8/22/2013: Day 154

First Day of School!

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What was I thinking???  I really thought I would wait until September to reconvene.  But, we’re doing things differently this year and the excitement of it all was just too much!  We had to go ahead and take the plunge.  I’ve come to realize, however, that a long break isn’t always best.  We’ve only been finished with our previous year for about a month and we’re still having to spend these first few days reviewing.  How soon they forget.

It was an interesting first day.


We have never started our new school year in a camper.  I’ve had to be creative in how to arrange things to have enough space for all of our school stuff.   I’ve mentioned before that there’s basically no wall space so I got this idea from another homeschool mom.



It works great!  Pull the tri-fold boards out when you need them and fold and put them away when you don’t.  Instant walls!  It got a little crowded at times with our “walls” everywhere, books stacked on nearly every flat surface, and our fold away table set up in the middle of the living room/kitchen/dining room.  Okay, a lot crowded.


But we worked around it all and had a wonderful day.

I am so blessed to be able to be home with my children and lead them down the road to wisdom.  I’ve heard the phrase “redeeming our own education” several times lately and that is so true with homeschooling.  I’m getting a second chance at education myself.  Bonus!

We also had a “creepy” observation and lesson of the eight legged kind.


We discovered, what we believe to be, a nursery web spider in our woodpile.  It’s the largest spider I’ve ever seen in nature.  She had hundreds of spiderlings crawling around the sac…

can’t believe I had the opportunity to eliminate that many spiders at once and I actually let them live.  What???  I’m softening in my old age.  🙂  I just pray they crawled far away to find a home.

We ended our brainy day with orientation for our Classical Conversations group (one of the new homeschool adventures we’re going on).  It was held at the church where our sessions will be  and we were let in on a wonderful surprise…weekly Thursday dinner provided by organizations in the area and served to the community by the church for FREE!  And let me tell you, it was fantastic…fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, garden tomatoes, cucumbers, peach cobbler with whipped cream, and sweet tea!  A classic southern meal.  We’ve already decided where we’ll be on Thursdays.  🙂  I was thinking this evening that it was as if God was saying, “I’m blessing you. You don’t have to cook. Come and enjoy.”  That made me smile.  He is in the little things just as much as He’s in the big things.  Reminds me of the sermon the pastor preached Sunday on the sparrow.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”  Matthew 10: 29,31

I love my Lord.  He cares for me.  🙂


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