I’ve been a little quiet around here for two very different reasons. One is that I’m working hard to prepare for the new homeschool year which officially kicks off next Tuesday. Truth be told, I just placed orders for the little boys’ math, spelling, and handwriting books. I’m only a couple of months later than I would have liked, but I’m trusting that we’ll be just fine. This is my 23rd year of homeschooling, so I should be able to handle it, right?
A new chore chart, good menu, and organized calendar are all works in progress that need to wrapped up very soon. My Google calendar is so colorful that it makes my head spin.
I’m also packing for our last big fling of the summer, REACH Camp. Our family has attended each year since 2007 when our first three Ethiopian children joined our family. It’s tough to head out of town a few days into the school year, but it’s a highlight of our year and just can’t be missed.
Classes began at UofI on Monday. Russ is teaching and Samuel is a senior. This is the first time in years that I haven’t had at least two students there. Ladybug and Bee kicked off their school years today. Ladybug is taking three classes at the high school and Bee is returning to her school as a 7th grader.
I’m praying for a good year for all of us, and I’m praying hard that I will do a good job with my homeschoolers. The last several years have been filled with distractions, most of which were out of my control, but not all. As I look toward this year, I know I need to be very careful with my schedule, saying “no” far more than “yes” to things that come my way.
The second reason I’ve been quiet is that we are in the midst of changes and challenges, and I’m finding it to be a very painful time for me as a mother. I told a friend that I feel like parts of my life are unraveling, and yet, I’m also learning to lean hard into the Lord and Russ. Some of it is normal changes of kids growing up, moving out, and living their lives, and some of it is not normal at all. Regardless, it’s lots of change for me which is leaving me thinking and reading more, while writing and talking less.
I miss interacting with all of you on a more regular basis and hope to find a new blogging routine soon.
Happy last days of summer to you, friends. I’ll see you soon!