A little 3AM Perspective

For anyone wondering, I will be blogging Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Strange days, perhaps, but I do have a reason for them. 🙂 Mondays, because it’s the beginning of the week, Thursdays, because it’s my slowest school day with the kids and, Saturdays, because I’m going to start vlogging (and that’s the day I’ll post the video to my site).

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Now, for 3Am. To be fair to my 3 year old, it was actually around 3:30 when she came into our room, wet bottoms (she’d had an accident) and barking like a seal. I hate the croup. It’s just one of the absolute worst colds to watch your little ones suffer through.

Well, in she came and out we went to the living room couches. She on one and I on the other. I made her some tea with honey, and dutifully applied Vicks and Breath Easy essential oils to her chest and feet. Not sure if the feet thing actually works, but my mother in law told me to do it…so I do it 😉 Can’t hurt.

I don’t mind sleeping on the couch. It’s pretty comfy, as far as couches go… except there was no real sleeping. Somewhere around 4AM my six year old got up with the beginnings of the sniffles and wanted to join us, but I said no because she is a kicker and a twister in close quarters, so I joined her in her bed. Then Vienna started a coughing fit so I went back to the couch… then Selia called me because she couldn’t sleep, so I gave her cereal because she was “starving”…  and so the ping ponging went until 5ish, when my husband got up. I laid on the couch awake until he left at 6… when my 10 year old got up. She never gets up at 6. NEVER! (She’d sleep in until 10 if I’d let her) She’d set an alarm, though, so she could start her day early and then have some screen time. Then my son got up. Help me.

Blessedly, she got breakfast for them, and I stayed on the couch, telling them that I was not available for any more anythings until I’d had a chance to fall asleep and wake up again. But…the little one inside of me wanted in on the action and so cuddled up next to my bladder. Shortly after, my mom called and needed to pick something up on her way to work. All the while, I felt like I had a bowling ball rolling back and forth against the right side of my brain every time I got up or down from the couch.

Since my mother was on her way, I finally decided to resign myself to morning. I found two Tylenol and made a piece of toast and a cup of coffee. Vienna ended up with half my toast (“Mommy, if you don’t want your toast, I can have it for you”), while she, my six year old and I all sat down to color butterfly pictures and watch a YouTube video of Lori Lane from The End In Mind. She’s my latest find and a great way to start the morning. By the time I got up to shower my headache was gone. Read from I Timothy, watched a beautiful video on FaceBook that made me cry and then powered through the rest of the day… sorta.

Then tonight I sat down to catch some news on the 1 of 3 channels we get with the bunny ears and watched footage of the floods in Louisiana and of the injured children hidden away in the hospitals they’ve had to move underground in Syria. I’m amazed that he Lord even listens to me sometimes. That the same God who holds these people close, holds me as well… giving me relief through small pleasures like coffee and coloring pages, while guiding parents and little ones to safer places where the flood waters have not yet reached and the bombs have not touched. I’m humbled and grateful that my bad days really aren’t so bad. And I hope I remember that tomorrow, as I pray for them tonight.

 

Name change!

It’s not a huge name change, but a fitting one. This site was titled “Write With Me” because I thought that I wanted a blog dedicated to encouraging others to write. But…  something that I took away from the blogging challenge was that I think I’m writing to readers… lifers really. People I want to do life with. So I changed my title to “Walk With Me,” because that’s really what I want. It’s the series title for my book, Beneath Outstretched Arms, because of a re-occurring dream Tristan has, but it has sort of encapsulated my thoughts ever since 🙂

I still haven’t decided which days I will be blogging on, but I’ll get to that soon. Right now, I will be MIA for just a little bit to get ready for this coming school year 🙂 See you soon!

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This would be a pretty place to walk 🙂

The end.

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Yay, we’ve reached day 30 of our 30 days of everyday blogging! Have I loved it? Sort of, yeah. Will I keep it up? No way, Jose! This is a lot of work, haha.

I don’t actually mind the work. It’s been really, really good for me to do this, and it’s put a habit of blogging into place that needed to exist, but I don’t believe that I will do it everyday.

So, now the question is “how often?” I could just say, “Oh, well, once or twice a week. I don’t know,” but then I think I would be destroying my new habit. If I’m going to do it once or twice a week, then I feel that I need to decide that by choosing two specific days of the week and then setting an alarm on my phone to remind me to do it. No willy nilly maybes.

What do you all think? How often do you blog? What works for you? For those of you who were in the challenge, do you intend to continue everyday? Why or why not?

Moving on: My 6 year old (the one who doesn’t want to age past ten or have babies when she grows up because it hurts) is now playing with a baby doll. NONE of my kids have ever played with baby dolls. They have one…for you know, in case. But they always choose stuffed animals. So, it’s been fun for me to watch. She just picked it up a few days after our interesting conversation about child birth (and how she’ll probably be adopting someday, haha), and has begun carrying it around…rocking it, changing its clothes, giving it baths and making it beds. I even made her a little diaper at her request. I don’t know what happened, but this must be good therapy for her. It makes my heart happy. She will be an excellent and very helpful big sister!

