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    This and That

    June 26, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I don’t mean June 26th precisely, but rather what this day is set apart for: finalizing school plans. This will be the second year in a row that Gran {my children’s great-grandma} comes to referee while I bury myself in the office and finish what I started.

    Everything is ready. The books have been bought. The schedules have been downloaded. The curriculum I wrote myself {because I couldn’t find what I wanted} is almost finished. I even spent last night reading more of Poetic Knowledge. This book is right up there with Charlotte Mason’s works in terms of influencing my own thinking on education.

    I also spent some time reading poetry. It was T.S. Eliot, of course. He’s one of my favorite poets of all time, though half the time I don’t know what he is talking about. It doesn’t matter. I love the rhythm of his works, and what I do understand I appreciate.

    I find that reading and learning and making sure my own soul is at rest is imperative if I am to plan a good year for school. I know I’ve only done this twice, but I think this goes for making any sort of major plans. Having a soul that is settled and content {not always an easy task} eases the planning process and helps me see clearly.

    Love One Another

    Another exciting development around the house lately has been a growing affection for one another that I’m seeing among the children. This is encouraging to me as they recently went through a time where they weren’t very good to each other at all and not only was this tiring, but it was discouraging.

    It isn’t that I expect a perfect home, but constant bickering surely isn’t the culture the Lord would have us build.

    But I’ve seen the love in the little things. Like E. having his special morning time with Q. She waits outside his door while he dresses, sometimes lightly knocking {in case he forgot she is there}. When he’s done, he lets her in and closes the door behind them. I spied on them to find out what was going on. It turns out that he brings her all his special trucks hidden away in the corners of his room {the ones he hates to share}. He lets her play with them while he makes his bed and tidies his room.

    It is a short period of time, but I can tell that Q. is growing in affection for him as well. She now likes to run up to him and give him a big hug and a kiss.

    The girls have had their own struggles. A. was so little when Q. was born, and sometimes she treated Q. more like a doll than a person. I don’t know if she hurt her on purpose or if she was just immature and therefore rough, but there were many, many months where the two of them could not be alone together in a room. Q. still flinches a little when A. comes running toward her, and this has definitely strained their relationship.

    But on Monday night, Q. began to cry on the way home. It was late and she was hungry for a snack. I looked back, thinking I needed to comfort here, and there was A. with her hand on Q.’s arm, patting her gently and telling her she’d be okay. Q. calmed down, and that night they stayed up late giggling together.

    Sometimes, it is the little things.

    The Move

    Our house is officially “sale pending,” and we are making great plans. I was pleased to discover that my cupboards and drawers do not require lining. However, the house, being a foreclosure that sat there for many months, is definitely covered in a fine layer of dust. I can’t wait to attack it with my beautiful vacuum.

    We are hoping to push the sale through as quickly as possible so that we can get the keys and have time to do some work before we actually move in. Tasks like painting are much easier sans children and furniture, wouldn’t you agree?

    New With You?

    So, readers, anything new I should know about? Ellen has a pretty new template. Kansas Mom really should have had that baby by now. What else?

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    2 Comments

  • Reply Brandy June 27, 2008 at 4:11 am

    I forgot to tell you that the third child is the teaser baby. They pretend they are coming, but they are actually quite lazy about it.

    At least, that was my experience and the experience of a few women I know. 🙂

  • Reply Kansas Mom June 27, 2008 at 3:40 am

    I wish I’d had the baby! I’ve still got some time before the actual due date, so I should be patient, but at this point all that’s left is the waiting — and that’s very difficult!

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