I’ve been getting up early the last few days. I don’t know why, I usually really struggle with this. But I guess my mind has just been too busy to sleep. I like the morning quiet. Love it, actually.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m an auditory learner and a verbal communicator, so noise can be very distracting for me. Especially word noise. I’m constantly trying to process what I hear and it is very hard for me to block it out. I am not someone who has the TV on all day just to have background noise! Mr. Fix-It and I are complete opposites that way. He has no trouble blocking words out and will actually come in and turn the TV on while the radio is on!
Quiet mornings are a great time to do Bible reading, writing, or these last few days I find it peaceful to just sit around and listen to the morning sounds. Not thinking. Not praying. Just sitting quietly and letting things float gently around my mind. Like snowflakes, some settle to the ground and melt away, and some settle in and stay awhile.
Here’s a few of the things that have been floating around for me…
- Today is the kiddo’s last day of school. (I’m sure this time!) This summer we’ll be using one of our church youth (she’s a rising senior) as a daycare provider at our home. I’m excited because this will be the first time the crew has gotten to be home for the summer and I think it’s going to be great!
- I’m also glad that I only work 8.5 minutes away, just in case it doesn’t always go great.
- While touring schools yesterday we also stopped at a used homeschool curriculum store and two parent-teacher supply stores and picked up a couple of fun learning posters for our upstairs–a map of the 50 states and capitols and a chart of all our Presidents from George Washington to Barak Obama.
- Yes, I’m a nerd, but I think they’re going to love them. Did you ever read Cheaper by the Dozen (the wonderful original book, not those lame movies with Steve Martin)? They did cool learning things for their kids all the time. Once they even painted their whole room in Morse Code dots and dashes to teach them. And I still remember memorizing the 50 state and capitols while doing jumping jacks in Elementary School gym class.
- I’m still mulling over a summer “learning” plan. Maybe more goals than a full blow plan. We should be wrapping up our adventure with Farmer Boy next week, so I’m thinking of putting together a summer family reading list to get us through the next few months.
- I’ve also got some nature journals in mind (and Mr. Fix-It and I have a few field trips in mind to go with them!), and the Ladybug is going to work with our babysitter on her math facts for about 10 minutes a day.