Thursday is a busy day at the best of times, but today we added a few more commitments to the mix!
We left the house at 7.30am (boy, am I glad this doesn’t have to happen every day!). Drop Jess off at Mainly Music, drop the car off to be serviced and then went on to the Chiropractor for another appointment for my back.
While at the Chiropractor the kids (Nomi and Daniel) worked on some of their daily diligence (Reading, Math).
My friend picked us up and brought us home as we will be without the car for two days. While we were driving home we talked about the importance of practicing a skill until it becomes ingrained, natural, a part of you. This applies to things we do as parents as much as it applies to the kids learning a new technique for writing.
It is amazing how much going into town eats up your morning (and energy levels) but I really wanted to complete another Bible study lesson for the kids so we pushed through that. We are at the beginning of a chronological Bible study, but we are starting off with “Who God is” and our response to him. Today we were reminded that we needed clean hands and a clean heart to be in his presence. (Ps 24)
While all this was going on Joshua spent another few hours in the Sandalwood, and then worked on understanding options for University again. Then a young man, new to town, came out to spend some time with Josh. They have the same passions of politics, worldview, history and cricket! They talked constantly for 2 hours!! You can read Joshua’s take on this visit over on his blog.
Lunch / chores
And then while I was taking a nano nap my friend’s husband dropped off a pallet of freight that had arrived in town. Excitement (well, Jess and I were excited!) Our 4 bookcases had arrived. We decided that we would get in and do what we could in the afternoon. Jess emptied our existing bookcases (they are being moved to another room). Ever wonder what books would look like not in a bookcase?
Daniel and I made the bookcases up (they arrived flat packed). I started off being in control of the project but it didn’t take long before Daniel was in charge. It was pass me this please mum, and can you hold this please. He did very well. We couldn’t help but reflect on the time, 7 years ago when my friend (MM just so he remembers the story too) and I tried to build bookcases. We needed Peter to rescue our efforts and here is a little 10 year boy doing it very well. He ended up doing a second bookcase all by himself except for some lifting. I love it when life provides a project that fits with our children’s gifts and abilitities. And I don’t mind stepping back and being the sidekick at all!
We then needed Joshua’s help (he is the strongest one around when Pete’s not here!) in moving old bookcases, and moving in new. We took the opportunity to clean 7 years of dirt, cobwebs and ghekko business from behind the bookcases. It is all very exciting. The next stage of our family room ‘renovation’ is new computer desks which I haven’t ordered yet.
Our day finished with our mid week Home Group/Bible Study. We are doing a season of character studies with one of the objectives is to learn how to use Bible study tools. We had a great discussion on Deborah. The two lessons we learnt was that God does the work – we just have to be wherever God wants us to be. And secondly, we need to rise up when we see a need, and be the person ready for God to use for that hour.