Wednesday, January 28, 2015


This is such a fun game. Dear daughter is having some friends over for an overnight in the next couple of weeks, and I will see if they will play with the nerdy mother!  Haha. 
Wouldn't things be better if we sat around the table and played games?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Little Nostalgia, A Day Out and Some Thoughts on Learning . . .

Well, we're off today in the midst of the coldest weather of the season to see a movie and visit JoAnn's for some quilting supplies. I think we will have a good time, and Dad is even excited about going! There aren't many movies fit to see, but our oldest wants to see Interstellar again, and the others want to see it as well. We will stop on the way home at JoAnn's to see everything they have on sale. 
Evaluating the break, I can say that I haven't achieved what I would have liked on any front--the house still needs major work; school work is still behind and homeschool work is not as organized as it should be. But today will be a blessing--and all that stuff will be waiting for us when we return. 
Dear daughter and I have been talking about the Charlotte Mason philosophy: each day the student should have something to do, something tho think about, something to love. DD is a tactile, hands-on learner. That's why she excels at piano and crafts.  She has turned her learning of traditional subjects into a hands-on, crafty endeavor through hi-lighting and organization of notes.  I give her full credit for awakening to this approach, but I have encouraged it for MANY years! haha! Like most of us, she has to discover things on her own. She has been really excited about getting back into her subjects with this approach, and I am pleased as punch!
Parents and children are well-served by being able to identify the learning styles of our little sweethearts as early as possible!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Learning to Quilt

I am so pleased!  Virginia had decided that she wants to really learn to quilt. After deliberating about how to spend her Christmas money, she decided to spend it on quilting supplies and fabric at Wal-Mart. There, they have some bundles of fabric for quilting. The ones you see above were not packaged as "fat squares" but because they were a bit different in the size and quantity, she got a better deal on them. 
She did all the work, but I was able to sit with her at the table as she cut. We watched an episode of the classic television show, Quincy, while she was cutting. I worked on my latest granny square afghan project.  
These are without a question some of the most wonderful times of my life--I hope she will remember them in that light.

We had some help from Buttercup. She really wanted to get up on the table in the midst of the squares, but was "kinda" content to sit on the bench and watch.

Here is the picture of the squares all sewn together. Now she has to get the batting and the material and binding for the back. She is so excited. I am so proud of her. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

My Dad loved all things relating to outer space--TV shows, science-fiction novels, textbooks about the universe, and movies.  But as  a Believer, he kept it all in perspective. 
When I was a little girl, he took me to see 2001:  A Space Odyssey. I was probably only about 6 years old, and what I remember the most was getting my box of Brach's chocolate stars!

Jumping ahead almost 45 years, our family watched the movie here at home, over a couple of nights. I was appalled at the theme of evolution.  The movie made little sense. The special effects were marvelous, and I am sure that's what Daddy loved about the movie. But the story was dark, desolate and non-sensical--far from but disguised as science.  We talked about this as a family. 
We love the Narnia movies and another fantasy film called Time Changer. These wonderful movies wrapped fictional stories around God's Truths.  My heart, mind and spirit were revived and blessed by watching them. Watching 2001, I felt empty and hopeless. When the movie was over, I had no sense of resolution. I was just glad it was over!
Scripture explains this difference much better than I can:

But the natural man receiveth  not the things of the Spirit of God;
for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them because they are 
spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2: 14