We’ve had a couple of big weekends this month. After our friends from America left, the next weekend we went to Lake Argyle for a few nights with some friends to celebrate their daughters birthday. It was a timely weekend away, giving us plenty of down time, time with friends, and time out in nature. A highlight for me was getting away with another couple on their boat early Sunday morning. We found a waterfall – that I had seen in photos in full flow but it was still beautiful. We sat and shared a few thoughts from the Bible and talked things over for a bit and then went exploring on the river.
Then last weekend we celebrated Naomi’s 18th. Yes, she did have a party on her actual birthday so this was a second one! Naomi’s birthday falls in the school holidays and her friends are usually away so she has often had a 2nd celebration but this one was a bit more special as we celebrate 18 more than 21. At 18 our children enter the adult world (according to our society) and we choose this time to honour them and encourage them (how we do that will be a post for another day). Naomi wanted a paint/messy party so she did all the organising for that side of things. Then we had a potluck for dinner. For the formal part of the evening we shared Nomi’s story with a photo presentation, and then a few speeches and prayers. It was a special night to be with friends.
As far as study goes Daniel has been doing a great job working with his new routines. He is starting at 8.00am now, where for many years it has been 8.30. This just means he is able to get through his morning responsibilities that little bit quicker and consequently he finishes that little bit earlier. He started to do a kit on Electronic Circuits but hit a few walls and became discouraged – so we’ve laid that aside for the moment and he has started a Udemy course on writing a short mystery story. The course is making him think about the behind the story details as he builds a character and plot far more than anything he has done before. It is excellent. He spends about 2-2.5 hours three times a week on this course. He is thriving with going to TAFE (Cert II Construction). He is taking responsibility for getting ready, facing the day with enthusiasm. He has a big day on Thursday as he goes to TAFE and then walks to a friends place till Boys Bible study. This week he stayed in town with Josh so they could bring Naomi back from her Tap Lesson. So it is a long day. Then on Friday’s he is working around the houseyard and farm – taking responsibility for the gardens and buildings etc. This week he sprayed, learnt how to drive a tractor along with his regular chores of regular garden maintenance.
Naomi (not homeschooling but still learning) has made her first face-to-face connection with her art teacher thanks to technology. She too is going to TAFE, but a full time course externally. (Cert II Visual Art). This week has seen Nomi fill out forms, clean up after the party, learn minecraft, help me around the house, sell her first few things on a local Facebook page, do some photoshop lessons, piano practice. She has started running again after a year of injuries last year, though it is very steamy humid at the moment so it is hard going. In her afternoons she is working (she takes in ironing), Piano lessons, Girls Bible Study, and Tap Dancing. Over the last few days we have been talking about her choosing a few clear projects to fill her mornings with and to set some goals and disciplines around her, otherwise her days will slip into drudgery.
A few Sundays back we decided to get back into our Thinking Sundays where we sit down with our dinner in front of a thinking DVD. Jessica is leading a girls Bible Study at the moment and they are doing “Do Hard Things Conference” DVDs so though Naomi is doing that also in her girls Bible study group, we decided we would do them at home as well. Mainly because Daniel was keen. Naomi and Daniel were quite young when we did this book when it first came out. The idea is that we watch something, and then talk about it. But I have also found that there are times that the best conversations comes out throughout the week after we’ve had some time to let the message sink in.
And probably the biggest news of all is that Josh has left for at least 3 months, and maybe longer, depending on what opens up for him. He has gone to Canberra for a 3 month internship in Public Policy. We will miss him. He has been my friend and support for many years. Unfortunately his flight was delayed but we weren’t told so we all rocked up to wave him off only to be sent home. Some friends were joining us at the airport, so we all went out for dinner together to wile away 5 hours! It was a nice way to spend the last time with Josh but leaving him at the airport was a bit of an anticlimax.
Also sharing and linking with others:
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Monday’s Musings, Thoughtful Spot, Hip Homeschool Moms Blog Hop, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Coffee and Conversation, Finishing Strong (Middle & Highschool years), Capture your Journey, Thriving Thursdays, Hearts for Home, A Little R & R, From House to Home, Fellowship Fridays, Homeschooling Highschool Linkup, Weekly Wrap-up, Collage Fridays