Tuesday, July 29, 2008

First Day of School

We started the day with a bang!  I actually got up with the alarm (it helped alot that the resident mouse was at work early, trying to chew through the bedroom wall), stretched for a minute, and enlisted Alizona to do a very brisk two-mile walk.  We were shooting for 4 mph, and we almost made it.  That is a FAST pace!!  The other girls soon were up and at 'em, and by 8:30 we had all our personal devotions done, chores done, bodies clothed, and breakfast consumed!  What a great start!  We gathered in the living room for devotions (sometimes referred to as Ladies' Coffee Hour), where we read and discussed the interesting and sometimes mysterious blessings and prophecies of Genesis 49.  Then I read to the girls a chapter from History Stories for Children, on Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus. (Personally, I would have liked to have just a little bit more info on Alex the Great.  We looked him up on a timeline and then I had one of those "aha!" moments -- he is one of the Grecian emperors of whom Daniel prophesied, part of the image made of gold, silver, bronze [that was Greece] and clay mixed with iron.  Okay, so I'm a late bloomer in the classics.)  We parted with prayer and a plan for the day, and that was the END of the great start!  I won't fill you in on the rest of the school day!

Fast forward to late in the afternoon.  We finished the day by having each of the girls write in her "school journal" (something new here), one thing she learned in school today.  This way I learn from my kids, you see, what makes them tick. They sure aren't going to report on the things they don't care about.  They are required to write just one sentence, for example, "Today I learned that we live in the temperate zone, but we have an arid climate."  Something like that.  Everyone finished her schoolwork and had time to play, and I whipped together a light and quick supper of bran muffins, salad, and rice pudding (again). 

Can someone tell me how to do a search for a Yahoo group or other forum?  Just wondering if there is anyone out there discussing Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? 

I have heard a few promises of a better day tomorrow, with one of my own to add, Lamentations 3:22-25:
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.


  1. That sounds like a wonderful first day!

    I can't decide when to start back. I am excited to start again, but at the same time I want to let the kids enjoy our nice warm weather while it lasts.

    Happy Back-to-School!


  2. I know I don't always leave you comments (sorry), but I do read your blog on my blog reader. But I had to come today and say what a great idea about the school journal. I think I'm going to use that idea too. Having the kids write about one thing they learned that day, to cool. Thank you so much for sharing that idea. :)


  3. Sorry to hear your 1st day didn't go as planned. I tried to find a Yahoo group for you but when I typed in the book title with Yahoo Group - it brought up your blog. lol

    Oh Sorry, YES, YES, YES, I would LOVE to meet you in Duluth anytime, anyday!!! I expect it to be a zoo up there Friday (online tickets are sold out, but it sounds like we can buy tickets there) - we are leaving early to hopefully find some parking, but we will just be spending the day & coming home later to do chores. We would deffinitley need more than just a day with you all - how about a couple weeks/years - by then you would grow tired of us. lol

  4. Hooray for you! I am glad you had a nice day with the kiddos. Will you be sharing this slow cooker rice pudding recipe? Because I like dessert. And I especially like lazy dessert.

  5. We've started school here too although our first two weeks haven't gone as smoothly as your first day went. Good for you!!! I need a dog and a place to walk ~smile~ Just wanted to say hello!


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