Hey friend, how was your week? Our week wasn’t a typical one. We have spent so much in South Dakota over the last nine months. We moved away back in 2011 to North Carolina and then to Minnesota at the end of 2014, and I can’t remember a year we’ve been gone that we’ve spent more time than this year in South Dakota.
Something about the world turning more upside down makes me yearn to be near family, far away from the city, more insulated from the noise.
We were away most of the week, so not much school was accomplished. But we did work heavily on life skills when we got home.
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I am loving these weekly rundowns as a chance to catch up with you since taking time away from social media. It’s been such a breath of fresh air! If you’re new, you can check out my first weekly rundown from last Saturday. I’ll be sharing what’s going on around the house, what’s on my heart, what we’re reading, and more.
The theme of this week was: busy hands, quiet mind.
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Busy Hands, Quiet Mind
Instead of “making home,” our actions this week would more accurately be described as “destroying home.” Ha!
We have worked really hard on getting the backyard looking like we want it to, and we have done lots of projects inside, but we haven’t gotten around to actually tearing out the stuff we can’t stand and making it more us.
Our house is on the small side, but we do have three bathrooms, which is awesome. What’s not awesome is how they look. Yikes!
We’ve been trying to find the time to get started on the main floor bathroom for ages. There is a vanity still in the box that has been sitting there since mid-summer. The pretty tile is all dusty in its boxes. I’ve been reworking the fireplace and built-ins for ages. The time finally arrived to get started this week!
The boys took to the bathroom with crowbars and the girls and I took to the fireplace with sledgehammers. Busy hands, quiet mind.
As I type we’ve allllmost gotten to the point where Jarrod can lay the fresh flooring underlayment and replace the damaged sheetrock where the shower surround was.
I loved watching the boys sort out how to remove the toilet, the old vanity, the tub, and all the details. They worked really well together and seemed to actually have fun with the demo. I’m planning on making them come along for the rest of the process. It made a picture flash in my mind of them starting a house-flipping business of some sort together. Wouldn’t that be the cutest? Hutch Bros. Contracting…I can see it now 🙂
Imagine that…working hard and being productive leads to a happier life…just like God said it would. (I Corinthians 4:12; Colossians 3:23; Proverbs 14:23; and more!)
My friend Cindy recently recommended Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schutz and I really want to start on that!
WHAT WE’RE LEARNING
Like I said, not much sit-down schooling happened this week. But we were a 10+ on the life skills front!
Jack is plugging away on his Apologia Physical Science and he finished an experiment with batteries.
I’m really loving the structure of the Apologia science for him. He’s working really well on his own with it.
I started reading Live not by Lies by Rod Dreher and I can already tell it’s going to be amazing. SO relevant to what’s happening right now. Dreher calls it “soft totalitarianism” and explains why it’s so detrimental for our country.
The first part of the book explains what soft totalitarianism is and interviews dozens of immigrants that have moved to the US to escape totalitarianism. The second part of the book talks about what we can do to guard against it in our own homes. Spoiler alert: it begins with having a strong family.
I grabbed a couple of books for Vera from Christian Book as well this week. These are even so much better than I thought they would be! The theology is SPOT. ON, unlike some Christian children’s books you find. Some are really surfacey and some are just OFF theologically. These are so good!
- What Every Child Should Know About Prayer by Nancy Gutherie
- The Storm that Stopped by Alison Mitchell and Catalina Echeverri
- Jesus and the Lions’ Den by Alison Mitchell and Catalina Echeverri
- The Friend who Forgives by Dan DeWitt and Catalina Echeverri
If you’ve followed me for long, you know I love essential oils. We use them for almost everything in our house. I’ve shared about Sixth Scents Oils lots of times, but they have a new-ish feature I thought I would share.
This week, I received one of their build-a-box shipments. It includes six oils of your choice at a great price! I don’t know of any other place you can get six oils with this quality for this low of a price!
I chose the following:
- Grapefruit–I diffuse this constantly!
- Tea Tree
- and Juniper Berry
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ON MY HEART
The big news of the week was, of course, the swearing in of a new presidential administration. It was…ummm…interesting, was it not? Very Hunger Games-esque with the flags, the 25,000 troops, the…bird pin.
As far as the actual people sworn in, LOL to the folks who voted for Biden because he was moderate. Yikes! Barely three days in and he’s blasted the Keystone Pipeline, putting more Americans out of work, sabotaged girls’ sports, and dodged questions about rescinding abortion laws like the Mexico City policy that blocks nongovernmental organizations that receive federal funding from providing abortions.
No mean Tweets though, right?
It was really interesting to see lots of Christian moms applauding Harris on being the first female VP. Interesting because I thought as Christians, we are to look up to people that are seeking after the Lord. I would never teach my kids to admire or applaud someone simply because they have the same body parts. Why would a Christian mom encourage her daughter to look up to a woman who stands for abortion up to the point of birth? Just typing that feels absurd.
There are many Christians out there keeping quiet about political dealings right now. Why? Because it’s uncomfortable. If you’re adhearing to the Truth of the Gospel, you’ve chosen the unpopular stance. But if we don’t speak to these things in our homes, in our communities, in our extended families, then how are we advancing Truth? How are we making an impact for Christ at all? Hint: we’re not.
It’s time to speak up. (Proverbs 31: 8-9; Leviticus 5:1; Isaiah 44:9)
I didn’t vote for this, but because I know that everything that happens only happens because of God’s sovereign will, I will continue to pray for our leaders, just as I always have.
I’m behind on my John reading plan, but there are built-in days to catch up if you’re behind. One thing I read this week that stood out was from John 12:
As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. there is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him and the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.John 12: 47-50
- God is the judge
- There are consequences for rejecting Jesus
- God the Father told Jesus what to say
- God’s command leads to life eternal
On My Nightstand
I just published a big list of all the books I read in 2020– go read it here!
This week I’m thankful for time with family and starting long-awaited projects. I’m thankful I don’t have to have it all figured out because I have a Father in Heaven who’s working all things together for good.
Happy weekend, friend!
Keep your hands busy and your mind quiet.