Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 19, 2010

Quiet Early Morning

Listen closely.  Do you hear it?  What in the world is that sound.  Oh yeah – it’s quiet.  Sometimes I forget what it sounds like.  Mornings like this help me remember.

It has been a hectic couple of weeks around our home.  My husband has been home a lot more than usual as he is recovering from his knee surgery.  I’m not complaining – it’s great to have all this extra time together – but it is definitely a changed our routine.  Thanks to my husband’s extra time around the house, our new computer is mostly set up the way we like and almost everything we need has been recovered from the old hard drive.

As for our home school, I’m afraid all my students have a major case of spring fever.  Assignments are still getting done – just not as quick and sometimes not to the best of my students’ abilities.  Fortunately we are taking most of next week off for Spring Break as we will have a house full of family to celebrate the girls’ birthdays.

Right now, however, there is just the sound of my keyboard and early morning birds to keep me company.  My husband is at his weekly prayer breakfast and the kids are still asleep.  I have much more to share with you – home school updates, more budgeting units, and so on.  But for now, I think I will go make some tea, relax, and enjoy these last few moments of silence.

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 17, 2010

Back Up and Running…Mostly

Well now, that wasn’t so bad.

After a few computer-free days, I am feeling rather thankful as I sit here looking at a new, faster computer.  My old computer is completely dead.  Hopefully we will be able to retrieve the files, pictures, and documents that are stored on it’s hard drive.  Fortunately we have an external drive and onto which we periodically back up such things.  So if we are unable to recover anything we will only be missing less than a years worth of our “lives”.

It has been beautiful here in southwest Michigan this week – lots of sun and temperatures around 60…which is fantastic for Michigan in March.  The kids are starting to get spring fever…but I just keep trying to remind them that we are in the home stretch and they really only have another 4 or 5 weeks of school.  So far that has been enough to keep them motivated.  Well that and sending them outside to play all afternoon!

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 15, 2010

Computer Issues

We are experiencing technical difficulties…please stand by…

Oops…my home computer died a sudden, quiet death sometime early Sunday morning. We are in the process of getting a new computer. I may not post for a few days while we get the new computer up and running, but I will be back soon.

Until then…enjoy March!

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 14, 2010

Kids’ Week Books, Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rebecca

March 13, 2010

Outside my window…there is no snow, but it is muddy from all the rain.

Inside the house…Linden is crying while getting her hair dried.

I am wearing…a cami and shorts under my Halloween dress.

I am thankful that…Linden had fun playing princesses.

I am hearing…Linden crying and Dad’s chair squeaking.

I am thinking…about how much fun I had today.

I am going…to a friend’s house and to Quizzing tonight.

I am reading…Isaiah, 1 Samuel, 2 Corinthians, and Candy.

I am hoping…I can spend the night tonight at my friend’s house and that Linden will stop crying.

I am remembering…the dead frogs and the dead chipmunk we saw.

From school this week…State Political Science in History, Human Anatomy in Science, Corrie ten Boom in Language, and literal equations in Math.

One of my favorite things…to do outside is swim.

A few plans for next week…school, dishes, ice-skating, St. Patrick’s day, and cleaning.

Timothy

March 13, 2010

Outside my window…I see grass and trees.

Inside the house…It is cleanish and noisy.

I am wearing…a long sleeved shirt and jeans.

I am thankful that…I went to my friend’s house.

I am hearing…talking and rattling.

I am thinking…about playing football.

I am going…to eat dinner and shower.

I am reading…1 Corinthians, 1 Samuel, and Isaiah.

I am hoping…I can go to my friend’s house again.

I am remembering…My friend’s house.

From school this week…I learned about Japan, fractions, stars, and verbs.

One of my favorite things…is to play football.

A few plans for next week…are school, jobs, and Bible reading.

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 13, 2010

What A Crazy Week

Whew…I wasn’t sure Saturday morning would ever get here.  This has definitely been an interesting week around our house.  Looking back, I am amazed that the kids were able to finish all their planned school work for the week and that my house is relatively clean.

Of course you will recall that my husband had knee surgery on Monday, so we knew this week was going to be a little different as he would need some down time to recover.  Then there was the trip home from the surgery center when we got a flat tire in the pharmacy parking lot and spent some extra time waiting for a wonderful friend of ours to drive so far out of his way to change my tire.  When I went to bed Monday night (by myself, since my husband couldn’t get into our bed for the first few nights) I really thought all the excitement for the week was over.  How wrong I was.

