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December 18

Jonny made a big burn pile today, so most of my kids are smudge faced and filthy right now.  They wrapped apples and carrots in foil and roasted them.  I know they ate the apples, not sure about the carrots.  We burned some crazy things like an old bed and piano bench.  We are doing a major overhaul right now, time to let lots of things go.  Jonny has his workshop emptied out in the yard, and it looks like a tornado hit.  We must look a little destitute because a neighbor’s relative whom we go to church with, called our church office and reported that we were in dire straits: no electricity, no heat, not enough to eat.  Crazytown.  I think I got that cleared up.  We’re just messy country folks, with a lot of (smudge-faced) kids running around, but thankfully we aren’t going hungry and the electricity is on (and has been).  I asked Jonny if maybe he might be able to hurry some of these messy projects along.  I doubt it!  And, people will talk, they always have, always will.  No harm done.

I put out some advent things, and then promptly put them back away.  Job and Silas are at a destructive age!  The nativity is on the mantle and it will stay, even though it’s been rearranged multiple times.  I am happy for the kids to play with it, and that is why we have a wooden one, but when they start chewing them, that is a problem.  The kittens are into all sorts of trouble, and I am sure they are going to love the Christmas tree.  I’m kind of giving up on making much pretty this year.  And I don’t feel too sad about that.  (Seth is reading over my shoulder, and pointing out that just last night I said that I was sad that I can’t make anything pretty.  Okay, he’s right.  But I came to terms with things over the past 24 hours.)  This is life with children and animals.  It’s good.

I am feeling motivated to set up some little Montessori practical life activities for Job, now I need to clean out our art cabinet to make room.  That cabinet always needs cleaning out! Today I got out pin punching for the first time in ages, and it was a hit.  Then they were back outside, where it’s actually a little chilly today.  The forsythia is blooming, and today on the way home from a friend’s farm (those are her white goats) we saw ornamental cherry(?) trees in full bloom!

Jonny is reading Adventures in Yarn Farming in the evenings, and last night he made me laugh when he matter-of-factly said, “I just skip over the knitting patterns.”  He is getting a little sheep crazy, I’m afraid.  I’m not ready for sheep.

One of you asked somewhere recently, maybe on my book list post, my thoughts on graphic novels for reluctant readers.  I didn’t reply straight away, thinking that I ought to do a post about that.  But I can sum up my thoughts pretty quickly.  I started purchasing graphic novels for my boys a couple of years ago, mainly Tintin, after they discovered them at a friend’s house and loved them.  One of my older boys was a very reluctant reader at the time, struggling and just not motivated.  But he would read Tintin!  He still picks up graphic novels from time to time, and we have bought some others over the years, but he mainly reads regular chapter books now.  He read The Chronicles of Narnia over the summer and is always up too late reading.  I used to have to assign books.  Not anymore!  So my feeling is that if you have a child who is having a hard time with reading, but is interested in graphic novels, they are worth a try.  They probably won’t ruin your kid’s potential for reading regular books later, but may actually help them reach that place.  That was definitely my experience.

Okay!  I think those are the scattered thoughts I wanted to share.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

(The cross stitch above is one I’ve been working on for too long.  It’s from this book.)