7-year-old: Do you have a crush on anyone, Mommy?
7-year-old: I think I know who.
Me: Who do you think?
4-year-old: Yeah. It’s definitely Jesus.
I actually had their daddy in mind, but I’ll take Jesus as my main squeeze any day.
This exchange reminds me of the beautiful quote from St. Augustine:
“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.”
After one of Madeline’s homeschool co-op days she confided in me that there was a little girl who some of the other children were excluding. Madeline admitted that this particular child didn’t always listen well and that it wasn’t always easy to be extra nice to her. I encouraged Madeline to stand up for this girl and to do her best to include her during their free play time and lunch.
Following her co-op this week, my daughter hopped in the van and immediately told me that she tried to be nice to this child, but she threw a carrot at Madeline during lunch. I explained that sometimes when a child felt excluded or was worried about fitting in, she might not act like themselves but that Madeline should still be kind even if the girl wasn’t always nice in return.
“Love your enemies,” I added, hoping to turn this into a lesson rooted in Scripture. But then I realized that this little girl probably shouldn’t be thought of as an enemy just because she tossed a carrot at Madeline.
“Not that she’s your enemy,” I hastily added.
“No,” Madeline agreed. “It’s not like she’s Darth Vader or something.”
So much for a Biblical lesson.
Then my uber talented sister-in-law made Madeline a Star Wars dress!
Here’s a closeup of the pattern:
And for those of you who read that post right after it was published, I am so sorry for all the typos. I was appalled. I think I fixed everything now; however, the way my brain is working these days, there’s no guarantee. Sigh.
4-year-old: You tell me to please obey you, but you never obey me.
I know I regularly discuss most of my children’s abysmal sleep habits, and I suspect some readers are probably convinced they don’t sleep well because of something I do (or don’t do). Maybe there’s some truth to that, although I did have one child who, until recently, was an amazing sleeper and one of those babies who started sleeping through the night all on her own at about five months. (She’s been having some nightmares lately and has been a bit more wakeful than usual.)
However, I also believe children are born needing a certain amount of sleep. Some also have more tenacious personalities and will resist sleep with terrifying zeal. Now my Madeline (the 7-year-old) still doesn’t need a lot of sleep, but she goes to bed easily and sleeps in until 8ish every morning. So there is hope for any of you who give birth to insomniacs like I do!
Now my baby and 2-year-old? Well, we’re not there yet. Not even close. (Madeline started sleeping through the night regularly at about 5.)
Can you imagine waking up in the middle of the night and finding your toddler in the room you call a library with all the lights on, reclining on her back, “reading” a book?
This is a true story. My husband has a video on his Smartphone to prove it.
“What are you doing, Mary Elizabeth?” he asks when he discovers his little girl wide awake, perusing books.
“Reading.” Like, duh, Daddy.
“It’s 1:15 in the morning. You need to go back to bed.”
“No! I reading my books!” your little insomniac-bibliophile argues.
I suppose we should be glad she was looking through books even if it was way, way, way past her bedtime.
Thanks a million to everyone who shared their insight and encouragement after my last QTs with regards to my ongoing homeschooling discernment. I’m feeling much more at peace with everything, and I’m pretty sure we have made our decision for next year. I’ll hopefully post about it one of these days.
I did have a few more questions for some of you more seasoned homeschoolers out there. First off, anyone have any opinions of Kolbe Academy? Right now I design my own curriculum, blending Charlotte Mason and classical education philosophies. I really want to continue to have flexibility, and I’m particularly attached to Singapore Math. Yet, I also recognize that having support might alleviate some of my stress. I’m not sure if I’m ready to go this route, but I figure it’s worth exploring.
I’m also curious if there are any other homeschooling moms who are too tired (lazy?) to do lots of crafts and/or science experiments. Are my kids missing out? We read together a ton and do simple art activities like painting. I used to do more, but my 2-year-old makes such a big mess that I tend to dread craft time, but I don’t want to exclude her. And, no, she no longer naps. She gave up a daytime snooze up months ago. Anyway, I’m clearly just looking for more affirmation (I’m a junkie for it, I’m afraid) that I’m not ruining my kids by not sending them to school where they’d be sure to build igloos with sugar cubes and do all sorts of cool stuff besides spend their days (and sometimes nights) reading books.
That’s enough from me now. May the force be with you.
Have a wonderful weekend!
For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!