5 Minute Friday: On Forgetting

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Today I’m linking up to 5 Minute Friday at The Gypsy Mama. The premise is simple…

Got five minutes? Here’s a great way to spend them.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat without editing your voice.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Pony up the comment lovefor the five minuter who linked up before you.

Today’s prompt:

On Forgetting…

So often in these days of juggling, of trying to maintain, I find myself remembering things forgotten. It’s ironic…things forgotten until it is too late come flooding into my mind at the most unhelpful times…

in the middle of the night

when I try to catch a quiet moment

during time spent with my family

I try not to forget. I try to keep everything running smoothly. But there is always something falling through the cracks…

the laundry that never made it into the dryer

the vital ingredient for dinner that never made it onto the shopping list

When my mind is bombarded with the shortcomings, once again I have a choice. How will I respond? It seems I write about this choice frequently…perhaps I need to hear it more than anyone.

What do I choose to do in the moment? Dwell on what went wrong? Or give myself some grace and move forward?

Beating myself up over it won’t help anyone. It won’t change the laundry’s sour smell, or keep my dear husband from making yet another trip to the store.

It won’t create a peaceful, grace filled atmosphere in my home either. I must choose to look ahead, knowing I will probably forget again, but rejoicing in grace.

STOP

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Time to merge

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I had a great blogging idea last November. I decided it would bring some clarity to my life if I separated my homeschooling posts from Closing Time. So I started a brand new blog, Homeschool Java.

Then something unexpected happened. My tiny little business, Insight Blog Design, began to blossom. It grew and grew (and continues to grow). With that change came a necessary shift in priorities and time. Less time to write, more time to focus on the business. And I love it!

I love writing too though, and I have tried to come up with  a way to do both, to maintain my two little blogs and hopefully see them flourish as well. Yesterday, I arrived at a conclusion that I believe is the Lord’s direction and solution.

It is time for Homeschool Java as a full-fledged blog to end. You all know that homeschooling is a big part of my life, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon! I will be introducing a weekly “Homeschool Java” post here at Closing Time. It will be my opportunity to share our homeschooling journey with you. My homeschool reviews will be posted here again as well.

The rest of the time, I will continue with my typical Closing Time type posts. It has been a long time since I have written much, but my hope is that I can find my writing groove again, and that the words that emerge will bring some encouragement to your day.

If you have found your way here via Homeschool Java today, I hope you’ll stick around! You can subscribe via RSS feed, subscribe by email, or follow via Google Friend Connect in the sidebar.

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When Long Days Feel Longer…

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I was chatting with my friend Logan today, and the conversation turned to the need for some fun activities for the kids during the summer months. The idea of summer freedom sounds great at first, but it doesn’t take long for a crew of little ones to need some structure during those long summer days.

The summer months in our area bring crazy heat, humidity, and thirsty mosquitoes. As much fun as it can be playing outside, swimming, and enjoying the outdoors, we find ourselves needing fun indoor activities when summer arrives in full force.

Arts, Crafts, & Learning Fun for the Non-Crafty

I’m not a crafty kind of mom. I seriously need help when it comes to these things. The craft books that work for me are from the Williamson Little Hands series. They have drawings of the art projects (I need to seethese crafts we’re supposed to be making…written instructions just don’t do it for me). There are a variety of books for different ages. The book we have is the Little Hands Art Book. The whole series is spectacular, with everything from arts & crafts to math & science fun. The activities and crafts are perfect for the summer months when you needs some fun with a little structure.

For the days when you don’t want to do a prepared craft, just bring out the paints and paper and let them go wild (within reason)!

Summer Movie Deals

Many local movie theaters offer special morning movie showings of kid-friendly films during the summer. The tickets are free or deeply discounted (for example, Regal Cinemas charges $1). Check your local theater to see what they have to offer! This is a great way to get out of the house and go somewhere cool!

Indoor Picnic

It’s amazing how a little change in routine can make a day brighter! It doesn’t take much most of the time. Simply spreading a quilt on the floor and eating lunch picnic style can be a blast!

Summer Reading

My girls love a trip to the library! Reading during the summertime is a great activity, and it helps kids continue to progress in their reading (or listening) skills even during a school break. If your kids need encouragement to read, maybe setting a special summer goal with a reward would help!

Quality Time

Whether your kids go to school or are schooled at home, the summer break is a great opportunity to spend some quality time together just doing fun things. When it comes down to it, the what really isn’t as important as the who. Building in times to spend together in focused family time is truly one of the best ways to avoid boredom and summer break burnout.

What summer activities work for you

Change Is as Good as a Holiday, Right?

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Lately I’ve been missing the rain. There just hasn’t been much since we moved to South Carolina three months ago, not as much as I’m used to anyway.

When the downpour started last Thursday night, I lay in bed soaking in the sound. The next morning, I sipped my coffee and watched the drops fall in soothing rhythm. It was beautiful…and I tweeted…

A few minutes later, I walked into our bedroom to open the blinds. My feet were surprised by the sensation of damp carpet. No, wet carpet. My first thought was that perhaps the window was not shut properly. I checked it. It was locked tight. A quick inspection told me that the water could only have come from one place, under the wall. Not good.

I placed a quick call to the apartment manager, and within minutes maintenance had arrived with a shop vac. This was just step one, we were told, to get as much water up as possible while we waited for the carpet guy to come.

The carpet guy arrived and removed more water. A visit by the main maintenance man followed a bit later. The carpet was still pretty wet, and he was concerned. When he pulled back the carpet to look underneath, we discovered the mildew. YUCK!

They called in the carpet experts. Those guys were amazing. They came as soon as they were called, at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before Memorial Day. It was obvious we were in good hands, but it also became apparent that things were worse than they had seemed. Before we knew it, we were moving every bit of furniture out of our bedroom. Stuff was everywhere.

In the midst of it all, I was also giving the kids a bath and cooking eggplant parmesan. But that’s another story. Did you know that a desk stashed in the kitchen can also double as an island? It’s true!

The water damage had mildewed the carpet pad over almost the entire bedroom. Then it got worse. They realized the sheet rock was soft. Not. Good.

We moved our bed into Phil’s office, closed off the bedroom, and enjoyed the weekend. The contractor was scheduled to come Tuesday to assess the situation.

Tuesday morning, they told us the news. Because of the mildew and the potential health issues (and also because of our allergies), the apartment manager wanted us to move to another apartment.

I almost cried. We were just barely unpacked. Okay, not completely unpacked…

So we are moving. Again. On Saturday. Or maybe even Friday.

We’re packing like crazy. This whole thing is crazy.

But you know what? It’s not a surprise to God. He saw the whole thing coming, and He has promised that all things work together for our good. So here we go again!