Thursdays are a highlight for us this year. Every afternoon we get together with some super cool homeschool families and have a blast doing aspects of school that wouldn’t normally be possible at home. Last week the kids learned all about DNA from their amazing Science teacher. They extracted DNA from a strawberry and I couldn’t explain how… I just know that I’ve never seen a five-year-old stoked about DNA. Then we had a valentines day party with mailboxes and cards and a snack that doubled as lunch!
Today, my friend Kim, from Sanderson Images, came up with this fantastic idea to make the kids’ school portraits really creative. She and her husband took these amazing photos a couple of weeks ago, then today the kids made a collage around their picture of things they like. I love how each one turned out so unique to their own personalities and loves. (I got to decorate Betty’s… fun!)
On other school days, we often break for tea around ten o’clock. It doesn’t take much to convince me that the teapot and fancy teacups need a little love. A fine tea time will often bring out the best in children. When real china is served into their sweet little hands, they feel special and of much worth.
Then there is the sweetness that is sleeping children. Apparently socks on the hands are all the rage for sweet dreams. No lie, sometimes I sleep with socks on my hands too. It’s not because I’m trying to fit in, it’s just because they’re so cracked that I lather vaseline all over them and then cover them with socks. In the morning my hands are soft again… at least for a couple hours. After laundry, cooking 3 meals, cleaning up from 21 place settings, scrubbing hands besides my own, and a great many other things… my hands are usually dry as a bone once more. I don’t mind, though. I love my job, I love this beautiful life God has given me. In fact, this thankfulness inspires me to try my hand at poetry for the first time in years:
Thank you, Lord for mailboxes and letters.
Thank you for china tea cups and DNA.
Thank you for socks on hands and dreams so sweet.
Thank you for precious friends to grace each day.