Monday, September 22, 2014

A New Week

Joyful Thoughts
1. God is always on the throne
2. A full day of school interspersed with laughter
3. Love having a table in a family room that allows for days that go on and on and on

Stacia dressed up to surprise Michael on Sunday
I knew we had to pay for all the mornings out of the house last week. We paid. We got all our couch school (History,  Lit, Science) caught up from last week AND today's  couch/table work done.  Our youngest scholar hadn't done so well with independent study last week. She got to catch up all her table work AND do today's work.....we schooled until 5:40 p.m., but she informed me she will never try to slide things past me again on a busy week. The older kids had a good laugh at dinner over this. They informed her  Mom has been homeschooling 26 years and they've tried all the tricks she may be thinking up. ::snort::

Seriously, this day reminded me WHY I like to school inside our home  - we like to explore whatever catches our fancy. When we are too busy away from home (be that ministry, charter schools, field tips, co-ops), we are rushed during our lessons. Education is far too interesting to sprint through.  We will do all we can to scale things back in the future to what we have discovered to be  a sane level of activity for the way we enjoy schooling. We are growing young characters - and that takes time.

I have to be vigilant or we slide into activity levels which don't provide Stacia the relaxed homeschool which blessed her older siblings. Last week was a good wake up call. We CAN take school on the road - but five mornings in one week is insane! At least for us. I am thankful this is a new week and we enter it with new determination to do a better job of balancing responsibilities.

Michael got home in time for the steaks to come off the grill. I enjoyed pasta with asparagus and homemade-fresh-from-the-garden-basil-pesto.

We enjoyed family circle - lots to pray for these days....and then we prayed some more... yes, for our friends in the Air Force and Navy; but also for the entire military family as things heat up -  once again.

God is always on the throne.

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Tracy Hathaway's Pesto

2 cups tightly packed fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pine nuts)
1-2 cloves garlic (I like roasted)
Sea salt and ground pepper
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp nutritional yeast

*Here's where mine's different...
I use 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk in place of 1/2 cup olive oil (makes it creamy & oil free)

I should confess - this is the recipe, but in truth, I don't measure much. I just look at it and taste along the way. Especially yummy on faro.

And so I made it...and it's addictive! I'm eating it by the spoon....but tonight I'm going to toss it with some pasta and steamed asparagus. I can imagine this on a salad wrap. How else do you all use pesto? It's new to me.

I know - sick photo but it's YUMMY!

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...