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It seems B is not quite ready for formal lessons. He was initially looking forward to it, but then almost immediately he dug in his heels and stated he did not want to learn the piano. Practice was pretty much akin to pulling teeth and quite complicated our mornings (or afternoons, whenever we tried to accomplish practice).

This presented quite a dilemma for me. On the one hand, we don’t want B to develop the habit of quitting the hard stuff. Self discipline and perseverance are necessary qualities to develop. But on the other hand, I did not want him to grow to hate the piano. If he’s truly not developmentally ready, pushing him now could make it very difficult later on when he is ready. I went back and forth between the two hands quite a bit before finally deciding to give him the option to stop for now. He stated quite plainly that he did not want to take piano lessons, much as he likes Ms. Krista.

Although I am pretty disappointed it turned out that way for B, another idea did flash across my brain. 🙂 I had a short stint of traditional piano lessons once when I was a kid, and again when I graduated from college (my gift to myself). As much as I wanted to learn piano, it just wasn’t clicking with my brain. But while working with B practicing the Suzuki method, something seemed to click that hadn’t before.

So, I asked Ms. Krista if she would mind teaching an old fogy like me instead of B. She said yes and now I am taking piano lessons. I have a twofold purpose. One, of course, is my own desire to play the piano. And, B will have the opportunity of watching me learn. He’ll see that I practice every day and, hopefully, get better as I go along. He’ll see what it takes to learn a new skill – self discipline and perseverance.

I must say that I have not given up on B and still intend to incorporate music/piano into our home-school time. I have found some music “curriculum” by Robert Pace for the preschool age group that looks like it might be more in line with B’s personality and developmental level. Check it out. I’d love to hear any recommendations from any more experienced homeschoolers that have incorporated music into their educational endeavors.

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From the Mountains

We sang this song in worship this morning and I couldn’t help but think of the beautiful mountains we left just a week ago.

Much of You by Stephen Curtis Chapman

How could I stand here
And watch the sun rise
Follow the mountains
Where they touch the sky
Ponder the vastness
And the depths of the sea
And think for a moment
The point of it all was to make much of me
Cause I’m just a whisper
And You are the thunder and

I want to make much of You, Jesus
I want to make much of Your love
I want to live today to give You the praise
That You alone are so worthy of
I want to make much of Your mercy
I want to make much of Your cross
I give You my life
Take it and let it be used
To make much of You

And how can I kneel here
And think of the cross
The thorns and the whip
and the nails and the spear
The infinite cost
To purchase my pardon
And bear all my shame
To think I have anything worth boasting in
Except for Your name
Cause I am a sinner
And You are the Savior and…

Yes, I am a whisper, He is the thunder.

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This is a shot in another direction from the tower of The Lodge. It sure is beautiful in those mountains. You can check out my flickr photos for more shots from Cloudcroft.

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We stayed at The Lodge in Cloudcroft, this past weekend. This is a view from the tower.

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I don’t know when I became such a fuddy duddy. Perhaps I’ve always been one. I was drug out in knee deep snow by my husband, muttering and sputtering the whole way up to this spot. Of course, once I got there I found it quite breath taking, and was glad that he went to the trouble of dragging crotchety old me up the snowy mountain.
More pictures to follow.

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We’re back! Sorry, I couldn’t resist after the title of my last post. Sometimes I’m just goofy. 🙂

We all had a wonderful weekend. B had a great time with Grandmom & Grandad and their little dog, Penney. He was so excited to get to hold her in the car that he didn’t even want a kiss goodbye! sniff. But, that was better than the alternative. I was very releived we didn’t have screaming, crying, and gnashing of teeth. He’s growing up, I suppose.

G and I also had a very relaxed weekend. It was nice to sleep until we were done sleeping, and to wander at our leisure where we wanted to wander, as long as we wanted to. Funny thing, though. We kept talking about how much B would like this or that, and we purchased a few items for him while out shopping. 🙂

This is going to be a whirlwind week leading up to B’s BIG 4 birthday on Saturday. So posting will be hit or miss. I have some posts rattling around the back of my brain, but they will probably have to wait until next week. I do want to put up some pictures of the beautiful mountains when I can manage to get them off the camera. That’s my goal here for the week. 🙂

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Off Like a Dirty Shirt

Wow, this has been a rough week on the adoption front. I’m still shocked at some things I have seen around the blogosphere by adoptive parents and some wanting to adopt. Stuff like this: Adopt Us a Baby (WARNING click at your own risk – triggering). That one left me speechless.

Sooo, I’m going to take a break for the weekend. We are heading out tomorrow for a romantic weekend to celebrate our 17th anniversary. It was actually in December, but we didn’t get to celebrate at the time. Then my dad & stepmom gave us a weekend stay at an historic luxury hotel in the mountains of New Mexico. Thanks!!! B will be staying with them.

I am not even going to take the computer with me. I may suffer some email/blog withdrawal, but it will be good for me. Have a great weekend everyone.

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