A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
I'll bet you're all wondering where I've been all this time? Well, I've been busy, of course, but then, I'm ALWAYS busy. This time, we've been having some awful internet problems. Blah. The computer kicks me off about once a minute for about 20 seconds each time. It's SUPER annoying. Devin says the router is shot, so he ordered a new one. It should be here soon, then I can post all our outings and pictures and things.
Some of my favorite highlights of this week: For FHE this past Monday, we all watched Apollo 13 (the one with Tom Hanks). The kids LOVED it! Andrew has asked to watch it again every day!
The kids and I went on a field trip yesterday to Madaba with a lovely friend to a mosaic shop where we got to watch them make real mosaics, fancy pottery, and inlaid wood furniture. It was astounding and fascinating how much work goes into all those things! Josh took pictures of the ENTIRE store! It was so cute! And my kids gushed over everything. We had a great time, and once my internet is up and going properly, I will post the pictures and have more fun details. :) The kids kept telling me it was the best field trip ever.
Tonight, for movie night, we watched Taming of the Shrew (the version starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor). The kids and I have been learning about Sonnets and William Shakespeare this week in our poetry unit, so I thought it would be really fun to end that week-long study with watching an actual production. We all laughed hysterically through the whole show. I love that my kids like this stuff! Josh LOVED it! Even Peter sat through almost the entire thing! It's one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and it does my heart good to enjoy it with my children. :) Hooray for learning! :)
About a week ago, I misplaced my phone. I had it with me all day while the kids and I did school. I never left my house. No one came to my house. I cleaned off the living room table before our Arabic class that afternoon, and haven't seen it since. I tried calling it, but the battery had died. I've looked in every known and unknown spot. I went through the trash piece by piece. I did all the laundry. We put away all the Christmas stuff. No phone. At first, I was super upset. I couldn't concentrate or focus--my brain was missing! Then, I sat down to write a talk I was giving in church in a few days and had an epiphany.
The talk was titled "No Other Gods". I realized that my phone had become almost like an idol, if you will. I was depending on it far too much. It's a super fun little gadget and does so much, that I quickly depended on it for all my info and my daily activities. Much more than I should have been. It was an eye-opener to me as I sat down to write this talk with devastation in my heart.
I still feel upset by the fact that it's still lost. It boggles my mind, as it just HAS to be here somewhere! In the meantime, I've made peace with the fact that I may not find it. Maybe God is trying to tell me something. I hope I'm listening and will learn a valuable lesson. It's funny--I keep thinking to myself: "Ok, Heavenly Father, I've learned my lesson. I won't let my phone take over my life and keep my from my personal relationship with you. You can show me where it is now. I'm ready." Thus far, He says no. And now, I'm ok with that.
I'm thinking this partly came as a teaching moment for me, and partly because I was really praying that I could have some current experiences with the topic of my talk so that the spirit would be there and people would be able to relate and learn something from my talk. I know people listened. I'm pretty sure I learned more than anyone else did, but such is the nature of giving talks or teaching lessons. The teacher always gains more.
I haven't TOTALLY given up on my poor, sad, and lonely phone. Maybe we'll find it when we pack out...or unpack at our next post...
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