The month has flown away. I do not know where it has gone. Between homeschool, work, Pathfinders, and yardwork–though not enough yardwork yet–April has vanished!
We have not been able to put in our garden yet. Over the last 1 1/2 weeks it has rained just enough off and on and the temperatures have been low enough at night that we haven’t tilled and put in any plants or seeds. The last two nights the temperatures have been 32° and 28° respectively. Tonight it should only get down to 35° and up to 70° tomorrow. I will believe it when I see it. My plants in trays inside are growing well. This morning I went through and trimmed out the plants until there was only one per pellet so that they can get taller and stronger. Most everything is growing well except my strawberry seeds. Only five of them have come up so far, but I’m still waiting to see what happens.
The tree in the front yard finally has buds on it. DH was really worried about whether or not it had survived, and thankfully it appears to have made it through the winter. I still have flower beds to weed and am hoping that maybe one will get worked through today.
There is only one month left until school is done. With DS’s Pathfinder work slowing down, we still are doing Bible reading and finishing up the Trail Friend classwork so that he can earn that pin. He has all the other advanced classwork pins. Next year he will be a Guide and the work looks to be more involved so we will see how that goes. He works hard and so should get through it but we will see. Both DS and DD are so ready for school to be over.
And speaking of school, DD has reached a point of “burnout” on going to school. She is now just trying to finish this semester and then will most likely take a year off to rest. She will still work at least part time and maybe full time depending on what opportunities are available where she is now working, but she informed us this last Saturday night that her brain feels like she can’t think anymore when she tries to do her schoolwork. She admitted that this started during her senior year of high school and hasn’t let up since. While I am concerned about how this will all work out, I have to let her make the decision. We have insisted that she will need to work at least part time which she wants to do. Work is where she feels like she is accomplishing something. Right now she tells us that she doesn’t know what she wants to pursue career-wise and her brain is just plain “tired”.
Pathfinders is keeping us busy this time of year. We have now completed the Annual Fair for our conference and are moving into final Investitures and preparing for clubs and staff to travel to Oshkosh, WI for the International Camporee in August of this year. We still have churches and clubs to visit/revisit during the summer months as well as summer activities with DS’s club. They will continue to meet once a week all summer so no break from travel time.
Knitting and cross stitch are being accomplished in small snatches. I wish I could do more, but it just isn’t happening. I will have an excuse to sew a bit here soon because DS is needing to complete the Basic Sewing Honor for Pathfinders so he and the conference Pathfinder director can work through the Quilting Honor together. Being as they are both guys, it will be lots of fun to see what colors and patterns they decide on.
There isn’t that much more that I can share right now! Personal life is okay but busy and stressful. Hopefully in time that will ease, but thankfully I have God and family to rely on to get through it all. Prayers go out to the families who have lost their homes and/or family members in the tornadoes and man-made disasters around the world.