I haven't dropped off the face of the earth yet! I've been online, reading blogs and such as that, but I just haven't had much to blog about this week. We are getting ready for our trip next week, and I guess I'm just a bit more introspective right now. I've been thinking a lot about my children, especially Samuel, whom we'll be leaving at college. I've also been thinking a lot about priorities (and wishing I'd had them straighter all these years!). I've been making a tentative schedule for myself, using my copy of Managers of Their Homes that I bought years ago, to try out when school starts - not that I've ever been all that good at keeping one - to see if I can manage to keep all the various hats I wear on my head at the same time, figuratively speaking, of course. Incidentally, if you have the nudge to have a schedule, you'll find no better resource than MOTH, in my opinion. Teri Maxwell stresses biblical priorities throughout her books, and you won't be lead astray into doing your own thing using her schedule-planning principles. I've also been getting school organized and ready to start, because we'll get back less than a week before school starts. I don't want to have to rush to get that ready, like I did last year, and end up not getting the most important things done in that area. It's been a fairly leisurely week in spite of all that. Wes didn't have to get up as early this week, as the man he prays with each morning is on holiday this week. We've slept in almost every morning!
One thing I'm excited about is that I realized that I can learn on my own! LOL That may seem funny to you, but I never went to college, and I've thought all these years that I had to go to college in order to learn. Well, there are lots of things I've learned over the years without college, plus, with the internet, there are tons of things I can learn without paying a dime. I originally discovered this here, and found that there are quite a few online college courses for free, offered by schools like MIT and Berkeley. These are the actual courses offered at these schools, made available by the professors themselves. You don't earn credits, of course, but you still learn. I've been looking over some of the courses, and eventually I'd like to give a few of them a stab. One I'd like to do is on diet and nutrition, offered by the University of Washington, and another is an introductory course on linguistics, offered by MIT. I've always loved words and how they evolve, and I thought it might be interesting to study the similarities in languages around the world.
I also want to do the course that Andrew is doing for Bible this year, but I'll have to do that a semester behind him. It's a college-level Bible Doctrines course in four manuals. That will keep Andrew and me busy for a while!
Another area I want to work on is music. Beth has been taking piano lessons for 3 years, and she is at about the stage where her knowledge of music theory is surpassing mine. I want her to teach me what she learns, but I also found some free music theory workbooks that can be downloaded and printed. I have a gap in my knowledge of basic theory when it comes to minor scales and how they're built, so that's where I'll start - and my daughter can help me! ;)
One more supposedly unreachable dream I've had is to learn to draw, just for fun. I found a site for that, too - Drawspace. This lady is a self-taught artist, and teaches from very basic to advanced lessons. One of the first lessons is discussing talent, something I feel that I lack. But the artist says there's no such thing as a lack of talent. So one of these days I'll give that a try too! ;)
Now, I know I can't do all of this at once, but it's fun to have some things tucked away to try out - if I ever get the time - which brings me back around to my planning a schedule, so that I can give some "optional" learning a try while keeping up with my real-life responsibilities. There's so much to do and learn that I don't think I'll ever get bored! I'll let you know if I actually do any of these courses! LOL
So that's what I've been doing in my spare time. This weekend will be busy getting ready to hit the road, but I'll pop back in before we leave. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel, and also as we see our first-born strike out on the plan that God has for his life. It's not a sad time, but it's not without emotion!