Homeschool Day 1

Well, today happened 🙂 That’s about the most I can say for it, haha. I chalk it up to a success, but it turned out nothing like I’d envisioned. Absolutely nothing like I’d envisioned. I feel as though that statement merited repeating.

I had all the time in the world to plan… and I did. And I think that because I did, and because I had my new systems in place, it was the only reason today was not a total waste. Well, that and God. He is a very present help in times of trouble, so I’m never alone in that respect. Not even today. But seriously, today makes me laugh.

Here’s what I wanted to happen:

~wake up to a clean house

~have my morning devotions and pray time as usual

~leisurely breakfast

~complete our awesome morning box

~complete all of our school work (good attitudes would have been a plus, though not required…I’m an optimist not an idiot)

Here’s what happened:

~got home from my parents house too late last night to clean the house and do my last minute prep work, so I settled for the prep work… house was a disaster.

~Just before I turned in, my 3 year old woke up crying. Her runny nose had turned into the croup and she was having a hard time breathing. Out came the Vicks and essential oils. I made her honey peppermint tea while Aaron held her in bathroom with the shower running so the steam could loosen up the phlegm. After finally throwing it up, she slept on one couch in the living room, and I on the other.

~I did not get up at 6am for my devotions (having stayed up much of the night), but at 8am (didn’t do my devotions) when my husband came down and went out back to read his Bible.

~We did eat breakfast together, but we barely touched our morning basket, as the kids began going in four different directions in regards to their school work and what they wanted to start working on.

~I stayed in my jammies till noon before getting a shower.

Despite all of this…here are the lovely blessings I received from the moment I opened my sand filled eyes…

~When Aaron opened the back door, a cool breezed drifted in over me. We live in the desert, so this is significant. It wasn’t just “not hot” …it was actually cool! It was wonderful and it brought a smile to my face.

~As I came out of my coma, I watched as Justus (8yr old) brought his laundry to the washing machine without me asking (he didn’t put them in, but baby steps people)…then he pulled out his three ringed binder and asked what he needed to do first (before you think he’s perfect…said boy is still the only one not done with his work and it’s after dinner, lol).

~Despite our messy house and late start on school, today was Labor Day, and Aaron stuck around downstairs with us as long as I needed him…happily helping me with the kids school work.

~We had no plans today at all, so it really didn’t matter how long school took us…and so we had plenty of time to gawk at the little caterpillars and baby lady bugs we got from our co-op last night.

I can’t exactly say that I want a repeat of today, but all in all, it was a day well spent. I was able to take note of some weaknesses in our school work and schedule that I can attend to. My only concern is that I’m now too tired to clean up for tomorrow, lol. But again, on the up side…school work for the week is planned out, so there’s no excuses for not doing that. My 10 yr old even worked ahead so she’d have less work to do tomorrow 🙂 My only real prayer is that Vienna is able to breath easily as she sleeps tonight. Everything else will fall into place. I’m not sure what place…but it’ll fall somewhere 🙂

I hope that all of you other homeschooling moms out there can always see the good along with the bad 🙂 Wait for the blessings, and listen for all of the whispers of love that drift by when you least expect them. We can do this!

Day 2, look out… here we come!!!

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P.S. I am trying to get my Saturday homeschool planning day videos out, but I am still having technical troubles…so when I can, I will. Until then, have a great week!!!

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