~ Beautiful days in the neighborhood ~

Time, once again, has been doing its flying tricks (complete with special effects). In other words, it’s been too long since I updated this little corner of my world. I hate to disappoint my 5 faithful readers. 🙂

It seems that spring has finally sprung!

It is flip flop weather again in Tennessee!!

And although the temps are still vacillating between chilly and comfortable, the flowers are peeking our of their winter hiding places. I have been nursing a lilac bush which I rescued from certain death at Lowe’s a couple years ago. It has not bloomed….until this year. Okay, there is only one bunch of blooms on it, but the fragrance is unmistakable. I almost dug up the bush last fall because it had yielded nothing but foliage, and now I am happy I did not.

That one bunch of blooms made my day today.

Isn’t life and especially homeschooling like that? We expect “blooms” (results) where there are none, get frustrated with God for not changing a situation to suit our desires, and then Boom! Out of the blue comes something beautiful and fragrant.

One homeschooling day, isolated, doesn’t seem like it yields much fruit. We have our children do their work, then they are off doing other things for the rest of the day. Sometimes we don’t see any “blossoms” or fruit of our labors and just want to quit. But day after day, most of the time imperceptibly even, our children are growing and learning, and the blossoms will come, sweet and fragrant in season if we don’t dig up the lilac bush and throw it on the compost heap because it is not acting like a lilac bush should act. In God’s time, all things are made beautiful.

At this point in my household’s homeschooling year, I am lightening up a little on their educational burdens. We have our home for sale, so a week ago we took a week of school, and instead of learning from books, we did some practical application-type of stuff around the house. Or I guess I could look at all the work the children did as an entire semester’s worth of PE. Scrubbing, organizing, replacing deck planks, cleaning, and raking/burning leaves were life lessons versus book lessons. It was a nice break.

Taylor preparing to pressure wash beneath the deck

Franklin is in charge of anything green outside

We have, I think, 6 weeks to go in our school year since we take generous breaks throughout the year to keep our batteries charged. Next month I will have another student graduate from high school….I will write a bit about that soon. Saving that for another post. But time marches on. I hope that you are enjoying the change in weather, and I hope that you are enjoying your child/children/family.  Isn’t that what it is all about…grabbing the minutes and wresting enjoyment from each one?

I don’t always do that. I usually just rest via a nap. But when I wake up, I am ready to wrest again. Naps sure are handy things.

I’ll let you get back to your beautiful day in your neighborhood. Here’s a picture of the giant leaf pile the kids raked and raked together last week. We could swim in it.

Oh, that you could truly see how deep and wide this leaf pile truly is! And ths is only one of two piles we have right now.

Happy Saturday!

joanne

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4 Responses to ~ Beautiful days in the neighborhood ~

  1. maureen says:

    hello i just came upon youin my email. This isnt really a reply just a overall comment. I love your sight and newsletter I want to correspond just need your email. And what a voice Olivia has! I am encouraged to find you, I have been very close to hanging it up and tossing my precious kids in the system. I pray for help and you may be used of God to help me! Please email me, we need prayer. Thank you Maureen

  2. Lisa Catino says:

    Told ya I’d show up! Have a great day.

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