Friday, July 17, 2015

reflecting on captured memories

This song came on today while I was driving home from dropping kids off at activities. In January 2012, I wrote a post about what this song means to me. As soon as I got home I came to my computer to read the post. Immediately I felt a wave of emotion, but it wasn't the same wave I felt 3+ years ago.

Yes, I still believe it happens in a blink. Yes, I still want to hold on tight. Yes, I'm trying to make the most of each moment.


Yes, the calendar is still full (possibly more now than ever before). Yes, my kids are still growing up too fast for my liking (but I am singing praises for healthy kids). Yes, I still look forward to the rare, empty square on the calendar.


I have learned what contentment is, because in contentment I find joy.

There are still things I want to do with my life. I have quite a long list including travels, books to read, classes to take, things I want to learn about, and memories I want to make with my family. All of these things are important to me and as I work toward completing an item on the list, I am also constantly adding more.

I have learned that there is nothing I can do to stop time, but I can continue making wonderful memories with my family & friends. I can continue teaching my kids not only from books but from life's lessons.

Contentment doesn't mean we're settling. It doesn't mean that we are capable of more but we can't get there. It doesn't mean that our lives are lacking. For us, it means that we don't take for granted the countless blessings in our lives.

Now, when I blink, I keep my eyes closed a bit longer and find a captured memory* of my pudgy fingered babies, my curious toddlers, my young scientists, my little explorers, my daydreamers. We still have so much living to do. I still get to see them grow into women who, without a doubt, will make a difference in this world. Maybe they'll be world leaders, maybe they'll lead a family or a business, maybe they'll be activists for change. Maybe I'm raising a doctor or an NPO board president. I'm a daydreamer, too, and each day we're closer to seeing our daydreams come true.

*A special thanks to my moma, who taught me to pause in the midst of life's happenings and capture memories, tucking them close to my heart.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Getting ready for lift off!

Belle and Daddio have been working through a unit on flight and decided to put all of their studies into practice by building an airplane.  After securing the supplies, they set to work in the garage.  There were a few mishaps and it turned into a learning experience for everyone. Coming soon: photos of their first flight!

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Farmstead

There is a local farmstead in a neighboring city that has been preserved for tours and school groups.  On select Fridays, they host a preschool storytime and activity.  We have been to a few and always have a great time.  Last fall, Daddio and I took Punky to the Charlotte's Web themed activity.  We listened to the story of Charlotte's web, then had the chance to meet some farm animals like Wilbur the pig!  We also learned about farming "back then" and planted a few seeds.  The kids had a chance to grind corn into chicken feed and even went on a wagon ride behind the tractor.

At the ranch...the wildlife ranch!

Since we moved to this area, I have been wanting to visit this exotic wildlife ranch. They host a homeschool day each year, but it's never worked out for us to attend, until this year.  It was a gorgeous day.  We enjoyed visiting the animals, listening to the animal talks, the petting zoo, learning about their bears, Punky's first horse ride, and the big girls took a class about animal conservation.  We will definitely be back, as this is one of those places that we can learn something new on each visit.  Enjoy the pictures...this is just a fraction of what we took that day! :)