Darren returned to work this morning, concluding his ten day vacation which passed all too quickly. I missed him almost the second he was gone. These past few days have been busy in the best kind of way--we put some final touches on the girls' room, completing the makeover that began before our trip to Amarillo; redecorated the kids' bathroom; and added five trees, two rose bushes, and one swingset to our backyard, which Dylan and Caitlyn have been enjoying immensely.
I've been leisurely perusing the Catholic Herritage Curricula catalog I recently received in the mail, and I think I'm just about ready to place an order. Since Darren and I are still somewhat undecided about whether or not we will homeschool, and since Dylan is still too young to begin either public or parochial school this year anyway, we've decided to give homeschooling a "trial run", so to speak, during this coming school year, and see where we stand by the time he's ready to officially begin Kindergarten. We've already been working with him a lot with letters, reading, numbers, and math, and he is doing so well. But I'm really excited about adding a bit more structure to our learning, as a rehearsal for bigger things to come. Two books I've really enjoyed during this time of prayerful discernment are "Catholic Education: Homeward Bound", by Kimberly Hahn and Mary Hasson, and "A Catholic Homeschool Treasury", by Rachel Mackson and Maureen Wittmann. A wealth of inspiration and encouragement are contained in those pages, and I find myself referring to them often when the enormity of what we may be undertaking threatens to overwhelm me.