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Weekly Wrap Up: School, Spring, and Spring Jobs


Spring Flood

Spring Flood

In our life this week

Spring has arrived, my tough kids are wearing shorts and sandals, and I sometimes take off my cozy sweater. With the sunny, warm weather, we are all getting up earlier and playing outside more.   My husband, who was away for a week, left when our world was white, and came home to a snow-free world full of water.

We took an afternoon off to visit our favorite thrift shop, dropping off one bag of clothing and buying another one for $20. We do this a few times a year, and it is always an adventure.

We’re working on spring jobs:  planning the garden, selling old homeschool resources, washing windows, organizing homeschool marks, and decluttering.

Oh, and the older kids went out to watch Captain America.  I’m conflicted about that, but my husband isn’t.

In our homeschool

Due to her results in the CEMC math competition, Miss 16 has been invited to participate in a week long math workshop!  We’re very excited.  In her schoolwork this week she has focused on math, chemistry, art, Bible. She has also discovered that she does not enjoy Chaucer, and I don’t blame her.

Miss 13 has done a lot of French, math, and science, and it’s time she gets back to her Grammar of Poetry, Canadian history, and writing.  She has discovered all sorts of neat patterns in the sums of the digits of the numbers in various series.  She has concluded that there are probably always such patterns….

Miss 11 is continuing to make steady progress in all her work, but with the warm weather it is so difficult for her to concentrate!  If only she could understand that by working diligently in the mornings she would be able to play most of each afternoon!

And Mr. 18 is home most days, studying for his university exams.

In our gluten free kitchen… Corn pancakes.  Asparagus bisque.    Stampot with sauerkraut.  Scalloped potatoes.  Porridge.  Curried ham and bean soup.  Oatmeal cookies.  Sausage scrambled eggs.  Lots of vegetables.   Spaghetti.  Apple crisp.  Sausages, barbequed pork chops. Grapefruits.

Some of my favorite things were

  • My husband’s return after almost a week away.
  • Skype and email.
  • Warm sunshine and sparkling blue water.
  • Walking.
  • Measuring the speed of light with a chocolate bar (I’ll write about that soon).

Questions/thoughts I have…  Always check flight information carefully.  We all thought my husband would come home tonight rather than last night!

Fitness… I managed to walk a lot this week, both outside and on the treadmill, and it felt so good!  The physio exercises are wonderful as well, as long as I take every second day off.  My husband tells me that is what weight lifters do, and that makes me smile.

We did an experiment with chocolate…and then the chocolate needed eating of course.  I over-indulged and it was not a good idea!

Some of the things I’ve been working on

  • Homeschooling.
  • Finishing our enormous vegetable garden seed order.  Yes, both the garden and the seed order are enormous.
  • Preparing for the homeschool used book and curriculum sale.
  • Little bits of spring cleaning: washing a few windows, dejunking a bit.
  • Trying to organize the huge number of reviews coming up as well as the many article ideas I’ve scribbled out in the dark middle of the night.
  • Figuring out how to organize–and reset–my passwords.

I’m reading… Matthew. I finished Guiltless Living, The Miting, and The Unfinished Clue, one of Miss 16’s books. Currently I’m reading A House for My Name, The 40 Most Influential Christians, and Pure Love:  Solomon’s Song of Songs.

Reading Aloud… We’re still reading Jeremiah, and I feel so sad for him.  Unfortunately, believers throughout the world share his experience of telling God’s Word and suffering for it.  (The Miting shows a chilling example of this in an Amish community; review coming in mid-May.)  We’re also still working on Volume 5 of In de Zoete Suikerbol, the Kids Can Press French and English Word Book, and Young People’s History of the Church. 

I’m grateful for …. Spring.

Quote or link to share….   From Courageous Living:  “When in doubt, don’t.”

This post is linked to Kris’s Weekly Wrap Up .



  1. Beth says:

    I love used book sales. I can’t wait to hear all the fun things you get there. Glad that spring is coming.

  2. Well done to Miss 16. I’m looking forward to the upcoming reviews.

  3. JoAnn says:

    What a pretty spring photo. 🙂

  4. Dee Yoder says:

    I was happy to find your blog and read that you’re reading my book, The Miting. I look forward to reading your review. Please let me know if there are questions I can help with. Thank you for sharing your time with my book. 🙂

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