While we were sleeping Sunday night, some teens broke into our house and stole our phones and a laptop computer. We are thankful they didn’t steal more and that no one was hurt, but we do miss those things. My blog will miss Seth’s iPhone that we’d brought back from the States, as we took lots of pictures while we were out and about that we wouldn’t normally and posted several here.
What seemed almost as hard to take as the loss of some valuables and the invasion of our privacy and security was the loss of our week. Seth spent much time this week investigating, following up on the police reports, trying to catch criminals, overseeing a welder who secured our house with burglar bars, and trying to get a cheap phone replacement (we’ve tried three so far, and none have worked! The third now at least turns on, but everything’s in German…)
For me, that meant late dinners, visitors or workers present several times a day, late starts to homeschool days, and delayed plans. And some insecurity–which evidences itself in asking Seth a thousand times each night whether the gate and all doors are locked. He patiently answers his crazy, wild-eyed wife, “Yes, I did,” as if I haven’t asked before.
Still I felt that we had a successful homeschooling week. The children did not get Bible or Tsonga with Seth this week, so I read a Bible story to them instead. We studied medieval China and Japan for history. Tuesday Seth brought home Chinese food from a Chinese take-out place in the town where Seth goes weekly to teach at the prison. We didn’t have chopsticks, but we all enjoyed the new tastes. Well, most of us! Callie and Carson weren’t impressed.
We also played Memory, because the Japanese have a game just like it called the Kai-awase shell game, and I wasn’t about to make a whole bunch of game pieces for Memory with shells on the back just to make it authentic. Kinda lame tie-in, but anyway, it was fun. Today, Caleb and I worked on making a haiku, and then he and Colin illustrated the haiku for drawing. They did a wonderful job!
Great, heavy movement–
Loud buzzing, floppy flying,
Colin began by copying the haiku; but I quickly realized that that would take forever and cause tears, so I let him trace my copy. He has a recent tendency to do beautiful coloring but not know when to stop. He keeps coloring, until his original work is
all covered up. He began doing that again today with the rain and the puddles, but I couldn’t bear losing his best drawing ever to his compulsive coloring, so I snatched it away and proclaimed it DONE.
Caleb finished My Father’s Dragon for reading, and he loved it so much that he wanted to read it again this afternoon. !Yay! I’m so glad to find a book that made him enjoy reading (besides Calvin and Hobbes). It had a perfect mixture of suspense, humor, and appropriate difficulty level.
Caleb also began learning multiple-digit subtraction and the confusing world of commas and finished the first lesson in his new spelling level 3 and a science lesson on whales. (Did you know dolphins are a kind of cetacean?) He added both toothed and baleen whales to his ocean box, and we completed an experiment on sound travel, which even Seth contributed to!
Caleb drew our loquat tree for his nature study journal. Ironically for our history studies, they are also called Japanese plum. They have a yellow fruit that we should enjoy soon as the tree is large enough now.
I have not spent as much time with the two toddlers as I’d like, and I don’t have “house help” (a maid) any longer. I’m going to have to be as efficient as possible to get my tasks and goals done now.
Thank you for your prayers and concerns for us this week! You can watch for a prayer letter that Seth sent out today for my Missional Monday post.