Matt shot a fox in the middle of the afternoon the other day. He was eating figs off of one of our fig trees, but we knew he would soon discover our chickens! We have lost so many chickens to fox in recent years!
It has been so neat to listen to him come home every day and talk about his day. Hearing how he perceives things out in the world, how he filters things through the Word of God and that he knows how to stand alone. It is a blessing and makes the hard days of home schooling all worth it!
One day last week he called to ask me if I would meet him for lunch. Is that not precious!? A grown college boy calling his mom to eat lunch with him! I was sitting there in the middle of a lesson with Malachi and told him I would have to take a rain check. We are on for this week though! :)
I am sharing all of this not because I want to brag (although I am a proud mama!) but to encourage you moms out there with younger home schooling families to keep on! It will be WELL worth your sacrifice! God is so full of mercy and grace to us!
We visited a church today that we have visited a few times in the past year. The preacher came up to us and asked us if we could answer some questions objectively. He began to ask lots of questions about home schooling because he was considering pulling his children out of public schools. He talked alone with Matthew too. Before we left he said, "I never wanted to be one of those weird people that home school. After meeting y'all if I can have kids like you I don't mind being weird." I guess I took that as a compliment! :o)
We have been busy packing McKenzie's things getting ready to move them to the home that Daniel is preparing for them. He has been sanding and refinishing wood floors for the past week.
Mariah sat on her bed and said, "I can't believe she is really leaving!" and then burst into tears. I think the children missing each other is the saddest part for me. We emptied out her hope chest and all ended up in tears. There were so many special things from her late grandma. We saw the high school graduation scrap book that she and "Gran" made together. So many memories came flooding back. My mom has been gone for over two years now but there will still be a huge void at the wedding.
Lots of old friends..
We are finally getting things packed and organized. We laughed at how much STUFF she has! She has always known that she wanted to marry and have a family. She spent much of her teen years preparing for that. She is now reaping the blessing of having many special things for her home and also the skills to run her home.
She also has lots of recipes including a book that I surprised her with on her sixteenth birthday. I got all of our family and friends to send recipes to put in it. She has many in my mom's handwriting and even some that my mom gave her in her great-grandma's handwriting. So special......
We're gettin' there!
Tomorrow just us girls are taking off for the day and spending it at a water park. It will be nice to get away and not think about wedding or packing for the day!