Wet hands, every flavor, and practical learning

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Welcome to Friday. I’m getting better at consistently posting again and Kelly’s Link Up has been part of my own blogging journey for more than five years. I hope you enjoy these seven quick takes for the week!


A few weeks ago, I gave in and bought a small package of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. The kids had mixed feelings about the flavors but enjoyed the game aspect. 



Though we already school at home and rarely eat out, the last few months have taken some of our activities. Dietrich’s piano teacher had a heart transplant a few years ago and he has very strict rules to follow for his health. This week, Dietrich was able to restart lessons. His teacher is super impressed with him. He’s been sending new music, even when we aren’t able to meet. Most recently, Dietrich has been learning Wet Hands, from Minecraft (I have no idea what that means, but he sounds good playing). 


Madilynn has been learning how to count coins in her math workbook. We keep a coin jar that all of the loose change goes into, and it’s completely full. Peter decided to do a practical money counting lesson (only the guys took over and Madilynn didn’t get to count much). If there is a coin shortage, we are going to fix it when we cash in our $80+ in change.


Madilynn and I listen to books as we drive to and from ballet twice a week (about three and a half hours in the car weekly). We’ve read Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and The Secret Garden just since October. We’re currently reading A Little Princess. This helps fill the time and also creates discussions. Like Dr. Suess said, The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”


This week offered unique lessons in History and Current events. Dietrich’s response still sums it up best: Politics are weird. 


This week my grandparents celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary and my grandmother will turn 90 tomorrow. For us, the worst part of the pandemic is that we haven’t been able to visit them in over a year. Celebrations and family meetings over Zoom are a poor substitution for the gatherings we enjoy. 


As a mom, my first and most important job is teaching my children so that they grow up in the Lord and serve Him. The only way to teach is by example. Every part of our lives should be ministry. Serving others can be as simple as inviting friends over to play or as complex as organizing a food drive. More often than not, the greatest way we serve others is with a listening ear and being present. Small acts of kindness can create the biggest waves

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