I am sitting outside on our back deck, enjoying this gorgeous day that God has given us. It is the perfect temperature out, and the quiet, little scratching of the chickadees and Titmice eating seeds at the feeder behind me make me smile. We just came back from a leisurely walk around Spring Lake. The fresh air and exercise was invigorating. Awww...this is the life of a homeschooling family. I had forgotten how the closeness, flexibility, and freedom of teaching at home can be a blessing, at times.
This is my third day of teaching five different grades, and though it is still hard to pinpoint how it is all going to go, I know God is in control and He will give me grace to sort through all that I need to do. Yes, I am a bit overwhelmed, but I just need to take one day at a time and work out the best schedule that I possibly can so all the children can get their time with me. I still have a good feeling about it all though, a peace that passes all understanding, simply because this is where God has placed me for the time being. He will give me the wisdom to deal with each issue as it comes up, and He will give me the courage to teach Pre-Algebra, whether I like it or not!
On top of beginning school, we have been dealing with a washing machine that decided to break down, which is a horrible thing to do to a family of seven! The repair man came to look at it on Monday and found something stuck in one of the valves. I guess I did not empty the pockets as well as I should have, which makes me cringe. I hate digging into the children's pockets. You never know what you will find inside there! I do not mind finding Legos, bouncy balls, or pinecones, and even the money is a great treasure to find, but it is the endless possiblities of creepy crawlies and whatnots that 'could' be in there. I am very grateful my boys were never ones to collect weird things, like frogs and caterpillars, inside their pant's pockets. The blessing of all this is the fact that our washer is still under warranty and we are getting a new valve, and a new pump system for free. Nothing can beat free!
Another thing we have been dealing with is a new little visitor in our home. I was at my friend's house for a few minutes the other night. As we were saying goodbye, we heard a rustling in the bushes near her front porch. Upon closer investigation, we discovered a little kitten hiding there! He was wild, and very nervous, but his curiosity got the better of him. After trying to catch him for half an hour, we finally tricked him into coming out and we scooped him up in a net. The little black and white fellow was so sweet and calm. He did not know what to do with all these new faces peeking in at him, and hands petting his soft fur. To make a long story short, I ended up taking him home because of dogs and allergies in my friend's house, and I presented him to the family in a little basket. Joe just looked at me like he would one of the children in exasperation. I could see the question in his eyes, "What are you up to now?" I just could not help it. I just have a heart for hurting things, especially baby ones.
We ended up giving him a flea bath because we discovered he was infested with the horrible things. He has been living in our bathroom for the last three days, but he has become the friendliest little kitten. He loves the children and we are all wondering what is going to happen to him. Nobody has offered to take him in, and we are getting a suspicious feeling that he is going to join our family. I have been trying to guard my heart so it will be easier to give him away, but every time I look at his little face the wall crumbles a little bit more. Does anyone want a cute kitten????
Lastly, I want to update you on the progress of my book. It is coming, I promise! I now have the painting for the cover art, and we have been working on getting the cover made. With my husband's schedule, we do not have a lot of free time to do extra things so it has been taking an extremely long time to see the end of this project. I have been trying to be very patient, waiting on God's timing, because I know it is all because of Him that I can even write and publish a book. We had to get the program that would allow us to design a cover, plus the process of actually having the artist paint the pic for the cover took a long time. Everything requires time, which seems to grow less and less the older I get. It will be so nice when we do not have to think of time once we get to heaven.
So, be on the lookout for the introduction of my last book. Once I submit the entire thing to the printers, it will be available within two weeks. I will be letting everyone know when they can start preordering the book. Thank you all for being so patient! Thank you, everyone, for being such an encouragement to me! I am excited about this upcoming book, the conclusion to 'The Orphans of Mordecai's Castle' series. Soon you will all know how it ends. Take care and God bless!