I woke up this morning with things churning on my heart so it was nice to be able to talk through those things with Peter over a cuppa. In a way it slowed down my start to the day but the kids had a good start and we were all ready for Family Devotions at 8.00am.

We didn’t finish the Resurrection Eggs Devotional before Sunday so we are going to continue with that. Today’s reading was very calming to my stirred up heart – the message was love – God loved us, while we were yet sinners. Love one another. Regardless.

We then had about 2 hours of study. Daniel didn’t go for that long as he was a bit slow on his chores so he needed to finish that before he could move into his studies. Josh did his math and science. Jess worked on her history, which lead her to a rabbit trail on the study of longitude and latitude. She had a big conversation with Peter and then pulled out a picture book that talked about how measuring time etc was established. (I love picture books – they can tell the most difficult things in the most appealing way) and completed a notebook page. Nomi had an extra long piano practice and then started a study on mammals. My main goal for Nomi is for her to grow in her ability to read for learning. She wants to get into some digital scrapbooking too but that didn’t happen today.

I spent time with Daniel first of all on his reading and then on a unit study on photography. We looked at using a dictionary and the internet for research. My goal for Daniel is to increase his listening and narration skills. We made a few notebook pages along the way.

Morning tea time and everyone packed away their books. Between now and lunch there was no screen time – no computers, no DVDs, and no audios. Josh worked on some backgrounds for his strategy games, Jess sewed, Nomi headed down to the cattle yards for some play time, and Daniel played with his lego and guitar.

After lunch they all listened to an audio while working on some project with their hands. Then Josh and Daniel wanted to paint miniature soldiers so they turned on a DVD about the battle at Waterloo. This of course, made the girls want to watch a movie too – so they watched “Little House on the Priarie”.  I have a sneaky feeling they weren’t doing anything with their hands – which is a habit I am wanting them (and me) to do better at – if we are watching then we can be doing something as well.

Between morning tea and lunch I spent time with Peter booking air tickets for me for some travel later in the year. Then I had a big catch up with my friend, MC, who has been on holidays for 2 weeks. She was very diligent and kept on sorting her bookcases while we talked – I just paced the floor!! I should have found something to do! I then headed into the office and got a long list of emails and organisational tasks completed.

It has been a very productive day indeed. I think the keys to days like this are:

  1. clear objectives that are realistic and flexible
  2. staying home!

The number one benefit that I notice after such productive days is peace and harmony in relationships. Sometimes I think this is one of the best measuring sticks for a good day – not so much that we got a lot of things done, not so much that we learnt all our lessons but that we have peace in our hearts, in our relationships and in our home.

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