In my life this weekâ€¦
Well, of course, the highlight of the week was Monday! It has been a long time since that first ultrasound, and our little one has grown quite a bit!Â We enjoyed getting to â€œseeâ€ him (in utero), again, and canâ€™t wait for the day that we get to hold this precious little one.Â It was such a blessing to see him being formed and knit togetherâ€¦ And of course, it was a great comfort to be reassured (again!) that he is healthy, and growing â€“ just as he should be!! Â Â I think my favorite picture is the one of his tiny, perfect foot!
And, did you notice the pronouns?Â Although I have been calling this little one â€œheâ€ for quite some timeâ€¦it was confirmed that we are having a son!!
In our homeschool this weekâ€¦
School has been interesting this week.Â Although we have completed each of the planned chapters, assignments, tests, and activitiesâ€¦weâ€™ve been a bit â€œoff scheduleâ€ at times.
But, it all got done.Â And, I am thrilled to see Hannahâ€™s progress!
- Starting Science! We are alternating History and Science this year.Â (History one week, Science the next.)Â This week, we learned about the 5 senses, and even got to do a few experiments related to how things feel, smell, taste, look, and sound.Â I am just constantly in awe of how God created our bodies, and our senses to work together in this way.
- Learning to Use the Table of Contents! This was a combination Bible/English lesson.Â Hannah joins us in church and Sunday School, and loves to follow along in her Bible.Â Although she has the books of the Bible memorized, they can be difficult to find.Â She does a pretty good job when the pastor (or daddy) stays mainly in either the Old or the New Testament for the sermon or Sunday School lesson.Â It is the flipping back and forth that can cause a little frustration.Â Of course, we donâ€™t mind helping her find certain passages, but it is fun to see her learning how to utilize the tools in her Bible on her own!Â We learned about a Table of Contents, and how it can help us find the information that we are looking for.Â Then she â€œpracticedâ€ looking up books of the Bible for quite some time!
- Handwritingâ€¦ I know it isnâ€™t Hannahâ€™s favorite subject, but I am amazed at how much her writing has improved in just the past 3 weeks!Â School, of course, isnâ€™t the only time we get to see this, as she is constantly writing notes to friends, or familyâ€¦ She has already started writing notes to her little brother, and making signs for his door â€“ to let us know if â€œthe boyâ€ is asleep or â€œawackâ€ â€“ too cute!
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to shareâ€¦
Remember: Everything is carved in Jell-O.Â In other words, donâ€™t assume that the lesson plan, or the schedule for the day is carved in stone.Â Iâ€™m learning to be flexible. Â (Key word: learning. Â Flexibility is not one of my stronger characteristics!)Â Our schedule and plan is still an extremely useful toolâ€¦and has saved my sanity on several days!Â But, it is nice to know that Iâ€™m not chained to it.Â We can change things up when we need to, and still work within the basic structure.
Places weâ€™re going and people weâ€™re seeingâ€¦
Weâ€™ve been to the Doctorâ€™s office, the grocery store, and to church…Oh, and we’re off to the library this afternoon!
That pretty much sums up my life, right now. (And, I love it!!!)
We love being with our church family on Wednesday nights (Sundays too!).
Hannah and I enjoyed a playdate with several friends yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.Â Yes, she spent the last afternoon of the summer in a swimming pool.Â Perfect? Yes.
And tomorrow, we are going to a going away party for a couple who will be moving to Haiti, as missionaries, at the beginning of next month!Â (Pray for them?)
My favorite thing this week wasâ€¦
In case you missed my other 30 announcements: Weâ€™re having a BOY!!!
Iâ€™m grateful forâ€¦
My life.Â So many undeserved blessings: My husband, my daughter, my sonâ€¦our amazing church, a wonderful pastorâ€¦sweet friendsâ€¦generous gifts for our little boy: cute, tiny, blue clothes, soft blue blankets, tiny fire trucks, and a blue football (little boy essentials, or so Iâ€™m told!).
Iâ€™m praying forâ€¦
A little more energy. Or, rather, the patience and grace to act with kindness, and do what needs to be doneâ€¦even when I am exhausted.
A photo, video, link, or quote to shareâ€¦
“For youÂ formed my inward parts;
Â Â Â youÂ knitted me together in my motherâ€™s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Â Wonderful are your works;
Â Â Â my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven inÂ the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in yourÂ book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”
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