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Amaya’s room is finally finished enough to post a few pictures.  There is more I’d like to do in this space,  but with school in session and weeks flying by, I thought I would post what we’ve accomplished so far, with more updates later. Amaya really wanted hot pink bedding, but to keep the room from feeling too little girl sweet, I ordered a gray buffalo-check duvet cover and shams from Ikea.  I like how the gray check balances out the more feminine pink and faux fur in the room. We did a cheater’s Board and Batten treatment on her walls which means we did the battens directly over the textured sheetrock without adding the “board.”  This treatment adds such dimension and detail to a room!  (Although it can make it a bit trickier to hang artwork, mirrors, etc.)  The board and batten is painted Sherwin Williams Creamy, and the…

I’m sitting here at my desk, my eyes darting from the computer screen down our driveway because at any moment my youngest will emerge from a large yellow bus after her first day of public school in four years.  Red, heart-shaped Rice Krispy treats are sitting on a plate, I brewed myself a double-shot latte, and I cannot wait for our chat party to begin.In the meantime, I will begin my post on Sixteen Days of Getting My House in Order ~ Kids’ Systems Part 2 (you can read Part 1 here) but I may have to come back and finish later.  But first, can I share my heart with you a moment?  After my last post in which I shared our family systems for Bible Reading, Memorization, and Prayer, I felt compelled to reassure your momma’s heart in two areas:  Recipes and Realities.By Recipes, I am referring to the…

Many things can wait.Children cannot.  Todaytheir bones are being formed,their blood is being made,their senses are being developed.To them we cannot say “tomorrow.”Their name is today.-Gabriela MistralI am still new at this mom thing.  Although my children are now 15, 14 and 10, they continue to teach me new things as we journey this life together.  Like me, I hope they, too, are learning that sharing life together is about grace….about forgiveness….about unconditional love, and always expecting the best.Even when everything in you dreads the worst.Parenting children does not get easier as the years go by, it just changes.  Some days it feels like the stakes are higher.  I don’t worry about their safety now as much as the condition of their hearts.To be honest, it was easier to control their safety.  Or seemed to be.  (Bear in mind, my children are not driving yet.  This reduced safety concern may…

Sometimes I lay my head on the pillow at night and wonder where on earth the day went….how another day managed to pass with still so many things on my to-do list?I try to rationalize by reminding myself of the progress I have made ~ the little things I accomplished that day to be present, to be real, to listen, to observe.  Things which become more important to me as my children outgrow shoes right before my eyes.Last night I had great intentions of spending the evening painting since we were blessedly home for the evening; instead, my daughter felt sick so we laid on the couch together reading about Mary and Laura chasing cattle from the haystacks in Little House on the Prairie.  Before long, the boys piled around so we sketched out a few games of Hangman on notebook paper.  When was the last time I played Hangman,…

Gabriel, Isaac and Amaya ~Oh, how my heart overflows with love for you three.  Today began another year of homeschool, another season of Bible reading and memorization, Latin prefixes, cone and sphere volumes, multiplication tables, rises and falls of empires, synthesis of atoms and molecules, sentence diagramming, muscle and bone anatomy, Beverly Cleary novels, classical literature, and wonderful tales of the Medieval world.I am much less nervous than I was a year ago.  You seem more laid back, too.It’s a delight to me as I watch each of you struggle to grasp new concepts, then glimpse the ah-ha moment as understanding dawns.  I welcome the sense of purpose a schedule provides, how your fussing covers up the relief that you, too, feel as we swing back into gear.I see enthusiasm in you, Isaac, as you plow through 30 math review problems at breakneck speed, smugly proud you remembered all your facts.I love the…

Gabriel is my oldest son.  He is eleven.He also loves dinosaurs archaeology. (I say archaeology because Gabriel has struggled with the dilemma of his ongoing dinosaur fascination while in the 5th grade this year.  He wonders if he should be past it already.  Sweet boy that he is, I can’t bear to see his passions mocked, so I tell him to simply tell everyone he’s fascinated with archaeology…which, he very much is…and this semantic seems to keep other kids quieted down a bit :-)I really love this boy.When we were talking about how to decorate his room, Gabriel knew he wanted a dinosaur theme.  However, being that he is eleven, my desire was also to create a space which would grow with him—a space that could easily be changed down the road should another interest prevail.  Gabriel and I agreed, naturally :-), that we would use nature-inspired colors.As with many…