As soon as Halloween ends, the busyness of the holidays commences around here. Do you feel the same way? There are gatherings with family and friends in anticipation of Thanksgiving, then the Big Day, and the day after, we start to prepare for Christmas and prepare all our baking needs, gift lists, holiday pictures, decorations, and more, and on and on. My goal this year is to step off the action-packed ride that we’re supposed to be enjoying and focus on what’s truly important. Hint: It isn’t my children’s ever-growing wish lists.
This week we’re scaling back on our school work. I guess I shouldn’t say “scaling back” because for the past two weeks we’ve been doing only the basics as we focus our attention on early American history with events leading up to and including the first Thanksgiving. This past week Kate participated in a Pilgrims & Indians reenactment of that event where she learned about the culture and times of the people. Hands on learning is the best!
Also this week we’re spending time with family on both Thanksgiving Day and Saturday. Double Thanksgivings!! I am so grateful that I don’t have to cook very much. I will be bringing homemade rolls, fudge pie, pecan pie, and sugar cookies.
I don’t do Black Friday shopping, do you? I did a few years ago and really didn’t have any luck finding the items I had my heart set on. Instead, I bought stuff that I later returned. Plus, I need my sleep; staying up all night leaves me very cranky.
Just because I like to share, here’s what I’m reading this week. I try to keep at least one of the following “types” of books going at once: a work of fiction, a book of education or homeschooling, and a marriage or parenting book.
Here’s what I’m reading this week:
I’m addicted to Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell mystery series. They follow Mary Russell, a young woman who becomes Sherlock Holmes protege, then sidekick, and later wife. FYI: these books are not Christian fiction but I still see them as “lovely.”
I’m also still slowly wading through Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s For the Children’s Sake. I highly recommend this book if you are a Charlotte Mason educator or, like me, have aspirations to be one. It’s filled with both theoretical and practical helps to get you going and keep you going in the right direction.
My friend Sarah and I are starting back our book club after finishing the amazing Sally Clarkson’s Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. This time we’re reading Carolyn Mahaney’s Feminine Appeal: 7 Virtues of a Godly Wife & Mother. I read this book for the first time several years ago and remember being wow’d by it, so I can’t wait to dig back into it and discuss it with my friend. There’s nothing like reading a book with a Christian friend to inspire, encourage, and help you persevere in your walk.
And here’s what I’m doing this week:
Decluttering and cleaning the house. Why?! Because we found a new house!!! This has been an ongoing prayer for the past 3 years, and we are so thankful to have finally found a new place to call home. Please join with us in praying for ours to sell quickly. We do have a potential buyer coming to look at ours next Sunday.
And here’s what’s on our meal plan for this week:
Easy Shepherd’s Pie (with leftovers from the fridge & freezer) with steamed broccoli
When you have random bags of veggies and meat in the freezer or left over from supper, make shepherd’s pie. It’s a smorgasbord of yum.
Easy Taco Soup — the easiest (& a healthy) soup recipe and my kids’ favorite! I serve it with cheese and sour cream plus slices of avocado with lots of salt and lime. So good!
Leftovers — Because there are inevitably leftovers.
Thanksgiving Dinner #1 with my husband’s family (bringing rolls and pies)
Pizza & Movie Night — We REALLY like this gluten-free deep dish pizza you make in a cast iron skillet. You can also cook it on the grill. The recipe looks complicated, and there are a lot of ingredients but it’s the best Gluten-Free pizza I’ve ever had.
Thanksgiving Dinner #2 with my family
Bring on the good food and times of fellowship with family! I pray you have a wonderful week with those you love and that God will give you grace with those who may be a little hard to love 😉