I’ve completed 2/3 of my book – eleven chapters and 48,000 words!
It must be fabulous because my husband is always gushing over it. For example, after he finished proof-reading chapter 11, he said: “OK. I’m done.” (This is why all writers need a support group, and I’m so glad I have one.) My goal is to finish the rough draft by my son’s first birthday – June 10th.
I’ve actually blogged very little, but I had my most successful year. I became a HuffPo contributor. They featured my article, Our Response to Grief, and it quickly became my most popular. It had over 4,500 hits. It was the source of my first hate-mail (apparently I don’t have the Holy Spirit, so you should probably stop reading my stuff). And it was featured in episode 80 of The Graveyard Shift Podcast (a random Google search find). When I first found the podcast, I was afraid they would hate my article and tear it apart. I also worried that if they liked it, they would turn out to be theological weirdos. Thankfully, none of that was true. The Graveyard Shift is a Dublin based podcast. Alan, Greg and Scott are hilarious, insightful, and gracious. I feel a special kinship to anyone from the British Isles, so I’m honored they featured my article.
S is half-way through Kindergarten. Crazy. Like her dad, she is a natural at math. She also enjoys reading, science and history. She loves her tutorial, but has struggled a little socially. Kids shouldn’t be mean at her age, but unfortunately there are always a few. Thankfully she has a great teacher, and good friends. We’ve also joined a new dance studio, and S is thriving there. Overall it has been a great first half.
At home we’ve studied phonics and sight-words, addition, money, cooking, manners, and the human body (skeleton, and major organs). Next quarter we will continue reading, start multiplication and fractions, and study the body systems. Here are some photos of our Montessori work. (If you’re viewing from a phone, some of the photos might be upside down. Why? I don’t know. Such fun!)