This year was a tough one for me, folks. I don’t know if it’s the age range or just the completely overwhelming idea that I am teaching a 10th grader – but I could not decide on curriculum. That is, until my college friend Jessica mailed me a copy of the book I had asked about on Facebook. Then all my plans laid out perfectly in front of me.
It’s been quiet around here. Sorry about that. Well, sort of sorry.
I’m enjoying the unhurried pace of a very ordinary summer.
We’ve gone to the beach and the neighbor’s pool. My family all pitched in to build me my dream garden and I’m taking plenty of time to talk to the snap peas as they climb their way up their trellis, to smell the tomato plants, and watch the peppermint begin it’s hostile takeover of the flowerbed outside the garden fence. We have our yearly batch of meat chickens growing at an insanely fast rate. We harvested bowl after bowl of fresh strawberries from our own patch, that were all eaten too quickly to even snap a photo of them. I just putter through each day, with a general idea of what needs to happen.
Maybe some of you are thinking, And this is different? Well for me, it is. I am appreciating my ordinary summer new way for two reasons: 1) I was working a lot last summer and just feel like I missed out on the normal fun. While I wasn’t working full time, the 4-5 hours a day I was putting in at my computer desk really killed any fun we could have had. My garden was a dreadful failure. We rushed through beach days or times at the pool. Everything was framed by ‘I have to work’ and it was pretty miserable. I am still working, but I’m working way less hours and doing something I really love. And reason #2?
I read Rocking Ordinary.
As a follow-up to my post on living a simple life, I thought I’d fill you in on some of our plans for this summer and how I’m attempting to reign in the busyness before it starts. Simple does not have to mean boring!
My girls love stickers. I think this is pretty much universal for all kids. And who can blame them?! Stickers are fun! And I love that The Beginner’s Bible has a series of sticker and activity books that help focus children on the Bible. I’ve reviewed the Princess Parables sticker & activity book already so today, I’m focusing on two others- the Super Girls of the Bible book and A Christmas Celebration book.
Self-worth is one of those catchy phrases that gets tossed around a lot, especially when you are talking about girls. With the constant bombardment of unhealthy expectations and images our young people see, it’s easy to understand why it seems that young girls are having a difficult time having a strong sense of self-worth.
I am not interested in giving my daughters inflated egos or a worldly sense of over-importance. But I most definitely want to give them a strong sense of their worth in Christ and their worth to Christ. One of my very favorite Scriptures recently opened up to me in a new way and it fits into this idea perfectly.