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Monday, June 04, 2007

Life as we know it. :+)

Here I sit listening to one of the nicest gifts my husband has ever given me, a soundtrack of Pride & Prejudice (older version). This was several years ago now, but the gift keeps giving. Music is like that. It has a great power to affect one's mood and move the heart. This music does that for me.

We have had a busy few weeks around here! In the span of ten days we received caterpillars that proceeded to gorge themselves enough to change to chrysalises in half the time the literature said they would. We now have five lovely
Painted Lady butterflies flitting about their netting. It really is something watching God work his creative ways here in our own kitchen. :+) From ugly brownish caterpillars to gorgeous full-grown butterflies--almost overnight--it is something!!

We had an asthma scare here and no one here has it. My eldest had her cold settle in her chest last week and it proceeded to cause her undue trouble with breathing. I am truly thankful for 24-hour Kaiser phone help. They asked me a slew of health questions like "Is she turning blue?" Thankfully, she wasn't. We brought her in on *Sunday* morning and they treated her like they would for an asthma attack. It was a scary experience for her and for me. I am just very grateful for modern medicine. No matter how much I prefer natural methods (and I do) there *is* a time and place for modern meds! I was very grateful to God that He allowed us to be in a place where we had it.

We are heading toward the end of modern history!! That is just a shocker of shockers. I can feel the end of time coming! LOL (Just kidding, of course, I am referring, of course, to the end of our modern history study!) :+) We are reading about the Cultural Revolution in China via
Red Scarf Girl out loud and it is an eye-opener. Now we all know that China is a communist country, but what was the Cultural Revolution? I really didn't know since I grew up before it happened and my world history study was sadly lacking growing up. I highly recommend reading this when you hit this time period! The story is a true one and the brainwashing of the youth is a timely subject for all of us. After we finish this book we will be reading about the Cold War and life behind the Iron Curtain with Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vins and Gods Smuggler.

Will you be studying through the summer or do you take summers off? We school year-round so that we can take the time when we want or need to. How do you work your school year?

6 comments:

Dy said...

If you haven't read Liu BinYan's "A Higher Kind of Loyalty", I'd recommend it. He lived through the Revolution, supported the Communists, and watched it all unfold... as a journalist. Powerful story. Difficult for me to wrap my mind around in some ways, but one I'm glad I read, in the end.


We go year-round, with added emphasis on wading through the books we've been wanting to get to over those hot, sultry (ok, stagnant) Southern Summer Afternoons. Zorak works a compressed work schedule, so he has every other Friday off. When Daddy is home, we hang up our "gone fishin'" sign and enjoy that time with him. Just one more thing to make the IL's cringe, I suppose, but it works well, here. :-)


Dy

Darrensgirl said...

Hi Friend,

It's been a long time since I've been around long enough to comment. We, too, school year round and for the exact same reasons. I am taking Mondays off as a project day since there are so many things needing to be done around the house and before our newest little Duke arrives in November. The book recommendation sounds very good. I'll have to check it out.


Have a great day!

Maggie

hugabunchmom said...

I love your blog entries, you touch on so much so smoothly! We will keep your daughter in our prayers, like you, I am thankful for modern medicine when needed. Your book information is always wonderful and some day I think I will backtrack through all of your entries just so that I can make note of good books for certain time periods!

As for us? We are still homeschooling year-round, although the summer is definitely quite different around here. This year we are juggling several really great reviews, which is keeping us going, but we are also very laid back and enjoying each other's company as our oldest is home. Hugs to you!!

Darrensgirl said...

Hi Friend,

It's been a long time since I've been around long enough to comment. We, too, school year round and for the exact same reasons. I am taking Mondays off as a project day since there are so many things needing to be done around the house and before our newest little Duke arrives in November. The book recommendation sounds very good. I'll have to check it out.


Have a great day!

Maggie

Melkhi said...

SOTW 4, and we are reading the autobio. of Natasha Vins right now.

Peruvian Lily said...

I am very glad that your dear daughter seems to be better. :)