It occurs to me that most of our posts are on the events that take place around here or on the somewhat out of the ordinary happenings. But perhaps it would be interesting to get a glimpse of our “normal” daily life. Of course there is really no such thing as normal in a home-schooling family, but here are a few activities that various family members can typically be found doing…
Amy is doing well in school and working on learning cursive writing. She also loves to read, and if not otherwise employed will most frequently be found in some corner with a book.
William is also working at schoolwork. His diligence in this area is showing as he succeeds day after day to finish all his work before noon, entitling him to a half-hour of “Flight Simulator” on the computer!
Sarah’s school is often interrupted. She is called on frequently to help in the kitchen before events, do all kinds of cleanup jobs, and a lot of other things. She also faithfully cares for her excellent mouser, Cookies N’ Cream, whose services are much appreciated in the barn.
Stephen, our jack of all trades, is, along with William, preparing for a cello exam. His activities vary from schoolwork to music practise, to working on sermon preparation, to fixing broken objects around the house, to computer programming, to whatever else he thinks up to do!
Demands of Evelyn’s time are constant. She helps Amy with her school while trying to work on her own as well; she sets up, cleans up and decorates the extension every time we have people in (which is often!); she makes meals; she takes cares of the cows; and a lot more! She’s on the go so much that it is hard to catch her with my camera! But I did get a few pictures.
As seen in the previous post, Jonathan is in high demand. Not only does he put in many hours at work as well as on the computers here at home, but he is often called away to help others with their computers and to tune pianos. Notwithstanding, he still finds time to bless our home with his beautiful hymn improvising. (Note the hymbook is closed…)
Mommy is everywhere and does everything. She is the one who keeps everything running in the home. From the big things such as doing Daddy’s billing, shopping and meal planning, to the tiniest action of picking up a loose paperclip or giving someone a smile she is faithful to her God-given calling of wife and mother!
Daddy is so busy I can hardly catch any pictures of him. Besides his medical practice in the emergency room, office, and nursing homes, he keeps busy with the myriad aspects of family life, organising men’s meetings, and more other things than could be said. And yet, he is never too busy to stop and take time for each one of us!
Times of fun and relaxation also have a part in our “normal” days. Since the ping-pong table came up from the basement, it has been put to use much more.
Well, that is a bit of what goes on during the Frazer family’s “routine” life! Oh, I forgot to mention what I do… Since the cow is dry right now, I’m having a two-month vacation, which means I sit in my room twiddling my thumbs and watching my cheese age.
Well, maybe not… I do a lot of fill-in things, helping whoever, whenever, wherever I’m needed. (And writing blog posts. 🙂 ) While I’m on vacation, I’m catching up on a few things I haven’t had time to do during the past year, including beginning to read through the stack of books collected on my desk. A few quotes from these…
“Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech. … The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him – and of her. … The yearning to know What cannot be known, to comprehend the Incomprehensible to touch and taste the Unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man.”
The Knowledge of the Holy – Tozer
“It sounds strange to talk about fighting for joy… But having a spiritual taste for the glory of Christ is not morally neutral. Not to have it is evil and deadly. Not to see and savor Christ is an insult to the beauty and worth of his character. Preferring anything above Christ is the very essence of sin. It must be fought.”
When I Don’t Desire God – Piper