Life is slowly getting back to normal. The kids are nearly through with their process of Grandma detoxification…as I call it. We still have tons of treats to eat and I will be glad when they are all gone…four large boxes of chocolate pop-tarts, three boxes of chocolate cereal and other goodies that I never purchase. After the grandma detox will come the sugar detox and then everything will be back to normal. Yeah normal!!!
This week is Holy Week. It is the one time of year I miss the Catholic Church. During this week I long for the traditions, pageantry, and solemnity of Holy Week. I’ve been a Christian for almost twenty years now…half of those years in the Catholic Church and half as a…non-denominational Christian…some sort of Protestant I guess. Every Sunday when I go to church (currently Baptist) I always wonder why there is no Crucifix…why do Protestants shun the Crucifix. Maybe I should ask about it one of these days. Tomorrow is Good Friday…and I will miss walking the Way of the Cross.
Speaking of the Catholic Church…guess where I will be this time next week…My friend Mrs. Cuddle-me and I are going to the homeschool convention in Cincinnati. We will be staying in the guest room at the Monastery where I was once a member. The last time I stayed in that room was in the summer of 1997…hoping and praying to be accepted into the community. Standing in that room again might be an…odd moment for me. I am looking forward to seeing my Sisters and Mother again, going to my first convention, and sharing this strange and beautiful moment with my friend. This time next week I will be encountering a memory of myself…should be weird.
My husband and I decided to spend Resurrection Sunday at home this year. I am on nursery rotation at church this month and will be tired after taking care of a class full of two years olds. A day at home with just my family sounds peaceful.
We started our summer semester this week in the homeschool. We have a few chapters of Story of the World to finish and about twenty lessons from Primary Early American History (Beautiful Feet Book) to finish up from the school year. This week we added a weather and climate study and we started Geography through Literature from Beautiful Feet Books. We have only completed four lessons in the geography study so far but the crew absolutely loves the course. I can already tell our summer studies are going to be great fun! We’ve also been working our way through the See The Light The Crossmaker art DVD lessons this week…the crew is loving it.
We got our IOWA test results back this week and I was very happy with the crew’s performance…mostly. I am still concerned about math. We are using MathUSee and I am wondering if we should switch to Christian Light Education math. Most of their lower scores (lower but still average) were in math. Should I switch or not…undecided at the moment.
If anyone has some tips about attending a homeschool convention I am very open to advise…
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April 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Happy Easter to the Story’s! I hope you can find meaning to the Easter week, sometimes it gets lost in all this talk of spring and candy and Easter Bunnies. I keep reminding myself this week is about Jesus, and only Jesus. Of course, every week is about Jesus…….
April 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
That is very true Tom…
April 18, 2014 at 5:51 am
Have a great time at the convention…I really wanted to get to the Cincinnati convention this year but just couldn’t make it happen. I wish I had advice, but I have never been to a convention yet. It would have been fun to meet up! 🙂
April 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm
I’ve been taking notes on what to expect and how to prepare for a convention and I’ll be sure to share what worked for me. Maybe you can go next year!
April 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Hey, I like your Easter art :). I’ve been protestant always but my Grandma was Catholic for awhile and my Dad was as a child. My Dad later became a conservative minister (more Baptist in theology). Anywho, he explained it to me about why we don’t like the crucifix. We like the empty cross because it reminds us that Jesus isn’t on it anymore. He’s alive and not dead. I certainly don’t mind the portrayal of Jesus on the cross in plays and such. I just like that it ends with him coming off it and rising again. Anywho, that’s how I’ve always been told and it makes sense to me :). Hope that helps. God bless, love, and Happy Easter!
April 19, 2014 at 2:28 pm
Thank you. That does make sense to me.
April 20, 2014 at 12:46 am
Any time :). Happy Easter, friend!