In my life this week...Oh, it's been an especially hectic one! It was the deadline for our county fair, and not only did Sarah and I enter, we helped a good friend get her entries together as well.
Meanwhile, I was preparing to head to Denver, Colorado, for a four-day conference, fitting in some work for my part-time job and generally trying to keep the house from reaching a state of "Man, it would be easier to replace this floor than to clean it!"
The house was pretty decent, I made it to Denver, and the fair entries are in and judged...
And Sarah and I each got ribbons! Her for her 4-H soapmaking, and me for two photos I'd entered.
We had a good number of non-winning entries too, including, again, Sarah's art (as well as some collage work of mine), but I think we're both coming to terms with the fact that our distinctive style isn't always what will resonate with a particular type of judge!
In our homeschool this week...This is one of those weeks that falls into the "thank goodness we don't try to keep a regular schedule" category.
We've learned a lot, though, in everything from art to science to math to history. We've started our fourth book in the Life of Fred elementary series and have started reading a biography of Neil Armstrong. (More on biographies and how they feature in our homeschool this year is coming in another post this week!)
Sarah actually recommended to me a logic game called Rush Hour, which we found while browsing in Staples, of all places. She'd apparently played it during some enrichment class in public school and asked me to get it, then came home and explained to me how it worked, and we solved many of the puzzles together!
THEN, she found that there's a free Rush Hour app for my mom's iPad, so she mixed in some virtual puzzling too!
And finally, Sarah and Chris have been enjoying MANY of the stories in Ruth Manning-Sanders' "A Book of Dragons" and are almost finished that anthology.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share...Go with the flow. I couldn't have made it through the past few days without that philosophy.
Places we're going and people we're seeing...I'm at FinCon 2012 in Denver, a conference for financial bloggers. (You know that's what I do, right?) It's been amazing, and I've met a ton of great people in all sorts of circles, not just finance.
Also, since I work remotely, it's great to really SEE my boss and sit down and talk about our direction and our plans. Being in his space is always a good thing.
While I'm here, one of the things Chris and Sarah are going to do is see a live bald eagle at a local used book sale. (Seriously, how much better does the world get, than to have those two things at the same place??)
My favorite thing this week was...Feeling our plane take off from Baltimore on the way to Denver. I LOVE flying, and I was almost in tears of happiness.
I don't know if it's in part due to some spiritual stuff that I'm working on right now, or reading the biography of Neil Armstrong (who was a pilot before becoming an astronaut) or lack of sleep or all of the above, but I just felt that plane lift up and thought, "This is one of God's miracles."
It's hard to explain, but the clarity of that moment was awesome.
I'm grateful for...I'm thrilled to have had the chance to make some seriously awesome new friends while serving on the conference staff. Too many really amazing things have happened for it to be coincidence.
My eyes have really been opened tonight to the changes in our lives in the past nine months. This is a whole blog post on its own, but when I get out of my narrowly-focused "task list" mentality, it's amazing to stop and reflect on what has happened and how I got where I am.
I'm grateful just to be here, to be in a city I really enjoy, to have friends new and old that I can spend time with while I'm here, and to know that I have an awesome life waiting for me back at home, too!
I am inspired by...Much like gratitude, this could go on for a while, but I have to say that right now, I'm most inspired by the conference staff, especially my new friend Jessica, and by my boss, Adam Baker.
Questions/thoughts I have...Home-churching has been on my heart a lot lately, as has the concept for what I believe real faith community can be. I'm not sure yet what the "questions" are; I'm really just waiting and allowing some of my thoughts to percolate.
I've been thinking a lot, too, about the concept of ezer. This is also probably a whole post in itself, but you can get the basic idea here. I've been thinking about the places from which I draw my strength and the ways in which I can be the strength and support for others.
I'm praying for...Discernment and direction regarding so many of the things I've talked about here - finding a spiritual community, seeing the hand of God in certain areas of my life, how to best use the gifts that I have.
Oh, and safe travels for everyone coming to and leaving the conference!