We couldn't get to our neighbors that afternoon, but later in the evening my husband went back to their home and gave a gift to this precious couple. ~ In the immediate time after a fire, we've heard from others that have been through this, that money and gift cards are the biggest blessings. The fire was still burning.
The next day, we baked treats and made cards for the fire station closest to our home and for our neighbors who were home picking through the debris. Thankfully, even though their house is a total loss, most of their clothes and a few precious keepsakes were spared from the fire (but not from water damage) in the master bedroom's closet.
We took time to explore our favorite nature area as a family one evening. It's important to go regularly to the same place to observe the changing seasons, as Charlotte Mason would say. While there, a little yellow ring neck snake, a couple of frogs and a doe appeared for our enjoyment. Being outside refreshes us all...
A Quick and Cheap Fix!
Ryan was having issues with his handwriting book. It would not lie flat and it irritated him to no end. Now, I've had e-books printed and spiral bound at our local office supply store. Did you know they can cut bindings off of books, too? So, to cut off the binding and have his handwriting book spiral bound cost less than $5 and took less than 15 minutes. I wish I had done this a month ago!
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We have an eleven pound, two year old Boston Terrier. We all adore her! We also have a niece (cousin) set to arrive the first of December. Caraline has been pretending Betsy is her little baby a lot lately. She's been reading nursery rhymes, feeding her "bottles" ( Lickety Stiks) and rocking her to sleep. She even made up a schedule of when to feed, burp, rock, read, etc. to Betsy - so cute!! We'll on this night, Carline spent over an hour singing softly the nursery rhymes in our Mother Goose book. It wasn't long until little brother pulled a chair up to listen, too. This completely warmed my heart.
We also reviewed a fun, award winning politics game called The Presidential.
On My Mind:
In the next few weeks I will need to make a decision about this blog and returning to the TOS Review Crew. It's certainly blessed us this past year and a half with fun and educational items to review and share with our friends. I've also met a lot of wonderful ladies through The Crew, too.
I love sharing my thoughts and ideas on the blog. I hope I encourage. But, I wonder the eternal significance of this. I have children at home right now. They will not always be at my side. Am I using this time with them wisely? Is blogging what God has called me to do, along with raising our family? Sometimes I feel the answer is yes. Other times, I feel my family needs me available more. I will be in earnest prayer over this for the next few weeks.
This week I am linking with our friends at Homegrown Learners for Collage Friday, The Homeschool Mother's Journal and Weird UnSocialized Homeschoolers' Weekly Wrap-Up.