This and that.

Another Monday checked off in the books!
I like Mondays.
A quiet day at home for chores, school work, reading, and a relaxed evening without commitments.
Such a wonderful way to begin a new week!

We enjoyed our 10th annual Thanksgiving Flag Football game last week.
Now that most of the children are teenagers, we had a terrific turnout of eager participants ready to run, catch, throw, and score!
This year we had enough people for four teams. It was wonderful!
Every Thanksgiving morning,
8-10 a.m., rain or shine,
guys, girls, adults, teens, children,
Come one, come all!
A fun and festive family tradition we hope to enjoy for years to come!

This kid LOVES our rabbit.
He not only holds her every day, he will go search the yard and the garage until he finds her.
Isaiah has always had a way with animals, and Charlotte clearly senses it because she will settle down with him and let him hold her as long as he chooses.
I honestly never thought we would be a "rabbit family," but Charlotte has found her way into the hearts of (most of) the Eastmans.
Dennis delights in watching her hop about and interact with humans, Luke thinks she is adorable, Josiah finds her cute and fun, and Ellie and Isaiah fight over who holds her - every day. Micah and Caleb are ambivalent.
Every time I see her huge, fluffy feet I laugh, and I like that she can roam freely in our house without "messes" or mayhem. She is a joy!

After spending time with a few bibliophiles recently and listening to them talk about their recent "great finds," I got the itch to peruse our local used bookstore and our local dollar bookstore.
I have not been to either in a couple of years because, well, at some point you have to come to the reality that you simply cannot own EVERY good book ever written - for there are many!
Budget is a huge factor for us, which is another reason I avoid such delightful shops, because I know I will always find at least a dozen titles to add to our library. And this trip was no exception!
I was able to wander the aisles of the used bookstore alone one afternoon - what a treat! No rush, no children to appease or keep quiet ... just peace.
Note: I exhibited a great amount of self control by replacing at least ten vintage books before purchasing my favorite finds. (You're welcome, D!)
I was rewarded for said self control when I arrived at the $1 bookstore to find freshly stocked shelves FILLED to overflowing with literary goodness.
43 books for $37.00? Um, YES, PLEASE!

After putting out a, "WORK●WORK●WORK!" call on social media for Caleb to get jobs to earn money for Winter Camp, he received three offers the first day.
His first job was to clear brush at the home of a sweet couple in our church. The husband commended Caleb for being willing to do manual labor to earn money, then off they went to spend six hours in the great outdoors raking, shoveling, and sweating. I LOVE it!
Until Caleb is old enough to be hired for a "real job" he will earn all of his cash through odd jobs - and be better for it!

Making handmade bookmarks with their names written with the Egyptian alphabet was the project of the day after studying the life of Nefertiti.
Caleb is not as fascinated with ancient Egyptian life as Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie are, but he is a source of entertainment and inspiration when we are doing activities. They think he is hysterical and are thrilled when he participates in their school projects.
Thanks, Caleb! You add FUN to our lessons!

Aaaand then there is the not-so-attractive side of homeschooling.
Bad attitudes.
If you can run your MOUTHS, you can run your BODIES!
This morning's military routine (35 minutes into the start of the school day) looked like this:
-50 jumping jacks
-20 pushups
-40 squats
-30 Burpees
-30 second alternating Superman/banana
Rinse and Repeat - times FOUR!
Micah acted as the Resident Drill Sergeant for the day, and boy oh boy was he NOT appreciated by the recruits.
Well done, Micah!
Amazingly, I had attentive, cooperative, and joyful children for the rest of the school day. Go figure!

I hope you have a week filled with unexpected delights and sweet moments with people you love.
But more than anything else, I pray you will purposely plan to spend time with the One who created you and loves you best.
May this be what we aim for in the days ahead ...
Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.
I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lord,
proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.
O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.
Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.
But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.
Psalm 26

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