Goodbye, September (what?!), hello October!
I needed home life to be easier. Sending Vernon to public school gave me back huge reserves of emotional energy and cut my one-room schoolhouse from three grade levels (plus Seth) to two. While this blessing was apparent every day, I was still overloaded at home. I was struggling with loads of nausea and crazy exhaustion from the pregnancy. Emma, sweet girl that she is, needed so much more stimulation than I could give her with one-to-one teaching. She’s a social kid! We’re also beginning evaluations for ADHD, as we had become concerned about some new behaviors we were seeing in her. Whether or not she actually is diagnosed with ADHD, the curriculum I had picked was not working for her. And my fourth-grader is still daily testing as to whether or not I really, truly mean, “you must do your schoolwork.” (yes.)
Road trips are a good time for problem-solving. PJ and I got to go to an A&M football game for his birthday! My sweet, sweet mama stayed with all four kids overnight so we could have a full-out getaway. On our drive down, we arrived at a seemingly simple solution to all my problems (see above): put Emma in public kindergarten. Yes. Oh my word, yes. I walked in with her to the school at 8 a.m. Monday morning, and by 8:20 I was (a bit tearfully) waving goodbye to my little kindergartener! She is now getting all-day stimulation and comes home tired! We also put Seth in a Mothers Day Out program two days per week instead of one. This lets me use one day to volunteer at a pregnancy center and one day to rest without a busy toddler running around!
The gospel is all throughout Genesis. I’ve read Genesis sooo many times due to its place at the beginning of the Bible coinciding with renewed Bible reading plans every January. (Oh, hey, Haggai!) This month, I started Nancy Guthrie’s Seeing Jesus in Genesis with our church’s ladies Bible study group. It’s such a good study. Particularly during the chapter on the Fall, I got teary a few times seeing how much God is truly grieved by sin; and yet, He infuses grace all throughout His interactions with Adam and Eve. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the study.
JPEG is not the same as JPG. I am not a programmer (clearly), but after hissing at my computer, “why aren’t you showing the stupid image file???” I found the answer. When you change the file extension, things don’t work. Got it.
Linking up with Emily Freeman!