Church has been going well. Sunday we had 8 in Sunday School! Two girls have started coming specifically for English lessons, which I started when I heard they would be allowed to come for that. The lessons were cancelled this Sunday though as we had no heat! We were all too cold by the end of services to have English lessons. The electricity has been really bad lately. That particular day it was off from midnight until around 4:30 Sunday afternoon, then off again a few hours later. Boy was it COLD! Since then, it has gone off almost every day, but only for a couple hours. We thought about cancelling services Sunday, but decided to have them anyways. Besides being cold, we had a very good Sunday. We have started using the puppets in Sunday School. It is amazing how quiet the kids sit through the puppets! During the kids Sunday School, Eric teaches the adults without a translator. This particular Sunday he was so animated that even the kids wanted to pay attention to his class! ;) I guess he has to do something to keep the adults from looking at the puppets. hehe! A curtain will be going up soon between the sections.
Forgot my camera, but Eric had his phone handy. :)
The household has been moving pretty smoothly lately. We finally posted a schedule and though we don't always go exactly by it, it has helped a lot. Eric wants me to print one for him now too. :) Anna has been such a BIG helper. If I get her started, she does a good job at washing the dishes. Now she has even started washing some of the "big" dishes for me! AND she thinks it's fun! Lydia still sweeps around the table, but needs a little more instruction and Sammy is willing to help with anything. He clears the table, takes the laundry out of the washer and usually helps me hang it. And Daniel, well he can usually be found in the room that I just organized - reorganizing.
Doesn't he look like a little rascal?
They look SO guilty! And they should...they just dumped the cushions and stuffed toys on the floor!
For school we are using the Abeka DVDs. At first I HATED the idea of using these. I felt (either of myself or of others, I do not know) that it wasn't really homeschooling - just an easy way out. I spent hours, days, researching different materials and was thinking about mixing different things. When I approached my husband, he pretty much said that if I wanted his support/help in homeschooling then I would use the Abeka DVDs. Wow! All that time I wasted! I should have just come to him first! I already knew that he was interested in them, but I guess I didn't listen good enough. So I decided to follow him. He is the head of the home and I definitely wanted his backing with schooling. Still, the first week or so I HATED the DVDs. I felt like they weren't helping me any and I was just sitting there watch someone else teach my daughter. I found that I had not fully submitted or surrendered my will. After giving my attitude to the Lord, I have found that my husband truly was right-it has been a huge blessing and help. It has taken the burden of planning off my shoulders.
Lydia and Sammy made headbands too. As you can see, we are a little behind in our schooling because we didn't do much school on furlough. Just enjoyed time with family and friends. :)