Wonderful Things

I sat down intending to write a summary of Pintail’s fiber block, but there is just something calling me to record some of the wonderful things that have been going on in our lives lately.

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First, Teal learned how to tie a quilt. Tying a quilt is wonderful, but even more wonderful is having a sisterhood in our church community that allows and encourages the young women to learn handwork skills and homemaking skills from the older women.

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Second, I have absolutely loved Pintail’s Waldorf third grade. It fits him so well and is so enjoyable for me! Every block has been terrific and the hands on nature and practicality of it all fits his development so well. We spent a lovely morning at the local botanical garden just a few days ago and it was wonderful! We have also got our garden in and Pintail is in charge of its care taking.

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Third, I have been feeling more successful and on-top of all things pertaining to housework. It’s still a constant struggle to home school, feed everyone healthy meals and snacks, and keep the house tidy, but I have been approaching my tasks with more focus and love and trying to manage the older kids’ duties while including Wigeon in everything I can. I got some great ideas about managing a home from the book Large Family Logistics that I saw mentioned on the Little Home Blessings blog. The book is very Christian in nature and I like how the author starts out by examining the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. Who wouldn’t want to be that woman?! Some phrases in the book have stuck with me as I try to manage everything. “Inspect what you expect.” “Don’t lay it down, put it away.”

What wonderful things have you been experiencing lately?

4 thoughts on “Wonderful Things

  1. Sheila / Sure as the World

    Head over heels in love with Wigeon’s apron. Why is it so hard to find aprons that cover one’s whole top?!? Is it by chance a sewing pattern that comes in adult sizes? Do tell.

    I find I am looking forward to doing grade 3 again next year, but determined to stay in the here and now and finish out grades 2 and 6. Beginning these final two blocks has been challenging . . . most of all for me. Can’t wait to talk planning with you. Grade 7! Yikes!!

    Wishing you love as you go about your day today.

  2. Mrs. Mallard Post author

    Sheila, Isn’t that apron adorable?! I bought it at a gift shop where my great-aunt volunteers! I never got around to asking whether my great-aunt made it or one of her friends, and I don’t know what pattern it is or whether there is an adult version! No help…

    I am pushing so hard to get through this last month of school myself, perhaps that’s one reason I love that Pintail’s lessons are often outside. I have ordered some books, but I can’t decide if I’d like to buy the Eugene Schwartz 7th grade conference or try Live-Ed’s materials, or neither because they are both so expensive and I don’t commit well to one curriculum. 🙂

    Thank you for taking the time to comment! xoxo

  3. Laura@sewknitgrow

    I do love that this generation of kids is learning handwork from the older generations. It seemed to have skipped my generation, but luckily I was determined enough to teach myself…would have been so much nicer to have learned from the older women in my family like my girls are learning. Oh the balance of homeschooling, housework ,having one in school, feeding them and managing their activties and still finding time for my own creative endevours has me floudering, even on the best of days. I just keep telling myself it will pass, they are only this little for a short time.

    1. Mrs. Mallard Post author

      Laura, Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Finding balance is so difficult, and it seems that just when you seem to have gotten there things change and you have to try again!

      Your children will be lucky to learn handwork from you. I just popped over to your blog and saw your quilt. I’d like to learn piece a quilt this year.

      I hope you’re having a great weekend!


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