Happy Birthday Jessica

Today is Jessica’s birthday – so no school today!!  We always have a family day on birthdays but the good times can’t continue forever – kids grow up, and lifestyle changes – Josh and Jacob had to study but the rest of us had a more relaxed day.

Our day started for Jess with a phone calls from Grandma and Grandad while the rest of us made Pancakes for breakfast.

We try to have special breakfasts outside as much as we can. Often it is very hot and sticky by end of September but today was lovely weather.

Our other houseguest, Mr A.’s car broke down last night so he had to be taken into town.  He joined us for breakfast and then Josh took him into town, Jacob hit the books (well, actually he hit his phone as his textbooks are all digital but that doesn’t quite sound right!!), Hayley and Jess did their thing while Nomi and Daniel cleaned up after breakfast.

Jessica wanted this day to be about relaxing together and creating.  So the girls are all sewing – Jess a skirt, Hayley a purse/pencil case and Naomi is finishing off a few hats.  I’m also taking the day off in a way – I hope to work on a publishing project and do some scrapbooking.

Jess thought a day of sewing would be relaxing…. little did she know it would include math!

 

Jess sewing a skirt – she isn’t using a pattern but rather looking at how the skirt is structured and her personal measurements – and voilo hopefully a skirt!! she is about half way finished.

Naomi checking a hat for size. She has tweaked her design this time to make it quicker to make. She calls these hats her mushroom hats – something to do with Mario….

Daniel spent his day writing a story, playing on the computer, watching a few documentaries and later in the day playing war games with the big boys.

Not sure that this is the best position for typing but it seems to help creativity.

Poor Jess had to wait till Josh came home from town before she could open presents – he did a few things around town while he was in there, making the poor girl wait even longer!!  Josh actually tried to open a phone account but because he was 19 and lived at home he is considered a debt risk – this made me annoyed as they made assumptions and didn’t ask the right questions.  A good topic to discuss over dinner.

This is the present Naomi has been working on…. it is a copy of something she saw on Pinterest but she painted it free hand .

Naomi had drama practice in the afternoon.  Daniel continued to write.  Later in the afternoon the boys played war games.  Hayley and Jess kept sewing.

The boy’s war game – it has to do with little figures re-enacting a war – though somehow dice come into play as well…. I have never understood the games Josh plays but the boys seem to have fun.

My day didn’t pan out as I had hoped… not sure where time disappeared to.  We finished our day with a late dinner around the campfire.  The electricity went out just as we were serving dinner – which didn’t really matter, though it did mean we went to bed without doing the dishes – a joy for the morning!!

Summarising today:  a very relational day.  This is one of the things that I love about discipleship family life – learning isn’t dictated to by curriculum, books, or a routine.  There are relational skills, creative skills, and life skill that need to be learnt and practiced.  These skills are equally as important as math, spelling and geography and the best way to learn these things, and to let those skills become habits is to actually live life.  That was our today.

How special to have Jessica’s friends with us for her birthday. We also have another house guest – a special friend of Peter’s Dad so he joined in the festivities too!

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