Changes

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     There are changes afoot here.  The weather is, at long last, beginning to settle into something more resembling fall than summer.  There are hints of fall everywhere, though our temperatures just a day or two ago were still very close to 90°.  Today was breezy and cool and we are hoping for some showers in the next few days.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      We homeschool year round, but October usually means that we’ve settled comfortably into our autumn routine.  October usually brings the satisfaction of my home finally being in good order again following the carefree days of summer.  October generally finds me personally settled into a routine that is comfortable and cozy, ready for evenings spent before the woodstove reading a good book.  Ah, but not this year!

     The Lord is bringing us into and through some changes that I did not anticipate.  In fact, they caught me quite off guard.  My plans, which I’ve learned to hold loosely, have been blown right out of my hands; and I am happily seeking the Lord and waiting on Him to see what is in store for us.  Quietly.  Prayerfully.  He is leading me, gently, one step at a time, as new plans are discovered and made and put into action.  What an exciting time!

     Our little homeschool is the first to experience a change.  Our morning together time is expanding a bit.  My one on one time with Aaron in the morning is also expanding just a wee bit as we tackle some areas of weakness and begin to strengthen them.  Likewise, though he has never worked completely independently, William will also be benefitting from even more of Mom’s time each day, one on one.  I am very much looking foward to this!

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     Ladies, our homes are not all the same.  The Lord has given me just four children, spaced quite far apart.  I have just these two boys in my homeschool now, and I’m not at all suggesting that you could, or even should, spend hours of one on one time with each of your children.  For some of you that would mean no sleep….ever!!!

     My point is simply this……….the Lord leads us in our homes in different ways and to different things.  What works wonderfully for you, might be a dismal failure for me.  The things that bring us success might not work in your home at all.  We simply must, each of us, be ever before the Lord, seeking His will for ourselves, for our children, and for our homes;  and we must be ready and willing to surrender whatever sacred cows we hold dear when He shows us a different path. 

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     I’ve spent hours this week working through what our school days will look like now.  A few things have been shelved, a few others have been taken off the shelf, dusted off and put back into use.  I’m excited about this new path we’re starting down!  The path still leads us to the same destination we’ve always been headed for.  We’re just heading there, for now, via a different route, a necessary detour of sorts. 

 

 

 

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     The homeschool changes, of course, were just the beginning.  There are other changes the Lord is seeking to make in me, in my heart, and ultimately in my home.   He is strengthening my weaknesses and giving me new “muscles” where the old ones had grown flabby or didn’t exisit at all.  That sort of muscle building doesn’t come easily.  There is usually some pain involved.  I’m thankful for a Heavenly Father who loves me enough, who loves my family enough, to work this growth in me.  He is the Potter, and I am but the clay in His hand.  What a blessed place to be!

     As the homeschool plans gelled, working through the changes necessitated by my spending more time with the boys in the schoolroom become a priority.  Chore times were revamped.  Priorities have been re-evaluated and re-orderd where necessary.  There have been times when it’s felt a bit overwhelming, but taking Elisabeth Elliot’s sage wisdom to heart and just doing “the next thing” has been very reassuring and comforting.  As I’ve worked, one step at a time,  things have begun to fall into place.  Homeschool.  Daily routines.  I still need to rearrange a few furnishings to accommodate the changes made.  I do not yet know what other changes may need to be made.  Time will tell. 

IMG_7347      I now see things, on this end of it, that would have overwhelmed me had I seen them at the beginning.  Good things.  Lovely things!  Goals I’d longed to accomplish that I saw no way of even beginning to start work on.  Other good things, of course, have needfully fallen by the wayside.  The idea of prolonging our summer garden has withered away, literally, with the plants.  I do still have my little raised bed “kitchen” garden that we’ll tend, but the big garden is done.  The thought of hosting a tea for some local blogging ladies was a lovely idea that might someday be a reality, just not this fall or winter.  I’m willing to let those plans go, for the better things that the Lord has in store for us. 

IMG_7338      One thing, Lord willing, that will NOT change is our Thursday Library Day with Corin and my grandchildren.  Corin had a quick appointment in town today, but the rest of us kept our usual Thursday appointment with several books in my school room.  Aaron snapped this shot as I read this afternoon.  It’s not blurry because Aaron moved, it’s blurry because the rest of us were either reading or listening quite animatedly!  We’re never still for long!!  The only “listener” you cannot see in this picture is our sweet dog, Dixie.  She was stretched out, and snoring quite loudly I might add, under my grandsons’ feet!    

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     Dani is still gone, but we expect her home sometime tomorrow.  I miss her.  We all miss her.  There were a few phone calls back and forth between us today, letting Dani know the outcome of Dixie’s latest close encounter of the most unfortunate kind with a fox tail.  She’s such a good dog that the vet was able to open her paw, probe it and clean it up using just a local anesthetic. 

     The next few days will be busy.  The boys and I will head to town tomorrow for our every-other week mega-shop; and Saturday, of course, will find us winding up this week and preparing for the Lord’s Day and new week to follow.  I am very much looking forward to implementing the changes I’ve been working on.  I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us!

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

 

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21 comments to Changes

  • Oooooh, my poor puppy dogger!

