Aug 31, 2014

Farewell Summer 2014

The "official start" to the new academic year begins on Tuesday.  Three days spent in Newport was a great way to end the summer season.  

Relaxed, Refreshed and as Ready as I'll ever be.  

 Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.     Proverbs 19:20
(So enormously thankful for friends who speak truth & model humility & grace to our kids.)

The Lord sent me a little love note...in the form of a seaweed heart.  He is so romantic like that.  Always pursuing my heart and reminding me of his unfailing love. 

 "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that gives value to survival."     C.S. Lewis

"The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are."    C.S. Lewis

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

The Lord has seen fit to deliver me a season of heartbreak.  Maybe heartbreak isn't the correct word...maybe it's more like heart-sickness. Hard times are hard...especially when wounds arrive from unexpected places. 

This girl has been a constant.  Discerning and wise and empathetic.    I am thankful for her friendship.   I know it's a gift. 

Aug 19, 2014

Lifestyle of Learning in our Home

Braverijah graduated "early" and with less Math but more community college credits than Mcabe.

Mcabe graduated "earlier" than Braverijah and with some community college credits.

Galilee is graduating "late" cuz she still has stuff to work on.  So far...no community college credits.

Jemima graduated last June..."early"and without community college credits.  This morning...she went through our home library and chose 1/2 dozen History books to read this coming year and is committed to going to go through a Grammar program because she's weak in that area.
Zion...she's officially starting 6th Grade...but only because that fits in with what we want to do in regards to Sunday School at church.  She's working at a lower level in some subject areas and is way advanced in others. 

If I had to do it all over again...this home-educating thing...I'd buy less...stress less, and worry less.

Zion's 2014-2015 Syllabus :

Math / Saxon
Science / Apologia Botany
Latin & Vocab / English From The Roots Up
Grammar / Easy Grammar
Spelling / Spelling Power
Writing / Skype Class incorporating IEW & Any Child Can Write
Literature / Newbery Titles
History / Online Veritas Old Testament & Egypt
Dance / Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Spanish
Art / Misc.
Various Field Trips and Cultural Events
Service / Children's Hunger Fund
Bible / Weekly sermons / various speakers & faith events / Sunday School

Bradley and I will be attending...

..and the girls will be joining us as part of our ongoing education.   We will also be leading a Book Group in our home...Respectable Sins. 

Lifestyle of Learning ...one of the BEST things that ever happened to our family.  My anxious heart calmed.  My convictions were affirmed.  I grabbed a hold of the message and have been walking it out to the best of my ability ever since. 

Jul 31, 2014

Circle Day

Zoe spent the afternoon with us.  It was CIRCLE DAY.

Because obviously we are crazy people....

My husband got to act today.  And you have no idea how happy that makes me.

It's been a long time.  And a quiet season.  Not easy on him.  Not easy on me.  Not easy on the kids.  But....oh...ever so good for us. 

Brad plays a pastor...who delivers the Word...a fact which does not escape us as he steps into his first role since our return to the industry we love so much... because obviously we are crazy people... THREE YEARS AGO!!!!!!!!! 

Three years without acting work.  Three years of dreams.  And confusion.  Three years of rejection and fear.  Three years of false starts...human efforts...being still...stepping out in faith...running ahead...and catching up.  Three years of preparation.  Of questions.  Three years of challenges.  Of two steps backwards and three forward.  Ultimately...three years of obedience to the call.  


I swear...I think he is happier for the hope & joy this small role has brought to all of us than he is for himself.

Actually...I don't know.  He's over the moon.  I got every little detail of every little thing that happened on set.  He can't stop smiling.  Grinning from ear to ear. 

Jul 21, 2014

Cousin Zoe

Zoe ... Life

Olivia... Olive Tree / a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty & dignity.  A symbol of peace.

Thanks to Brad's Auntie Judy...he has loads of photos from his younger years. She is no longer with us...but her sweet grand-daughter is.

Jul 14, 2014

Some Fun Things

More Gabba Gallery openings.

This piece...Made in China... sold for two thousand something bucks.    It reminded me of this current event ...and I think it's thought provoking.

We discovered Little Tokyo.  

 A Wishing Tree & Gelato Mochi. 

Sushi and a delicious Daikon Radish Salad.

And when the boys came across a really cool event...they called us up and told us to head over.

Off The Wall Sunday nites in NoHo is something super cool.  A space and art supplies are provided.  Graffiti artist come and put up their work legally.  The hope is that those who attend would be inspired to diversify their portfolios...step outside of their comfort zones...and eventually be able to sell their work.  Zion and Brad have participated twice now...and I've tagged along.  There's an open mic...(rap must be clean...no cussing)...dance offs...(amazing talent is an understatement) a food table (all donated and free to attendees.)  It's really a very inspiring thing.  

There is no security and things could get tense quickly...but haven't so far.  Everyone has been very  respectful.  Zion doesn't like the wafting smell of marijuana so much ...but she doesn't mind the lingering odor of spray paint. 

The first nite...Zion came up with a French Dude in a Beret.

Last nite...she came up with a Sugar Skull.

Downtown ART WALK.

The Peddler's Creamery

The Last Bookstore

Worldviews on display.

This lady became a little bit uncomfortable when I asked her if I could take photos.

These guys...believers...I give them a lot of credit. Out there doing the street evangelism thing.


Jul 7, 2014

Memorable Week-End

This is where I record many of my memories.

American Girls. 

 Love our neighborhood. 

Redondo Beach.

Sleep over.

Sweet fellowship.  When no words are needed.  They just know.

Solid teaching from Conrad Mbewe.  Here he is at Strange Fire.