I Wasn’t Ready For This!

I thought I was, but I’m not…

My oldest, Adam, started driving on Saturday!!! I can’t believe it!
He wasn’t particularly interested, but is turning 17 at the end of July, so we talked him into it (nicely forced) so he can get lots of practice in before he leaves home.
Thankfully, he has to drive with us for six months before he can get his full license.
We live less than 10 minutes from the “big” city, but are out in the country, so he has had some state highway experience already. He’ll be doing interstate driving for an upcoming summer vacation as well.
I told him on Friday after he passed his test, that it would be a whole new world. In reply, he told me that I used to not be able to wait for him to get older and be able to do things for himself and now I’m not ready. So true! Very strange!
Babbling, crawling, talking, walking, bike riding, telling time, swimming, reading, plus more, are all life skills that are very important, but driving! Yikes!

Second trip out, first with the whole family! (BTW, the vehicle was at a complete stop before he posed for the picture!)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

After Attending My First Writing Workshop

So, today was the day. The learn day. The day I took the plunge and called myself a writer. I attended a “Writing To Publish” workshop that was held for the first time at our local homeschool convention, which begins tomorrow.

The workshop, (which I repeatedly referred to as a conference yesterday)–newbie oops 😉 was presented by Carol Barnier.

She has written several books and scores of magazine articles over the past decade plus. I have been reading her submissions to The Heart of the Matter homeschool blog for several years.

I was not planning to attend, because:
* I didn’t feel that I was on a track to publish anything.
*I couldn’t really justify the expense of a workshop when this writing thing is just a hobby.
*The workshop wasn’t covering “exactly what I thought I needed, which is creativity and writing encouragement.

I learned:
* Magazine article writing would be a great way to be published. (With lots of brushing up and practice.)
* My husband felt the expense was justified.
* Had the workshop covered what I really wanted, I would have been totally overwhelmed.

The conference was a great overview of the writing-to-publish process (just as the brochure promised). I had heard of queries, agents, book proposals, but didn’t know what they were and when they were required. Now I do. And I’m tired.

My three biggest take-aways:
* Don’t wait to feel inspired before I write. Just write. Regularly. It will help develop my “voice.”
* The thought-mapping exercise was so helpful. It made me think about myself, my experience, who I am, what I am living and how that can translate into potential writing assignments. (If I am led to go that route, still not sure about that.) Kyle?
* Everyone gets rejection.

Now, on to some organizing, scheduling of all things Heironimus, more writing and lots of prayer.

Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Happy Birthday to Me!!

My favorite desserts involve lemon and chocolate, but not a combination of the two. What a dilemma…The solution? Two desserts. No complaints from my crew!

I mixed up the dry and wet ingredients for the first, Luscious Lemon Cake, yesterday, but was lacking baking powder. An odd ingredient to be out of, I know, but alas, we were.
Isaac and I procurred the missing ingredient on our shopping date, as well as more flour for dessert number two, our favorite chocolate cupcakes.

My assistants: Luke zested and juiced the lemons for dessert #1 and zested the orange for dessert #2, John juiced the orange and Rachel oiled the muffins tins for the cupcakes. Everyone lined up to be batter taste-testers, as these were both recipes from Sweet and Natural, a vegan dessert cookbook.

Sickness, School, Sanity

I realized that my youngest two boys had shared a cold with me late Thursday night, so I have had some forced down-time the last couple of days, especially today.

Kyle and I had a little time to talk about school yesterday. I had to repent after going off the “never going to homeschool again” deep end Thursday evening (before I realized that I had been hit with “the bug.”) It is hard to talk rationally about something stressful when you are exhausted and fighting off an illness…

I am currently reading the book “Help for the Harried Homeschooler” by Christine Field. I bought it a number of years ago and have looked at it off and on, but have finally committed to reading it entirely through.