My gardens are atrocious and some days it's just way to hot and humid to work in them. Instead I do less taxing things. Things such as painting or sewing.
First up were these white wicker chairs. They are old. Very old. My mom bought them used. They sat on her porch for years until she upgraded, and now they live on our porch. We've already had them for more years than I care to count. This year I decided they need a new look.
Below a hint of what they would look like once completed.
A whole new look!
We have a sweet little fabric shop right here in town now, and even though I am a horrible quilter, I am in love with this store. I popped by one day, picked out two fabrics and made pillows for the chairs. One fabric on one side and a completely different on on the other. I think the pillows nicely complete the look!
And yet so much more than that.
After a brief battle with cancer, God called Hennie de Boer home to be with Him for eternity. It was less than two months from her diagnosis to her passing away peacefully at the age of 77.
The six oldest grandsons were Grandma's pallbearers. The little redhead in the back is her seventh grandson. She has twelve granddaughters and three great grandchildren.
Last week was a blur as we prepared for her funeral and mourned her death. It is hard to come to terms with the fact that she is no longer here on earth. She took so much joy and pride in her family and her work. She loved being a wife and mother. Life as it does, will go on, but she will be dearly missed. We will miss her smile, her humour, and her wisdom. We will miss not only those things, but so much more that made her the special woman that she was. Even though she is no longer with us here on earth, we rejoice that her suffering was short, that she is with Jesus in heaven, and that she will live on in many different hearts and lives here on earth.
If you would like to read more about this special woman, you can stop by Murray's brother Ken's blog here.
Canada Day is a great way to officially kick off the summer. This year it was right in the middle of the week. Not ideal for those who only have that day as their holiday, but this year, for the Engineer, it was the start of a week and a half of holidays! The stay home and work around the house kind of holidays, but we're good with that. There is a never ending pile of work to be done around the house both indoors and out. I'm pretty sure that there will still be lots to do even after he heads back to work again in a week and a half.
For now, just a few pics from Canada Day.
Happy Canada and Independence Day to our friends across the border!
We have one week of school done and so far it has gone well. Since it is summer, I am keeping it quick and casual. One subject a day alternating between math and phonics. I dropped the girls all down a grade for starters, so it should mostly be review -- and it is -- until you add in word problems.
Here lies the problem with word problems. My three Littles have zero thinking skills! Really! They do NOT think. They just do -- or expect to have things done for them. It's not an unusual problem for adopted children -- especially ones who have spent much of their early formative years in an institution. The bigger problem is that they went from the institution of an orphanage to having institutional school.
I am tempted to say it was a big mistake on my part to send them to school instead of homeschooling as was recommended in their medicals.However, for my sanity's sake, it was not a mistake. It was very overwhelming having three extra children in the home who were very needy in a multitude of ways. The reality is, they are still needy in a multitude of ways, but I am at a place where I am better able to handle it. I still don't have the best patience, but I am getting better. Meanwhile, we are working on forcing them to think about their actions. A very common word heard in our home these days is, "why?" We question them about everything. Often they will stare at us with a look that says, "who are you to ask me why!" However, more often now they will respond to the question instead of just staring back at their questioner.
Another year of school has flown by -- although I thought the last week of school was never going to end! It was a week of various appointments all between 11 am and 1 pm designed to completely disrupt my day ;o). (Although I know they weren't, it kind of felt like it. It's my own fault though! I'm the one that made the appointments.) I did what I could to get things done around these appointments and just ignored the rest of the mess. The amazing thing this year is that the schoolwork trickled in over a number of days as opposed to all in one day. I was able to stand with our garbage/recycle drawer in the island open and file accordingly. I do believe that this is the first year ever that all the school papers are gone within less than 24 hours after the last school bell rang.
Part of the reason for ensuring that there were no extra papers floating around is that the three youngest will be doing school on Monday. (No rest for the weary!) They are still academically (never mind socially) quite a ways behind their peers. We've backtracked them a bit and are having them work on math and all things English reading, writing and comprehension related. Hopefully by September they will at the very least be where they left off at school if not further than when they finished the school year in June.
So to celebrate summertime, we had a wiener roast on Friday night. Complete with a marshmallow overdose for dessert!
They don't look overly thrilled in this photo (taken with my phone), but believe me, hotdogs and marshmallows are a summer highlight!
Although I am sure the four youngest are hoping for lots of excitement, I am hoping for some quiet days, and long quiet evenings. A mom CAN hope can't she!?
As you may (or may no)t have noticed I have been absent for quite a few months. I've been absent for a multiple of reasons. None of which are anything serious or major. We are all alive and well here. Life has just been busy. My mind has been full. Most nights I go to bed exhausted and wake up exhausted. I am too tired to even think about blogging and when I do, my mind goes blank. It's like I have a GIANT case of writer's block. I'm feeling a little more optimistic now that summer holidays are almost here. Perhaps I will feel less exhausted, will want to write again, and will finally overcome the blankness that takes over the minute I think I might just sit down and write.