April 2012 Status Update:
Sitting….at the green desk. I moved it to a different corner of the room so that I’d be able to look out the window while I write. I really like this point of view. The natural light is pleasant and I can hear my wind chimes. Say, that reminds me. At my parents-in-love’s wedding anniversary party, my MIL was gifted a set of lovely wind chimes. Her sister, the giver of this good gift, said, “It’s in my favorite key: A.” Then, she sang the note. She’s a pianist. It struck me funny because I don’t know any other humans who have a favorite key. Her simple declaration started me wondering about things I’ve never wondered before that moment. What is my favorite key? How do I go about finding my favorite key? What key do my wind chimes play? Whatever it is, I don’t think it’s my favorite. It’s too high and metallic sounding; I think I’d like a deeper chime with an organic sound.
Listening….to my kids fight. They pulled out their nerf guns and a fierce battle has ensued.
Wishing…that my camping trip hadn’t gotten cancelled. I was planning a trip to Cheaha for this week, but we are going to have to postpone it because of various circumstances. The weather is just perfect for camping this week! I know God has a good reason for why we aren’t camping this week, so I’m thankful. Not camping means that we’re doing school this week. Do you realize how difficult it is to do school after you thought you’d be camping? I struggled to do our lessons today. I’d rather be outside; it’s been a beautiful day! Maybe that explains why I’m blogging and the kids are shooting at each other.
Asking…the kids if they’d like to go to the tennis courts to play some tennis. “Wouldn’t that be niiiiiice?” My question was met with a chorus of “NOOOOOOOOOO!” They are having too much fun.
Dreading…breaking up all the fun they’re having because we have to go out for some exercise and fresh air. Hahaha, I just called for them to put on some play clothes because we’re going out for some PE. “Why?” “Where are we going?” “No!” “This IS exercise!”
Reading…Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I thought it would focus on the sinful depravity we all face, but Bunyan has surprised me. This is a very personal book. I’m reading in e-book format, so I don’t know how far in I am exactly. At this point, he is describing some of his most troubling thoughts and why he doesn’t feel safe to share them with anyone. I have been repeatedly shocked to find that my thoughts and reasonings are almost exactly the same as his, which makes me think my twisted ideas and contemplations aren’t all that unique, which makes me glad. Not glad that my thoughts have not honored God, but glad that my thoughts, though off-kilter, aren’t all that unusual even for believers. (I’ll be sharing quotes from this book for the next little while in my “Quote of the Week” section below).
Anticipating…the end of this school year. It is going to be here before I know it! Today, Benjamin finished the last lesson in his math book. Believe it or not, he’s eager to go ahead with his 7th grade work tomorrow. Abbey and Noah finished their math a few weeks ago and have already started next years work. Hannah will be finished in another week. I can’t believe I’ll have an 8th grader!
Well, it’s time to go. My children have agreed that a short jog and some tennis (or swimming) are a good idea after all. I have to admit, the prospect of swimming is what changed their minds.