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Monochrome Monday: September 13, 2021. Journey up and thoughts about homeschooling

This kind of image usually squirrels into my mind when Monday rolls around and I need to balance my role as mommy and teacher. The journey seems ruggedly steep with loose gravel and dust getting in my eyes: journey to cultivate intrinsic learning and help them to make meaningful understandings while covering grade standards seem ruggedly steep.

I’m handing my insecurities to God: only He has the power to revive new life and enthusiasm on these new books that need to be cracked open. Here I go (I started writing this this morning and now it’s late afternoon), readying my vocal cords to belt out bathroom humor songs. It’s a foolproof way to bring them closer to the working table.

I hope you too conquer the things you need to do today, tomorrow, and the next day!

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Napoleon Hill

Thank you readers for stopping by! Appreciate your support and feel blessed to have this community. Have a great rest of this Monday and good start to the week.

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. I love the quotes and the photos, Esther. Both quotes are profound and I can relate to them. Are you still homeschooling? I thought the schools have reopened. As a teacher teaching in the self-contained (teach everything) classroom, I know it is hard.


    1. Thanks Miriam! I really like those quotes too, and it just seemed to work well with these pics.
      Yes, I’m continuing with homeschool. This year I’m having the kids take less online courses. It stressed them out and burned all of us out by the end of the school year.
      Yes, you’re a teacher too! Are you still running your after-school program? Working with students you must know the daily trials and challenges of teaching little minds!! Not only that you want them to love learning and build character. Its not a job for the faint hearted. Need God’s help every day to keep the show going!!

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      1. I really appreciate the parents who have to homeschool during the pandemic. It’s a hit and miss thing depending on the parents. As a teacher, I had to read the teacher’s edition and make sure I don’t miss what needs to teach. I don’t know how parents do that. You must have to do a lot of preparation.
        The district wanted to wait until December to consider having the after school programs. It’s hard for the district to keep track of whether the after school program following the state Covid guideline. That said, my after school program is not running at this point.
        Take care of yourself and your kids, Esther!


    1. I’m trying to pace myself since it’s the start of a brand new school year. Day by day. I think kids have matured over the summer because they are not as rebellious about doing lessons.
      It’s Ellis and Chris near the top of the stairs and Elliot just starting to go up. I was the caboose. lol

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      1. At least the weather will cooperate for you for a little while and you can have lessons outside maybe. That’s good. Good the kids have matured over the Summer too as it gives you somewhat of a break. I liked those pictures – the caboose bringing up the rear was the photographer. 🙂


      2. I’m glad you liked the picture! I did feel like the caboose.
        Kids grow in spurts and they often surprise me with new sides of their personality or new thing they learned. I just have to roll with it and remember that we’re all figuring things out together.
        Hope you have a great start to a new week and hugs from San Jose!

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      3. I did and I love when you do the B&W shots. Yes, the kids keep you on your toes, that’s for sure. I am behind in Reader about 2-3 days – it happens so quicly. Hugs back to you from SE Michigan! Enjoy your week as well!


      4. I’m so happy to hear you enjoy the B&W shots. It’s one of my favorite filters creating a different ambience to the photo content.
        Time passes too fast; btw, that’s a comment that my kids complain I say too much. But I can say it safely here. Hope you enjoy your autumn walks and catching up on the Reader. I am horribly behind on so many blogs that for the time being I’m visiting only a handful of close blogging friends…like u!

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      5. Thank you Esther – I appreciate that and last night I didn’t do comments and did Reader – but now behind in comments. It is difficult to keep up and when I do catch up, one day away and I’m behind again.

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      6. I feel the same…very nicely said: “one day away and I’m behind again.” Maybe we should rephrase that as “not behind” but something more positive? I just can’t think of one right now. You come up with clever titles and names. Any ideas??

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      7. I went to bed early last night and the night before I was catching up on comments. I got online late and that will spell doom for “staying current” (how’s that). Well, we could say we are “fashionably late” but that would say the same thing I guess. I’ll keep working on it. “Tardy” sounds like we’re bad. 🙂

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      8. I like both your clever sayings…there’s a hint about lateness but they sound much nicer than “being behind.” hahaha
        I knew you’d come up with something. 🙂 As for me, I am very fashionably late these days with my comments and Reader. I’m trying to stay current tonight.

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