Sunday, March 30, 2008
I learned a few things from the weekend, like I need to move dd toward independent learning even if it's hard and I don't really want to.
I learned that I need to place greater importance on my marriage, even a great marriage can stand improvement!
I learned that I'm doing a few things right, like using great books.
I learned how to outline a paragraph using the "key word" method.
I learned I need to be just a tad less lazy about school, but only a tad. ; )
I decided to purchase a writing program for dd. She loves to write and I'd like to help her to be an excellent writer.
I decided our history program isn't really broken it just needs a little adjustment.
I decided we need to add something to improve the areas critical thinking and biblical worldview. I've got some ideas, but need to keep praying.
I discovered I love to spend money, especially on books, books and more books.
I discovered I miss my family when I'm away. They were both very sick the entire time I was gone. : (
My two favorite speakers were Andrew Pudewa and Jim Weiss. I also heard Gary DeMar. His sessions were ok, but not great. I going to read his books some day to see if they are better. I read articles of his and I really like them, so maybe his books will be good.
I've pasted the following from an email I sent to a friend.
Oh and I've got a story from the conference. Last year we went to several of Jim Weiss's sessions and thoroughly enjoyed each one. He's a story teller. (www.greathall.com) So this year I went to only one session of his on using G.A. Henty and other greats to teach history. In this talk, Jim spoke of the importance of history and gave an example of Harry Truman as a poor, uneducated (college) man, but he loved history and was well read in it. In his description of Truman he mentioned that he was from Missouri or for those who are from there "Missoura." I immediately got tears in my eyes. My grandparents were from there and always said "Missoura." My dad still does. There was a deep, albeit small, connection to my life. Later, I went to Jim's booth to tell him about it, which I did with many, many tears (I absolutely hate to cry in front of people like that, but it could not be helped.) But I did get it out and thanked him for it and I told him I love the way he connects with his audiences. We talked a little more and then he walked around to the front of his table and asked me if I had his Tom Sawyer CD (for some reason I thought he was going to try to sell me something.) I said we had bought a few things last year, but we didn't have that one. So he said, "here l want you to have this." He picked that one because the setting is in Hannibal, MO. He was grateful that I told him about my experience from his session.
I got home and told dh and dd about it and had to cry through that telling. I called my dad to tell him about it and still got teary, but not crying. My sis was there so I told her about it also because my grandparents were special to her as well.
Anyway, it was very moving even though it was such a small thing. Actually, only one letter--the "i" to the "a"--but such a sweet reminder of my grandparents.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The gold finches are starting to get more yellow now. It's been fun to see the changes in the birds going from winter to spring.
I've still been sewing & knitting this week. I've made a cute little doll jumper and have started on a skirt set from the 40s or 50s. I've been trying different patterns to see which ones I like the best as far as ease of use goes. So far, I like the Bitty Baby ones the best. I'll post pictures of the new outfits later.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
This little guy was at one of our feeders for a long time while we were eating dinner this evening. We got out the binoculars and the bird book. We still aren't sure what it is because it just doesn't look like any of the pictures exactly. If you know what it is let me know.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Emily's dog, Yank arrived today, along with Coconut. I decided to sell the Coconut, so it's listed on ebay.
I had an eye appointment today. My eyes are in great shape, but my reading vision needs an adjustment. New glasses coming up, I guess.
I also had an x-ray taken of my lower back, tail bone area to see why it hurts so much. If that doesn't show anything, then I'm hoping to get an MRI done.
Monday, March 10, 2008
I just had to get Emily in on the action.
Can you believe how neat that looks?
I think she's pleased. I know dh is happy! Now for being disciplined. I know it will be hard for me since I've had piles most of my life, but I am committed to making it work! Now off to clean the remainder of the piles from the kitchen table, counter, desk....
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Bitty Baby has a spring outfit.
Friday, March 7, 2008
I've been busy this week.
Amy likes to get the dolls dressed for each holiday. For Valentine's Day they were decked out in pinks and reds. The above dress is for St. Patrick's Day.
Emily got a new dress because I needed to see how to fit the pattern for her.
All the dolls have little bags. This one was made for Emily.