02-17-19 The Globe

I’ve been wanted to get the kids a globe for the classroom and this turned out to be a more challenging request than I expected. Sure, I could go to Target and buy one, but I figured I’d save money and get one used. So I’ve been watching Facebook marketplace for the past several months.

What I didn’t anticipate was that most (nearly all) of the globes people are trying to re-home have the Soviet Union on them. Obviously that isn’t too helpful for us.

But finally one USSR- free globe popped up and I bought it. What’s cool about it is that it is interactive. It has a stylus that you can touch the surface of the globe and it will give you various information about that country. There’s an interactive map of the US too, so the kids can practice their states.

Big E, my hands on learner, took to it immediately and couldn’t wait to show us all the countries he was learning.

02-16-19 Editing Again!

Over the past few weeks I have taken on some freelance clients. The first day I sat down to work on a project, I felt almost giddy. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. Now that I’m in a groove with it, time flies while I edit.

I wait until we are finished with school for the day or until the kids are in bed to do my work. I also eke in some time on the weekend if I have a deadline, which I do on Monday. I’m really enjoying this new development and I’m excited to see what opportunities open up!

02-15-19 The Ditch

Today we found a ditch. We aren’t in the habit of looking for ditches. Nor do we normally play in them when we see them. But sometimes they are just too tempting.

The weather today was amazing. Not ‘early summer’ amazing, but warm enough for a long walk with a light jacket- and when that opportunity arises in February you have to seize it.

So C and Big E grabbed their bikes and Baby E pulled out his balance bike and we started walking. And during our trek, we found the ditch. There was nothing special about it except it had a crevasse that started very narrow and blossomed into a large muddy crack. We took turns jumping over the narrowest section, as we built up our courage to jump far over the muddy abyss.

We wore ourselves out with jumping and yelling. We played tag in a random field and the big kids rode their bikes down bumpy, muddy gravel roads.

By the time we got home we were all dirty and tired, having absolutely earned our warm mugs of hot cocoa.

02-14-19 Valentine’s Day

Flowers are beautiful.

Chocolates are delicious.

But my husband knows that the way to my heart is with books and the time to read them. ❤️❤️

I’ve been eyeing this book for months. I’ve picked up countless copies at the various bookstores I frequent, only to set them back down and tell myself I don’t need another book. When I opened the package that Tim had waiting for me on the kitchen counter this evening, I couldn’t have been happier. I already started reading as I waited for the kids to brush their teeth and get ready for bed. It’s only now by sheer willpower that I don’t stay up all night to devour it!

02-11-19 The Accident

Through no fault of his own, Tim was in a pretty serious forklift accident at work this morning. He was unloading skids from a truck when the truck began to roll away from the loading dock, with the front wheels of the forklift in the bed of the truck and the back wheels still inside the shop. As the truck continued to roll away from the building, the forklift was pulled out of the shop and came crashing down about six feet to the ground below- with Tim still sitting in it. Fortunately it landed straight and didn’t tip over or flip, but it did crash very hard.

Tim went to the emergency room to get checked out. They did a CT scan and they didn’t find any breaks, but he is pretty stiff and sore, and will likely be even more so in the days and weeks to come. We will be keeping an eye on him and watching for anything else to develop.

I’m so incredibly grateful that today didn’t go worse, because it really could have. When I walked through the door and saw him this evening, it really hit home that I could have lost him today and that was a tough thought to digest.

So please join me in praying for his healing over the next few weeks, that his pain will be minimal and his body will bounce back pretty quickly. In the meantime, we’ll be doing our best to make sure he stays comfortable.

02-09-19 Recovery Day

The problem with working half the night last night is that it’s 1 am and I’m still not tired, but I haven’t been alert enough to be productive… So today was kind of a blah day. Hopefully tomorrow the coffee will be strong and easily accessible, cause I’m going to need it!