Here are Patrice's questions for today's chat:
1. Do you make New Year resolutions?
I'm not sure if you'd call them 'resolutions', but I do sit myself down and have an 'appraisal' of the previous year. Looking back at how my previous year has gone normally gives me the incentive to make 'resolutions' or at least to set new goals or think about new ways of doing things.
Because I'm homeschooling, there are always areas to assess, to re-evaluate, and to change. This year is no different.
2. What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Oh, that's difficult to answer - maybe especially because going public on my aims makes me very accountable .... I'm not sure I could cope with that kind of pressure!
I really do want to find some way of inspiring certain members of our family, so that they can make the most of the gifts and talents God has given them.... whilst at the same time, keeping myself inspired.
Phew! I'm exhausted just thinking about that!
3. Tell me about your favourite place to think, create or just relax.
I normally go and sit in our lounge when the kids are having their break after lunch. It is a very peaceful room, it is always tidy (shocking for our house!), and the kids know that they must not disturb me unless they are bleeding to death or the house is on fire....
I have my Quiet Time during this hour, and what I've learned over the past few months (when I missed this time often) is that I need this hour, not only for my soul, but for my mind too.
4. Are you a fan of old movies? (Like the ones that were originally black and white)
I can't say I am, Patrice. You wont judge me, will you ;)
5. Tell me something that made you happy since our last porch visit.
Oh, lots of things! Over Christmas, we had some American visitors staying. These were friends our own kids had made over the summer, when they visited Michigan. It was such a pleasure meeting these friends, and seeing the joy of our kids renewing friendships. Our two older children then went to London for a trip with these American kids (well, someone had to look after them ... ahem). They had an absolute ball! Their enjoyment made me so happy, but I have to be honest ... their return on New Year's Eve made me most happy! Oh the joy of having our whole family under one roof again.
The day before Christmas, the troops took a drive down to Harris. These are some of the photos the took on Luskentyre Beach.