The kids and TJ have been home all week because of snow and ice. They are returning today on a delay, but then will be home again tomorrow for a district furlough day. Ta has to make up his missed days on MLK Day, President's Day, and Memorial Day. Th, who was not thrilled with the idea of still doing school work while everyone was home, is now thankful that he doesn't have to "make up" any days- the beauty of homeschooling! =)
While everyone was home this week we played outside in the snow, played games inside by the fire, and watched movies while snacking on popcorn and hot cocoa. Play was interspersed with work for both TJ and Th. Th has a big project on South Carolina he's been researching since before Thanksgiving, and he and TJ were able to work on it a good bit while he was home.
The project is due on Monday so the deadline is fast approaching. I am looking forward to seeing the final project as I know how much hard work and effort Th has put into it. Since I assigned the project and will be the one to grade it, I have tried to refrain from getting too involved with helping as it just didn't seem right. I made myself available to answer questions and provide guidance if they needed it, but other than that, I don't really know their "plan" of how the final project will come together.
I think TJ has enjoyed helping Th not only because of the 1-on-1 time they spent together, but also because TJ learned more about this state we call home.
Along with Th's schoolwork and my regular household chores, I have been busy working on MomTalk stuff. MomTalk is a conference for moms of any age and will be held the first Saturday in February at my church. I am so excited for this outreach opportunity! I have been praying it would be a great blessing to many as motherhood is hard work and it's easy to get discouraged sometimes. The speakers for the breakout sessions are going to be sharing some fabulous information, and I have a friend who is going to share some funny, truthful moments from her own life to remind us moms it's important to laugh during the difficult times. She shared a story with me yesterday that helped brighten my day. =)
That's about it from our household. 2011 is off to a great start and I am so excited for a new year and new opportunities to serve the Lord by serving others, mainly my family. I have to remind myself often that in serving my family I bring glory to God. It's easy to get caught up in the "daily grind" and lose sight of that fact. I actually have a bible verse written out above my stove to serve as my reminder. Now I have no excuse to not serve them with joy! =)