Saturday, March 29, 2014

4 Things I Learned in March



On any given day over the last 29 days, I haven't been able to make an educated guess on what date it is. My brain capacity has been on Full, while the ever-important brain functionality has been sitting on Empty. I don't believe I've called a friend in over a month (thankfully they still check in on me) and I've been sleeping past my alarm because apparently I need more sleep. It's been wiggy and wonderful. I don't know if wiggy is even a word, but it fits, so I'm saying it.

But amazingly, at this late hour with low brain function and all, I was able to think of a few things I've learned. I missed last month's What We Learned Link-Up because we were (ahem) out of town bringing our new son home. So I was determined to make it a go this round.




1.  Despite what we were told and told ourselves, things have turned out better than our very best hope in this new adoption. We are living with a boy who is the most visible evidence of God's grace I've ever witnessed. I'm so thankful to be a part of his story. When I gaze into his deep brown eyes and see a flash of a past sadness when we're having one of those talks that cause our to hearts interweave, I see too that my heart has done a better job of stretching and growing this time as I'm learning to think of myself less and am okay with giving more. Christ cannot fully work through me if I am wound up in me. Apparently I have needed this lesson over and over again. Eight times over to be exact.


2.  All Masterpiece series on PBS are not created equal. I think you know I'm crazy about Downton Abbey. But 8 weeks of once a week episodes, once a year just won't do. Since I get the hankering for a good television series every once in a while, I've dabbled in a few other Masterpiece shows. There's The Paradise and Call the Midwife, two series I absolutely love. But really, how often are they on? But. But! The new season of Call the Midwife begins this Sunday. Swoon.

I don't do Sherlock. It may be good for some, but I can't handle corpses. And then there's Mr. Selfridge. I tried watching it twice in the last two weeks just to find something to watch when I was in the mood, and I just couldn't do it. It's like it's trying to be the naughty big brother of The Paradise or something. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. What shows do you love?

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3.  A plain breve' (espresso and half-and-half) with no flavoring tastes so yummy after you've been off sugar for a while. It is good and comforting and right. I would know. I've had three this week.





4.  Homeschooling two kindergarteners rather than just the one has been easier than I thought. Kindergarten is pretty laid back around here, but it helps having two students in the same grade's education to be accountable for. For some reason, hauling out the teddy bear counters seems like a better idea when there are two hands to make use of them. And truth be told, I have spent time this month plotting how I could pull of homeschooling with some in-home help. I picture paying a young woman to come and assist me with whatever I may need one or two mornings a week around the house or with school for next year. Seriously. I don't even know if this is a thing. But I may make it one.


That's all for tonight (which has turned into a new day already), thanks for reading!

What did you learn in March? 



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11 comments:

  1. Brave lady, may God bless your family as you stretch your hearts to include this precious little boy! I am so glad I stopped here. Blessings on you all!

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    1. Thank you! I, too, am happy you came by. :)

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  2. Wiggy is definitely a word! I know, because it describes me too much of the time, lately ;-) Great things you're learning - it's fun to peek inside your world a little bit. Thanks.

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    1. Oh, good. Wiggy made me think of Will Smith, but then I realized it's Jiggy that made me think of Will. haha. Thank you for confirming it is a true made up word. :)

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  3. Love hearing that about your adoption! My girls are adopted as well, and it is truly amazing how God can weave your hearts together in such deep ways! Glad I stopped by!!!

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    1. Amen to that, Danielle! So happy you came by.

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  4. Amanda I love your story! So touching.

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  5. I love reading about your adoption. :) What a beautiful thing.

    I really like Downton Abbey, too. We're a whole season behind, however, because we're watching it on video from the library. I'm ok with that, though. ;) I also like Call the Midwife. Have you read the books? The first one was good, but there were a couple of scenes I could have done without.

    How great would it be to have some help! Keep us posted on that!

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    1. I've just been hearing about the Call the Midwife books, how interesting!

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  6. About the in-home homeschool help... my parents have done that several times so far, in seasons that were really difficult and overwhelming for my mom. In the past few years I have been delighted to be the one helping other families. I love the opportunity to come into someone else's home and observe how their family and household are run. For me it's a huge privilege, a favorite part of my week, AND a way to make money! So yes, it is a "thing", and I highly recommend that y'all consider it. :)

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