Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison
Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
The Middle Mom by Christie Erwin
Success as a Foster Parent by the National Foster Parent Association with Rachel Greene Baldino
Damaged by Cathy Glass
Orphans of the Living by Jennifer Toth
One Small Boat by Kathy Harrison
Note that these reads will not necessarily be feel good books. In fact, after reading several of the reviews, I gather that they will be tales of tragedy and heartache. And yet, at the same time, I think they will present a sense of hope and insight into the topic of fostering children, something I am quite passionate about.
I am alone and yet surrounded by at least a hundred and fifty people in a quaint little place called Open Eye Cafe. It has a rustic, almost warehouse, feel to it. I can hardly hear myself think over the commotion and music. Laptop open, jasmine tea at a my fingertips, life is good.
Our kids are having a little mini vacation with my in-laws. Since school is out for a few weeks, Nana and Grandpa thought it would be a great time to have them spend some time there. I agreed. 🙂 Scott is at a soccer game that I opted out of because it is raining here. Oh darn, I have to sit here in this coffee shop and watch people, blog, read, soak in this local music and just breathe. Can you hear me giggling?
I should probably give a plug for the current band I am listening to, they are the Sinful Savage Tigers. I love the acoustic sound and infectious bluegrass feel. My toes are definitely tapping.
One of the beauties of year around school is the break that occurs every nine weeks. Just when I was blanking on what to put in their lunches and getting tired of carting them to and from school, they get some much deserved time off (and so do I, sort of). Although, Madelyn has been quick to say that she doesn’t need time off. She wants to go to school.
Our kids have the next several weeks off, they will return on October 11th. It has been so nice to have our children’s sweet voices return to my daytime hours this week. We have been sleeping in a little later (mostly me), cleaning, playing, doing a little math and reading, eating warm meals, running errands and having play dates. Our week has flown by already, but most of the time it seems that way these days.
Overall, I give this school thing a thumbs up. After the highs and lows of the first quarter, we all agree that this is going pretty well. The kids think it is so much fun. I have volunteered numerous times and taken Brady with me. Even Brayden really likes going to Central Park School for Children.
Do I miss homeschooling? Absolutely, I miss teaching my older kids. I would totally be willing to transition back into teaching all of them if we decide to. I am still homeschooling Brayden. We have learning time during the week. He is a great student. It is nice having only one student to work with. He is not easily distracted. 🙂 We have been working on his letters. We’ve worked on A-E so far. He is also learning how to write his name well. I love working with my preschooler. What a fun age! Brayden is such a creative, responsive, attentive, and willing learner.
Here are some pictures of Brayden’s work and a few of Kalen at the skate park this week.
Modeled after If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and If You Give A Pig A Pancake:
Brayden practicing his name and his dolphin after studying the letter D.