Friday, July 2, 2010

Roll Out Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer


My blog. It's been empty a bit. I feel there is little to report beyond repeating myself, so I've not been posting much.

We've been doing school, weeding, harvesting, earning extra money on side jobs, etc. But nothing incredibly earth-shattering. However, I feel like I've abandoned it again, and I can't do that!

Michael has a great plan for his future and his education. He's got the whole thing mapped out to graduate high school early, maybe by 1 or 1.5 years, while simultaneously working on a degree and achieving that by the age of 20. All this while living here and saving up for his first home. His goal? To be a husband and father who stays home to work and care for his wife and kids. To that end, he is preparing himself spiritually, educationally, and financially. I'm so proud of him.

However, what that means is lots of study. He's going to take college classes at home as well as CLEPping out of as many as he can, to reduce his time and expense. I've decided to attempt to CLEP out of some right along with him, as I'm doing the guidance for his school anyhow. What that means is...


And I'm finding out that the things I got stuck on in high school are the same things I STILL get stuck on! Some things never change. However, it is working out beautifully that the thing's I get stuck on, Michael is good at, and the things he is stuck on I am good at.

So that takes a little more time, as instead of just guiding him, setting him up, and being there to help him if he needs it, I am actually doing the work alongside him. It's cool, as we add a little competition to the mix and it spurs us on in speed and accuracy.

Other than that, here are some highlights of late.

Michael doing regular maintenance of the mower, making sure it's clean after being used.

Cute little frog.

A little turtle came on through.

Such beautiful designs!

He's got big plans. Where on earth do you suppose he's going?

I have been taking tons of cloud photographs. The spring and summer sky have been ripe with clusters of Heavenly inspiration. I could probably do that all day long. They simply amaze me, and I can't help but think of my Creator when I look at them, and long for His return.

Quite a bit of swimming.

Brussel sprout anticipation.

Window washing and office cleaning.



Much more weeding yet to be done.

Michael working with his horse.

Fiery sunsets.

New toys.

Beautiful friends with beautiful projects.

Doing more juicing. This is a delicious Granny Smith apple juice that I made a run to the herb garden to add interest. It's got parsley, lemon balm, spearmint, and ginger mixed in as well.

I have been practicing yard sale-ing. We had a wonderful day out at a huge sale in an upscale community. Lots of great stuff I hope to resell - just as soon as I've got time. I bought this quilt set for 3 dollars.

And I didn't get photos of all the designer childrens' clothing I got for a song. That will take some posting effort. We'll see how that goes.

We took off for a terrific trip educational field trip this week. It takes a couple of hours to get there, but the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge was a very interesting event in our nation's history. There is a Museum of Science and Technology that is really great to experience.

They had brought in a Cemesto house and set it up on the grounds. I went in and took gobs of photos that no one else will be interested in seeing, so I'll spare you, but it was cool to imagine this life for the 75,000 people who occupied a place and time so unique in this world's history. I checked out a book from the library to find out more about them, "City Behind A Fence".

Some brain teasers.

A picnic lunch.

One of those whisper cone sets.

We all enjoyed the show about electromagnetism.

And we even participated.

Toward the end of the tour, I found a lot of the young adults giving their feet a break.

On the way back we made a couple of pitstops; Subway for lunch, and the theater for Toy Story 3. It was really, really good. Sniffles all OVER that theater!

Please pray for our dear friend, Todd. It is really looking like the Lord is going to take Him home very soon. Physically it is pretty bad, and writing about the details of what he is dealing with would shock most people. But he is strong in the Lord. This battle with cancer over the last two years has been indescribable in the way it has reached people. God is glorified in all things. Pray for Barbara, his wife, and their two sweet children, Maddie and Ben.

May the Lord bless you all today.