Monday, April 16, 2012

Musings on a Monday

What I'm thinking: That I love being a homeschool mama. I am so glad to be here, day in, day out, with my children. I really feel so grateful that I can be. Sitting at the kitchen table today, going over writing with my son, and the fine points of capitalization with one daughter, I am drinking it in today.

What I'm reading: I just finished the book I mentioned last time, The Swiss Courier: A Novel. I really enjoyed it. The story was detailed and thoroughly researched. I just wish I knew what was true about it and what was fiction. I really appreciate the fine points of things like that.

What I'm listening to: I am listening to my eldest practice her Spanish via Tell Me More. She is doing well. I have my second child using the program too. I love listening to them and trying to figure out what they are talking about. Sometimes I actually know. :D

What we're learning: I am still learning, after so many years of homeschooling, how to be a good homeschool mama. It is an every day, all the time, different every day, sort of thing. Each day has its joys and it struggles, and some days, like today, are really good ones. I had a Wow, this is so awesome that I get to do this! kind of day. I love those!

What I'm watching: While folding my always-grows-never-ends laundry pile last week, I finally, after owning this for at least two years, started watching, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, from The Great Courses. Those of you that have read my blog for longer than two minutes, know that I love all things art-related. This course is so good! I bought it on one of their crazy sales for only $30!! It is no longer that price, but I am so tickled to have it. Since I can't visit the real place, well, this will have to do.

What's cooking: On Saturday I made my very favorite crockpot meal, Chalupa. Here is the recipe on my old blog. I am using the leftovers to make Chalupa Casserole. It is just corn tortillas on the bottom, leftover Chalupa filling in the center, cover with Jack cheese, another layer of tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, cover with foil, bake at 350 until warmed through. Top with salsa. Yum!

What I'm buying: I don't think I am buying anything this week except a full meal for a belated Saint Patrick's Day event. My 93 year-old grandma (100% Irish!) is coming with my aunt and we are planning a full meal for her as a surprise because she missed the real gathering we had due to weather. I. Can't. Wait!

What I'm thankful for: So grateful the sun is coming out again. We have had some crazy weather (OK, not crazy by any other state's standards, but crazy for California) and our chicken pen and backyard are mud pits. I am looking forward to that drying out and getting in our garden--finally!

What I'm creating: Something secret for the future. SO exciting! A few folks are in on it...

What I'm praying: For my friend Gena's pregnancy - that the Lord would bless that little one and keep it safe in her womb for the next eight months.

What I'm planning: I am starting to think about the plan for next year's homeschooling. I am planning to think about it. That counts, right?

What we did this last weekend: We attended a fun party for a sweet boy that we adore. Lovely fellowship with some of our church family was the real blessing from it. I love this family, and they know who they are. :)

What I'm looking forward to: Life. I am just so grateful for it and am so glad the Lord gave this family, these friends, my church, His Son to me each day. I look forward to the next.

A Picture to Share:

This is my Great Grandmother when she was young and carefree. I own her 100 year-old engagement ring. It is a treasure to me.

Have a lovely week! What is new on your Monday?


FlyLady Di said...

I loved this! I own my great grandmother's engagement ring too: setting from 1905, diamond from before that date, cut in Europe. I am passing it along to my 22 year old daughter.

I need to get out those photographs and post a similar one. I loved that.

Charlotte said...

It is so encouraging to hear you talk about homeschooling. I had a day last week where I wasn't wanting to be a homeschool mom, but your post today encouraged me. It is the little things, E reading a new word or A getting excited about math, that I need to look for. :-)

And Chalupa casserole! If there is any left over from next weekend I'll be making that.

Crystal said...

How special to have our Great Grandmother's ring! I love old photographs, beautiful!

Kate said...

Thank you, ladies! I just love that photo. It is so pretty and fresh - even this many years beyond the date. You can see hope in her face. I just love it.


Kate said...

Thank you, ladies! I just love that photo. It is so pretty and fresh - even this many years beyond the date. You can see hope in her face. I just love it.