  • no soccer practice.  ;)  No running girls to practice and picking them back up.
  • The Story Peddler by Lindsay Franklin.  After hearing about this book, I decided I wanted to support the author since she is a homeschooling mother.  And the book sounded interesting.  I was blown away when I started it, however, because it's so good!  I have read about a third of the book so far, and I can't wait to finish it.  Tanwen, the story peddler, can make stories come alive with streams of light from her fingers.  For some reason, her power -- and others' -- is a threat to the king, so she has to flee for her life.
  • the sun -- when it came out.  :)
We have two soccer games tomorrow, in the rain probably.  Ugh!  Those are our only plans for the weekend along with getting the girls' pictures taken for soccer.

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Book Review: Night Night, Sleepytown by Amy Parker, Illustrated by Virginia Allyn

Because my toddler and I loved Parker's previous Night Night, Train, I was thrilled to get a copy of this book.  It has the same type of delightful illustrations coupled with fun rhymes.  On each page, the reader and his/her child say "night night" to people in different occupations, reminding both how they are needed to make one's town run smoothly and well.

If we had received this book first, maybe we would have liked it better.  But we were spoiled by the first book which was so wonderful.  This one is nice, but sometimes the poems feel forced instead of flowing naturally as they did in the first book.  We still like this one, don't get me wrong; it is just not one of our favorites.

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