Sunday, March 27, 2011

Plans for the Day

Maine Maple Sunday! This should be a great homeschool, nature study field trip day. So I have a plan. We will go with my dad to an outer lying town to visit a farm that does sugaring. It shouldn't be too crowded - I hate crowds. My dad comes up with a place a little closer to home, so we decide to check it out. There is nothing going on. Hhmmm....draw back and punt...the place in town. So NOT part of my plan. I'm sure it will be crazy busy. It was, but we had a great time. There was sap being boiled, tomahak throwing, taffy pulling, and a museum.

This was NOT my plan. I had my own plan. Seeing tapped trees, hearing about sap running, being collected, boiled down.

God's plan was, infinitely better. I ran into a family member I haven't seen in awhile. Made two great homeschool connections for the summer. Mattmann had a great time! Better than he would have had if the day had gone according to my plan.

Of course, then there was the matter of the store. I just wanted to stop at the little local market on the way home. Dad needed to go to the big grocery store, which is located in close proximity to our outing. It makes the most sense. So I ended up there...and running into two more homeschool folks we know and love. Again, God's plan not mine.

We plan. God laughs. The thing is that I just don't know how to NOT plan things. It's what I'm good at. Guess someone has to provide the comic relief!

Do you have an recent events where you planned, and God had different ideas? Were His plans infinitely better? Want to share them? Leave me a comment.

Blessings,
MaggieRaye

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Patchwork Cottage Shoppe

Well, I couldn't do it. I was going to close my etsy shop. Nothing has sold in a very, very long time. I just don't have the heart to take it down.

I also got thinking, if you're on FB and want to follow the shop, we have a page there, just type Patchwork Cottage Shoppe into the search bar.

Looks like I'll be going back to doing family child care at least for a season, until I figure some things out.

Blessings, MaggieRaye

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Nature Study

We were suppose to start a Homeschool Nature Study group yesterday. Due to illness both in our household and others, we had to cancel. The children and I went out to walk anyway. We discovered some cool things:

The pond that we thought was stagnant in the fall, actually has a continual flow in and out. The property here is VERY wet. We have tons of culverts around the place, creating interesting little wet spots.

Dried Milkweed pods - this is great news as I love following the monarch life cycle in the last summer and where there is milkweed there are bound to be monarchs.

Today we went out again, and discovered a pair of mallards in the pond. This was way too cool.

We also inspected some of the cattails exploded along the edge of the pond. Saw a pair of Chickadees in the trees between our house and the neighbor up the drive.

Wintergreen is up and smells wonderful when broken between your fingers.

I'm doing a free eCourse at Natureskills.com called Nature Walk. It's great if you don't know where to start. I think I'll be using some of their ideas (and giving them credit, naturally) with our Nature Study Group. There is also a home study course offered through Wilderness Awareness School, that I'm praying for the funds to be able to do over the course of the next year or two.

I'm pretty sure y'all thought I was crazy, that this would pass, but it hasn't, if anything the desire to be immersed in God's creation, learning, sharing, exploring, discovering has only gotten more intense as the winter has lingered far too long.
So has spring sprung where you are? And so it seems that over time the girly,
bookworm has morphed into a budding naturalist....who'da thunk it?!

So, has spring sprung where you are?

Blessings, MaggieRaye

Catching Up

Quilt Projects - I have two that need to be finished. One for my brother and sister-in-law, that I started at their wedding in September and had hoped to finish for Christmas. And one for a friends business. After that, I think quilting will be on the back burner for awhile. My enthusiasm seems to have dwindled. There is just no creative spark or drive.

Nature Study - This is a totally different story. We took a walk yesterday. It was a perfect spring day. We made discoveries without leaving the general area around the house. There's so much to see in the immediate surroundings, without even venturing into the multitude of acreage that surrounds us. I found a course I want to take, but we'll have to seriously pray in the funds for it. This has become my passion. I suspect that one day again, I will pick up my quilting tools, and you'll find splashes of nature captured in fabric. Right now I feel like I just need to focus on total immersion for my self and my children.

Single Mom's Homeschooling - There seems to be a new generation taking up the torch on this. I think I've retired my soap box. I am here to support and encourage anyone who thinks they can't do it but has a God given desire/leading/calling. I'm just tired of trying to convince the body that they aren't doing their part.

So catch me up, what's new with you?
Blessings, MaggieRaye

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cabin Fever

I can't believe it's snowing again, still....this is one of those winters that seems as if it is just never going to end.

I see that the movement of single parent homeschoolers continues to grow. I just read an article this morning. Somehow I feel out of the loop. My life is shifting gears. Instead of reading books on homeschooling, I've been reading books about the woods. They just keep coming. Currently, I'm reading the classic Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

It seems like I barely have enough energy and enthusiasm to do the things we need and want to do on a daily basis, without being out there advocating for all you single momma's who are or would like to homeschool. I can't seem to muster up much in the way of encouraging words either.

What I really want to do is just get out and walk, without five layers of clothes, clunky boots and dread of slipping on ice covered with the newest layer of snow.

I think I might officially have a case of Cabin Fever....not a pretty sight....slugging around in yesterdays sweatpants and sweatshirt....wondering if the sun is ever going to shine again, if the temperature will rise above 20 and how long it will take the 10 foot tall pile of snow to melt...will it still be there in June?!?!?!

Fortunately, I know that God is in control, and spring does come ever year, and it will come this year, eventually.

How are things where you are? What are you doing to combat the spring fever?

Blessings, MaggieRaye