A Whirlwind Week
My homeschool portfolio went well, but it was a process! It was initially scheduled for Tues. but had to be rescheduled for Wed. I found out about that just an hour before we were scheduled to meet. I am blessed to be able to do my review via Google+ Chat, but when we met on Wed., technology was not on our side and it took about 45 minutes to get things going. Of course, the baby was crying, my toddler was screaming, and the contractor needed to ask me a question. . . .all at the same time! Stress levels were beginning to rise, to say the least.
But then I remembered my two-step approach and my word "surrender." I have to thank God for my family, the opportunity to homeschool, for flexibility, for a kind reviewer, for a house to repair, and a husband with a vision for our family. Although the week was physically and mentally draining, God's grace was seen: My children were so helpful with assisting me in moving things around the house to accommodate the changes going on; each of the older kids has "babysat" the little ones while I was on phone calls or speaking with the contractor, or just needed a few minutes to tend to something else. There was a lot of team work as a family this week, and although it was tough, I know it makes us stronger.
Here are a few pics from our week. . .
|New tile being laid for our laundry/pantry room. . .|
|Our house is 50+ years old and some things need an upgrade at some point!|
|JR reading Encyclopedia Brown in Daddy's chair|
|JD "reading" on the couch ;)|
|TM reading in the kids' "activity" closet with|
Baby J spying, with all of our juices on the floor.
|SJ reading Anne of Avonlea (sequel to Ann of Green Gables)|
|Being in the walker was too boring, so playing|
blocks near the freezing patio door was more interesting!
And, he kept taking his socks off. . .babies! LOL
|Some of our pantry food items have taken over our dining table|
since the laundry/pantry room is out of use. The rest of our
goods are on the floor and on the kitchen counters. Looks like
we went grocery shopping and didn't put anything away!
|New refrigerator. . .with the handles on the wrong side! LOL|
Hopefully we can get that switched, especially since I'm expanding more each day.
The pantry/laundry room are just inside that door. . .
|A closer look at the floors. . .they need mopping!|
The deep freezer is now to my right and when I step up,
our washer and dryer sit on the floor space there.
Truth be told, I'm not the best sport when it comes to home improvements. I tend to dwell on the inconvenience they are, rather than the blessing on the other side. Please pray for me, as more home improvements seem to be in our future since the new baby is on the way. . .
Well, hopefully the next week will be full of more school work!