Hello there! I am so pleased to be the second in line to share with you all a bit of what my everyday life is like! I can’t wait to hear from you how many similarities we might have in common; after all that is one of the most enjoyable things about posts like these, right?
Since my graduation from academic home school routine, I have changed a lot of things that go on in my day to day life. Many people have asked me, “So, what are you up to now that you’ve graduated?”, and I respond, “Oh, just about everything!” And really there is so much that I do around our house!
Beginning in my first waking hour of the day, I get up, spend a little time in prayer, cuddle with our little dog–who happens to sleep with me at night–and then sleepily stumble downstairs to let her and our other big dog out. Next comes giving their hungry bellies some food, and then making sure the kitchen is in order for when Mom comes down. By the time I get back upstairs to perform my morning “getting ready” routine, I am wide awake. Now, at 7:15, I check my email, and perhaps a blog or two before it is time for Family Worship. I love beginning my day this way, especially participating in Family Worship; I feel at peace, knowing that I have been able to commune with the LORD in reading His word, and praying for the needs of the Saints.
After breakfast, I will get back on the computer to answer emails, and if I have a post going up, I will take most of the morning typing and thinking of what I want to say, as I am doing now. Ha ha!
I don’t like to spread my computer activities throughout the day, because then it just gets a little out of hand and usually becomes a distraction away from other things. I do like to perform all of my daily household chores in the mornings, thus freeing up my time in the afternoon. I don’t really like to sleep in on Saturdays in the Spring, Summer, and early Fall, because of how the day just feels like it gets away from me too quickly. I love early mornings spent outside in the cool air! I also don’t like to spend my time on crafts and fun activities alike in the morning, since I love to get the “work” done first, before play.
Now that Spring has sprung, I have begun work at our local Nursery/Greenhouse. I spend my Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons there, but before I tell you about those days, let me share with you my afternoons off.
My afternoon begins with my daily, half-hour walk. Let me tell you, I walk religiously. So much so, that for the first time in my history of walking, I, accompanied by my stalwart mother and two pups, actually braved several days of minus degree temperatures, not to mention winds that whipped your skirt into a mess around your pacing feet, all for the sake of exercise! I can say that I am very thankful it did not last for long, and that I can walk freely now in the warm Spring air!
Gardening has become a new-found love. And surprisingly, the unending chore of weeding has grown on me, becoming a time of luxury. Odd huh? Well, lets just say I look at it as my quiet time. I use that hour spent outside going over my own contemplations, as well as in prayer with hardly a distraction. Then too, as you all might know by now, I have been a nature lover ever since I could slap a mud pie together. I don’t mind grimy hands from working in the soil. I don’t mind working in the heat of the Summer sun, becoming drenched in sweat and perspiration. I don’t even mind the hard work of gardening itself. I love to be active. I love to be out in the sun, and I don’t mind the wind much. To top it all off, I really don’t mind most insects, but you better not catch me near a wolf spider. Ugh!!! They and the botflies are the worst!
Besides this, I spend a half hour practicing my soprano part for our trio songs. I have been struggling this year, trying to let God lead and guide the girls and I further into this realm of music, and trying not to get worried over what the future might have in store for us. It is hard to practice some days, and others it is a great joy. I am growing in this area, so it is not something I have learned to grasp onto as tightly as other things.
For the rest of the day, you might see me practicing hymns on the piano–something I just picked up again for the first time in two years! The late afternoons I busy my hands with craftwork. Right now, it is working with paper and wire and tape; sculpting tiny little petals and leaves into glorious, colorful floral creations, that has captured my heart. I have always had a good eye, and could pick up any sort of craft with ease. Flower making tops them all though. You might see a business sprout out of this soon…
When I am working at the Greenhouse, I will do anything from transplanting little seedlings into bigger potting flats, moving grown plants into the retail greenhouse, lifting stuff, moving stuff again, etc. It is a great job for me since I love plants, and there is no other place like a big warm greenhouse! The light inside is well filtered, making one feel as if they were in a constant photo shoot! You want to grow with the flowers, taking on the beautiful color-glow that surrounds you! It is truly magical. My photographer friend who I work with has often said it would be an incredible place for an engagement photo shoot. She is spot on!
As this month has drawn on, evening times after dinner have begun to be filled with trio singing practice. It is hard work. And we have our good days and bad ones. Most of the time we will begin with prayer, and then Brigi leads us in warm ups. Since I have the easy soprano part, I don’t always have to work as hard as the girls do, using their ears to find their correct notes, but I still have to be there to help them match up their parts with mine, and vise versa. I’ll tell you a little secret: we are all learning how to communicate, and speak in encouragement, rather than to always be critical. It is so easy to be critical and to think, “But she needs to know that she is off pitch!”. Sometimes we can be so critical that the evening ends up with our heads all in bubbling frustration. Not good. And we know it. We all have been praying, and working hard to hold our quick tongues, so that peace might be brought into the scene. Imperfection was never more present than in times when we get together to sing. So next time you hear a great recording of one of our newest songs, just know that we put sweat, blood, and tears into it to get it to where it is. This is humbling to write, but I think you all should know how imperfect we three really are in our gift we love to share.
In Christ do we hold fast, and trust for mercy and grace to be shown on us. We need it, despite our redeemed souls!