Wow! I went off the grid for a while there!
Heading into the new year, I was surprised at how much I was looking forward to getting back to our daily school schedule. I was well relaxed and missed our daily routine of structure and learning…and perhaps was looking forward to a bit of quiet (with three of my older/adult kids heading back to school, military and married life out of the country).
Right after the New Year our good friends Bill and Kelly came over for a much overdue visit. We absolutely LOVE them and enjoyed every minute they shared with us!
Bill is like an unofficial uncle to our four oldest kids. He was their youth pastor when they were…well…youth! Sometime after we no longer worshiped at their church, my son Jonathan was in a near fatal car accident on Interstate 95 in Virginia (7 hours from our home). He landed in ICU after going head first through the windshield. Unfortunately, not everyone survived the crash. It’s a miracle Jonathan is alive! Guess who showed up at the hospital in a heartbeat over 400 miles from home? Bill AND our former Pastor (Pastor Johnson, aka: Pastor J!). They came (with the blessing and finance of their church) and loved on us, prayed over us, paid for us to sleep in a hotel (the previous night we slept in the hospital lounge), and fed us. They also spent time loving on a family they had never met – a young lady who was also in the car who landed in ICU in an adjoining room – who tragically lost her mom.) The family of God is awesome! And some brethren go very far to demonstrate Christ’s love!
We sat around talking and laughing and having coffee and eating (Teresa Atkinson’s) awesome homemade pumpkin bread. We didn’t want their visit to end. What made it sweeter is that Pastor J stopped by, too, but we didn’t get any pics of him. :o( (This is the same Kelly (of KPWEE Photography) who took my families 2013 Christmas portrait. It was awesome experience! She rocks as a photographer!)
Right after Bill and Kelly left, Angel and I headed to the mall to pick-up a few tops for school. She drove, and I’m happy to report that she was much more comfortable behind the wheel. I was really nervous there for a moment. Our first time out together almost made me go into cardiac arrest…she stayed in cardiac arrest mode, but I tried not to go there with her. Little Miss Girlfriend was a hot mess! :o) But this time she was noticeably more comfortable; even comfortable enough to make funny faces while driving.
Thankfully, we survived the trip! Here we are at the mall in H&M looking for tops.
I’m supposed to be helping her shop but I’m too busy taking selfies behind her back. She was fussing at me, asking if I intended to help her. I told her no and kept snapping pictures! Honestly, how can I take shopping seriously in a store like H&M? I eventually convinced her to go into a store I understood, like Sears or Macys; they have reasonably discounted clothing that can survive the washing machine.
My (not so) little Angel went back to Bible school on Monday morning at 8:30am, which was our first day back to (home) school. Getting back into the swing of things after Christmas break was HARD! We were groggy all week and it felt like we had a summer off instead of a half of month. It was not easy picking up where we left off.
Here’s Autumn looking uninspired doing math. Notice the computer saying she got a problem wrong (“Sorry, that’s not it”), and her cute little thumbs-down gesture.
The problem was that she came back to a test due to some faulty scheduling on my part. Had I looked ahead in her math program I would’ve known the very next lesson was an exam. (Bad Mommy!) No way around it so we had to go through it. Live and Learn! :o)
Thankfully, our very tired week ended on a high note: the start of our much anticipated homeschool ice skating season, which happens to be one of the highlights of our school year.
How was your first week back to school? Post a comment to share!