My husband spent most of the day Tuesday trying to rest, which was very difficult for him since he couldn’t find a comfortable position for his knee.  Around 11:30 Tuesday night, we were both still up in the living room when his phone signaled that he had a new e-mail.  As he read it he started laughing.  He handed me his phone so I could read the e-mail.  It was an invitation to come to Shreveport, Louisiana for a fellowship interview.  A while back, my husband applied for a position through the Louisiana Teaching Fellows program.  This program places new teachers in at-risk classrooms…and they are interested in my husband.

As Tuesday turned into Wednesday my husband and I checked out the interview details on-line.  He could interview at the end of this month or near the middle of April.  We decided not to select an interview time until Wednesday morning, when at least one of us would be coherent.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were filled with scheduling an interview (he decided on the March date), making travel plans (thanks to a dear friend who is also a travel agent who helped us with this one), and watching our emergency fund rapidly dwindle away.  By the time we went to bed Friday night my husband had vouchers for his round trip flight, a voucher for his rental car, and a confirmation of reservations for a hotel in Shreveport.  And to think, when I went to bed on Monday night, I believed that the flat tire ordeal would be the most exciting part of my week.  Ha.

As for the fellowship opportunity, we are both experiencing a range of emotions.  We are excited at the prospect of my husband getting this position – he is very interested in teach in a public high school and we feel that he would be wonderful in this type of setting.  We are also confused – we don’t know a single person in Louisiana and we are unsure if God wants us to move so far away from our friends and family.  We are nervous – for the interview and the long trip so soon after my husband’s surgery.  We are overwhelmed – at the thought of getting our house ready to sell and then selling it in such a bad market.  I for one am thrilled at the thought of living somewhere with many more warm days and much less snow.  And on and on the list goes.

We are trying to concentrate on the day to day as we wait to find out if this is where God wants us.  Through it all, it is so comforting to know that God has a plan for us and that He already knows where we will be this fall.

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 10, 2010

Sometimes You Just Have To Laugh (To Keep From Crying)

Here…there’s something I want to show you…

Until Monday afternoon, that tire was mounted on my car.  Now, I know what you are thinking.  You are wondering how I drove my car with a less than circular tire.  Well, you see, until Monday afternoon that tire was in fact nice and round.

You may remember that my husband had outpatient knee surgery Monday.  After he was released from the surgery center, he was pretty hopped up on pain medicine and sedatives.  He told me to stop by the pharmacy on the way home to pick up his prescription for more pain medicine so I didn’t have to leave once we got home.  As I was pulling into a parking spot at the pharmacy, I noticed the car pulling hard to the left.  As soon as I got out of the car it was obvious why my car was pulling.  Yep, you guessed it, the no-longer-round-pictured-above-tire was to blame.

So, imagine if you will, my husband sitting in the car with his leg bandaged from toe to thigh, in pain and not really aware of where he was.  I have a bad back and am not physically able to change a tire any more.  Oh yeah, did I mention that we don’t have AAA.  This was definitely a laugh or cry moment!

Fortunately, we are blessed with a wonderful church family.  I called a friend of my husband who doesn’t work on Mondays and he dropped what he was doing, went and got his tools, and drove 30 minutes to meet us and change our tire.

Perhaps the Lord was trying to remind us how blessed we are.  Yeah, that must be it.  Either that or He was bored and needed a laugh.  I guess it could go either way.

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 9, 2010

One Last Chance

Have you heard the news?  Of course you have – it’s all anyone is talking about.  Electrical storms are going to wipe out the Internet – possibly forever.  Unless you all send me some self-addressed, stamped envelopes this post might be my last chance to share my passions with you.

My blog is just a few months old and yet our time together is almost at an end.  I want to use these last few minutes we have together to share the things I think are important in this life.

You have to get out there and build strong relationships.  Spend time really getting to know your parents, spouse, children, friends, neighbors, church family, the clerk at the grocery store…you get the point.  We spend way too much time parked in front of the television or the computer these days and that causes us to miss out on getting to know the people with whom we share our corner of the world.  When was the last time you had a deep conversation with one of your children?  I don’t care how old your children are – whatever their age, they have something wonderful to tell you.  You just have to listen.  What about your neighbors?  If you are like most of us, I’ll bet you don’t even know the name of the person who lives right next door to you.  Change that.  Start today.  Bake cookies for an elderly neighbor, mow the yard for a single mom who lives on your street, or just strike up a conversation with your next door neighbor the next time you are both checking the mail.

Now…get off the computer and start working on those relationships!

