Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Contemplation of ...

Wisdom, Beauty and Truth.

In the process that I am going through both in the education of my children and myself, I constantly hear about focusing on Wisdom, Beauty and Truth.

It really is not what we traditionally think of these things, yet it is.

Wisdom - we think of this more with a person, someone who is wise.  Is this person all-knowing?  Maybe full of common sense?  What I think of when it comes to wisdom is, quite simply, the ability to stay in a place of learning and contemplation through a lens of truth.  A child cannot be wise because they have not had the experience to learn and contemplate and especially not understand truth.

Truth - This one is very difficult for me.  There are so many things that seem on the surface to be true, but is it?  I have not seen truth in its purest form because I have not studied enough.  I am not wise either.

Though I have a deep desire, and always have, to learn and grow, I am no where the point of where I would call myself wise.

Beauty - We all know this.  We each have an idea of what is beautiful.  But the type of beauty I am talking about is going deeper.  Moving past the superficial and finding true beauty in the abstract.  The beauty of math or astronomy.  The beauty in cleaning or preparing a meal.  The perfect order that created a tomato or a kiwi.

Maybe even, with a stretch, I can find beauty in our struggle to get out of debt and stay out debt.  LOL - maybe one day.

Monday, January 16, 2017

First Day of School

Though not literally the first day we have done school for the 2016/2017 calendar year, it is the first day we have committed to starting school at home with fervor.

We truly begin our US History studies.  It will takes us 1+ years as we want to incorporate documentaries and a trip to DC.  I wish we could jump in our RV and just go around the US for a year, but not an option, so DC it is.

This past weekend, we all decided that year round schooling will be best for us.  So, we are doing a 9 weeks on, 4 weeks off, with a couple of exceptions.  Since we took off the first two weeks of January due to the stress in the house, we have to work 10 weeks this first time, then get three weeks off.  Then we do a 9 weeks stretch, then 3 weeks off  late the in the year again because I want the month of December off.  Pretty much, we expect to travel during those breaks - one to DC, maybe to see my Dad in Arkansas, a trip to Mississippi to see family, etc.  December we will just exist though.

We think this mimics college boy's quarter system a bit, and will hopefully prevent burnout, while at the same time not letting us get so ingrained in leisure that it makes MORE difficult to get started up again.

Morning Meeting

Something different is that we are having morning meetings everyday, but Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  After breakfast and teeth brushing, we meet in the living room to commence the day.
In this meeting, we:

1. Say good morning to each other, ask how we've slept, etc.  Then I may talk about anything that is new or has come up, then give them the opportunity to do the same.  Then we get into group lessons.

2. Bible Studies

3. History Lesson

4. Either Poetry or Science (whichever the day)

5. Latin chants

6. Chores

Then, they are off to do their individual work - Latin, writing, grammar, word studies, math and what ever elective they have.

It sounds like a lot, but we do small chunks everyday.  Like the saying goes - How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.

This is also the first day of school for me as well. When they break for their individual work, I will spend 30 minutes more or less beginning my endeavor of studying the classics.  I am still in prep work and not sure where I will start, but I am excited!

Lunches with Dad
In addition to all this!  I wanted to start incorporating current events into our program and many homeschool moms do this by having afternoon tea once a week.  Well, Dad wanted to be involved, so we are going to have lunch with Dad every other week and have current event lunches. 

If it works out well, we may do this weekly on Fridays even with me. 

Today however, we are just getting our curriculum labeled and set up, then going over bible and some latin flash cards, and watching a video speech about the importance of a classical education.  Dr. Christopher Perrin is quite charismatic!

I hope you all are enjoying your day! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Prostate Cancer

We just found out this morning that my father-in-law has prostate cancer.

This is the very beginning of the process so we do not know to what extent or if it has metastasized yet; they are doing a ct and bone scan later this month.  Too long for me, but I guess 1.5 weeks is not long for the medical world.

This has shocked the family because his brother just died of prostate cancer - like 2 weeks ago and another brother died a few years ago of it. 

Good grief. 

Now, my husband is freaking out.  His dad may be on the way to dying, and the likelihood of my husband getting it just increased 5 fold.   He is a worrier about these things and wakes up at night in cold sweats about death.  It is really very sad and nothing I say seems to help.

There is no real prevention other than eat your veggies and exercise.  Still, even if you do that, you can still get it.  The best way, truly, is to get checked often and catch it early.  The survival rate is very high if it is caught early.

Luckily, none were early onset - this is definitely later in life.  Over age 75.  So, late life cancers are very common in general.  I have always pushed the veggies as well as spices and herbs like turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, sweet basil, garlic.  The good stuff that helps with the blood.

We need to work on the exercise portion and we are getting there.  I am making some changes so I can lead the family down a healthier path.

Big news other than that - TODAY, I announced that I no longer will be sewing patches after March 31, 2017. 

Whew!  What a load off my mind.  I am cutting back on the business, which will give me more free time to make meals, motivate the family to exercise, etc.  I know I should not be the only one, but it is kind of the role I have always played in our family - the motivator.  Yes, it gets tiring, so things fall off from time to time, but I always get back in there.

This time, I am trying to approach this from a place of rest instead of a check list.  This is a part of our life, with no goal in mind.  Just aligning it with our values.

We will see how it goes.  Me getting to this point will take a while. 

Most assuredly AFTER several cups of coffee!  ;)