Monday, May 3, 2010

Learning and Pondering

logo_001 In our homeschool today, we began a new unit study on Ancient Rome. We learned about Mount Vesuvius and the city of Pompeii which in turn, moved into discussions about both Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier. (By the way, I think the topic of volcanoes significantly freaks Ethan out…Oops!)

Ethan and Abby both did very well with their spelling words (hooray!), and I’m looking into adding a few new games to our learning. Something to keep their minds going and make our lessons more fun and interesting. :)

We’re also beginning our “House Account Monthly” ledgers. Granted, all the children are broke at this point, but the foundation is at least being prepared.

I’m in the process of reading two really great new books: Plan B by Pete Wilson (formal review two posts below) and Mad Church Disease—Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic by Anne Jackson. I’m gleaning quite a bit from both of these books, and I’m so grateful that these books came out at just the right time for me. Lately, I feel like I’ve been going through a weird spiritual funk. I can’t give you an exact reason why—truthfully there were many contributing factors. But now for the first time in months, I feel as though I’m finally starting to come back out on the other side. Happier, peaceful, more content. Funny, no? :) Fresh%20Fruit

I’ve been listening to a few sermon podcasts during my bike workouts which have been very interesting. And for the first time in—I don’t know how long—I can finally see the fruit of my prayers. Maybe not the exact fruit I was anticipating, but it’s still fruit.

Don’t get me wrong; there are still plenty of moments of frustration and upset—especially this week and what would’ve been my uncle’s 52nd birthday. I’m still angry that cancer has taken his life and the lives of so  many others, in spite of our most fervent prayers for their healing. And quite frankly, I’m frustrated by a lot of other things still, too.

But spiritually, it’s getting better. Just a little bit at a time.

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