...when you would rather be writing your blog! I still have many things to share. I have a list of posts in my "to be written" mental file a mile long. I have also been tremendously blessed to be getting lots of freelance writing assignments, though, and all of them are in the homeschooling field. For starters, I will now be a regular contributor to Heart of the Matter. I'll be writing a column concentrating on homeschooling your gifted child. It's a subject near and dear to my heart, and I hope that some of the things that I have learned may be of help to someone else. Although they are not always thought of in this manner, gifted children truly are "special needs" children. They require a different approach in homeschooling and often, although not always, a different curriculum. They also may require a different approach in discipline and in other areas of life not related to homeschooling. What a blessing - and a challenge - all of our children are!

Speaking of children, I have added one more...pet to my household. I don't hold with the theory that pets are four-legged children (something about the whole animals don't have souls thing probably), but boy is Jack a lot of work! Jack is an almost three month old yellow Lab, and he's a sweetheart, but he inspires in me many of the same feelings that Achilles does: frustration mixed with joy and pride, combined with that odd mixture of the desire to hug him and throttle him all at once! Needless to say, Jack and Achilles are the best of friends! Kindred spirits will always find one another...

My next absence won't be as long, unless, of course, Jack succeeds in eating my carpet, my couch, and my children, as he seems wont to do! Until then, happy feast of Sts. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel (Sept. 29th)!