I am sorry it has been so long since I have written! It has been an eventful couple of weeks. I was sick with a bladder infection AND a sinus infection and felt especially bad the week before the Labor Day weekend. Luckily, the antibiotics kicked in on Friday, the day we headed off to a camping family reunion in southern Oregon.
The reunion was very enjoyable. We hadn’t attended in several years so it was fun to catch up with some extended family members we don’t see except at the reunions. The weather was pretty good – just a few light sprinkles a couple of times. Kevin and I had been asked to be in charge of the Sunday morning service we hold at the reunion. We both had put a lot of prayer into what we would share and we received good comments afterwards.
The other really encouraging thing about the reunion was that Kevin’s Aunt Beth had asked me to bring my jewelry because she wanted to buy a few things she saw on my Etsy shop and she said she would tell other family members and they might want to look too. Well, I sold quite a lot of it! It is always encouraging when people appreciate what you have made.
The girls had a fun time traveling around the campground and visiting different people. Kelsey made Kalindi a “cootie catcher” – one of those folded things where people pick a number a couple of times and then get a message on the inside at the end. Kalindi asked the same people so many times to “pick a number” that I was afraid they were going to start hiding when they saw her coming. 🙂
After getting home Monday evening we jumped right into school on Tuesday. I had meant to keep up on some schooling through the summer, but it just didn’t happen. I was pleasantly surprised when the girls did some practice math sheets that it seemed like they were remembering all the facts that they had learned last year. Yeah!
I am enjoying getting back into the routine of school, but with school and home duties and another short term volunteer position I am working on (as well as adoption education assignments I have to read and write about) – it is making it difficult for me to have free time to write here.
I really love home schooling! Honestly, I think I enjoy it more than my children do. 🙂 Is there anything more fun than decorating your school room with educational posters, picking out great curriculum, buying school supplies, and sitting down in your own home and learning along with your kids? I love how customized you can make home schooling and that I can devote whatever is necessary to help my child learn and address whatever special need they might have.
I can tell already that this is going to be a great school year. I purchased Phonics Pathways and Reading Pathways and I am really impressed with how it is going. I also found a website called Read, Write, Think that has some great resources. The one thing I learned from last year is that I need to move a lot slower than I thought I did. I kept thinking they would catch on and catch up with me, but for Kalindi especially, we need to move slowly and not go to the next concept until the first one is down pat.
Another new curriculum I am using this year is The Story of the World for history. There is an activity book that goes along with it. The girls seem to really enjoy it and I love it. There are lots of suggestions for crafts and activities as well as other books you can get from the library to delve deeper into the topics.
Adoption Update: We have our fingerprint appointment with USCIS (Department of Homeland Security – Immigration) on September 29. The approval for that should be about a month. Once we have that approval, we will receive our official referral for Levi and then we will have a few more papers to get signed. Then I can take my whole pack of papers to the Secretary of State for apostilling. Once that is done, everything can be sent to India.
The first stop for the paperwork in India is CARA, the agency that has to approve our paperwork before it can proceed to the courts. I have heard that this step is taking some time – much longer than the last time we adopted. I guess there has to be a snag in the process somewhere, right? 🙂 But, I am not relying on CARA for a smooth approval – I am relying on Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth and the One Who sustains and controls all. Sounds like pretty good odds to me!