Thursday, September 25, 2008

September 2008

September is traditionally very full month for our family with three birthdays, the start of school and our co-op, magazine deadlines, and a whole lot of activity! This September has been no exception. Here are a few moments captured:

Our co-op has spent the first four weeks learning a bunch of things from the music of Bach to the art of Botticelli to beginning sketching with lines, shapes, and outside forms. The picture above is some of our blue dawn vine. Here are some of our younger members trying to sketch a watermelon. Aren't they just the cutest?

Here is another of our two watermelons God blessed us with! Planted and nurtured by our very own Abigail.

We hit three birthdays along the way. The first was our Elizabeth. She is now officially 8.

This was a highly sought-after present that arrived from Hearthsong just in time. Here is the truly delighted (and focused) child baking her own filled cupcakes.

They were stuffed chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting - all from scratch. They were absolutely delicious!

Mama and her birthday girl.

Then we had a very special birthday - a once-in-a-lifetime kind of birthday - my grandmother's 90th birthday. This is Elizabeth Kirk Immekeppel on her 90th. She is, and always has been, some kind of woman!

It was not a surprise, but she didn't know who all the guests were. It was so much fun to see her face when she saw a long-ago friend.

Here she is with her three daughters. My mother is on the left, my Aunt Judy is in the middle, and my Aunt Nancy is on the right. They are so precious to us! I really love this picture.

The last birthday of the month is my lovely daughter, Hannah. She is now 14. 14!! I simply cannot believe it. She is a delight and a joy. God gives such rich and good treasure! Today is her birthday.

Happy birthday, precious girl.

Monday, September 08, 2008

And They're Off!

Sometimes the new year feels like a race that is going to start whether we are ready or not. Kind of like a big marathon - it is going to begin whether you have your shorts on or not. That is what it felt like this morning after being up way too late trying to get the schedule ready for all five of our children. Five! I have all five in the race this year for the first time. 8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, and K - you would think we planned it that neatly.

This feels like a very unique year and I guess it is. It is our last year before high school starts for our family - homeschool high school! I know I blog about this frequently, but moms, hold tight to your littles and ENJOY them - they grow up SO fast!! It is delightful though, to see who they are becoming. It is so much more beyond my wildest imaginings. God has blessed us so richly in our children!

Our new year looks like this for the oldest two. I will share the others later this week. It is very late!

8th Grader:

Rainbow Science
Traditional Logic I
Literature Study
Wordly Wise 3000
Writing Skills, Book 2
The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages

We still have to finish up Mystery of History, Volume 1 first, but I am hoping to jump into the middle ages in a few months. I don't rush history so if it takes longer - really, who cares? We love it. :+)

6th Grader:

Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Entire Online Grammar Program - It's free!
Math U See
Handwriting - We use Startwrite Software and I create cursive pages for her. We choose literature portions, Bible verses, poetry, and great quotes. I love this software!
Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
Reading - this is free reading from books from the library, our own family library, and good book lists like this and this.
Art, Handicrafts, Baking

We are also involved in a homeschool co-op learning about artists, composers, more science topics, and drawing. It sounds very busy and well, it is. It is a joy though - and this is only the first two! 
Oh - and if you have sent me a note or a comment and I didn't respond, please forgive me. I have been under the most amazing load of responsibilities. I apologize. I am trying to live this wonderful quote out and am having a hard time doing it!

There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’s work outside have neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither eye nor heart for the work of love lain about their own feet.

Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the first that he gives to every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure.

From Home-Making by J.R. Miller

This was such a great reminder to me today! Blessings to you this week.