It’s Monday morning and I’m in the gray place of transition – from Whidbey Island to home, vacation to reality, and summer to school. My mind is full of lists: chore charts, lesson plans, schedules, goals for each child, dinner menus, house plans, and any number of other things.
Are you with me? Are you transitioning out of summer and back into school? I feel some panic rising, and I’m doing my best to hold on to peace. We have three more days here and it would be easy to completely waste them. I need to stay in the moment and enjoy the relaxed pace we’re living.
School for Annarose, Beza, and Dimples begins on the 26th. I’ll use that week to transition the rest of the crew into their homeschool schedule, get going on math, and do some reading. We’ll hit our full schedule after Labor Day weekend.
What burdens me most is the frenzy of appointments, meetings, and lessons. I dread days when I’m not home long enough to get in a a few good hours of school or make a reasonable dinner. My plan is to keep September as free from appointments as possible – doctors, therapists, dentists – they can wait. It’s more important to find our new normal, especially as Dimples settles back into family life.
This morning Russ and I are sneaking away for a little coffee date and time to wander around Langley or explore the island. We’ll likely pop into my favorite thrift store to see if there are any treasures to be found; an earlier search produced the perfect crock pot. We’ve had day after day of family time, which has been great – and intense – and we’re ready for a few hours of just us.
I would love to hear from you. When does your school year start? What do you plan to do this year that will make life better for your family?
Lastly, I’ll mention this again, but since it’s on my mind this morning, I’m speaking at an adoptive/foster moms retreat November 14 – 16, Called to Love, and it would be fantastic if some of you could join me. Take a look at the website and see if you can squeeze it in – it’s going to be a wonderful time.
Have a fabulous Monday, friends.
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