taking a moment to find joy in the little things
It's always fun to come back from a week long break and see what's happening in the garden. Some of my favorites are blooming. I love having "waves" of flowers that bloom - the garden keeps changing it's fun to experience each new "wave".
The girls and I had a great week away at violin camp. I was so happy to find out that our friends from Thailand were passing through our neck of the woods and we enjoyed a short visit with them Saturday morning. Our family is so blessed to have this family in our lives.
Every year (for the past 3 years) I have bought a praying mantis egg sac for the yard. I've been checking it regularly to see if the babies had hatched and was regularly disappointed to see no signs of life. On Monday I went out and officially decided that this one must have been a dud. A few hours later I was in the yard and noticed this....
lots and lots and lots of praying mantis babies!
Kay's teacher at violin camp had a teeny, tiny, "twinkle" bow and she let the kids give it a try.
Being a parent is hard work. Being a home educating parent is even harder. Being a home educating parent who also teachers her children how to play violin is REALLY hard. I always said I wouldn't teach my children to play violin and sometimes I wish I had listened to myself. My reasoning was that I wanted to be in awe of what my children could do and not always be the expert.
This is Syd giving me that "look"....I had told her she wasn't holding her bow correctly, but she didn't believe me. Here her institute teacher is showing her how to hold the bow and she's looking at me like "hmmm....maybe mom is right."
I decided at institute that we need to begin each practice session and lesson with prayer....asking God to give us kind words and patience and act in a way that glorifies Him. It's the only way we'll be able to keep doing this. It probably wouldn't hurt to pray before math lessons, either.