It always seems that I desperately long to curl up with a book or ten when I’m in the throes of the homeschooling year, but there never seems to be enough hours in the day for that. So, I get a mental list going, or I even purchase something to save for these lower key months. Now that the move is behind us, I’m breaking into my stash with great enthusiasm!
On the docket right now is a book by Sally Clarkson called The Mission of Motherhood. The back cover reads: Do you long for your home to be life-giving and peaceful? Is it your desire to pass on a legacy of righteousness to your children? Do you struggle to balance the duties of motherhood with a loving relationship with your children? Would you like creative ideas and direction for keeping your child’s heart open to you and to the Lord? It goes on to say that no calling is greater, and our influence is like no other, despite the fact that our culture minimizes it. The book seeks to encourage us in our God-ordained role and so far, I’m very encouraged by all that she has to say. For those of you that went to the Teach Them Diligently convention, she was one of the keynote speakers.
An interesting side note is that two new friends here, in Charleston, have felt led to start a mom’s group for encouragement and they asked me if I would be willing to help them lead. I can’t even begin to tell you how this is absolutely my heart. I have always had a desire to minister to mamas and to encourage them in their calling, and God has given me that opportunity through various roles in the past, but in recent years, as my family has required my full attention. I’ve had no outside ministry in this area after years of having something, and while it was needful, it was a hole that I hoped God would fill again. What a precious, precious, precious opportunity that God placed right into my lap (they approached me!!) within 2 weeks of arriving. It was such a sweet confirmation between the Lord and I that this is exactly where He wants me at this time. The Mission of Motherhood (linked above) is the book that we will start off with.
I also downloaded the entire Charlotte Mason Original Homeschooling Series, which has SIX VOLUMES (can you say ambitious?? haha, yeah right, I’ll never got through it by the end of summer)! It is A LOT of reading, but so far, I’m enjoying it. It’s funny how two books from completely different time periods are reiterating the same sentiments, though. Actually, it was Sally Clarkson’s book that reminded me that I even downloaded the C.M. one, because Karen Andreola, author of A Charlotte Mason Companion had a review printed in the front of The Mission of Motherhood. See how all that tied together?? I was SO glad I remembered that it was there because it came very close to my Kindle abyss. Anyway. If you are interested in reading it, I definitely recommend the Kindle version as it is drastically cheaper. If you do decide to read it, let me know, because I’m hoping to bounce some of what I’m reading off of others. Admittedly, there have been a few times where I’m been like “what in the world is she saying??”, but overall I’m loving it so far.
Now to transition to mothering in the Westie abode; I’m 99.9% sure that Isa has a peanut allergy. :/ A few months ago, I gave her some peanut butter and she got a little rash around her mouth. I took a mental note and decided that I would wait awhile before trying to introduce that again. Well, after I took the kids to the pool a few days ago, I made her a PB&J for lunch, and before I could even get her out of her highchair, she was covered in a welt-like rash all over her little face. Here’s a very blurry pic that I took with my phone:
I texted this pic to our pediatrician back in MS since we’ve not had time to find a new one here, and he said “no more nuts, and get her to an allergist to check for food allergies”. Just as I suspected. So weird, though, but I gave her one of those organic pouches last night that had oatmeal, peaches and apples in it, and she broke out AGAIN! I’m wondering if it was the oatmeal because she’s had a TON of peaches and apples with no problem. Ugh… My poor little darlin. I think it really bothers her because she gets as angry as a bear after she has had something that causes a rash (I’m wondering if her eczema flare-ups are food related, as well), and claws herself like crazy. I just feel so sorry for her. For any of you that have dealt with food allergies, does this seem like what you’ve dealt with?
Alright, children are screaming and I smell something burning… gotta go.