Mercies New For The Weekend {Weekend Reflecting}

Weekend Reflections & Journal:
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Well, I hope you have all been enjoying my silence . . . but now it's over.  I have been absent from my blogging home for far too long.  Writing is part of my "self-care" regiment, and if I'm not blogging then guess what?  Yep, you guessed it, mommy is not taking care of mommy.  

I will be focusing my efforts toward getting back to the swing of blogging again.  I will begin by my weekly weekend reflections posts and see if I can get better at self-care from there.

 Reflecting on the week with joy; come good, bad, or indifferent . . . 

This week's major forefront issue for this lady, has been a conscience choice to not complain.  I'll be honest, it's not going well!  How easy it is to lean on the idea that somehow, because life is difficult, we deserve to complain.  

Counting my blessings daily has long been a common practice of mine, and thanking God for these excessive graces is a morning practice of mine, as well.  The issue for me lies in the quick movements throughout the day . . . springing, of course, from the general speed of my day.  
I must be quick with nothing.  Slow to consider every moment and complaint.  Contemplative and meditative of every thought, action and word.  That my deeds may be judged only as working "unto the LORD". Amen.
I've taken up a little "chalk art", leaving scriptures and messages for the kids.
What I'm reading this week . . .   What's on my e-Reader . . . 
The Art of Strewing, by: Aadel Bussinger

What the kids are reading this week . . . 
The Squeaker: Johnny Tremain, The Warriors Series (ugh! but she loves it . . .)
The Scout: Johnny Tremain, The Time Machine 
The Bug: Paint the Wind, Farmer Boy (again & again), No Fear Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet + plus she is going to the ballet to see Romeo & Juliet this weekend with her daddy for her birthday!
Relaxing with Romeo & Juliet
Mom projects that I tackled this week . . . 
  • All things homeschool co-op related.  Since taking on additional programming at the academy & teaching 4 sections of history . . . well, that's just about all the projects I can afford!
  • Working on writing one letter per week to someone.  Letter writing is a dying art, one that I refuse to let die out in our family.
This was a notebooking entry from one of my 7th grade students at co-op.  I was laughing at the drama . . . "One time I could have died . . . " I love kids!!!
    What I'm Eating?  
    Eating well during the school and work week.  My particular weakness right now?  The weekends & turtle cheesecake.  PRAY FOR ME!

    Here are the posts I enjoyed this week . . .
    • Need a lesson on homeschooling with empathy?  Yep, me too!  Here is a great how-to article at Simple Homeschool.
    • Come and read some practical tips for being a balanced Work-at-Home Mom over at Keeper of the Home, especially if you are just starting out.
    • My teens have been huge on my prayer list lately, especially as we are walking toward "courtship" years.  Here is a great look at a non-traditional courtship over at Raising Homemakers.

    Joyfully Learning with You,
    The Joyful Socks Mom 

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