Say it isn’t so

Job seems to be a musical baby.  He loves to “play” the piano and yesterday he was attempting to sing along in Mass.  He’s really such a little sunshine, almost always happy.  It makes it easy to forgive him for being a bad sleeper.  A friend’s mother asked me recently what his name is and when I said, “Job” she replied, “Say it isn’t so!”  Ha!  I just love it when people say things that are slightly impolite or kind of inappropriate, without a second thought.  It makes me laugh (and makes me feel better about the times when I have done the same.)

So, I’d sort of forgotten that when homeschooling, it’s really hard to do anything but school on school days.  Last week started off strong, but I can see that it’s going to be a really tough year, simply because I have five official students now, not to mention Silas and Job!

Outside of starting school, my big accomplishment last week was making baby food.  It was seriously so difficult to fit that in to our one day off that it felt kind of ridiculous.  It’s crazy, having days when it seems impossible to accomplish anything, even when it’s just one thing that I need to do!  The challenge now is to remember to move a few frozen jars to the fridge each night, so Job can actually eat it the next day.

Time to start week two!  Between all my newborn’s wakings, I had about four hours asleep last night, so I am super ready.  Right.


The truth is, I’m not very merry.  I’m sad.  There’s just been so much loss here these past couple of weeks.

Beatrix and I were playing Close Up this week though, and I was really struck by Merrymakers.  Such a happy scene, and one I can usually relate to:  babies, animals, friends, and laughter.  (Seth and Larkspur were playing Mille Bornes.  The kids are in a card game phase right now, and that is their current obsession.)

Our little community continues to mourn the loss of our dear Sarah.  We’re all making an effort to see each other often and she is never far from our thoughts and conversations.

After taking the month of July off, I had intended to start homeschooling again in August.  I’ve pushed it back another month and am instead doing a major overhaul of our downstairs right now.  It’s very difficult to get anything done, but I keep telling myself that it’s okay if this takes the rest of the month to finish.  Right now my front porch is covered in furniture in addition to the usual mess.  Jonny isn’t thrilled with me because I want to repaint pretty much the entire downstairs.  Doesn’t the paint color, “pale oak” sound wonderful and soothing?  I think so.  I’m going to go the paint store tomorrow to pick up a paint chip and see if I like it in person.  I’ll keep you posted.

(Oh, I almost forgot.  Job has a new trick.  He raises his arms above his head.  I realize that that hardly sounds like a trick, but it is, I promise.  He’s very pleased with himself.)