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Monday, August 9, 2010

One Thousand Gifts . . .

The kitchen table is cluttered.  It starts today and last minute preparations are making my head spin.  I'm doing something new this year, a co-op with dear friend Donna in which I will be teaching one of the classes.

I'm not a schoolteacher.  I'm a designer who desperately began trying eleven years ago to teach her children at home and struggled everyday not to just let them color, touch fabrics, and make things look pretty.  Stay outside the lines, not inside.

Now I'll be teaching someone else's children.  A mother with more experience, more children, and more patience than I have.  She's better organized and more goal-oriented than me.  She schedules and plans meals and frugal shops.

But . . .

She's all that and more outside the lines than I am.  I think I'll be alright.

My gratitude list continues . . .

a patient friend

history DVD's

colored pencils

sack lunches

welcoming homes

mechanical pencils

colored glue sticks

dot-to-dots

tracing letters

Target $1 aisle

stickers

blunt scissors

crayons

washable markers

chunky pencils

morning devotions

strawberry muffins

chocolate milk

sour apples

online classes

laptops

alarm clocks

first days

anticipation

My list, #188-210.




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3 comments:

Greg and Donna said...

I love it! Today was a blast! And Max did great! I will start looking for something he can do to add to his "cool book". I hope all of our Mondays turn out as good as this one! and thanks friend, I am just flying by the seat of my pants like everyone else!

Anonymous said...

Marie, I thought you might want to hear that yesterday I put together the perfect schedule for this year's school. I get time to check all of the classes at least two times a week, they get independent study time, we get every Monday off, and we get through by 2:30 each day. Then today I realized that I had not put teaching Sarah Lauren in the schedule at all! Oh well, I knew it was too good to be true!! Let me know how your new co-op turns out; it sounds really good.
Loving your energy,
Janice

Lisa notes... said...

I’m sure you’ll be a fantastic blessing to the other kids you teach as well as your own. I appreciate those who can take my kids “out of the lines” in godly ways because sometimes I’m too structured and too "in the lines." Praying for you!

Drawing of me losing my cool courtesy of budding artist, Izzy.


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. . . put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12