2.12.2007

Words of Wisdom

Gate at Waldron Cottage
February 2007

This post could technically go under my Manic Monday heading (see February 5th post) but I am refusing to fall into being predictable on Mondays. Today was probably the toughest day since I started homeschooling. The boys' weren't listening, I found myself impatient and my teaching plan of "things to get done"...wasn't getting done at all. The minutes were going by SO slow....

I was pulled out of my increasing funk by one of my sons' Jack, who said so matter-of-fact to me..."Teachers have bad days too Mom." That comment surprised me and then it made me feel better. So from the Egyptians to the Creation, we got on with our day and all was well. I wanted to share this story with you all. I hope to remember those words from him when I am being hard on myself or things aren't going as planned. God is in those times too.

I snapped this picture on another afternoon stroll in our neck of the woods. I can actually feel the warmth in this picture. I really like it. I decided to post it because it resonates with me today. In the midst of exasperation and frustration this afternoon, I felt the sunlight on my face through the words of an eight year old boy....hope. No doubt the Lord was focusing me through my son.

26 comments:

Corey Bienert said...

The picture is very..."welcoming"

i like it alot.


I absolutely LOVE THE OFFICE!!!!

I am using a Bower macro lens that I bought off of ebay.

it doubles as a fisheye lens if you screw on the extension.

Mike said...

Hmmm... your boys may have been in Half Term mode.

I like the lighting and mood of this shot.

sari said...

I'm glad your day turned out well. It's funny how one thing can turn it either way, but it's so much nicer (for everyone!) when it turns for the better.

I like that you walk every day.

kenju said...

That's a great shot of a beautiful gate, Anna. It makes me wonder what lies beyond it.

Rainbow dreams said...

am enjoying your blog and love this picture...
admiration too for choosing home schooling - I know I'd find it hard.

Is it half term with you too?
Katie

Anna said...

No half term here yet (that is Spring Break for all you Yanks)!

Wish us luck, John and I are attempting our museum trip tomorrow with the kids since on our first try we got snowed in! :)

See you tomorrow!

Kendra said...

'out of the mouths of babes'... what a sweet post, Anna.
I love the gate, it reminds me of the one that I married my husband in front of.

John said...

hey, when did you start putting a copy right on your pics? and when did you get such a following...no one looks at my blog, even when I do post pics

john

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

Yes "out of the mouths of babes" as Kendra said is certainly apt LOL.

I love the gate, makes you want to open it and peek in, also like the way the light is coming from the other side.

See ya tomorrow, hope you enjoy the museum. London has some real gems, I loved the National Art Museum off Trafalgar Square. Those huge paintings amazed me, the colors and quality despite the fact that they were so old was amazing. One that really sticks in my mind was the one where (I can't remember which wife) one of Henry's wives was waiting for her beheading with the executioner standing next to her and surrounded by all her ladies in waiting. It made an indellible impression on me, so emotional.

Lori

Nicole said...

I think that it would be SO hard to home-school. I have thought a lot about it, but just think it would not be the best thing for us right now. I commend you for teaching at home.

I love the photo. It is so warm feeling.

Melyssa said...

How very secret garden! I love the light and the slight softness of the photo. It looks like picture in a dream.

Ash said...

Lovely lighting....beautiful shot!

Faye Pekas said...

Wise words from an 8 year old. I really like this photo. I draws me in and makes me want to go inaide.

photowannabe said...

Don't know where my comment disappeared to so I will try again.
I said something to the effect about Walking in the Son Light will get you through the toughest day.
Beautiful photo.

Carmi said...

The glow of the backlit brick is captivating, Anna. It oozes warmth and keeps inviting the eye back for another look. Definitely an image to be savored again and again.

Oya said...

Anna, home school must be hard. Your photo is very nice and welcoming. Feels like getting invited for a warm cup of tree.

Oya said...

Can't wait for your museum pic's

bluemountainmama said...

oh...how many times i have experienced the same! sir laughsalot has made me refocus and smile over and over with his words. even with a simple "that's okay, mommy!" when i've lost my temper or made a parenting mistake that requires an apology on my part. just this morning, he crawled into bed with me and said, out of the blue, "you're the best mommy i ever knewed!" and as you can see, i'm back. we actually had to cut our trip short b/c of snow. so i came back last night instead of today. but we had a good time together. LOVE the puddle photo in the previous post!

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

doors, gates, borders...they are places of hope and possibility....

Elaine said...

I like this a lot. Makes me want to enter and see what else is beyond the gate.

Anna said...

As always..GREAT pic! And of course teachers have bad days! EVERYONE does! =)

Sarch said...

Anna your comments bring to mind Proverbs 16:3 - "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."

I know you've committed your children and your home schooling effort to the Lord...you can rest on that promise from scripture. It stands true.

Great pic!

Pat said...

Lovely photo, Anna. And may God bless you as you strive to teach those dear little ones.

My daughter home schooled four for 8 years and they've all done very well in life.

I'm going to add a link to your blog on mine if you don't mind.

utenzi said...

The picture of the gate is amazing. That needs to be published, Anna.

CG said...

Some absolutely stunning photos here. I enjoyed visiting your blog :)

cjc said...

As I was driving to work today I had the overwhelming need to post here and tell you that I want to have a print of this picture framed and hung in my place... I hope that is ok with you...

cjc