The Days That Are Really Good

So after my poor, pitifulness last week, I feel the need to tell the happier side of the story today. I must have sounded more pitiful than I intended to or even realized, because after that post, I had several emails, calls, and offers of help. It’s good to have friends.

I am happy to report that in all its frustration, last week did end on a good note. The field trip to the coffee roasting plant was FABULOUS, and SissyGirl was very sweet and uncharacteristically quiet for the hour and a half that it lasted. She found some coffee beans to play with, and they entertained her until we were done. Mary Anneliese and I learned SO MUCH about the coffee-making process. Did you know that coffee grows on trees? Or that by law, coffee must be only 60% coffee bean, and can contain up to 40% fillers like ground up sticks and leaves? Have you ever noticed that you can use less high quality coffee in your coffee maker to get the same richness of flavor of cheaper coffee? That’s because the cheaper coffee usually contains fillers which have no flavor. Who knew?!?

Anyhoo, I didn’t want to leave you with the impression that every week is like the one we had last week. We did eventually pull ourselves out of the ditch and get back on the right road. This week has more than compensated for last week’s pity party. We have been able to focus and stay motivated. We have finished school early and had plenty of play time. The weather has been nothing short of GORGEOUS, and we have spent many hours outside. Hallelujah!! And perhaps the biggest accomplishment has been the adjustment in my own attitude. I am indeed grateful for the life I have. I LOVE the privilege of educating my kiddos at home. I do not take it for granted. My husband works extremely hard, burning the candle at both ends, for us to be able to do what we do, and I am grateful. The view from here is definitely good…

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