Things I Love Thursday

I was hoping to report that one of the things I loved this week was a loan we applied for. After nearly a year of my husband being laid off, we are deeply behind financially, even after making many, many cutbacks. Sadly we were not approved, which means I just need to work even harder at getting us above water. In the meantime, here are a few things that I love this week.

  My husband picking up extra hours due to the holidays. I don’t support consumerism, but when it’s helping to pay our bills, I am grateful.       A surprise chunk of money from a friend who had my husband help her move, which allowed us to buy Wood Sprite’s allergy medicine, purchase groceries, and pay part of a bill. Thank you so much, J!      Gorgeous book shelves given to us by said friend. I love the red in my living room; now I don’t love the rest of the room so much and want it just as bright! I’m thinking the Browns’ house in Nanny McPhee…       Unschooling. Around this time two years ago I still had many doubts, and last year I was just becoming comfortable… Now I can’t imagine anything else. Yesterday Wood Sprite demonstrated the entire Scientific Method without having ever studied it, just by doing craft experiments on her own… I am continually amazed by her and wish other children could have the same opportunity to make mistakes without judgement, explore their passions, be active all day, and simply be themselves. I am also grateful that we didn’t have to put up with false Thanksgiving tropes and pageants and crafts that many schools still perpetuate this time of year.      Sleep. I have been allowing myself more of it (including two nights of eight hours this week) and boy, has it made a difference! I feel better, and so much happier, after I’ve rested.     Fairytale compilations! After I read Silver Birch, Blood Moon, I had to check out the other compilations from these editors, and I am not disappointed yet! Right now I am reading Troll’s Eye View, and it turns out that the same editors compiled the book I enjoyed several weeks ago, Teeth. There are still dozens yet for me to read, and I am so excited about the four I have reserved at the library.  

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