—Okay…the Internet really isn’t going to be taken down by electrical storms in the near future.  At least, I don’t think so.  This blog post is my entry in the BlogHer ’10 Contest sponsored by Mabel’s Labels.  Would you like to blog for Mabel’s Labels for a year AND attend the BlogHer ’10 conference in New York City this May?  Visit the Mabel’s Labels website to learn more about the contest.  But do it quick – the contest ends March 15!!

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 9, 2010

Did I Tell You Our School Has A Mascot?

Before the beginning of our school year, the kids decided that we should have a name, mascot, and Bible verse for our Home School.  We quickly settled on Cobb Christian Academy for our school name – original, no?

Rather than my husband and I picking a verse for the school, we had each of the big kids select three verses from which we would choose.  The kids put so much thought into it that we couldn’t pick just one.  So, my husband and I picked a school verse and a Pre-School verse.  Then we used one of Rebecca’s verses as our Middle School verse and one of Timothy’s verses as our Elementary School verse.

Cobb Christian Academy verse:

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon my high places. Habakkuk 3:18-19.

Cobb Christian Academy Middle School verse:

For Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  Romans 15:4.

Cobb Christian Academy Elementary School verse:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9.

Cobb Christian Academy Pre-School verse:

Children, obey your parents in the Lord:  for this is right.  Ephesians 6:1.

Once we had our school name and our verses prior to the start of the school year we sort of forgot about selecting a mascot until about two weeks ago.  We were having dinner and my son dropped his fork, looked at me and exclaimed, “Mama – guess what.  We forgot to pick a school mascot.  What if someone comes here and challenges us to a basketball game or something.  We can’t play if we don’t have a mascot.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but the thought of someone randomly showing up at my door and challenging my kids to a basketball game was something I found hysterical.  Of course, since it was my own child who suggested this, I couldn’t laugh out loud – as much as I wanted to.  So, I calmly told him that he was right and that we needed to do that.

We spent the rest of dinner trying to settle on a mascot.  Eagles got voted down because that was the mascot at their old Christian school.  Several other mascots got voted down as well.  Eventually we made our way to the feline family of mascots.  Wildcats, tigers, bobcats…and then, my son shouted, “I’ve got it!  The Cobbcatz!”

How could we resist.  We had to go with that.  So, there it is…We are the Cobbcatz.

During the week after we selected our mascot, the whole family came down with a cold.  We were coughing, sneezing, and basically miserable.  About 3 days into the plague, my son looked at me calmly and said

“Cobbcat fever…catch it!”

This time I couldn’t control it…I laughed and laughed and laughed.

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 8, 2010

Homeschool Showcase #42

Good morning everyone.  Not much time to post this morning as we are trying to get as much school as possible done before hubby and I head off to the surgery center.

However, I couldn’t run out the door without letting you know that the latest issue of the Homeschool Showcase is up!  I have only had a chance to scan the posts this week, but it looks like there are some really great ideas in this edition.  Hopefully I will have time to check them out this evening.  In the meantime, why don’t you head on over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and check out all the great posts!

Posted by: waterwalkerla | March 6, 2010

Kids’ Week Books, Friday, March 5, 2010

Rebecca

March 5, 2010

Outside my window…the snow is melting and it is very sunny.

Inside the house…it is pretty quiet.  TJ is downstairs, Mom is on the computer, Linden is in her room, and Dad is in his room.

I am wearing…my pink t-shirt and dark blue jeans.

I am thankful that…we get to have a “fancy dinner” tonight and maybe a game night.

I am hearing…mom typing and dad walking.

I am thinking…about what games to play tonight and if Linden is actually asleep.

I am going…to go downstairs before we make dinner.

I am reading…Judges, 1 Corinthians, and The Hiding Place.

I am hoping…I can do my mom’s nails tonight.

I am remembering…how much Linden scared me this afternoon.

From school this week…Number sentences in Math, Corrie Ten Boom in Language, political science in History, and human anatomy in Science.

One of my favorite things…to do is crochet.

A few plans for next week…ice-skating or Bounceland with Melissa, school, and cleaning.

Timothy

March 5, 2010

Outside my window…I see snow and grass.

Inside the house…It’s noisy.

I am wearing…a jersey, sweatpants, and a long sleeve shirt.

I am thankful that…I might go to my friend’s house.

I am hearing…the dishwasher and the dryer.

I am thinking…about going to my friend’s house.

I am going…to play basketball.

I am reading…Judges, 1 Corinthians, and Isaiah.

I am hoping…I can go to my friend’s house.

I am remembering…Super Bowls and sports.

From school this week…I learned about space, Japan, verbs, and fractions.

One of my favorite things…Is sports and read sports books.

A few plans for next week…are school, jobs, and Bible reading.

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