Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer ending and school beginning

Summer break is ending and my baby is turning 1 year old in the matter of days. I'm not even sure how many days, I won't let myself count them. What a busy and slow start we had to getting any kind of break but it's slowed down this whole month and I've been so very grateful. These have been some needed days of sleeping in, drinking our coffee slow and just letting the hours linger. It's been exactly what I needed as this year has been such a whirlwind. Just too much to put on the blog, but beyond parenting, homeschooling, my sister getting married, wrestling with low iron and low thyroid levels, there have been some serious realities that have affected my life. They've left me sometimes angry, sometimes numb, sometimes doubting myself or everyone around me and still always seeking Jesus because He is the Rock, always the Rock in the storms. 
 Psalm 18:31
 For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?

I've been kinda ignoring that the school year is fast approaching. Which not only means back to very full days but Joe goes back to work as well. It's always the adjustment, especially on the little ones when Daddy isn't home all day anymore and I'm devoting time to school work with the older kids. It's a big change for each of us and one that I have finally accepted is going to happen next week!
I found some vintage style wire baskets for $3 that inspired me to organize our school supplies and that was just the boost I needed to get moving. Such a simple thing that made me happy. Getting everything ready for the new school year has helped me become excited and ready to tackle another year. I can't believe this is our 7th year homeschooling, it's gone by so quickly. Each year has it's challenges, this year I'll have a 6th, 4th and 2nd grader, but I can guarantee that my biggest obstacle will be keeping up with and entertaining the 4, 3, and 1 year old. It's gonna be crazy ya'll! They are professional noise machines and mess makers.

 I stocked up at the Dollar Tree with activity books and craft supplies for them. I splurged and bought a serious homeschool planner in hopes of being more organized with my records this year. I've finalized the curriculums and am expecting the last of needed books to show up on our doorstep for the big kids.

Most of all I'm just really grateful to get to spend another year at home teaching and learning with my kids. It's hardwork, it's really challenging and I'm not even close to doing any of this mothering or homeschool thing perfect. But, I know it's what the Lord has called me to do and I know that this is a blessing for our family and so, I will am doing it and pray for the Lord's blessing because I am so not enough. I read this quote from Elizabeth Elliot this week and it was so good I posted it on my IG and I'll post it here as well, because I need all the reminders I can get.

"This job has been given to me to do. Therefore it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I make to God. Therefore it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God's way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness."

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