First Field Trip of the School Year

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Hello.

Today has been a busy day. I got up early to go to the hospital to take pictures of a friend’s brand new baby. The new big brother was such a sweetheart to his little brother, giving kisses and loving on him without prompt.

This was a different birth photography experience for me; this was a c-section birth. I wasn’t allowed in the operating room, which was totally fine with me: better safe than sorry, right? After the delivery, however, the mom was completely immobile. I didn’t get all the shots I would have liked, so I’m going back later this week when Mom is feeling more like herself.

Midday, the kids and I went to Tuscaloosa Environmental Services to learn about our community’s recycling efforts.

One of the kids gave an awesome PowerPoint presentation to show his fellow students why we should be recycling.

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Did you know that clothing can be made from recycled plastic bottles? Feels softer than cotton!

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Blocks of aluminum cans:

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While we were observing the sorting room, one of the trucks came in to unload its bounty. This is a short clip of the truck dumping the plastic bottles.

I’m not going to lie…there was something oddly soothing about watching all of the bottles and newspapers and cardboard boxes cascade to the floor.

After the field trip, it was time to go home for a quick lunch and an afternoon of regular school work. In other words: no fun.

We do not live within the city’s limits, so we have to take our recyclables to one of the many recycling bins located around town. I hate to admit it, but we have been throwing away so many items that can be recycled. This week we’re going to see what happens when we sort our garbage and try to make recycling a regular thing at our house.

Go, me. (September Status Update)


Wow. My daily blogging streak lasted all of 13 days.

I went on two camping trips in August and forgot all about the blog.

Then, last week, I received a sweet email from a friend:

Leslie,
 

Just a quick note to say that I miss your blogging. I was so glad to see you writing again :-)

Hope you are well.

 
In Him,
Melissa
 
I kid you not, my first thought was, Oh, yeah, I blog. I forgot to blog every day!
 
I guess with school getting into full-swing, I’ve been really busy and disengaged from anything that isn’t demanding my attention RIGHT NOW. I’m going to rectify that beginning today, not because I feel like I have to blog, but because I want to blog.
 
The second daily activity I tried to begin again was taking at least one picture each day. I totally failed at that, which means I don’t have very much to show for the three weeks that I didn’t write.
 
I have a few minutes to spare now that the kids and I have finished up a few school subjects for the morning. At the moment, they are rebelling against differentiating and diagramming predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives, so I sent them to the backyard for the next 15 minutes. Maybe running around will help their brains wake up.
 
Without further ado, here’s a short status update for September.
 
Sitting…at the school table.
 
Drinking…nothing.
 
Reading…a grammar textbook.
 
Thinking…of another way to explain subjective complements.
 
Thinking…what’s for lunch?
 
Anticipating…getting together with other homeschool moms tonight for some conversation, fun games, and coffee.
 
Also anticipating…FALL!!!! We had a wonderful summer full of activity, fun, and record-setting heat and sweat, but I’m ready for cool days, changing leaves, and my fleece jacket. (Yes, the levels of sweat sweated from my body broke records).
 
Participating…in a women’s self-defense class this month. We had our first meeting this week. My main take-away: “Head on a swivel.”
 
Watching…the seconds tick by on my 15 minutes to blog.
 
Wishing…I had more to share, but I’m at a loss for anything interesting, engaging, or amusing. Plus, I’ve exceeded my 15 minutes.
 
Lord willing, I’ll blog tomorrow!

Hello.


I’ve been such a bad blogger! I’m currently sitting in the carline at the high school, waiting for my kids. I think I have time to churn out a short post.

Are you keeping up with current events? I cannot think of another time in my life when so much horror and distress has happened at once.

I realize that this only my perception. And, were it not for the internet, it is quite possible that I wouldn’t know about so many of these things all together at once. It seems like news used to be more spread out; information used to trickle through news outlets and papers. That is no longer the case, and it can be overwhelming.

I mention all of that just to say this: I can’t simply blog while the world is in turmoil. I find myself in stunned silence and disbelief after reading an article or watching a video. Then, I usually make the mistake of reading comments. Ugh. A vast majority of people simply do not need to comment on issues of importance. Flippant comments regarding complex issues only add fuel to an already raging fire.

On the other hand, some problems are black-and-white, right-and-wrong, and the solution is simple. Those are the ones most difficult for me to process.

So many terrible things are happening, and very little seems to be getting done to stop or repair them, which frustrates and angers me, which leads to a dormant blog.

There’s the bell; time to move.

Here’s a picture of Abbey and Noah doing their school work yesterday.

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Sometimes it’s good to look stupid


“And David danced before the Lord with all his might…As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul loked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart…And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord — and I will make merry before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes.”
2 Samuel 6:14, 16, 20-22.

[W[e preach Christ crucified, a stumbling blog to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:23-25

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29

And the natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:21-23

First Day of School Pics


I tried to achieve the perfect first-day-of-school photo. I really did. But as my children love to do  whenever I want to create a moment or make a memory “extra special,” they decide it’s the perfect time to be silly. When will I learn?

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I was trying to take individual photos, but the other wouldn’t get out of the way. AND, because it was already 7:15, we didn’t have the luxury of time.

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So. I demonstrated the pose I wanted. Somehow, my demonstration was hilarious to them (because I am a total spaznerddweeb) and I ended up with this photo.

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Good enough.