March 16, 2010
a few highlights and snippets from the past few days …
:: i LOVE the time change! the later evenings are such a treat! tonight, we took our first-of-the-spring evening walk as a family. still light at 7pm – love it!!
:: maddie got *another* hamster! total impulse buy. =) we were at petsmart buying food for her current, beloved hamster (scooter) when we saw this teeny-tiny dwarf hamster being attacked by his cage-mates. maddie got tears in her eyes and said she had to rescue him! she had saved her birthday money and after some calculating of the expense (*her* expense) for needed supplies, i agreed that she could buy him. my decision was due in large part to how diligent and devoted she has been to scooter for the year that she’s had him; and she had saved birthday money so had all that she needed to purchase everything. so, much to my hubby’s chagrin (lol) we arrived home w/ a new pet. the little guy, named “rice krispie”, aka, “krispie” is SOO cute!
:: i realized today, as maddie begged to stop at subway for lunch, that it’s been a long time since we’ve eaten out. for us, 3 wks is a long time. =) i realized that we took for granted quick stops for food, when i didn’t feel like cooking or just because it sounded good. now, we just can’t afford it, so i am motivated even more to prepare real food, 3 times a day, for my family. it is more effort and not always so fun (so a mixed “highlight”, really!) but there is such satisfaction in knowing that we are eating real food; that we are sacrificing meeting our instant desires and are experiencing not having our “wants” met but instead having all of our needs met.
:: we met friends midday at the park today – oh, the benefits of homeschooling!! =) it was sweet … the kids played and i got a chance to talk w/my dear (and very pregnant!) friend, lori.
:: in the past few weeks, i’ve experienced such a sense of confirmation and satisfaction about our decision to homeschool. there is nothing better than in-the-moment parenting and discipling of this precious life, and then seeing the fruit of that in her life … in her spirit, behavior, attitude. teaching, learning, modeling, walking through, praying through, talking through … these are the invaluable benefits of being home w/my sweet daughter during these fleeting years. thank God.