We pulled the boys out of school in December… we “organized” my teaching stuff and came up with a “schedule” in January… Made checklists, chore charts, a planner and met some home-school friends in February… It’s March and I am looking at piles of laundry, my “home-school room” is also a playroom and storage room, my guest room is a holding area for our garage sale next month. It’s no longer something new and exciting. It’s overwhelming. I’m home, I have lessons to figure out and I have my own projects I want to do …yet I have all the normal upkeep stuff that just bring me down.
Life just doesn’t stop being crazy. I thought I was homeschooling to be “less busy.” But we’re not. So today I’m reminded of the blessings that being at home has brought us.
- My house is a bit of a mess because we’re here, living in it, learning in it, and enjoying it.
- My boys are learning from me about EVERYTHING — how I spend and manage my time, how I take care of things and people –I’m obviously not perfect at it, but I love being able to figure it out together. I hope it will make them good husbands in the future.
- Husband and I get along really well when I’m home to manage the house stuff.
I was working during the 1st half of the school year and there were some blessings to come out of that, too:
- I grew in my relationship with God.
- I re-learned what it was to look forward to the weekend. (When you’re a Stay-at-home-mom and Husband has been on deployments days run together and weekends don’t mean anything.)
- I discovered teaching blogs and mom blogs.
- After a stressful day dealing with other people’s kids (or other people in general) you don’t want to do anything at home. This translates to what Husband feels like after dealing with some of his PVTs (or other people in general).
It’s overwhelming trying to focus on so many little things. So I started journaling again as a way to give all those little things to God. Looking at the blessings of where we are makes me motivated again. If the boys are watching my every move, then I better make good ones…
I know that this way of life isn’t for everyone, but I’m so grateful that Husband and I made this decision. Coming soon: a peek into our “easy” home-school, somewhat un-schooling way of life.