Sunday, March 21, 2010

Leaves are Turning

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of (March), and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Little Eee and I spent a moment wandering and enjoying the beauty of Autumn. I love Autumn. Tis a season which provides relief from the dry hot summer months and reminds us so visually of the pattern of continuity and change in life.

As the fresh green leaves of spring become old and change, their beauty is enhanced and the joy they provide increases.

Little feet cannot resist stomping and crunching their way through brightly coloured fallen leaves.

At the beginning of this year, which was touted to be a year of change, I sat back and pondered my/our life wondering what changes would be in store for us. My brother and sister-in-law are about to head overseas to reside in Northern Ireland. My sister and brother-in-law moved back to the town we all grew up in and I am delighted they provide some company for Mum.

Now I know there is quite some change happening for us also. I think now I am ready to share some of that after some weeks of thinking, praying and simply being exhausted. :) This week is my daughter's last week of school as we made a decision to provide her with home education. There are so many reasons we are choosing to do this, yet in summary, we want to provide her with a family-based education rather than an institutional one. She is very bright and we want to offer her as many life experiences as possible. She also finds school exhausting as there are so many people there and she needs lots of personal space. So we are making changes to ensure her learning continues appropriately.

Next year it is likely that we'll no longer reside here...well not in this home, as my Generous Gentleman's work is probably going to change and require us to move. This is a little stressful for him so please offer your prayers as you are guided. We will all appreciate them.

In the meantime we will be adding another delightful little soul to our family. Yes I am expecting which is probably the reason activity here has been quite sparse in recent months. All my creative energy has turned inward to nurture and create another person. It is exciting!

I'll try to pop in again sometime soon yet we have lots to do including some travel so please forgive me if my words are few.

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Homestay Mama said...

Cee, that is wonderful news about your baby! When will this happy event take place? Will you be moving before or after? Hopefully not at the same time!!!

Change is always scary, isn't it? We have been experiencing a lot that here in the USA! I have never seen a president take a country down so far, so fast!

I applaud your decision to home school your daughter. So many of my young friends are homeschooling their kids. IMHO kids who have stay-at-home moms who homeschool them are more secure, confident, smart, and well-rounded.

Cee said...

Hi there HS Mama. Thankyou so much for your kind words which I so needed to hear today. It is Ess' last week of school so I am feeling a sense of sadness at leaving that community. However I know we have made the right decision.

The bub is due early October. You'll be able to watch progress on the Lilypie counter I'll keep at the bottom of my blog. We might move around Christmas. I'd rather not with a tiny one so we'll be negotiating as much as possible when/if the time arises.

We are curious about your comment about Obama - we thought your country was sliding before then??

David said...

Your blog's been quiet? have you not noticed the tumbleweeds blowing through mine, keeping the chirping crickets company?

Anyway, SO looking fwd to spending a few days with you this weekend.

Love you loads

Millie said...

How exciting Cee, that's wonderful news about the new baby. I sometimes feel sad that I most likely won't go through all that again, but I think four is more than enough for us!
I hope your brother and SIL will be very happy in NI.
I admire your decision to home-school your daughter, and have thought about it a lot recently, but I think I lack patience!
Next year will be a difficult year for us, religion becomes a big part of the school year for my daughter, and I am dreading it! I personally feel that school and religion should be seperate. This is however not a reason to take ours out of school. I will just have to try and manage the situation. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.

Cee said...

We are also looking forward to seeing you David...and your blog is just enough to enable me to keep up to date with reading it.

Thankyou Millie. You know we just might end up with 4 just like you have. My MIL is a twin. I am hoping to keep it to three however ;). I can't imagine what it is like knowing you won't have any more.

All the best for your new school year. Religion is such a different matter where you live. My daughter attends a Catholic school here but we are protestant. This has not concerned me greatly although sometimes I feel a bit out of the loop. I will be interested to hear how you go during the year and will be thinking of you as you manage the situation.


Millie said...

Hi again Cee, it is me who is the protestant and my husband is catholic. It is not a problem between us, at all. The children are raised Cathloic, but we bring them to both churches, occasionally, neither of us are devout.
The school is catholic, but next year the 8yr old children have first communion, our daughter will participate, but there is huge pressure on parents and children for big expensive dresses for children, helicopters/limousines delivering them to church and fake tan and manicures, all for the kids! As you may have gathered, none of this is our style!
We would be planning on a quiet family day, but it is still difficult for the child. The other thing is that children are given vast amounts of money as gifts from relatives, which is then compared and boasted about! You can see how I'll have to manage the situation!

Cee said...

Wow Millie that is a lot to deal with. Most of what you described is ridiculous. I know you are thinking about it already and your preparedness will stand you in good stead for the coming year. I have never heard of anything like that happening here. I think I'm glad I'll avoid it :)


Millie said...

It has gotten way out of hand here Cee. Utterly ridiculous! I'm sure you will be glad to avoid any of that... and also have a wonderful time with them at home. I wish you all the very best with the homeschooling. As for me, well, I'll do my own thing next year...I always do! Take care of yourself, Millie.


Oh what news my dear! HOORAYYY!

So much excitement, plus a little one growing in you again.

All will be good!

I think home education is great, but I must say unfrortunately it is very very uncommon here. So no chance for us to avoid the system here.

You'll make a round trip? That sounds very interesting and I would love to join you...

All the best to you and the rest of the family - I've been to Köln again, while my Mr. has been in NY, we had a great time.

Ah and my sister is pregnant and due in November... her second one.

Cindy said...


Congratulations on your new baby? So exciting. I was never able to have children, and wanted a dozen, so enjoy every moment. God has given me three beautiful nieces to enjoy and I'm so grateful for them. They are all so fun, but how they grow up so fast. I applaud you for homeschooling, and for doing what you feel is best for your child.


PS - you're right about our country. It was sliding downward before our new President.

Homestay Mama said...

I'm back, Cee! And yes, our country has been sliding downhill for many years! But the shenanigans Obama is pulling in such a short time is downright infuriating! This healthcare bill is the last straw as far as I'm concerned! It's got me madder than a hive of bees!

Homestay Mama said...

Oh, I guess that should have been...madder than a hornet's nest!

Homestay Mama said...

OK, this is my last comment--I promise! :-)

Just read your Lilypie. What a great idea! How exciting to follow along on your pregnancy from half a world away!

alecat said...

Oh, Cee .... I'm so naughty. I haven't visited you for a while and noticed a few posts I needed to read up on.
But I'm so happy for you and your family. Congratulations on your belly fruit. ☺
I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy, and for your journey into homeschooling. It sounds like a lovely time in your life at the moment.

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