Tuesday, September 4, 2012
On Just Getting Started
Each year I wrongly imagine that I'm going to be "ready".
All the supplies will be sorted, purchased if necessary, labeled, and systematically placed in obvious (to me) order.
I'll have a library list captured on an excel spreadsheet and will know which books I'll need to get through inter library loan and which is available at my local branch.
Shelves will be orderly, activities planned, fun days on the docket, and when I stretch this dream a little farther, even my laundry is all caught up!
Then I wake up.
In spite of steady work in preparation for our home educating year I'm not "all done". In fact, I may be even more behind than I would consider typical because we are rebuilding a room in this restoration farmhouse of ours to better serve our purposes. And, you can imagine can't you, what that means to a family of our size spending our days on a main floor with perhaps 800 square feet. We're cozy and chaos from reworking a room spills.
Farm work doesn't make a space for school to start. School starts as companion to animals, land, buildings, and chores. You wonder, do they meld? Yes. Grateful.
Order, preparedness, planning, making ready are all good practices. And, in spite of my real life friends identifying me through my self deprecating jokes about the chaos of our life and how it's easier to just go with the flow than hold back the tide of our creative, energetic, ADHD driven life, I pull more than my weight in these administrative departments.
And, since I can't command lunar cycles, I just dive right in. The room will get renovated. The shelves probably won't get dusted. Books, atlases, writing implements, instructional CD's, will froth, crest, and spill over on the shore of dining room table, desks, and floors. An excel spread sheet won't get created. Library cards will easily max out their circulation limit. Learning won't be neglected and we will be blessed for dedicating ourselves to each day just doing what we must.
Today we began again. Math, handwriting, history, and more returned to set the warp and woof of our day. And because we were willing to just get started we received the grace of a new beginning.
Chronicling gifts continues:
Weekend Farmer Husband is at an interview while I write. Friends, family, and many saints praying for wisdom and provision for our family.
First born son bravely, winsomely, and lovingly exhorting us with the Word.
How can it be - second born son matriculating at community college tomorrow. He's ready.
The joy of preschool again, and for a final time.
Books, books, books - rejoicing in reading.
Good news from my dad last time we spoke on the phone - he went sailing!
Thank you Lord - a light rain this morning. Pastures kept green by your hand alone.
Internet making connection with friends and family easy.
A restful Labor Day.
Blessed by community.
Confident hands of a chiropractor.
What? We ate the last of our ground beef from last year's cow - we have been given abundant food.
A personal message from another blogger I deeply admire that encourages and affirms.
Enduring health and safety - as we have no medical insurance I am being challenged to reject security as an idol and to faithfully practice my understanding of God's goodness in preserving our days and blessing us physically.
Flaky biscuits and amber honey for afternoon snack.
Hens laying more and more eggs - creeping up to peak production for a few months before daylight shortens.
Refreshing local farmer's markets.
A busy week ahead of fellowship and hospitality.
And, above all, Christ - my High King and Faithful Savior. All for Him...