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September 1, 2015
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The Rhythm of Our Days

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We are working on finding a rhythm in our home.  What I think is funny about finding a rhythm is the fact a snag will make itself known, and it has in a couple of ways this past week.

The new school that they are a part of online, had a huge malfunction in its server, which gave us two virtual snow days!  Even with the virtual snow days, there were plenty of activities to keep us busy, and I was able to have the kids read books for their book reports and so on.  Even with trying to keep them in the mindset, this morning brought mild grumpiness when they saw the server was working quite well and school was back in session.  I am enjoying this school a great deal.  It requires an amazing amount of one on one from me, but they also meet with their classes online, and a teacher actually teachers them in all their subjects.  They call it Live Learning sessions.  During these sessions they get to interact with other students, and my kids have been loving this!  It is fun to watch them loving school, and being more social.  The co-op will be starting in a couple of weeks, so that is all I have been hearing about.  I am so excited for them to be a part of the co-op and have new opportunities on top of the already new opportunities this year.

In other news, I have also started school.  I am now an official seminarian.  I am studying Old Testament, Spirituality, The Book of Common Prayer. I have no idea where this is leading.  I could become a Deacon or a Priest when it is all done, but honestly, I do not know.  For now, I know that I love learning about these topics.  I love the non fundamental ways in which the Episcopal church believe.  I have been slightly overwhelmed with the amount of studying I have been doing, and trying to keep up with the kids and my business, but I absolutely feel like this is where I need to be.  I also absolutely feel like I am not supposed to be giving any of the other things up.  Home school is a vital part of our home, and writing on these blogs have brought me so much joy over the years.  So, I will keep it going and I will let other things slide by.  Besides it is a good thing for my kids to see that learning never stops.

Speaking of those other things, the laundry and cleaning have been overwhelmingly huge as of late, but thankfully, Mr. Bits has been helping with the flow and picking up the slack in computer upkeep and general help.  This is where I am speaking of our rhythm.  It is a new rhythm and we all have to get used to it, but it is a rhythm that is more intentional than ever before.  These past few years have shown us the importance of family, intentionality among friends and having each others back.  It has prepared us, but it is still overwhelming.  But somehow, better this time around.  We, dare I say, have matured these last few years, and I am excited to see where it is taking us.

So I am going to try to embrace my days working with the kids one on one, and blog in the mornings or evenings.  I am going to read lots of books and learn more, and work on my business when the kids are in bed.  I am going to spend time with my husband watching our favorite shows (Entourage at the moment) and talk with him about his days and dreams.

I am going to try and embrace all of these new activities and take it day by day, because the moment I look at the calendar I freak out and wonder how it all will get done.

Thanks for your patience with me during our new rhythm!

Love to you all!

Suzy

August 24, 2015
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School and Computers

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We have officially started school today.  It has been a little more difficult than I thought to get the kids back into the groove.  Thankfully, the first day is always a little easier, and is made for easing kids into school again.

Since we are on a curriculum that requires the kids to do much of their work on computers this year, Mr. Bit and I went out and purchased 2 new computers over the weekend.  We have been saving for this occasion because we knew the kids would need the other three computers for most of the day.  I must say that after this morning this purchase was one of the best ones we have ever made!  I have a new found freedom to blog whenever I feel like it instead of before the kids get up or in the evening, and I am more excited to blog because of it!

Have you guys started school?

Looking forward to hearing all of your back to school adventures!

Love,

Suzy

August 18, 2015
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Scenes From my Flower Garden

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Last year, we made a flower bed along the edge of our backyard.  At the beginning of the summer, it was bare and looked like it had no hope of beauty.  Towards the middle, the seeds began to sprout, then the bees began to pollinate.  Now, there is no better place to be in the evening.  Our yard has turned into one of the most peaceful places.  In the distance we see horse riders, I see humming birds and butterflies, and I hear the sounds of children playing.  Utter joy and serenity.

I hope you are all enjoying the peace and quiet of summer!

Love,

Suzy

August 12, 2015
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Women Who Make a Difference

Since being married, I have had the honor of getting to know one amazing women. This is my husbands grandmother.  We call her Grandma Schiffer.

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Grandma Schiffer is an inspiration to me on so many levels, but it is her strength that has had a huge impact on my life.  Grandma Schiffer is in her late 80’s, but one would hardly know it.  Her strength shines through in the way she presents herself.  Grandma Schiffer is always put together, has  a way of standing and walking into a room in which one knows she takes pride in herself and all that she does.  She never wants to be the center of attention, or at least that is what I sense from her. Instead she is perfectly happy serving everyone who is around her.  She makes sure that the everyone else has their needs met before she does.  She knows exactly what your favorite dessert or main dish is, and when one is around, she spoils you.  She makes the most amazing quilts, and will help all the people in her family to look and feel their best.  To me this is strength.  Grandma Schiffer is strong in who she is, so you can be raised up to be the person you need to be, and that is special.  When someone goes out of their way to make you feel so loved, that is strength beyond words.

She has watched so many others pass before her, and she still stands strong.  Never complaining, always willing and always beautiful.

