Thursday, January 22, 2009

School Days

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These are quiet times for our little family. We have been sick, and consequently housebound a lot. I've been in bed all day, only managing to dress and feed the girls. Lena had to be content to sit next to me in bed, coloring with me and watching episodes of Little Bear!

Our girls are growing by leaps and bounds. I've been doing preschool with Lena in the mornings. She looks forward to these times so much! We usually begin with saying "Good Morning" to each other and practicing writing her name and the date. We do dot to dot and number pages. She has to sit with her hands folded at her little desk, and wait for commands from me. We move to the floor to do puzzles, practicing each letter and its sound, and practice sounding out simple words. We sing hymns, read a story, and she is working on short verse Scripture memorization.
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I've realized how very much I enjoy teaching her. It has been a very special time for the two of us each morning, and I pray it will benefit her emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Shana sometimes joins us during our sessions and spends time in the crib "playing."
Shana watches her big sister's every move with wide eyes and her most loving smile. Selena is "little mommy," telling me what she thinks Shana needs or wants. She has started taking Shae's face in between her two little hands and kissing her often during the day.
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Goals for the next six months:
Continue to do preschool at least 3 times a week with Selena
Be more organized when it comes to our office
Get back to menu planning
Pack lunches for hubby 4 times a week
Continue Shana's nighttime sleep training (she now sleeps from 8:30 or 9pm to 4:00 - 5:00 and then back to sleep for two hours)
Get the girls to sleep in the same room
Get Lena completely potty trained (she wears underwear for half a day now)
Scripture memorization (for myself!)
Restart my prayer journal and keep it up!!
I know I haven't posted very often, but I have been very busy just keeping things together in our home. I do think of all of you, and will make my rounds very soon! Off to go take some Advil for this fever.

13 comments:

Neesie said...

I love how Lena has to sit with her hands folded. :-)

Take care of yourself.

Jaime said...

I was missing your posts! So glad to hear from you! I'm sorry you're feeling poorly, but it looks like your girls are doing wonderfully! What a sweet thing your 'preschool' with Lena is! I'm sure she will benefit from it just as you wish :) Blessings to you, friend!

Bluestocking said...

Sickness seems to be going around a lot this winter.

Hope all of you get well soon.

Sara said...

You have 2 very sweet little girls. =)
I hope you feel better soon Bev...I've missed your updates on here.
Hugs,
Sara

Tera said...

Love the picture of Lena at her desk! So cute! Poor Brynna has been slightly neglected with some of the things you mentioned...I spent much more time with baby #1, but she's still picking things up...learning to spell her name out loud and practicing her Bs. I think Braylee was 2.5, maybe 3 when she started reciting all of John 3:16...never too early to start! :)

Patti said...

Maybe you haven't posted very often, but you ARE doing what God has called you to do...caring for those little ones and training them in his ways. As I know, it is far too easy to spend too much time on the computer and too little time on those things which are our primary calling.

Your times with Lena sound sweet and fun. Keep on enjoying them.

Love,
Patti

Cathy said...

Oh, dear Bev, I'm so sorry you are sick. I'm glad Lena is enjoying your pre school time together. It is so precious how they love each other.

sparrow's song said...

Your home and family are so precious. It's wonderful to catch a glimpse of your childrens growth through your words.

Please get well soon.

Sara said...

Good for you having preschool with your sweetheart. It is precious to see her with her hands folded. What a precious little family. May you sense God's presence in your home each day.

Baptist Girl said...

I always love to hear about your little family, it always brings a smile to my face. You take good care of yourself Bev.

Your daughters are just so beautiful

Cristina

James said...

I hope you're all better soon- we've been having a similar bug circling the fam. I swear just when we think we've got it beat, someone gets it again! Praying that you all feel well soon!

I was going to say, Lorelei is 2.5 and we've been using the very very first books meant for preschoolers from Rod & Staff. One focuses on numbers, another shapes, and one on bible stories...she loves, loves the hand-drawn illustrations in them. (She's got a thing for Eloise Wilkin illustrations). I love that picture of Lena! So precious.

Joy said...

Whoops! I just realized I was signed in under my husband's account. That last comment was mine.

HOPE said...

Praying you are well by now...as I write this. I've been away with family visiting. I appreciate your dedication and love of homeschooling...how precious to see her hands folded so sweetly for Mommy and ready to learn. Your post are always so wonderful about "family" and the blessings of every moment!

Truly a precious family...I pray God blesses your every day.

HOPE