Born in 1928, on the cusp of The Great Depression to a family of 10 children, she has seen and lived through a lot of societal changes.
She has been a phenomenal grandmother. The kind that would keep the grandkids every weekend, always had a smorgasbord of food on the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and who seemed to always be on her feet, cleaning.
In fact, I remember watching her as she finished cleaning her kitchen for the second or third time that day. She was looking out of her kitchen window past the acre of land that was her backyard to the wood line of evergreen trees and she said, "a woman's work is never done...a woman works from sun to sun." I was about 12 years old and that was my first time hearing those words but she was that statement personified.
And even now, at the the ripe age of 84, she's still working. She's still got a fight in her eyes and voice. I would rather that she'd go ahead and leave this world behind but when I look into her eyes and/or hear her speak, it becomes evident rather quickly that there is still so much life in her. This is my first time this close to someone who is ailing and it has proven to be baffling to my brain. I told my mom that it's very strange how looking at Granny's body you'd be convinced that it was time to call hospice, but then at the very same time her spirit is just as vibrant and feisty as it was at 54! That has been a brain buster for me this week like never before. I, for the first time, can see the separation of the spirit and body. So many people believe that when you die, that's it, its over...no after life to speak of. Well, I stand even more convinced now that we are not simply bodies...we are spirit beings dwelling in a body and even when these bodies fail...there is a life beyond what we see. Thanks Granny.
|A bit of our lives in picture|
Now, to lighten this post, I had no intentions of sharing that much about Granny...oh well...that's why I love blogging...you just kind of follow your thoughts sometimes.
Also this week, we had Monday off from co-op and we literally did nothing. I have those days where I go and go and go than I stop the presses! I may very well hang out in my PJ's or some sweats all day, never go out of the house just really rest hard and so goes the whole family. My husband though, would be in PJ's and never leave the house but would still be working feverishly with school or the business...so I don't know if he ever really rests.
Although we had Monday off, we had three really great school days this week. We got all of our subjects done and the girls did one day of school at their friends' house and their friends came here for one day and we each did a day at home. Very productive. Madison finished her diorama of the Daniel Boone Days. Chelsea completed an entire sheet of Saxon 2 math problems using counting bears.
In fact, if you have a preschooler that you need to keep busy but productive while you are teaching an older child, give them some counting bears or any type of manipulative to help them count and give them a sheet of addition or subtraction problems to do. That will occupy them and sharpen their math skills for at least 30 minutes or more. And it will derail any guilt you may have about your youngest child not getting the attention or the education of the older kid(s).
|Chelsea's work (my 4 year old)|
I never mentioned where you can find the lyrics to the songs but if you want to add any of our songs to your school day, the lyrics are found at Reverbnation or by clicking the "lyrics" link in this paragraph.
Thanks for reading about our lives this week. Please comment if you like the new song! Also check out the blogs where I'm linking up this week. Homeschool Creations, Collage Friday, Mom Moments and WUH.