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Birthday, organizing, and simplifying…

My son Luke turned 7 today!  What an exciting day.  We had dinner out, family Wii night, and lots of desserts.  He also got the Lego Minsdstorms NXT.  He actually saved his own money and paid for half of it.  All in all, it was a fantastic day!
Homeschooling was also good today.  On Friday John received his new Explode the Code Primer Book B in the mail.  He finished it today! No joke, he was so excited about it, he started it Friday night and finished it today.  I will order Book C next!  Grace also finished up SpellWell 3rd grade last week, and began Book C this week.  (4th grade)  It is more challenging for her and she is enjoying it.
We’re reading about The Thirteen Colonies in History, and about Jupiter in Science.  All is going smoothly overall.  There have been some struggles with keeping everyone focused.  I think we are all just READY for Spring!!! 🙂

Aside from homeschooling, it’s been a busy and exhausting past week.  Lots of things going on in all areas of our lives.  I am so grateful that no matter what comes our way, we can rest in God’s promises.  His plans are always good, and even in the midst of emotional or physical weakness, He carries us each day.  I read in my devotion the other morning, to stop and think about the Lord every time during the day that I started to get overwhelmed.  It has really been helping.  As soon as I focus on Him, everything becomes easier.

I have been thinking alot about simplifying lately.  In a world where people are so weighed down by “stuff” and the more “stuff” you have, the more you want, our family has become somewhat the opposite.  We don’t have cable tv, and don’t watch much tv; we really don’t buy very many toys, but are given many hand-me downs~the same goes for clothes.  We also enjoy a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home, yet I don’t make it  a huge priority, meaning I wouldn’t spend a great amount of money or time on making things look “just right.”  I’ve been feeling lately that the material things are so not important.

I have also been enjoying reading some great articles about organizing the home, and simplifying.  Heart of the Matter online had a great one today.  I am planning a BIG spring clean/purge in the next few weeks of our house.  The whole family will be involved.  Another “real life” learning event!  I know when the home is orderly, we all function better.  I also want to make it a priority to teach the kids good organization skills.  For some of them it comes naturally, and some of them it doesn’t.  Yet this is a skill they all need.  It helps our family so much when we are organized.  So out with all of the “stuff” that weighs us down, and just keep the important.  More on that to come…

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