Grandma Schiffer, you have been an amazing example in my life of strength, love and courage.

Thank you so much for welcoming me in to your family and for being a part of your life.

Love you!

Love,

Suzy

August 11, 2015
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Homeschool Update

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It occurred to me that I have not done an update on our homeschooling in a really long time!  So, I thought I would tell you guys our plans for the upcoming school year.

This year will be a little more busy than the past ones due to the simple fact that we will be diving into online school in greater depth.  All three kids were recently enrolled in a school that has attend a class once a week.  This class is online, but all students will have headphones and speakers so that they can talk to one another and check in with the teacher.  The kids are excited, as this school also has clubs and different ways in which they can meet with classmates in the community.  I am excited to see how this actually works.  It will be nice to not write lesson plans, but I am wondering how much freedom my kids will have to take their time on work and not hurry through.  I will keep you posted on how it goes for our family.

Another different aspect to our school year is a homeschool co-op.  We will be attending a new co-op that a few of us put together and I must say it is turning out way bigger than I could have ever dreamed.  Such amazing classes are being offered, and I am excited for my kids to be a part of this great opportunity!

As for now, we are enjoying our time together, savoring the outdoor play, friends, and fun read aloud books.

I look forward to seeing what all of you have planned for the upcoming year!

Have a great evening!

Love,

Suzy

August 10, 2015
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Vegas Baby

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Mr. Bits recently had a trip to Las Vegas for work.  Since it is summer, and we are free, I decided to pack up the kids and go with him.  I am so glad we did, as we needed a break from the normal day routine.  It was fun because, the hotel we stayed at had five different pools for the kids to choose from.  We honestly did not leave the hotel area for most of the trip!  The kids played in the pool all day long!  There were a couple of days when we ventured out and went to some museums, but for the most part, the kids and I just wanted to stay next to the pool.

I grew up in Las Vegas, and every time I go back I am reminded of how happy I am I do not live there anymore.  The heat is so oppressive!  I have heard people say things like, “At least it is a dry heat!”  But come on, once it gets to 110 degrees, who cares if it is dry, all I know is it was dang hot, and I sweated buckets!

We all had a good time together, and now we are back home, getting ready for the upcoming school year, and doing lots and lots of laundry!

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer vacation!

Love,

Suzy

July 20, 2015
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Sunday Storytelling-Be Happy Where you Are

This is a post I wrote about two years ago, and for some reason, I have been thinking a great deal on this subject lately.  Maybe one of you can relate.  Enjoy!

When I was 20, I went on a spiritual retreat.  One day, we were told to be silent.  No talking and on our own as much as possible.  We could eat together, but no talking.  Everyone must remain silent.  We were trying to listen for God’s voice.  Well, I do not know about you guys, but quieting my mind is more difficult than not talking.  I think about everything and worry about more than I should.  When someone says try to listen for God, I freak out.  My mind begins to think constantly about why I do not hear His voice.

Even at age 20, which is almost 20 years ago, I felt this way.  I would like to say that things have changed, but with my anxiety, it has not.

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So that morning, I decided to take a walk.  Our retreat was up in the mountains, next to a beautiful stream with many,many wild flowers.  Oh it was gorgeous!  So I knew I wanted to hike along the stream to look for a place to sit and try to listen.  As I began my walk, I would see the best places to sit and ponder, but they were already taken.  I would get mad and say to myself, “Everyone else has the best place, why can’t I have the same spot?”

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The further I would walk, the more I realized that all the great spots were taken.  Why couldn’t I find a spot like everyone else had?  Why did they get all the good stuff?  Now I was about a mile and a half into my hike, and I was getting so frustrated.  I wanted to hear from God damnit, and I couldn’t because everyone else had the perfect spot. The interesting thing is, I did not turn around and go back, I just kept walking.  I came to a dead spot in the walk where everything seemed to be brown and crunchy.  I became even more mad and actually began yelling at God, as to why he talks to everyone else but me.  Why does he give good gifts to all the others, but me, I get a dead spot?

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Still, I walked.

And walked.

Suddenly, the trail opened up into a huge green meadow.  The meadow was lush, green beautiful, and colorful with newly blossomed wildflowers.  And I realized that God had spoken all along.  And it is a lesson that I have needed to be reminded of.

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The lesson is that I spend a great deal of time looking at other people and what they have.  Not possessions, but family, friends, spiritually.  I get frustrated and wonder why I cannot have what they have.  Why do I get to keep walking?  Why do I have the crunchy dead spots?    But in reality, I do have the most lush green beautiful life. I may have to walk and walk to get there.  I may have to go through the nasty stuff, but when I come out of it, I have beauty.  I have to focus on the beauty in the journey as well, and be happy for the people who are in there beautiful spots.  You see, they had to go through nasty stuff to get there.  I just do not know their story.

Instead of dwelling on what others have and what I do not, it is time to remind myself to be happy for them.  Love them and know that what they have been through to get there has been just as difficult or more so than what I have been through.

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Your time is coming, just keep walking.

Love,

Suzy

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