Life at Columbia Cottage

Piles of Fun

It has been a mild and rainy week so far, and the snow is slowly but surely melting away. We caught our first glimpse of grass for the first time in months! Heavenly!

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James and June have been spending lots of time on the big snow piles around our house. They slide and tumble and get absolutely sopping wet and have a delicious time.

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Some sort of warfare was happening here . . .

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When she can’t join the kids outside, Alice likes to watch James and June from the kitchen window. 🙂

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Life at Columbia Cottage

Teetotalers & Other Fun

Hello, hello world! We are still alive and well up here! The sky has still been spitting more snow onto our village, but there are little signs of spring around. Birds chirping. Buds on the trees. Wee tastes of spring to shore up our hearts and give us hope.

The days have been warming up slightly, too (5 degrees in the afternoon), and the kids are really rolling with it. Today James ran around outside in a t-shirt and said, hopefully, “Mom, maybe it would be warm enough outside to go for a dip in a bucket of water?” Ha ha! My summer-loving boy!

In February, I rummaged around in some drawers and came across my old iPod. I put a couple audiobooks on it and gave it to James who has taken to the audiobooks like a fish to water. He has listened to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at least six times since then, and is now listening to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for the third or fourth time. It got to the point where Jeremy had to take the iPod away for a weekend. I find it amazing how he soaks in the story; he’ll recite lines word for word. “Mom, there’s this really funny part in the beginning of TLTWATW where it says that . . .” And it’s led to some really random questions; for example, while we were driving to the library today, James asked me, “Mom, what’s a teetotaler?”

In January, James and I started adding in a bit of math to his school days. He loves it! We’re using RightStart math and it has a lot of neat ways of teaching concepts. We use the abacus almost every day, sometimes we use the balance you see in the picture below, and there are lots of math card games, too.

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James’s favourite is one called Go to the Dump, which is basically a mathematical version of Go Fish. (You have to find pairs that add up to 10. So if you have a 7, you ask the other player for a 3.)

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June has been James’s shadow lately. They play together all the time. They jump around in the snow outside, they bounce around on an extra mattress in the back room, they read stories together, etc. When James is doing school, she wants to be sitting on my lap, listening to our conversation. She insists on doing things just the way that he does them. If he goes outside wearing a sweater and no jacket, she must do the same. His favourite Bible book right now is Revelation, and so it’s hers, too. 🙂

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“June, let’s be penguins and huddle together for warmth!”

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Alice is growing up quite a bit right now. She’s talking a little more, she loves it when you understand what she’s trying to say, and she likes to insist on having things her way. She loves going for walks outside, enjoys swinging on the swing and loves dancing to music.

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Alice joining in the fun (whether she wants to or not).

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That’s a little peek into life at our home!

Jeremy and I have also been wrestling a fair bit with what to do next. If you have a few minutes, I would really appreciate it if you would pray for us. Please pray for a job for Jeremy and for clarity about what sort of work he should do. And for peace for us as we wait. The uncertainty of what is ahead for us has been difficult and exhausting. Thank you! 🙂