Monday, February 8, 2016

Life as Education

Starting again - mom post

Many days I feel that educating the kids at home is an interminable slog, and perhaps it is.  But, today I feel a small sense of the fleetingness of it....

Esther got out the Cuisinaire rods today and is working on sums, or just the idea of what a sum is... and I thought, we've been here before, with a different little one, a different set of personality traits.

God be with me as I purpose to leash my impatience and my quick temper and try to be gentle with these gifts from God.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

High Tea

It is a tradition that Grandma Bonnie take the grandkids to the Fairmount Hotel for High Tea on their 10th Birthday. It is a lavish and opulent affair.  

When Gabe went a few years ago, Cole lamented, ".... that he would NEVER be old enough to go with Grandma."  But last week, he got in a cab and had his turn.  

Mom said that 40 year olds can go on their birthday, too.  Sweet!!  Two years to go.

God bless you, mom, for pouring yourself into my kids.  I love you.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Big 10

I Thank God for our our son, Cole.

He is a loving son, a kind brother, an amazing inventor, an avid herpetologist, a relentless optimist and a shameless servant of Jesus Christ.

"The Father of a Righteous Child has great joy"
Proverbs 23:24

COLBOURNE Robert James: you bring us GREAT JOY

To Cole from Gabe

Friday, January 15, 2016

Frozen ponds

The pond beside us froze solid and Mr Mains came to help clear a trail and the kids made skating paths through the icy forest and cleared a real game-sized rink yesterday.  It was like living in the Enchanted Forest.  I feel undeservedly blessed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


This is the beginnings of our front lawn area... the gully flooded and froze.