On My Mind ~ Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the purchase of our home. What a faith-filled adventure it was buying this home! We were not even looking to move in August of 2012. We figured we were stuck in our declining neighborhood because of the market and economy. Besides, we thought, who would want to buy our home and move into a neighborhood where the cars were broken into constantly, drugs were sold on the corner and police sirens were the norm 24 hours a day? (Fortunately, it turned out that the young twenty-something crowd did want our home.) But that month the home we had wanted for so many years in a different neighborhood went into foreclosure and so began our adventure in a leap of faith. Miraculously, we were approved for a double loan, our offer was accepted and our old home was put on the market. We bought this home and sold the old home in the span of 10 weeks! We even turned enough of a profit on the old home to be able to make some of the desperately needed repairs on our new home. I am still awestruck at how easily it all came together. Not that we didn't experience some sacrifices...to swing this financially, we had to go down to using only one car that didn't fit our entire family for about 7 months and also go without a dryer for nearly a year. Those sacrifices were well worth the outcome of a fulfilled dream.
|We just finished painting the front door a dark red. Now, we just have to pick a paint color for the shutters and walls.|
Good bye, gray and black.
|Front picture window and front porch|
|Front corner of the house and future flower bed|
|The backyard and back of house|
In Our Homeschool ~ What a busy week. We did tons of learning although only about 50% of what I had planned actually got done. There was much hopping down rabbit trails this week. The kids are obsessed with The Voyage of the Mimi. I just can't seem to say no to please, just one more episode each day. We finished Homer Price and the kids immediately wanted to start Centerburg Tales (the sequel to Homer Price). We haven't finished our activities for Homer Price because we are too busy listening to the latest great stories in Centerburg Tales. LOL! We also didn't get to a single spelling lesson because we were too busy having fun with Analogy Crosswords! Also, a little rascal (Tom Sawyer) saw one of his Christmas gifts and thought it was for now (the downfall of buying school books in little spurts is that they think all boxes arriving in the mail are new school material) and can't stop reading it to do my prepared lessons. The book is The Brick Bible: The New Testament. So, we are busy learning and living!
Tom Sawyer's New Adventure ~ Tom Sawyer is now in occupational therapy (OT) two times a week. They are doing some really neat stuff with him. I am glad to see he is really enjoying it, and he doesn't even know that he is having lots of writing therapy. They are also doing lots of sensory work. They call it really cool things like astronaut training ~ LOL! They say that his vestibular system is severely overreactive. That really isn't a surprise. I am hoping that this more intensive approach for a short period of time will help him start building a more successful experience with writing. Goldilocks is being evaluated for OT on Monday. I would be shocked if she doesn't qualify with huge sensory issues. It looks like I will be spending a fair amount of time in the OT office waiting room soon. Thankfully, my kids are experienced waiting room schoolers....