"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Monday, August 8, 2016

I Changed My Mind...Again

My former reasons for wanting a different blog are still there, so I am going to open a different one and here it is:

I hope to see you there, and please accept my apologies for being so indecisive.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Beginnings

For a long while I had been thinking that I would start a new blog because I wanted a new, fresh look and feel to it. Then major changes happened in my life (no income, new income that took my husband away from home most of the time and I had to work part-time, leaving a church we had long loved, and recently a new job for my husband which requires us to move), so I went ahead and started that new blog, but didn't have time to post much.

Well, now I'm no longer employed out of the home, we're getting into a homeschooling routine again, and the new blog's name is kind of location-specific, so I'm coming back here and when we do finally get moved, this blog will still work.

And partly for my own benefit, I want to write out why I want to blog again.

  • I love to write.
  • I want to make friends and have conversations about a variety of things.
  • I like to share ideas and projects.
  • I want to get in on some of the online quilting community projects.
  • I want to encourage and connect with other homeschooling moms.
  • I want a public place to praise the triune God who does all things well though we don't always understand what He's doing.
  • I want to recommend great books I've read and share the blessings.
  • I want to have a gateway to the Etsy store I hope to start.
  • I want a place to post my photography, which admittedly needs to improve, but is fun for me.
  • I want a place to help me rebuild after the many losses of late. Maybe others will benefit, too.
So I hope you'll join me on this renewed adventure.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Autumnal Musings

What is it about fall that feels so cozy and homey and makes me feel like the darling mice of Brambly Hedge?

The lighting is so beautiful as it slants through leaves that are taking on a new hue.

Today was just such a beautiful day here at Lilac Cottage. 

So, let me now share a little of how we learn our history lessons.

After a morning of reading about the explorer James Cook, we spent time outside. Since two of my girls are gone this week, taking care of friends' children, we're not doing our full schedule of bookwork.

Today was the day to begin building "half-face camps" like we'd read that many of the frontiersmen first used as they moved westward. We'll keep you updated on how things are progressing.

This school year is turning out to be very different from any others. For one thing, it has become necessary for me to get a part-time job. I'm thankful that the hours I'll be working will be late afternoon and evening and every other weekend. So, I will still be able to be with my girls during "school hours." And I'm thankful that they're old enough to handle things at home while I'm gone.

I will be working as a cook at a beautiful assisted living living home. I've met a few of the residents there as Sarah has played piano there a few times and I look forward to getting to know them better. 

Also, we're again in a co-op, now getting into things like veterinary medicine and orienteering. The girls really enjoy the classes and getting to be with friends.

I'm putting in a little more time on selling things on Ebay and in our Etsy shop, though that's taken a bit of a back seat while I do all the necessaries of starting a new job.

So, life goes on, and you can teach old dogs new tricks. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Busy, Busy Summer

What a fun and busy summer we've had with having a little baking business focusing on cinnamon rolls and cookies. We've had a table at the end of our driveway as well as selling to other workers at Love INC where our girls volunteer regularly.

We also sold pumpkin and banana breads. Now we've changed our tack a little and are providing soup and bread at Love INC, keeping the workers well-fed for whatever donation they choose. 

We've also lately gotten to try our hand at fishing in the nearby river, catching only small stuff so far, but having fun trying.

Of course, the lake called our name, too.

We enjoyed times of church fellowship.

And we've been informed us that we're going to be grandparents again. Oh, joy!

Hope your summer has been delightful.
Next time, I'll share a little of how our school year is going.