  • What are fox tails?  I don’t think we have them here, or maybe we call them something else?  Poor baby!

  • Great post i really enjoyed it and the picture’s to go with it  thanks so much for sharing, have a blessed weekend

  • Poor Dixie! Hope she’s feeling better soon. I am wondering what a fox tail is also. The only fox tail I know is a  plant…..?

    Sounds like there has been some adjustments in your home and life. You are wise to advise us to seek the Lord for our homes and our families continually. We are so blessed that we have a God who not only loves us, but actively directs our lives when we seek HIS will. Not always easy for someone stubborn like me. I am still adjusting my schedule to having the kids back in school, having friends in the neighborhood as distractions from our chores, etc.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend

  • Cheryl,You have such a talent for writing I enjoy your posts πŸ™‚
    You inspire me  to be a better person ,Blessings !!

  • Cheryl,

    I love how you share about your home, children, grandchildren, and how the Lord continues to lead you each day.  I am always greatly encouraged.  And today, I’m eager and chomping at the bit to continue on the path that God has us!!  Just trusting, not letting circumstances, illness, or other things keep me from walking with grace, beauty, and joy!

    Blessings to you!

    Jennifer

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Great post. Seems changes is the works for a lot of us. I look forward to hearing more.I have put Corin in our prayer book at church.

    Blessings,

    Elizabeth

  • Changes…they are going on here too. Your post was timely for me!

    Poor Dixie and I am glad Lisa is healing and Dani can return home!!!

  • Cheryl,

    Praying for you as you make these adjustments in your home. Your attitude as you face such things is such an encouragement and an example for me.

  • I’ll be praying that all the changes will go smoothly for you and your family Cheryl.

    Dixie is such a sweet dog and of all times for a boo-boo to happen-Dani wasn’t there to baby her” baby”.

    The song, “Hold on loosely…..” keeps coming to mind for you!

  • I’ll be praying that all the changes will go smoothly for you and your family Cheryl.

    Dixie is such a sweet dog and of all times for a boo-boo to happen-Dani wasn’t there to baby her” baby”.

    The song, “Hold on loosely…..” keeps coming to mind for you!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Poor Dixie, I hope she feels better! Thanks so much for this post. I had a freakout yesterday (blogged about it of course) because I read other blogs and think I SHOULD be doing what other women are doing. Freaking out makes me not do what I am SUSPOSED to be doing. God was merciful with me!

    Hope all the changes are wonderful ones! I pray for you and your family and hope all goes well.

    Many Blessings πŸ™‚

    Ace

  • Cheryl,
    As the rain falls outside my window, I rejoice in the Lord’s gift of water to our parched California ground. Yeah, rattlesnakes gone, dust gone! Today feels very much like a crockpot soup and homemade bread day!

    You have inspired me to once again look deep inside and remember  – to change what I can, accept what I can’t, and seek the Lord’s wisdom and direction in all.Thank you again for your encouragement, my friend.

    I am looking forward to sharing a meal with you at church tomorrow.

    Love & Blessings, Jean

  • Thank you for writing aobut this.  It encourages me, as right now we are also experiencing a time of change, and finding that some things need to be “shelved” and others “dusted off.”  

    Merechel

  • You are wonderful.  I think I want to be you when I grow up.lol

  • How I love the fall season, too! I love reading your posts and have been missing the regular daily posts from past times. I hope you’re feeling better soon. It’s so sweet that your daughter is so helpful, not only to you but to others as well.

    Living on the west coast (I’m up a state from you) we are welcoming the rain and lower temps of the season. It sure has helped deplete the smoke  from the valley. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to share your days with us. Love the pictures and I can almost smell the goodies that you post about. Lol. πŸ™‚

    Going to browse your book list and make a list for myself.

    Take care,

    A~

  • I’m sorry to learn Dixie had a kerfuffle with a foxtail. Ouch! tHaT cAt had a kerfuffle with the neighborhood bully and is still in sore shape after 2 weeks. I need to determine if a trip to the vet is necessary. Poor little guy.

    Amen to the following thought of yours, Cheryl. I’m finding myself increasingly ‘eternity minded’ these days and want to conduct my days accordingly. It’s a good place to be. :o)

    Jane

    ***There are other changes the Lord is seeking to make in me, in my heart, and ultimately in my home.   He is strengthening my weaknesses and giving me new “muscles” where the old ones had grown flabby or didn’t exisit at all.  That sort of muscle building doesn’t come easily.  There is usually some pain involved.  I’m thankful for a Heavenly Father who loves me enough, who loves my family enough, to work this growth in me.  He is the Potter, and I am but the clay in His hand.  What a blessed place to be!***

  • Totally unrelated to this post, but I normally read through subscriptions so I haven’t seen your “new” site for a while. I can to look at your “perfect kitchen” series and to my utter dismay I could no longer find it (insert much weeping and gnashing of teeth here) is there a way to find it or do I have to go back 5 posts at a time until I find them? :op

  • w00t!!! Nevermind, I found it!!! I LOVE archives!!!!

  • What a great post Cheryl!!  You said lots and lots of great, wise, encouraging words!! πŸ™‚