Today we worked on our Bible memory verses (Proverbs 3:13-18), spelling, math, typing, and journals. The history notebook in the first photo was a grand idea... we didn't get there. We had a deadline you see. A sweet 7 year old friend was stopping by so we could give her her birthday gift. The girls crafted accessories for Charity's A.G. doll as well as an undersea birthday card in keeping with the theme of the birthday party she had this weekend. They worked on this as I read aloud from Uncle Tom's Cabin.
I choked my way through Tom's final morning with his family and the beginning of his transport (feet shackled) with the slave trader. The most difficult for me was when they stopped at the blacksmith shop to have the handcuff size altered (just in case Tom decided to get uppity). As Tom is waiting alone in the wagon he is surprised by a final goodbye from the son of his former Mas'r. The boy is appalled, full of praise for Tom and threats for the trader. Tom in his kind, Christian manner reprimands the boy and lovingly admonishes him to live purposefully. He is instructed to love and respect his father and his mother and to be a good man. (Choke, choke, sob) "Come on mom, keep reading."
Somewhere in the middle of this difficult passage the mail lady knocked at the door with a package. Sweet Jacqui, The Barefoot Crofter sent me a lovely gift... When she read this post she thought that I would appreciate a book she owned and generously decided it would be mine. Inside the book was a wool bookmark and along with it was a lovely note concealing a knit heart. I look forward to perusing it more deeply tomorrow morning with my coffee. I just love gifts, both the giving and the receiving... O.K., especially the receiving. Thank you so much Jacqui!!