Also…though some of your kids have probably already gone back to school, I still have a little bit more time. Our homeschooling co-op doesn’t start until after labor day, however…giving me the extra time I need to implement my very ingenious new plan for getting through our school work in a much more timely manner. Four kids can take a while…and like I said before, I’m going to be a she-wolf about it, so I need a good plan.

Once a week, I am going to hide myself away and youtube the kids math and reading instructions for them. I will tape myself as though I’m talking to them…giving them instructions for what materials they will need before they begin, and places for them to pause the video so that they can gather these materials and/or work out a review problem in their head. What will I be doing while they get on the computer to do this? I will be teaching something to another kid. I will be helping student A with their math worksheet (now they’ve heart the instructions) while student B listens to theirs. I will be practicing the alphabet with my 4 year old while my 10 year old learns her new phonics sound so that she’s ready to read to me when I’m done. I will be there for discussion and help instead of for every bit of instruction time…actually, I will be there for that too (because I will be able to be in two places at once. Online and in the living room). I’m so excited I can scarcely sit in my chair!!! It may be a lot of prep work once a week…but if this helps me get through all of our subjects for all four kids during the week, it will be totally worth it!

You might be asking why I just don’t go to online classes that already exist. This is a reasonable question. I just really like the curriculum we have, and so I’m willing to go the extra mile to use it. Also, I want to start weaning my ten year old off of having me be there for everything. Eventually, I would like to see her pick up the teachers manual, learn the lesson, do the lesson and then check the answers herself…and only come to me when she has a question. I was homeschooled and did this quite a bit. Reading instructions and comprehending what she is reading is something she needs to begin to learn. I’m fairly certain she’ll be weaned off of my videos before the year is half done. That will leave us more time to do history, science and art together …and to really enjoy these subjects and discussion time.

This may be a crazy idea, but it’s worth a try 🙂

 

Can you name them all?

As my mind wandered the other day, I found myself thinking of different books that I’d read or wanted to read, and wondered if I knew all of the authors by heart. Maybe you’d like to try. I picked eleven. I think most of these are classics, thought not all (some I just like or want to read), and will be fairly easy for you 🙂 See if you know them all and then write in the comments how many you got right.

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Last of the Mohicans

The Hobbit

Emma

Great Expectations

Chronicles of Narnia

Black Beauty

Love Comes Softly

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Little Women

Anne of Green Gables

Just So Stories

Extra Credit:  Beneath Outstretched Arms  😉

361 Pages in One hour

51wOcU50-PL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ I just read  An Eye for Glory in 1 hour. All 361 pages… but only about 450 sentences of it. 😉 So, I guess you could say I read portions of An Eye for Glory in 1 hour.

This book is very well written, but I think it’s target audience is probably men. It’s based during the Civil War and reading it (if I had read more of it) would have been like living in the middle of the trenches of it for all three years that the main character, Michael Palmer, was. Oh goodness. The reading was somewhere in between reading a novel, a diary (written in the first person) and a history book, which isn’t bad… it just didn’t keep me reading every sentence, so I found myself skipping around after the first four pages or so.

After that, I began reading only one sentence from each page (or in some cases only a few words). I know his wife’s name was Jessie Anne, and that he had three kids. At the beginning of the book they were now grown and he was re-accounting his story of the war for them. I gathered from my gleaning that he was a Christian, a good singer and was asked to sing to pass the time on occasion, and that the men got the “cooties,” which were body louse that he had to pull out from under his skin with a sewing needle and then smoosh between his fingers. A very good friend of his was shot in the ankle (or somewhere in the leg) and later died (not sure if from that wound or not).

Somewhere around page 200 and something I stopped and read a page or two when he was on leave visiting his wife. Somewhere around page 300 and something I stopped and read a whole page where he stopped and read the Bible to a dying man from the Confederate side that he had shot. I was glad this caught my attention because it pertained to the end of the book where I read another couple of pages in there entirety. I also read stopped to read about his homecoming to his family.

I’m not sure why I kept reading to tell you the truth, but if I could take a quick guess, I think it’s because, though it wasn’t my cup of tea as a whole, I felt the story itself held merit and deserved to be read. The writing was good and the ending was very satisfying. In fact for most of the pages that I actually stopped to read, I ended up crying.

So, if you not only like reading historical fiction…but also enjoy getting a real history lesson (no romance nor huge amounts of amazing dialogue), and having a real first hand experience with the nitty gritty of the Civil War, this book may be for you. I may not have read very much of it, myself, but I did finish it. Check! 😉