Time to Focus on Summer Goals

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Our summer got off to a wild start with the graduation extravaganza in May,  followed by Noah and Katie’s wedding on June 14th. My reply mantra to all requests was, “…after the wedding.” The wedding was followed by nearly a week of recovery and reorganizing (and a stomach bug), then we headed out for a few days to celebrate our anniversary.

Today our “normal” summer break begins. It’s time for me to get my bearings and organize the next several weeks so the summer doesn’t slip away and I find myself in late August wondering why I didn’t get anything done.

My most pressing goal is to plan my homeschool year and order all books/materials soon. I already own much of what I need. I think I’m using Sonlight world history for Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man. I need to look through my books and figure out what needs to be updated. Thankfully, I’ve kept all of my Sonlight books together, so it’s just a matter of pulling the right bins off the shelves.

Annarose is doing Government, Economics, and Rhetoric with her homeschooled friends. She’ll also take a few classes at the local high school again.

I need to get the planning and purchasing done soon because, believe it or not, I think we’re getting ready to launch the remodel of our home.. This project of adding individual bedrooms and bathrooms for Beza and Dimples is a long time coming. It’s complicated by the unique needs of our girls, the needs of the other kids, our house (and where to actually put the new rooms), finances, and a myriad of other details. I’ll write more about it as our plans come together.

The remodel is going to add space to our home, but the last thing I want to do is fill it with things we don’t need, so a massive declutter project needs to happen. I’m tempted to have a yard sale, but I think that would add more stress rather than relieve it.

So there you have it: plan homeschooling, prepare for a remodel, and declutter. I’m pretty sure the decluttering alone could take many weeks. Oh, and I have three chapters to write for my book – maybe next week I’ll get started on that.

Question: Do you have lots to accomplish this summer? What tasks are on your list?

P.S. Real wedding pictures to follow – so far I’ve stolen them off my kids’ Facebook pages.

Lisa

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Amy
    June 26, 2014

    Lisa, I'm right there with you on the declutter! We are FINALLY ready to prep the basement for wallpaper removal, painting and flooring so we can set it up as an extra play/exercise space and guest bedroom. The decluttering does seem overwhelming, but when I tackle one cabinet or corner at a time, it really helps! So excited about your remodel! This summer does seem to be slipping away with activities. So, my main goal is to have intentional fun and memory making with my kiddos! I want them to LOVE SUMMER! Happy summer, friend!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 26, 2014

      Those sound like perfect summer goals! So far today, we've packed away some of our books from last year and found all of Sunshine's core books for next year. I'm off to a decent start!

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  2. Nancy
    June 26, 2014

    Our oldest two are going away to college for the first time this summer. I have never done that before so I am a bit anxious about all that will need to be accomplished to get them there. Unfortunately, their majors and where we live make it difficult for them to live at home and attend college. I totally understand what you mean about a yard sale bringing stress. I always feel that we are so blessed by hand me downs that when it is time to de-clutter we should just find new homes for our things. Wishing all who read this a productive, restful summer!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 26, 2014

      Nancy, two going to college is a big deal – exciting and a little emotional too. I hope your summer is great.

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  3. Emily
    June 26, 2014

    Have I told you about thredup.com? It is as easy as it sounds. They send you a huge plastic bag, you stuff it full of clothes and drop it off at the post office. They have each bag digitally marked so no only do you not have to pay postage or address it, but when they get there they know it's from you. In a few weeks they email you which clothes they'll take to resell and they give you cash for them.

    You can elect to have clothes they don't want sent back to you , but you have to pay return shipping. But they donate what they don't take, so I actually think it's like a super low stress way to dedignate stuff to goodwill! Get rid of bags full of stuff for free and get some money for it.

    Love you!!!!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 26, 2014

      That sounds pretty great! I may have to give it a try.

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  4. adventisthomemaker
    June 26, 2014

    A book? I'm excited to read that! Good luck with your summer plans!

    My summer plans – take an online parenting course to prepare for our upcoming adoption. Finish up some projects around the house like half-finished quilts, organize my recipe book, etc. I want to finish up some things before our girl comes home.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 26, 2014

      Those sounds like good goals for the summer. Yes, the long, slow book, but it's coming along.

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  5. Chris
    June 26, 2014

    There is no end to the jobs on my wish list, bit I am thankful a remodel is NOTn the list. Has to be one of the hardest things to live thru, when you are in the midst of ot all day long.
    Ditto for the decluttering. It is time to get serious about my 4 with special needs, and just eliminate stuff that will never be used by them,

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 26, 2014

      Chris, I hear you about letting go of things you're not going to need with the children you have now. I am approaching the remodel with fear and trembling…but unless we want to move, it's our only option. I'm still hoping for the best.

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  6. Kris
    June 26, 2014

    Lisa, I still have great hopes of eventually connecting with you on the phone! Perhaps we should both put that on our summer to-do list. =) Our summer is packed – figuratively as well as literally. As our lives seem to have many parallels, you are starting your remodel and we are moving to a different house. The things we do in order to make our homes safe for all and allow us to parent everyone. The upside is the purging, its one of my favorite things to do!
    Congratulations on the graduations and wedding! What joyful occasions!
    Kris

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 27, 2014

      Kris, yes we really should plan a time to talk; I would love that. It's so interesting that you are moving to a home that provides more safety and works better for your family. We've talked about moving too, but we love where we live and I think the addition/remodel is going to work for us. It's been a very complicated decision!

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  7. Molly Kitsmiller
    June 27, 2014

    We are in the midst of re-working our household also. we must get the basement finished so we can have a quiet place to do school while the little ones are with my mommy's helper that will be coming 3 mornings a week during the school year! Can i tell you how excited I am about that? last year was somewhat of a disaster trying to school – nearly impossible with 2 little ones that needed constant watching and attention. so i am decluttering, moving basement stuff to the garage, preparing for tutoring Aliah's freshman class, and also trying to plan for the others. we also have a family reunion that we will be attending and I am still trying to read and figure out how to parent/attach etc . . with A and A. There always seems to be so much to think about that I don't get time to focus! I hope we get to see each other sometime soon! I'm thinking a visit to Michele might be in order this year (by myself). Not sure where I will fit that in but I'm praying for the opportunity.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 27, 2014

      Molly, you have lots to accomplish this summer too! Way to go for hiring a mommy's helper – it will save your sanity. I would love to see you when you make it to Idaho.

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  8. Lisa H.
    June 28, 2014

    After reading your post and all the comments, it sounds like this summer is crazy busy for everyone. Our family just helped with the wedding of close family friends and we're in the middle of a major remodel of our home. We've had and are about to have house guests in the middle of the remodel and we have procedures coming up for Zara. I keep waiting for life to slow down and for the house to be finished and it just doesn't seem like it's happening. It's been WAY more stressful than I anticipated and taken WAAAAAY longer! And then I feel guilty for being grumpy about blessings! :o) I hope your remodel goes well and is God's provision for your family.

    Would love to catch up sometime soon and have you meet our new little one. She is a dolly and the best blessing of this crazy time…She makes me laugh every day! A hug to you, friend!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 29, 2014

      Lisa, I would love to meet your sweet girl. I'm apprehensive and excited about the remodel; we need to get it going! Let's see how I feel in September.

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