{Whereabouts Wednesday}

Since our family is touring the east coast prior to our upcoming move to Nepal, I’ll be using our normal {Work in Progress Wednesday} spot to focus instead on our travels.

 

We’ve been living out of two Action Packers and a duffel bag for nearly a week now: 9 explorers seeing the sights, fellowshipping with friends, and doing our best to be kind to one another in the face of a 3-hour time change, a whole lot of uncommonly busy days, and the logistics of  being vagabonds. It’s been an adventure already– and we’re only a quarter of  the way into the nights and days that separate us from Washington and, eventually, Nepal.

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6 Ways Moms Can Invest in Eternity

God can use anything –even blogs!– to bring amazing people into your life: people who make you laugh, people who build you up, people who make you feel as if you just might not be the only salmon fighting the current, after all. While our family is saying goodbye to friends and family here in the States, I’m honored to feature the work of some of those folks right here on To Sow a Seed. These bloggers bring inspiration, encouragement, and a healthy dose of keepin’ it real to their corners of the internet. It’s my prayer that you’ll be blessed through their words, and if you’re not familiar with their blogs, you’ll pop on over and soak in some of the life-changing stuff they offer.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Rosilind Jukic. On a particularly rough day, when I was pretty sure that I was ruining not only the lives of my children, but my own as well, God brought me to Missional Call. The time I spent there was so refreshing that later that evening, when another hiccup slapped our plans, I turned to my husband and said, “God totally prepared me for this today.” That, my friends, is the power of words aptly spoken. Later, I followed links to find Rosilind’s personal blog, A Little R&R. I’ve since discovered that she not only has a crazy cool heart for missions and the folks engaged in doing the work, but also for her family, for God’s grace, and for taking the mundane and pointing to the gems contained therein. I am so delighted to share some of her work here. Join me in waving hello!

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Using a math story mat

You know the problem with the way math is usually taught? It’s so removed from anything remotely echoing real life that before long, the savvy child assumes that this skill exists in a vacuum. There is a disconnect. And before long, you hear the dreaded question: “Why do I need to learn this, anyhow?”

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{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase.”
–Diane von Furstenberg

(Work in progress: Deconstructing our schoolroom for our move while simultaneously packing for a three and a half week trip east. What to say?)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple, full, or creative. Something you’re making. Something you’re doing (folding a pile of laundry–again?). Something you’re planning. Share in the comments!

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Non-Christians are idiots (and other lies we tell our children)

Recently, I’ve had the privilege of mentoring a young lady through an opportunity that may or may not be of the Lord. It’s in an area of life in which I have a good bit of experience, so I’m finally getting to put to use some of that hard-won wisdom that God so graciously allowed me to store up. One message I keep sending the young lady is this: patience. Wait upon the Lord. He isn’t rushed by the timetables of man; neither should you be.

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By request: Our Day {straddle parenting in the trenches}

Oh, how reluctant I am to throw this into cyberspace. The truth is, there is no “normal” day any more than there is a “perfect” day. There are only days, and thank the Lord for that. I–like you– am a servant, on call at any moment to answer the needs of my husband, my children, and my friends and family. If you are blessed to be surrounded with people, then you are blessed to be interrupted. That’s just the way of it. So sitting down to transcribe anything that remotely claims to be “a typical day” is truly impossible. And yet …

And yet, people ask. All the time. 

Moms in tears after nursing a colicky baby through another child’s ortho appointment ask. Women just finding out that their newest addition is due the same week as their oldest’s SATs ask. Friends trying like anything to figure out how to get a teen and a toddler to share a room ask.

“What does your day look like?”

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{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.” -Pearl Buck

(Work in progress: Yet another of Jack’s amazing, intricate creations. This one is a Cribbage-style board game fashioned from scrap wood in a moment when the urge to do something struck him. He carved the die, whittled the game pieces, and even fashioned a sliding storage spot in the board for containing it all.)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple, full, or creative. Something you’re making. Something you’re doing (folding a pile of laundry–again?). Something you’re planning. Share in the comments!

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Moments, not milestones

I remember the first time Phineas stood on his own. It was in the middle of the floor, far away from the safety net of the couch or a nice, solid chair. After a bit of maneuvering that found him at time on hands and knees with his bottom thrust into the air, he stood. Fully upright, feet planted and head held high. He looked somewhat confused as to how it had all happened, but there he was. He was up.

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By request: How I Make Yogurt

Eight months in to this blog, and a pattern of Frequently Asked Questions has emerged. They range from inquiries about vaccines to recipes to how to homeschool multiple ages and stages at the same time. Some of it, frankly, is so specific to our family that to even write it up would do you a disservice. I am firmly of the belief that God calls and equips each family according to His will and plan. Reading blogs and gleaning insight, encouragement, and practical skills is a great tool. But since no one family is the same, and since what works for me won’t necessarily work for you, well … I’m reluctant to throw out there the things that someone might take for Gospel Truth when really, they’re just The Way it Works for Us.

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{Work in Progress Wednesday}

“the goal is to keep yourself moving, remember? don’t linger. don’t hover. you are not going to stay.”
― Terra Elan McVoy, After the Kiss

(Work in progress: ActionPackers being packed. A sign that things to come are, indeed, coming.)

We’d love to see your works in progress. Something that makes you feel simple, full, or creative. Something you’re making. Something you’re doing (folding a pile of laundry–again?). Something you’re planning. Share in the comments!

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