Right now I’m:
We take a lot of things for granted. At least, I do. For example, the fact that most people have uneventful pregnancies and mother and baby live through delivery–this was not always such a given, and I have now repented not being more grateful for the four simple deliveries I had prior to Margaret’s!
…Furnishing My Mind
As I am restricted from almost everything (other than sitting on the bed or couch and typing!) I’ve had lots of time to enjoy Margaret’s tiny phase. It’s hard to believe she is already one month old today! The big kids love her and–when they haven’t been battling dreadful colds, ear infections, and croup–have enjoyed hanging out with her. So far she is a very solemn baby, and hates to be left alone. It will be interesting to see how she shapes up as she grows!
…Living the Good Life
I downloaded a new Advent Biblestudy from Jenni Keller (having gotten so much out of her studies on James and Colossians). I’m excited to start it once I finish the Savor and Establish study on Philippians that I’m working through now.
One thing I really like about the Advent study is that it includes a short Biblestudy for you to do with your kids too. Each day has a Scripture reading, a Scripture for writing down in a notebook (starting a good habit!), and a few questions for discussion and understanding. I think this is going to be a great addition to our December Bible time!
We will also keep up our annual Jesse Tree tradition, and it will be fun to use the story Bible selections with Eliza since I doubt she remembers this from last year..
Being in such an intense recovery phase–and finding out that it’s likely to be a three month process rather than the six weeks I initially thought–makes school a bit of a challenge. I had planned ahead to take a month or so off, but hadn’t planned on two months! So we are doing a little bit of school every day, and counting quarter days, half days, etc as it seems good to me. I have kind of high standards for what constitutes a whole day of school, but my benchmark is NOT hours spent. Rather, I mark a school day by what learning transpired. A kid can spend 12 hours dilly dallying over a math lesson (ask me how I know) and that doesn’t count as a full day of school for me. Or, kids can have a great discussion of history and science and literature readings, do their language arts, math, and spelling quickly with no fuss, and get in a full day in no time flat. Some of us grasp this truth more quickly than others.
I got each of the big kids an adult coloring book to help give them something productive to do since I can’t get up and regulate fights and whatnot as I usually would. They are an unqualified success. The kids don’t usually care for regular coloring books, but the detail and challenge of these books seems to inspire them. I wish the author had done a few more so I could get others for Christmas presents!
Fortunately, thinking and typing are not on my restricted list, so I’ve been able to keep up with work fairly well while I’m recovering. I did take two weeks of “maternity leave” while I was in the hospital–out of sheer necessity–but now I’m back to work and grateful that I have work I enjoy and can do flexibly from home!
Since I’m up nursing a lot at night and Margaret is sleeping in our room, I can’t really turn on the light and read a regular book. Instead, I’ve been listening to audio books and podcasts. I can’t say I follow every word with bated breath, as often I feel like I’m floating between being awake and asleep, but I like feeling like I’m doing something, rather than just sitting around in the dark. One podcast of note is Tsh Oxenrider’s The Simple Show. It’s great!
What are you bookmarking this week?